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In the Spirit Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival

IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival
Saturday, August 6, 10:00 AM–5:00 PM
This event is held at the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass, with indoor and outdoor activities.

The 17th annual IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival will be held in person on Saturday, August 6! This beloved summer tradition celebrates the diverse Native cultures of our region and is hosted by the Washington State History MuseumTacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. Festivities are both indoors and outside, the event is FREE and open to the public, including free admission to all three museums. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Shop hand-crafted goods and art, and experience performances by Native singers, dancers, and musicians! Take part in art-making. Don’t miss the Native-designer fashion show at TAM, and watch as Native glass artists create in the Hotshop at MOG. And don’t forget to explore the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition at the History Museum.

The in-person festival will be accompanied by a virtual market, opening online on August 6.

  • 12:00 PM, History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Community blessing and welcome with Connie McCloud, Cultural Director of the Puyallup Tribe.

  • 12:15 PM, History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Musician Vince Redhouse on Navajo flute

  • 1:15 PM, History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers, Haida and Tlingit

  • 2:15PM, History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Singer/songwriter Rona Yellow Robe on Cree/African American flute

    All day across museums

  • Arts Market: Meet artist vendors to learn more about their crafts and shop for original art, jewelry, textiles, and a wide range of hand-crafted products.

  • Art-making: engage in hands-on activities at all three museums.

  • Exhibitions: Explore the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition and vote for the People’s Choice awards at the History Museum. Experience new pieces of art in Native Portraiture: Power and Perception which is next to On Native Lands, that features landscape paintings paired with land acknowledgments to recognize more than 75 Native American communities whose homelands are pictured in the paintings, both exhibits ae at the Tacoma Art Museum. View stunning glass art exhibitions at Museum of Glass.

  • Food: The Price Family will have fry bread and tasty fry bread tacos for purchase at the History Museum. Food and beverages are also available at TAM’s Cafe.

Washington State Historical Society

1911 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA
(253) 272-3500

Founded in 1891 and now into its second century of service, the Washington State Historical Society is dedicated to collecting, preserving, and vividly presenting Washington's rich and storied history. The Historical Society offers a variety of services to researchers, historians, scholars, and lifelong learners, as well as operating the State History Research Center and the Washington State History Museum.