Bead Fest Fall:

Travel Tacoma

Your guide to Bead Fest Fall’s scenic and artistic home.
What Bead Fest Fall instructors have to say about Tacoma

“Tacoma has the Glass Art Museum and it’s a big deal! It’s really inspiring! Even if you don’t go into the Art Museum itself, you can see the glass art bridge from pretty much anywhere.” –Meredith Arnold

“The Pacific Northwest has such beautiful mountains, water (lakes, rivers and the sound) and gorgeous evergreen trees…surrounded by all the natural beauty has definitely influenced my work and love for an organic style.” –Tracy Stanley

Tacoma Must-Eats
A long day of learning, shopping and mingling can leave even the most tenacious beader famished and “hangry”. Refueling during Bead Fest Fall is sensationally simple with scads of scrumptious eateries just a short walk away from the convention center! Here are a few of our favorites:

Pacific Grill
Tacoma’s most award-winning restaurant is just a short walk away from Bead Fest Fall’s home, and they offer up something for everyone; carnivores to vegans are accommodated! The extensive menu is infused with local goods, and it’s your destination for delicious delights after a day at Bead Fest.

Steel Creek
With over 100 varieties of whiskey available, this is where the party is after Bead Fest! In addition to their sweet selection of drinks, Steel Creek offers some of the best burgers around, gourmet bar snacks and fresh salads. They even have a decadent selection of booze-infused desserts!

Happy Belly
If you are searching for a healthy and delicious breakfast or lunch spot, look no further than Happy Belly! Located just above the theater district, beading and jewelry-making fanatics will fall head over heels with the artistic charm of this cute cafe. They are known for their fresh soups, salads, sandwiches and seasonal juices. This sweet spot has everything you need to fuel up before your Bead Fest Workshops.
Walking distance from Bead Fest Fall: 12 minutes

Get Inspired
Tacoma is a dream come true for artists of all kinds, including beaders and jewelry makers. You will be blown away by the dreamy mountain scenery, the sparkling waterfront and the array of glass and metal art that is sprinkled around the city.

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Tacoma Museum of Glass
This is your chance to get an up close look at magnificent glass art from around the world. You can even watch live glass blowing demonstrations! The delicate, colorful and bold masterpieces found in this museum are sure to leave you inspired and ready to create jewelry art. Don’t have time to visit the museum? No worries! You can see iconic glass artist and Tacoma native, Dale Chihuly’s jaw-dropping glass bridge from all over the city.
Walking distance from Bead Fest Fall: 10 minutes

Natural wonders around every corner
Mount Rainier
The snowy peak of Mt. Rainier can be enjoyed from afar while sipping a piping-hot espresso at one of Tacoma’s many coffee shops and if you’re feeling adventurous, you can explore this natural wonder up close. Mount Rainier National Park offers hiking and biking trails, train rides, educational tours, flower discovery tours and more!
Driving distance from Bead Fest Fall: 1 hour

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
When you think of Tacoma’s waterfront, you wouldn’t expect to find polar bears, elephants and tigers. Alas, you can find all of these beautiful animals and more at Tacoma’s renowned zoo & aquarium. Discover animals and aquatic creatures native to the forests of Asia, the Arctic Tundra, the ocean’s depths and a few animals native to the Pacific Northwest.
Driving distance from Bead Fest Fall: 17 minutes

Take full advantage of the inspiring, exhilarating and unique attractions found in Tacoma by registering for Bead Fest Fall and planning your adventure to the Pacific Northwest. You’ll gain new skills and make countless memories. Be sure to pack your camera!



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