IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival

IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival

  • Dates:
    Aug 7, 10:00am - 5:00pm
  • Ages:
    All ages
  • Where:
    1911 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma, WA 98402
  • Tickets:


  • Accessibility:

    The History Museum has elevators and ramps. Wheelchairs are available on-site.

IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival
Saturday, August 7, 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.

FREE day at WSHM, TAM, and MOG

The annual IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival is back for 2021! The festival will be held in person on Saturday, August 7, from 10:00 AM–5:00 PM in the Tacoma Museum District. This beloved summer tradition celebrates the diverse Native cultures of our region and is hosted by the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. The indoor/outdoor event is free and open to the public, including free admission to all three museums. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

All-day festival activities, 10:00 AM-5:00 PM: 

  • 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. Quinault artist and storyteller  Harvest Moon will facilitate making corn husk dolls at the History Museum. Make prints and buttons at TAM, and MOG will have more button-making!
  • Exhibitions: Explore the IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts exhibition and vote for the People’s Choice awards at the History Museum. See Native Portraiture: Power and Perception at Tacoma Art Museum. View stunning glass art exhibitions at Museum of Glass.
  • Evergreen State College Native Pathways Program booth open at the History Museum.
  • 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.

Timed festival events:

  • 10:00 AM-1:00 PM and 2:00-5:00 PM, Contemporary Native artist Raya Friday will create live in the Hot Shop at Museum of Glass
  • 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
  • 1:00 PM, History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers, Haida and Tlingit
  • 2:00 PM, History Museum outdoor amphitheater: Singer/songwriter Rona Yellow Robe on Cree/African American flute

COVID Precautions

In order to protect the vulnerable among us:

  • Masks are required for visitors who are not fully vaccinated
  • Masks are recommended for all visitors ages 5 and up
  • Please observe social distancing between cohorts
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available in the museums

Online Arts Market and Programs, too!
July 30-September 3, 2021

The August 7 in-person arts market and festival will be accompanied by an on-line arts market and virtual programs, providing even greater access to the outstanding Native artists of our region. The online arts market will be open from July 30 through September 3.

Complete festival details will be posted at

Land Acknowledgement

The Washington State Historical Society is headquartered in Tacoma on the traditional lands of the Puyallup People who have stewarded this land throughout the generations. We pay respect to their elders past and present.