Pierce County residents enjoy a wealth of artistic endeavors, from theaters to music to dance and more.
Broadway Center for the Performing Arts
Tacoma, WA 98402 253-591-5890
The Broadway Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit and manages the largest complex of theaters between Seattle and Portland: Pantages Theater (seating 1,169, built in 1918 and restored in 1983); the Rialto Theater (seating 739, also built in 1918 and restored in 1991); and Theatre on the Square (seating 302, built in 1993). The Broadway Center is recognized for its leadership in presenting world-class performing artists, providing one of the largest performing arts education programs in Washington State — serving more than 40,000 students, teachers and parents annually in the South Sound — and preserving Tacoma’s historic theaters.
Chihuly Bridge of Glass
Tacoma, WA 98402
The Chihuly Bridge of Glass is Tacoma’s stunning link to the Thea Foss Waterway and the Museum of Glass. The 500-foot pedestrian bridge holds three Chihuly glass installations, open to the public 24/7. Three distinct installations comprise the Chihuly Bridge of Glass. Furthest from the museum is the Seaform Pavilion, a ceiling made of 2,364 objects from Chihuly’s Seaform and Persian series. Marking the center of the bridge are the Crystal Towers, which rise 40 feet above the bridge deck and serve as beacons of light for the Chihuly Bridge of Glass and city. Illuminated from below, the forms glow at night. Closest to the museum is the Venetian Wall, an 80-foot installation displaying 109 sculptures from three of Chihuly’s series: Venetians, Ikebana and Putti.
First Saturday Art Walk
Gig Harbor, Washington
Indulge your love of art at the First Saturday Art Walk every month along Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront. This free event allows art enthusiasts to stroll through nine galleries featuring artist demonstrations, refreshments and displays reflecting a diverse selection of mediums and styles. For details on specific exhibits and monthly offerings, visit the art walk’s website.
Pacific Northwest Ballet
301 Mercer St.
Seattle, WA 98109 206-441-2424
Pacific Northwest Ballet, one of the largest and most highly regarded ballet companies in the United States, was founded in 1972. The company of nearly 50 dancers presents more than 100 performances each year of full-length and mixed repertory ballets at Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle and on tour. The company has toured to Europe, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Canada and throughout the United States.
901 Broadway, Suite 600
Tacoma, WA 98402 253-272-7264
Inspiring audiences with live musical experiences that transcend tradition, the newly renamed Symphony Tacoma (formerly Tacoma Symphony Orchestra) has been a vital part of Tacoma’s cultural landscape for 70 years. The symphony’s core season includes five main-series classical concerts, holiday choral pops and springtime orchestral pops, and annual performances of Handel’s Messiah. These concerts are primarily held at the downtown Broadway Center for the Performing Arts in the historic Pantages and Rialto theaters, where Symphony Tacoma has been one of the primary resident arts organizations for more than 30 years.