We've got plans!

We are on temporary hiatus. Here's what we did in 2014:


ART BUS is on temporary hiatus.

Tacoma ART BUS is a tour hosted by Duchess of Downtown Tours on the third Thursday of every month (except January).

This guided tour visits various art exhibits throughout Tacoma, festivities include fun games and prizes, swag and pizza provided by Puget Sound Pizza. Details on our next tour coming soon.  


Do you want your place to be on the ART BUS route?

Here are the requirements for being on the ART BUS Tour:

1) You must have an art exhibit
2) You pay in advance (we accept checks or we can send you a link to pay online) (10 minute stop is $45, 20 minute stop is $75)
3) You need send a paragraph (via email) written in third person for our tour guide to read about your place and the exhibit on display
4) You send a photo (via email) that represents either the place or the art (we post them on facebook with the script to promote the tour and put them in our event program).
5) You must plan be open from 6 to 8:30 pm on the Third Thursday
6) Your shop must be in Downtown, Dome District, Hilltop, 6th Ave District, Ruston, Old Town, Proctor or in close proximity.

1) You can put 25 small items in our VIP gift bags
2) You can donate a bigger prize for the game and/or raffle
3) For VIP bags and prize questions contact Jackie at jackie.d.fender@gmail.com

Send the above information to angela@duchessofdowntowntours.com at least 3 weeks in advance and be sure to indicate which month you are applying for.

Here's where we're coming from

This whole thing was an experiment ....

One day in 2010 we all realized that Third Thursday Artwalk wasn't really walkable because our galleries were too far apart. We decided to make it easier on art lovers and we pooled our money and rented a bus to take people around to the participating galleries. The galleries chip in for the bus, and we get our compensation from the ticket sales. And that's what we've been doing ever since!

Now we're just showing off - we added onboard games, prizes, VIP bags, celebrities and different types of tours like Community Gardens, Small Boutiques and Artists Studios for example. We're always dreaming up new tour destinations. Before we knew it we were the #1 Touring Company in Tacoma (it doesn't hurt that we're the ONLY touring company in Tacoma!)


Angela Jossy

Founder & Producer

Festival Director, former Associate Editor of Weekly Volcano Newspaper, singer/songwriter, artist and graphic designer.


If you have a group of 20 or more people, we can set up a customized tour for you based on your groups special interests.

  • Are you a fan of history? We can do a guided tour of Tacoma's salacious history either on foot or by bus.
  • Hungry? How about a progressive dinner and several of our best restaurants?
  • Thirsty? Tours of local breweries and wineries available
  • Are your friends savvy shoppers? We can take you to as many as 7 local boutiques.
  • Looking for a little inspiration? Let us show you the amazing work of our local artists!
  • If you're a fan of the great outdoors, we can treat you to some great PNW adventures.
  • Animal lovers will love a trip to Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek!

And there's a lot more where that came from. Tell us your interests and we'll customize a tour for you.

Rates range from $20-$60 per person.

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Party on Pacific

Party on Pacific is a block party that happens several times a year downtown Tacoma on Pacific Avenue between 9th and 7th Streets: Tacoma's Nightlife District. Stay tuned for more information.

Cannabis Tour

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in Washington State, people have a lot of questions:
  • Where is it grown?
  • Should I get a prescription? What does it help with?
  • What accessories do I need?
  • What are the different types of marijuana and what is the difference between them?
  • Where can I buy it for recreational purposes?
  • Where can I smoke it?

These questions and more will be answered on this fun bus tour through Tacoma's marijuana related businesses. This educational tour will help to demystify the topic and show people where to obtain marijuana and supplies legally.

This tour also includes talks from experts in Washington's marijuana industry including a local doctor who can prescribe marijuana to qualified patients and an exhibit of locally hand-blown glass pipes.

Like other Duchess of Downtown Tours, tickets include swag bags with gifts from local businesses.

Tour #1 was Nov. 8th

Tour #2 was Dec. 6th 

The next Cannabis tour has not been scheduled yet.  

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Name: Duchess of Downtown
Phone: 253-235-9264
Address: PO Box 689, Tacoma WA 98402