We've got plans!

March 19th 2015 is the 5 Year Anniversary of ART BUS! Click here for more information

April 20th 2015 we will be presenting the 420 Tacoma Cannabis Tour. Click here to learn more

More tours to be announced soon.

Here's what we did in 2014:


ART BUS is back!

Thursday March 19th 2015 marks our 5 year anniversary and boy are we are ready to celebrate with you! This guided bus tour gives you an insiders look at the brilliant and vibrant Tacoma art scene! The tour includes games, prizes, VIP swag bags and pizza provided by Tacoma's best pizza joint: Puget Sound Pizza!

This month the tour begins in a new location: Tacoma's Nightlife District (734 Pacific Ave, Tacoma WA 98402)

Our anniversary tours sell out quickly. Get your tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1318506

Stops include:

* Spaceworks Tacoma 1120 Spaceworks GRAND OPENING
* Rampart
* Happy Belly restaurant + juice bar
* Washington State History Museum
* The Blue Octopus
* The Modern Cottage Company
* The Forum - Tacoma
* Museum of Glass

Celebrity Tour Guide is Saint Bryan from Evening Magazine!

VIP swag and prize contributors include:

* Smoke + Cedar
* Pacific Grill
* Steel Creek Tacoma
* Destiny City Comics
* Hope Furnishings
* Tacoma City Ballet
* Creative Colloquy
* Doyle's Public House
* Peacock Vintage
* Studio 6 Ballroom
* Maxwell's Restaurant + Lounge
* Crescent Moon Gifts
* Ubiquitous Journey
* Urban Garden Company
* Savor - Tacoma Creperie
* No End Naturals
* Tacoma Games
* Happy Belly restaurant + juice bar
* Raylene Ewing
* South Sound Magazine
* Artist Diane Rasch
* Washington State History Museum
* Duchess of Downtown Tacoma

For more details, read the blog:

Read about this tour in the Weekly Volcano Newspaper here: http://www.northwestmilitary.com/music-and-culture/arts-features/2015/03/Tacoma-Art-Bus-5-Year-Anniversary-Tour/

Tacoma ART BUS is sponsored by the Weekly Volcano, NWCZ Radio and Puget Sound Pizza.

Follow us at https://www.facebook.com/TacomaARTBUS for the latest updates!



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 $100 in advance (we accept checks or we can send you a link to pay online)
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

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.

Contact us via email

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

Separate fact from fiction about the most controversial plant on the planet on Tacoma Cannabis Tour on April 20th 2015 at 6 pm.

Subject matter experts explain what is legal, what is not legal, what legal issues are still up for debate, where and how to purchase recreational marijuana, what health conditions marijuana can be helpful for, what the side effects are, how to choose the right strain of marijuana for your needs, explanation of the various new forms of consumption and the accessories people can choose from.

Tour participants will also see beautiful glass art. There is a whole subculture of glass artists who create pipes and bongs that are exquisite art pieces in their own right.

Learn everything you never knew you always wanted to about marijuana on this fascinating tour.

Sponsors include:

Rainier Wellness Center
Clear Choice
Green Stream
and more TBA

Get tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1342566

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