Summertime is upon us, and with it comes a wide variety of festivals and events! We’ve put together a list of 16 family-friendly Pierce County festivals happening this June, July, and August with options for every budget to help you and your family maximize your summer fun.
The Taste Northwest
Washington State Fairgrounds, Puyallup, WA | July 1-3, 12-9 p.m.
The Taste Northwest is a culinary experience that celebrates the tastes of Tacoma and the South Sound. This FREE event features over 150 food and specialty vendors, local chef cook-off battles, outdoor beer gardens, live entertainment on three stages, a retro roller rink and more!
Fort Steilacoom Park, Lakewood, WA | July 23
Thousands visit Lakewood every year to enjoy this summer spectacle. Be dazzled by classic cars, amazed by international performances, and delighted by unique flavors! The festival also features a kids activity passport, extreme trampolines, hot air balloons, and more.
Mosaic: Tacoma’s Arts and Culture Festival
Wright Park, Tacoma, WA | July 23-24, 12 – 7 p.m.
This free family-friendly festival has grown in size and hosts Kid’s Zones, hands-on cultural activities and experiences, a performer stage, and numerous specialty arts and crafts, food, and information vendor booths.
Proctor Arts Fest
Proctor District, Tacoma, WA | August 6, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Proctor Arts Fest is a community-based street fair on North 26th & Proctor Streets in Tacoma that attracts over 160 art and crafts vendors every year. In addition to the vendors, it features three stages of live music and entertainment, a kid’s area, a Farmers’ Market and a merchant sidewalk sale.
In The Spirit Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival
Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA | August 6
This longstanding indoor/outdoor festival is an opportunity for visitors to experience traditional and contemporary art, music, fashion, and dance from a diverse group of Native Artists and Makers. Bring the whole family to see performances, shop the art market, hear from local artists, explore all three museums for free, and make art of your own!
Chambers Creek Regional Park, University Place, WA | August 6-7
The entire family will be captivated by amazing kite demonstrations, family kite flying, food trucks, and other fun activities! Bring your kites, blankets, cameras, and get ready for this adventure-packed weekend of kites. Parking is $10/vehicle and must be purchased in advance online.
Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire
The Kelley Farm, Bonney Lake, WA | August 6-7, 13-14, & 20-21
The Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire features full contact jousting, world-class fencing demonstrations, country dancing, games, music, magicians, puppet shows, and more! Gates are open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. all three weekends and children ages 12 and younger are free for day visits and camping. The themes for the weekends are Masked Marauders, Fairytales & Fantasy Adventures, and Across the Multiverse.
Pierce County Fair
Frontier Park, Graham, WA | August 11-14
Join us at our yearly celebration of rural life and agriculture. The Pierce County Fair is nestled among the giant firs and green grass of beautiful Frontier Park. Sit back and enjoy a wide selection of tasty fair food while viewing many of our free entertainment acts and attractions.
Foss Waterway Seaport Museum, Tacoma, WA | June 12, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Celebrate the ocean, learn about its threats and get inspired to protect it! Wander past ocean music, island dance, aerial circus and immersive, interactive art; do hands-on science at the eco-booths; learn about ocean issues from OceanX speakers; hear ocean stories; and learn how to stop pollution. It’s FREE, and open to everyone.
Puyallup, WA | June 17-19
Pierce County’s largest street festival encompasses a 15-block radius in the heart of historic downtown Puyallup and features art in the Pavilion, a Kid Zone with inflatables, a giant sand box, three stages filled with live music and entertainment, hundreds of vendor booths, antique tractors, beer gardens, a food court, two classic car shows, and an antique sale and show.
Carnival of Cultures
Lakewood, WA | June 18, 4 – 8:30 p.m.
The Colonial Plaza on Motor Avenue will host an exciting series of summer events in 2022, including the Carnival of Cultures on Saturday, June 18, which will feature music, dancing, culture, cars, and delightful foods in celebration of Lakewood’s global heritage.