The Greentrike Back to School Festival returns on August 31 for its second year in downtown Tacoma, centrally located in Tollefson Plaza. The Festival is Pierce County’s most playful event celebrating the return to school for students in grades pre-K to 12. The Festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring live performances, a DJ dance party, food trucks, special discounts from local businesses, activities for students and families, and a giveaway of backpacks filled with school supplies.
The Back to School Festival has gathered students, families, and the community for over ten years. In 2021, Greentrike became the official host of the Back to School Festival, bringing the festivities to downtown Tacoma. The 2021 Festival was an astounding success that drew over 800 students, families, and caregivers, and Greentrike provided them with over 800 backpacks filled with school supplies.
As part of Tacoma’s Safe Youth Campaign, Seeds of Peace (SOP) members will activate three projects during the festival. The first is a youth-led dance party from the Child and Youth Centered Community Playbook. The second project will be team gaming through a mobile video game truck. Lastly, SOP will be holding a foam party at Playground Ish, located behind the Children’s Museum of Tacoma. Seeds of Peace welcomes youth of Pierce County to come to the Festival, build community, and learn how to help make Pierce County the best place to grow up.