Pierce County 2015 Major Festivals and Events

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By Margo Greenman

sunset chevroletWhat better way to experience the place where you live than by gathering with your neighbors and community to celebrate food, art, holidays and more. Each year Tacoma and its neighboring cities play host to some pretty spectacular festivals and events. From highly anticipated annual events like the Taste of Tacoma, the Washington State Fair, First Night and more, to special one-time events like the US Open 2015 Golf Championship, no matter the season, there is something everyone.

Pierce County’s major festivals and events are an opportunity to gather with friends, celebrate the season, and enjoy all the vibrance and spirit our cities offer. But, with so much happening, it can be hard to keep up. That’s why SouthSoundTalk has created this list of 2015 major festivals and events to help you plan your year. Start marking your calendar and get ready for a whole lot of fun in the months to come.

washington state fair
The Washington State Fair is a highly anticipated event across the state. But, if you can’t wait for September, head on over to the Washington State Spring Fair for a sneak peek at the fun. Photo credit: Patrick Hagerty.

April

Daffodil Festival
April 11, 2015
Admission: free
The festival takes place in four cities across Pierce County: Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting. For more information visit the festival’s website here.

Washington State Spring Fair
April 16–19, 2015
Tickets: Adults $10.00, students (ages 6–18) $8.00, kids 5 and younger admitted free.
Washington State Fair and Events Center
110 9th Avenue Southwest
Puyallup, WA 98371
253-845-1771

May

Tacoma Guitar Festival
May 17, 2015
Admission: $10 for adults. Kids admitted free with guardian.
Tacoma Dome
2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421
253-272-3663

June

Members of the University Place community and surrounding area gather each year in celebration of spring during the Duck Daze Festival.
Members of the University Place community and surrounding area gather each year in celebration of spring during the Duck Daze Festival.

Duck Daze Festival
June 6, 2015
Admission: free
Downtown University Place

Maritime Gig Festival
June 6, 2015
Free for spectators. Parade unit participant registration pricing and information available online.
Downtown Gig Harbor

Northwest Pinball and Arcade Show
June 5–7, 2015
Admission prices vary. Visit event website for ticket pricing information.
Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
253-830-6601

US Open 2015 Golf Championship
June 15–21, 2015
Tickets available online.
Chambers Bay Golf Course
6320 Grandview Drive West
University Place, WA 98467
253-460-4653

Meeker Days Festival
June 20–22, 2015
Admission: free
Downtown Puyallup

chambers bay golf
Chambers Bay Golf Course will host the U.S. Open in June 2015.

Tacoma Highland Games
June 26–27, 2015
Admission prices vary. Visit Tacoma Highland Games online for ticket pricing information.
Frontier Park
21718 Meridian Avenue East
Graham, WA 98338

EQC Taste of Tacoma
June 26–28, 2015
Admission: free
Point Defiance Park
5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
253-591-5337

July

Freedom Fair
July 4, 2015
Admission: free
Ruston Way Waterfront
Tacoma, WA 98402

Lakewood SummerFEST
July 11, 2015
Admission: free
Fort Steilacoom Park
8714 87th Avenue Southwest
Lakewood, WA 98498

art on the ave
Pierce County residents flock to 6th Ave in Tacoma for the annual summer bash, Art on the Ave. Photo credit: Erin Kobberstad.

Art On the Ave
July 12, 2015
Admission: free
6th Ave Business District
Tacoma, WA 98406

Gig Harbor Summer Art Festival
July 19, 2015
Admission: free
Gig Harbor Waterfront

Tacoma Maritime Fest
July 18–19, 2015
Admission: free
Tacoma Waterfront
705 Dock Street
Tacoma, WA 98402

Food Truck Fest
July 19, 2015
Admission: free
Wright Park
501 South I Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-305-1000

Ethnic Fest
July 25–26, 2015
Admission: free
Wright Park
501 South I Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-305-1000

Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival
July dates, admission and location information TBD. Visit Tacoma Jazz and Blues Festival online for more information.

Metro Parks Tacoma's Ethnic Fest 2013 in Wright Park.  Photo by Russ Carmack.
Metro Parks Tacoma’s Ethnic Fest 2013 in Wright Park. Photo by Russ Carmack.

Tacoma Pride Festival
July dates: TBD
Admission: free
Location: TBD

Tacoma Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival
July date, location and other information TBD.

August

Proctor Arts Fest
August 1, 2015
Admission: free
Proctor District
Tacoma, WA

Pierce County Fair
August 6–9, 2015
Admission information available online.
Pierce County Fairgrounds
21718 Meridian Avenue East
Graham, WA 98338
253-843-1173

Annual LeMay Car Show
August 29, 2015
Admission: General admission $15, children (Ages 6-17) $5, LeMay Family Collection members admitted free.
Marymount Event Center
325 152nd ST E
Tacoma, WA 98445

The Fall Garden Fest is a popular end of summer celebration in Tacoma.
The Fall Garden Fest is a popular end of summer celebration in Tacoma.

Music & Art in Wright Park
August date: August 8
Admission: free
Wright Park
501 South I Street
Tacoma, WA 98405
253-305-1000

Stadium District Art & Wine Walk
August date: TBD
Stadium District

September

Washington State Fair
September 11–27, 2015
Ticket information available online.
Washington State Fair and Events Center
110 9th Avenue Southwest
Puyallup, WA 98371
253-845-1771

Fall Garden Festival
September 26, 2015
Admission: free
Point Defiance Park
5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
253-591-5337

The Grand Cinema is one of Tacoma Film Festival's participating venues.
The Grand Cinema is one of Tacoma Film Festival’s participating venues.

October

Oktoberfest Northwest
October 9–11, 2015
Ticket information can be found online.
Washington State Fair and Events Center
110 9th Avenue Southwest
Puyallup, WA 98371
253-845-1771

Tacoma Film Festival
October 18–15, 2015
Visit Tacoma Film Festival online for admission pricing and information.
Tacoma Film Festival takes places at The Grand Cinema and other venues across Tacoma.

Tacoma Holiday Food & Gift Festival
October 22–25, 2015
Ticket information available online.
Tacoma Dome
2727 East D Street
Tacoma, WA 98421
253-272-3663

Harvest Fest
October 31, 2015
Admission: free
Event location(s): TBD

Tacoma Greek Festival
October dates and location TBD. Visit Tacoma Greek Festival online for more information.

November

Zoolights
2015 dates TBD
Admission prices vary. Visit Zoolights’ website for admission prices and information.
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium
5400 North Pearl Street
Tacoma, WA 98407
253-591-5337

point defiance zoo lights
Tacoma’s Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium lights up for the holidays during their annual Zoolights display.

Fantasy Lights
2015 dates TBD
Admission information available online.
Spanaway Park
14905 Bresemann Blvd South
Spanaway, WA 98387

December

Festival of Trees
First week of December.
For special event pricing information, click here.
Tacoma Convention Center
1500 Broadway, Tacoma, WA 98402
253-830-6601

First Night
December 31, 2015
Admission information available online.
Downtown Tacoma.

Dickens Festival
December date: TBD
Admission: free
Stadium District

 

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