Pierce County Events Calendar

This calendar is the place to find fun events happening throughout Pierce County including Tacoma, Puyallup, , Lakewood and beyond.

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Aug
7
Sat
In the Spirit Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival @ Tacoma Art Museum
Aug 7 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

2021 marks the 16th annual IN THE SPIRIT celebration, honoring traditional and contemporary Native and Indigenous arts and cultures. IN THE SPIRIT is a collaboration between the Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. IN THE SPIRIT is an opportunity for our communities to learn about, meet, and support the many exceptional Native artists working in the Pacific Northwest. Tacoma Art Museum will be hosting an artmaking moment from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm.

After hosting events online in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are thrilled to announce a return to an in-person festival! The IN THE SPIRIT exhibition at the Washington State History museum will also be in-person. The Virtual Arts Market and other online events will be available on the In the Spirit website from July 31 to September 3, 2021 at https://www.inthespiritarts.org/.

For questions, please contact Amelia Layton, Public Programs Manager at ALayton@TacomaArtMuseum.org.

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Sep
11
Sat
Tacoma Water Lantern Festival @ Spanaway Lake Park
Sep 11 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Water Lantern Festival is back!

Tacoma Water Lantern Festival is coming up on September 11, 2021!

Voted #1 Best Cultural Festival by USA TODAY!

Water Lantern Festival is a floating lantern event that is all about connections. Magical nights in cities across the U.S. include food, games, activities, vendors, music and the beauty of thousands of lanterns adorned with letters of love, hope and dreams reflected upon the water.

As the sun begins to set on the evening sky, the Water Lantern Festival begins to shine with the launch of the lanterns onto the water as we Light The Water together. Watch your unique lantern drift out into the water as it joins other lanterns carrying hope, love, happiness, healing, peace, and connection. It’s a night that you’ll never forget.

Tickets are selling fast!

Visit www.WaterLanternFestival.com for more details.

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Sep
25
Sat
Cider Swig @ LeMay - America's Car Museum
Sep 25 @ 11:30 am – 5:30 pm

After a difficult past year, we are excited to announce that The Cider Swig returns with dozens of regional ciders (and related libations) to sip and savor, live music and entertainment on two stages, the annual “Battle of the Pie” Contest, apple launching, award winning delectable curbside cuisine by area restaurants and food trucks, the Apple Carnivàle Zone, and more!

Northwest cidermakers, vintners and distillers will present over 100 ciders, wine, mead and more. The popular Apple Carnivàle returns – replete with performers, arts and crafts, dancers, an array of carnival games, inflatable obstacle course, sticky wall, face painting, apple launching, demonstrations, and other fun and games.

Ciders, etc. presented for sampling in the Cider Garden will be for sale under the Cider Tent, so you can take your favorites home to enjoy!

Come Get your Swig On!
Ticket includes: 5 drink tokens, 6 oz. festival glass, and access to all live music and entertainment, food, the Apple Carnivàle Zone, and all other festival activities.

Additional cider tokens are available at festival. ID is required to enter the Cider Garden. Must be 21+ to enter the Cider Garden.

**Each year the Cider Swig brings thousands from around the region to enjoy ciders, great food, live music and family fun. And, each year the Cider Swig sells out! Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.**

OTHER FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS
For 2021 we have chosen to make this a 21+ only event. We hope that 2022 we will be able to return to an accessible family-fun event.

WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
Without people like you, the Festival could not happen. Cider Swig volunteers will receive reduced admission ticket ($18) for the Cider Garden, free festival t-shirt, festival tasting glass, one $5 meal voucher … and have a great time!

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Oct
8
Fri
Oktoberfest Northwest @ Washington State Fair Events Center
Oct 8 @ 11:00 am – 11:59 pm
Oktoberfest Northwest @ Washington State Fair Events Center

Grab your stein, pull up your lederhosen and get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest like never before! This all ages until 6pm festival features entertainment for the whole family: non-stop traditional and contemporary German entertainment on two stages, a Root Beer Garden for kids, Hammershlagen and other German festival games, authentic German cuisine and of course a large Munich-style decorated hall. Also enjoy Wiener dog races and a 5k Stein Dash plus a kids 1k on Sunday or catch your favorite football game in the Sports Haus!

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Oktoberfest Northwest @ Washington State Fair Events Center
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 11:59 pm
Oktoberfest Northwest @ Washington State Fair Events Center

Grab your stein, pull up your lederhosen and get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest like never before! This all ages until 6pm festival features entertainment for the whole family: non-stop traditional and contemporary German entertainment on two stages, a Root Beer Garden for kids, Hammershlagen and other German festival games, authentic German cuisine and of course a large Munich-style decorated hall. Also enjoy Wiener dog races and a 5k Stein Dash plus a kids 1k on Sunday or catch your favorite football game in the Sports Haus!

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Oct
9
Sat
Oktoberfest Northwest @ Washington State Fair Events Center
Oct 9 @ 11:00 am – 11:59 pm
Oktoberfest Northwest @ Washington State Fair Events Center

Grab your stein, pull up your lederhosen and get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest like never before! This all ages until 6pm festival features entertainment for the whole family: non-stop traditional and contemporary German entertainment on two stages, a Root Beer Garden for kids, Hammershlagen and other German festival games, authentic German cuisine and of course a large Munich-style decorated hall. Also enjoy Wiener dog races and a 5k Stein Dash plus a kids 1k on Sunday or catch your favorite football game in the Sports Haus!

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Oct
10
Sun
Oktoberfest Northwest @ Washington State Fair Events Center
Oct 10 @ 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Oktoberfest Northwest @ Washington State Fair Events Center

Grab your stein, pull up your lederhosen and get ready to celebrate Oktoberfest like never before! This all ages until 6pm festival features entertainment for the whole family: non-stop traditional and contemporary German entertainment on two stages, a Root Beer Garden for kids, Hammershlagen and other German festival games, authentic German cuisine and of course a large Munich-style decorated hall. Also enjoy Wiener dog races and a 5k Stein Dash plus a kids 1k on Sunday or catch your favorite football game in the Sports Haus!

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