Tacoma Events Summer Guide 2018

Mary Mart

We love our Summer in the Pacific Northwest, and particularly in Tacoma, we know how to party! This Summer promises to be an epic season, with a bunch of must-attend events. We’ve assembled this list of Tacoma events to help you navigate what you need to hit up during the Summer months.

SOUNDWAVE MUSIC FESTIVAL

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Source: Soundwave Music Festival

Soundwave is Tacoma’s first ever multi-genre music festival! You definitely wanna clear your calendars for this one

Don’t miss this event at Cheney Stadium on July 7th. You’ll want to be there not only for the epic music, but you’ll love the incredible food, drinks, games and more.

When: July 7

Where: Cheney Stadium

More Info & Tickets: Eventbrite

PRIDE TACOMA 2018: THE MIX PRIDE BLOCK PARTY

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Source: Tacoma Pride

The Tacoma Pride Festival honors the LGBTQA community by fostering pride in who we are as valuable, creative members of a diverse population in the South Puget Sound region by curating cultural events, establishing partnerships, and hosting Tacoma Pride, formerly Out in the Park, an outdoor festival.

When: July 14

Where: 635 St Helens Ave. Tacoma

Website: Tacoma Pride

Ages: 21+ Only

REGGAE ON THE WAY 2018

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Source: Reggae on the Way

Tacoma’s sole Reggae music festival is BACK! Reggae on the Way is an all-ages block party style festival held on South Tacoma Way, spanning from 54th Street to 56th Street. This year expect amazing talent, a massive stage, high-end sound and lighting production, vendors, beer gardens, food trucks and more!

When: July 28. Gates open at 12 PM., music starts at 2 PM, goes until 11 PM

Where: 5406 S Tacoma Way

More Info & Tickets: Eventbrite

TASTE OF TACOMA

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Source: Taste of Tacoma

Touted as the ultimate Summer get-together, the Taste of Tacoma® is Tacoma’s premier food and drink festival. We celebrate with 5 top local eateries, serving up large-taste portions, prepared by some of Tacoma’s most creative local chefs.

If great food brings you to another level of indescribable satisfaction, this festival is for you!

What can you expect?

  • Live music on 4 stages
  • Live cooking demonstrations & cook-offs at “The Taste Cooks!” stage
  • 40+ restaurants & vendors
  • The all-new South Sound Bites local restaurant showcase
  • Craft Beer Tasting
  • Outdoor beer gardens
  • Wine Bar
  • Funtastic Carnival
  • Kids petting zoo & more!

If you’re a foodie, this is a must-attend event!

When: Friday, Jun 22, 11:00 am to Sunday, Jun 24, 9:00 pm

Where: Point Defiance Park, 5400 N Pearl St

Phone: (253) 305-1000

More Info & Tickets: Website

ART ON THE AVE

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Source: Sixth Avenue Business District

Mary Mart is proud to be a part of 6th Ave Tacoma’s largest festival. The annual art festival features a variety of local vendors, artists, exhibits, music, and beer gardens. Also, don’t miss the shopping bargains that line the street from Alder to State.

Make sure to check the Art On The Ave website for regular updates. This promises to be one of the best Tacoma events.

When: Sunday, July 8, 2018

More Info & Tickets: Website

Event Page: Facebook

TACOMA FREEDOM FAIR

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Source: Tacoma Freedom Fair

Mary Mart is proud to be a part of the annual Tacoma Freedom Fair, which for the last 40 years has been Washington State’s largest one-day event. (And, it keeps getting bigger every year!)

2018’s will feature 4 stages of live music, numerous exhibitions, a kids zone and a car show. The event concludes with one of the top 10 fireworks show in America!

When: July 4, 10 am – 11 pm

Where: Ruston Way Waterfront 2201 Ruston Way, Tacoma

More Info & Tickets: Facebook

TACOMA ETHNIC FEST 2018

Source: Tacoma Ethnic Festival
Source: Ethnic Fest

Since its humble beginning in 1986, Ethnic Fest has become Tacoma’s largest celebration of culture, community, and diversity. Ethnic Fest is a free festival that is family friendly, featuring arts & crafts, a variety of entertainment, and a kid’s zone. Come to celebrate over 30 years of Tacoma culture!

When: Saturday-Sunday, July 28-29, from Noon to 7:00 pm

Where: Wright Park, Tacoma

Website: Ethnic Fest

MUSIC AND ART IN WRIGHT PARK

Source: Music and Art in Wright Park

MAWP — aka Music and Art in Wright Park — started in the early 1990s in the heart of Tacoma. A family-friendly event, you’ll enjoy arts and crafts, delicious food (food trucks!), and plenty of music, including rock, pop, alternative, and of course, punk!

Best thing of all, MAWP is free to the public!

When: Saturday, August 11th, 2018 – Noon till 7 pm

Where: Wright Park

Website: MAWP Festival

ALMA MATER TACOMA EVENTS

This summer will be awesome at the new Alma Mater venue. Mark your calendar for some really cool shows at an incredible venue, now featuring a great cafe to chill in!

LAUGHING MATER

When: June 15
More Info: Alma Mater

DESTINY CITY COMICS AND ARTS FESTIVAL

When: June 23
More Info: Alma Mater

TACOMA PRIDE AFTER PARTY

When: July 14 – July 15
More Info: Alma Mater

So many events, so little time. Make this Summer the best one yet! Don’t be a stranger — stop on by Mary Mart and say “hi!”

And, don’t forget to check out our menu for your favorite strains and special deals.

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