Annual events in Tacoma and Pierce County

The South Puget Sound knows how to have a good time. Whether it's a festival celebrating pie in the Sumner (the Americana capital of Pierce County), a film festival in Gig Harbor, or the annual Freedom Fair on Tacoma's waterfront, you'll find parades, music, entertainment, good food and beverages at events all across the county.
 

March

Sip & Stroll (Sumner)
Celebrate springtime in idyllic Sumner with a glass in hand and a downtown full of shops to wander through. promotesumner.com
 

April

Daffodil Festival (County-wide)
This annual county-wide tradition of parades and pageantry features a carnival and more. thedaffodilfestival.org
 
Spring Fair (Puyallup)
Enjoy carnival rides, fair food, animal exhibits, music, and more at Washington State Fairgrounds. thefair.com/spring-fair
 

May

Sip Northwest craft brews made in Pierce County, greater Washington, and Oregon. gigharborbeerfestival.com
 
Mayfest (Lakewood)
Beautiful flower displays and art are showcased at Lakewold Gardens. lakewoldgardens.org
 

June

Savor food, desserts, and beverages from dozens of different restaurants and vendors. tasteoftacoma.com
 
Meeker Days (Puyallup)
Pierce County’s largest street festival is a community celebration dedicated to historical, educational, and cultural interaction. Enjoy entertainment, craft vendors, kids’ activities, food, and more. puyallupmainstreet.com
 
Admire fine automobiles or show off your own custom ride. cityoffife.org
 

July

The Grand Tasting features more than 60 wineries, craft distilleries, breweries, and food vendors, plus chef cook-offs, winemaker dinners, and more. harborwineandfoodfest.com
 
Freedom Fair (Tacoma)
With fireworks, live music, athletic competitions, a car show, an air show and hundreds of food and souvenir vendors, this is Pierce County's main Fourth of July celebration. freedomfair.com
 
SummerFEST (Lakewood)
This annual celebration features dozens of vendors, a classic car show, free entertainment, and the KidZone. cityoflakewood.us
 
Rhubarb Days (Sumner)
Don’t miss this festival featuring a pie-eating contest, a rhubarb bake-off, games, music, and more. sumnerdowntown.com
 
Join thousands of other car buffs at the Pacific Northwest Nationals, where there are plenty of collector vehicles to drool over, plus vintage drag racing and live entertainment. good-guys.com
 
Ethnic Fest (Tacoma)
The largest celebration of culture and community in Tacoma, Ethnic Fest is a family-friendly, free festival with a kids' zones, live performances and specialty arts & crafts and plenty of food. ethnicfest.org 
 

August

Brew Five Three (Tacoma)
Enjoy more than 30 Washington state brewers, grab some grub from local food trucks, and listen to live tunes. broadwaycenter.org
 
Expect food, music, and plenty of classic cars, hot rods, and custom trucks to admire at this annual auto showcase. sumnerdowntown.com
 

September

More than one million fair-goers enjoy rides, food, and entertainment at one of the largest fairs in the country. thefair.com
 

October

Enjoy beer, brats, and entertainment during this annual festival celebrating everything Bavarian. oktoberfestnw.com
 
Thousands gather at Fife’s Dacca Park to celebrate the fall harvest season with hay rides, a hay maze, fall-themed crafts and food, and more. cityoffife.org
 
Celebrate art during October in Tacoma. Hundreds of arts and culture programs are open to the public and many are free. tacomaartsmonth.com
 
Celebrates unique and innovative storytelling with eight days of workshops, discussions, awards and screenings of more than 100 independent films from across the globe. tacomafilmfestival.com
 

November

Christmas Tree Lighting (downtown Tacoma)
Join the South Sound community and visitors for carols, photos with Santa and the annual Christmas Tree lighting at this free community event. broadwaycenter.org 
 
Be part of the magic of THE POLAR EXPRESS™, as the story comes to life. All ages can enjoy the warmth and fun of the Christmas season as you depart for a trip to the North Pole. mtrainierrailroad.com
 

December

Zoolights (Tacoma)
More than half a million lights turn Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium into a holiday display. See a scuba-diving Santa or ride a camel. pdza.org
 
First Night Tacoma (Downtown Tacoma)
Live music, dancing, indoor and outdoor performances, food trucks and fire shows highlight the only family-friendly New Years Eve countdown in the Puget Sound. firstnighttacoma.org