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 Sumner (the Americana capital of Pierce County), a film festival in Gig Harbor, or the celebrations on Tacoma's waterfront, you'll find parades, music, entertainment, good food, and beverages at events all across the county.
Note: Please note that some events have gone virtual, or been cancelled, postponed, or otherwise rescheduled. Please check with organizers before making plans to attend.


Sip & Stroll (Sumner)
Celebrate springtime in idyllic Sumner with a glass in hand and a downtown full of shops to wander through.
Founded in 2014, the Destiny City Film Festival is a homegrown Tacoma community event, built to showcase and celebrate cinematic storytelling from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.


Daffodil Festival (County-wide)
This annual county-wide tradition of parades and pageantry features a carnival and more.
Enjoy carnival rides, fair food, animal exhibits, music, and more at the Washington State Fairgrounds.


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


Savor food, desserts, and beverages from dozens of different restaurants and vendors.
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.
Admire fine automobiles or show off your own custom ride.


The Grand Tasting features more than 60 wineries, craft distilleries, breweries, and food vendors, plus chef cook-offs, winemaker dinners, and more.
With fireworks, live music, car shows, food trucks and baseball, air shows, there's a long list of celebrations happening around Pierce County.
SummerFEST (Lakewood)
This annual celebration features dozens of vendors, a classic car show, free entertainment, and the KidZone.
Rhubarb Days (Sumner)
Don’t miss this festival featuring a pie-eating contest, a rhubarb bake-off, games, music, and more.
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.
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. 


Brew Five Three (Tacoma)
Enjoy more than 30 Washington state brewers, grab some grub from local food trucks, and listen to live tunes.
Complete with a beer garden, live music and a car show in the summer sun, the real draw for Hudson's Bay Heritage Days is the barbecue competition with 30+ pro and semi-pro pitmasters.
Expect food, music, and plenty of classic cars, hot rods, and custom trucks to admire at this annual auto showcase.


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


Enjoy beer, brats, and entertainment during this annual festival celebrating everything Bavarian.
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.
Celebrate art during October in Tacoma. Hundreds of arts and culture programs are open to the public and many are free.
Celebrates unique and innovative storytelling with eight days of workshops, discussions, awards and screenings of more than 100 independent films from across the globe.


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. 
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.


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.
Fantasy Lights (Spanaway)
A drive-through Christmas-light extravaganza, featuring more than 300 displays in its two-mile course. Bring your own cocoa and make the perfect family evening of it!
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.