There are plenty of entertaining activities — music, sports, theater, museums, parks and shopping — in Pierce County. Dare to take the plunge down the Raging River Ride at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park, for instance, or tee off at one of the many 18-hole golf courses the Pacific Northwest is known for. Don’t miss the Washington State Fair and Spring Fair in Puyallup or the hundreds of daffodils adorning floats in the Daffodil Festival’s annual parade. And be sure to check out the spectacular Museum of Glass in Tacoma.
Residents of Pierce County enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.
For more than 80 years, Pierce County residents have been flocking to the annual Daffodil Festival. There are a number of events surrounding the springtime event held every April, including a parade that travels through Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting with daffodil-adorned floats; the princess promenade, which kicks off the official reign of the Daffodil Festival Royal Court; the queen’s coronation, where a queen is chosen to reign over the festival activities for the year; the daffodil princess tea; a 5K challenge; and a junior daffodil parade geared toward children.
For more than 20 years, the Fantasy Lights at Spanaway Park has been the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest, featuring nearly 300 elaborate displays and thousands of sparkling lights. The beautiful 2-mile drive along Spanaway Lake will delight visitors with a look at the magical world of animation and imagination where bears fly kites, Santa and Rudolph sail a tall ship, snowmen kick field goals, penguins slide down an igloo and reindeer leap over your car. Visitors may enjoy the event from the end of November through Jan. 1.
Meeker Days Arts & Music Festival
The Meeker Days Arts & Music Festival, originated in 1939, is Pierce County’s largest street festival that encompasses a 15-block radius in the heart of historic downtown Puyallup. The festival is a three-day event that takes place the third weekend in June. It features four entertainment stages, including a kid-friendly stage; over 200 craft and commercial vendors; two food courts; kids’ activities such as educational exhibits, inflatable rides, and arts and crafts; an antique tractor display; a beer and wine garden; and two classic car shows featuring Buicks and Pontiacs.
Taste of Tacoma
Taste of Tacoma is the ultimate summer get-together at the end of June with more than 40 restaurants and craft and commercial goods vendors all in Point Defiance Park. Attendees will enjoy live music on four stages; live cooking demonstrations and cook-offs; the Rose Garden, which includes the wine bar and the craft beer tasting; outdoor beer gardens; the Funtastic Carnival with games and rides; and more.
Washington State Fair
The Washington State Fair is the largest single attraction held annually in the state of Washington. The fair continually ranks in the top 10 largest fairs in the world. The Washington State Fair hosts two annual events, the 17-day Washington State Fair every September and the four-day Spring Fair in Puyallup every April. Situated south of Seattle and east of Tacoma in the shadow of majestic Mount Rainier, the Washington State Fair Events Center comprises more than 169 acres. The multiple buildings and facilities are available for rent during the year, making the grounds a valuable community resource.