Family friendly fun this summer in Pierce County (2016)

Every summer I make a list/calendar of all the family friendly events I think my family would enjoy. Having a list down makes it easy to plan your calendar, or if you’re trying to come up with something fun to do, it’s a nice reference. Our #1 favorite thing to do each summer is the Movies in the Park, so I wrote down as many as I could find in our area. The list is in “area” categories and by dates, and be sure to check back often as I will most likely be adding. Please leave me a comment if you have something you’d like me to add. What’s your favorite summer activity/event?

University Place

Duck Daze Parade – June 4, 2016

Concerts in the Park – Curran Apple Orchard – July 7, July 21, August 4, August 18

Cider Squeeze – Curran Apple Orchard – August 28, 2016

Kite Festival – August 28, 2016 10A-3PM Chambers Bay



Go Hawaiian Pool Party June 4, 2016 6:30-8:30PM

Strawberry Feed – June 26, 2016 6:00PM

Derby Days – July 9, 2016

Car Show – July 10, 2016

Movie in the Park – July 22, 2016

National Night Out – August 2, 2016 6-9:00PM

Fircrest Fun Days – August 12 5-9PM, August 13 10A-10PM



4th of July Celebration – July 4, 2016

Concerts In The Park – June, July, August – Every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Salmon Bake – Last Sunday in July, Noon – 4:00 p.m.



Drive-In Movies at LeMay ACM June 25 Showing E.T., July 16 Showing Frozen, August 6 Showing Star Wars, August 27 TBD

July 4th Free Swimming at outdoor pools (Kandle and Stewart Heights)

Tacoma Freedom Fair, Airshow & Fireworks Extravaganza July 4th, Ruston Way

Family Campout July 8th, July 29, August 20

Family Fun Night, July 15, 6-9 p.m. Fort Nisqually

Tacoma’s Old Town Rhythm and Blues Festival – July 16, Old Town Park

Tacoma Maritime Fest – July 16-17 Thea Foss WaterWay

Food Truck Fest July 24 10:30A-6:00PM Wright’s Park

Movies in the Park – join for family fun and movie, movie starts at dusk, schedule below
Kandle Sunset Cinema
Friday, July 29
Movie: Minions

Ethnic Fest at Wright Park
Saturday, July 30
Movie: Star Wars:The Force Awakens

Click-Mobile-National Night Out and Summer Bash at
People’s Community Center
Tuesday, August 2 • 5 pm
(No movie)

Summer Bash at Stewart Heights
Friday, August 5 • 6 pm
Movie: Rio 2016 Summer Games

Summer Bash at The Center at Norpoint
Friday, August 12 • 6:30 pm
Movie: Inside Out

Summer Bash at STAR Center
Saturday, August 20 • 6 pm
Movie: Zootopia

Ethnic Fest – July 30 & 31, 12PM

Shakespeare in the Park – August 5, 7-8:30PM, Wright’s Park

Pierce County 2nd Annual Mobile Food Fest – August 27th, Sprinker Rec Center


Gig Harbor

Maritime Gig Festival – June 4th

Movies in the Park – Fridays, Skansie Brother’s Park, movie at dusk
July 1st – Minions
July 8th – The Lego Movie
July 15th – Aladdin
July 22nd – The Good Dinosaur
July 29th – Brave

Summer Sounds at Skansie Brother’s, click here for schedule and line up

National Night Out – August 2nd, 5-8PM, Gig Harbor Civic Center



Summer Fest – July 9 11A-11PM Fort Steilacoom Park

Regal 15 Lakewood Summer Movie Express $1 Click here for a theater near you
Week 1
Tue June 28 The Lego Movie
Wed June 29 Max
Week 2
Tue July 5 Goosebumps
Wed July 6 Iron Giant: Signature Edition
Week 3
Tue July 12 Pan
Wed July 13 The Smurfs 2
Week 4
Tue July 19 Despicable Me 2
Wed July 20 Home
Week 5
Tue July 26 Minions
Wed July 27 The Peanuts Movie
Week 6
Tue August 2 Alvin & The Chipmunks: The Road Chip
Wed August 3 Curious George
Week 7
Tue August 9 The Book of Life
Wed August 10 Hotel Transylvania 2
Week 8
Tue August 16 Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2
Wed August 17 Shaun The Sheep
Week 9
Tue August 23 The Croods
Wed August 24 Dr. Suess’ The Lorax



Annual Car Show – Dacca Park – June 26th

Music in the Park – Dacca Park – June 17-August 26

Movies in the Park – Dacca Park – At dusk
July 15 – Inside Out
August 19 – UP

PUYALLUP (& Sumner)

$1 Movie express at Regal Theaters – (look above for movies) and check out for a theater near you.

Meeker Days – June 17th- 19th

Music off Main Fridays in July Heritage Park (Sumner)

Free Concerts in the Park – Starting July 7 (July & August)-Pioneer Park – Thursdays, 6:30pm

Rhubarb Days – July 16 & 17 (Sumner)


Movies in the Park – check here for dates

4th of July parade and fireworks display and family picnic/bbq

July 16 Art in Bloom

August 5-7 Glacier Park Eatonville Arts Festival


Kids Club Mondays at 6:30pm (7/11-8/29) & Tuesdays at 11am (7/7-8/30)

Outdoor Music – Wednesdays at 6:30pm – go here for dates

Movies in the park – Allen Yorke Park – starts at dusk
Tuesday, August 2
Saturdays August 6, 13, & 27

National Night Out August 2nd Allan Yorke Park

Bonney Lake Days August 19-20 Allan Yorke Park


Kids Day June 24th 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM Les Grove Park

4th of July Festival 11:00AM-4:00PM Les Grove Park

Kids SummerStage Wednesday July 6-August 10 12:00PM Les Grove Park

Soundbites! July 14- August 11 12:00PM City Hall

Summer Sounds & Cinema – event starts at 7:00, movie at dusk
July 29th – The Good Dinosaur – Lee Hill Park
August 5th – Minions – Sunset Park
August 12th – Zootopia – Les Grove Park

AugustFest – August 13 11:00AM-8:00PM – Les Grove Park

Auburn Days Parade – downtown – August 13th 11:00AM (Part of AugustFest)

In many areas!!

Pierce County Library Summer Reading Program – June 18-August 31, 2016

Kids Bowl Free 

Summer Playground and Free Meal Distribution Program:
June 20 – August 26
11 am to 3 pm Monday-Friday [no program or meals July 4] Meals served noon-1:00 youth 18 and younger
Franklin Park
Portland Avenue Park
South Park
Verlo Playfield
Wapato Park
Wright Park


family friendly fun this summer in pierce county

4 comments / Add your comment below

    1. Thanks Jennifer for your comment! Yes, I am working on adding more Pierce County areas and will soon have the list up. Stayed tuned 🙂

  1. I liked how your organized your list!
    I’ll have a table/booth at Maritime Fest! It’s going to be great this year-come find me if you make it!

    1. Thanks, I usually do this for myself each summer so I thought I’d just add it to the blog maybe save some others time 🙂 I’ve often thought about going to the Maritime Fest, since that’s where I grew up but we’ve been doing the Duck Daze the past 6 years and it’s sorta a tradition now and they both land on the same day/time 🙁

Thank you for your comments!