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Family Friendly fun this summer in Pierce County updated for 2017

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Being Updated as more dates become available….

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 3

Concerts in the Park – Curran Apple Orchard – TBA

Movie in the park – July 22 starts at dusk
Chambers Bay Park
Pete’s Dragon

National Night Out – First Annual in Market Square – August 1st 4-6 PM

Moonlight Movie in the Park – August 5 Starts at dusk – Cirque Park

Kite Festival – August 5 10-3 pm Chambers Bay

Movie in the park – August 12 starts at dusk
Chambers Bay

Cider Squeeze – Curran Apple Orchard – August 27 noon-4 pm



Go Hawaiian Pool Party June 3  6:30-8:30PM

Community Garage Sale – June 10

Strawberry Feed – June 25 6:00PM

Car Show – July 9

Movie in the Park – July 21

National Night Out – August 1  6-9:00PM

Fircrest Fun Days – August 11 5-9PM, August 11 10A-10PM



4th of July Celebration – July 4

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.



Taste of Tacoma June 23-25- Pt Defiance Park

Drive-In Movies at LeMay ACM gates open at 4:30, movie at dusk, free
July 8 (Sat) – Raiders of the Lost Arc
July 22 (Sat) – Ghostbusters
Aug 11 (Fri) – Moana
Aug 26 (Sat) – Rogue One

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

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

Family Campout – July 14, July 28, August 18 7 pm-9 am Owen Beach, 5400 N. Pearl St.

Family Fun Night July 14, 6-9 p.m. Fort Nisqually

Tacoma Maritime Fest – July 16-17 Thea Foss WaterWay

Food Truck Fest July 23 Wrights Park 10:30-6:00 pm

Movies in the Park – join for family fun and movie, movie starts at dusk, schedule below
Kandle Sunset Cinema
Friday, July 28
Movie: Lego Batman

Ethnic Fest at Wright Park
Saturday, July 29
Movie: Hidden Figures

Summer Bash at Stewart Heights
Friday, August 4 • 5 pm
Movie: Moana

Summer Bash at The Center at Norpoint
Friday, August 11
Movie: Kubo & The Two Strings

Summer Bash at STAR Center
Saturday August 19
Movie: Sing

National Night Out/Summer Bash- August 1 5-8 pm at the People’s Center

Ethnic Fest – July 29 & 30, 12-7 pm

Shakespeare in the Park – August 4, 7-8:30PM, Wright’s Park

Pierce County 2nd Annual Mobile Food Fest – August 26th, Sprinker Rec Center


Gig Harbor

Maritime Gig Festival – June 3rd & 4th

Food Truck Fest – June 17 Sehmel Park

Movies in the Park – Fridays, Skansie Brother’s Park, movie at dusk

Summer Sounds at Skansie Brother’s TBA

Uptown Summer Concerts TBA

National Night Out – August 1 TBA

Cruise the Narrows Car Show August 5 Uptown Plaza

Fly in Drive In August 12 TBA



Summer Fest – July 8 11A-11PM Fort Steilacoom Park

Regal 15 Lakewood Summer Movie Express $1 Click here for a theater near you
Week 1
Tue June 27 Kung Fu Panda 3
Wed June 28 Ice Age: Collision Course
Week 2
Tue July 4 Trolls
Wed July 5 Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked
Week 3
Tue July 11 Monster Trucks
Wed July 12 Penguins of Madagascar
Week 4
Tue July 18 Rio 2
Wed July 10 Boxtrolls
Week 5
Tue July 25 Secret Life of Pets
Wed July 26 Sing
Week 6
Tue August 1 Kubo & the Two Strings
Wed August 2 Ratchet & Clank
Week 7
Tue August 8 The Spongebob Square Pants Movie: Sponge Out of Water
Wed August 9 The Adventures of Tin tin
Week 8
Tue August 15 Happy Feet 2
Wed August 16 Cats & Dogs 2: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
Week 9
Tue August 22 Storks
Wed August 23 Lego Batman



Annual Car Show – Dacca Park – June 25th

Music in the Park – Dacca Park – June 23 – August 11

Movies in the Park – Dacca Park – At dusk
July 14 – TBA
August 18 – TBA


PUYALLUP (& Sumner)

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

Meeker Days – June 16th- 18th

Music off Main Fridays in July Heritage Park (Sumner)

Rhubarb Days – July 15 & 16 (Sumner)



Movies in the Park – check here for dates

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

July 15 Art in Bloom

August 4-6 Glacier Park Eatonville Arts Festival



Kids Club Mondays at 6:30pm (7/10-8/14)

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

Movies in the park – Allen Yorke Park – starts at dusk TBA

National Night Out August 1 Allan Yorke Park

Bonney Lake Days August 18-19 Allan Yorke Park



Fathers Day BBQ & Strawberry shortcake feed – June 16

Kids Day June 23 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM Les Grove Park

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

Kids SummerStage Wednesday July 12 – August 16 12:00PM Les Grove Park

Soundbites! July 13- August 10 12:00PM City Hall

Summer Sounds & Cinema – event starts at 7:00, movie at dusk
July 28th – TBA
August 4th – TBA
August 11th – TBA

AuburnFest – August 12 11:00AM-8:00PM – Les Grove Park

Auburn Days Parade – downtown – August 12th 11:00AM (Part of AuburnFest)


In many areas!!

Pierce County Library Summer Reading Program – TBA

Kids Bowl Free 

Summer Playground and Free Meal Distribution Program:
June 19-August 25, 2017
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

Meal only sites:
Titlow Park
SERA Park (Star Center)


Family Friendly Fun This Summer in Pierce County 2017

Don’t forget to pull out those calendars and start penciling in events you don’t want to miss this summer ;)

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Monday 29th of May 2017

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Thursday 4th of May 2017

This is awesome, thanks for posting!

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Wednesday 3rd of May 2017

Hello, fellow Washingtonian. This list is awesome. I've always wanted to do movies in the park. I'd love to see a list of family friendly parks and beaches. Summer in the PNW is so beautiful so I try to do as many outdoor activities as possible.