Last updated: 7/26/22 and will continue updating as more dates become available.
Who’s getting excited for the sunshine and summer fun?
I know I am!
Every summer I make a list 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. I’m hoping we’ll at least to attend one this summer.
What’s your favorite summer activity/event?
I’m hoping this summers event line up will look more like pre-pandemic. Fingers crossed. This summer will look different for my family as we will be in our new home, but will still be close enough to Pierce County to enjoy some of the festivities below. We are also looking forward to seeing what Kitsap County has to offer this summer for families, go check out the list I’ve started.
PIERCE COUNTY FAMILY-FRIENDLY
Below you’ll find each town/city and if there’s anything happening this summer. Events will be organized by dates and don’t forget to come back often to see if anything has changed(& visit their website for further info).
Check out these other local posts on my blog;
- Where to Watch Firework Shows Near Pierce County This Year
- Over 150 Family Friendly Things To Do In Pierce County
- Public Areas to Play in the Water in Pierce County
- Pierce County Farmers Market Schedule
- List of Zoos and Aquariums in Washington
- Unique Places to Stay in Washington
- Free & Cheap Activities for Babies & Toddlers in Pierce County
- Pierce County Birthday Party Locations for Kids & Teens
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»Duck Daze – June 4th, 10am-2pm
»Teddy Bear Picnic – July 17th from 1-4PM, Curran Apple Orchard
»Music on the Square – The Village at Chambers Bay – July 20, 27 & August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
»National Night Out – August 2. Register Your Group/Neighborhood by July 28
»Summer Concerts – Curran Apple Orchard – August 4 & 18. All concerts are FREE and take place on the following Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8pm. Bring the whole family, blankets and picnics.
»Movie in the Park – at Cirque Park. – August 6, 7:30 PM - 10:30 PM at Cirque Park. Encanto! comes to Cirque Park on Saturday, Aug. 6, bringing with it a magician, bounce houses, a stilt walker, free dance lessons, kids activities, and great food choices from Ruca’s Food Truck and Bliss Small Batch Creamery!
»Kite Festival – August 6 & 7. $10 per vehicle, tickets may be purchased in advance. The entire family will be captivated by amazing kite demonstrations, family kite flying, inflatables, food trucks, vendors and other fun activities!
»Family Campout – August 20-21, 2022 Chambers Creek Park *Registration required
»Cider Squeeze – Curran Apple Orchard – August 28, 2022 FREE
»Kidz Kraze – September 10 12-4pm at Chambers Bay Park – Bring the whole family for a free, one-day summer experience like no other! Fun activities for ages 3-12 are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.
»4th of July Celebration – July 4 – 9am-11:30pm
»Concerts In The Park – July, August – Every Wednesday 6:30-8:00 – Pioneer Park
»Salmon Bake – Last Sunday in July, Noon – 4:00 p.m. – TBA
»Community Garage Sale – June 18, 2022 9:00AM-4:00PM
»Strawberry Festival – June 26, 2022 5:30PM-8:00PM
»Fircrest Picnic & Rod Run – July 3, 2022 10:00AM-3:00PM
»Fircrest Fun Days – July 15 & 16, more details to come
»National Night Out – August 2, 6-9pm at Fircrest Park
»Concert Picnic & Market – August 11 & 25, 5-8:30pm at Fircrest Park
»Tacoma Ocean Fest – June 12, 2022 10am-5pm at Foss Waterway Seaport – 705 Dock St. Tacoma -Arts, science and water fun! The free festival will include brand-new art, music and dance, exciting speakers, eco-booths and the Ocean Action hunt. Plus, join us at the Seaport at the free Lantern Paddle for Species event on June 10 at 7:00 PM and beach clean-up at Purdy Spit on June 11 from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM.
»Concerts at the Dunes – Four-part concert series held at Dune Peninsula, coming this summer – More info TBA
»Taste of Tacoma – Pt Defiance Park- Should be happening this year, check out their facebook for updates
»Tacoma Summer Blast – July 4th, Come out to Dune Peninsula for a free family event featuring live music, food trucks, a craft market and fireworks! 11am-10:30pm
»Lincoln District Food Walk – July 15, 4pm-9pm
»Family Fun Night – Fort Nisqually July 15, 2022 – Scavenger hunts, contests, and more!
»Ethnic Fest– July 23 & 24 Wright Park, This family-friendly, free festival has grown in size and hosts Kid’s Zones, hands-on cultural activities and experiences, performer stage, as well as numerous specialty arts and crafts, food, and information vendor booths.
»LeMay Motors & Movies – first come first serve, gates open at 5pm movie starts at 9:30pm
July 29 Jungle Cruise
August 5 Black Panther
August 6 Spider Man No Way Home
»National Night Out – August 2, 4-8pm at People’s Community Center. Join us for this free community event and enjoy hot dogs and hamburgers, indoor and outdoor family activities, 3-on-3 basketball tournament, Museum of Glass Mobile Hot Shop, vendors, community partner booths and much more.
»Summer Bash & Outdoor Movie Series
August 5, 5pm – Star Center playing Luca – Enjoy a variety of activities including inflatable slide, games, entertainment, crafts, food truck, outdoor movie and more.
August 13, 2pm- Center of Norpoint playing Spirit- Enjoy a variety of activities including a car show, pickleball tournament, talent show, vendors, games, food trucks and an outdoor movie.
August 19, 6pm – Stewart Heights Park playing Sonic 2 – Enjoy a variety of activities including vendors, games, food trucks and an outdoor movie.
»Shakespeare In The Park- August 5, 7-9pm Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and snacks to Wright Park for this production of Shakespeare’s Cymbeline.
»Brigade Encampment – August 13-14, 11am-5pm Step back in time to 1855 at Fort Nisqually Living History Museum’s 39th annual Brigade Encampment. This event recreates the bustle and excitement of the historic visit of fur traders to Fort Nisqually in 1855. Guests will witness the arrival of the brigade (the convoy that delivered a year’s worth of furs) and spirited contests between trappers and traders. Visitors can participate in “Engagé for the Day,” visiting with living historians at their tents and receiving hands-on lessons on period skills, food sampling, live music, Punch and Judy Puppet Shows by Professor Pettitcoat, and a performance by the Pacific Ohana Foundation honoring the contributions and history of Hawaiians in Pacific Northwest history.
»Muckleshoot Casino Fireworks Show – 10:00 PM You can arrive early to browse the stands or just come to watch the FREE show – TBA »Firework show at Firecracker alley, starts at dusk 2102 Alexander Ave, Tacoma, WA 98421 – TBA
GIG HARBOR/KEY PENINSULA
»Maritime Gig Festival – June 4-5th Downtown Gig Harbor celebrate the beautiful city with a weekend of fun and festivities
»Maker’s Market – June 18th, at Gateway Park
»Family Fun Fest – June 25, 11am-4pm, Sehmel Homestead Park 10123 78th Avenue NW, Gig Harbor
»Family Fun Fest – July 9th, at Gateway Park
»Chalk the Harbor- July 16, All families, groups, and individuals of all ages and skill levels are invited to decorate Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront sidewalks with chalk art!
»Movies on Fridays at Sehmel Homestead Park- July 29 – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Kitsap Bank provides complimentary popcorn.
»Summer Sounds at Skansie Brother’s – Tuesday nights through August 30, 6:00-8:00p
»Cinema Under the Stars- Cinema Under the Stars is a longtime Key Pen Parks tradition at Volunteer and Gateway Parks on Friday evenings in August. Bring your blankets, chairs, pillows and prepare to have a great time with your friends and family! Pre-movie craft or activity will start at 7:30 pm. Movies will begin at dusk.
August 5 at Gateway Park – Wreck it Ralph
August 12 at Volunteer Park – Ralph Breaks the Internet
August 19 at Gateway Park – Ghostbusters Afterlife
August 26 at Volunteer Park – Wonder Park
»Cruise the Narrows Car Show August 6, 8:00am-3:00pm Uptown Plaza 4735 Pt. Fosdick Drive Gig Harbor, WA
»Family Fun Day at Key Peninsula Civic Center – August 6, 4-10pm Come on down to the Key Peninsula Civic Center for a good time with friends and neighbors!
»Gig Harbor Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues Festival- August 13, more info to come
»Saturday Street Festivals – will feature music, dancing, culture, cars, and delightful foods. 4pm-8:30pm 6114 Motor Avenue SW.
Dancing in the Streets – May 21, 2022
Carnival of Cultures – June 18, 2022
Jazz Night & Car Show – August 13, 2022
Fiesta De La Familia- Sept. 17, 2022
»Paddle, Row, & Canoe Day- June 4, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Harry Todd Park – Come experience a variety of non-motorized water activities and rowing demonstrations. Kids and families are invited to participate in water education and fun activities at the new docks and pier.
»Fairy Fest at Lakewold Gardens – June 24-26 Go to their site for more information
»Summer Nights at the Pavilion Concert Series – Tuesdays June 28-August 16 6:30 to 8 p.m. – Set up lawn chairs or throw down a blanket and enjoy live music at Fort Steilacoom Park! Our outdoor concerts follow the Lakewood Farmers Markets on Tuesdays this summer. Bring a snack from the market, claim your spot, enjoy a great performance, and “cut a rug” on the dance floor.
»SummerFest – July 23, 11A-10PM Fort Steilacoom Park
»National Night Out – TBA
»Music in the park – July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11 Check their FB for updates.
»Movie in the Park – August 19 and 26 Check their FB for updates.
»Meeker Days – June 17-19, Downtown Puyallup and Pioneer Park
»Movie in the Park – Meridian Habitat Park – Fridays in July. Grab a blanket and your favorite lawn chair and enjoy family-friendly movies on the big screen. The movies are FREE and will start at dusk. Come early for fun pre-show activities and games at 7:00 p.m. Concessions will be on-site or feel free to bring pre-prepared food and picnic fare to enjoy during the movie.
July 15- Clifford the Big Red Dog
July 22- Luca
July 29- Sing 2
»Rhubarb Days & Vintage Market – July 9 & 10 – Join us for the fastest growing festival in the Pacific Northwest! A full weekend of live music, a beer garden, crafts, and local vendors! Sumner is the place for family fun! Come celebrate Rhubarb in the Rhubarb Pie Capitol of the World. Downtown Sumner
»Sumner Classy Chassis Car Show – August 7, 10am-3pm Downtown Sumner
SPANAWAY, EATONVILLE & GRAHAM
»Tacoma Highland Games – June 25, 8am-5pm at Frontier Park
»3rd of July – 6pm to dusk, firework show, music, vendors – Eatonville Middle School
»4th of July – Parade at noon – Eatonville
»Northwest Trek Slug Fest – July 30-31 10am-3pm
»Eatonville Music & Arts Festival – August 5-7th Check out the schedule here
»Pierce County Fair – August 11-14, Frontier Park
»Superhero Challenge Course – August 20, 2022 10am-1pm Frontier Park *registration required
»Spana’Jam & Classic Car Show – August 27 8:00am-5:00pm – Spanaway Park
»Touch A Truck – September 10th – Sprinker Rec Center 10am-1pm
»Outdoor Market & Tunes at Tapps – Wednesdays in July & August, at Allan Yorke Park, This event features an outdoor market with local vendors and live music.
»Taste at Tapps Fest – July 23 – 11am-7pm Allan Yorke Park, Food truck fest
»National Night Out- Allan Yorke Park – August 2, 5-7pm at Allan Yorke Park. There will be free hot dogs, a bounce house, inflatable slide, crafts and more.
»Washington Midsummer Renaissance Faire – August 6-7, 13-14, & 20-21 10:00am – 7:00pm *Purchase Tickets Online
»Kids Club/Day- at Allen Yorke Park – Monday evenings starting July 2022, 6:30pm-7:30pm. Enjoy a fun evening of entertainment at the park. Experience a children’s album like no other. Performances of classical, new age, and world music that is all kid friendly.
»Kids Day – June 24 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM, Les Grove Park
»4th of July Festival & Car Show – July 4th 11:00AM-4:00PM, Les Grove Park
»Kids SummerStage – Wednesdays July 13-August 17, 12:00PM, Les Grove Park
»Auburn Community Jr. Players: Disney’s Frozen Jr.- July 15-17, buy tickets
»Friday Night Flicks – 9:00 PM-11:00PM, Blockbuster movies viewed outdoors on a 50′ inflatable movie screen will make Friday nights in Auburn a real treat for the whole family!
Friday, July 29
Lea Hill Park, 31693 124th Ave SE
9:10 PM Movie: Sing 2 (PG)
Friday, August 5
Sunset Park, 1420 69th Street SE
9:00 PM Movie: Encanto (PG)
Friday, August 12
Les Gove Park, 910 Ninth Street SE
8:45 PM – 10:45 PM: Movie – Remember the Titans (PG)
»Auburn Community Teen Players – Into The Woods – August 5-7th, buy tickets
»Pierce County Library Summer Reading Program – Starts in June
»Tacoma Public Library Summer Reading Program – Starts in June
»Kids Bowl Free – Registered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Each Day Of The KBF Program All Summer Long! At select bowling alleys.
»Summer Playground & Meal Program – Now through August 26, 12-1 pm Monday-Friday
Our Playground and Lunch Program provides free lunch to all youth under 18 years of age Monday-Friday. In addition, activities and games are led by staff at all sites (except Titlow and Wapato) from 11 am-3 pm. Lunch is served from 12 to 1 pm.
»Regal Summer Movie Express – Bring the family to the nearest Regal theater for our 2022 Summer Movie Express series! Summer Movie Express tickets are just $2 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays featuring summer movies the whole family will enjoy. Theatre opening times vary so check participating theatres for feature start times. Stay tuned for a list of participating theatres.
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