Ethnic Fest returns to Wright Park

On July 28 and 29, our City of Destiny celebrates its diverse and dynamic population at the annual Ethnic Fest, which will be held at Wright Park. Photo courtesy of Ethnic Fest

Since 1986 Ethnic Fest has grown to become the largest celebration of culture and community in Tacoma. On July 28 and 29, Wright Park will be the scene of two days of music and a celebration of the many diverse communities and people from a wide array of ethnicities that are woven together to make up the fabric of Tacoma. The diversity of our city makes our City of Destiny a vibrant place to live.

This year Ethnic Fest takes place Saturday, July 28 – Sunday, July 29 from noon to 7 p.m. at historic Wright Park at 501 S. I St. in Tacoma. 

This family-friendly, free festival has grown in size and hosts kids zones, hands-on cultural activities and experiences, performer stage, as well as numerous specialty arts and crafts, food and information vendor booths. Enjoy two full days of music, dance, art, and foods from around the world.

Ethnic Fest hosts more than 50 community information booths. Get to know the organizations in your community. They’re doing amazing things here in Tacoma and the Puget Sound region. Make sure to pick up their goodies. 

The kids zone brings entertainment specially designed for kids all weekend. Bring the kids to participate in arts and crafts, games, music and more. Activities are designed with a younger crowd in mind.

At dusk on Saturday, July 28, you can watch the Ethnic Fest outdoor movie: “Moana” (rated PG.) Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to the park for the free outdoor movie. Seating is on the lawn, so attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or folding chairs. (View Metro Parks’ entire summer outdoor movie line-up at

The Wright Park Spray Park will open at 10 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. The weather is going to be in the 90s that weekend so be prepared to stay cool in the Spray Park. 

On Saturday, July 28, at the Metro Arts Crafts (sponsored by Key Bank Foundation,) children will be invited to create their very own maracas. They will be able to decorate it however they like and then listen to its sweet sounds the rest of the day. Even use it at the family play/sing along on Sunday. There will also be opportunities to color world flags and learn about where the flags come from.

On Sunday, July 29, visitors can continue the journey of musical instruments by exploring Chinese rattle drums. These awesome instruments will be made of household items so kids can teach their families. 

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