Proctor Arts Fest slated for Saturday, Aug. 4


Proctor Arts Fest is a free, accessible and celebratory experience of the arts for the public. It is a community-based street fair centered around North 26th and Proctor Streets in Tacoma. It has been organized by the Proctor Business District Association, along with community volunteers, for more than 18 years. 

Proctor Arts Fest attracts approximately 10,000 visitors from Tacoma, Pierce and Thurston Counties and 160 art and crafts vendors every year. In addition to the vendors, it features three stages of live music and entertainment (this includes one stage that is designated “The Family Stage” – organized by personnel of the Tacoma Public Library), a kids area with participation by the Metropolitan Park District, a Farmers’ Market and a merchant sidewalk sale.

The Proctor Arts Fest takes place Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, Proctor Arts Fest is remembering the late Rev. Eugene Kester of Mason United Methodist Church and Nancy Frederick of Chalet Bowl, both of whom passed away this past year. The two were the founders of Proctor Arts Fest, and worked very hard over the years to build it into the wonderful, family-friendly event it is today.

On the Celebration Stage (Previously Chalet Bowl Stage) you can attend performances by Paul, Marcie and Friends, who play acoustic 60s and 70s classic rock and originals. Also playing are Champagne Sunday and Wallace.

On the ACU Main Stage, hear blues from Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek; and King Kombeaux. Catch an exhibition of high kicks and Karate chopping skills by the Steve Curran Karate School.

And get your groove on with Heather Jones and the Groove Masters.

On the Family Stage, meanwhile, you can enjoy the Kaimiola Polynesian Dance group. Originally from Hawaii, Instructor Kaimiola Sweezey has been teaching hula and Tahitian dance since 2008. She is passionate about sharing the Polynesian culture with the Puget Sound community.

Afterwards, Daffy Dave brings comedy, magic and juggling to the stage followed by a lion dance by the Mak Fai Kung Fu Club. The lion dance is a Chinese cultural dance used to bring prosperity and good fortune. The Mak Fai team strives to spread this art in the greater Seattle area and has been around for over 30 years.

Later, thrill to the daring feats of Adria, the world-famous knife juggler from right here in the Pacific Northwest. Ian Dobson’s Steel Drum Party will round out the activities on the Family Stage. This group will take your family on a musical Caribbean vacation. In the Caribbean, a steel drum is called a “pan” and to party is to “leggo.” Get ready to Pan Leggo!! Journey with Dobson to explore different cultures through music and see how you can use your creativity and resourcefulness to create music from anything.

This year, Proctor Arts Fest includes a Kid’s Fest in front of the Wheelock Library, a free movie at the Blue Mouse Theater (“The Goonies at Noon) and a vintage car show in the Trivium parking lot. The Farmer’s Market will also be happening with extended hours and their own stage line ups.

Looking for some good summer reading? The Wheelock Library is holding its annual summer book sale to be held this year at the festival. A large selection of gently used books, including recent best sellers, children’s picture books and a variety of non-fiction books is available for children, teens and adults at stock-the-bookshelf prices. All proceeds from the sale support the library’s annual summer reading clubs.

Many local shops will be having sales specially for Proctor Arts Fest. At this “Proctor Sidewalk Sale” merchants in the Proctor District will be offering great deals on the sidewalks in front of their stores. It’s a great opportunity to support our Proctor District businesses and keep it local.

Proctor Arts Fest runs Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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