Proctor Arts Fest is a community-based street fair on 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. The goal of Proctor Arts Fest is to provide a free, accessible and celebratory experience of the arts for the public.
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, a kids area with participation by the Metropolitan Park District, a Farmers Market, and a book sidewalk sale and merchant sidewalk sale.
Come and enjoy live music and local entertainment, purchase original artwork or a craft piece from its maker, and let the children create their own original “art” – a great way to get to know your neighbors and practice building your community. Proctor Arts Fest is a family friendly event.
Here are some of the exciting events planned:
- Proctor Sidewalk Sale: 20-70 percent off regular merchandise at many Proctor District shops
- Library Book Sale: Stock your bookshelves at Wheelock Library’s summer book sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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 support the library’s annual summer reading clubs.
- Kids and family fun: On North 26th Street in front of the Anna Lemon Wheelock Public Library and near the Family Stage, with balloon artists, face painters and a chalk art area
- Free movie at the Blue Mouse Theater (TBA) at noon
- Proctor Farmers’ Market: Extended hours, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
And remember: bring your own bag, in keeping with Tacoma’s plastic bag ban (Proctor Arts Fest has been recognized with the Green Events Excellence Seal of Approval from the City of Tacoma).
Celebration Stage: This special stage honors the memory of the late Rev. Eugene Kester of Mason United Methodist Church and Nancy Frederick of Chalet Bowl, the founders of Proctor Arts Fest. We are so grateful for their contribution to this event and in making everyone’s lives a little bit brighter.
- 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. – Little Bill & Rod Cook (national recording artists, classic blues)
- 1-2:45 p.m. – Kira Michele (folk pop, originals, emotional rapture, life experiences)
- 3-5 p.m. – Maddy Dullum & Friends (mixed pop/rock/blues)
- 10-11:45 a.m. – Soul Posse (“soulish country”covering all genres of fun dance music from 50’s to present day hits)
- 1-2:45pm – MW R&B with special guests Chloe’ and Sidney Wallace (rhythm and blues, folk, standards and more)
- 3-5 p.m. Rod Cook & Toast with Suez (instrumental guitar, array of music, classic standards, Motown, rhythm and blues, roller coaster ride of music)
Family Stage (Tacoma Public Library)
- 11-11:45 a.m. – Tama ma Teine Samoa (talented youth from the Tacoma Good Samaritan Church showcase their Samoan culture through dancing and singing)
- 12-12:45 p.m.– Cap’N Arrr: “The Misadventures of Cap’n Arrr!” is an interactive comedy performance that will have kids (and grown-ups) rolling on the floor. Cap’n Arrr’s program is packed full of audience participation and includes basic instruction in walking like a pirate, talking like a pirate and laughing like a pirate too.
- 1-1:45 p.m. – Mak Fai Kung Fu Club: The lion dance is performed as a symbol of good luck and prosperity in China.
- 2-2:45 p.m. – Hoopsmiles: Aprofessional hula hoop entertainer and master hoop instructor, with multiple TV appearances and millions of views online.
- 3-3:45 p.m. – Jekesa Marimba: Based in Tacoma, Jekesa plays music from the Zimbabwean marimba tradition and beyond.
For more information on Proctor Arts Fest, including an event map and vendors list, visit http://ProctorArtsFest.com.