5 Fall Festivals in Tacoma
There is nothing like an autumn festival to invite the cool weather and changing of colors. Tacoma surely has its pick of fairs featuring history, community, and international flare. Prepare to indulge in freshly-grown produce from local farmers or authentic cuisine from across the globe. Select one or enjoy all five of these activities that delight kids and adults alike.
The Washington State Fair
Start off the fall season with an unforgettable trip to the Washington State Fair. This year, the fair session starts the Friday before Labor Day and runs through the final Sunday of September, allowing plenty of time to enjoy raspberry scones and giant rollercoasters. The livestock show brings the country to you by showcasing horses, chicks, piglets, and other friendly animals. The evening entertainment features bull riding, steer wrestling, and ends with one or two celebrity musicians taking the stage. Fairground entry is $12.50 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and free of charge for kids 5 and under.
The City of Fife Harvest Festival
On October 1, 2016, from 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., you’re in for a treat at this twelfth annual celebration. Join the Fife community with free fun for the family. Nibble complementary corn on the cob while watching the parade stretch from City Hall to Dacca Park. Peruse stands of local information and vendor’s products, or select from a variety of tasty treats at the food booths. Kids will enjoy crafts, a hayride, face painting, a balloon show, a petting zoo, and the kids’ corner. End the night with a walk through the museum and an incredible fireworks presentation.
Relish a kid-free evening on October 7 and 8 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds for $12 a head. You can’t get a more authentic German experience without boarding a plane. Delight in three days of music, dancing, arts and crafts, and authentic German cuisine. Drive a nail into a wooden stump quicker than a bar full of competitors during a game of Hammerschlagen. On Sunday, take your senses on their most exciting tasting yet as you refuel your body with various beers while you complete the Stein Dash 5K. Burning calories while sampling beer has never been more fun.
Steilacoom Apple Squeeze
Visit the oldest town in Washington State for apple treats of all kinds, including apple cider ice cream floats. On Sunday, October 2, press your own apple cider using an old-fashioned manual press or a modern electric one. Daily quantities of apples are limited, so be sure to arrive early to guarantee you get as much cider as your heart desires. Deep-fried delicacies and apple-related gifts are only a few of the many items vendors sell throughout the property. History lovers won’t want to miss the walking tour or museum, which highlights this town’s impressive past.
Tacoma Greek Festival
This event has been 55 years in the making! From September 30 to October 2, visit St. Nicholas’ Greek Orthodox Church for authentic mouth-watering calamari, gyros, and pastries. Don’t forget the Greek coffee which packs as much punch as American espresso. Sit back and admire live dancing, or tour the beautiful church grounds. Free admission allows you to purchase imported products and support a local congregation.
Embrace the excitement that is heading your way this fall in the Tacoma area.
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