The Taste of Tacoma Moves to Puyallup

The Taste of Tacoma has a new home at the Washington State Fair Events Center, July 1-3, 2022. Since 1986, The Taste of Tacoma has been the South Sound’s “Ultimate Summer Get Together.” Now known as The Taste Northwest, the event will continue to feature nearly 200 food and specialty vendors, live entertainment on three stages, local chef cook-off battles, outdoor beer gardens and a retro roller rink.

This food and entertainment event is sure to have something for everyone: restaurants and specialty food vendors serving a variety of culinary delights from around the world; Beer, wine and specialty cocktails and tequila tasting available at four beer garden and pub locations; unique products to shop in the outdoor marketplace; chef mystery ingredient battles; a variety of games and activities that provide good old-fashioned fun for kids and adults, including the retro roller rink, axe throwing and a giant slide.

The event runs daily 12-9 p.m. Event admission is free, but exclusive tasting, parking and activity packages can be purchased online, in advance. Packages are not available for purchase at the event and are only available through June 30. For more information click here

Tacoma Arts Live’s VIVID Fundraiser

Tacoma Arts Live’s annual fundraiser looked a little different this year. The virtual event was attended by 265 virtual attendees. The event focused on the transformative stories about Tacoma Arts Live access and education programs impact. An inspirational poem was performed by Tacoma Arts Live’s Conservatory student, Miskaela Perry. Live music was performed by Blue Wave Band.

Featured auction items included: specially-crafted LeRoy Jewelers pendant, ski vacation to Sun Valley, a Holland America Cuise and a Tacoma Armory back stage tour. Funds raised from the virtual event support Tacoma Arts Live arts access and education programs like The Muse Hour.

Toytopia: Play Your Way Down Memory Lane

Rekindle the wonder and delight of your favorite childhood moments at Toytopia at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The new exhibition is on view until June 10.

What was your favorite childhood toy? A jump rope, a board game or Space Invaders? An Easy Bake Oven or a Slinky? You’ll find your favorites in Toytopia. The exhibition is huge and offers BIG fun! The museum’s fifth floor is a magical toyland where you can play with the world’s largest Etch A Sketch, a life-size doll house, a human-scale Monopoly car and much more. It will delight the “kid” in everyone.

“Our goal was to capture the essence of childhood wonder, that dream of being in a world of toys,” said Troy Carlson, owner of Stage Nine Entertainment Group, who created the exhibition.

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Toytopia Highlights Include:

  • The world’s largest Etch A Sketch, close to 8 feet tall.
  • Retro Arcade Area with working games to play.
  • A life-size doll house.
  • A life-size Monopoly car and game board—sit inside for a unique photo opportunity!
  • From the movie Big starring Tom Hanks: the giant piano keyboard and the fortune teller machine Zoltar Speaks.
  • LEGO® wall, play area and a fanciful electric train running through an inventive LEGO® landscape.
  • A signature Jack in the Box exploring the science of toys, from Furby® to radiometers.
  • Historic Schylling Tin Toys.
  • Keva Planks, Lincoln Logs and Brain Teasers play areas.

Take a walk down memory lane through decades of toys, many giant-sized as seen here. (Don’t miss the walkthrough doll house, and take a seat in the Monopoly car for a great photo op!) See favorites from your childhood at the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma, through June 10.