Arts and Culture
Large-scale festivals, combined with a full gamut of music, art, theater and historical museum events held throughout the year, bring a high level of quality cultural opportunities to Pierce County.
Each September, Washingtonians are encouraged to “Do the Puyallup!"—the slogan of the Puyallup Fair. Washington’s biggest fair, this three-week event brings headlining musicians and comedians to its main stage, as well as all the rides, food, barnyard animals and handicraft displays of a traditional county fair.
Many Washington residents consider the Puyallup Fair a “must do" and return year after year with their families. For information on this year’s fair dates, performers, special features, maps, directions and more, click here to go to the official site of the Puyallup Fair.
In the spirit of community and the excellence and integrity of Puyallup-area youth, the annual Daffodil Festival was born. Held each April in Puyallup, the entire festival climaxes with the Grand Floral Street Parade, including floats and a royal court of locally-crowned youth. This popular parade travels through the cities of Orting, Puyallup, Sumner and Tacoma. For more information on this year’s festival, click here to go the official site of the Daffodil Festival.
Located in downtown Tacoma, the Broadway Center for Performing Arts encompasses four beautifully restored theaters, which host a rich variety of music, dance and theatrical performances year-round. The Broadway Center coordinates the following local performing groups:
- Tacoma Symphony
- Tacoma Opera
- Tacoma Philharmonic
- Tacoma City Ballet
- Tacoma Concert Band
- Northwest Sinfonietta
For more information on performances and special events, click here to go to the official web site of the Broadway Center for Performing Arts.
Graduations, concerts, conventions, exhibitions and sports events are held at the Tacoma Dome. For more information or to see upcoming events, click here to go to the official web site of the Tacoma Dome.
Internationally known as a vibrant, diversified and community-supported arts community, the Pacific Northwest is home to a wealth of highly-gifted artists. Tacoma plays host to international art exhibits as well as offering a broad selection of local galleries for art connoisseurs. To find out more, click on one of the following arts organizations to go to their home page:
Most large-scale theater performances in Tacoma are coordinated by the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts. However, several smaller theater companies make Pierce County home. For more information on this year’s locally-produced shows, contact the groups listed below: