2019 Summer Escapes

Get a head start on your summer and check into all the activities happening around Puget Sound all season long. With concert series, fireworks shows and a strawberry festival, summer 2019 is gearing up to be full of fun. Here are a few highlights.

LACEY

Summer in Lacey is jam-packed with festivals, concerts and other community events. On June 22–23, the Renaissance themed festival All’s Faire lets locals and tourists be Vikings, kings, queens, pirates and more. Lacey Days begins right after, running from June 24 through July 8. Events include a jazz festival, children’s entertainment series, ice cream social and the South Sound BBQ Festival. July 3 is the city’s biggest summer event: The Fireworks Spectacular and Freedom Concert. Festivalgoer sare invited to spread out chairs and blankets at Rainier Vista Community Park for the show.

OLYMPIA

Olympia is kicking off summer with the Strawberry Festival at South Bay Grange on June 15. The festival will have live music, crafts and, of course, all things strawberries. Summer celebrating will continue with Capital Lakefair beginning July 17. This five-day event includes food, entertainment, a carnival, basketball tournament and more. A stunning fireworks display will mark the end of the fair on July 21.

TACOMA

The Bash Music and Craft Beer Festival is on June 9 at America’s Car Museum. This is a first for Tacoma, but it’s not new to the U.S. The festival features over 100 craft beers and live music by Rancid, Pennywise and more. Tacoma’s Freedom Fair is Washington state’s largest Fourth of July event. Before the fireworks show, there’ll be entertainment and activities for the whole family, food, crafts vendors and a car show.

SUMNER

Rhubarb Days is an annual event and this year it is July 27–28. It’s a time for watching the pie eating contest or taking part in rhubarb racing. It also includes live music, kids’ activities and a vintage market. Every Friday in July, Sumner hosts Music Off Main, featuring several bands and celebrating music enjoyed outdoors. Fridays in August are Movies Off Main, for an evening watching a movie in the park. Sumner hosts the Classy Chassis Car Show on Aug. 11.

GIG HARBOR

Summer is full of family activities in Gig Harbor. The city hosts a Summer Concert Series and Family Movie Nights. Spend an evening dancing with your loved one or enjoying a family-friendly flick in the park. July 20–21 is the 35th Annual Summer Art Festival, featuring local artists, amateur and professionals alike.

JORDAN MARIE MCCAW