Summer “Wow” At Lakewood’s SummerFEST

Glowing hot air balloons. 30 food trucks. Beer garden. Live music. Classic cars. International Festival. Aerial motocross. Circus acts. Local vendors. Art. Pony rides. Triathalon. Pop-up skate park. Seahawks Beast Bus. There really is something to “wow” the whole family at Lakewood’s SummerFEST.

For 22 years, SummerFEST has entertained and engaged community in Lakewood. On Saturday, July 13, Ft. Steilacoom Park will transform into a free outdoor festival that dreams are made of. From 11 a.m. – 11 p.m., 45,000 people are expected to take part in the event.

Tunes will be playing in the park all day, featuring Pearl Jam and Journey tribute bands and the disco-rific Aphrodisiacs. See dances and special performances representing more than 14 different countries on the International Festival stage.

Grab your SummerFEST Passport, and all ages can try golf, tennis, soccer, football, yoga, fencing, kick-boxing, volleyball, disc golf, Tae Kwon Do, trapeze, and a collection of art projects.

“We want families to walk away inspired by having tried something new, and perhaps having found a sport they are passionate about,” says SummerFEST organizer Sally Gilpin Martinez with City of Lakewood Parks and Recreation. “Putting intention into SummerFEST is what differentiates it. People feel the difference. Our parks and recreation department is genuine about making an impact on the health of families in our community.”

Stroll through the Partners for Parks Classic Car Show, a hit with enthusiasts, collectors and the rest of us, and see who wins “Best Of” in 35 different categories. If you prefer fewer wheels, X Games bronze medalist Robert Haslam will perform freestyle motocross tricks throughout the day. If people-power is more your speed, pre-register for the SummerFEST Triathalon, which concludes at the celebration.

Enter the art contest sponsored by Lakewood Arts Commission with your best interpretation of the theme “The Greatest Showman,” which will play on the big outdoor screen at night. Youth ages 4-16 will be judged by age group and awarded prizes. Find entry forms on the SummerFEST website.  

For years to come, remember the colorful hot air balloons from Seattle Ballooning lit up against the night sky in a dazzling display, choreographed to music– the perfect close to a not-to-be-missed (and remember, it’s free!) festival.


For more information, call (253) 983-7758 or visit the SummerFEST website here.