PArt of what makes Tacoma so remarkable is that it is a melting pot of cultures and ethnicities. You can teach your kids about different cultures through museum visits and books, or you can take the family to Tacoma’s MOSAIC Arts and Culture Festival to experience these cultures for yourself. Join thousands at Wright Park on July 23-24 to celebrate arts, music, food and more celebrating cultures around the world.
In its 34th year and previously called Ethnic Fest, MOSAIC is brought to the community by Metro Parks Tacoma. It offers two days of free fun in the sun with cultural celebrations, vendors and community services until 7pm
“Tacoma has such a diverse culture, and Metro Parks is thrilled to bring this festival back to celebrate them,” said Andrea Smith, Parks CEO. “I’ve been taking my own family for years and every time there’s something new and wonderful to see, do, taste or experience. It’s the best way to get to know all the amazing places in our world and the people who bring these cultures to make our city life so rich.”
Fun at Wright Park
Wear clothing that reflects your heritage and join the fun kick-off on Saturday, July 23 at 11am with the Walk of Destiny parade and an opening blessing from the Puyallup tribe.
Bring your beach chairs and blankets because on Saturday you can catch an outdoor film in the park starring ‘Selena’ in partnership with The Grand Cinema.
Enjoy dozens of stalls selling handicrafts such as henna, jewellery, African prints and more over both days. Be sure to check out the huge tent housing Asia-Pacific cultural artifacts. You will also find over 40 booths with information from area service organizations on faith, health and education.
For the younger MOSAIC fans, don’t miss the Kid’s Zone, complete with bouncy castle, super fun splash park and more.
The music of MOSAIK
On two community-curated stages, you’ll dance to the beat with a lineup of excellent entertainment on both days. “When choosing the performers, I really wanted ‘peppy’!” said Lua Pritchard, executive director of the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and one of three community curators along with Tere Carral of Bridge Latino and Candace Wesley of JCW & Associates, coordinating the celebrations this year June 16 of the park produced. “I want people to move with what’s on stage, to dance and stand up. I’ve been there since the very first time and I know what people like.”
The main stage begins on Saturday at noon with Chammorro Cultural Dance. At 1:00 PM, feel the beat of the Guam drums and at 2:00 PM, enjoy Guadalajara Mariachi. Stay here to catch a 3:00 PM performance of Korean dance and drums. Hear saxophonist Maureese Itson at 4:30 PM and the sounds of Samoa with Siva Mai at 5:00 PM. Headlining on stage at 6pm is award-winning blues performer Lady A for an evening of music to remember.
The Community Stage will also be held on Saturday with Lucha Volcanica at 12pm, Okinawa Dance and Drums at 2pm, Folklorico Tonantzin at 4pm as well as Mariachi Monarcas, Baildores de Bronze, Thai and Cambodian Dance, Banda Hermanos Bello and more.
On Sunday, the main stage is a highlight with performances including Chinese Dance and Music at 12pm, Hawaiian Dance and Music at 1pm, Vision Dance Team at 1:35pm and Indonesian Dance and Music (TUPAC) at 2:20pm and more !
Also on Sunday you will find more music and dance on the community stage, beginning with Thai dance and music at 12pm, followed by Mariachi Monarcas, Cambodia Traditional Dance Troupe Tacoma, Bailadores de Bronze and Banda Hermanos Bello (TBC) on the hour. End the evening with DJ music from 17:00
That eats at MOSAIC
All this fun will leave you hungry, but don’t stress – MOSAIC has the food too! Find 16 food trucks with a wide range of delicious dishes including:
Big Dawgs hot dogs
- Cool investment group
- Dippin Dots ice cream
- Gateway to India
- Irishman Enterprises, Inc.
- Johnny’s Ice Cream
- Josefina’s Burrito Boy
- Lumpia Love LLC
- Moe’s falafel
- Ohana BBQ
- Raspados del Sur
- The Daiquiri Garden
- Topos Inc
- Velvet’s Big Easy
- Zydeco Queen
Need something to wash down all that awesome food? All weekend long, those over the age of 21 can enjoy the beer garden, hosted by and benefiting the Redefining You Foundation. The mission of this nonprofit organization is to empower military women, veterans and spouses while completely redefining their lifestyle and prospects after military service.
Now, with a new name and even more fun, this year’s event is sure to be an unforgettable event under the trees in Tacoma’s Wright Park, where visitors can create summer memories by participating in the cultural celebration called MOSAIC. With a packed program of fun events, MOSAIC has something for the whole family to do, whether dancing to the music, indulging in some great food or shopping for something unique.
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