Tacoma Cultural Festival, Mosaic, scheduled for July 23-24

Mosaic is the new name for the Tacoma Cultural Festival taking place July 23-24 at Wright Park. (Photos by Russ Carmack)

Food, arts and culture from around the world will fill Tacoma’s Wright Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24 (2022)during Mosaic.

The free festival – previously known as Ethnic Fest – returns after a two-year pandemic hiatus with a new name and a new look.

“Tacoma has such a diversity of cultures, and Metro Parks is thrilled to bring this festival back to celebrate them,” said Andrea Smith, chair of the park’s board of directors.

There will be two performance stages, a beer garden, 16 food trucks, 20 arts and crafts booths, vendor booths and information booths from a wide variety of Tacoma community groups. Plus, there will be a kids’ zone with a bouncy house, water park and more.

The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 23 with a “Walk of Destiny” parade around the park, culminating with an opening blessing from the Puyallup tribe. Community members are encouraged to wear clothing that reflects their heritage.

The film “Selena” will be shown on Saturday at dusk in the park.

A bit more about the name change, from the event organizers: “Mosaic” was chosen for its more inclusive feel. While “ethnic” is literally defined as referring to groups of people with a common racial, national, tribal, religious, or cultural origin, the term is often misused by a white-dominated culture to refer only to cuisines and the different art forms of the majority. .

Formerly Ethnic Fest, the renamed Mosaic will take place in Tacoma’s Wright Park on July 23-24.

Mosaic Festival Details:

WHEN: 11am-7pm Saturday and Sunday July 23-24
WHERE: Wright Park, 501 South I St., Tacoma
MORE INFO: Full schedule, entertainment program and more

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