Ethnic Fest is always fun – strolling through funky vendor stalls, watching a world full of countries dancing, singing and beating drums onstage in downtown Tacoma. This year, add in the Wright Park sprayground (let’s hope for hot weather) with hands-on activities and family entertainment, free wifi around the park and a free Saturday night movie to the yummy food, and you’ve got yourself a fine festival this weekend. As always, it’s free.
Ethnic Fest runs noon-7 p.m. July 28 and 29 in Wright Park, Division and I Streets, Tacoma. metroparkstacoma.org/ethnicfest
Here’s the schedule:
11:30 a.m. opening; noon the Islanders; 1 p.m. Miho and Diego; 2 p.m. Geoffrey Castle; 3 p.m. Cambodian Cultural Dance; 4 p.m. PAYO; 5 p.m. Korean Drum and Dance; 6 p.m. Teine Tama Samoa
12:15 p.m. Abrace; 1:15 p.m. Ranger and the ReArrangers; 2:15 p.m. The McG’s; 3:15 p.m. Peruvian Passion Dance; 4:15 p.m. Ocho Pies; 5:15 p.m. Show Brazil; 6:15 p.m. Grupo Esplendador
Dusk: “The Princess and the Frog” (G)
Noon Ed Taylor; 1 p.m. One World Taiko; 2 p.m. Pan Duo;3 p.m. La Grande; 4 p.m. Hula Halau; 5 p.m. VamoLa; 6 p.m. Alex Duncan
12:15 p.m. Shahdaroba; 1:15 p.m. PAVA; 2:15 p.m. Ethnic Dance Demo; 3-6 p.m. Gospel (various groups)