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Metro Parks’ annual Ethnic Fest in Wright Park brings global arts to Tacoma

Post by Rosemary Ponnekanti / The News Tribune on July 26, 2012 at 5:30 am with No Comments »
July 25, 2012 2:35 pm

Members of Samoan dance group Teine Tama Samoa at last year's Ethnic Fest. The group performs 6 p.m. this Saturday. Photo: Janet Jensen, News Tribune.

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:


Main Stage:

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

Community Stage:

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)



Main Stage:

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

Community Stage:

12:15 p.m. Shahdaroba; 1:15 p.m. PAVA; 2:15 p.m. Ethnic Dance Demo; 3-6 p.m. Gospel (various groups)


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