Besides the Taste of Tacoma going on all weekend at Point Defiance Park here are other activities happening around the Sound.
Discover the beauty of the rose when Tacoma Rose Society puts on its annual Rose Show on Saturday. This year’s theme, “A Symphony of Roses, A Concord of Colors” will features dozens of varieties of roses on display. Judging is at 10 a.m., and the show is open to the public from noon-5:30 p.m. at Jackson Hall, 314 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma. Admission is free. Call 253-537-2564.
It’s all about kites and family fun at the annual Kite Festival at Chambers Bay on Saturday. The free, fun-filled day will feature kite vendors, food, face-painting and a free concert with the saxophone quartet from the Tacoma Concert Band. The first 250 kids can make their own kite, compliments of Pierce County KiteFliers Association. Activities run from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Central Meadow at Chambers Creek Regional Park, 9850 64th St. W., University Place. Call 253-798-4104 or go to piercecountywa.org.
Celebrate cultures from around the world at SeaTac International Festival from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. The two-day event features live entertainment such as Oasis Dancers (belly dancers), Inochi Taiko (Japanese Taiko drums), Rouge (nostalgic French café music), Quichua Mashis (music of the Andes) and Mambo Cadillac (Afro-Cuban music).
A children’s entertainment area opens each day at noon. Purchase a bracelet for $5 for all-day access. Check out arts and crafts vendors and food. It’s all happening at Angle Lake Park, 19408 International Blvd., Seattle. Admission is free. Call 206-973-4680.
If country living is more your style, then head out to the Wilcox Farm Tractor and Antique Fire Engine show this weekend. There will be a display and pump-in of antique fire engines, including an 1899 American Steam Fire Engine, which will be operating. There will also be a tractor display and pulling contest, all taking place at Wilcox Family Farms, 40400 Harts Lake Valley Road S., Roy.
The free event is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Call 360-263-2561 for more information.
Whether you are an avid cyclist or a recreational rider, Tour de Pierce has something for you. The annual bicycle ride through central Pierce County promotes bicycle awareness and safety. The ride includes 30- and 50-mile marked routes and a 12-mile route designed for families or for those new to biking. Meet at 7:30 a.m. Sunday at Washington State Fair & Events Center, gold parking lot, 110 Ninth Ave. SW, Puyallup. Maps and cue sheets are provided. Enjoy a rest stop with refreshments. Restrooms will be available on the ride. Registration is $18 per person; $52 for a family of four. Call 253-841-8515.
The Tacoma-based Friends of the Holidays Benefit comes together to support kids and their families during the holidays. Help support the cause at the annual benefit concert, auction and raffle at The Swiss Pub & Restaurant, 1904 S. Jefferson Ave., Tacoma. The 3 p.m. concert and fundraiser will feature the Linda Myers Band, Mary McPage Band, 7 on 7, Chris Murphy and the Surf Monkeys, James King and the Southsiders, Spin Cycle and Tumblin’Dice for a day full of great music. A suggested donation of $10 will be collected at the door.
With approximately 20 dealers from throughout the Western states showing almost 1 million old postcards, paper collectibles, Stamps and ephemera for display and sale, you will want to take in the Greater Seattle Postcard and vin Paper Collectibles show at Kent Commons Community Center, 525 Fourth Ave. N, Kent from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. There will free appraisals of all old paper collectibles will be given with the price of admission of $5. Call 626-665-9435 or go online to postcardshows.com for more information.
Celebrate all the gains in equality won during the past year at Seattle’s 39th annual PrideFest. Kick off Sunday with the Pride Parade starting at 11 a.m. at Fourth Avenue and Union Streets in downtown Seattle. Join in the festival fun directly after the parade at Seattle Center, 305 Harrison St. With four stages boasting music and entertainment of all genres, the festival also features vendors, food, information and family friendly activities from noon-8 p.m. Admission is free. Go to seattlepridefest.org for a complete schedule of events.