Monday, July 24, 2017 This Week's Paper

Arts & Entertainment: Music, art, puppets, jugglers, Bite of Proctor…

// There’s a lot going on a this year’s Proctor Arts Fest

With more than 150 vendors committed for the 2013 Proctor Arts Festival, this year’s event is sure to entertain the masses. Now in its 17th year, the event is taking place Aug. 2-4, with a variety of musical performances, vender booths, food and arts and crafts demonstrations slated to occur throughout the weekend. A juried art show featuring more than 80 pieces will take place each day, and visitors will have a chance to purchase artwork straight from the artists themselves. “This is a great way to support local art, and keep the arts community alive in Tacoma,” said Carolyn Burt, who is displaying her own scratchboard engraving art in her booth during the event.

The festival will have a designated Family Stage located near the Wheelock Library with events and performances geared to children. The Kids Fest includes a puppet theater, the Olympia Family Theater performing “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” a comedian juggler, musical performances and more.

The Bite of Proctor will be taking place on Saturday throughout the festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., along with the usual Farmers Market vendors selling their own items. The market will have a stage with various performances, as well.

Nearby stores and restaurants will be participating in the festivities with sidewalk sales and other activities. The Blue Mouse Theater will be offering a free showing of the film “Epic,” from the creators of “Ice Age,” at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

“This year’s festival will be so exciting, especially with everything we will be doing on the family stage and kids’ festival,” said Eugene Kester, who has helped organize the event for the past 15 years. “We provide a great event that creates a sense of community, which is very important to me.”

For more information about the festival and for a complete schedule of events, visit