One of Tacoma’s most anticipated annual summertime events, Proctor Arts Fest is back again for its 15th year. Some favorites will be returning again this year, and a few new attractions have been added to keep things fresh. There is something for everyone, including the little ones who will have their own special play area and entertainment stage.
While the festival itself is held on Aug. 6, it is actually part of three days of activities. Things get going on Aug. 5, with a major sidewalk sale involving many participating Proctor businesses, with savings of up to 70 percent on all kinds of things – from home décor and locally made artworks, to fashions and gifts. The sale continues into the day of the Fest then on Aug. 7, winners of the Juried Art Show will be announced at the show’s headquarters at Mason United Methodist Church (2710 N. Madison St.). There are more than 85 entries this year that will be on view Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again on Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There is no admission to the big Saturday Fest, so families of all sizes can have a day out together without breaking the bank. There will be four performance stages and The Bite of Proctor (see sidebars), 130 arts and crafts booths, an arts demonstration area, a quilt display by the Comforters Quilt Guild, and a new neighborhood mural being painted by Alexis St. John.
The eighth annual Top Dog Contest, Fashion Show and Parade will be going on at noon over at the Click! Family Stage and the Proctor Farmers Market will go on as regularly scheduled with its own entertainment stage.
Special family events will be underway at the Kids Fun area at the Masonic Lodge parking lot between North Proctor and North Adams streets with crafts for kids to make. More stuff for kids to do will be happening at North 28th and North Proctor streets where the Click! Family stage will be filled with entertainment organized by Tacoma Public Library Public Relations Director David Domkoski.
New this year, Lowell PTA and the North End Children’s Theatre are joining forces to produce a half-hour musical play “The Wild Adventures of Pecos Bill.” Featuring 25 young actors 7-10 years old, this original play was written and directed by Judy Carlson Hulbert, artistic director of North End Children’s Theatre. It plays at 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Blue Mouse Theater, 2611 N. Proctor St. Admission is free.
Also new this year, Barefoot Collective will present exciting, original dance works at Blue Mouse Theater, 2 p.m.