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Traffic Alert - Taste of Tacoma

Traffic Alert - Point Defiance Park
June 21 - 26, 2017

undefinedRoad access to Point Defiance Park’s Pearl Street entrance will be limited from Wednesday, June 21, through midday Monday, June 26, to accommodate the Taste of Tacoma.

On Wednesday and Thursday visitors will notice trucks, trailers and forklifts near the Pearl Street entrance preparing for the event. The festival opens Friday at 11 am.

Festival hours are Friday and Saturday 11 am to 9 pm; Sunday 11 am to 8 pm

Point Defiance Park and its attractions will remain open. However, since the Pearl Street entrance will be closed visitors must use alternate routes to enter the park.
  • The main park entrance (Pearl Street)
    Closed to vehicle traffic from Wednesday to noon Monday.
  • Fort Nisqually and Zoo:
    To access Fort Nisqually, Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Owen Beach, Five Mile Drive and other areas, please use the Mildred Street Entrance. See map below.
  • Ferry and Marina Access:
    To access the Point Defiance Marina, Public Boat Launches, Anthony's Restaurant and the Washington State Ferry use the Ferry Road, but please expect congestion and slow traffic. There is no Taste of Tacoma parking available at the Marina.

    The exit tunnel that connects the boathouse area to the main park exit will be closed starting Wednesday through midday Monday, so visitors to those areas will need to leave by the ferry access road.

    Boat trailer parking: Thanks to a partnership with Tacoma Public Schools, boaters can park their trailers at Point Defiance Elementary School, 4330 N. Visscher St., on Saturdays and Sundays.  Read more >

Parking Alert and Free Shuttle

There will be NO festival parking available on-site this year. Do not park in the neighborhoods around Point Defiance. 

Festival-goers have several options:

  1. Taste Express (free shuttle)
  2. Downtown to Defiance Trolley
  3. Go by bike. Park in the free bike corral at the festival. Details >

Taste Express:
Park free, ride free (Operated by Pierce Transit. All buses are ADA friendly.)

Taste Express picks up and drops off at Tacoma Community College, 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466 - Look for signs for Taste Express

Taste Express Hours:

  • Friday, June 23: 10:30am - 9:30pm
  • Saturday, June 24: 10:30am - 9:30pm
  • Sunday, June 25: 10:30am - 8:30pm

Cost: FREE to park & FREE to ride round-trip!
Shuttle busses are standard Pierce Transit busses (not school busses)
Shuttle details at

Downtown to Defiance Trolley is also provided by Pierce Transit. Each ride on the trolley is only $1. Details at

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