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The Heart of Tacoma Festival

To our venue and every vendor, sponsor, staff member, performance act, and guest, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for making the first ever Heart of Tacoma Festival such a phenomenal one! Here's a sneak peek!


This FREE fun all-ages music festival centered on healing and coming together as a community and included interactive activities such as group dance instruction, karaoke, singalong and games. We had performances,  food trucks, vendors, a 38-foot canoe, and so much more!


The Heart of Tacoma Festival was a new interactive festival centered on bringing people together. Building upon the success of last year's sold-out Drive-In Concert, Tacoma Refugee Choir in partnership with Greentrike, and Tacoma Arts Live and other partners, featured music, dance and activities including a showcase of students from local schools and an interactive performance by Tacoma Refugee Choir. Attendees also had the opportunity to participate in African dance, learn a Ukrainian song, sing along with a Latin band, learn a Hawaiian dance, sing karaoke, and play games. Additional activities included over 60 vendors, food trucks, and children’s activities. The event opened with a beautiful song and story from the Tahoma Indian Center and attendees were able to take pictures in their 38-foot canoe. We later invited all guests to participate in a Love Train miniature parade that walked the 10-foot Heart of Tacoma mobile sculpture created by artist Steve LaBerge around the field. 

Main Stage Program

10:00 am

Booths open


10:30 am

Opening ceremony including Land acknowledgment by Tahoma Indian Center


11:00 am

Student performances in ELO programs


12:00 pm

The Pazific (Latin Soul & Pop)


12:45 pm

The Lincoln Drumline & the Heart of Tacoma Love Train 

1:00 pm

Tacoma Refugee Choir performance & singalong


2:30 pm

T.U.P.A.C. teaches African Dance


3:30 pm

Asia Pacific Cultural Center- Drums & Dance


Where in the world is the Heart of Tacoma? Make sure to follow us on social media.

From May 29th - June 1st, three photos will be posted daily.

Can you figure out the location of each?

The contest is over!

Thanks for playing and posting your

amazing pictures on social media!

Winners will be announed on social media the weekend following the festival!


Use the links above to submit your answers (and yes, you can go back and submit answers for previous days)! Turn in your responses for all 4 days before 11:59 pm on June 1, 2022. You must submit a guess for each of the 12 picture locations posted on our social media accounts. Then, show us YOUR heart by posting a picture on social media of yourself doing something to make your world a better place (picking up trash, volunteering, etc). Caption your picture and let us know what you are doing with your heart and also use our hashtag #HeartofTacomaFestival. Your answers/photos must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2022. All correct answers that also post a picture outlined above with our hashtag will be entered to win. The winning names will be drawn at the festival.


Environmental Impact

When it comes to our environment, we are DEDICATED to making the smallest footprint possible!

There are several ways that we are walking our talk!

  • Recycled paper for all marketing

  • Encouraging the use of reusable bags

  • Encouraging green transportation (see below)

  • Providing volunteers to monitor all recycling/trash stations (If you would love to volunteer for a 2 hour shift, please fill out the following form:

  • Placing banners & signs throughout the festival as helpful reminders that each person really makes an impact!

  • Encouraging people to donate to Green Tacoma Partnership (Forterra) @


Downtown On The Go @


We are proud to be a Green Excellence Event and highly recommend arriving
using one these environmentally friendly methods:

Walk, Bike, Bus, Light Rail (Link), Uber, Lyft, ZipCar, Carpool 

Limited paid parking will be available onsite.  

FREE parking is available at parking garage near Freighthouse Square

See these helpful links for more information:


Vendor application can be found here:

A great big thank you to all of these vendors who joined us for the Heart of Tacoma Festival!

  • Tacoma Refugee Choir

  • Greentrike

  • Tacoma Arts Live

  • Tahoma Indian Center

  • Splat Hot Sauce

  • Little Miss Sweets NYC

  • Celtic Attic & Celtic Sweet Creations

  • Oliver Doriss Designs

  • Komadre Kombucha

  • So Fancy LLC

  • Intentions Juice and Smoothie Bar

  • Sea & Spirit Designs

  • Baby Chavs

  • Macadons

  • La Pica Chica

  • Gigo's Jamaican Grill

  • A & G Crafts

  • NaturesDivine Botanica

  • The Bath House Co.

  • Tacoma Candles

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department

  • High School in the USA

  • Diocese of Olympia Refugee Resettlement Office

  • Molina Healthcare

  • Pacific Northwest Black Business Coalition

  • Mi Centro

  • Tacoma Public Utilities

  • VT International Radio

  • International Karaoke

  • Bricks 4 Kidz

  • Buffalo Soldiers

  • Asia Pacific Cultural Center

  • Veterans for Peace

  • Multicultural Family Hope Center

  • Metro Parks

  • Tacoma Ministerial Alliance

  • Kid Ink

  • Safe Streets

  • Hamhock Jones

  • VeGo Eatz

  • RJ's BBQ

  • Starvin Marvin

  • Uncle Mike's Filipino Comfort Foods

  • A Drop in the Ocean

  • Hyggeinks

  • Avon/Tupperware

  • NEHA Artwork & Designs

  • Undeniable Bajinya

  • Vela Bonita Bath & Home

  • Tresha's Treasures

  • Amano Seattle

  • Jazzy's Jems 253

  • Line Marker

  • Mediums Collective

  • Kellie G Arts

  • Latinx Unidos of South Sound


This event would not have been possible without our amazing community partners and sponsors!


  • Tacoma Creates

  • Pierce County

  • Group Health

  • Port of Tacoma

  • Tacoma Arts Commission

  •  Connelly Law

  • BECU

  • Molina Cares

  • Tacoma Venues & Events

  • Tacoma Public Utilities

  • Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

  • Pfau Cochran Vertitis Amala

  • VT International Radio

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