Summer is not over yet, folks. And there's plenty to celebrate.
Local festivals abound in July and August and you needn't go far to join in the fun.
Whether you check out these festivals on your own, with friends, or decide to bring the whole family, you won't be disappointed.
Here's your guide to good times. To make it easy, Patch has added links to click on to get more information about each event.
Let's get started. Oh, and be sure to mark your calendars.
With Gig Harbor's beautiful waterfront as the backdrop, this festival features wine and food bliss. Wine tastings, cooking demonstrations, and a celebrity chef cook-off is a foodie's dream. The second annual event is slated for Aug. 6 from noon to 6 p.m. Click on the link for more information on pricing and tickets.
: This great city event is being held on Aug. 6 from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at . Join the annual city party and celebrate with great food, entertainment, sports, kid's activities and so much more.
Fircrest Fun Days: This terrific two day event (Aug. 12 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.) happens at Fircrest Park. Fun Days features food, entertainment, a parade (Saturday) and even fireworks in the park at dusk on Saturday night!
Steilacoom Salmon Bake: This annual event takes place on July 31 at pretty Sunnyside Park from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. A salmon or hot dog meal is available for purchase (click on the link to see the details on pricing, tickets, and parking). Live entertainment and storytelling will also be highlighted.
The 15th Annual Classic Car Show: Vroom, vroom! The South Tacoma Business District is holding their classic car show on Aug. 20 between S. 50th and S. 56th Streets on South Tacoma Way. There will be over 300 cars on display and much more. The small entry fee supports the local food bank. See site for details.
Proctor Arts Fest: This lively annual festival and sidewalk sale located in the heart of the eclectic and historic Proctor District in Tacoma is happening on Aug. 5 and 6. Score some great deals on goods from local businesses at the district sidewalk sale and enjoy art work and juried art show, performing arts, food, entertainment and a dog parade.
The 19th Annual Maritime Fest: Located on the gorgeous Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma, Maritime Fest takes place Aug. 27 and Aug. 28 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Learn about boats, take a free harbor tour, see some hydroplanes and have great food and drink to celebrate Tacoma's waterfront.
Enjoy your local celebratory escapes!