The GRIT CITY COSTUME PADDLE – total success!

What an amazing day! Sun, stoke, costumes, music and a Trashoctopus full of litter picked up by 47 volunteers! 60 paddlers hit the Foss Waterway in fabulous costumes, watched by a massive crowd – so much fun!

Find out the costume contest winners on our blog – and save the date for Oct. 30, 2022!


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WOW – WHAT A FESTIVAL!

Were you at the 2021 Tacoma Ocean Fest one-day festival? Around 900 people gathered safely, spread out, for the first in-person festival since 2019 – and what a day it was! Musicians, dancers, speakers, eco-booths, Youth Story finalists, kayak tryouts, ice cream and pizza – it was a HUGE success, and so good to gather our community again around the ocean. We’ll post photos soon! Meanwhile, watch the livestream replays on our music/dance and OceanX speaker pages – and the Brass Band Northwest grand finale!


β€œMaybe we each are only able to do something small, but if all of us do something small, together we can accomplish something great.

– Vidal Rojas, Tacoma community leader


Our festival and most of its activities happen on traditional lands of the Puyallup people, who live here and speak the Lushootseed language. We lift our hands to them and honor their elders and their continued protection of the Salish Sea.