Tacoma Ocean Fest is a Washington state nonprofit that runs a free festival on Tacoma’s waterfront for World Ocean Day weekend, plus a month of June ocean events including a Lantern Paddle for Species, Beach Cleanup, Tacoma Ocean Film Fest, marine biologist beachwalks, stream cleanups and more. We also hold the Grit City Costume Paddle in October, and the Youth Story Contest Feb-April; and bring light art to the Tacoma Light Trail every January.
Lifting up diverse voices, Tacoma Ocean Fest works to bring the community together through arts, sciences and water fun to celebrate the ocean, learn about its threats and get inspired to protect it.
We follow all Washington state guidelines to stay safe and healthy. Read our plan here.
Tacoma Ocean Fest is committed to justice, equity, diversity, access and inclusion, both as an organization that serves its community and as a recognition that the ocean is shared by all, and that it will take a united humanity to protect it. We work toward these goals and welcome feedback.
Our festival and most of its activities happen on traditional lands of the Puyallup people, who live here and speak the Twulshootseed language. We lift our hands to them and honor their continued protection of the Salish Sea.