Seattle's Child

Your guide to a kid-friendly city

Mosaic is the new name for the Tacoma cultural festival set for July 23-24 in Wright Park. (Photos by Russ Carmack)

Tacoma’s cultural festival is back with a new name: Mosaic

The celebration is set for July 23-24 in Wright Park.

Food, arts and culture from around the world will fill Tacoma’s Wright Park Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24 (2022), during Mosaic.

The free festival – known previously as Ethnic Fest – returns after a two-year pandemic hiatus with a new name and new look.

“Tacoma has such a diversity of cultures, and Metro Parks is thrilled to bring back this festival to celebrate them,” said Andrea Smith, park board president.

There will be two performance stages, a beer garden, 16 food trucks, 20 arts and crafts booths, vendor booths and information booths from a wide variety of Tacoma community groups. In addition, there will be a Kids Zone with bounce house, splash park and more.

The festival kicks off at 11 a.m. Saturday (July 23) with a “Walk of Destiny” parade around the park, culminating in an opening blessing from the Puyallup Tribe. Community members are invited to wear clothing reflecting their heritage.

The movie “Selena” will screen Saturday at dusk in the park.

A bit more on the name change, from event organizers: “Mosaic” was chosen for its more inclusive meaning. While “ethnic” is literally defined as relating to groups of people with a common racial, national, tribal, religious or cultural background, the term is often misused by a white-dominated culture to refer only to cuisines and art forms different from the majority.

Formerly Ethnic Fest, the renamed Mosaic will take place in Tacoma’s Wright Park on July 23-24.

Mosaic festival details:

WHEN: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24
WHERE: Wright Park, 501 South I St., Tacoma
MORE INFO: Full schedule, entertainment lineup and more


More fairs, festivals and summer fun:

Seattle’s Child Family Event Calendar

The big fairs are back for summer 2022


About the Author

Julie Hanson

Julie Hanson is the website editor for Seattle's Child. She is a longtime journalist, South King County resident and mom to a 14-year-old girl.