FREE PARK & RIDE SHUTTLE!
Map shows the FREE Park & Ride Shuttle location at TCC
NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Because of ongoing park improvements & construction around Point Defiance Park, parking in the main lot has been reduced significantly. The Taste strongly encourages event goers to use the Park & Ride Shuttle - FREE this year for all to enjoy!
EQC'S Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU is located at the beautiful Point Defiance Park at 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407.
With Metro Parks Tacoma Destination Point Defiance project underway, Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU has taken steps to ensure an easy and affordable option for guests by providing a FREE Park & Ride Shuttle service from Tacoma Community College to the festival, June 22-25 at Point Defiance Park.
The FREE Park & Ride Shuttle will operate from 10:30 a.m. daily and run every 15 minutes to take guests to & from the festival. The last shuttle will depart Point Defiance Park 30 minutes after closing each day. Festival hours are Friday & Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Guests are encouraged to park and ride the Free Taste Shuttle. Due to decreased capacity in the public parking lot this year, arriving early is recommended. However, Taste staff will be on hand at TCC and Point Defiance Park to ensure a positive guest experience and to assist in the load and unload process. Street access to Point Defiance Park will remain the same as years past, however, with the events ability to park fewer cars in the adjacent lot, Taste Producers are working hard to alert visitors to use the Free Park & Ride Shuttle.
keep your wheels at the "bike corral"
The Taste of Tacoma® encourages visitors arriving on bike, skateboard, or any other form of environmentally-friendly wheels, to check out the bike corral near the main entrance of the park. Guests can check their strollers, bikes or other wheeled items at the corral and return at the end of the day to retrieve their items using the numbered tag provided by corral staff. Members of the FISH Food Bank of Pierce County will be running the corral to ensure your items are safe.
Bike Corral services are free, however, cash donations or packaged food items to support the FISH Food Bank of Pierce County are encouraged. For every $1 donated, they can provide $9 worth of food to families in need. They are the oldest and largest food bank network in Pierce County. In 2015, FISH Food Banks was able to distribute 4.6 million nourishing meals to those in need at their seventeen food banks sites.
Taking the Ferry
If you're coming from Vashon on the ferry, we recommend you walk on and ride the ferry across if you are able. If you choose to drive, please be advised that you'll have to follow the flow of traffic up Pearl Street, turn around, and then proceed back down Pearl Street to access the parking lot which has limited space this year due to Metro Parks Tacoma Destination Point Defiance project being underway. If you choose to walk onto the ferry, there is a hill to climb to get to the park, which may pose some issue for those in wheelchairs or who have mobility issues.
A note from the Taste Team
Point Defiance Park’s many businesses and attractions are open during the Taste. When looking for a place to park near the event, please be respectful of these establishments, their clientele and employees, and refrain from parking in their lots. Thank you and enjoy EQC's Taste of Tacoma®!