KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
The Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU, is held in beautiful Point Defiance Park at 5400 N. Pearl St, Tacoma. WA. Getting to the Taste is easy! Use Pierce Transit’s Taste Express from Tacoma Community College, take the ferry, or carpool with friends. #MeetMeAtTheTaste
Park & Ride for FREE to the Taste, from Tacoma Community College.
Service on Pierce Transit’s Taste Express will be provided by Taste of Tacoma®, from Tacoma Community College to, and from the festival, June 21-23!
LOCATION: Tacoma Community College at S. 19th St. & S. Mildred St. (TCC street address: 6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466)
Look for signs for Pierce Transit’s Taste Express!
PIERCE TRANSIT TASTE EXPRESS HOURS OF OPERATION
Friday, June 21 - 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 22 - 10:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.
Sunday, June 23 10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
NOTE: Guests should be aware there will be wait times during peak hours of the event, as this free service is proving to be very popular. Thank you for your patience during this time of improvement at the park, and on site, as parking options are limited. Plan Ahead!
PARK your wheels at the "bicycle corral"
The Taste of Tacoma® encourages visitors arriving on bicycle, skateboard, or any other form of environmentally-friendly wheels, to check out the bicycle corral near the main entrance of the park. Guests can check their strollers, bicycles or other non-motorized 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. Volunteers from Tacoma Fire Fighters Union Local 31 will be running the corral to ensure your items are safe. Bicycle Corral services are free, however donations encouraged to support Tacoma Fire Fighters Union Local 31
carpool with friends & family
Invite your family, friends & neighbors along, and carpool to ride Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, for free, from Tacoma Community College. More details above on location & hours.
take the Ferry
If you're coming from Vashon on the ferry, we recommend you walk on and ride the ferry across. If you choose to drive, please be advised there is limited street parking near the Taste. If you choose to walk from 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.
car drop-off & pick-up options
The Uber app connects you with a reliable ride in minutes. One tap and a car comes directly to you. Your driver knows exactly where to go. And payment is completely cashless. More details: www.uber.com/cities/tacoma/
King Cab: 253-474-8294
Ace Taxi: 253-589-1000
Fair Fares Taxi: 253-267–5599
SPECIAL NEEDS ACCESSIBILITY:
Guests with special needs are encouraged to take Pierce Transit’s Taste Express, which provides ADA compliant buses from Tacoma Community College to the Taste. Guests are reminded that Point Defiance Park offers some paved areas, while much of the park is grass or gravel paths. The event does not have motorized vehicles or wheelchairs for rent. Guests should come prepared and utilize options that best suit their needs.
OVER SIZED vehicles:
Point Defiance Park cannot provide parking for large vehicles. Event staff advises against the use of RVs or trailers for transportation at The Taste.
Destination Point Defiance:
Many ongoing park improvements are under way under the umbrella of Destination Point Defiance, a long-term comprehensive planning initiative to enhance the park's enjoyment and honor its history. Improved boat trailer parking, a pedestrian elevated bridge linking the park's trail to Ruston Way, and 11 acres of new parkland on the peninsula next to Tacoma Yacht Club. In two corners of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium - which remains open - Metro Parks is building a new Pacific Seas Aquarium. Meanwhile, Tacoma Public Schools is building an Environmental Learning Center. Click HERE for more information on Destination Point Defiance.
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® presented by BECU!