Getting there!


EQC'S Taste of Tacoma® presented by BECU is located at the beautiful Point Defiance Park at 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407.

plan ahead

NOTE TO THE PUBLIC: Because of ongoing park improvements & construction around Point Defiance Park, parking in the main lot has been reduced significantly. Parking on site availability and transportation options are TBD. Please check back for updates.

free park & ride taste express courtesy of pierce transit

Revamped Park & Ride system this year provided by Pierce Transit. More details TBA.

carpool with friends & family

Invite your family, friends & neighbors along and use the free park & ride Taste Express by Pierce Transit. More details TBA.


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. Volunteers with the Emergency Food Network 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 Emergency Food Network are encouraged. For every $1 donated to EFN, they provide $12 worth of nutritious food for our neighbors in need. Emergency Food Network provides 16 million pounds of healthy, nutritious food annually to 70 food banks, hot meal sites and shelters for distribution to families and individuals in need.

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.

car drop-off/pick-up services

There will be a Transportation Tent near TBD where drivers can drop-off and pick you up at the event after you have arranged for a taxi or another car service like Uber or Lyft for pick-up on your own. 

Lyft: The Lyft app matches you with friendly local drivers at the tap of a button. Just request and go. After the ride, simply pay through your phone.

Uber: 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.

King Cab: 253-474-8294

Ace Taxi: 253-589-1000

Fair Fares Taxi: 253-267–5599


ada complaint options:


oversized 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.

Other options from Pierce Transit

For current information on Pierce Transit, head to

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®!