NO PUBLIC PARKING LOT FOR 2017. Due to park improvements & construction around Point Defiance Park, guests will NOT be able to drive up directly to the park as traffic will be diverted off of Pearl Street starting at 51st Ave.

The Taste team is working to make parking options FREE & easy!


Park Free. Ride Free.  To the Taste from Tacoma Community College. Operated by Pierce Transit

NEW THIS YEAR, we're excited to announce that Pierce Transit will operate the FREE Taste Express this year from Tacoma Community College to and from the festival, June 23-25! Park FREE and Ride FREE. That means even MORE buses, that are also ADA friendly.

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 Taste Express!)


Free Taste Express operated by Pierce Transit
at Tacoma Community College
street address:
6501 South 19th Street, Tacoma, WA 98466
(Look for signs for Taste Express!)

Friday, June 23 & Saturday, June 24: 10:30am - 9:30pm
Sunday, June 25: 10:30am - 8:30pm

COST: FREE to park & FREE to ride round-trip!

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 parking options are limited.


Pierce Transit, in partnership with The City of Tacoma, Point Ruston, Metro Parks, South Sound Together and Travel Tacoma, is pleased to announce that the Pierce Transit Route 15 Downtown to Defiance trolley service will be available from June 2nd through September 3, 2017 (That includes during the Taste of Tacoma®).

Pierce Transit Route 15 is a demonstration project designed to enhance The South Sound’s economy by drawing more people to the area’s hotels, museums, restaurants, and parks. It will showcase the area’s physical assets to locals and tourists alike, and strengthen the awareness of Tacoma-Pierce County as a desirable place to live, work and play. Pierce Transit also seeks to open up more people to the possibilities of public transit as an alternative mode of transport.

HOURS: Friday through Sunday, 10:30am till 8:30pm every 30 minutes.

LOCATION: Runs from Downtown Tacoma along Ruston Way to Point Ruston and on to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and back.

DETAILS: Route Number 15 (four buses running the route)

FARE: $1 per ride or $5 all day pass*
*Discounted fares for seniors or individuals with disabilities. Must show Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) to the driver

Visit for more details.

PARK 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 of Pierce County will be running the corral to ensure your items are safe.

Bike Corral services are free, however, cash donations or packaged non-perishable 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 of Pierce County 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.

carpool with friends & family

Invite your family, friends & neighbors along and carpool to the Taste Express by Pierce Transit from Tacoma Community College. It's FREE to park & FREE to ride. 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 are able. If you choose to drive, please be advised there is no parking available at the park 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 options

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. More details:

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. More details:

King Cab: 253-474-8294

Ace Taxi: 253-589-1000

Fair Fares Taxi: 253-267–5599

access for physically challenged persons:

Since there is no available on-site parking for festival goers at the park this year, those who have accessibility needs are encouraged to take the Free Taste Express operated by Pierce Transit, which provides ADA compliant buses. Guests can ride this FREE option round-trip. 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.

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

Destination Point Defiance:

Many park improvements are moving to completion under the umbrella of Destination Point Defiance, a long-term comprehensive planning initiative to enhance the park's enjoyment and honor its history. The earthworks across the ferry lane will lead to improved boat trailer parking, a pedestrian bridge linking the park's trail to Ruston Way and 11 acres of new parkland on the penisula 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. Most of these projects will be open to the public by Fall 2018.

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®!