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 spots FREE & easy!


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

Once again we will provide the FREE Taste Express operated by Pierce Transit, and sponsored by Xfinity, from Tacoma Community College to and from the festival, June 22-24! 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!

Friday, June 21 & Saturday, June 22: 10:00am - 9:30pm
Sunday, June 23: 10:00am - 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.



PARK your wheels at the "bicycle corral" supported by the tacoma rescue mission!

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 the Tacoma Rescue Mission will be running the corral to ensure your items are safe.

Bicycle Corral services are free!



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 1 through September 2, 2019 (That includes during the Taste of Tacoma®).

Pierce Transit Route 15 is a continuation of the 2017 pilot, 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. The Downtown to Defiance Trolley will have an expanded route this year, including going into the Point Ruston development and Old Town, and to the Tacoma Dome Station (last year the route ended in downtown Tacoma).

HOURS: Friday through Sunday, 10:00am every 30 minutes. The last run departs Point Defiance Zoo at 8:45pm each day.

LOCATION: Runs from Tacoma Dome, along Ruston Way to Old Town, Point Ruston, and on to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium and back.

FARE: $1 per ride or $5 all-day pass*.  Children age 5 and under ride free with fare-paying passenger.
*Discounted fares for seniors or individuals with disabilities. Must show Regional Reduced Fare Permit (RRFP) to the driver

carpool with friends & family

Invite your family, friends & neighbors along and carpool to the Taste Express operated by Pierce Transit, and sponsored by Xfinity, from Tacoma Community College. The Taste Express! 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, and sponsored by Xfinity, 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.

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 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. 

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!