GET OUT: Grand Parade for Daffodil Festival, Gray Sky Blues Festival and other events throughout the weekend

Tacoma News TribuneApril 5, 2014 

Daffodil Princesses are reflected in a large puddle of water after a deluge Saturday April 13, 2013 during the annual Daffodil Festival Parade in downtown Sumner. Dean J. Koepfler / Staff Photographer

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Daffodil Festival features 5K race and Grand Parade

Get active at the Daffodil 5K Challenge that will take runners through four cities across Pierce County and include each of the parade routes in the process. Four independent races, four cities. Run or walk in one city or take the full challenge. All proceeds from this event will go to the YMCA Teen Late Nite Program. Go online to for times and sites to register.
The 81st Daffodil Festival Grand Parade will travel throughout the region highlighting local schools, bands, marching groups, floats and of course the festival queen and royal court. Parade start times are:
10:15 a.m. Tacoma; 12:45 p.m. Puyallup; 2:30 p.m. Sumner and 5 p.m. Orting.

Enjoy live music and fun with Gray Sky Blues Festival in Tacoma

If you’re in Tacoma for the Daffodil Parade then stick around the annual Gray Sky Blues Festival starting at noon. The music festival will feature some of the best blues musicians to be found west of the Mississippi. Venues in downtown Tacoma include the Harmon Brewery, 1938 Pacific Ave. and The Swiss Pub, 1904 Jefferson Ave. Several bands will be playing with the headliner for the festival, Cee Cee James performing at 6 p.m. An  “After Festival Party” begins at 8:30 p.m. at the Stonegate, 5419 South Tacoma Way and will feature live bands provided by Puget Sound Music for Youth Association plus Steve Cooley and the Dangerfields. For a complete schedule go online to

Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup features races and expo

If you’re a paddler and love boating then head over to the free Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup and Expo this weekend. It will feature competitive paddle racing for kayaks, canoes, outrigger canoes, high-performance kayak and stand up paddleboards. Races in the harbor will range from novice to expert, while a complete expo of watercraft sports will be on shore. Demonstrations, clinics and workshops will be held throughout the two-day event. Racing begins at 10 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday and the event is based at Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor. For a complete schedule go online to

Grammy Award-winner Michael McDonald plays EQC

Known for a soulful baritone singing style, five-time Grammy Award-winner Michael McDonald, began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan. He was also a member of The Doobie Brothers from 1976 to 1982. He has been performing solo since the farwell tour of the Doobie Brothers and will be coming to the Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E. 29thSt., Tacoma for an 8:30 p.m. concert Saturday. Tickets are $40-$100 and are available through Ticketmaster.


Drum it up at World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center

Get the beat at the annual World Rhythm Festival at Seattle Center. Sponsored by Seattle World Percussion Society, the festival promotes education and participation in world music drumming and dancing activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. The all-volunteer organization offers a variety of classes and inter-active drumming sessions throughout the day – hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Join in the free, family-fun event. For a complete schedule of activities go to

National garden expo comes to Convention Center

For all you gardeners, make a stop at the Tacoma Grow Like a Pro Indoor Gardening Expo at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway. The national Coast-to-Coast Grow Like a Pro Tour provides a gathering place for gardening enthusiasts and exhibitors from around the world who will be showcasing the latest products and technologies to help you grow like a pro. With a sold out exhibit floor space, you can be sure that this Expo will have a lot to offer. The Expo will be open to the general public from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday giving garden enthusiasts a hands on experience with leading gardening experts. Admission is $10 at the door, children younger than 12 are free.) A complimentary VIP ticket is available online at
Nuclear Cowboyz Freestyle Motorcross comes to Tacoma Dome
It’s freestyle motocross with a fantasy storyline when the 2014 Nuclear Cowboyz comes to the Tacoma Dome. Known for its explosive choreographed arena-based production the show has more than 1000 gravity-defying freestyle tricks performed by the globe’s most dominant freestyle athletes. Tickets for the 2 p.m. Sunday are $25-$50 and are available through Ticketmaster.

Kid-friendly ballet “Tea for Ruby” at Theatre on the Square in Tacoma

Enjoy a day of whimsical ballet when the Evergreen City Ballet presents “Tea for Ruby.” The world-premiere ballet adapted from the picture book from New York Times best-selling “Fancy Nancy” illustrator, Robin Preiss Glasser and author Sarah Ferguson will be shown at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Theater on the Square, 915 Broadway, Tacoma. Dancers will come to the lobby in costume for photo opportunities after each performance. Tickets are $27 general, $16 children and students. Order your tickets by phone or online; 253-591-5890,

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