Arts & Culture

Music, vendors, art and more at Proctor Arts Fest this weekend

Dagmar Peterson appies henna to decorate a teen’s arm in her booth at the 2005 Proctor District Arts Festival.
Dagmar Peterson appies henna to decorate a teen’s arm in her booth at the 2005 Proctor District Arts Festival. Staff file, 2005

The Proctor Arts Fest has been bringing arts, crafts and music to Tacoma’s North End for 18 years, and this year is no different, with a lineup Saturday that includes kids’ activities, art-inspired storytelling, a quilt show and a free movie at the Blue Mouse Theater.

About 140 arts-and-crafts vendors will line the intersection of Proctor and North 26th streets with a range of handmade goods. Three stages showcase local talent from a karate demonstration to juggling, unicycling, gypsy jazz, Irish music, two steel drum ensembles, a marimba band and a ballroom dancing showcase by Kevin Buster and Amber Hayes. Other bands include Red House (R&B), Twang Junkies (country), the Kim Archer band (blues/rock) and family entertainer Eric Herman.

On the art side, the traditional juried art show will take place at Mason United Methodist church, with the added bonus of sidewalk chalk graphics to lead festival-goers one block to the church. Local writer Judy Cullen will tell stories inspired by the artworks at 11:30 a.m.

Over at Chalet Bowl will be a new exhibit of small contemporary art quilts, hung around the inside of the bowling alley.

The popular Magnificent Mutt show won’t be happening this year. Instead the festival features a free screening of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip” at noon at the Blue Mouse Theater. Activities for kids, hosted by Seabury School, Metro Parks Tacoma and others, will happen just outside the Wheelock Library on North 26th Street, including face-painting and a balloon man.

Also at the festival will be the Proctor Farmers Market, a merchant sidewalk sale and a book sale at the library. Run by the Proctor Business District Association, the festival attracts around 10,000 people each year.

“We’re trying to get a little more variation into (the festival),” said co-organizer Maura Desimone.

Rosemary Ponnekanti: 253-597-8568, @rose_ponnekanti

Proctor Arts Fest

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Where: North Proctor and 26th streets, Tacoma.

Cost: Free.