Frequently Asked Questions about Tacoma Pride Festival (TPF)

Why does TPF take place in July?

We coordinate with other Pride festivals around the South Sound, so people have many options throughout the Pride Season. There are festivals and marches from mid-May to late August. (You can check out the calendar of Pride events in the South Sound by visiting our partners at the GSBA). Historically, our predecessors, Out In The Park, picked July because there would be less chances of rain, and the festival was held at a park. No need to get our heels all muddy!

Finally, although June is recognize as “Pride Month” due to the events that happened at Stonewall Inn in New York City, LGBTQ communities around the world celebrate Pride at different times of the year. For instance, it would be hard to have a good Pride festival in the southern hemisphere in July when it’s the middle of winter for them!

For a full list of Pride events around the world from January to December, check out the International Pride Calendar.

How do I become a sponsor?

You can find out more about sponsoring Tacoma Pride in our Sponsorship Brochure.

You are also welcome to contact our development team directly at: rebecca@rainbowcntr.org or (253) 383-2318 ext. 107.

How do I nominate someone for the LGBTQ Community Awards?

The 2019 LGBTQ Community Award Nominations are now closed. Please join us on Friday, July 12th in honoring this year’s award recipients! (more info on the event page)

How do I apply for a booth at Tacoma Pride?

Vendor/Booth applications are currently closed for 2019. If you are currently registered to have a booth at Tacoma Pride 2019 (July 13th), and are looking for additional information, please visit the Tacoma Pride Vendor Information page.

Who organizes TPF?

Tacoma Pride Festival, or TPF for short, is organized by Rainbow Center in close partnership with a coalition of local community partners. TPF includes a series of events around the city starting with a Proclamation by the Mayor on July 9th, 2019, and culminating with the film The Hunger at The Grand Cinema on July 20th. Each Tacoma Pride Festival event is produced and hosted by one of our community partners.

This year’s Tacoma Pride Festival Community Partners include:

When/where is the main Pride event?

The main event, simply called “Tacoma Pride”, typically takes place on the 2nd Saturday of July, and is organized by Tacoma Rainbow Center. This year Tacoma Pride is on Saturday, July 13th, 12pm to 6pm.  It will be in downtown Tacoma, on Pacific Avenue between South 9th Street and South 7th Street.  For more information about the event, please visit the Tacoma Pride event page.

What are the alternative transportation options for Tacoma Pride?

There are several options for getting to Tacoma Pride, besides driving. We recommend walking, biking, or taking public transit! Here are a few of your options:

  • You can scoot to Pride on a Lime scooter. Use code LIMETPF19 for a $3 credit.
  • Take advantage of bike valet parking at 9th & A St. or find bike racks all along Pacific Ave. where you can safely lock up. And don’t worry about riding home up the hill, just hop on the bus!
  • Pride is located near the Theater District Link Station and Pierce Transit’s 10th & Commerce Station.
  • Lyft is offering $5 off with the code TPF19 – Making it even easier to get around.
  • Take Pierce Transit! Tacoma Pride is just 1 block from the Theater District Link Station and along many Pierce Transit Routes

Contact Downtown on the Go with questions and tips about transportation to this great event!

Download Transportation Tips Graphics as PDF

I'm a member of the press. Who do I contact for more information?

Please contact Rainbow Center’s development team at rebecca@rainbowcntr.org.