Summer always draws visitors to the Tacoma waterfront with recreation, activities and parks, but this year, it’s a free, conservation-themed festival that’s the main draw on Saturday, June 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tacoma Oceanfest is a brand-new festival this year, bringing artists, kids’ activities, kayaking, paddleboarding, dragon boating and a beach clean-up to Tacoma’s downtown waterfront.

While it’s a celebration of the waterfront, it’s also a reminder of its fragility and the responsibility of visitors and residents to keep the ocean clean for ourselves and future generations.

Based at the Foss Waterway Seaport, there will be artist performances in genres ranging from flamenco dancers to singer/songwriters, ballet dancers, visual artists and videographers. It’s a chance to celebrate the bounty of the waterfront, and hopefully catch some sun, music, arts, vendors and quality time with the family.

For more information, check out Tacoma Ocean Fest’s webpage or Facebook page.