Although spring is getting off to a slow start, the City of Lakewood is gearing up for a plethora of family-friendly activities scheduled this month and throughout the summer signaling brighter and warmer days ahead. Art and history exhibits, garden tours and displays, family fishing and multicultural festivals are just a few of the activities that both visitors and locals can choose from when pursuing family fun in the coming months.
Birds of America Exhibit (April 28 - May 1)
Bird enthusiasts can experience rare 19th century art when the famous Birds of America series by John James Audubon comes to Lakewold Gardens. This private collection includes 30 of his prints that feature ducks and the Horned Owl, among others.
Civil War Reenactment (April 30 - May 1)
Fort Steilacoom Park will host a Washington Civil War Association (WCWA) Civil War reenactment honoring those who fought in or lived during the American Civil War. Actors will portray different units and organizations in living history encampments and battle reenactments.
Historic Fort Steilacoom "Living History Open House" (April 30 - May 1)
Across the street from Ft. Steilacoom Park at the 'historic' Fort Steilacoom, experience U.S. Army history as actors in period dress give tours through all the historic buildings and answer questions about them and fort life in the mid-19th century.
MayFest (May 1 - 8)
Come celebrate the blossoming of springtime at the breathtaking Lakewold Gardens. A week of horticultural activities includes garden displays in The Wagner House, tea with well-known horticulturist and guest speaker Lucy Hardiman, and an art show sponsored by Lakewood Arts Commission.
Youth Fishing Event (May 21)
At the beautiful American Lake Park, children and their families can enjoy a full day of fishing and experiencing the outdoors. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, along with the City of Lakewood's Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department, coordinates with businesses, organizations and volunteers to provide fishing opportunities for children ages 5 to 14. For more information or to register for the program, visit www.lakewoodparksandrec.com or call (253) 983-7887.
SummerFEST (June 24 - 26)
Fort Steilacoom Park will once again be the site of this popular three-day family festival presented by the City of Lakewood. This year, the FREE event will include such activities as: the Partners for Parks Car Show showcasing more than 150 vehicles; a petting zoo; more than 100 food and art vendors; and live music. This year, the festival will offer a free showing of the movie "How to Train Your Dragon," on Saturday, June 25, at dusk. For more information, visit www.lakewoodparksandrec.com .
Samoa Flag Day Celebration (July 2)
Clover Park High School will be the setting for this one-of-a-kind festival that will include Samoan activities with traditional games, dances, music, singing, oratorical speeches, authentic Samoan foods, arts and crafts, and more.
July & August
Summer Concert Series (July 5 - Aug. 16)
Lakewood's outdoor Summer Concert Series will take place every Tuesday night for seven weeks during July and August at beautiful American Lake Park. Live music will range from smooth jazz to instrumental pop. For more information, visit www.lakewoodparksandrec.com .
For more information on the Lakewood area and other local events and attractions, visit www.cityoflakewood.us or call (253) 589-2489.
About Lakewood, Washington
Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the fifteenth largest in Washington. It is strategically located between Sea-Tac International Airport and Olympia, the state's capital. The city is home to 60,000 residents and nearly 1,100 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2010, Lakewood was named one of the nation's One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise Alliance for the fourth year. In addition to vibrant residential and business communities, the city offers a myriad of recreational opportunities for residents and tourists. These include: five lakes; Fort Steilacoom Park, and Lakewold Gardens, to name a few. The city also is the gateway to: Chambers Bay Golf Course, selected as home to the 2015 U.S. Open; Mt. Rainier National Park; and Puget Sound waterways and islands.