Plenty to Do in Lakewood This Summer

Community event calendar features 38 events

LAKEWOOD, Wash. (June 1, 2012) — If you are daydreaming about what to put on your Northwest summer “fun” calendar, you can find inspiration from the recently-posted City of Lakewood 2012 Summer and Fall Events listings (see attached). The list highlights a majority of the events from June through September.

Lakewood provides entertainment for the whole family. Dog-lovers, art enthusiasts, garage-sale devotees, nature admirers, and history-buffs have lots to choose from.

“Our community partners are always creating fun events for our residents and for visitors. We’re encouraging people to combine activities for a full day of adventure, or just make it a weekend,” notes Economic Development Manager, Ellie Chambers-Grady. “We have a number of family and dog-friendly places to spend the night and plenty of shopping and tasty eating spots.”

Some of the favorite Lakewood events include:

  • Summer Activities Fair (June 7)
  • Lakewood SummerFEST (June 30-July 1)
  • Lakewood Farmers Market (Tuesdays, July 10-August 28)
  • Junk in the Trunk – Community Garage Sale (July 21, August 18)
  • Dog Dayz (August 25)
  • American Lake Concert series (Tuesdays, July 3-August 14)

For those out of the area looking for new experiences, the city is suggesting a few day trip itineraries.

  • Culture, Cotton Candy and Corn on the Cob - Saturday, June 30

Eat breakfast at the award-winning Moonrise restaurant then sample traditional Samoan culture at the 2nd Annual Samoa Cultural Day. Head to the Lakewood's annual summer festival, SummerFEST, where the kids can burn off afternoon energy at the Kidz Zone inflatable area. Everyone can dance to live music on two stages, hang out at the vintage Car Show, wander through the public market, and stuff yourselves silly at the many food vendors.

  • Markets, Gardens and Stars – Tuesday, July 17th

Visit the new Farmers Market at City Hall for fresh flavors, arts and entertainment. Take a short five-minute drive over to the famous Lakewold Gardens. There you can stroll the grounds and relax with a picnic on the terrace. Enjoy a wine tasting at Stina’s Cellars, and end the evening with the exciting competition of “Lakewood’s Brightest Star Finals” at American Lake Park or if you prefer take in a live theater performance at The Lakewood Playhouse.

  • Dog Lovin’ Day – Saturday, August 25

Grab a cup of coffee at and take your pooch to visit the Fort Steilacoom Dog Park, voted the “Best Pet Park” according to South Sound magazine. On August 25, the park will host Dog Dayz, a fun-filled festival to celebrate our four-legged friends. After wearing your beloved pal out, you can stop for dinner at one of our many family friendly restaurants to wind down before the ride home.

Look for more fun summer time activities happening in the City of Lakewood by routinely checking on www.cityoflakewood.us .

About Lakewood, Washington

Lakewood is the second largest city in Pierce County and the eighteenth 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 3,200 businesses. Lakewood also is the host community to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, two major military installations. In 2011, Lakewood was named one of the nation’s One Hundred Best Communities for Young People by America’s Promise Alliance for the fifth 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 offering water skiing, rowing, and fishing; four golf courses; 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.