Back for a second year and better than before is Tacoma’s Ocean Fest.
This two-day event — which was created by former journalist Rosemary Ponnekanti, who wanted to help people better connect with the ocean — features a variety of entertainment, food, and environmental awareness.
Ocean Fest will kick off on June 8th with a beach clean up at the Purdy Sand Spit from 1-3 p.m. Attendees will need to bring gloves and a container for the trash. After the sand is cleared of trash and attendees have given back to the ocean, they will participate in a human mural in the shape of a orca. Aerial footage will be taken of the mural to raise awareness about orcas.
The beach clean up is just the beginning, as a free festival will occur the next day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 9th. at the Foss Waterway Seaport. The festival was created in honor of World Oceans Day on June 8th, and itl will have a variety of entertainment for all ages.
Local artists and musicians are participating, including one interactive art display created by RYAN! Feddersen, who created a giant wall mural of “Coyote, Fox, and Whale” for attendees to color.
Performance artists will include electric cellist Gretchen Yanover, a reprise of Whale Song by Tacoma City Ballet, Deanna Riley on aerial and ground hoops, and many more.
The experience doesn’t end there, though. Three guest speakers will take the stage, a scuba virtual reality booth will be available, and water activities will be open for those who want to participate.
Festival attendees are encouraged to bike, walk, or scooter, due to limited parking.