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Waiting in Anticipation

Many summer events to return in 2021

By Jillian Chandler

There’s nothing like summertime in the 253, as the beautiful weather and scenery draw the community outdoors to experience all the Puget Sound has to offer. From the wonderful array of dining destinations, breweries and distilleries, to the unique shops and boutiques, to all of the outdoor activities we are blessed with, there are always new flavors to explore and new sites to see. And … you can’t forget about all of the big annual community events that both young and old wait in anticipation for all winter long!

Though summer is in full swing, these next couple of months will feel a bit different than years prior, as coronavirus is still affecting our way of life and how we are able to safely interact with others in our community. This means, unfortunately, that some of our much-loved summer events have been canceled for 2020.

Summerfest, originally scheduled for July 11, will not be taking place. The city of Lakewood made the difficult decision to cancel a number of upcoming events, including their signature summer celebration.

The family friendly Point Ruston Independence Day 5K will return July 4, 2021, for its eighth year.

Ethnic Fest has been celebrating culture and community with two days filled with music, dance art, food and more for more than 30 years, and like so many of our wonderful community events that bring us all together, this celebration has been put on hold for 2020.

Each July, The Zoo Society hosts their Summer VIP Experience & Long Table Dinner. Though this event, which includes a live auction and paddle raise, raising funds for The Zoo Society, has been canceled for the time being, the community can still donate to the organization at

The Proctor Arts Fest, a community-based street fair organized by the Proctor District Association along with community volunteers, which draws in nearly 10,000 visitors annually, will not be making its way to North 26th and Proctor streets as it has in years past.

Though these wonderful events will not be taking place in 2020, our anticipation and excitement will only grow that much stronger as we await their return, along with so many other events, in 2021.

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