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There’s a reason why summer is so many people’s favorite season: it’s so much fun! The weather is enjoyable, people are in a good mood, and there’s event after event after event. If you’re visiting Puyallup during summer, you’ll find a host of fun days out for you and your family waiting for to be enjoyed. From athletics, to dog shows, to bubble runs, and car shows, there’ll be something for everyone in your traveling clan.

Athletic competition

Want to see the best of human endeavor? Then make sure you’re getting down to the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games, which be taking place July 1 - 6 in nearby Seattle. There’ll be fourteen team and individual sport competitions to check out. All events are free and open to the public.

dog show

Who’s the best dog?

Are you a dog lover? Then the AKC Summer Dog Show will be right up your street. Taking place from July 7 - 9 at the Mattress Firm ShowPlex, it’s your chance to see the region’s most beautiful and well-groomed canines doing their thing.

Fun way to run

Have you been looking for a way to make running even more fun? Then check out Bubble Run Seattle 2018. It’s a fun run, but with bubbles! It’ll be taking place on July 14 at the Washing State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

For the car lovers

See thousands of classic vehicles and muscle cars at the Good Guys Car Show, which will be taking place at the Washington State Fair Events Center from July 27 - 29.

Looking for a hotel near Tacoma? Then look no further than the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center Puyallup. Our hotel has everything you need to fully enjoy your trip away from home, including a complimentary hot breakfast, a heated indoor pool, and pet-friendly rooms.



The Tacoma Musical Playhouse is a beloved local venue for the arts, and a place you should definitely check out if you’re visiting the area! It’s actually the largest community theater in the Pacific Northwest, and has been putting on live shows since 1994. Situated on the scenic Narrows about a 30 minute drive away from Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel and Conference Center, it’s definitely a local spot worth checking out. Here are some events going on at the Tacoma Musical Playhouse this summer:


My Fair Lady | May 28 – June 10


This classic musical is actually an adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion. Haughty professor Henry Higgins takes in low-class Eliza Doolittle on a bet that he can turn her into a real “fair lady”. But the professor gets more than he bargained for, resulting in songs, tears, and many laughs.


Third annual Tacoma Musical Playhouse food truck festival | June 9


Whether you’re catching a showing of My Fair Lady on June 9th or just swinging by, you’ll get a chance to eat some delicious food at TMP’s third annual food truck festival. The trucks will be there from noon to 7:30 pm, and there’s no cost to enter the food truck festival! Tables and chairs are provided, so bring the whole family to grab a bite to eat at one of this year’s participating food trucks: Boss Mam’s Kitchen, Farrelli’s Pizza, HomeTown Dogs,  and South Beach Cuisine.


Beauty and the Beast | July 6 – July 29


You know and love the original story of Beauty and the Beast, known most commonly as the beloved animated Disney film. This on-stage version includes all the same wonderful songs, plus some new ones to increase the fun and wonder. Did you know? The original Broadway production of Beauty and the Beast ran for over thirteen years and was nominated for nine Tony Awards.

1. Seattle Lantern Light Festival

Running until January 7 at the Washington State Fair Events Center in Puyallup, this spectacular event showcases the beautiful ancient Chinese tradition of lighting up winter and celebrating the coming return of spring. Each lantern is custom-made by artists from thousands of pieces of silky cloth and some of the lanterns are up to 30 feet high and 300 feet long. You can also expect to see Chinese acrobats, firework displays and plenty to keep the kids entertained, like inflatables and face painting.


2. North Pole at the Fair

Santa is bringing his magic to the North Pole at Washington State Fair in Puyallup until December 23. Visit his house and write your letter to Santa on official Santa Claus stationary, read Christmas books in Santa’s library or sample hot chocolate in Mrs Claus’s kitchen. You can also explore the Elf Village, where you’ll find imaginative play areas and a Lego brick village.


3. Wild Waves with Holiday Lights

It may be too cold outside to go swimming, but at Wild Waves Theme & Water Park, you can celebrate the festive season with a big splash. The elves have been busy lighting up the theme park with a dazzling array of more than one million lights! You can also expect festive sing-a-longs, photos with Santa, a visit to the Toyland tent and – new for this year – the Lights Aglow laser light show.


Conveniently located in Puyallup, the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre is the getaway hotel if you’re planning a festive getaway. The full-service hotel features top-of-the-line amenities to keep you entertained when visiting the Puyallup. Enjoy the complimentary hot breakfast, take a dip in the heated indoor pool, or sip a cocktail in the Fireside Bar and Bistro.




Seattle, Washington is a short 30 minute drive from Puyallup and definitely worth the drive for this special occasion! It’s the annual Seattle SantaCon which is a fun filled day full of - you guessed it- Santas!


What’s A #SantaCon?

SantaCon is the meetup of over a thousand local Santas to celebrate goodwill and cheerful times along with a little spontaneity and creativity. This is always a fun time with many participants dressing as Santa, Elves or Reindeer filling the streets of Seattle for a good time. Oh and did we mention this was all for a great cause? This years SantaCon is in benefit with  Mary’s Place and their ‘No Child Sleeps Outside' campaign.


Rules and Registration

Participants are encouraged to carry cash to payment and tip as long lines have been experienced in the past and this speeds up the process. Everyone is welcome to attend and all are encouraged to dress up! It is asked that everyone remain respectful, remain responsible while drinking, and remember that this is a family event too. Tickets range between $5 and $20 and can be purchased on the EventBrite website.


This event is hosted in Downtown Seattle, Washington on Dec 16, 2017–Dec 17, 2017. Trust us at Best Western Premier Plaza this isn’t an event you want to miss. Let our friendly staff assist you in any way we can!

The Tacoma Zoo has a special treat for us this holiday season as they transform their zoo with half-million glimmering lights with 3-D animal light display. Located close to Best Western Premier Plaza, this is a fun activity for the family to enjoy.

Take A Look Into Half-Million Shimmering Lights

This light display is one of a kind with 3-D animal light displays accompanied by half-million bright lights creating the perfect winter wonderland. Each year the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium tries to switch up their light display; according to the Zoo’s website this year the 3-D animal light display will include, “a hammerhead sharks and sea turtles, carnivorous plants and their insect prey, a whimsical 30-foot-wide underwater landscape, a majestic polar bear family, and a gorgeous giant Pacific octopus”.


You Don’t Want to Miss Out On This One of A Kind Light Display

Warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and tasty treats while enjoying some holiday cheer. Take the perfect Instagram picture with thousands of mini lights dazzling behind you or take a short ride on the back of a camel with our zoo instructors. Certain animals will be on display as well including the zoo’s sharks, jellies, and meerkats and many more.


Best Western Premier Plaza is lucky to be a short 30 minute drive from the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. Zoolights will run from Nov, 24 2017 to Jan, 1 2018 with the exception of closing Dec, 24th 2017.  Ticket prices vary per age of guest but can be purchased on the Point Defiance Zoo website.       Don’t hesitate to ask our staff any questions you may have about the event and we’d be more than happy in assisting you in getting to and from the event.

At times it's difficult to choose activities to do with your friends and family that aren’t the same-old same-old. Taking a few hour to see a movie, going shopping at the mall, or eating out at a fancy restaurant are all great leisure activities - but we do them so often. A new trend to hit major cities to the hosting of paint nights. These is a fun, unique experience and don’t worry if you don’t consider yourself an artist - all talent levels are welcome.


What is a paint night?

According to the website of PaintNite creators, Dan Hermann and Sean McGrail, paint nights are are a way to “encourage creativity, empower communities, and inspire connections (away from the screen), all while offering a new way to go out and have fun”.  Thanks to these two entrepreneurial spirits, paint nights have become an instant hit.


What To Expect From A  Paint Night

Create your own masterpiece by painting your own creative design or copying the example provided. There is no lack of inspiration when overlooking the Pacific Ocean as the sunsets. As stated before, this is an activity meant for fun so there’s no artistic pressure to be felt! If you’re not a strong painter, our talented and patient coach Christina would be more than happy to assist you. All art supplies are included in ticket pricing. Wine and other snacks will also be available.


Location of Paint Night On The Beach 

Paint night on the beach is hosted by the Beach House Salon in Tacoma, Washington. This is a short 20 minute drive from us at Best Western Premier Plaza - the best hotel option in Puyallup, Washington. Trust us when we say this creative activity is worth the drive! Our beautiful beach landscapes are breathtaking and we encourage all our guests to experience them if given the chance.  Purchase tickets for paint night here and perhaps find your new hobby!
 It’s back and it’s bigger and better than ever before: The Washington State Fair is taking place from September 1 to 24. From steer wrestling to the end of summer bash, here are five reasons why you really shouldn’t miss it…


1. Lady Antebellum, Saturday September 2

With more than 18 million album sales worldwide, this seven-time Grammy award-winning group has earned six platinum singles, nine chart-topping hits, a Billboard Music Award, a People’s Choice Award and a Teen Choice Award, while also taking home ACM and CMA ‘Vocal Group of the Year’ trophies three years in a row. Tickets to the show cost between $80 and $100.


2. The ‘Oh Say Can You Sing’ Contest

The Washington State Fair is giving you the chance to perform the National Anthem live on stage in front of thousands of fans at one of the fair’s concerts or rodeo events. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to perform on the same stage that hundreds of stars that have graced on the fair’s iconic Grandstand. Enter the contest at


3. Modest Mouse, Thursday September 21

Indie-rock Modest Mouse is one of the few bands able to tread the narrow path between massive popularity while managing to remain loyal to their original pre-fame following. Tickets are included in the price of gate admission.


4. Rodeo

Welcome the best cowboys and cowgirls in the country as they compete in the 84th annual Washington State Fair Rodeo. Put on your boots, chaps and cowboy hat and get ready for a wild show! See bull-riding, bareback riding, tie-down roping, team roping, steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding and barrel racing.


5. The End of Summer Bash, Labor Day, Monday September 4

The fair’s free End of Summer Bash provides the opportunity to sample some of Washington’s favorite wine and craft brews while rocking out to some of the most famous music from the state. There will tribute bands celebrating the music of Jimi Hendrix, Heart and the 1980s.


Conveniently located in Puyallup, the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre is the getaway hotel if you’re planning to catch the action at this year’s Washington State Fair.
Love cars? Then America’s Car Museum is definitely a must-see on your next trip to Tacoma. Specially designed to both preserve and celebrate American automotive culture and heritage, the ACM facility (which includes a 165,000-sq.-ft. museum and 3.5-acre show field) is home to at least 350 cars, trucks, and motorcycles donated from private owners, corporations, and the LeMay collection. Founders Harold and Nancy LeMay helmed the largest privately owned collection of automobiles, other vehicles, and related memorabilia in the world, with over 3,000 vehicles and thousands of artifacts at the collection’s peak. Here's a look at some of the exhibits that are currently being shown at the ACM.

American Muscle: Rivals To The End 

This exhibition features a number of coveted cars from this era, including a 1969 427 Yenko Camaro, 1969 Dodge Super Bee, and a 1970 Buick GSX. As the strong manufacturing economy of the 1960s fuelled a growing want for roaring V8s, a muscle car war divided fans among which brands they felt produced the ultimate muscle. Fan-focused automakers created brand loyalists in the pre-1973 oil embargo era, before skyrocketing oil prices brought engine size and horsepower figures screeching to a halt. American Muscle: Rivals To The End displays 20 cars, all of which have a unique place in American motor history. Regardless if you are a Chevy, Chrysler, or Ford fan, this unique display will take you back in time. 

Ford F-Series: The Truck That Grew Up With America

This exhibit looks back at the 67-year history of the best-selling pickup truck as it grew from an agricultural tool into today’s luxury vehicle. The display is highlighted by era: the beginning, from 1948 through the 1950s; the 1960s through part of the 1990s, which marked a period of cultural change; and the late-1990s to today, when the border between work trucks and the luxury vehicles became blurry. The exhibit concludes with the most recent model, the 2015 Ford F-150, which is the first full-size pickup to use a lightweight aluminum body instead of steel.

If you’re driving through the Puyallup-Tacoma area, be sure to pull in to the BEST WESTERN PREMIER Plaza Hotel. Our full-service hotel offers a wide variety of rooms and suites, including pet-friendly ones, as well as luxurious amenities like complimentary hot breakfast, a heated indoor pool, and fabulous on-site dining.

Inspired by the hit TV show Wipeout, get ready to cringe, laugh and cheer for the crazy contestants who signed up for the WipeoutRun 5K course this year at the Washington State Fair Grounds right here in Puyallup.

With obstacles named Foam of Fury, Dope on a Rope, Tumble Tubes and Wrecking Balls to name just a few, this event is going to be a blast to watch live. The crazy race happens July 18 at 4 p.m.

Food Truck Fest: July 19

After watching people get pummeled, pounded and soaked at the WipeoutRun event, head on over to Wright Street in Tacoma the following day for some awesome food truck fare at the official Food Truck Fest. With live entertainment and free admission, this is a great time to taste the best of the region’s food truck creations and take in a little live music and entertainment. Food is served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 19.

Tacoma Maritime Fest: July 18 & 19

The 23rd annual Tacoma Maritime Fest also happens this weekend at the Foss Waterway Seaport on Dock Street. Open Saturday, July 18 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 19 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., this is a great chance to check out some cool boats, great entertainment and awesome food. With a Kid Zone featuring a hands-on marine science lab, roaming entertainers, a story-telling mermaid and toy boat building, there will plenty for the little ones to do. Admission is free - it doesn’t get more family-friendly than that!

Tiger Triplets And Cat Conservation: July 25 & 26

Head on over to the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma for Tiger Conservation Weekend. This is your chance to learn about big cat conservation and have a close look at the rare Sumatran tiger triplets, Kirana, Dari and Indah, and their mother, Jaya. With special tiger-oriented activities and animal enrichment shows, this weekend is all about the orange and black! This special event happens Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a good nights’ sleep in close proximity to all of these events in the Tacoma-Puyallup area, check into the Best Western Premier Plaza. Book your stay online for our best rates - we hope to see you soon!

Tacoma is the place to visit this summer. Between our concerts, sporting events, and the Tacoma Dome, there’s always something fun to do. But all the locals know that the best thing about the summer in Tacoma is all the great festivals. Whether you want to see some music, an outdoor film, or a dance routine (or any of the other hundred activities available), be sure to stop by one of these events next time you’re in town.

Tacoma Freedom Fair – July 4th-5th

There’s a lot of events going on this day, but Tacoma’s Freedom Fair is undoubtedly one of the best ones in the country. Come to celebrate America, stay for the airshow, music, fireworks, marketplace, pole vaulting, car show, BMX show, and more! The festival will be on the water, so you’ll be able to enjoy all the spectacles from a towel on the beach. Dress in your finest red, white, and blue! Learn more here.

SummerFest – July 11

The beach isn’t the only place to catch a bit of summer! If you didn’t get enough sun, SummerFest will help you fill in the rest of your tan with a car show and two stages of live music. You’ll also be able to take in the tail end of a triathlon, a soccer tournament, and plenty of community displays. There will also be an outdoor movie at dusk, as well as a full marketplace with over a hundred vendors. This is the perfect place to spend a day! Learn more here.

Ethnic Fest – July 25th-26th

Join Tacoma residents of all races and ethnic groups as they gather for a day of cultural celebration. This 25th-anniversary festival will feature two days of all varieties of world music, dance, and art. If beholding the beauty of these traditional fine arts isn’t enough, you’ll be able to taste them too, with food from all around the world. This incredibly enlightening experience is not to be missed. Learn more here.

The festivals won’t stop entertaining you in Tacoma this July. If you’re in town, be sure to stop by our hotel, where we won’t stop providing you exceptional service. Book your room today. We look forward to your visit!