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Live music is back! The Pacific Northwest’s music scene is world-renowned, and it’s no surprise there are so many great performances taking place outdoors this month around Pullayup and Tacoma (with social distancing guidelines in mind to align with the state’s health guidelines, of course). It’s a great way to get outside, support local artists, and spend a summer evening. Keep reading to see what’s on! 

Music on the Square 

Downtown Tacoma’s Market Square has been hosting several outdoor live music performances this summer and, on August 25 from 6-8 PM, local blues band T-Town Aces will take the stage. The multi-instrumental group, which features guitar, bass, percussion, and saxophone, was awarded Best Recording by the Washington Blues Society for their album, Grit City. Velvet’s Big Easy food truck will also be there, serving up delicious New Orleans-style Cajun and Creole cuisine. 

Reggae on the Way 

While the PNW may best be known for alternative rock, it’s also home to a vibrant reggae scene. Since 2017, Reggae on the Way has showcased the best local talent alongside some of the biggest international acts. The all-ages festival takes place this year on August 22 with an impressive lineup of artists including Dirty Heads, J Book, Irie Love, Stay Grounded, and Publish the Quest. The show kicks off at 5 PM. 

Lakewood Summer Nights 

The latest instalment of this free concert series at Fort Steilacoom Park features the best Eagles tribute band in town. Victims of Love, which includes a lineup of all-star local musicians, will perform the rock band’s greatest hits like “Lyin’ Eyes,” “New Kid in Town,” and, of course, “Hotel California.” The show starts at 6:30 pm. Bring your own chair or blanket for a peaceful, easy evening of music. 

Book your stay with us at Best Western Premier Plaza for comfortable, clean, and convenient accommodations in Pullayup and Tacoma. Our Washington hotel has spacious and stylish rooms and suites outfitted with excellent amenities, as well as great packages and deals to take advantage of. Get in touch today!

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The world is finally slowly starting to open up again and, with summer in full force, it’s a perfect time to enjoy all the outdoor events taking place in and around Tacoma. From a craft beer festival to celebrations of Native culture at local museums, there is no shortage of great things to do this month.

In The Spirit Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival 

Take in some local history with the annual In The Spirit Arts Market & Northwest Native Festival. The annual event is back, taking place in-person on Sunday, August 7 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at three local museums: the Washington State History Museum, Tacoma Art Museum, and Museum of Glass. The festival celebrates the diverse Native cultures of the region, with a wide variety of activities including art-making (where you can make your own prints buttons, and corn husk dolls), live music performances, compelling exhibitions, and an arts market where you can shop for original art, jewelry, textiles, and more. Food (including fry bread tacos) and beverages are available for purchase. The festival is all-ages and free to attend.

Tacoma Beer Week 

Washington is one of the country’s most coveted purveyors of craft beer, wine, and craft ciders. Tacoma’s much-loved and highly anticipated annual Beer Week kicks off on August 7, with a variety of events celebrating the best of all things locally brewed taking place at venues around the city. Brew Five Three To Go kicks it all off on August 7, where attendees choose from four tasting kits that feature a variety of different cans and bottles, including a special Beer Week brew. The festivities close out with the Peaks and Pints 2021 Pacific Northwest Cider Invitational on August 15, with over 20 craft ciders and cider cocktails representing Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. 

Lakewood Summer Nights at the Pavilion 

Held every Thursday throughout August at Fort Steilacoom Park in nearby Lakewood, this concert series is the perfect way to spend a summer evening. The all-ages music festival features a great lineup of local artists across a variety of genres, from R&B to blues, and even includes an Eagles tribute band! Social distancing is required and space may be limited. 

Best Western Premier Plaza is the top choice for a local staycation in Pullayup. Book your stay with us today for luxuriously comfortable, conveniently located, and pet-friendly accommodations near Tacoma, WA.


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Are you visiting Tacoma around Valentine’s Day? Whether you are single, coupled up, or on a trip with your girlfriends, there are many inspired and romantic ways to ring in this celebration of love in the city.  

Valentine’s Day Dance Party


Put on your dancing shoes and waltz on over to the Arthur Murray School of Dance for an evening  of music and tripping the light fantasic. And if you can’t waltz just yet, you’re certainly heading to the right place! Ballroom dancing lessons are available at a special rate for those who are interested, or you can just join in socially to sway to some fantastic tunes. Either way, the atmosphere is casual, fun, and welcoming. There will also be champagne to sip and sweet treats to snack on in between steps. This swinging event takes place on February 14 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm.  

Galentine’s Shopping and Wine Event


On February 11, grab your gals and make your way over to the Vino Aquino Winery for an evening of wine, sweets, and shopping. There will be delightful wine served, at just $5 a glass, as well as a fabulous selection of vendors including Mary Kay, Payton Piper Boutique, Pampered Chef, Paparazzi Girl, and Kitchen Sink Crafts. Not to mention, sweets to sample all night long. Get there early—the first 20 people to reserve their spots will receive a special swag bag!  

Valentine’s Day Couple’s Party


If you’re in the mood for dancing all night to the biggest and best hits from yesteryear this February 14, make sure to pick up your tickets to the Valentine’s Day Couple’s Party. Held at West of the Waterway, DJ Mr. Nyce Guy will be spinning cuts from the ‘70s, ‘80s, ’90s, and ‘00s—and maybe a couple of new school jams here and there, as well. Show up in matching outfits and you’ll be automatically entered for the award for Best Dressed Couple. There’ll also be a photo booth on-site so you can capture all your special moments, as well as a raffle for a fancy dinner for two at the Seattle Space Needle.

And, of course, if you are planning a trip to the Tacoma, Pullayup area, make sure to book your stay with us here at Best Western Premiere Plaza Hotel & Conference Center. Along with being conveniently located near all the celebrations and top attractions in town, our Washington hotel offers a wide variety of stylish, spacious, and comfortable accommodations, as well as impressive  on-site amenities at your disposal, including our Fireside Bar & Bistro and fabulous soaker hot tub—both of which can make for a special and memorable Valentine’s Day. Get in touch to make your reservations today!


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Tacoma is home to a vibrant arts and culture scene, making it a popular destination for local bands as well as some of the biggest artists in the world. The new year is already off to a great start, with an impressive lineup of performances from musical superstars, both new and iconic. If you’re visiting the Tacoma and Pullayup, Washington area over the next few months, make sure to purchase concert tickets to one of these exciting shows. Plus, it's a fabulous way to spend an evening.  

Blake Shelton

Country music megastar (and named by People Magazine in 2017 as the “Sexiest Man Alive”!) Blake Shelton brings his Friends and Heroes 2020 Tour to Tacoma on February 14. Besides performing some of his biggest hits like “God’s Country,” Shelton will also be joined by a number of special guests: Lauren Alaina, the Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson, and Trace Adkins. And, as it is Valentine’s Day, fans might be in for a special treat such as a surprise appearance by Shelton’s longtime girlfriend, Gwen Stefani — keep your fingers crossed!

Billie Eilish  

There is no doubt that Billie Eilish was one of 2019’s biggest artists. From her full-length debut release, When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? topping the charts in 21 countries, to accumulating a 45-million-strong following on social media and garnering comparisons to Nirvana from Dave Grohl himself, the 18-year old was absolutely everywhere. Her world tour makes a stop at the Tacoma Dome on April 10. 

Celine Dion

The one and only Celine Dion — who, in case you needed reminding, is the legendary voice behind hits like “My Heart Will Go On,” “The Power of Love,” and “It’s All Coming Back to Me Now” — is embarking on her first U.S. tour in over 10 years. The Courage World Tour arrives right on the heels of the end of Dion’s iconic Las Vegas residency and lands in Tacoma on April 15. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to witness one of pop music’s all-time greatest voices live. 

And don’t forget to book your stay with us here at Best Western Premiere Plaza Hotel & Conference Center when planning your trip to Washington! We’re conveniently located near entertainment and concert venues. Our spacious and superbly comfortable accommodations are second to none, with impressive amenities including LCD TVs, free high speed Wi-Fi, fitness center, indoor pool, hot tub, onsite bar and bistro, and so much more. Get in touch to make your reservations today!


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Whether you’re travelling with family or embarking on a holiday trip with friends, there are many fun activities to do in Washington this season. If you’re planning on visiting the Puyallup and Tacoma area there are many popular attractions to choose from. One of our favourites is the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium. Find out more about this magnificent home to two aquariums and hundreds of land and marine animals.

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

If you're looking for a fascinating and educational experience, make the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium a priority on your itinerary. Having the distinction of being the only combined zoo and aquarium in the Pacific Northwest, you'll have 29-acres to explore animals in their natural habitat and at play. The grounds are large enough to house hundreds of different land and marine animals, yet not so vast allowing you to get a little closer to them. You may run into animals out and about for their daily stroll! Through daily presentations, you can observe animal training sessions and listen to keepers share interesting stories.
Highlights of the zoo include the Asian Forest Sanctuary, which houses eight habitats within five acres. Explore this lush jungle, where you'll meet Sumatran tigers, a white-cheeked gibbon or Asian elephants having their dinner. Visit the first of two aquariums, the Pacific Seas Aquarium, and be up close and personal with hammerhead sharks, sea turtles, jellyfish, giant Pacific octopus and more. Admire art exhibits featuring murals, glass sculptures and light installations. The South Pacific Aquarium is home to fifteen sharks, a stingray cove, and a tropical lagoon with colorful tropical fish and a moray eel named Gordon. The Tidal Touch Zone is a favorite for kids to engage fully by touching, feeling and connecting with marine life such as the Blood sea star, the purple sea urchin, the giant plumrose anemone and much more!
Ensure your trip to Tacoma and Puyallup in Washington state is truly special by choosing accommodations that are comfortable, stylish, affordable and offer deluxe amenities. Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center checks all boxes and more. Guests will find impressive perks such as premium bedding, 42-inch LCD TVs, indoor pool and hot tub, sundeck, complimentary breakfast, a fireside bistro and bar, and fresh baked cookies available in the lobby every afternoon. Don't wait to book your room today!

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Are you planning on going heading to the Pacific NorthWest this fall? Make sure that you stop in Puyallup this fall on your road trip through Washington to check out some of the unique attractions and activities they offer. Whether it is doing something outside or hitting up some majestic historical attractions, there is something there for all to enjoy this fall during their trip to Puyallup.
Puyallup Farmers Market
Who doesn’t love a great farmers market? While in Puyallup make sure you stop by the Downtown Puyallup Farmers Market. They’re open every Saturday from 9 am until 2 pm until early fall. You can locate the market in Pioneer Park and Pavillion.You can find fresh veggies and fruit but can also find some great souvenirs to take home with you. There is a mixture of speciality food vendors and artisan crafters. Our favourites are to check out the amazing honey selection and the beautiful handmade jewelry. There is also live entertainment and music to brighten up your day at the market.

Meeker Mansion
Make sure to check out the Meeker Mansion while in Puyallup. It is believed that the Meeker family moved into the mansion in 1886 or 1887 although construction on the mansion was not completed until around 1890. The mansion has an extensive history and you can learn more about it on their guided tours for groups of 8 or more guests or on self guided tours for smaller groups.This fall the Meeker Mansion will be hosting special activities for the season. These activities include their Downton Abbey Themed Tea as well as their Cider Squeeze event. 

Cockrell Brewing
If you are travelling to Puyallup with any craft beer lovers, take a stop by the Cockrell Brewery. Their tasting room is open Thursdays from 4-7, Fridays from 4-8 and Saturdays from 1-6. The brewery is located on the Cockrell Cider Farm so you will be able to see plenty of animals on your trip to the brewery. Make sure to check out their ciders, they are the Cockrell Brewery Signature. 

If you are heading out to Puyallup this fall and are thinking about where to stay, look no further! We have you covered at the Best Western Premier Plaza in Puyallup. Our accommodations offer a variety of rooms to satisfy your needs. Our options vary from traditional rooms of all bed sizes to beautiful suites. 

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Are you looking for a great way to top off the end of summer? The Washington State Fair is happening August 30 - September 22, 2019. The fair will include many amazing exhibits, attractions, music and entertainment. Admission ranges from only $12 for children and $14 dollars for adults, with children under the age of five being able to enter for free, while special attractions may have an additional charge. We are going to break down some of the best of the best and give you the highlights of the must sees while you are at the fair this year!

Concerts and Shows

Do you have a music lover joining your trip to the fair? The Washington State Fair will offer a variety of music options that will be sure to offer a music fan the genre the prefer. The fair will be offering rock offerings such as Billy Idol and Weezer as well as showcase country stars such as legendary Keith Urban and Brad Paisley. Looking for some more classic options? Make sure to check out the Beach Boys to dance the night away to their rocking tunes!

If you are looking for an unbeatable show, Jeff Dunham will be doing a set on September 20. You might know him from his classic Netflix ventriloquism comedy specials. His show is a must see at the state fair this year.

Exhibits and Attractions

If you are looking for a unique equestrian show, Cirque Cavallo is a great option that features amazing horseback acrobatics and choreography. If you are looking for a unique experience the Lost World of Dragons is a new exhibit that will take you into the immersive world of dragons and mythology.

Planning on heading over to the Washington State Fair this year and wondering where to stay? If you are looking for comfortable accommodations for the entire family, book your reservations at the Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center located in Puyallup, Washington. We offer a variety of rooms varying from traditional single rooms to spacious suites plus a convenient location to the best fair in Washington State. 

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Good food, great music, and a whole lot of lights—what more can you ask for this summer? This July, be sure to check out the largest food truck festival in Tacoma, attend the hottest hip-hop summer jam, and make your way to a legendary fair, air show, and firework display.

Food Truck Fest 2019

Get ready to indulge in a culinary experience like no other. The annual Metro Parks Food Truck Fest returns for a sixth year on July 21 at Wright Park. The beautiful park is the perfect backdrop for an ideal summer day full of food, live music, dancing, and laying in the sun.

There are over twenty food trucks to choose from, offering a wide range of fares from classic American burgers to Hawaiian poke, Middle Eastern falafel, Greek gyros, and Vietnamese banh mi sandwiches.

After filling your plate, head over to the beer garden for a drink, then get a seat in front of the main stage to enjoy a great lineup of entertainment.

The KUBE 93.3 Summer Jam 2019

Are you looking to move your feet to your favourite hip-hop tracks this summer? Seattle's #1 hip-hop radio station is set to host the popular Kube 93.3 Summer Jam on July 26. The festival features rap’s heavy-hitters like YG, Kid Ink, Lil Baby, and rising stars like YK Orisis, City Girls, Pardison Fontaine, and Travis Thompson. Tickets are on sale now!

Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show

Trying to decide on your Independence day plans? This July 4th, experience one of the leading light shows in the nation—what the Travel Channel names, one of the 10 “World’s Best” fireworks.

The Tacoma Freedom Fair and Air Show is a family-friendly extravaganza not to be missed. The day-long celebration features seven stages featuring national and regional performers, a world-class air show, an impressive fireworks presentation,  and military displays, to list a few of the many activities ongoing throughout the day. With all of these festivities in mind, it's no surprise that Tacoma is boasted as the place to be this July 4th.

After gallivanting from event to event, make your way to Best Western Premier Plaza Hotel & Conference Center for a relaxing and comfortable stay. The hotel features top-of-the-line amenities, quality service, and newly renovated rooms. Book your stay today!


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Washington State Spring Fair

Nothing helps you forget winter faster than attending Washington’s biggest celebration of spring, taking place in Puyallup from April 11 to 14, 2019. Explore the sights, smells and sounds of the fair as you walk through cute baby animal exhibits and snack on delicious traditional fair treats like scones and elephant ears. There is never a dull moment when there’s loads of free entertainment to keep you busy, from racing pigs to dancing horses! You can also learn a thing or two a the Garden Show. For all you need to know about the Spring Fair, check online

Monster Truck Show

This exciting event deserved its own spotlight. Also happening during the Washington State Spring Fair, the annual Monster Truck Show is an action-packed event that will leave your heart-beating long after it’s over! The show will take place on Friday, April 12th at 7:30pm with a Pit Party happening before the show. If you’ve never experienced the mayhem that comes with a show like this - now is your chance! See larger-than-life trucks take on wheelies, donuts, and top off the night with a spectacular fireworks display. There will also be the rare opportunity to ride on a tricked-out truck for just $8! Buy tickets in advance to secure your spot! 

Jordan World Circus

The circus is in town from March 29 to 31! The Jordan World Circus promises to thrill fans of all ages with its death-defying aerial acts and animal attractions. Also being held at the Washington State Fair, you can pick a show time that works best for you. Whether it’s an afternoon affair or evening gathering, this is one stop that’s bound to make your trip memorable. Tickets range from $9 to $30 and you can buy them in advance here.  
If you’re travelling with family or with friends, Best Western Premier Plaza is the perfect home base. Our complimentary hot breakfasts help you start your day on the right foot and the indoor heated pool adds a touch of luxury to your stay. 
Whether it’s the excitement of the circus, spring fair or monster trucks, book your stay in advance so you don’t miss out!