• 5406 S. Tacoma Way, Tacoma, 98409

A Tacoma tradition was born July 30 2017 as thousands of happy revelers descended on the city's resurgent South Tacoma Way for the inaugural Reggae on the Way festival.

The sold-out event – created by Danno Presents – filled two city blocks with buoyant island grooves from Common Kings, Anuhea and other main stage acts, the mouth-watering aroma of gourmet burgers, barbecue, and enough smiling faces to remind old-school Tacomans of a time when that stretch of South Tacoma Way, between 52nd and 56th streets, was the city's premier entertainment district.

Musically, Puget Sound may best be known for grunge and garage-rock; but veteran promoter Dan Rankin has long known there is an insatiable appetite for reggae here, too, dating back to his days booking and managing and booking hotspot clubs and venues throughout Tacoma & Seattle, Producing Art On The Ave and curating other festivals. Last year, his vision of South Tacoma's potential gelled as he and his wife, Jessica, were renovating the Airport Tavern, an iconic neighborhood watering hole they re-opened in May of 2017.

“We've been nurturing the pacific nw music scene by supporting touring bands and local music of all genres for long enough to see the Tacoma music community was ready for a festival like this,” he said. “I feel like this was my calling.”

Reggae on the Way far exceeded expectations in its first year, but don't expect organizers to rest on their laurels for its second run, scheduled for July 28, 2018. Danno Presents has released a buzz-worthy partial lineup that includes national headliners J. Boog, The Green, The Expendables, Leilani Wolfgramm, Dubtonic Kru, Tatanka, Jah Sun, Powerlaces, Dub Lounge International, P.O. Boxx, High Ceiling and Mighty High. Danno Presents is currently working on releasing it’s 2019 line up sometime in April/May 2019..



• This festival is tailored for adults but family friendly 

• Kids 10 and under are now FREE (each child must be accompanied by an adult with a ticket)

• Parking - Off street parking is free, Surrounding large area parking lots may or may not charge a fee to park.

• Festival happens rain or shine

• No refunds or exchanges

• Lineup subject to change

• All patrons subject to search

• Photo ID required to pick up will call tickets.


Your safety and security are most important to us. The following are the venue's guidelines. Thank you for your cooperation and have fun.



While we will do everything in our power to be as quick and efficient as possible, we encourage guests to please arrive in advance of the scheduled show start time, in order to allow ample time to enter the facility.



Be prepared for inspection as you enter the facility. This inspection will include physical pat down and/or the use of metal detectors. Should you bring a bag, it will be searched and may slow down your entry time.





NO BAG EXPRESS ENTRY LANES will be available. Take advantage of the express lanes and carry only those allowed items necessary for your enjoyment of the show.



Upon entry into the venue, make yourself familiar with the venue's layout, taking special notice of the nearest exit.



If you see something suspicious or out of place, please notify venue security immediately.




• Yes Small Backpacks-12x12in or under (will be fully inspected)

• Yes All Ages (Kids 10 and under free, 1 entry per paid adult)

• Yes 1 Empty Reusable water bottle per person (No glass! Empty Camelbacks OK)

• Yes Hats

• Yes Sunblock (Highly recommended!)

• Yes Lighters

• Yes Cellphones

• Yes Sunglasses

• Yes Fanny packs

• Yes Digital Cameras – Non Professional

• Yes Film Cameras – Non Professional

• Yes Short back (Low boy) beach chairs


• No Outside Beverages

• No Outside Food

• No Unauthorized Vending

• No Weapons

• No Illegal Drugs or Alcohol

• No Marijuana

• No Animals

• No Chains

• No Skateboards

• No Bikes

• No Tents

• No Coolers

• No Laser Pointers

• No Professional Cameras

• No Fireworks

• No Audio Recording Devices

• No Sharpies/Markers

• No Large Backpacks (12x12in and under ok)

• No Instruments

• No Flags

• No Refunds or Exchanges

• No Video Cameras

• No Umbrellas

• No Glass Bottles

• No Wagons or Carts

• No Airhorns or other Noisemakers




Please respect those around you, as well as yourself.