Gig Harbor, WA – The Maritime City
Gig Habor knows how to have fun. Throughout the year, the city hosts events to make you smile. The harbor has a rich history and variety of events and festivals that reflect the pride in this maritime heritage.
On Going Events
Gig Harbor Artwalk
First Saturday of each month, 1-5pm
Downtown Gig Harbor Waterfront
Art enthusiasts from far and wide come to downtown Gig Harbor on the first Saturday of every month to stroll around the pictureseque harbor, as all of the galleries open their doors for this cultural event. All galleries in the harbor will be open. For more information, visit www.gigharborguide.com.
Gig Harbor History Walk
A self guided tour in around downtown Gig Harbor. You can pick up a History Walk Guide at multiple locations through out the communtity. All along the History Walk are heritage makers placed by the City of Gig Harbor highlighting points of interest and sharing facts and local tradition. For more historical exploration, one can find heritage markers in the Key Peninsula, Rosedale and Fox Island. Learn more history at the Gig Harbor Museum, www.gigharbormuseum.org.
Festivals and Events
Local Live Theater
Gig Harbor has two terrific local community theaters for year-round entertainment. Visit their Web sites listed below for current shows and dates.
6615 38th Ave NW
9911 Burnham Drive NW
Galaxy Theatre Uptown
4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW
Galaxy Theater has opened with the most advanced state-of-the-art moview theater on the West Coast. Ten movie screens offer the latest blockbusters in the Uptown Center on Point Fosdick Drive.
Gig Harbor Farmers Market
Saturdays from 8:30am-2:00pm at
Kimball Park and Ride
Take Wollochet/City Center exit and turn right on Pioneer Way, then right again on Kimball Drive.
Gig Harbor Farmers Market
Wednesdays, 11am to 4pm at Skansie Brothers Park
Take Wollochet/City Center exit and turn right onto Pioneer Way, proceed down the hill into old Gig Harbor. Turn left on Harborview Drive. Farm-fresh local produce, plants and flowers, crafts and more. For more information, call 253.884.9672 or visit www.gigharborfarmersmarket.com.
Summer Sounds at Skansie
Tuesdays, June 24 through August 26th
6:30pm at Skansie Brothers Park
Downtown Gig Harbor. Bring a chair or a blanket and settle down to enjoy a concert in the park. Undeniably the most popular event every summer. This free, family concert series is a must-see.
Entertainment for Summer Sounds 2008 includes:
Big Hands Colvin
Like Marc Cohn, Lyle Lovett and Bonnie Raitt, Big Hands Colvin’s musical style is difficult to define-a little bit of blues, a little bit of country, a little bit of soul. Whether he’s writing songs, singing, playing the sax or guitar-Big Hands is a big talent.
The Diamond Experience
The Diamond Experience is a tribute to the music fo Neil Diamond. This four-piece group will take you down memory lane, playing all of your favorite Diamond songs.
An illusion of Elvis, Vernon performs Elvis hits form the 1950′s, 60′s, and 70′s. Vernon is known for his high-energy shows and connecting with his audience.
133rd Army Band
Musical ambassadors serving our state and country out of Camp Murray in Tacoma.
The Beatniks perform the music of the 1960′s, 70′s and 80′s with energy and passion that you won’t find anywhere else.
Hyke spent three years living on Music Row, getting a serious education in the art of songwriting. Since then, his debut CD, “Fallen,” has been getting great reviews.
Celebrating more than 13 years in existence, Pearl Django continues to be one of America’s most respected and busiest Hot Club-style groups. Their music reaches out across the divides of taste to a wide variety of audiences.
Aaron Meyer, along with the Peninsula Youth Orchestra
Concert Rock Violinist Aaron Meyer has performed for world leaders and dignitaries. He has also made solo appearances with major orchestras and ballet companies throughout the world.
The Jazz Musettes perform an eclectic mix of jazz and blue standards, reconfigured pop and a lot of original material.
Locust Street Taxi
Locust Street Taxi delivers an infectiously fun and energetic live show.
Fridays and Saturdays
Beginning July 11th, “Date” Night, through
August 22 at Donkey Creek Park
Entertainment for CinemaGig Outdoors 2008 includes:
July 11th at Donkey Creek Park
July 12th at Skansie Park
A League of Their Own
July 25th at Donkey Creek Park
July 26th at Skansie Park
Sleepless in Seattle
August 8th at Donkey Creek Park
The Water Horse
August 9th at Skansie Park
Singing in the Rain
August 22nd at Donkey Creek Park
August 23rd at Skansie Park
Beginning July 12th,”Family” Night, through August 23rd at Skansie Brothers Park.
Pick up a CinemaGig calendar or visit www.gigharborguide.com.
Healthy Harbor Street Scramble
May 24, 10am with the start at Skansie Brothers Park
Join the treasure hunt as part of Gig Harbor’s year-long Healthy Harbor program. Find 30 Gig Harbor locations in 90 minutes or three hours. Answer a question to prove you were there. Go solo or with a team. Check in from 8:30-9:00am. First 500 to pre-register receive a T-shirt . Free! Learn more at www.gigharborguide.com
Gig Harbor Juried Arts Exhibition
May 2-25th , 8am-5pm Gig Harbor Civic Center, 3510 Grandview St.
Local and National works of Art are displayed. For more information call 253.851.8626 or visit www.peninsulaartleague.com
Maritime Gig Festival
June 7-8, downtown Gig Harbor
Enjoy this annual festival and celebrate the fishing heritage of Gig Harbor. Sponsored by the Gig Harbor Peninsula Area Chamber of Commerce. This annual event includes a fun run, parade, food, children’s activities, music and more. Call 253.851.6865 or visit www.maritimegig.com.
Maritime Gig’s Blessing of the Fleet
June 8th, 11am-5pm
Share in a time honored, historic tradition of the blessing of the fishing fleet. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. Includes Taste of Gig Harbor, the Antique Yacht Exhibition and more. For more information, call 253.857.4842 or visit www.antiqueandclassicyachtfestival.com.
Paradise Theatre presents
“Swingin On A Star”
June 20 through July 6 at
9911 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor
www.paradisetheatre.org or call 253.851.PLAY (7529)
Gig Harbor Garden Tour
Tour local gardens and enjoy a nursery tour. This benefits the Tacoma Community College Literacy Program. For ticket information call 253.851.3776 or visit www.gigharborgardentour.org.
Encore!Theater presents “Disney’s High School Musical”
July 11 through July 27, 7pm
4819 Hunt Street NW Gig Harbor
at the outdoor theater, Impact Church International.
Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival
July 19-20 Downtown on Judson Street
Imagine a street filled with eclectic and traditional creations from local artists. For more information go to www.peninsulaartleague.com
Chalk the Walk
July 19th in downtown Gig Harbor
Decorate the city streets with chalk graffiti and no one will get in trouble! Visit www.gigharborguide.com for more information.
Key Peninsula Community Fair
July 10-13th, Key Peninsula
Featuring a pie-judging contest, historical re-renactment actors, carnival rides, vendor booths, children’s workshops, horticulture and animal events, as well as three stages of entertainment and a beer garden. Ya’ll come on down and the dancing pigs, mucic and more. For more information visit www.keyfair.com.
Cruise the Narrows Classic Car Show
July 19th from 9am to 3pm
Tacoma Narrows Airport
A must-see for car enthusiasts. For more information, visit www.gigharborcruisers.org.
Thunderbird Sailboat 50th Anniversary Celebration
August 1-3, Skansie Park, Jerisich Dock and other venues
Gig Harbor is the home of the Thunderbird design. Welcome the boats as they enter the harbor, view an exhibit, participate in all-day music and activities or watch the regatta and meet the skippers. For more information go to www.tbird50years.com.
Paradise Theatre presents “Urinetown”
August 8-24, 9911 Burnham Drive Gig Harbor
www.paradisetheatre.org or call 253.851.PLAY (7529)
Encore!Theater presents “My Fair Lady”
August 14-24, 7pm., 4819 Hunt St NW
At the outdoor theater, Impact Church International. An English girl from the slums of London becomes the social project of a cryptic professor Higgins. For more information, call the box office at 253.858.2282.
Olalla Bluegrass Festival
August 16, 11am to 9pm
at the Olalla Valley SKSLL ballfield
This annual event is a true old-country tradition, with great family fun and activities for the kids. For more information, call the box office at 253.858.2282.
Open Studio Tour
September 20-21 at various galleries
A fascinating self-guided tour of local artists in their studios. For more information, visit www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org.
Harbor Hounds Walk the Town
September 27 in downtown Gig Harbor
Presented by Gig Harbor Mid-Day Rotary. Bring your four-legged furry friends and catch all the action in downtown Gig Harbor. Proceeds benefit the Pet Partnership Program and the Peninsula Spay and Neuter Project. For more information, visit www.harborhounds.com.
Gig Harbor Chowder Cook Off
September 27 at the Gig Harbor Farmers Market
Restaurants and residents compete for the title of Gig Harbor’s best chowder. Professional and amateur divisions at the Kimball Park & Ride, better known as the Farmers Market. For more information, visit www.gigharborfamersmarket.com.
Gig Harbor Quilt Festival
October 9-11 at various locations
Quilters and quilt lovers will enjoy the quilt walk, show and classes. Proceeds support breast cancer charities. For more information, visit www.gigharborquiltfestival.org.
Halloween on Harborview
October 31 in downtown Gig Harbor
Little ghosts and goblins come from all over for a safe “Trick or Treat” event. Downtown merchants give out treats while families have a happy Halloween.
Music by the Bay on Fox Island
Music season begins in October and continues through March. Season tickets are available. Call 253.549.7039 or visit www.foxislandchapel.org.
Winterfest Arts & Crafts Fair
November 29-30 at Peninsula High School
This popular fair is at Peninsula High School and benefits the school’s activities and clubs. Nearly 200 vendor booths offering arts and crafts are available. For more information, call 253.857.3530 or visit www.peninsula.wednet.edu.
Thanksgiving morning, before you stuff yourself, run or walk this 5k or 10k event. The run benefits the FISH food bank. For more information, visit www.holmeschiropractic.net
Gig Harbor Tree Lighting
December 6th Skansie Brothers Park
Begin the holidays at Gig Harbor’s tree lighting with carolers, refreshments and festive fun at Skansie Brothers Park. For more information, visit www.gigharborguide.com.
Tidefest Arts Fair
December 6-7 at Gig Harbor High School
Shop while listening to the sounds of the holidays at this annual arts and crafts fair. Proceeds benefit the students. For more information, call 253.851.6131 or visit www.peninsula.wednet.edu.
Candlelight Open House
December 8 in downtown Gig Harbor
Downtown merchants stay open late to begin the holiday shopping season. Some serve festive treats in conjunction with the Lighted Boat Parade. For more information, visit www.gigharborguide.com
Lighted Boat Parade
December 8, Gig Harbor Bay
A beautiful nautical display with boaters who have decked their sterns, afts, and sails lights and other holiday decorations. The parade starts about 5:30pm. For more information, visit www.gigharborguide.com.
Check the community calendar of events for all details at www.gigharborguide.com.
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