Gig Harbor events for spring, summer and beyond

Gig Harbor is ready with a full calendar of events for the year. This town offers big entertainment options with the wide variety of events, festivals, runs and performances. Information on these events as well as many more events can be found by visiting Gig Harbor’s community website which is updated daily at

From now through April 29th, the waterfront Harbor History Museum is presenting “With A Loving Eye: The Photographs of Jini Dellaccio,” the remarkable collection of fashion, music, and portrait photography in stunning, large-format prints.

Other highlighted events include the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup (April 21 and 22), Maritime Gig & Blessing of the Fleet (June 2 and 3), Gig Harbor Garden Tour (June 23 and 24), Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival (July 21 and 22), Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience (July 27 through 29), and Donkey Creek Chum Festival (Nov. 17) – an activity-filled, community celebration of the return of salmon to local waters.

File Photo: Pierce Transit trolley will return in summer 2018. (PHOTO COURTESY PIERCE TRANSIT)
File Photo: Pierce Transit trolley will return in summer 2018. (PHOTO COURTESY PIERCE TRANSIT)

The 2018 event list is as follows:

March 17th – Green Gig

March 24th – Easter Egg Hunt Uptown

April 8th – Gig Harbor Film Festival 72-Hour Film Competition

April 21st & 22nd- Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup

May 19th – Gig Harbor Beer Festival

May 26th – Gig Harbor Street Scramble

June through August – Waterfront Walking Tour (most Wednesdays and Saturdays)

June through August – Waterfront Farmers Market (Thursdays)

Memorial Day through Labor Day – “Get Around Gig Harbor” Trolley on route

June 2nd & 3rd – Maritime Gig Festival and Blessing of the Fleet

June 16th – Food Truck Feast at Sehmel Homestead Park

June 23rd & 24th – Gig Harbor Garden Tour

June 26th through August 14th – Summer Sounds at Skansie Outdoor Concerts (Tuesdays)

Every Friday in July – Family Fun Movie Nights at Skansie Brothers Park (Fridays)

July through August – Uptown Summer Concerts (Thursdays)

July 1st – Wings & Wheels

July 21st – Chalk the Harbor

July 21st & 22nd – Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival

July 27th, 28th & 29th – Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience

August 4th – Cruise the Narrows Car Show

August 7th – National Night Out

August 11th – Galloping Gertie ½ Marathon Run

August 18th – Fly-in & Drive-in Movie Night

September 8th – Harbor Hounds Walk the Town

September 14th, 15th & 16th – Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour

September 14th, 15th & 16th – Gig Harbor Film Festival

September 16th – Race for a Soldier ½ Marathon Run, 5k and Kids Fun Run

September 29th – Glass Pumpkin Patch at Uptown

September 29th – Cider Swig at Sehmel Homestead Park

October 6th – Scarecrow Festival at Sehmel Homestead Park

October 6th – Key Peninsula Farm Tour

October 31st – Trick or Treat in the Harbor, Trick or Treat Uptown

November 8th – Downtown Waterfront Alliance presents “Girls Night Out”

November 17th – Donkey Creek Chum Festival

November 22nd – Turkey Trot 5k & 10k

November 24th & 25th – Winterfest Arts & Crafts

December 1st – PenMet Park’s & Peninsula Athletic Association Breakfast with Santa

December 1st – Gig Harbor Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

December 1st & 2nd – Tidefest Fine Arts & Crafts Celebration

December 7th, 8th & 9th – It’s a Wonderful Waterfront

December 8th– Gig Harbor Yacht Club presents Lighted Boat Parade

Additional events are added to our website calendar daily.

Known as the most picturesque harbor in the Northwest, Gig Harbor is an easily accessible, relaxing destination with lots to offer. In addition to the many festivals and events, Gig Harbor offers shopping along the waterfront as well as uptown, fine and casual dining, and overnight stays in small to mid-size inns and bed and breakfasts. Yachting is big here with private marinas and a public boat dock. Kayak, paddleboard and boat rentals are available as are harbor tours. Its fishing village heritage is showcased at the Harbor History Museum and beyond. Several top golf courses including Chambers Bay and Gold Mountain are a short drive away, while parks, trails and charming neighborhoods invite walking and cycling. For additional visitor and destination information on Gig Harbor, Washington’s Maritime City, please access

                    – City of Gig Harbor