2021 Calendar of Events

For upcoming 2021 and 2022 event dates, as well as the most up-to-date information, please visit all event listings in one place, updated daily at VisitGigHarborWA.com.


JULY 2021


Summer Sounds at Skansie & Movies in the Park The City’s annual summer concert series at downtown’s Skansie Brothers Park returns on Tuesday nights, and Movies in the Park returns for Friday nights through August. VisitGigHarborWA.com Wings & Wheels Sponsored by Tacoma Narrows Aviation, this year’s air show will be a drive-in event, and you and your guests can enjoy the show in your own vehicle. GigHarborWingsAndWheels.com

Uptown Summer Concerts Every Thursday at Uptown Pavilion featuring free weekly shows (rain or shine) from 6 to 8pm under the pavilion in the center of the shopping area. UptownGigHarbor.com

Summer Sidewalk Sale Uptown Gig Harbor is the place to gather, connect and shop in Gig Harbor! Don't miss the annual Summer Sidewalk Sale held over three days each July. UptownGigHarbor.com

Chalk the Harbor Chalk the Harbor provides an opportunity to create or watch others create new worlds all on the two-dimensional canvas of our local sidewalks. GigHarborWaterfront.org

Gig Harbor Arts Festival One of the largest outdoor art festivals in the region happens every July in downtown Gig Harbor. Voted Best Festival in the Region by readers of South Sound Magazine. PeninsulaArtLeague.com

Summer Swig: Pick-Up Edition Come get your swig on ... pick-up style! Scheduled for July 10 and 11, the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation team has partnered with some of your favorite Northwest cider producers to create three amazing Tasting Kit options, replete with tasting glasses, tote cooler bags and more! CiderSwig.org

GHFF Monthly Movie Night Join the Gig Harbor Film Festival the last Wednesday of every month, 6:30 to 9:30pm, for a screening at the Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ IMAX Theatre in Gig Harbor. GigHarborFilm.org

Cocktails & Fishtales Cocktails & Fishtales is a science-social series for ages 21 and older. Held once a month, each event features a speaker on an ecological topic. HarborWildWatch.org


AUGUST 2021

Summer Sounds at Skansie & Movies in the Park The City’s annual summer concert series at downtown’s Skansie Brothers Park returns on Tuesday nights, and Movies in the Park returns for Friday nights through August. VisitGigHarborWA.com Uptown Summer Concerts Every Thursday at Uptown Pavilion featuring free weekly shows (rain or shine) from 6 to 8pm under the pavilion in the center of the shopping area. UptownGigHarbor.com

Cruise the Narrows Car Show Join in as the Gig Harbor Cruisers Automotive Club celebrates special interest autos at the annual Cruise the Narrows Car Show at Uptown Plaza; all models are welcome to enter the show. GigHarborCruisers.com

Galloping Gertie Half Marathon A day of fitness and fun for running enthusiasts and families includes a 5k, 10k and half marathon. The event takes place at the Tacoma Narrows Airport. Galloping-Gertie.com

Gig Harbor Beer Festival Postponed since May, the Gig Harbor Beer Festival features Northwest craft brewers offering a splendid mix of familiar favorites and new brews to taste, accompanied by live music. GigHarborBeerFestival.com

National Night Out Enjoy food, fun and music downtown at Jerisich Park during this community-wide block party promoting neighborhood spirit as well as building police-community partnerships. VisitGigHarborWA.com

Gig Harbor’s Rockin’ Rhythm & Blues Festival Benefiting the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, the festival includes food and beverage vendors, beer garden, craft vendors and more at the Gig Harbor Sportsman’s Club. RockinRnB.com

Maritime Gig Festival The community comes together at this annual event (usually held in June) celebrating our maritime history with a parade, live entertainment, classic cars and more. The 2021 has been scheduled for August 22. GigHarborChamber.net

GHFF Monthly Movie Night Join the Gig Harbor Film Festival the last Wednesday of every month, 6:30 to 9:30pm, for a screening at the Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ IMAX Theatre in Gig Harbor. GigHarborFilm.org

Cocktails & Fishtales Cocktails & Fishtales is a science-social series for ages 21 and older. Held once a month, each event features a speaker on an ecological topic. HarborWildWatch.org


SEPTEMBER 2021

Harbor Hounds Community Fair A pet-friendly family fun day in downtown Gig Harbor along the waterfront at Skansie Park, enjoy a day of vendors and entertainment. Facebook.com/people/Harbor-Hounds/100057177832804

Race for a Soldier Whether you walk, run, volunteer or give, you can positively impact the life of a returning soldier through Race for a Soldier. Choose from the 10-mile run, 5k or virtual run. RaceforaSoldier.org

Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour Explore, engage and experience the arts during this three-day event of self-guided tours. From 10am to 5pm each day, you can visit with local artists in their personal studios. GigHarborOpenStudioTour.org

History Rocks History Rocks is the Harbor History Museum's biggest fundraiser of the year featuring a live auction. Visit their website for this year’s event details. HarborHistoryMuseum.org/events

Cider Makers Dinner From orchard to glass. At this exclusive, limited-seating dinner, savor regional ciders and perries masterfully paired with the farm/line-fresh seasonally inspired menu. Learn about tasting techniques, cider lore and more. GigHarborFoundation.org

Cider Swig The eighth annual Cider Swig returns with more than 100 ciders to sip, live music, and award-winning fare to savor! This year’s event is scheduled for September 25 at LeMay, America’s Car Museum. CiderSwig.org

Gig Harbor Film Festival The Gig Harbor Film Festival is one of the premier film festivals in the Northwest and continues to gain national attention and attract a large audience of filmmakers and film-lovers. GigHarborFilmFestival.org

GHFF Monthly Movie Night Join the Gig Harbor Film Festival the last Wednesday of every month, 6:30 to 9:30pm, for a screening at the Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ IMAX Theatre in Gig Harbor. GigHarborFilm.org

Cocktails & Fishtales Cocktails & Fishtales is a science-social series for ages 21 and older. Held once a month, each event features a speaker on an ecological topic. HarborWildWatch.org

OCTOBER 2021

Make Waves Fundraiser All proceeds from Make Waves—which includes a lively Raise the Paddle, food, drinks, a short program from Harbor WildWatch and live music—directly support youth environmental education programs. HarborWildWatch.org

Scarecrow Festival The festival at Sehmel Homestead Park is an autumn celebration with live entertainment and music, farm animals, hayrides, camel and pony rides, hay maze, carnival games, food and fair treat vendors. PenMetParks.org

Key Peninsula Farm Tour Come explore the wide variety of farming activities, feed the animals and pick apples at the Key Peninsula Farm Tour. Visit their website for the entire list of family friendly events. KPFarmTour.com

Pier into the Night Join Harbor WildWatch’s biologists, staff and volunteers as they have a live video feed from underneath Gig Harbor Bay at Jerisich Dock; held monthly October through March. HarborWildWatch.org

Gig Harbor Plant Swap Held four times a year on the second Saturday of the month, the Plant Swap allows free gardener-to-gardener sharing of plants, seeds and cuttings, as well as accessories, tools and other gardening-related materials. Facebook.com/groups/GHPlantSwap

Autumn Sip & Stroll Presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance presents, this popular tasting event takes patrons on a tour along Gig Harbor’s beautiful waterfront sampling Northwest wines, brews, spirits and tasty small bites. GigHarborWaterfront.org

Uptown Trick or Treat & Giant Pumpkin Carving Smiles are guaranteed during the Halloween festivities at Uptown, with trick-or-treating at participating shops and the giant pumpkin carving! UptownGigHarbor.com

Trick or Treat in the Harbor For those looking for a safe and family friendly way to celebrate, the annual Halloween tradition continues in the downtown corridor and Finholm. GigHarborWaterfront.org

Annual Rattle Dem Bones A Halloween-themed cycling event and costume contest for cyclists of all ages and skill levels, round up your friends and family and get out to enjoy the crisp autumn air and a fun time. GigHarborFoundation.org

GHFF Monthly Movie Night Join the Gig Harbor Film Festival the last Wednesday of every month, 6:30 to 9:30pm, for a screening at the Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ IMAX Theatre in Gig Harbor. GigHarborFilm.org

Cocktails & Fishtales Cocktails & Fishtales is a science-social series for ages 21 and older. Held once a month, each event features a speaker on an ecological topic. HarborWildWatch.org


NOVEMBER 2021

Write in the Harbor Writers’ Conference This event supports the literary arts by providing opportunities for writers to convene and learn the craft of writing and the business of getting published. TacomaCC.edu

Pier into the Night Join Harbor WildWatch’s biologists, staff and volunteers as they have a live video feed from underneath Gig Harbor Bay at Jerisich Dock; held monthly October through March. HarborWildWatch.org

Veteran’s Day Ceremony Held at the Gig Harbor Civic Center Green, join the community in honoring our veterans, both past and present, at this Veteran’s Day Ceremony. VisitGigHarborWA.com

Kiwanis Veteran’s Day Luncheon Veterans, their families, friends and the Gig Harbor community are invited to attend the annual Veterans Day Luncheon, to include flag ceremony, color guard and music, interviews and speakers. GigHarborKiwanis.org

Indulge: A Sip & Savor Event Sip, swirl and savor your way through the Point Fosdick Antique Airplane Plane Hangar on November 13, sampling delicious local wines and other libations, with charcuterie and other gastronomies provided by local restaurants, chefs and businesses. GigHarborFoundation.org Girls Night Out The Downtown Waterfront Alliance presents the annual Girls Night Out! Gather your girlfriends for a fun shopping and dining event in historic Downtown Gig Harbor. GigHarborWaterfront.org

Donkey Creek Chum Festival “It takes a fish to raise a village.” Learn more about salmon and their connections to Gig Harbor during the annual Donkey Creek as the community celebrates the return of the salmon to our local waters. Facebook.com/chumfestival

Gig Harbor Basket Brigade Sponsored by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation and celebrating its 28th year, the Gig Harbor Basket Brigade provides full Thanksgiving meals to deserving families in need and area military families. GigHarborFoundation.org

GHFF Monthly Movie Night Join the Gig Harbor Film Festival the last Wednesday of every month, 6:30 to 9:30pm, for a screening at the Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ IMAX Theatre in Gig Harbor. GigHarborFilm.org

Cocktails & Fishtales Cocktails & Fishtales is a science-social series for ages 21 and older. Held once a month, each event features a speaker on an ecological topic. HarborWildWatch.org

Turkey Trot This Thanksgiving, make plans to run (or walk) for Gig Harbor FISH and Peninsula Communities of Faith Food Banks during the annual Turkey Trot, which features both 5k and 10k distance. GigHarborTurkeyTrot.com

Winterfest Arts & Crafts Each year at Winterfest, you’ll be treated to hundreds of craft vendors, all under one roof, at Peninsula High School. It’s the perfect place to kick off your holiday shopping. PHSWinterfest.com


DECEMBER 2021

Uptown Gig Harbor Menorah Lighting Enjoy singing, dancing, traditional Latkes, Dreidels, doughnuts and more. Fun for the entire family! UptownGigHarbor.com

Gig Harbor Annual Tree Lighting Kick off the holiday season the first Saturday of December every year with live music, Santa’s official arrival, refreshments and fun. And it’s free to attend! VisitGigHarborWA.com

Pier into the Night Join Harbor WildWatch’s biologists, staff and volunteers as they have a live video feed from underneath Gig Harbor Bay at Jerisich Dock; held monthly October through March. HarborWildWatch.org

Breakfast with Santa Celebrate the season with PenMet Parks and Peninsula Athletic Association! Holiday music, arts and crafts, letters to Santa and photos with Santa! The Gig Harbor Kiwanis will provide a pancake breakfast. PenMetParks.org

Tidefest Fine Arts & Crafts Celebration Gig Harbor High School’s annual TideFest brings in artists and high-quality artisans from all over the Northwest, selling everything from glass art, sculpture, pottery to jewelry, clothing and more. TideFest.org

It’s a Wonderful Waterfront Enjoy festive holiday open house events and shopping on the downtown waterfront, including caroling, Santa, hayrides, music and more. GigHarborWaterfront.org

Hark the Harbor! Come join the festivities as carolers sing while we await the arrival of the Argosy Christmas Ship. There is a choir on board the ship to entertain both passengers and everyone drinking cocoa on shore. GigHarborWaterfront.org

Light Up the Night: 7th Annual St. Lucia Festival Celebrate Gig Harbor’s Swedish heritage at Harbor History Museum’s annual Light Up the Night festivities. Crafts, games and traditional Swedish snacks are highlights of this family friendly event. HarborHistoryMuseum.org

Lighted Boat Parade The Gig Harbor Yacht Club presents this festive annual event each year on the water, as lighted boats circle the harbor. Great family fun—and good viewing from Skansie Brothers Park! GigHarborYC.com

GHFF Monthly Movie Night Join the Gig Harbor Film Festival the last Wednesday of every month, 6:30 to 9:30pm, for a screening at the Galaxy Uptown Luxury+ IMAX Theatre in Gig Harbor. GigHarborFilm.org

Cocktails & Fishtales

Cocktails & Fishtales is a science-social series for ages 21 and older. Held once a month, each event features a speaker on an ecological topic. HarborWildWatch.org

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