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Summer Sounds at Skansie

Outdoor summer concerts in Skansie Park are one of the most beloved warm-weather events in downtown Gig Harbor. Situated on the waterfront, near the mouth of the harbor, the park is accessible via boat, kayak or paddleboard, or concert goers can bring a blanket and snag a seat on the lawn.

Whether you choose to arrive by land or by sea, this Tuesday night series is a celebration of local talent set up against one of Washington’s most picturesque backgrounds, welcoming one and all with live entertainment from local musicians and well-known bands. The evening concerts are provided free of charge.

Each Tuesday night throughout the summer, concerts go from 6 to 8pm. Concert-goers can visit nearby downtown eateries like the Tides Tavern for elevated pub fare, El Pueblito for authentic Mexican fare, or stop for a wood-fired pizza from Millville Pizza Company. Within walking distance, visitors can sample local brews from 7 Seas Brewery, or stop in for a tasting at Heritage Distilling Company.

To host a viewing party, the adjacent Club @ the Boatyard offers a private rental space just above the concert. For an overnight stay, the two-bedroom, two-bathroom Guesthouse @ the Boatyard offers outdoor seating and private decks overlooking the concert and the harbor. Within walking distance are The Maritime Inn, The Waterfront Inn, and a number of outstanding Airbnb, VRBO or Vacasa options if an overnight stay or long weekend is in the cards.

Find the most up-to-date concert dates at 2021 Summer Music Lineup:

July 2: Re-opening Pop-Up Concert - Redemption. High-energy show featuring favorite country tunes old and new.

July 13: Surf Wax Americans. A cover band styled after Weezer.

July 20: Sweet T & Justice. Five-piece Americana and Blues band performing both cover songs and original music.

July 27: Mark Hurwitz and Gin Creek. Two-time nominee for Best Band by the Washington Blues Society, their style includes a variety of blues, as well as roots rock, New Orleans funk, and soul.

August 3: Sounds Like Dolores. This quintessential party band plays a diverse song list of energetic rock, pop, and country dance music from the ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s.

August 10: The Beatniks. A beloved favorite, Gig Harbor’s own Beatniks perform ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s music with unparalleled energy and passion.

August 17: Flock of Beagles. Playing everyone’s favorite "comfort music" to sing along with, think The Beatles and Eagles (Beatles + Eagles = Beagles), Steely Dan, Jimmy Buffett and more.

August 24: The Paperboys. A freewheeling blend of influences from Celtic and bluegrass, to Mexican son jarocho, brass bands and Canadian roots influence this band, who’s been called everything from Cajun slamgrass to worldbeat.

August 31: Nate Botsford. Country recording artist Nate Botsford and band bring the party with recognizable hits that span genres and original songs.

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