Events Archives - Gig Harbor Waterfront

  • Saturday Art Walk

    Indulge your love of art at the First Saturday Art Walk every month along Gig Harbor’s Downtown Waterfront. The Gig Harbor Waterfront Alliance is re-launching this award-winning event as yet another step towards showcasing downtown as an enjoyable destination for both visitors and area residents. This free event allows art enthusiasts to stroll through seven galleries featuring artist demonstrations, refreshments, and displays reflecting a diverse selection of mediums and styles.

    “We believe art plays a significant role in creating a downtown destination, and an art walk is an interactive way to be part of this positive transformation,” noted Brad Stave, gallery committee chair. Art Walk participants can elect to pick up a passport at the first gallery visited and drop it off at their last stop.  With all 9 galleries stamped you will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate.  Participating galleries include Ebb Tide Gallery, Gallery Row, Maritime Jewelers, Dolly Mama Boutique, Water’s Edge Gallery & Framery, Inc., Blackwater Trading Company, Sea Hags, Harbor WildWatch and Morso.  (Note: Morso is ages 21 and up only, so if you are under 21, a stamp from Morso will not be needed to complete the passport.)

  • Waterfront Walking Tours

    Award Winning Guided Walking Tours of the Downtown Waterfront!

    Exciting News!  The Waterfront Walking Tours will return for Summer 2017! The tours are presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, Harbor WildWatch and the Harbor History Museum.

    Opening Day - Tour Guide Rahna Lovrovich leads the tour group at the Maritime Pier

    The “From Skiffs to Spirits” Tour is offered on Wednesday evenings at 5:30pm from June 7 – August 30.  This one hour tour is free and meets at the entrance to the Harbor History Museum (4121 Harborview Dr).  Enjoy an evening stroll along the waterfront while learning about our past – from net sheds and our historic fishing fleet to the effects of prohibition in the harbor, yesterday and today.  This tour is geared for adults and will end with an optional tasting at our very own Heritage Distilling Company!


    Our original tour, “Harbor Heritage: Then and Now” is offered every Saturday morning June 10 – August 26, except for July 29 due to the Wine and Food Festival.  This two hour tour meets at 10am at the Maritime Pier (3003 Harborview Drive) next to the Tides Tavern.  Take a family-friendly journey through Gig Harbor’s maritime history.  Learn about our founding families, pioneering industries, and the wildlife and natural resources that brought us all together.  This tour offers a glimpse of what life was like in the early Harbor days and how activities from the past have influenced our present. This tour is suitable and fun for all ages.


    Tours are free to the public and features two guides, one of which is an expert from Harbor WildWatch.   Tours are one way tours, so we recommend riding the trolley back to the starting area, or walking back and enjoy all the harbor has to offer.  In the spring of 2016, the Washington Stage Main Street Program awarded the Alliance an Excellence on Main Award for our Waterfront Walking Tour program.

    Opening Day - Tour Guide Lindsey Johnson showing historic photos at Austin Estuary

    Here’s what some who have taken our tour are saying:

    “The tour was fun and informative and everybody was just so darn nice. As new residents the tour helps us feel more connected to our new community –thanks again.”  – Michael H

    “We enjoyed our tour very much and learned a good deal about the town I’ve lived in for 40 years.  The guides were excellent and it finished on time… The fact that the tour is offered free is just wonderful and will be a very popular attraction.  Thanks so much.”  – Linda A

    “Fantastic tour for residents as well as visitors! Very well done and fun! Highly recommended! Thank you!  – Mark and Susie G

    Opening Day - Walking by the historic Dorotich Home at Arabella's Landing Marina

    For more information, contact us at 253-514-0071.

    To learn more about Harbor WildWatch, visit their website at

    To learn more about the Harbor History Museum, visit their website at

  • Waterfront Farmer’s Market

    Mark your calendars and join us every Thursday, 3-7pm at Gig Harbor’s Skansie Brothers Park June 1 – August 31. You will find a wide variety of vegetables, beautiful flowers, berries, honey, baked goods, fish, entertainment, chef demos, and much more!

    Enjoy our wonderful Waterfront Farmer’s Market!

  • 2017 Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival

    Follow the festival on Facebook for up-to-date information about the 2017 Wine & Food Festival , July 28-29, 2017 or visit the website. Purchase tickets at Don’t miss this fun, popular, summer event in beautiful Gig Harbor!

  • Girls Night Out

    The award winning Girls Night Out Gig Harbor Waterfront is Thursday, November 10! Bring your friends to “Shop & Dine from 10 to 9!”

    There will be special activities, events, door prizes, and complimentary transportation to get you around the downtown waterfront.  There’s always so much to do with more than 50 businesses participating!  Be sure to take the time ahead of time to look through the Event Program to PLAN YOUR DAY! Girls Night Out is presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance. For more information visit our Facebook page regularly for updates at Girls Night Out Gig Harbor Waterfront, or email us Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance.


  • Second Thursday Each Month – 5:00-8:00pm

    On the second Thursday of every month, nearly 50 downtown waterfront businesses offer extended shopping hours until 8pm. This monthly event features special offers, activities, demonstrations, refreshments and fun. Participants will also be able to experience Gig Harbor’s monthly Artwalk and celebrate the arts in our community.  For up to the minute details, follow Thursday Night Out on Facebook!

  • Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor

    A fun-filled holiday weekend on the Gig Harbor waterfront! Enjoy holiday hayrides with Santa Friday and Saturday, shopping and dining, vote in the window decorating contest, and more!

  • Hark the Harbor

    Enjoy community caroling on Sunday, December 14 at 5:30pm. Join Sharon Stearnes under the Pavilion in Skansie Brothers park and sing popular and beloved Christmas songs. The Waterfront Alliance will provide candles and songbooks.  Don’t be surprised if the jolly ol’ elf himself makes an appearance! Then, at 6:35 the Argosy Christmas Ship will sail into the Harbor and the Olympia Youth Choir, Cantabile will perform.

  • Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor – December 13-15

    Join us December 13th through December 15th for a fun, old-fashioned Christmas weekend.  Holiday hayrides Friday and Saturday evenings, holiday music, shopping specials and the Lighted Boat Parade (December 14).  While walking, shopping and dining throughout the downtown waterfront, be sure to check out all the festive, decorated windows.  Many merchants are participating in “Deck the Harbor” – be sure to vote for your favorite window for the “People’s Choice Award.”

  • Girls Night Out – Thursday, November 14

    The Downtown Waterfront Alliance is pleased to announce the return of the popular Girls Night Out event, this year scheduled for Thursday, November 14.  Goodie Bags will be available for pre-sale at participating businesses beginning on October 15.  Shop and dine from noon ’til nine!  Besides the fabulous goodie bag, there will be many door prizes available, and plenty of in-store events throughout the day for you to enjoy while you kick off your holiday shopping throughout the downtown waterfront and Finholm.  Join us for the 4th Annual Girls Night Out on the Downtown Waterfront.   Special thanks to our sponsors this year, Devoted Kiss Café, Java & Clay Café, The Weathered Cottage and Full Moon Art Gallery.

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