Events Archives - Gig Harbor Waterfront

  • Honoring Our Heroes

    Downtown Waterfront Alliance Launches New Veteran’s Banner Project
    – Honoring Gig Harbor’s Heroes –

    The Downtown Waterfront Alliance is introducing a new project to honor our local Military Heroes.  Applications for this unique opportunity to honor those who have served, or are currently serving, are being accepted.  Banner applications will be accepted until August 31 at a cost of $200.00 per banner.  This is not a fundraiser for the Alliance.  Money collected will pay for the production costs of the banners and any remaining funds will go to support “Race for a Soldier” and the PTSD Foundation.  They will direct those funds appropriately to local veterans and those currently serving.  The Banners will hang in our community from mid-September through late November 2018.  After that time, the banners will be available to the families.

    We have space for forty banners for the first round in 2018, and they will be approved in the order in which they are received. Pictures in uniform are required in a high quality digital form. If you do not have a digital copy, please bring the picture to the Main Street office and we will digitize the photo and return it to you in an appropriate time frame.

    The application is available at the Alliance Office (3311 Harborview Drive, Suite 101), at 253-514-0071, or via e-mail at Applications will also be available at the Information Booth at the Waterfront Farmers Market each Thursday, 1-7, through the end of August, or until all 40 banners are purchased.

    The message is clear: “We honor and appreciate our local Heroes”.

  • Waterfront Farmers Market

    Plan now to join us for the popular Waterfront Farmers Market every Thursday June – August, presented by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. New extended hours for 2018! 1pm – 7pm. Follow us on Facebook for featured vendors, recipes, volunteer opportunities and more!



  • Chalk the Harbor

    Children, families, and adults are invited to decorate the sidewalks during this free, family friendly event (you may want to bring a chair or knee pads). A maritime theme is encouraged, but not required. Ride the “Get Around Gig Harbor” PT Trolley between the sidewalk districts.

    Saturday, July 21 – Registration from 10am to 2pm at Skansie Brothers Park and in front of Devoted Kiss in Finholm.

    Be sure to visit the Summer Arts Festival on Judson while you are downtown, presented by the Peninsula Art League.

  • Wine & Food Experience

    In recognition of the 10th Anniversary of the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance, fun and exciting changes are coming to this year’s Wine & Food Festival, starting with a new name, The Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience, a 3-day celebration of the region’s wine, brews, spirits and food.

    Taking place the weekend of July 27 – 29, the Experience begins Friday evening with elegant dining and dancing under the stars at the exclusive Pier to Table Dinner in the beautiful new courtyard at the Harbor History Museum. The Pier to Table Dinner is a 4-course meal featuring freshly caught seafood with farm to table accompaniments prepared by local chefs. Premium Northwest wines, live music and dancing, and a silent auction complete the Experience.

    Wine & Food tasting continues Saturday afternoon during Gig Harbor’s new, fun-filled Waterfront Block Party throughout the downtown. This event takes our popular Sip & Stroll’s to the next level! Attendees will enjoy wine and food pairings featuring the finest wines, brews, spirits and food from the Pacific Northwest at multiple locations downtown. Discover a variety of entertainment and other happenings interspersed throughout to enhance your Experience.

    On Sunday, complete your weekend Experience with Champagne Brunches featured at several of Gig Harbor’s finest downtown waterfront restaurants. Choose your favorite or pick a new Experience!

    Tickets to the Pier to Table Dinner and the Waterfront Block Party are available at

    For all the latest details to Gig Harbor’s Wine & Food Experience, including a list of restaurants hosting Champagne Brunches, visit Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience on Facebook, or harborwineandfoodfest. com.

    This popular event is a fundraiser for the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. Proceeds support projects throughout the downtown waterfront.

  • Autumn Sip & Stroll

    10/6/17 Update: Tickets for this event have sold out! The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance is proud to announce the Autumn Sip & Stroll on Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 1pm – 5pm. This popular tasting event, held in conjunction with the October Saturday Art Walk, takes patrons on a tour along Gig Harbor’s beautiful waterfront sampling Northwest wines, brews, spirits, and tasty small bites at businesses serving as “Stroll Stops.” The Alliance will provide complimentary transportation throughout the waterfront to make it easy to visit all of the Stroll Stops. Tickets are $30 in advance – purchase them online at

    Sponsored by US Bank, the Autumn Sip & Stroll is presented by the Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. For more information, contact the Alliance office at 253-514-0071 or visit Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival on Facebook.


  • Trick or Treat in the Harbor

    • Tuesday, October 31 – 3pm to 6pm
    • Trick or Treat throughout the downtown waterfront
    • Harbor Dance Performances
    • Experience “Spooky” Touch Tanks with Harbor WildWatch
    • Harborview Drive closed for your ghosts and goblins safety
  • 2017 Girls Night Out

    The award winning Girls Night Out Gig Harbor Waterfront is Thursday, November 9th! 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.

  • Small Business Saturday

    Across the country, small businesses and consumers alike are getting excited to support their favorite independent businesses on Small Business Saturday, which takes place this year on Saturday, November 25, 2017.  Now more than ever, consumers are recognizing the value of shopping locally and eating at independently-owned restaurants because of the worthiness, quality and uniqueness they add to their community.

    Held annually on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, Small Business Saturday was founded by American Express as a response to small business owners’ most pressing need: getting more customers through their doors, rallying communities to support local businesses and helping kick off a successful holiday sales period.

    “Small Business Saturday is a wonderful event that promotes community and shopping local.   It encourages neighborhood and community relationships with retail therapy! What could be better?”

     – Karrie Polinsky, Tickled Pink, Downtown Gig Harbor

    Grassroots support for Small Business Saturday is largely driven by Neighborhood Champions, a program of advocates for Small Business Saturday.  The Downtown Waterfront Alliance, the Neighborhood Champion for the downtown waterfront, assists the businesses in rallying the community to shop small on Small Business Saturday and all year round.

    Gig Harbor Living Local will be publishing a Small Business Saturday two-page map in their November issue.  The map will show the location and contact information of the downtown businesses, restaurants and shops that are offering specials and participating in Small Business Saturday.

    Each year consumers have made it a tradition to share their Small Business Saturday experiences on social media. This year, consumers and small businesses across the nation are encouraged to show their love for their favorite independent businesses by using the #ShopSmall, #SmallBizSat and #SBSGH hashtags on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    We look forward to seeing you out and about on November 25th and throughout the holiday season, having fun and supporting the local, independent and hard-working businesses of our beautiful Downtown Waterfront! Small Business Saturday and the entire holiday shopping season are great opportunities to take advantage of your Girls Night Out coupons.

  • 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.

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