News Archives - Gig Harbor Waterfront

  • Winter Sip & Stroll

    The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance’s popular Winter Sip & Stroll which was rescheduled due to all our snow, will be held on Saturday, April 6, 12pm to 4pm.  Sponsored by Anthony’s at Gig Harbor, attendees will enjoy sipping and strolling along Gig Harbor’s waterfront sampling Northwest wines, brews and tasty small bites at businesses serving as “Stroll Stops.”

    The Alliance provides complimentary shuttle transportation throughout the waterfront to make it easy to visit all the Stroll Stops. Tickets are $35 in advance through March 30th at, $4o through April 5, or $45 at the door on the day of the event if any tickets remain.

  • Gigging Up the Harbor – Save the Date!

    Mark Saturday, May 18th on your calendar and plan now to be a part of the annual downtown waterfront clean-up day – 9am to 12pm! Bring your broom, dust pan, yard tools, pressure washer, gloves and knee pads. Let’s get our beautiful waterfront ready for our summer visitors! All volunteers will enjoy a comlimentary lunch served in Skansie Brothers Park graciously provided by local restaurants.

  • Waterfront Farmers Market

    Plan now to join us for the popular Waterfront Farmers Market every Thursday June – August, presented by the Downtown Waterfront Alliance. Opening Day is Thursday, June 6, 1pm – 7pm. Follow us on Facebook for featured vendors, recipes, volunteer opportunities and more!



  • Wine & Food Experience

    Coming July 27, 2019, 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.

    To get all the latest news and announcements for the Gig Harbor’s Wine & Food Experience,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.

  • 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”.

  • Autumn Sip & Stroll

    What better way to spend a crisp fall day… tasting wine and more at the 2nd annual Autumn Sip & Stroll, this Saturday from 1-5pm on Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront. For a complete description and tickets, visit:

    Featuring wines from Basel CellarsCarl’s Pond WineryEleven WineryIsenhower CellarsLong CellarsMasquerade Wine Company, Murray from Hightower Cellars, Olalla Vineyard & WineryPatterson CellarsSimpatico CellarsSparkman Cellars, Tuesday Cellars from Martedi Winery,The WallsVineyards, Forgeron Cellars, bubbly featuring Marquise de Leroy-Beauval, and a Taste of Portugal, a selection of Portugese wine.

    Plus Brews from 7 Seas Brewing Co.Gig Harbor Brewing Co. and Wet Coast Brewing Company, and Spirits from Heritage Distilling Company, Inc

    And sweet and savory, fun and tasty food bites from Gig Harbor area restaurants and food vendors!

  • Trick or Treat in the Harbor

    The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance proudly presents “Trick or Treat in the Harbor” from 3pm – 6pm on Halloween, Wednesday, October 31.  To provide a safe area for trick or treating, Harborview Drive will be closed from 2:00pm – 6pm from Soundview Drive to Rosedale Street, and Pioneer Way will be closed from Harborview Drive to Tarabochia Street.

    “Many of the downtown waterfront businesses, including Finholm, will be open and have candy available for trick or treaters,” according to Mary DesMarais, Executive Director of the Alliance.  “Their generosity towards our local community is something very special, especially when you consider they’ve been doing this for so many years.”

    Numerous activities will be taking place in the area to go along with all the trick or treating:

    • At the Skansie House, Harbor WildWatch will be offering a “Spooky Skulls Tour”
    • Nearby, kids will find Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One on Harborview for a close-up look and an opportunity to meet emergency responders!
    • Harbor Dance will be on hand in the late afternoon in front of Skansie Brothers Park to put on a
      “spook-tacularly thrilling” dance number (4:30 and 5:00pm)
    • The Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene will offer their “Trunk or Treat and Carnival” event.
    • Paradise Theatre will open their haunted house for the kids from 4pm – 6pm. Free admission and they promise, “no scares.” (located on Judson Street in the space previously occupied by Ace Hardware).

    For more information, contact the Alliance at 253-514-0071 or at

  • 2018 Girls Night Out

    Plan now to attend Girls Night Out on Thursday, November 8….Shop & Dine from 10 to 9! Follow us on Facebook for all the latest news, including Goodie Bag pre-sale locations, special events, transportation and more!

    Pre-sales begin Thursday, October 25 at 7:00am at select, downtown merchants.  Event Program $10 / Goodie Bag with Event Program $25.

    Each goodie bag is unique!! Quantities are limited – be sure to get yours early!

    Special thanks to our sponsors, dolly mama boutique, Olympic Property Group and 7 Seas Brewing.

  • 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.

  • Downtown Waterfront Alliance 2013 Year in Review

    2013 was a very busy year for the Downtown Waterfront Alliance, from the branding sessions in January through Candlelight Christmas in December.  Enjoy this look at our accomplishments, partnerships, celebrations, and more!  It was a very good year!

    Downtown Waterfront Alliance 2013 Year in Review

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