News Archives - Gig Harbor Waterfront

  • What better way to spend a crisp, fall day… tasting wine and more at the 3rd annual Autumn Sip & Stroll, Saturday, October 12 from 1-5pm on Gig Harbor’s downtown waterfront? For a complete description and tickets, visit:

    Featuring wines, brews and spirits at 23 “stroll stops” around the downtown waterfront, along with sweet and savory, fun and tasty food bites from Gig Harbor area restaurants and food vendors!

    Special thanks to our sponsor, Anthony’s at Gig Harbor!

  • The Gig Harbor Downtown Waterfront Alliance proudly presents “Trick or Treat in the Harbor” from 3pm – 6pm on Halloween, Thursday, 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!
    • The Gig Harbor Church of the Nazarene will offer their “Trunk or Treat and Carnival” event.

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

  • Plan now to attend the 10th Anniversary of the popular “Girls Night Out” on Thursday, November 14….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! You will also learn more about the “Story of the Red Bag”!

    Bag pre-sales begin Wednesday, October 30 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.

  • 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 30, 2019.  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.

    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 30th 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.

  • Wine & Food Experience

    Celebrate the region’s wines, spirits, brews and food along the downtown waterfront this summer at the Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience on Saturday, July 27. Participants will have a variety of experiences to choose from all day long, including wine and food related classes and demos, the Waterfront Block Party tasting event, and an exclusive dinner experience at Brix 25 featuring the culinary magic of Chef Thad Lyman. Tickets and descriptions of all the available experiences are available on or Ticket quantities for classes, demos and the exclusive dinner are limited so don’t delay. Early Bird ticket pricing to the Waterfront Block Party saves $15 off the day of event price and is available through June 16 while supplies last.

    Start your day off by choosing from an entertaining and informative selection of classes and demos, just $10/ticket, being offered by downtown waterfront businesses. Explore the great variety of Salumi and pairing it with great wines at the Wine & Swine class held at Morso. Learn how to make Wood Fired Pizza and the process of creating that just right pizza dough at Millville Pizza. At the “Hair of the Dog” class, sit around the bar at Brimstone PNW Smokehouse learning how to craft the perfect morning cocktail that can ease the pain that comes from consuming one too many! Enjoy watching the experts at Heritage Distilling create Whiskey and Vodka Cocktails. Expand your Beer Knowledge in 7 Seas Brewing’s All About Hops class. If any of these sound fun to you, get your tickets today because class sizes are limited!

    In the afternoon, experience the fun-filled Waterfront Block Party throughout Gig Harbor’s beautiful downtown! Enjoy walking the harbor while tasting some of the region’s best wines, brews and spirits! Many stops will feature samples of savory small food bites, tasty cheeses or tempting desserts. Some stops will feature live music while you taste! Check in begins just prior to 12:30 at the 7 Seas Brewing Event Space, with tasting continuing until 5pm. A wine store will be open at the check-in location until 6pm. Complimentary shuttle service will be available to get around to the 25 party stops! The Block Party takes our popular Sip & Stroll event to the next level with most wineries sampling three wines. There are also more brews, more party stops and entertainment.

    Still wanting more after a day at the Wine & Food Experience? Experience the exclusive Brix 25 Vintner Dinner. Not familiar with Brix 25? Visit their website at to learn more about this outstanding restaurant. Enjoy Chef Thad Lyman’s culinary creations as he presents a multi-course menu of Northwest cuisine paired with a variety of wines presented at the festival. Seating is limited, visit for tickets, seating times and more details.

    Special thanks to Timberland Bank, our Entertainment Sponsor, and Kitsap Bank, our Class Sponsor. Community support helps make this event happen! Other sponsorships are still available for this popular event. Contact the Alliance at for information.

    Tickets to all the Wine & Food experiences are available at or at Early Bird pricing is available to the Waterfront Block Party through June 16. Save $15 off the day of event price! For all the latest details to Gig Harbor’s Wine & Food Experience, visit Gig Harbor Wine & Food Experience on Facebook, or contact the Alliance office at 253.514.0071.

    This popular, annual event is a fundraiser for the Downtown Waterfront Alliance and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. Enjoy all this experience has to offer and help two local non-profits working hard for your community.

  • Honoring Our Heroes

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

    The Downtown Waterfront Alliance once again sponsoring the Veteran’s Banner Project.  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 and shipping 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 2019.  After that time, the banners will be available to the families.

    We have space for forty banners in 2019, 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 Alliance Office (3311 Harborview Drive, #101) and we will have the photo digitized and return it to you.

    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, June 6 through August 29, or until all 40 banners are purchased.

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

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.”

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