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Gig Harbor's Highly Anticipated Line Up Of 2016 Events Released

Gig Harbor, WA – January 25, 2016 – Gig Harbor, the historic maritime village at the west side of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, is announcing a compelling line up of events for 2016. The full schedule includes year round happenings, festivals, activities, and more.

“Mark your calendar for Gig Harbor’s full line up of family friendly entertainment,” said Karen Scott, Tourism and Communications Director, City of Gig Harbor. “There’s always something fun to do here.”

From now through February 14th, the waterfront Harbor History Museum is presenting “Arts and Artifacts - Gig Harbor Netsheds,” examining the rich history and current influence of Gig Harbor netsheds.

Other highlighted events include the Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup (April 2 and 3), Gig Harbor Garden Tour (June 25 and 26), Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival (July 16 and 17), Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival (July 21 through 23), and Donkey Creek Chum Festival (Sept. 17) – an activity-filled, community celebration of the return of salmon to local waters.

The complete 2016 event list is as follows:
February 13th – Winter Sip & Stroll

March 19th - Easter Egg Hunt at Uptown

March 26th – PenMet Parks’ Spring Egg Hunt

April through September – Sunday Farmers Market at Uptown

April 2nd & 3rd - Gig Harbor Paddlers Cup

April 3rd – 72-Hour Film Festival

April 23rd - Parks Appreciation Day

May 14th - Gig Harbor Beer Festival

May 28th - Gig Harbor Street Scramble

June through August – Waterfront Walking Tour (most Saturdays)

June through August – Waterfront Farmers Market (Thursdays)

June 2nd through September 5th – “Get Around Gig Harbor” Trolley on route

June 4th & 5th - Maritime Gig Festival and Blessing of the Fleet

June 18th – Food Truck Feast

June 25th & 26th - Gig Harbor Garden Tour

June 28th through Aug 16th - Summer Sounds at Skansie Outdoor Concerts (Tuesdays)

July 1st through July 29th – Family Fun Movie Nights at Skansie Brothers Park (Fridays)

July 7th through August 18th – Uptown Summer Concerts (Thursdays)

July 8th & 9th - Blue Willow Lavender Fest

July 16th - Chalk the Harbor

July 16th & 17th - Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival

July 21st through 23rd - Gig Harbor Wine & Food Festival

August 2nd – National Night Out

August 6th - Cruise the Narrows Car Show

August 20th - Olalla Bluegrass & Beyond Festival

August 27th – Harbor Hounds Walk the Town

September 3rd – Galloping Gertie ½ Marathon Run

September 16th through 18th – Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour

September 17th - Donkey Creek Chum Festival

September 24th – Glass Pumpkin Patch at Uptown

September 25th - Race for a Soldier ½ Marathon Run, 5k and Kids Fun Run

October 1st - Scarecrow Festival

October 1st – Key Peninsula Farm Tour

October 20th through 23rd - Gig Harbor Film Festival

October 31st- Trick or Treat in the Harbor, Trick or Treat at Uptown

November 10th – Downtown Waterfront Alliance presents ‘Girls Night Out’

November 24th - Turkey Trot 5K & 10K

November 26th & 27th - Winterfest Arts and Crafts Festival

December 3rd – PenMet Parks’ and Peninsula Athletic Association Breakfast with Santa

December 3rd - Gig Harbor Annual Tree Lighting

December 3rd & 4th - Tidefest Fine Arts & Crafts Celebration

December 9th – 11th - Candlelight Christmas in the Harbor

December 10th - Gig Harbor Yacht Club presents Lighted Boat Parade

Additional events are added to our website calendar daily.


Known as the most picturesque harbor in the Northwest, Gig Harbor is an easily accessible, relaxing destination with lots to offer. In addition to the many festivals and events, Gig Harbor offers shopping along the waterfront as well as uptown, fine and casual dining, and overnight stays in small to mid-size inns and bed and breakfasts. Yachting is big here with private marinas and a public boat dock. Kayak, paddleboard and boat rentals are available as are harbor tours. Its fishing village heritage is showcased at the Harbor History Museum and beyond. Several top golf courses including Chambers Bay and Gold Mountain are a short drive away, while parks, trails and charming neighborhoods invite walking and cycling. For additional visitor and destination information on Gig Harbor, Washington’s Maritime City, please access www.gigharborguide.com.

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