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1) The 25th Annual Maritime Gig Festival returns this weekend at long last, and we are all so excited to celebrate, send off our fishermen and see one another! I'll be there as a judge of the parade floats, and out on the boat with St. Nicholas and the Knights of Columbus to bless the fleet on Sunday, this will be the 51st Annual Blessing of the Fleet. Check the map below for this weekend's road closures so you can plan ahead with alternate routes if needed!

2) Staff here at the Civic Center are still accepting donations for the Kiwanis Club 8th annual Diaper Derby, supporting local Gig Harbor families in need of diapers. We welcome community participation with us. Drop off diapers and wipes at the Civic Center from now until June 10!

3) Next week is The Community Table dinner event at Uptown Gig Harbor, put on by the Greater Gig Harbor Foundation. Hunger is a significant issue in our community, with 30% of youth enrolled in our Peninsula School District schools (about 1 in 4) coming from families who meet federal criteria for free or reduced lunch programs. For many, these are the only meals they receive with any regularity. And, 1 in 7 adults, primarily seniors, across our community struggle with hunger. If you are able to attend, every dollar raised through The Community Table equals about 5 pounds of food that will help stock the shelves of our local food banks for nearly 6 months!

4) A reminder - our new City ordinance limiting fireworks to 9:00AM - Midnight on the Fourth of July takes effect this year, we want everyone to have a happy and safe July 4th weekend! See details below.

5) Juneteenth has been adopted as an official holiday for the City of Gig Harbor. City offices will be closed on Monday, June 20, for the first time to recognize the holiday.
The Gig Harbor City Council adopted Resolution 1247 on June 1, 2022, officially establishing the holiday. Read more about the resolution on our website.

- Mayor Tracie Markley
June 4th-5th
Gig Fest turns 25 this year, and the Harbor is very excited to see it return after a two-year hiatus!! The weekend will be packed full of events, including:

  • US Bank Family Fun Run
  • Martime Gig Grand Parade
  • Children's Fair
  • Entertainment & Concerts
  • Food & Craft Vendors
  • Blessing of the Fleet
  • Wheels on the Water Car Show

Did you know... Gig Fest is the Harbor's largest summer event and draws between 6,000-8,000 people each day! Be sure to check out the full schedule of events here.
Beginning on Saturday, June 4 at 5:00AM and ending on Sunday, June 5 at 7:00PM, the following streets will be closed:

  • Harborview Drive – Rosedale Street to 3026 Harborview Drive (Tickled Pink Retail Shop)
  • Pioneer Way – Tarabochia Street to Harborview Drive

In addition, beginning on Saturday at 8:30 a.m. and ending about 1:00 p.m. the following streets will be closed for the parade and fun run:

  • North Harborview Drive – Peacock Hill to Harborview Drive
  • North Harborview Drive – Harborview Drive to Burnham Drive
  • Harborview Drive – Burnham Drive to Soundview Drive
  • Soundview Drive – Harborview Drive to Judson Street
  • Judson Street – Soundview Drive to Pioneer Way

Signed detours will be in place to navigate around the closures.
Sunday, June 11

Don your white and black for an amazing locally-sourced gourmet dinner, prepared by Chef/Owner Erik Smith of The Green.House and his culinary team, with dessert crafted by Chef Kieran McMeekin of Gertie and the Giant Octopus, replete with contemporary soul sounds from Tara Anne Chugh, to help raise funds to directly support area organizations working to eliminate hunger and its impacts on children and families in our community.

Each ticket, includes an amazing three course gourmet dinner, live music, a locally crafted ceramic water tumbler/glass to take home, and your donation to THE COMMUNITY TABLE FUND, an endowed perpetual community fund, established to help take a permanent stand against hunger.

TICKETS: $250 per person, include $200 donation. Or, sponsor a table of 8 for $2,000 (includes two bottles of Olalla Vineyard wine). 

Sunday, June 5
7:00 - 8:30
Gig Harbor High School
5101 Rosedale St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Join the Narrows Music Society as they celebrate our area's outstanding student musicians. Local middle and high school honor band students will perform on stage with the Harbor Winds, with a special soloist by Gig Harbor High School’s Leah Everling.

JUNE 29-AUG 30
Summer Sounds
At Skansie
JULY 2-29
Movies in
the Park
Uptown Summer
Concert Series
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