Maritime Gig Fest Coming to Harbor

Courtesy of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce ~

What draws thousands of people to the area’s largest annual summer festival and is named after a small boat that holds only a handful of rowers? The upcoming Maritime Gig Fest, of course, soon to tie up again in Gig Harbor the weekend of June 4-5.

Gig Fest

Come down to the waterfront and walk the extended pubic dock just off Skansie Brothers Park. Tour private boats and take a gondola harbor cruise.

The Maritime Gig Festival is back, promising beloved family traditions and a boatload of fun things to do, making the annual community event a much-anticipated summer season kickoff.

Maritime Gig Fest Offers a Boatload of Fun on the Waterfront

One of the things making the “Gig Fest” a great time year after year is that it combines beloved family traditions—including a genuine small town parade, with new business opportunities and fun things for Gig Fest-goers to see and do. So it never gets old.

Gig Fest parade

The Maritime Gig Festival parade will cruise down Harborview Drive on Saturday, June 4.

The expanded festival footprint, up Pioneer Way to Tarabochia Street running west of the Harbor General Store, was a huge success last year. The extra space made room for up to 20 craft and non-profit booths and allowed the Chamber of Commerce to offer special rates for those vendors.

New this year will be a fun and entertaining Maritime Gig Kids performance area in the intersection of Harborview and Pioneer.  As the name implies, a variety of children’s groups from all over Gig Harbor will perform.  You can expect to see performances from singing and dancing to cheerleading and karate. Also, making its debut during the Gig Fest this year is a sustainable and contemporary ‘Tiny Home’ from Brett Marlo Design and Build.

Arrr, Mateys ~ Maritime Gig Fest is Sure to be a Good time!

Gig Fest car show

Be sure to see the vintage cars on display on Harborview Drive on Sunday during the Gig Fest.

But wait, there’s more! The car show, a new hit in recent years, features new and classic vehicles and a way-cool 1959 vintage John Deere 530 tractor that you have to see to believe. And who can forget the amazing view of anchored boats in the harbor on Sunday?  The Blessing of the Fleet, one of Gig Harbor’s long standing traditions, also takes place on Sunday.

So, mateys, get ready for a heck of a good time! If you are interested in participating in the festival through a booth, the parade, or by volunteering to help make this event possible, visit or call the Chamber office at 253-851-6865.

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