Yo ho, it’s Maritime Gig Festival

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Harbor’s Annual Maritime Gig Festival & Blessing of the Fleet is June 1-2

Ahoy, matey’s! It’s time for Gig Harbor’s swashbuckling summer kickoff celebration with the Maritime Gig Festival set for June 1 and 2.

Join the fun as the community comes together for this annual event celebrating the harbor’s rich maritime history with a parade, live entertainment, classic cars, food vendors and more. The ‘Yo-Ho Grand Parade’ is the highlight on Saturday, with the traditional blessing of the fishing fleet by clergy from St. Nicholas Catholic Church the main event on Sunday.

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After the ‘Yo-Ho Grand Parade,’ enjoy browsing vendor booths and taking in a host of entertainment and concert events.

There is something for everyone at the Maritime Gig Festival, sponsored by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce. The fun gets under way at 8 a.m. on June 1 with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, followed by a Family Fun Run at 8:45 and the colorful ‘Yo-Ho’ Parade at 10 a.m.

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All ages enjoy the Family Fun Run before the grand parade on Saturday. (This and photo at top by Chance Busey, 2018)

Maritime Gig Festival is Community Fun for All Ages

Spectators will be staking out their curbside spots along Harborview Drive early on Saturday morning for the 100-entry parade. The popular procession through downtown features all manner of swaggering pirates, marching bands, dancers, human sea creatures, and community and business floats — including our own here at Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard.

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A two-legged sea anemone with Harbor WildWatch marches in the 2018 Maritime Gig Festival Parade. (Photo by Chance Busey)

Check out the full schedule of events, including entertainment and concert times & locations at Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Maritime Gig Festival.

Maritime Gig Fest Blessing of the Fleet

Clergy from St. Nicholas Catholic Church sprinkles holy water on fishing boats during a past blessing of the fleet.

Maritime Gig Schedule of Events: 

Saturday, June 1

  • 8:00 a.m.  Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, serving until 10 a.m. in front of 7 Seas Brewing
  • 8:30 a.m.  Kids Dash
  • 8:45 a.m.  U.S. Bank Family Fun Run
  • 10:00 a.m.  Yo-Ho Harbor Grande Parade
  • 10:00 a.m.  Skansie Netshed Foundation Activities
  • 12:00 p.m.  Business Booths, Food Vendors & Children’s Fair open
  • 12:00 p.m. Skansie Netshed opens
  • 1:00 p.m.  Harbor History Museum opens

Sunday, June 2

  • 10:00 a.m.  Skansie Netshed Foundation Activities
  • 10:00 a.m.  Entertainment and Concerts begin
  • 11:00 a.m.  Wheels on the Water Car Show
  • 11:00 a.m.  Animal Adoption Event
  • 11:00 a.m.  Skansie Netshed opens
  • 1:00 p.m.  Blessing of the Fleet
  • 1:00 p.m.  Harbor History Museum opens
  • 2:50 p.m.  Car Show Awards Ceremony

Maritime Gig Fest parade


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