Pack The Car! Here’s Our Top 2022 Summer Festivals In Gig Harbor (and those close by!)
From The Summer Concert Series to the Summer Swing Golf Tournament, and the Pierce County Fair, there is something for everyone at Gig Harbor top festivals and events.
Are you planning a trip to Gig Harbor this summer? Best known for its rich history and walkable waterfront, this Washington city is located on the picturesque Puget Sound.
If you’re not strolling the waterfront, exploring nearby Mount Rainier, or visiting the local shops, there’s still plenty to see and do in the Gig Harbor area. From car shows and concerts to golf tournaments and art shows, there’s fun for all ages within an hour of this historic town.
So grab your summer bucket list and let’s see what fun Gig Harbor has in store for you and your family!
The Uptown Summer Concert Series
July 7th – August 11th
4701 Point Fosdick Dr. – Uptown Pavillion
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
What better way to kick off summer in Gig Harbor than with the Uptown Summer Concert Series? Music has the unique ability to connect, inspire, and entertain. And this beloved concert series is no exception.
Hosted every Thursday night from July 7th through August 11th, the 2022 Summer Concert Series offers a variety of musical performances spanning multiple genres. Concerts are located in the pavilion at the Uptown shopping center from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Guests are welcome to join in the fun free of charge!
Here’s a sneak peek at this year’s performers.
- July 7th – Budapest West (World Beat/Rock)
- July 14th – The Retro Rockets (Classic Rock)
- July 21st – WEPA (Latin Jazz)
- July 28th – Indigo Jazz (Swing Jazz)
- August 4th – Flock of Beagles (Classic Rock)
- August 11th – Shy Boys (Party Rock)
Looking for more live entertainment? Head over to Skansie Brothers Park every Tuesday for another summer concert series that’s sure to please. Guests can arrive by land or by sea (boat). Performances start at 6:30 PM and end at 8:00 PM but spectators are welcome to stay and mingle both before and after the music ends.
Uptown Sidewalk Sale
July 15th – 17th
4701 Point Fosdick Dr. – throughout UGH
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Are you ready to shop till you drop this summer? The Uptown Sidewalk Sale runs from July 15th until the 17th throughout the iconic Uptown Shopping Center.
Stores open their doors and take their merchandise to the streets for a day of leisurely browsing, strolling, and shopping. With dozens of boutiques selling hundreds of products, you’re sure to find something for everyone in the family.
The sale starts at 10:00 AM and ends at 6:00 PM, giving guests plenty of time to explore everything these awesome merchants have to offer.
Saturday, July 9th 12 – 7 pm
4701 Point Fosdick Dr., Pavillion
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
While there’s plenty of family-friendly fun to be had in the Gig Harbor area, this summer event is designed for guests 21 and older. Uptown is proud to present its first annual Summer Sips event on Saturday, July 9th. Starting at 12:00 PM and ending at 7:00 PM, you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon sampling locally crafted libations.
This summer event is brought to you by the same team that hosts Cider Swig. So, get ready for a day filled with delicious spirits, live music, and mouth-watering food options from the nearby Uptown restaurants.
Vendors will be pouring ciders, beer, wine, and liquor to please every palate. With over 60 seasonal delicacies to try, you can sample ciders, spirits, sodas, kombucha, and more! Once you find your favorite flavors, head over to the Sips Pop-Up Bottle Shop and grab a bottle (or two) to bring home and enjoy all summer long.
When you’re not taste-testing your way around the event, you can stop in the nearby shops. Summer Sips is being hailed as the “taste n’ shop” event of the summer and one that you won’t want to miss!
Summer Arts Festival
Saturday, July 16th 10 am – 6 pm – Sunday, July 17th 10 am – 5 pm
Downtown Gig Harbor
3112 Judson St.
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
From craft beverages to arts and crafts, the Summer Arts Festival is back and open all summer long. Starting on July 16th and running until mid-November, this event is hosted in Downtown Gig Harbor and attracts vendors and creative artists from the local and surrounding areas.
The Peninsula Art League is thrilled to announce the return of this beloved event after a two-year hiatus. If you’ll be in the Gig Harbor area on July 16th and 17th, you won’t want to miss this large-scale event and all its beautiful and unique creations.
Guests can browse over 120 arts and crafts vendors, plus enjoy delicious food and plenty of fun activities for the kids, including a literary corner. The festival is held on Judson Street, just one block from Gig Harbor’s historic waterfront. Families with love the complimentary shuttle service to and from this location.
Looking for more artistic inspiration? Be sure to check out the Art Walk at Uptown which showcases both traditional and contemporary pieces, sculptures, and installations.
Summer Swing Golf Tournament
Friday, July 28th
Canterwood Golf & Country Club
12606 54th Avenue NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Calling all golf pros! Or anyone looking for a fun and relaxing day on the greens.
This summer, the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 35th Annual Summer Swing Golf Tournament on Friday, July 28th. Hosted at the area’s prestigious Canterwood Golf & Country Club, golfers of all skill levels are welcome.
With over 140 players ranging from executives and entrepreneurs to business owners and high-level managers, this golf tournament is a great way to mingle, network, and just have fun! Sign-up as a single player for $175 or register a team of 4 for $700.
This entry fee includes 18-holes of golf, a cart, beer, lunch, and a delicious dinner to end the day. Register by June 24th to reserve your spot.
Cruise the Narrows Car Show
Saturday, August 6th 8 am – 3 pm
4735 Point Fosdick Dr., Pavillion
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Why not cap the summer off with the Cruise the Narrows Car Show? Hosted at Uptown Gig Harbor on August 6th, this family-friendly car show features all-day fun, food, and entertainment.
Starting at 8:00 AM and ending at 3:00 PM guests can admire hundreds of vehicles, from vintage classics to modern luxury cars. All makes and models are welcome. While there’s a $20 registration fee for vehicles, this event is free for spectators.
All proceeds benefit the Gig Harbor Cruisers Scholarship Fund, which supports local youth programs and future automotive careers. Sponsors of this event include Fondi Pizzeria and the Heritage Distilling Company.
Saturday September 3rd – Monday September 5th
Bremerton Boardwalk Marina and 2nd Street
Celebrate all things blackberry at the Bremerton boardwalk Sept 3rd – 5th. The event is a long running festival in Bremerton to support the Rotary Club. Bring the family to this festival and enjoy the many food booths, arts & crafts booths, and children’s activities.
Each day of this 3 day event is packed with local bands playing throughout the day, including:
- Aaron McFadden
- Betsy & The Boys
- Lana’s Garage
- Hair Nation
- Ranger & the ReArrangers
- Eugenie Jones
- Jr. Cadillac
- Jon Gonzales
- and others…
Visit the Bremerton Blackberry Festival 2022 website.
Salmon Bake & Geoduck Festival
Dates: Fri, Jul 15, 2022, 5:30 PM – Sun, Jul 17, 2022, 7:30 PM PDT
Allyn Waterfront Park
18560 Washington 3
Allyn-Grapeview, WA 98524
Seafood lovers and weekend warriors will convene for this popular and “action-packed” weekend on the Case Inlet in Allyn. Whether you’re there to watch or participate in the Mud run, enjoy the alder-smoked salmon dinner, or shop the vendor area, there will be plenty to do and see…including the Oyster Shucking Competition.
As goes with many events in the area, there will be plenty of live music, dancing, and children activities. Allyn is located just 4 mile south of Belfair on Highway 3. Book in advance!
Purchase tickets for the Allyn Days/Salmon Bake and Geoduck Festival on Eventbrite.
Wedgewood Art Festival
Saturday July 9th 10 am 6 pm – Sunday July 10th 10 am – 5 pm
3544 NE 89th St
3544 NE 89th St, Seattle, WA 98115
For 17th years, this outdoor festival has become a family favorite in the community bringing together more than 75 fine artists, food trucks, beed garden, and kids activities.
You’ll find everything from ceramics, fine painting, glasswork, housewares, jewelry, leatherwork, metal craft, photography, woodwork, mixed media, and wearable art. While you’re shopping and perusing, enjoy local food truck faves such as:
- Anthony’s Finn Food Truck
- Alaskan Dumplings
- Blackstar Kebab
- Road Dawg Hot Dogs
- Sugar Wheels Ice Cream Sandwiches
Pierce County Fair
Thursday August 11th – Sunday August 14th
21606 Meridan Ave E. Graham, WA 98338
Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Pierce County Fair from August 11th – 14th at Frontier Park in Graham, WA. With 4 days full of events for the whole family, everyone is bound to find something to enjoy. The Pierce County Fair is proud to celebrate rural life, agriculture, and good ol’ family values.
In full County Fair flair, you can find professional Bubble Blowers, Jugglers, and Hula Hoopers. Along with family friendly bands and of course, the food. Nestled amongst the pines and green grass of Frontier Park, you can spend the day mingling and even watching the events at 4-H Arena.
Don’t forget to take your picture with the Pierce County Princess, and meet the official Pierce County mascot – Gertie G. Goat! Tickets can be purchased online on the Pierce County Fair website.
Fox Island Music Fest
Saturday , July 23 5:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Fox Island Yacht Club
1061 12th Avenue Fi
Fox Island, WA 98333
UPDATE: Tickets are sold out! Get on the waitlist now, for a chance to attend.
Fox Island Yacht Club has one of the biggest music Gig Harbor festivals – the 2022 Summer Music Festival. This year’s event will happen on July 23 and will feature The Beatniks, Joel Gibson, Jr., and more. There will be food trucks, a bar, and a return to the beauty of the Fox Island Yacht Club after two years away.
This is an annual event at Fox Island Yacht Club (FIYC) which is located on 17 acres on beautiful Cedrona bay.
Olympia Harbor Days Festival
Friday September 2nd 5 – 8 pm, Saturday September 3rd 10 am – 7 pm, Sunday September 4th 10 am – 6 pm
Olympia Harbor Days is located on the Waterfront
Wrap up the summer Labor Day weekend, Sept. 2nd – 4th, 2022, at the Olympia Harbor Days Festival brought to the community by the South Sound Maritime Heritage Association Event. This free event started in 1974 and for it’s nearly 50 year tradition has showcased vintage tug boats, tall ships, steam ships, and other historic vessels of the 20th century commerce in the Puget Sound.
With over 250 things to see and do during this event, you can choose to partake in the events on land or on water, including tours of the tugboats, cruises, and even tug boat races. While on land, you can enjoy the largest local showing of arts, crafts, commercial and local non-profit vendors booths. Oh, come hungry, too, because there will be plenty of great food, and music to listen to with your friends and family.
Olympia Harbor Days is located on the Olympia Waterfront. Find out more information at HarborDays.com.
Lakewood Summer Fest
Saturday, July 23, 2022 11 am to 10 pm
Fort Steilacoom Park
68714 87th Ave SW, Lakewood, WA 98498
The city of Lakewood hosts a SummerFEST each year with live music, great food, and endless entertainment. This year’s festival will be on July 23 and will feature the Not-Its, Chapter 5, The Dusty 45s, Kalimba, The Infinity Project, and Eagle Eyes. There will also be a car show, international performances, an extreme trampoline, and tons of other exciting activities!
Don’t Miss Summer 2022 at Gig Harbor
When planning your 2022 summer vacation, be sure to include Gig Harbor on your list of “must-see” places. With picturesque waterfront views and rich history, this quaint yet lively city has something for everyone in the family.
With thrilling events going on all summer long, there’s no shortage of fun and excitement in and around the Gig Harbor area. Click here to view Uptown’s full directory and get ready for a summer you won’t forget!