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    Events in November

    “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever!”

    November 17 – December 9, 2017 Friday & Saturday| 7:30 pm

    Location: Paradise Theatre: 3114 Judson St, Gig Harbor, WA 98335


    It tells the story of Imogene, Claude, Ralph, Leroy, Ollie, and Gladys, six delinquent children named the Herdmans who were engaged in misfit behavior for their age such as smoking, drinking jug wine, and shoplifting. They go to church for the first time after being told that the church offers snacks. Despite protests from other church members, they are given roles in the Sunday school’s Christmas play, in which they tell the Christmas story in a nonconventional fashion.

    For more details and information.

    Donkey Creek Chum Festival

    November 18, 2017 | 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

    Every year, the greater Gig Harbor community celebrates the return of salmon to our local waters. The Chum Festival serves to remind us that the quality of our water, and the habitat it supports, connects us all. Join us as we recognize new ways to improve and protect our waterways. Our goal is to bring people together to promote sustainability, sound environmental stewardship, preservation of our maritime history and culture, responsible recreation, habitat preservation, and shoreline restoration — one salmon at a time.

    Kayak, Canoe, and Paddle Board Races, Booths, Chum Burgers, Refreshments, “Paint Your Own Salmon” t-shirts, a “Salmon Maze”, touch tanks, and storytelling are just some of the activities that will be a part of the event again. Kayak, walk, bike or drive to the Park to enjoy the fun.

    Turkey Trot

    November 23rd 2017 | 6:30 am

    Come run before the festivities begin and burn a few pounds….The trot begins at 8:00 am facing east on the main road in front of the Gig Harbor post office (3118 Judson St), where you can drop off your cans of food and prepare for the race. Day-of Registration starts at 6:30 AM. You will also be able to pay and pick up t-shirts and bib numbers the day of the race (although we encourage everyone to pay ahead of time, to make for a quick and less-chaotic process).

    The Start of both routes is in front of the Gig Harbor post office on Judson St. There will be volunteers along the way to guide you. For the latter half of the 10k, follow the orange arrows on the map. For the 5k, you will turn around approximately at the point on the map that says “5k turn-around”. The end of both routes is at the starting line, in front of the post office.

    This year, proceeds are going to FISH food bank, a local organization called Food Backpacks 4 Kids, the Bischoff food bank, and local high school scholarships.

    For more information visit

    Winterfest Arts and Crafts

    November 25th 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    November 26th 2017 | 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

    Peninsula High School’s Winterfest is a holiday arts and crafts show with 200 exhibitors with handcrafted items and gourmet foods. Visit our food fair that is operated by PHS student groups.  Learn more.

    Deck the Harbor Decorating Contest

    December 1st & 2nd 2017

    A decorating contest, featuring festive window and storefront displays throughout the downtown waterfront. See Gig Harbor’s waterfront transformed into a magical holiday experience for all to enjoy as participating businesses decorate their storefronts and windows to create a festive, welcoming atmosphere.

    PenMet Parks & PAA Breakfast with Santa

    December 2nd 2017 | 9:00 am – 11:00 am

    Location: Boys & Girls Club, 502 Skansie Avenue, Gig Harbor | Cost: $8

    Join us for the 8th annual PenMet Parks and Peninsula Athletic Association Breakfast with Santa. Celebrate the holiday season and have your pictures taken with Santa! Holiday music, arts & crafts and letters to Santa! The Gig Harbor Kiwanis will also be providing a Pancake Breakfast.

    The SnapBar will be taking your photo in an open-air photo booth. Guests will receive several different photos on a photo strip, a link for an online gallery to download your favorite photos.

    Children under 2 are free! Children must be accompanied by paid adult.

    Please pre-register online at Here, or call 253-530-0722 to avoid the lines at the door.

    Gig Harbor Eagles Holiday Bazaar

    December 2nd & 3rd 2017 | 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Location: 4425 Burnham Drive, Gig Harbor

    Join us for the Gig Harbor Eagles Holiday Bazaar.  This festive event is open to the public and admission is free. Shop local artisans’ gift items, Saturday and Sunday. The kitchen is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner by the Auxiliary. Table space fee for Vendors is a fundraising event with proceeds going to the Auxiliary Scholarship fund to help our local high school graduates to move onto college. (Vendors sign up 1st come first served basis).

    Auxiliary Office 253-853-5874 or Contact Nadine Barilani 928-287-5613

    Peninsula Marketplace Holiday Show

    December 2nd 2017 | 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

    Beth Neff | (253) 208-8107 |

    Location: Peninsula Gardens, 5503 Wollochet Dr NW

    The Peninsula Marketplace Holiday Show features 30+ local artists and urban crafters. Located in the Peninsula Gardens greenhouses at 5503 Wollochet Dr NW. This location features free indoor shopping with lots of easy parking that is handicapped accessible and pet-friendly. We have live music by Rick Gonzales, Sweet Mary, and Dave Hamon. Vendors include PG Woodworks, Ann Danis Pottery, concrete artist Beth Neff aka “The Mossy Maven” and Alice in Wonderland creating awesome garden arrangements. Tallydoodle creates simple, quality-made plush toys, Mary Jane Harman is a renowned wildlife artist and creates very detailed renditions of beloved pets and animals.

    Tidefest Fine Arts and Crafts Celebration

    December 2nd & 3rd 2017 | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Alyse Yeaman | (253) 678-8399 |

    Location: Gig Harbor High School | 1501 Rosedale St. NW. | Cost: $5 entry fee

    Gig Harbor High School’s annual TideFest event brings in artists and high-quality artisans from all over the Northwest. The festival raises money for the school’s activities and athletics programs. We are always the 1st weekend in December Saturday 10-5pm and Sunday 11-4pm. We feature 105 talented artists. We are not only known for our art but for entertainment, food, and charities. The cost is 5.00 dollars at the door. Childcare provided by the National Honors Society. It is fun for the whole family and will make your Holiday Cheery!

    Gig Harbor Annual Tree Lighting

    December 2nd 2017 | 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

    Karen Scott | (253) 853-3554 |

    Location: Skansie Brothers Park, 3207 Harborview Drive, Gig Harbor

    Gig Harbor’s Annual Holiday Tree Lighting is the official kickoff to the holidays in Gig Harbor. Come join friends and neighbors for entertainment galore, including live music, refreshments and a visit from Santa on the fire truck!




    Re-occurring Events

    First Saturday Art Walk

    First Saturday of Every Month | 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

    Location: Various Gig Harbor Art Galleries

    Indulge your love of art at the First Saturday Art Walk every month along Gig Harbor’s Downtown Waterfront. This free event allows art enthusiasts to stroll through 8 galleries featuring artist demonstrations, refreshments, and displays reflecting a diverse selection of mediums and styles.

    Pick up your passport at the first gallery visited and drop off at your last stop. With all 8 stamps, you will be entered into a drawing for a $50.00 gift certificate. If you are under 21, you don’t have to visit MORSO to get your passport stamped. (MORSO, of course, is for 21+ only).

    Participating galleries include Ebb Tide Gallery, Gallery Row, Water’s Edge Gallery & Framery, Inc., Sea Hags, MORSO, Maritime Jewelry, Dolly Mama Boutique, and Harbor WildWatch.

    Super Business Group

    Wednesdays | 7:30 am – 9:00 am

    Location: Markee Cafe, 5275 Olympic Drive, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

    The Super Business Group, a small business networking group, is open to anyone. Come and share your business battles, successes, and challenges. Featured speakers weekly. The group meets weekly 7:30 to 9 a.m., Wednesdays at MarKee Café, 5275 Olympic Drive.

    For information, visit the Facebook page or email Kurt Grimmer at


    Wednesdays | 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

    Location: Harbor Place, 1016 29th St NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335

    Join our mid-week oasis on Wednesdays from noon to 1 pm at Harbor Place! See how Toastmasters can help you to grow both personally and professionally in a safe and fun environment. Learn to become a better speaker, to communicate with confidence, and develop leadership abilities that can be used in every aspect of your life.

    For more information visit Gig Harbor Toastmasters or call 253-313-5711.


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