Submitted by Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce
The Maritime Gig Festival is back, promising beloved family traditions and new business opportunities and things to do, making the annual community event a much-anticipated summer season kickoff.
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 Festival, of course, soon to tie up again in Gig Harbor through the weekend of June 4-5.
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.
The expanded footprint up Pioneer Way to Tarabochia Street running west of 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 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 to dancing even cheer and karate. Also, making its debut during the Gig Fest is a sustainable and contemporary ‘Tiny Home’ from Brett Marlo Design and Build.
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 tradition, also takes place on Sunday.
So, boys and girls, men and women, and all you Gig Fest-going families: 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 www.maritimegig.com or call the Chamber office at 253-851-6865.