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Harbor Happenings: Family Fun Fest and Bike Bash pedals into Sehmel on Sunday

Posted on August 15th, 2023 By:

Calling all bicycle riders: PenMet Parks’ Family Fun Fest and Bike Bash is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave. NW.

The day combines two popular events from the past, Family Fun Fest and Bike Bash.

A bounce house and other fun family activities are planned, along with food trucks, live music by the Shy Boys and a Local Makers market.

The Bike Bash portion features free helmets while supplies last, basic bicycle maintenance demonstrations, a bike rodeo for kids and bike safety education.

Parking at Sehmel can be challenging, but a free shuttle will be available all day from Gig Harbor High School.

The Kiwanis and Rotary clubs will collect school supplies, non-perishable food and personal care items for donation.

Peninsula Logging Show and Festival

The Peninsula Logging Show and Festival returns from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at the Port Orchard Airport, off Sidney Road near Empire Pizza in Burley. The show was previously held on the Key Peninsula, before it relocated to South Kitsap in 2022.

The free festival will include logging competitions, a kids zone, vendors, food trucks and more.

The festival benefits Food Backpacks 4 Kids and the Key Peninsula Little League.

Historic boat at farmers market

The historic purse seiner Veteran will be moored at Jersich Dock and available for free, guided tours during the Gig Harbor Waterfront Farmers Market, from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17.

Skansie Shipbuilding Company in Gig Harbor built the Veteran in 1926. The Gig Harbor BoatShop restored and now owns it.

The historic purse seiner Veteran

Musical happenings

  • The Profits play a veritable tossed salad of tunes — ranging from Johnny Cash to the Violent Femmes to both Elvises — at this week’s Summer Sounds at Skansie concert. The performance starts at 6 p.m. Tuesday,  Aug. 15. Next Tuesday, Aug. 22, it’s Ian Ayers & the Soul Purpose, a reggae quartet. Summer Sounds concerts are free.
  • National Parks Radio bring indie-folk to Sehmel Homestead Park at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, for Summer Concerts at Sehmel. The concert is free, but donation of non-perishable food or personal care items to FISH Food Bank is encouraged.
  • Friday, the Fab Three play Beatles covers in the loft at the Olalla Winery. Reserve tickets here.


  • This week’s SummerFest movie at the Galaxy Theatres Uptown is the 2003 version of “Peter Pan.” Showtimes are 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, Aug. 15 and 17. SummerFest movies cost just $2.
  • This week’s free PenMet’s Movie in the Park is “Sing 2,” starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 18, at Sehmel Homestead Park, 10123 78th Ave NW. Bring a blanket or a low-backed chair. The series wraps up with “Puss in Boots: The Last Wish,” at 8 p.m. Aug. 25.
  • The Flashback Movie at the Galaxy is “Inglorious Basterds” at 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16. Quentin Tarantino directed and Brad Pitt stars in the World War II adventure.  The Flashback Movie at 11:45 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, is “The Notebook.” A poor yet passionate young man falls in love with a rich young woman, giving her a sense of freedom, but they are soon separated because of their social differences. Flashback movies are just $5.
  • This week’s Met’s Summer Encore film at the Galaxy is “Eugene Onegin” showing at 1 and 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Galaxy. American soprano Renée Fleming and late Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky come together in an unforgettable tale of unrequited love. Valery Gergiev conducts the 2007 performance.