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Harbor Happenings: Make Music Day kicks off summer

Posted on June 20th, 2023 By:

Celebrate the official start of summer on Wednesday, June 21, at Make Music Day at Uptown Gig Harbor. It’s part of a world-wide celebration of the summer solstice that uses the power of music to bring people together.

The festivities start with opening ceremonies at 1 p.m. at the Uptown Pavilion. A drum circle and an everyone-invited pizza-box drum line parade kick things off.

Musicians parade between stages during Make Music Day, June 21, at Uptown Gig Harbor.

Musicians parade between stages during Make Music Day, June 21, 2022, at Uptown Gig Harbor. Vince Dice

Music begins at 1:45 p.m. at the Pavilion with the Latin-influenced rhythms of Alejandro Fleites and Sin Embargo. Music runs continually until 9 p.m. on five stages located throughout the shopping center.

The line-up also includes Octopus Ballet, Billy Stoops & the Dirt Angels, TwoMacs & Friends, Sweet Mary Trio with Thea Wescott and Kathyanne Christine, United By Music North America musicians and many others.

Drum circles also take place at 3 and 6 p.m. All are welcome to participate.

Admission is free. Click here to see the full lineup.

Garden Tour

The Gig Harbor Garden Tour takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, and features six local gardens, each showcasing the gardeners’ unique styles.

The tour includes a garden built onto a steep hillside; an English country garden; a garden showcase for art; a well-established garden filled with a plethora of plants, antiques and whimsical items; an elegant garden in a woodland setting; and a musician’s beautifully designed garden.

The tour raises funds for literacy programs for adults and children in Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula. To find where to buy tickets, click here.

Pride in the Park

Pride in the Park party at Skansie Park celebrates inclusivity, diversity and equality with food, music, games, crafts and fun for all. It’s all free from noon – 3 p.m. Saturday, June 24.


On Friday, Wishflower plays acoustic rock and soul in the loft at the Olalla Winery starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 23. Click here for reservations.

Grateful Dead Meet-Up at the Movies

Thursday June 22 and Saturday, June 24,

Deadheads gather at cinemas all over the world for the Grateful Dead’s 2023 Meet-Up At The Movies on Thursday, June 22, and Saturday, June 24. The Galaxy Theater at Uptown is among those participating.

This year’s Meet-up at the Movies features the Dead’s June 22, 1991. concert at Chicago’s Soldier Field, when Bruce Hornsby and Vince Welnick took over the keyboards for the late Brent Mydland. The Soldier Field show was filled with favorites like “Shakedown Street,” “Brown-Eyed Women,” “Playing In The Band,” “Terrapin Station” and “Dark Star.”

The film features the original six-camera video feed that appeared on the stadium’s big screens and the pristine soundboard audio. Showtimes are 7 p.m. Thursday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Galaxy Theater. Tickets cost $20 each.

Other movies

  • Flashback cinema shows at the Galaxy theater this week include: “Back to the Future,” at noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 21; and “Dirty Dancing,” at noon and 6 p.m. Sunday, June 25. Flashback movies are just $5.
  • Summer Fest movies at Galaxy this week include: “Minions: Rise of Gru” at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Thursday, June 22; and “Puss in Boots,” at noon and 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 27. Summer Fest movies cost $2.

Wine tasting

Two Loons Winery, 9422 22nd Ave. NW, hosts a tasting from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 24. This month’s lineup features a 2022 Alvarhino; a 2017 Patience; a 2018 Merlot and a 2017 Petite Verdot, all created at the Gig Harbor winery. For information email [email protected].

City Council

The city council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 26 at the Civic Center. Tentative agenda items include adoption of an ordinance regarding civil protection orders, a public hearing on the six-year transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and an agreement with FISH Food Bank for a human services grant. The meeting is streamed via Zoom.