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Harbor Happenings: Gig Harbor Beer Festival on tap

Posted on May 16th, 2023 By:

The 12th annual Gig Harbor Beer Festival takes place from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 20, at the Uptown pavilion.

Tickets cost $32 and were still available as of noon Tuesday, May 16. Each ticket comes with a 5-ounce taster cup and 10 tokens, redeemable with the participating Northwest breweries, distilleries and cideries. Buy tickets here.

The event is a fundraiser for the Gig Harbor Kiwanis. Entertainment includes musical performances by Kristen Marlo, Jack Parker and The Remedy, and My Guilty Pleasure.

Festival-goers enjoy their brews at a previous Gig Harbor Beer Festival.

Festival-goers enjoy their brews at a previous Gig Harbor Beer Festival. Courtesy of Gig Harbor Beer Festival

Among the breweries and other booze-makers expected to participate are Odd Otter Brewing, Acorn Brewing, Ridgeline Brewing, Ghostfish Brewing, Deep Draft Brewing, Rainy Daze Brewing, Echoes Brewing, Wet Coast Brewing, Hood Canal Brewery, North 47 Brewing, Silver City Brewery, Bainbridge Island Brewing and Gig Harbor Brewing; Locust Cider and Discovery Cider; and Heritage Distilling.

Gig Harbor Beer Fest

Classic Boats Show

The Classic Boat Show returns to the Tides Tavern on Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, with a fleet of historic water craft from near and far visiting the harbor.

In addition to elegant yachts from the last century, several of the boats — like the replica of the longboat Porpoise and the purse seiner Veteran — have important ties to Gig Harbor’s early shipbuilding and commercial fishing days. Admission is free.

Classic boats tied up at the Tides Tavern.

Visioning Fair for comp plan update

The city of Gig Harbor seeks public input on an update of its comprehensive land use plan during a community “Visioning Fair” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 20.

Planning department staff will be on hand to answer questions, demonstrate an interactive “story map” and discuss the individual elements – or chapters – comprising the plan such as housing, transportation, parks, the environment, arts and culture and other topics. The Visioning Fair will take place at the civic center, 3510 Grandview.

Updates to the comp plan will also be discussed at meetings of the city Planning Commission, held on the first and third Thursdays of each month. Click here for information.

Harbor Hill environmental sanctuary

Residents of Heron’s Key are creating an environmental sanctuary near the pond in back of the residential complex. On Saturday, May 20, representatives will discuss the project at an informational meeting at 10 a.m. at Swift Water Elementary School, 10811 Harbor Hill Drive. The sanctuary will be used for educational purposes and neighborhood recreation.

Art on Fox Island

On May 20, The Chapel on Echo Bay, 400 Sixth Avenue on Fox Island, hosts its third annual Art on Echo Bay exhibit from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 20. The work of more than a dozen local artists will be exhibited. Admission is free.

Gardening with kids

Kids age 5-11 can learn about growing plants in containers at Pierce County Master Gardeners’ “Ready, Set, Grow” workshop from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Sehmel Homestead Park. Admission is free, but registration is required. Email [email protected] for information.


  • The Narrows Music Society‘s Harbor Winds concert band wraps up its season with a concert at 7 p.m. May 20 at Gig Harbor High School. William Klouse will conduct a program featuring saxophonist Erik Stighner. Admission is free admission.
  • Vocalist Cara Francis brings her eclectic repertoire of jazz favorites to Olalla Winery Friday, May 19 at 6:30 p.m. Make reservations here.


  • This week’s Flashback Cinema movies at the Uptown movie theater are “Wizard of Oz,” at 12:15 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 17;  and “Rio Bravo,” starring John Wayne, at 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday, May 21. Flashback movies are just $5.
  • PenMet Parks Senior Socials take place at 11 a.m. on the first and third Fridays of each month at the Arletta Schoolhouse, 3607 Ray Nash Drive. The next event is May 19 with fellowship, games, coffee and light snacks. Registration is not required.
  • The Tapestry Artists of Puget Sound’s (TAPS) exhibit of hand-woven tapestries continues at the Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Road, through June.
  • Recycled, fiber and mixed media art by Bella Kim is on display at Tacoma Community College’s Gig Harbor campus through June 9. Kim honors her Korean heritage using left over plastic, packaging and other materials headed for the trash, turning them into colorful, one-of-a-kind artworks.
  • Harbor WildWatch’s Sharks of the Salish Sea program continues through June 1 at the Skansie Visitor & Interpretive Center. The exhibit highlights the 14 species of sharks found in the Salish Sea including sixgill, sevengill, salmon, thresher and dogfish sharks. Admission is free admission. The center at 3207 Harborview Drive is open Wednesday through Saturday, depending on volunteer availability.