Fall in Gig Harbor is a time to relax after a busy summer. As tourism season winds down, it’s a chance to visit local shopping districts and take in the beautiful fall weather. October is the Gig Harbor Film Festival which celebrates filmmakers of all levels and interests. Fall is also a great time to check the lineup at the Paradise Theatre or take in chorus or classical performances from local musicians. Sample fall beers from Seven Seas Brewing Company or let a glass of locally crafted Heritage Distilling whiskey warm you up on a cool autumn night.
Coyote Canyon Winery
Owner, Mike Andrews, has put 23 years of love and passion into developing Coyote Canyon Vineyard. Their reds are known for their body and long velvety silky tannins. The vineyard has a gradual southeast facing slope which is ideal for red wine grapes. Pay a visit and enjoy an informative, enjoyable and relaxed tasting experience.
357 Port Avenue, Studio A
Prosser, Washington 99350
Donkey Creek Chum Festival
Every year, the greater Gig Harbor community celebrates the return of salmon to local waters. The Chum Festival serves to remind of the quality of the water and the habitat it supports. Join them as they recognize new ways to improve and protect the waterways. The goal is to bring people together to promote sustainability, sound environmental stewardship, preservation of maritime history and culture, responsible recreation, habitat preservation, and shoreline restoration -- one salmon at a time. Visit www.cityofgigharbor.net/donkey-creek-chum-festival for more information.
Galloping Gertie 1/2 Marathon
A chip-timed half marathon offering spectacular views across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and back; and recognition to top finishers. Everyone else can enjoy a leisurely 5K Fun Run/Walk that starts at 8:15am. Not quite ready for a half marathon? Try the new 10k run instead. For more information visit www.gigharborchamber.net.
Gig Harbor Film Festival
The October Gig Harbor Film Festival is one of the fastest growing independent film festivals in the Northwest. Located 40 miles southwest of Seattle, Washington, the Gig Harbor Film Festival features independent films that draw on the unifying power of cinema to promote understanding, tolerance and global awareness. Visit www.gigharborfilmfestival.org for more information.
Gig Harbor Gondola
Come celebrate life on the water! The Gig Harbor Gondola is one of the only authentic Venetian gondolas in the Pacific Northwest. Once on board just sit back, relax and let the stress melt away as you enjoy the scenic views of Mount Rainier and the harbor. Call John to schedule your next romantic adventure or celebration!
3117 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Harbor Hounds Walk the Town
Harbor Hounds is a Charity Dog Walk held in downtown Gig Harbor, Washington's Maritime City in September, along the spectacular waterfront. Event sponsors set up booths to display and/or sell their products and services between two end-point locations: Skansie Park and Donkey Creek Park. Registered Dog Walkers walk with their best friend(s) between these two locations, at their leisure, visiting booths, making friends and getting Raffle Cards stamped by the participating sponsors for a chance to win spectacular Harbor Hounds prize packages. Plenty of sponsor provided watering holes along the way. There are also a number of fun contests for you to show off your dog. Categories include: Best Tricks, Best Kisser (the dog), Best Tail Wagger, Best Dressed, and our fun musical Sit and Stay contest. The day is full of fun and excitement to keep you and your hounds entertained throughout.
Bring your four legged friend and catch all the action in downtown Gig Harbor. Visit www.harborhounds.dojiggy.com for more information.
Open Studio Tour
The September Open Studio Tour continues the tradition established in 1993 of juried, select Gig Harbor- Key Peninsula-Fox Island artists opening their working studios to the public. The artists are dedicated to providing the rare opportunity of seeing the artists in their studio environment and offering explanations and demonstrations of their materials and art process. Open Studio Tour is also a unique opportunity to purchase fine art directly from the artists. If you wish to contact member artists or request additional tour information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information visit www.gigharboropenstudiotour.org.
A community Scarecrow Competition with entries created by local business, community groups and families. This festival is an autumn celebration with live entertainment and music, farm animals, hay rides, camel & pony rides, carnival games, food and fair treat vendors. Visit www.gigharborchamber.net for more information.