Arts & Culture



Historical Slide Show

The pictures below have special meaning to Carole. Over the years she has had various local artists do sketches of historical photographs. She has been using them as Christmas Cards for the past 30 years!

Harbor History Museum
4121 Harborview Drive
Gig Harbor, WA 98335
(253) 858-6722

Harbor History Museum is located at the north end of Gig Harbor Bay and allows visitors a place to experience the history of Gig Harbor and the surrounding area. The Harbor History Museum opened its doors September 18, 2010. It was the culmination of more than 10 years of dedicated work by the museum board of trustees, staff, and countless volunteers. The brand new waterfront facility was built in the Gig Harbor Shipyard and Midway Schoolhouse. At the new museum you will find top-rate exhibitions, larger than life experiences, and lots of opportunities for hands-on exploration of our region's rich history.  The Museum showcases over 7,000 feet of permanent exhibits about the early history of the area. These include: hands on exhibits, videos, computer interactives and hundreds of unique artifacts.  A major highlight is the 65 foot fishing vessel that is undergoing restoration in public view as part of the outdoor exhibit.  The Midway School serves as a showcase of early education as well as a classroom for visiting school groups.  The Museum also features exhibits that rotate every 2-4 months. Past exhibits include: Savage Ancient Seas, 1987: A Day in the Life Photography Exhibit, and Peninsula Art Leagues 2013 Annual Juried Art Exhibition. Visit the Harbor History Museum Facebook Page for a glimpse at past activities.


Fox Island Historical Society Museum
1017 9th Avenue FI
Fox Island, Washington 98333
(253) 549-2461

Museum was first opened in 1958 in one room of the old Fox Island School House. In 1980 they relocated to their new home where they house more than 3000 artifacts specific to the early history of Fox Island and the surrounding area.  They are open Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday and provide Childrens' Art Workshops on the first weekend of the month.  


Key Peninsula Historical Society Museum
17010 South Vaughn Rd. KPN
Vaughn, WA. 98394

This free local museum showcases early life in the Key Peninsula area. Here you can also pick up a brochure to take the Drive Through History which connects over 120 historical points of interest on the Key Peninsula.


Gig Harbor Public Library
4424 Point Fosdick Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 548-3305

Pierce County Public Library in Gig Harbor is located off Highway 16 and offers complete web-based services. With just a Pierce County Library card you can access resources at 18 locations. All locations offer free Wi-Fi and have computers available for use with your library card. Gig Harbor Library has a wide selection of books, magazines, movies, books on tape, CDs and other media available to check out and can ship books into the library from another Pierce County Library location is they are not in stock. The library offers free computer classes, online homework help and online (or in person) book clubs. The Library holds many community events including book readings, back to school activities for young children, and arts and crafts. Also, explore the Library Calender of Events.

Paradise Theater    
9911 Burnham Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332

The Paradise Theater hosts seven incredible shows a year, both indoor and outdoor. Past shows include:  Oliver, Dracula, 9 to 5, Steel Magnolias, and Monty Python's Spamalot. Delicious hand made candlelit dinners are served at Paradise's Dinner Theater.  Over the summer, Paradise offers theater camps to the community's youth. The camps provide a supportive, fun environment where young people can be creative, expressive, and improve their skills in acting, dance, and voice.  At the end of the camp the students have a performance for community members.  Each October the theater calls upon volunteers to participate in the annual Haunted House.  The event is fun and spooky for all!


Gig Harbor High School Drama
5101 Rosedale St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

Each year, Gig Harbor High School Drama puts on a Fall Play, a Musical and host the One Act Play Festival.  Past Fall Plays include: The Miracle Worker, Harvey, and Noises Off . Past Musicals include: Into the Woods, Annie Get Your Gun, and The Sound of Music. The talent is tremendous and provides great entertainment appropriate for the whole family. The One Act Play Festival features 3 short plays which are directed by Gig Harbor High School students. They are judged by community members and then awarded at the final show.  Every year, Drama students have to opportunity to go on a field trip to Ashland for The Annual Oregon Shakespeare Festival.


Gig Harbor Film Festival
Held at the Gig Harbor Galaxy Theater in Uptown
4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98335

The Gig Harbor Film Festival is an annual event that has been running since 2007. The Festival is held in over three days in October and showcases independent films from local to international filmmakers.


Gig Harbor Art Walk

On the first Saturday of every month from 1 to 5pm folks get the chance to explore the many art galleries in Downtown Gig Harbor's beautiful historic waterfront district. Gig Harbor's Art Walk was listed as "One of 5 Best Art Walks in the NW" by Sunset Magazine.  Follow the Red Shoe banners and enjoy the art.


Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival
Judson Street
Gig Harbor's Historic Waterfront

Shoppers enjoy live music, food, kids art-making activities and lots of high quality hand-made arts and crafts at the Gig Harbor Summer Arts Festival! This event has been taking place in the Harbor for over 30 years and is hosted by The Peninsula Art League.


Gig Harbor Open Studio Tour

Get the behind the scenes look at art in Gig Harbor with this free self guided tour! This is your chance to visit over twenty local artists at twenty different studios throughout the Harbor.  See the artists in their studio environment, watch hands on demonstrations and get exclusive deals by purchasing art directly from the artist.


Winterfest Arts and Crafts Fair 
14105 Purdy Dr NW
Gig Harbor, WA 98332 

Winterfest is Peninsula High Schools winter arts festival.  Over Thanksgiving weekend hundreds of artists set up their booths to showcase their handmade crafts and tasty treats!


Tidefest Art Fair
5101 Rosedale St NW
Gig Harbor, WA 9833

Tidefest is Gig Harbor High Schools winter arts festival where they bring in over a hundred professional artisans from all over the Northwest.  Tidefest is a major fundraiser for extracurricular programs at Gig Harbor High School.  Enjoy live entertainment and shop from artists selling everything from glass art, sculpture, pottery, jewelry and clothing to paintings, wood products and leather bags. 


The Peninsula Gateway

The Peninsula Gateway Newspaper is published weekly on Wednesdays. The Gateway has been relating news to Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula since 1917 and focuses on local sports, news, and events. The Gateway is available for delivery in print or an email newsletter.


The Kitsap Sun

Along with the Gateway, the Kitsap Sun also offers a weekly feature on Gig Harbor. The feature is updated online daily and provides top stories, sports, obituaries, events and a report of police and fire department activity.


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