Gig Harbor may be a "small town" by definition, but with all of the cultural experiences residents find in the community, it's no wonder Smithsonian Magazine named the community one of the Top Five Small Towns for Culture, Heritage and Charm.
All it takes is a few days in Gig Harbor to see that it is not your standard small town. Sure, the people in Gig Harbor are a close-knit community, but the area has its share of culture worth pursuing.
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Named the 5 Best Small Town Art Walks in the Northwest bySunset Magazine, Gig Harbor’s Art Walk happens on the first Saturday of every month and there are several festivals and events that happen annually (and in tandem with the Art Walk), including the Gig Harbor Film Festival, Gig Harbor Garden Tour and the Gig Harbor Street Scramble to name a few.
On top of their fabulous year-round festivals, Gig Harbor is also home to an abundance of performing arts! With concerts, live theater, outdoor movies and much more, you will have a wide variety of entertainment options to choose from.
Come to the Paradise Theater to enjoy live theatrical performances of musicals and plays, or if you want to come near Halloween they put on a Haunted House performance that should not be missed! Or if you are a music lover, spend an evening listening to the Gig Harbor Peninsula Civic Orchestra.
With its costal charm and natural beauty, Gig Harbor has become a desirable residential enclave. Residents enjoy an array of amenities in Gig Harbor, including beautiful waterfront parks like Jerisich Park and Skansie Brothers Park.
These parks host a number of community events, such as fairs, concerts, festivals, and the annual town holiday tree lighting ceremony. Nearby Gig Harbor City Park is popular with families, and features playgrounds for children, numerous sports fields and courts, and picnic pavilions that can host large groups.
The historic waterfront downtown area is a draw to both residents and visitors. Tides Tavern, which has been in business for 40 years, is a favorite for those who want to sip a cold beer right on the water.
There is no shortage of high quality restaurants in Gig Harbor; from Thai food (try the Thai Hut), Seafood (try the The Marketplace Grill), Sushi (try Mizu), Italian (try Il Lucano Ristorante) and tapas to burgers, the town has been recognized by the Seattle Times and Sunset Magazine as an area with numerous high quality dining choices.
With a surplus of different dining experiences from a tavern or bar to fine dining in a fancy restaurant, you are sure to find what delights your culinary cravings in Gig Harbor, Tacoma and the surrounding areas! Looking to find a romantic place to eat that offers delectable food, soft ambience, and an award-winning wine list? Come to Brix 25° in Downtown Gig Harbor and enjoy the flavors of the Northwest!
The downtown area also offers a variety of shopping opportunities. Or if you are in the Gig Harbor area, visit Uptown Gig Harbour where you can hang out, shop, eat, and enjoy the old-town feel. Stop at Julep to get your nails done before you head over to J Jill to get all the designer clothes you could ask for!
As a town of just over 7,000 residents, Gig Harbor is a tight knit community that is very appealing to families. Water sports and recreation, beautiful natural surroundings, and a focus on enjoying the splendor of life in the Pacific Northwest creates a very comfortable place to live. From beaches to mountains, Gig Harbor is within close proximity to anything that a resident could ask for.