This is one of my favorite Gig Harbor traditions! 100s of people turn out for these evening summer concerts running from June through the end of August. If you live in Gig Harbor you can’t go to this without running into friends and neighbors. It’s like a family reunion every week!
On top of that it takes place in the premiere venue of Gig Harbor, the beautiful waterfront Skansie Brother’s Park right in the heart of downtown. Arrive by land or boat, and many people anchor off the shoreline and enjoy the sound from the deck of their boat.
What You Need to Know
Bring a chair or blanket but no tents or canopies are allowed. Small umbrellas can be used to shelter from excess sun or rain. Chairs can be set up after 3 pm on the day of the event, in order to keep the park open for use during the day. Roping off seats and chairs/blankets on the Jerisich Dock Viewing Platform is not permitted.
Parking is limited and you will probably have to walk to the park, also come early for the best seating. Really: the crowds are huge.
Check the weather and dress accordingly as all seating is open-air with out cover.
There’s something for everyone in these concerts. The variety of music generes ranges from electro swing, funk, dance, western and pop to various quality cover bands playing favorites from a diversity of eras. You can just count that it will be danceable and people of all ages will be “getting their groove on”.
The band that draws the biggest crowds is the Beatniks a talented Northwest standard. They are a Beattles cover band. Traffic and parking are even more difficult the night they play.
Local Gig Harbor cover bands such as The Profits and the “The Shy Boys” are very popular. These quintessential Gig Harbor cover bands are talented groups with a long history and are made up of well-known locals. They are not in the lineup every summer though, so check the schedule at the City of Gig Harbor event calendar.(schedule will not be available until after the bands are chosen.) When they aren’t in the Summer Sounds schedule, look for them at other venues such as the Olalla Winery.