This Weekend: Maritime Art Exhibit, Watch Hydros, Adopt a Furry Friend and More

Summer is in full swing! Check out our picks for things to do around Gig Harbor and the Puget Sound this weekend.

The weekend's-a-coming, and you’ve got no idea what you’ll do. Patch is coming to the rescue. We’ve got the best bets for your done-work, outta-here time. Check our picks for the activities to hit and new bars/restaurants/shops to explore.

And if we missed your favorite, feel free to share the goodness in our comment box below.

  • Where/When: ; 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4
  • Why Go: This weekend's Outdoor Movie features Disney's Earth. There will be a special visit from Harbor Wild Watch. Make sure to bring your own chairs or a blanket. Free popcorn will also be provided at the event.
  • Cost: Free

Outdoor Gallery Unveiling

  • Where/When: Harborview Drive in front of  building; 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4
  • Why Go: Gig Harbor city officials and members of the Gig Harbor Arts Commission will unveil the inaugural Outdoor Gallery this Saturday. It will mark the start of the two-year exhibit in downtown Gig Harbor. While you're at the event, make sure to check out the . 
  • Cost: Free

  • Where/When: ; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4
  • Why Go: The 13th Annual Maritime Art Exhibition opens this Saturday and runs through Sept. 2. Guest juror, Barbara Lee Smith, will select from a variety of maritime-related art mediums, including photography, mixed media, watercolor, oil, acrylic, pen/ink, charcoal and sculpture. The exhibit also features a student art show along with watercolors by young artist Tova Beck.
  • Cost: $7


  • Where/When: Genesee Park/Lake Washington, Seattle, 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.
  • Why Go: It’s the quintessential Seattle summer experience, featuring sunshine, hydroplanes, live music, and, of course, the Blue Angels. The annual event features booths, a beer garden, zip line and a kids zone, and culminates in the Albert Lee Cup H1 Unlimited Final at 4:45 p.m. Sunday.
  • Cost: Qualifying on Friday is free and $20 for reserved grandstands; tickets for Saturday and Sunday are $10 for seniors and youth, $30 for adults and free for military members. Reserved grandstand tickets are $40.

Woofstock 2012

  • Where/When: University of Puget Sound, Todd Field, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday
  • Why Go: More than 30 rescue groups from around Washington will have dogs, cats – and ferrets – in every size, shape and color looking for their forever homes. Adopt a new family member while enjoying food, a kids zone with games and face painting, and music from local musicians including Automatic Theory and Kim Archer Band.
  • Cost: Admission is free. Donations appreciated.

  • Where/When: Kelley Farm, Bonney Lake, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as Aug. 11-12 and 18-19.
  • Why Go: People travel from all over the United States to Bonney Lake to show off their medieval wear, sample gigantic turkey legs, joust with competitors and bicker with pirates. The Queen and her court are not to be missed -- the dresses and jewels on their dresses can weigh more than 100 pounds.
  • Cost: Adult day pass is $18; youth pass is $12. Kids 5 and under are free.  Tickets are available at the Castle Gate or here. Tickets are good all three weekends and parking is free.

Blue Oyster Cult

  • Where/When: Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3
  • Why Go: Rock out to the music of the famed band from Long Island best known for such classic rock songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ For You” and “Godzilla.”
  • Cost: Tickets are $20 and up (plus fees and taxes). Attendees must be 21 to enter the casino.


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