Many upcoming summer events are for all ages to enjoy and participate in — with kid friendly activities included.
This weekend the Summer Art Festival fills Judson Street in Gig Harbor with canopies of artists. More than 125 of them will be available to show their products, answer questions and sell their unique work.
Music, special art activities for children and food vendors will also be there.
The “Literary Corner” on the Timberland Bank porch will have local authors and illustrators with their books available to purchase. The collection runs from children’s stories to thrillers with a varied collection between. Of course that’s where you can find me, peddling my own books!
Saturday hours are 10 a.m to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Proceeds from the festival provide art scholarships for local students and Peninsula Art League members plus presentation of art shows, workshops and programs open to the public.
Also on Saturday, at 8 p.m. members of the Key Peninsula Historical Society will tell some tales about the Penrose family, who had annual summer camps on their property that later became Penrose Park. Parking is charged for at the park, but the presentation is free.
And on Sunday, beginning at 6 p.m., the Longbranch Community Church hosts the monthly Bluegrass Jam sessions. Bring your jamming instruments, your singing voice, clapping hands and enjoy a couple of hours of fun. Free to all.
If that music appeals to you, head to the Longbranch Improvement Club, 4312 Key Peninsula Highway South, a short walk up and across the road from the church, for the fourth annual Bluegrass & Barbeque Festival from 2 to 6 p.m. July 25. Free admission.
The Coyote Hill Bluegrass band from northeastern Oklahoma, the Day Brothers and the Key Peninsula’s own Bluegrass Minstrels will provide hand-clapping music.
Chef Oliver Coldeen’s world-class barbeque sandwiches, cole slaw and chips will be for sale for $6, strawberry shortcake for $3, pop and popcorn is $1.
Activities for kids and a silent auction will be available. All proceeds help support the ministries of the Longbranch Community Church.
A Celebration of Life gathering will be held for the “First Lady of Longbranch,” Marge Radonich, at 3 p.m. July 26 at the Key Peninsula Civic Center in Vaughn.
August opens with a new event sponsored by the Key Peninsula Civic Center. Ohana Luau and parade take place on Aug. 1 with parade set-up in Key Center starting at 2 p.m. by the fire station.
At 3:30 the parade begins, heading down Olson Road to the civic center.
The Luau Barbeque is at 4 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for age 12 and younger, and $35 for a family of four, with all proceeds supporting the civic center.
Other activities are free: live music, classic car show, kid friendly activities, raffle, prizes for best costumes and other categories.
The Faraway Centennial Celebration culminates on Aug. 8 at the Longbranch Improvement Center, 2 to 4 p.m. with complimentary admission.
Featuring displays of unique artifacts, photos and documents of the McDermott family, this event is sponsored by the Key Peninsula Historical Society Faraway Centennial Committee. The committee has presented various fundraising events the past several years, aiming for this occasion.
Connie Hildahl’s new book about Faraway will be available.
Tea and cake will be offered in honor of Josephine Nordhoff McDermott’s birthday.
The 29th annual Key Peninsula Logging Show is from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 16 at Gateway Park in Wauna, 10405 state Route 302.
Local entertainment, antique displays, beer garden, kid’s activities, silent and live auctions and of course, food vendors fill the day.