Hoquiam Harbor has a near-oceanic Mediterranean climate with mild dry summers and mild winters. Temperatures in Hoquiam Harbor range from an average high of 20°C (68°F) in August to an average low of 3°C (37°F) in December and January. Precipitation is greatest in December at around 27 centimeters (10.7 inches) and lightest in July (three centimeters or one inch). Snowfall is light in Hoquiam Harbor, peaking in January at 5.8 centimeters (2.3 inches). Humidity levels in Hoquiam Harbor are high, averaging about 90% throughout the year.
Each year, Hoquiam Harbor celebrates Riverfest with a street fair, entertainment, and activities for kids of all ages. Food vendors offer great treats, and there is lots of music throughout the day. One of the most popular events is the Rubber Ducky Races.
The annual Hoquiam Harbor Loggers Playday celebrates the history and skills of the Hoquiam Harbor logging community with competitive events for loggers. The day begins with a loggers' breakfast before lumberjacks from across the United States gather to compete in activities like axe-throwing, obstacle pole bucking, and saw bucking. The most popular event is probably the choker setting contests where lumberjacks race across floating logs as they try to keep from falling in the water. Hoquiam Harbor's Olympic Stadium is the site for evening entertainment and events, punctuated by a great fireworks display.
At the Hoquiam Harbor boat launch, a viewing tower offers panoramic views of the harbor and logs as they are sorted and loaded/unloaded on ships.
The Polson Park & Museum in Hoquiam Harbor is a two-acre park on the banks of the Hoquiam River. It features gardens as well as exhibits maintained by the Polson Park and Museum Historical Society. Visitors enjoy the hillside trail, the Burton Ross Memorial Rose Garden, and the picnic areas. The Museum features a replica of the Polson Logging Company's blacksmith shop with the original forge, anvil, and other logging tools. The 604-square-meter (6500 square foot) mansion built in 1924 as a wedding present for Arnold Polson is a museum today. Restored through private donations and volunteer labor, each room of the mansion contains photographs of the original contents. The Railroad Camp at Hoquiam Harbor's Polsom Park & Museum represents the community's early logging industry. The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am until 4pm. It opens on Sunday at noon. Admission is $4 for adults, $2 for students, and $1 for children under 12. Family admission is $10.