Olympia Arts Walk

Visitors to Olympia's Arts Walk view works of art on display in a gallery or business.

Arts Month - October 2020

Throughout October, we will highlight in-person displays of art, as well as virtual programs and activities presented by participating locations and artists. Join us to celebrate Olympia's vibrant arts community with in person and virtual programs and activities.

In keeping with current CDC and State guidelines, in-person performances and gatherings will not be part of Arts Month.

Arts Month programs and activities will include:

  • Works of art on display indoors and outdoors
  • Virtual performances & events
  • Workshops and programs that meet state guidelines
  • Take-out art activities
  • Highlights of recently installed public art

Fall Arts Month

  • October 1 - 31

About Arts Walk

Olympia Arts Walk is a semi-annual community event celebrating the arts. In a typical year, thousands gather in downtown Olympia in both the Spring and Fall for a festive arts experience that uses creativity to connect and engage people from all walks of life. Many of our unique downtown businesses and organizations transform their spaces into creative hubs filled with art, demonstrations, and performances. In the streets and sidewalks you will find pop up performances and places to connect around almost every corner.

Spring Arts Walk includes the incredible Procession of the Species produced by Earthbound Productions.

Visual Artists and Performers that would like to be included on the event map or listed in the event schedule must partner with a downtown business or organization to display your work or present your performance. Contact any business in downtown Olympia and ask if they would be willing to host your work. Most business owners will want to see or hear a sample of your work prior to registration, so be prepared.

Tentative 2020/21 dates

  • Cover Artist Application Deadline (to be considered for the following year): November 1
  • Spring registration opens January 1
  • Spring Final Registration Deadline: January 31
  • Fall Priority Registration Deadline September 21

Applications will typically be available online approximately 6 weeks before their corresponding deadline.

Special thanks

Olympia Arts Walk is presented by City of Olympia Arts Commission, the Parks, Arts & Recreation Department, with support from local businesses, event sponsors, community partners, and all who make this event possible.

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