Events and Activities

What's Happening in Olympia?

Pet Parade in OlympiaOlympia and its surrounding communities are home many can't-miss attractions, activities, and events.

Whether you want to celebrate the Arts with 10,000 of your closest friends, put your pets on parade, make a sand castle in the middle of downtown, or just enjoy great music, shows and nightlife - there really is something for everyone. provides information about all of the great things to see and do in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and greater Thurston County. 

Festival & Event Permits

Event permits are required for any outdoor event on City property that is advertised and open to the community, whether or not vendors are present. Find everything you need to hold your own event on our Festival & Event Permits page.

Parks & Recreation Classes & Activities

Our Parks, Arts & Recreation department offers over 100 unique classes, programs and activities to help you hone a skill, expand your horizons, or meet your personal wellness goals. Find the one that's right for you on our Recreation page.