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Festivals & Events by Month | 2014


Spring Arts Walk
Friday and Saturday, April 25-26
Various locations through out downtown Olympia. Sponsored by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and the City of Olympia Arts Commission. Experience It! More Information...

Luminary Procession (Friday) and Procession of the Species (Saturday)
Friday and Saturday, April 25-26
Downtown Olympia. Sponsored by Earthbound Productions. Held as part of the City of Olympia's Spring Arts Walk. More Information...

Dragon Boat Festival
Saturday, April 26
Port of Olympia Plaza in downtown Olympia. Opening ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. Sponsored by St. Martin's University. More Information...

Olympia Wooden Boat Festival
Saturday and Sunday, May 10-11
Percival Landing Boardwalk, downtown Olympia. Sponsored by the Olympia Wooden Boat Association. More Information...

Boat Swap and Chowder Challenge
Saturday, May 17 | 10:00 to 3:00
Swantown Marina, 1022 Marine Dr NE. Sponsored by the Port of Olympia. More Information...

Capital City Marathon
Sunday, May 18
Start and finish in downtown Olympia at Sylvester Park. Sponsored by the Capital City Marathon Association. Ranked by Marathon Guide as one of the top 30 races to run for a qualifying time for the Boston Marathon. More Information

Capitol Stage Race and Criterium
Saturday and Sunday, June 1-2
3 stage bike race in various locations. More Information...

Olympia Air Show
Saturday and Sunday, June 14-15
Olympic Flight Museum as the Olympia Regional Airport, 7637 A Old Hwy 99 SE. More Information...

Capital City Pride Festival and Parade
Friday-Sunday June 20-22
Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia. Sponsored by the Rainbow Coalition/Capital City Pride. More Information...

Meet the Artist Day
Saturday June 21
Meet the artists behind some of the Olympia waterfront's most famous works. Tour starts at Olympia Farmers Market at 11:00am.

Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Festival
Thursday-Sunday, June 26-29
The Worthington Center at St. Martin's University, 5300 Pacific Avenue SE, with a free outdoor performance at Olympia's Farmer's Market on Friday, June 29, 11:00 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Greater Olympia Dixieland Jazz Society. Admission fee for the main venue at the Worthington Center. More Information...

Music in the Park
Wednesday evenings, all month
Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia. Sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Association. More Information...

Alpine Experience Olympia Traverse
Saturday, July 26
Various locations in Thurston County and Olympia, ending in downtown Olympia. Multi-sport challenge including mountain bike, trail run, road bike, paddle and trek.  More Information...

Capital Lakefair Festival and Parade
Wednesday-Sunday, July 16-20
Main venue at Heritage/Capital Lake Park, downtown Olympia. Lakefair Grand Parade, Saturday, July 21, 5:00 p.m.  Lakefair Fireworks, Sunday, July 22, 10:00 p.m.  Sponsored by Capital Lakefair. More Information...

Washington State Senior Games
Friday-Sunday, July 24-27
Various venues in Thurston County/Olympia. Sponsored by Puget Sound Senior Games. More Information...

Music in the Park
Wednesday evenings, all month
Sylvester Park, downtown Olympia. Sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Association. More Information...

84th Annual Pet Parade
Saturday, August 16 | Line-up at 8:00 Parade begins at 10:00 a.m.
Downtown Olympia, 5th Avenue to Sylvester Park. Sponsored by The Olympian newspaper.

Bon Odori
Saturday, August 16
Water Street between 5th and Legion in downtown Olympia. Co-sponsored by the Olympia-Kato City Sister City Association and the Japanese American Citizens' League Olympia Chapter.

Sand in the City
Friday-Sunday, August 22-24
New Hands on Children's Museum on East Bay. Sponsored by the Hands on Chidren's Museum.

Olympia Harbor Days
Friday-Sunday, August 30-September 1
Percival Landing Boardwalk and Columbia Street in downtown Olympia. Sponsored by the Sound Sound Maritime Heritage Foundation. More Information...

Olympia Harbor Days
Friday-Sunday, August 29-31
Percival Landing Boardwalk and Columbia Street in downtown Olympia. Sponsored by the Sound Sound Maritime Heritage Foundation. More Information...

Fall Arts Walk
Friday-Saturday, October 3-4
Various locations in downtown Olympia. Arts Walk is sponsored by the City of Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department and the City of Olympia Arts Commission. Experience It! More Information...

Turkey Trot 4 Mile Thanksgiving Day Run
Thursday, November 27 | 8:00 - 11:00 a.m.
4 mile road race beginning and ending at the Olympia Farmers Market. Sponsored by South Sound Running. More Information...

Downtown for the Holidays Celebration and Parade
Sunday, November 30
Sylvester Park and Capitol Way in downtown Olympia. Entertainment, tree lighting, and holiday parade. Sponsored by the Olympia Downtown Association. More Information...

Olympia Toy Run Motorcycle Rally
Saturday, December 6
Gathers at South Sound Center, with road rally to downtown Olympia. Sponsored by the Olympia Toy Run Coalition. More Information...

Holiday Tour of Historic Homes
Sunday, December 7 | 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.
The Olympia Historical Society and Bigelow House Museum is sponsoring this tour of several important landmarks and Olympia Historic Register properties in the Eastside area of Olympia. Cost: $20. More Information...

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