Events in and around Olympia
Olympia 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, or just enjoy great music, shows and nightlife - there really is something for everyone.
ExperienceOlympia.com provides information about all of the great things to see and do in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and greater Thurston County.
Festival and event permits
Permits are required for any outdoor community festival on City property or right-of-way. Events must be open for public attendance, free of charge, and sponsored by a non-profit or government organization. Applications are approved on a calendar year basis only. Please submit your application packet at least 60 days prior to your event to allow time for review, communication and logistical planning.
To apply, complete an Event Permit Application and Safety & Evacuation Plan and return to Kellie Purce Braseth, Strategic Communications Director:
Via Email: email@example.com
By mail: PO Box 1967, Olympia, WA 98507
In Person: 601 4th Avenue E, Olympia, WA 98501
Other types of events
Events on State property
Neighborhood Block Parties
The Capitol Campus, Heritage Park/Capitol Lake, Marathon Park, Sylvester Park, and Deschutes Parkway are owned by the State of Washington. To hold an event at these locations you must get a permit from Washington State DES.
Non-festival events at Olympia parks
Neighborhood Associations that are registered with the City may request street closure for a neighborhood picnic or other neighborhood-only social gathering. The City will provide barricades and/or cones for approved block parties.
Protests, marches, and demonstrations
If you wish to reserve space in a City of Olympia park, at Percival Landing, or at The Olympia Center for an event or activity other than an outdoor community or festival event you must call the Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation Department at 360.753.8380.
The City encourages open, advance communication about free speech activities. Please contact us prior to your event so that we can provide appropriate services and ensure public safety.
Who to Contact
For demonstrations on/at:
- City Streets - Contact the Olympia Police Department at 360.753.8300
- City Parks - Contact Olympia Parks, Arts & Recreation at 360.753.8380
- State Property - Contact Washington State DES at 360.902.8881
Contact Kellie Purce Braseth at 360.753.8361 or firstname.lastname@example.org