Thrifty Thurston Lists the 2015 Festivals and Major Events around Olympia



By Kate Scriven

Thurston First BankThurston County is a vibrant community who loves to come together and celebrate. From parades and festivals to car shows and boating events, there is something for everyone nearly year round. Our events also attract people from outside the area to enjoy all Thurston County has to offer.

And, since many of these events are free, what better way to celebrate Thurston County than to combine this list with our weekly Thrifty Thurston stories. (Thrifty Thurston focuses on inexpensive family fun around Olympia.  You can find all of our articles here.)

ThurstonTalk loves to share with our readers about where we all live, work and play. Below, you’ll find a list of major events, festivals and fairs for 2015. And as always, check as events draw near for articles and information about each one.  The links below connect to past articles, published on about the events, giving you an inside look at what to expect from these fun happenings this year.

ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in Olympia.  If you have a suggestion for a story, send us a note at  For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.  Add your event to our calendar here.


February 12 – 15 Oly Old-Time Festival
March 7 Lacey Ethnic Celebration
March 28 Capital Food and Wine Festival
April 18-19 OMB Home and Garden Show
April 24-25 Spring Arts Walk
April 25 Procession of the Species
April 25 Dragon Boat Festival
May 9-10 Wooden Boat Fair
May 16-17 Lacey Spring Fun Fair
May 17 Capital City Marathon
June 6 Lacey Rotary Duck Dash
June 6-7 Roy Pioneer Rodeo
June 20 Olympia Boatswap & Chowder Challenge
June 18-21 US Open Golf Championship
June 20-21 Capital City Pride Festival
June 27-28 Olympic Air Show
June 26-28 Yelm Prairie Days
June 25-28 America’s Dixieland Jazz Festival
July 11 South Sound BBQ Festival
July 15-19 Capital Lakefair
July 24-26 Tenino Oregon Trail Days
July 25-26 Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival
July 29-August 2 Thurston County Fair
August 1 Olympia Brewfest
August 15 Pet Parade
August 21-23 Sand in the City
August 28-30 Chehalis Garlic Fest and Craft Show
September 4-6 Olympia Harbor Days
September 12 Brats, Brews, and Bands
September 19 Summer’s End Car Show
September 26 Nisqually Watershed Festival
October 2-3 Fall Arts Walk
October 3-4 Oysterfest
November 6-15 Olympia Film Festival
December 17 Turn of the Tides Festival


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