Thrifty Thurston Lists the 2016 Major Festivals and Events around Olympia and Thurston County

One of my favorite things about living in Thurston County is the endless opportunities to gather together with friends and neighbors, celebrating our region, history and diversity. It’s inevitable that I bump into people I know, no matter what event I attend. It’s that small town feel in a bigger city that makes living here so unique.

VCB logoAt ThurstonTalk, we love to help you plan ahead to attend all those fun, community gatherings with our annual events calendar. Bookmark this one to use all year long. As each date draws close, check our home page for in depth articles and information about each special event.  The links below connect to past articles or the event websites to give you an idea of what to expect from the 2016 event, but all the dates are current for 2016.

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  To view our complete event calendar and learn what’s happening in Olympia and the surrounding area, click here.  Add your event to our calendar here.

February 11-14 Olympia Old-Time Festival
February 13 Lacey Ethnic Celebration
March 19 Capital Food and Wine Festival
March 19 Olympia Acoustic Fest
April 16-17 Olympia Master Builder’s Home and Garden Show
April 22-23 Spring Arts Walk
April 23 Procession of the Species
April 30 Dragon Boat Festival
May 7-8 Wooden Boat Fair
May 9 Prairie Appreciation Day
May 21-22 Lacey Spring Fun Fair, Car Show
May 15 Capital City Marathon, Half Marathon and 5 Mile
June 4 Lacey Rotary Duck Dash
June 4-5 Roy Pioneer Rodeo
June 18 Olympia Strawberry Festival
June 18-19 Capital City Pride Festival
June 18-19 Olympic Air Show
June 23-25 Yelm Prairie Days
June 23-26 America’s Dixieland Jazz Festival
July 3 Lacey Fireworks and Freedom Concert
July 4 Tumwater Artesian Family Fest and Fireworks
July 9 South Sound BBQ Festival
July 9-10 Black Lake Regatta
July 13-17 Capital Lakefair
July 23-25 Tenino Oregon Trail Days
July 30-31 Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival
August 3-7 Thurston County Fair
August 6 Olympia Brewfest
August 13 The Pet Parade
August 21 Love Our Local Fest
August 26-28 Rainier Round-Up Days
September 2-4 Olympia Harbor Days
September 10 Brats, Brews, and Bands
September 17 Summer’s End Car Show
September 24 Nisqually Watershed Festival
October 7-8 Fall Arts Walk
October 1-2 Oysterfest
November 27 Downtown for the Holidays



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