Throughout the year there is always something happening in Thurston County. And, one of my favorite parts about our area’s major events and festivals is that no matter the venue, size or time of year, I always run into friends and neighbors, delighting in a chance to catch up.

heritage bankThurstonTalk’s events calendar keeps you up-to-date with the daily activities and happenings around town, but this list of the major events and celebrations is a great one to bookmark and check all year long. Often, our home page will include feature articles about these events as the date draws closer. The links included below connect you to ThurstonTalk’s past articles on an event or to the event websites directly.  We hope these links offer some to give you some insights about what to expect when you attend in 2017.  All dates are current for 2017.

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 submit@thurstontalk.com.  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.

Photo credit: Mark Stewart.

February 16-19 Olympia Old-Time Festival
March 11 Lacey Ethnic Celebration
March 25 Capital Food and Wine Festival
March 26 Blintzapalooza
April 22-23 Olympia Master Builder’s Home and Garden Show
April 28-29 Spring Arts Walk
April 29 Procession of the Species
April 29 Dragon Boat Festival
May 13-14 Wooden Boat Fair
May 13 Prairie Appreciation Day
May 6-7 Lacey Spring Fun Fair, Car Show and Grand Parade
May 20 Olympia Acoustic Fest
May 21 Capital City Marathon, Half Marathon and 5 Mile
June 3 Lacey Rotary Duck Dash
June 3-4 Roy Pioneer Rodeo
June 10 Olympia Strawberry Festival
June 16-17 Capital City Pride Festival
June 17-18 Olympic Air Show
June 22-25 Yelm Prairie Days
June 22-25 America’s Dixieland Jazz Festival
July 3 Lacey Fireworks and Freedom Concert
July 4 Tumwater Artesian Family Fest and Fireworks
July 8 South Sound BBQ Festival
July 8-9 Black Lake Regatta
July 12-16 Capital Lakefair
July 21-23 Tenino Oregon Trail Days
July 29-30 Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival
August 2-6 Thurston County Fair
August 4-5 Savor South Sound
August 5 Olympia Brewfest
August 19 The Pet Parade
August 19 Tumwater Artesian Brewfest
August 27 Love Our Local Fest
August 25-27 Rainier Round-Up Days
September 1-3 Olympia Harbor Days
September 9 Brats, Brews, and Bands
September 23 Nisqually Watershed Festival
October 6-7 Fall Arts Walk
October 7-8 Oysterfest
November 26 Downtown for the Holidays


Thrifty Thurston highlights inexpensive family fun in Thurston County. The weekly series focuses on family-friendly activities throughout our community. If you have a suggestion for a post, send us a note at submit@thurstontalk.com. For more events and to learn what’s happening in Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and the surrounding area, visit our complete event calendar.

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