Living in Olympia, there is never a lack of things to do. Our region is full of fun, whether it is in the forest, on the water, in the theater or a local park. And, events and festivals play a big role in defining our community spirit. They are the times when we gather together, celebrating together a common love of our town and the unique nature of its people. I nearly always bump into people I know which is part of the draw. Olympia and the entire Thurston County area offers that small town feel with “big city” services and attractions.

Each year, ThurstonTalk gathers together a list of some of the biggest and best community gatherings with our annual Festivals and Events list. Bookmark this article to come back to all year long. And, as the dates of each event approaches, check the homepage at  for in-depth articles and information about each one. The links below connect to past articles or the main event website to offer specifics, but the dates you see here are all current for 2018.

ThurstonTalk aims to be your source for positive information and events happening in and around 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 15-18 Olympia Old-Time Festival
March 10 Lacey Ethnic Celebration
March 18 Blintzapalooza
March 24 Capital Food and Wine Festival
April 21-22 Olympia Master Builder’s Home and Garden Show
April 27-28 Spring Arts Walk
April 28 Procession of the Species
April 28 Dragon Boat Festival
May 12-13 Wooden Boat Fair
May 12 Prairie Appreciation Day
May 19-20 Lacey Spring Fun Fair, Car Show and Grand Parade
May 26-27 Olympia Acoustic Fest
May 20 Capital City Marathon, Half Marathon and 5 Mile
June 2 Lacey Rotary Duck Dash
June 2-3 Roy Pioneer Rodeo
June 9 Olympia Strawberry Festival
June 14-16 Capital City Pride Festival
June 16-17 Olympic Air Show
June 22-24 Yelm Prairie Days
July 3 Lacey Fireworks and Freedom Concert
July 4 Tumwater Artesian Family Fest and Fireworks
July 7 South Sound BBQ Festival
July 9-10 Black Lake Regatta
July 13-17 Capital Lakefair
July 23-25 Tenino Oregon Trail Days
July 28-29 Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival
August 1-5 Thurston County Fair
August 4 Olympia Brewfest
August 18 The Pet Parade
August 26 Love Our Local Fest
August 31 – September 2 Olympia Harbor Days
September 8 Brats, Brews, and Bands
September 29 Nisqually Watershed Festival
October 5-6 Fall Arts Walk
October 6-7 Oysterfest
November 25 Downtown for the Holidays
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