Submitted by Downtown Olympia Alliance

Downtown Olympia’s Third Thursdays are a community celebration of Oly’s unique culture, art, food, music and shopping. The summer Third Thursdays — May through September — will also include block parties featuring live music and beverages from Northwest Beerwerks Beer Truck.

The May 16 block party, located in the US Bank parking lot on the corner of 4th and Washington will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and will open with music by Lakota Dorris, followed by Broadway Olympia Productions and New Born Babies.

Unique to the May 16 Third Thursday is the Friends Night Out fundraiser.  Purchase a $15 passport and then visit the list of participating businesses — such as Bittersweet Chocolates, Radiance Herbs, Compass Rose and Captain Little Toy Store, to name a few — who will stamp your passport and give you a unique gift. Proceeds from the sale of the passports go to Community Youth Services a nonprofit supporting youth in Thurston County. Learn more about Friends Night Out here.

Purchase passports online or on May 16 at the Olympia Downtown Alliance booth — set up from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. — in the US Bank parking. Every “Passport” also comes with a raffle entry for a prize package of gift certificates of participating retailers. Shoppers can earn more tickets with purchases at participating retailers.  Passports are limited – only 250 available and are $15 each.

A fun element of each Third Thursday is the Challenge Game! Stop by our info the corner of 4th & Washington and pick up a Challenge Game or pick up the Challenge Game at a Third Thursday business. Participants can visit each business to get another letter to solve the phrase of the month. Complete the phrase first and enter to win a prize! We love to see so many groups of friends and families return month after month to participate in the Challenge Game. Challenge Game prizes in May are from Three Magnets, Archibald Sisters and Hot Toddy.

Here are a few downtown businesses that are participating in May:

Archibald Sisters, Belleza Ropa, Bittersweet Chocolates, Browsers Bookshop, Captain Little, Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar, Childhood’s End Gallery, Compass Rose, Dillingers Cocktails and Kitchen, Gallery Boom, Hawley’s Gelato, Holy Lamb Organics, Hot Toddy, Radiance Herbs and Massage, State of the Arts Gallery, Three Magnets and Well 80 Brewhouse.

WHAT: Olympia’s Third Thursday
WHEN: Thursday, May 16, 2019. The Olympia Downtown Alliance will host an info booth, located in the US Bank parking lot from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. The block party runs from 6 p.m. thru 9 p.m.
WHERE: Olympia’s Downtown
WHO: Presented by Providence Health Services and brought to the community by the Olympia Downtown Alliance and Mixx96 FM. For more information about Third Thursday events, contact Brit Kramer, (360) 481-5010 or britk@redbarncommunications.com. For more information about Olympia Downtown Alliance, contact Todd Cutts, (360) 357-8948 or tcutts@downtownolympia.org.

Thank you to our Challenge Game sponsor, HomeStreet Bank!
Thank you to our Third Thursday presenting sponsor, Providence!
Thank you to our Radio partner, Mixx96 FM.

About the Olympia Downtown Alliance

We work to channel the voice of the Downtown business community to compel action in both local and state government. The Alliance is taking on the following initiatives to accomplish this goal:  Advocate for high-quality development Downtown | Advocate for improvements to the streetscape, including capital projects | Advocate for practices that lead to a clean, safe and welcoming Downtown. The Olympia Downtown Alliance does not discriminate in employment or the delivery of services and resources on the basis of age, sex, race, creed, color, sexual orientation, or national origin, or the presence of any physical, mental or sensory disability.

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