Submitted by Olympia Downtown Alliance
The Olympia Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce that they are launching a street festival in historic Downtown Olympia that includes live music and performances, activities for kids and families, interactive art installations, local community groups and a Biergarten featuring craft beer from 3 Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse. LoveOly SummerFest 2021, presented by the City of Olympia, will occur every Saturday from July 10 to August 28, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
“Our community is passionate about our Downtown, and we’re all hungry for one-of-a-kind experiences to enjoy in a safe and relaxed environment. We’re so excited to welcome our community back Downtown with this event,” said Todd Cutts, Executive Director of the Olympia Downtown Alliance.
The Olympia Film Society (OFS) has partnered with the Downtown Alliance to produce the headline acts for the festival in the Entertainment Area, sponsored by Olympia Federal Savings. Some headlining bands include The Black Tones, The Dusty 45’s, and Hillstomp, along with locals Low Wires, The Cavities, Oh Rose, and more to be announced! “The Capitol Theater continues to be closed, but we’re excited to move some of our concerts outside the Capitol Theater,” said Audrey Henley, OFS Executive Director. “SummerFest is a safe and fun way for our community to get their live music fix, bring folks downtown and show some love for local and regional musicians.”
In addition to headline bands, buskers, children’s performers and community groups will entertain attendees. Jugglers, contortionists, and street musicians will wow audiences with their talent. Local community groups such as The Bridge Music Project and Olympia Symphony orchestra will produce dance and beat-making competitions and feature local, professional musicians.
But SummerFest is not just about watching, it’s about doing. The Activities Area, sponsored by Snowshoe, will include ping-pong, bean bag toss, a jumbo chess set, sidewalk chalk, and more. The Biergarten will feature Well 80’s Love Oly Lager and 3 Magnet’s Brewing Co. Summer Sesh IPA. Proceeds from the Biergarten will go towards supporting the event. Local artist Dave Sederberg, known for his recent installation “Glowhenge,” is coordinating a cadre of local artists to install interactive and engaging art.
In preparation for SummerFest, the Alliance is coordinating a Downtown cleanup on July 3 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Come out to support the Downtown community and receive your choice of a Love Oly bottle opener or drawstring backpack. Register here by June 30.
For more information about the event, visit the LoveOly SummerFest website.
Who: Olympia Downtown Alliance, presented by the City of Olympia, Olympia Federal Savings, and Snowshoe
What: LoveOly SummerFest 2021 – an eight week series every Saturday during July & August
When: July 10 through August 28 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Where: Downtown Olympia at 5th Avenue and Washington Street