Submitted by Olympia Downtown Alliance
The Olympia Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce they are bringing back a street festival in historic Downtown Olympia that includes live music and performances, activities for kids and families, interactive art installations from local artists, local community groups, and a Biergarten featuring craft beer from 3 Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse. LoveOly SummerFest 2022 will take place every Saturday in August, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“We launched SummerFest in 2021 because our community is passionate about our Downtown, and was hungry for one-of-a-kind experiences to enjoy in a safe and relaxed environment. We’re so excited to announce the return of LoveOly SummerFest,” said Todd Cutts, Executive Director of the Olympia Downtown Alliance.
The Olympia Film Society (OFS) has once again partnered with the Downtown Alliance to produce the headline acts for the. Headlining bands in 2021 included The Black Tones, The Dusty 45’s, and Hillstomp! “We’re excited to bring SummerFest concerts back this year, right outside the Capitol Theater,” said Audrey Henley, OFS Executive Director. “SummerFest is a fun way for our community to get their live music fix, bring folks downtown and show some love for local and regional musicians.”
This year, headline acts include Supersuckers, Bon Bon Vivant, J. Graves and Girl Trouble.
In addition to headline bands, buskers, children’s performers, and community groups will entertain attendees. Buskers such as 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 respectively produce dance and beat-making competitions and feature local, professional musicians.
But SummerFest is not just about watching, it’s about doing. Kids can enjoy the Activities Area powered by the Hands On Children’s Museum, which will include ping-pong, bean bag toss, a jumbo chess set, sidewalk chalk, and more. The Biergarten will seasonal libations from 3 Magnets Brewing Co., Well 80 Brewhouse and Whitewood Cider Co. 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.
For more information about the event, visit the Olympia Downtown Alliance website.
Who: Olympia Downtown Alliance
What: LoveOly SummerFest 2022 – a four week series every Saturday in August
When: Saturdays in August from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Where: Downtown Olympia at 5th Avenue and Washington Street