It’s time for barbecues, fun runs, parades and fairs! If you are looking for family-friendly summer events and activities in Olympia and throughout Thurston County, you’ve come the right list! There is so much to do in Olympia during June, July and August, you are going to have a hard time choosing which events to do. Summer weekend events in Thurston County are full of everything your family loves: food, fun, shopping, activities and shows! Here is a list of some of the 2024 summer events in Olympia and throughout Thurston County.

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June 14-15
Swede Hall
18543 Albany Street, Rochester

The 45th annual Rochester’s Swede Day Mid-Sommer Festival will have a parade, food, activities, live music and more. Check out this article on the 2024 Swede Day for more information.

June 15, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
South Bay Grange
3918 Sleater Kinney Road NE, Olympia

Head to the Strawberry Festival at the South Bay Grange for a family-friendly day of fun! This summer event in Olympia includes a fun run, vendors, live music and amazing food, including plenty of strawberries. For more information, visit the Strawberry Festival website.

June 15-16
Olympic Flight Museum
7637 Old Hwy 99 SE, Tumwater

The Olympic Airshow is a family-friendly activity in Tumwater that includes aircraft displays, demonstrations and even tours and rides! There will also be a beer garden, vendors, food and kids’ activities and more. Purchase tickets on the Olympic Air Show website.

vintage plane with red white and blue stripes flying
The Olympic Airshow happens every year over Father’s Day weekend. Photo courtesy: Olympic Flight Museum

June 21-23
Downtown Yelm

Head to Yelm Prairie Days for tons of fun! You will find summer kids activities, vendors, food, and even a mushball tournament! This free event is perfect all ages. Learn more at the Yelm Prairie Days website.

June 21-23
Downtown Olympia

LoveOly SummerFest is a free, family-friendly summer event in Olympia that has something for everyone, including live music, a beer garden, vendors, food trucks and more. Everyone will love the Pet Parade!

June 28 – July 7
Marine Drive NE and Market Street NE, Swantown

Kids of all ages – and adults too! – will enjoy the Shoestring Circus. Their show is a medieval fantasy spectacular full of human talent – no animals. Get tickets online for the Shoestring Circus in Olympia show.

Two women in flowy dresses are doing aerial acrobatics from a suspended ring
Shoestring Circus is a great family-friendly activity in Olympia happening June 28-July 7

June 22, June 29, July 13

Port of Olympia

These free events in Olympia take place three Saturdays during the summer and feature live music, a beer garden and vendors. Find out more on the Port of Olympia website.

June 22 – September 2
Hands On Children’s Museum

Spend the summer at the Hands On Children’s Museum, with plenty of kids activities in Olympia to keep the busy! The whole family will enjoy Summer Splash! Festival of Fun, with themed events, special guests and more. Visit the Hands On Children’s Museum website for more information.

July 3
Rainier Vista Community Park
5475 45th Ave SE, Lacey

A summer event in Lacey you won’t want to miss, the Lacey Fireworks Spectacular happen every July 3. Be sure to put it on your calendar!

City of Lacey Fireworks are always a not-to-be-missed part of summer events in Thurston County. Photo courtesy: City of Lacey

July 13, 2024
Festival 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Beer Garden 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Huntamer Park
618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey

Sink your teeth into this family-friendly event in Lacey! The South Sound BBQ Festival has food, contests, live entertainment and more. Learn more in this article.

July 17-21
Downtown Olympia

Capital Lakefair is happening again in 2024 and is the perfect summer event in Olympia for the entire family. Carnival rides, food, vendors, a car show, parade, fireworks and more await you. For more information, visit the Capital Lakefair website.

July 27, 2024
Yelm City Park

Who doesn’t need more summer barbecue? The Nisqually Valley Barbecue Rally is a great, family-friendly summer event in Yelm. Eat your fill of all things grilled while enjoying kids’ activities and entertainment! Learn more in this article.

July 31 – August 4, 2024

3054 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey

The Thurston County Fair has all kinds of fun in store for the whole family. If you are looking for summer activities in Lacey, don’t miss the Thurston County Fair! Check out this article for more information, and purchase tickets on the Thurston County Fair website.

August 23-24

1210 Marine Drive NE, Olympia

The South Sound Block Party is Olympia’s premier summer music fest! They will have more than 15 live music acts, food and lots of fun. Learn more in this article.

August 30 – September 1

Head to the docks for Olympia Harbor Days and finish your summer off right! This family-friend event in Thurston County boasts tugboat races, a LEGO harbor build, pirates, tribal cultural sharing, sand carving boat tours and more! Learn more at the Olympia Harbor Days website.

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