Local Area Fun

People in Olympia love to celebrate. We have festivals every month in the year. The grandest of them all is the Procession of the Species which happens in late April. Thousands of participants dance, gallop and buzz through winding streets, dressed like plants and animals to the delight of the thousands on the sidelines. This takes place during ArtsWalk, a bi-annual event sponsored by the City of Olympia that features all kinds of creativity, all over downtown. Check out the Public Art Collection. Olympia is also a great anchor point when exploring the Pacific Northwest. We're half way between Seattle and Portland, half way between the beach and the mountains. Oh, and did we forget to mention the Rain Forest? All day trips!
For events throughout the year ~

Visit Olympia is the official Destination Marketing Organization for Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Thurston County, Washington.

OlyBlog -"We are the media." DIY calendar that anyone can post to.

The Olympian Newspaper calendar of events.

Olympia Food Coop Classes on a range of topics including wellness, sustainability and social justice.

Traditions Fair Trade is a hub of both fairly traded imported goods, a cafe and a meeting place for events.

The Olympia Film Society at the historic Capital Theatre brings the best in independent and foreign films as well as amazing live performances.

The Washington Center for the Performing Arts - South Puget Sound's largest performing facility. With a wide variety of entertainment, it focuses on arts unique to this region.

We hope you'll make time to enjoy Olympia. We have a lot to offer visitors. The people have a casual politeness that puts you at ease...

...with Liberty and Justice for all.

Walking Distance
Farmer's Market
Capitol Campus
Japanese Gardens
Beautiful Parks
Capitol Lake
Bus lines

Day Trips
Mt. St. Helen   - 120 mi.
Cascade Mtns.  - 121 mi.
Portland           - 113 mi.
Olympic Park    - 95 mi.
Mt. Rainier       - 81 mi.
Pacific Ocean    - 74 mi.
Seattle             - 60 mi.
Seatac Airport   -  46 mi.
For places to see while visiting ~

Hands On Children's Museum This new amazing facility is located along Olympia's East Bay Waterfront at 414 Jefferson St NE.  Open 7 days a week: Sundays & Mondays, 11am-5pm, and Tuesdays thru Saturdays, 10am-5pm.

State Capitol Campus  ~ Free guided tours are offered seven days a week hourly--between 10am and 3pm on weekdays, between 11am and 3pm  on weekends. begin every hour on the hour and last 60 minutes.  Tours are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Group size is limited to 25 people per tour time. It's worth it! Check it out.

Olympia Farmer's Market ~ At the heart of downtown vitality for 38 years, the Market provides a chance to enjoy locally grown produce, fresh fruits, hand crafted items, baked goods, meat and dairy products, or watch the entertainment on the Market stage and enjoy lunch from any of seven restaurants. Open from April through December! Thurs - Sun 10a.m. - 3p.m. (Weekends only November & December) Closed January - March.

Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge Welcome to our watershed. The Nisqually River Delta, a biologically diverse area at the southern end of Puget Sound, supports a variety of habitats.  Here, the freshwater of the Nisqually River combines with the saltwater of Puget Sound to form an estuary suitable for birds and wildlife.

Thurston County Direct Sales Farm Map
We're very proud of our local farms and feel so grateful for their contributions. This map shows all the farms you can visit in the area. Many of them would like you to prearrange a visit, so start browsing the guide now.
Parks and Trails  We are so blessed to live amongst so many big trees and luscious ferns. Many beautiful parks are so close by with access to both fresh water and salt water. They're too numerous to mention. But you could google "Watershed Park" for yourself.

Artesian Commons "It's the Water" on the Olympia Beer cans refers to the Artesian Wells that occur in this area. This gushing of clean, cold water (24/7) flows from a pipe in a parking lot. They say if you drink it, you'll always come back. 

Waterfront - The salty fingers of the Puget Sound grab at Olympia's beaches like fingers in a mud pie. The result is an abundance of tidal shorelines. Some shorelines are developed like Percival Landing. Some shorelines are in parks and some make great harbors. It's the Salt Water, too!

The Evergreen State College - We wouldn't even be here without you.