The Olympia Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce that 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 with local seasonal libations from 3 Magnets Brewing Co., Well 80 Brewhouse and Whitewood Cider Co.. LoveOly SummerFest 2022 will take place every Saturday in August, from 1 pm to 7 pm.
“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 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 festival on the Main Stage. 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.”
In addition to headline bands, buskers, children’s performers, and community groups will entertain attendees. SummerFest will welcome a Youth Band Showcase this year along with 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. The Activities Area will include ping-pong, bean bag toss, a jumbo chess set, sidewalk chalk, and more facilitated by Hands On Children's Museum. Local artist Dave Sederberg, known for his recent installation “Glowhenge”, is coordinating a cadre of local artists to install interactive and engaging art.
Who: Olympia Downtown Alliance
What: LoveOly SummerFest 2022 – a four week series every Saturday in August
When: Saturdays in August from 1 pm - 7 pm.
Where: Downtown Olympia at 5th Avenue and Washington Street