The Olympia Downtown Alliance is pleased to announce that they are bringing back a street block party 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 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 in the Entertainment Area, sponsored by Olympia Federal Savings. 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 2021, SummerFest welcomed to the Main Stage
- The Hinges
- Kimya Dawson
- Waves Crashing
- The Dusty 45s
- Cedar Teeth
- Oh Rose
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.
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. The Biergarten will feature special libations from Well 80, 3 Magnets Brewing Co. and Whitewood Cider. 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.
Who: Olympia Downtown Alliance
What: LoveOly SummerFest 2022 – a four week series every Saturday in August
When: Saturdays in August from noon to 6 pm.
Where: Downtown Olympia at 5th Avenue and Washington Street