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Downtown Olympia's Not-To-Be Missed March Live Theater Events!

A play? Live music? Or maybe comedy is more your thing?

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We’re lucky to live in a city with a unique culture and a variety of theater and live performance options right at our fingertips! We’ve put together a list of not-to-be-missed performances coming up over the next 30 days. Mark your calendar!

What did we miss? Send us an email to and we'll add it to our NEWS page here. 


Happy Hour Hot Spots Downtown

Relax & Unwind Downtown

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After a long, tiring day at the office, many folks like to relax with good friends, good food, and a good (reasonably-priced) drink. Luckily, downtown Olympia bars and restaurants are happy to oblige, providing happy hour menus that help people unwind without breaking the bank.

Here are a few local bars and restaurants with happy hour menus worth a try.

Did we miss your favorite? Please send an email to and we'll add them to our blog here.

The Olympian Barbershop: carrying traditional aesthetic into the modern era

Martinez and crew are bringing back the charm of that old school subculture, and carrying it forward into modern downtown Oly.

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Since 1870, The Olympian Barbershop has been operating in the heart of downtown Olympia, predating its home, the Hotel Olympian building, by 48 years. Sometimes known as the “governor’s barbershop,” The Olympian Barbershop has provided services to several Washington State governors. Tommie Nurmi, who was a community fixture in the barbershop for 27 years, cut current governor Jay Inslee’s hair.

Following Nurmi’s retirement in December 2018, the barbershop is now under new ownership and management, in close partnership with Exile Tattoos next door in the Hotel Olympian building.

Olympia Music in the Park Call for Performers

Music in the Park talent selection committee is looking to schedule nine events for our 40th Annual Music in the Park Series

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Music in the Park attracts between 600 to several thousand attendees per show. In most cases we provide sound. While we do not have a large budget, we will provide a stipend to performers. We encourage local performers to apply.