Weekend Preview: Guide to Events in Thurston County (Dec. 9, 2016)

WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there are plenty of author readings and plays on Olympia’s many stages, not to mention the highly anticipated opening of the Nutcracker ballet. We hope you’re ready for a week full of holiday cheer and show-stopping performances.

Click here to listen to our podcast version of Weekend Preview, sponsored by Sandstone Distillery.

Follow the links below for more information on each event.



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Tap your feet to Forghorn Stringband at NOVA School.

Sing along to Christmas carols performed by the Outlanders at Forrey’s Forza in Lacey. A “bad sweater party” will be in full effect during the show.

Enjoy the sounds of the season at a “Lessons and Carols” concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church.[/lgc_column]


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Swoon to the beautiful moves of Ballet Northwest’s The Nutcracker at The Washington Center.

You’ll also love The Nutcracker at South Puget Sound Community College’s Minnaert Center for the Arts.


Books and Words

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Sip free, local beer while learning about the Puget Sound at the Josh Kilen author talk at Browsers Bookshop.

Collaborate with the Heartsparkle Players at their 25th-anniversary performance at Traditions Café and World Folk Art.

Appreciate history at the Steve Twomey author reading at Browsers Bookshop.

Support the art of letterpressing at the Dead Feminists author and illustrator talk at Lacey Timberland Library.


Other Events

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Shop for locally crafted gifts at the Duck the Malls craft fair at Capitol Theater.

Let Olympia’s new aerial troupe dazzle you at The Nightmaerial Before Christmas aerial-arts show at Airbound Arts.

Browse handcrafted goods and artwork at the Winter Whimsy Holiday artist fair at Gallery Boom. [/lgc_column]



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Watch comedy, mystery and romance collide in A Christmas Cactus at Olympia Little Theatre.

Take your family to a showing of the holiday comedy The Best Christmas Pageant Ever at Olympia Family Theater.

Step back into the 19th century with The Physician in Spite of Himself at The Midnight Sun.

Start a new holiday tradition with The Stardust Christmas Enchantment at Harlequin Productions. [/lgc_column]

Visual Arts 

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Marvel at the handcrafted art of the Native American Art Exhibit at Minneart Center for the Arts.

Enjoy eclectic paintings at the Bill Collins exhibit at the Allsorts Gallery.


Books and Words

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Get cozy as local authors read at Lamps, Rugs and Stories at Salon Refu (every Thursday through Sunday until Christmas Eve).[/lgc_column]



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