WEEKEND PREVIEW is your weekly guide to events in Thurston County. This week, there’s more outdoor theater, dance and music events than you can count. Just grab a blanket and head to the park for a healthy dose of arts and entertainment in Olympia.

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Follow the links below for more information on each event.




Abbey Road Live

Pay tribute to the Beatles while enjoying an evening in the sun with Abbey Road Live at Sylvester Park.

Tap your toes to the beat of pianist Scott Cossu at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square.


Brian Jansen and Kathryn Philbrook in Much Ado About Nothing at OLT

Delight in the return of outdoor Shakespeare with Animal Fire Theatre’s Much Ado About Nothing at Water Garden on the Capitol Campus.

Visual Arts

Surround yourself with the art of Bob Hunter at his Interior/Exterior exhibit at Thomas Architecture Studio.


Enjoy the sizzle, smarts and sass of TUSH! Burlesque’s Cabaret Derriere at Obsidian.

Dance the night away to old-school hits at summer dance parties with DJ Fir$tLady at The Brotherhood Lounge.

Books and Words

Join comedian Sam Miller as he shares the bleak but honest truth about his past in his multimedia presentation, The Jail Letters Project, at Lacey Timberland Library.

Listen closely as local authors tell their stories at the Semicircle Reading Series at Last Word Books.

Other Events

Get out of your comfort zone and onto the stage with OlyImprov at Obsidian.

Marvel at the stunning fireworks show while enjoying family fun and entertainment at Tumwater Artesian Family Festival at Tumwater Valley Golf Course.




Dana Winter, Heather Christopher, Meghan Goodman, Samantha Chandler and Katelyn Hoffman in 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche

Laugh out loud at the misadventures of 5 Lesbians Eating a Quiche at The Midnight Sun Performance Space.

Let the (tabloid) story speak for itself at Bat Boy: The Musical at the Minnaert Center for the Arts.

Don’t let your date-night jitters get the best of you as you head to First Date at Harlequin Productions.

Fall in love all over again at Love Letters at Olympia Little Theatre. This weekend’s performers are Silva Goetz and Robert McConkey (Friday), Jeff Hirschberg and Anita Pirkle (Saturday) and Heather and Michael Christopher (Sunday).

Visual Arts

"Misty Falls," sumi ink by Andrea Erickson

Appreciate the delicate brushwork of Bamboo: The Summer Gentleman, a calligraphy and sumi artists’ exhibit at The Loft Gallery at Buck’s 5th Avenue.



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