Your Guide to Summer & Capital Lakefair 2023

Capital Lakefair in its 66th season takes possession of Heritage Park on the shores of Capital Lake July 12-15, 2023 (Noon-10pm) and July 16, 2023 (Noon-Midnight).

The Grand Finale fireworks display takes place Sunday, July 16, 2023 @ 10pm over Capitol Lake in Olympia, and can be viewed from Heritage Park, Deschutes Pkwy, Capitol Campus or anywhere with a view of the lake.

Here are the articles in the print edition that you can read online. You can also access and download the print edition in PDF format at the bottom of this page.

It’s Lakefair Time

by Alec Clayton
Capital Lakefair in its 66th season takes possession of Heritage Park on the shores of Capital Lake July 12 to 16, with carnival rides, food vendors, main stage entertainment, a parade and a half-marathon, a car show with more than 50 cars and crafts booths. And, as tradition has it, the weekend festivities culminate with a spectacular fireworks display Sunday night.

Lakefair is a Freebie Five-day Festival

by Molly Gilmore
There’s so much to see and do at Lakefair—the carnival, the food booths, the people watching, the parade, the fireworks—that it’s easy to forget that the fête by the lake is also a free five-day music festival. The main stage in Heritage Park offers hours of tunes in an array of genres.

Summer Theater

by Lynette Chambers Serembe
Olympia and the surrounding communities are home to many truly stellar theater companies. They are passionate about their work, fabulously talented, truly dedicated, and fiercely hardworking.

Local Galleries

by Lynette Charters Serembe
There are wonderful art galleries local to Olympia, each with its own individual personality, and they all contribute to our beloved cultural identity.

2023 Capital Lakefair Grand Parade Saturday, July 15th

by James O’Barr
Meet the Lakefair 2023 Grand Marshall and Royalty Court.

A Lakefair’s Food Row Set to Serve Festival Favorites While Giving Back to the Community

by Molly Walsh
This year, Lakefair’s Food Row, located on Water Street, will host booths that are mainly operated by nonprofit and community organizations, including longtime vendors and first-time participants.

Your Guide to Capital Lakefair!

by Lakefair President Karen Adams-Griggs
Did you know that Capital Lakefair started as a community event 66 years ago, to celebrate the waterfront and bring people to downtown businesses?

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