OLY ARTS Summer 2024 Print Edition

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Explore Modern Native Art Through IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival
By Molly Walsh
For almost two decades, the IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival and accompanying IN THE SPIRIT Contemporary Native Arts Exhibition have showcased the many facets of modern-day Native artwork. The tradition continues with the 2024 IN THE SPIRIT Arts Market and Northwest Native Festival which will take place August 10.

LoveOly SummerFest 2024
By John Longenbaugh
“LoveOly SummerFest 2024,” is an apt title, for the three-day event in downtown Olympia on June 21-23 as there’s a LOT of frolicsome exuberance featured at the Festival, one of those grand “throw all the fun at the downtown streets and see what sticks” sort of events. There are family-friendly activities like the much-beloved Pet Parade and live performances from Oly Family Theatre and much more.

Olympia Harbor Days Celebrates 51 Years
By Lynette Charters Serembe
Harbor Days started in the late 1800s when sailing ships needed steam powered tugboats to tow them into the docks because of lack of strong inland winds. Today Olympia Harbor Day is a much grander three-day event featuring the world’s largest annual vintage tugboat show and tugboat races in addition to historic tall ship and steamship cruises, sails, drone shows, music, dance performances, lighted belly dancers, fire/LED shows, music, as well as arts, crafts and food vendors.

Oldies Rule at Lacey in Tune
By Molly Gilmore
Retro tunes will be in the air this summer in Lacey’s Huntamer Park. Most of the bands playing at the city’s Concerts & Movies in the Park, the foundation of the Lacey in Tune series, is either a tribute act or a cover band focused on decades past. “We’ve been doing surveys recently during and after Lacey in Tune, and the most requested thing is tribute bands,” said Krzysztyanka Shaffer of Lacey Parks, Culture and Recreation. “Sometimes people will request a band by name, and sometimes they’ll just say that they want more oldies, more tribute bands.”

Enjoy the Diverse Cultures of the South Sound at Tacoma Moon Festival 2024
By Molly Walsh
Lining the shores of Commencement Bay in Tacoma, the Tacoma Chinese Reconciliation Park is home to the annual Tacoma Moon Festival, an event that commemorates the multicultural makeup of the South Sound and beyond. At the Tacoma Moon Festival, community members of diverse heritage and background will unite in one central locale for an afternoon of live performances, family-friendly activities and opportunities to learn more about the origins of the park. Families get together to enjoy meals with special treats and to give Thanks for an end of the year of abundance. Tacoma Moon Festival is intended to bring communities in Tacoma together as one big family to celebrate Tacoma’s diverse cultures and traditions.

Love is the Magic of Capital Lakefair 2024
By Adam McKinney
In the beating heart of an Olympia summer lies Lakefair, an annual event that feels as classic, wholesome, and all-American as an apple pie cooling on a windowsill. Since 1957, Now in its 67th year, Lakefair will once again bring a smorgasbord of family-friendly entertainment to Capital Lake for five days of events designed to bring in all parts of the community. From July 17-21, Lakefair becomes a kind of idyllic cultural hub.

2024 Summer Theatre Schedule
Schedule of plays this summer at local theaters in Olympia, Lacey, Lakewood, Tacoma, and Centralia.

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