A boulder in downtown's Sylvester Park marks the END OF THE OLD OREGON TRAIL. One leg of the famous pioneer trail led north up the Cowlitz River into what is now Washington, to the shores of Puget Sound.
On the corner of Fourth and Washington A SPRING FED DRINKING FOUNTAIN spouts pure water from its own artesian well. Downtown is riddled with springs that bubble up in basements, proving at least one nearby restaurant with spring water for its tables.
Look for IMPRESSIONS OF ANTIQUE TOOLS in the sidewalk at 109 North Capitol Way. Imprints of hammers, wrenches, and other carpenter's tools decorate the entry of an 1884 building that once housed a hardware store.
Whimsical CARVED WOODEN FIGURES in hardhats and coveralls liven up a small park at the Olympia City Maintenance Center, 1401 South Eastside Street. Cherry trees shade a handful of picnic tables and a bike trail runs alongside.
FIVE ROMANTIC COTTAGES in the 400 block of NW Rogers Street (west Olympia) were built as show homes by a local lumber mill back in the 1920s. The company sold complete house kits, with all pieces pre-cut and numbered, and built these model cottages to show what the kits would be like when assembled. (Another row of the mill's model homes can be seen in the historic South Capitol neighborhood.)
|THE BEST VIEWS OF THE AREA|
PERCIVAL LANDING TOWER (north end of boardwalk)
A 360-degree panorama sweeps from the capitol dome--framed by a forest of sailboat masts--across Budd Inlet to the Olympic Mountains that gave this city its name. A schematic map points out prominent peaks.
BEACH AT PRIEST POINT PARK
An unusual look at the city skyline across the east bay of Budd Inlet, with the capitol rising above the town like a modern greek temple. Best seen from the pebbly beach on the north shore of Ellis Cove.
THURSTON COUNTY COURTHOUSE (2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW)
A backdoor look at Olympia, out over the glassy Capitol Lake to the town and the bay beyond.
MADISON SCENIC PARK (10th Avenue East at Lybarger Street)
From Olympia's east side, a territorial view of the city set against the dark backdrop of the rumpled Black Hills. An excellent place to watch sunsets.
|OLYMPIA FARMER`S MARKET|
Open April to December, this market features locally grown produce, fish, handmade products, baked goods, flowers and festivals. 352-9096
|LACEY SPRING FUN FAIR|
Held the first weekend in May at St.Martin`s Pavilion, this fair features "Kidsworld." 459-2533
|Wooden Boats Fair|
In the second weekend of May, beautiful boats of all sizes are displayed at Percival Landing. 352-0694
|OREGON TRAIL DAYS in TENINO|
Held each July, events include a parade, black powder meet, arts, food, rides and games. 264-5075
|YELM PRAIRIE DAYS|
Also held each July, participants enjoy a parade, Fireman`s muster and a carnival. 458-5238
|CAPITOL LAKE FAIR|
Capital Lakefair, Five-day free summer festival in downtown Olympia, is known for being one of the largest festivals in the State of Washington. The majority of activities take place near beautiful Capital Lake.
|CHILDREN`S DAY CELEBRATION|
Celebrate that special child in your life at The Olympia Center in early October. This free event celebrates Washington State Children`s Day, which honors children and their important role in society and America`s future. Come join this fun-filled day of live entertainment, community booths, hands-on activities, hayrides and boat rides. Don`t miss the inflatable slide and obstacle course.
|STORIES IN THE PARK|
Bring a blanket or a chair and a flashlight to Priest Point Park in early August. Enjoy an assortment of entertaining stories told by members of the Olympia Storytelling Guild and their guests. Family stories for the very young and young at heart are told from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Spooky stories and creepy tales are told from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
|NEIGHBORHOOD PARK PERFORMANCE SERIES |
This program is designed to bring local performing arts into neighborhood settings each August. The City works with neighborhood associations to plan and promote each concert in an effort to promote unique opportunities for education and neighborhood identity.
|OLYMPIA AREA ARTIST STUDIO TOUR |
Ever wonder how art is created? Every June, art enthusiasts can visit local artists and the studios in which they create art from wood, clay, paint, photography, textiles, and other materials. Tickets are $5 for adults and may be purchased at The Olympia Center, 222 Columbia St. NW.
Come on downtown to celebrate the arts in our community! Experience visual and performing arts in almost 100 businesses by over 500 artists every April and October. Special features include hands-on family activities, demonstrations and performance stages. The spring Arts Walk includes the incredible the Procession of the Species produced by Earthbound Productions. For artists, art lovers and the art curious, this event is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the arts in all forms!
|IRISH COTTAGE FAIR|
Traditional Irish cottage crafts, wood carving, genealogy displays and sheep shearing come to the Olympia Center each March. Non-stop Irish entertainment, Irish poetry, wearing of the green, plenty of Irish sodabread and corned beef and tea room along with the popular Irish Potato Decorating Contest, promise to make this Annual Fair a festive family event.
Learn about Olympia`s rich heritages! This annual February event honors our diverse backgrounds with sensations for the eyes, ears and palate. Delicious ethnic foods, traditional dance and music stages, demonstrations, authentic crafts and wares for sale, plus elaborate display booths by ethnic community groups.