The Olympia Downtown Alliance is powering a street festival in historic Downtown Olympia that includes live music and performances, activities for kids and families, interactive art installations from local artists, local community groups, and a Biergarten featuring craft beer from 3 Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse. LoveOly Summer Fest 2021, presented by the City of Olympia, will take place every Saturday now through August 28, from noon to 6pm, at Washington Street and 5th Avenue.

Entertainment Line Up - Saturday, August 28

Jonathan Richman Will NOT Be at LoveOly Summer Fest. Event Organizers Were the Target of Elaborate Booking Scam

Olympia, WA – Olympia residents were excited to welcome Jonathan Richman back to Olympia on Saturday, August 28 – the last LoveOly Summer Fest of the season. Richman is an American singer and guitarist. In 1970, he founded the Modern Lovers, and he has performed in Olympia many times over the past 20 years. The Olympia Film Society (OFS) partnered with the Downtown Alliance to produce the headline acts for the festival. When OFS received a call from someone pretending to be Richman expressing his interest in performing at LoveOly Summer Fest, they booked the act, and the Alliance promoted it.

Today event organizers learned that they did not book the real Jonathan Richman but were the target of an elaborate booking scam. See Full Press Release

Oh, Rose, based in Olympia, Washington, is fronted by Olivia Rose. The Olympia, Washington-based band Oh, Rose tells complex stories of family, adversity, love, and friendship. They will now perform at 5 p.m. in place of Richman and Victory Shoes is playing at 4 p.m.

In addition to Main Stage acts, Saturday's Summer Fest is full of other activities!

12:30 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Illusion of Elvis, music. Location: the Main Stage. Danny is known for his high-energy Elvis Tribute shows that focus on connecting with his audience. He enjoys performing all three decades of Elvis' career.

1:15 pm – 2:30 pm: Swing Dance Social, dancingLocation: 5th and Washington. Free lesson provided by David Accurso!    

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm: Salsa Dance Social. Location: 5th and Washington. Free lesson provided by Rudy Romero! No partner is needed. Enjoy the sounds of Latin America. All dance levels are welcome.       

3:30 pm - 3:50 pm: Ian Forester, music. Location: 5th and Washington. Ian is a singer/songwriter of Contemporary Folk from Olympia.                  

4:00 pm – 4:45 pm: Summer Fest welcomes Victory Shoes to the Main Stage. Location: On the Main Stage in front of the Capitol Theater, 206 East 5th.

4:45 pm – 5:00 pm: Samba OlyWA, dance. Location: 5th and Washington. Samba OlyWA is an amateur percussion and dance group dedicated to building community by learning and sharing Samba and other rhythms. They provide the opportunity for anyone, regardless of experience, to join them as they take their spirited and joyous energy to the streets and the stage.

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Summer Fest welcomes Oh, Rose to the Main Stage. Location: On the Main Stage in front of the Capitol Theater, 206 East 5th.

12 PM - 6 PM

Here's What's Happening in the Activity Area on 5th between Capital and Washington for Kids and Families from the Hands on Children's Museum

2:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Radiance Massage & Yoga.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Sarah Foster, Stilt Walker.

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Mr. Twister, Balloon Twister.

1:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Super Smash Bros Ultimate Tournament.

Biergarten Area: Biergarten featuring beer from Three Magnets Brewing Co. and Well 80 Brewhouse. Location: On Washington Street between 5th and Legion.

Community Group: Olympia Historical Society: Stop by this week's community group, Olympia Historical Society, and learn more about Olympia's maritime history! Visitors will enjoy:

  • Various materials and handouts. (Posters, panoramic views of cities, membership forms, and back issues of Thurston county journals
  • Blown-up photographs of our city on easels
  • Get a map of the Maritime Heritage self-guided tour along the boardwalk!
  • Mini tugs will be available for display & historical items/photobooth props!
  • Olympia Harbor Days/South Sound Maritime Heritage Association

Location: On Washington Street between 4th and 5th.

Local and PNW Bands

July 17: The Holy Thieves  4 PM
July 17: The Hinges 5 PM
July 24: Kimya Dawson 5 PM
July 31: Waves Crashing 4 PM
August 7: Dusty 45s 5 PM
August 14: Generifus 4 PM
August 14: MAITA  5 PM
August 21: Golden Ruins 4 PM
August 21: Cedar Teeth 5 PM
August 28: Victory Shoes 4 PM
August 28: Oh, Rose 5 PM


July 10: Media Island International
July 17: Olympia Lamplighters
July 24: Arbutus Folk School
July 31: Olympia Farmers Market
August: 7: Car Show (tentative)
August 14: Olympia Family Theater
August 21: Puget Sound Estuarium
August 28: Olympia Historical Society-Bigelow House Museum (OHS-BHM) & Olympia Heritage Commission (OHC) Collaboration


Every week enjoy activities for kids from the Hands On Children’s Museum including bubbles, chalk, Make & Take Kites & Flyers, Peg Board Pinball, Three Little Pigs Engineering and PVC pipes. 


Biergarten Open 12 PM - 6 PM
21 and over only/ID required
$7 / No cash
Currently serving these beers especially crafted for LoveOly Summer Fest:

LoveOly Lager by Well 80
Session IPA by 3 Magnets


Who: Olympia Downtown Alliance, presented by the City of Olympia, Olympia Federal Savings, and Snowshoe
What: LoveOly Summer Fest 2021 - an eight week series every Saturday during July & August 
When: July 10 through August 28 from noon to 6 p.m. 
Where: Downtown Olympia at 5th Avenue and Washington Street

Interested in volunteering? Learn more here. 
Make it a weekend! Visit and use Corporate Account #0002851367 for a 10% discount on an overnight stay.
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