It’s officially summer, time to break out the barbeque and pour a glass of iced tea! Whether you’ve lived in the region your entire life or have recently moved here, there’s no denying how beautiful the Pacific Northwest is during this season. With our mild summers, festivals and outdoor activities are a great option for anyone looking to enjoy the region’s beauty! If you’re wondering what Thurston County has to offer, keep reading for some fun-filled festival ideas!
South Sound BBQ Festival
Where: Huntamer Park, Lacey
When: July 8
What: If you’re a fan of barbeque you don’t want to miss this summer festival! With an abundance of local BBQ vendors serving up their famous recipes, you’re sure to satisfy any cravings. Festival goers can also enjoy live music, non-food related booths and a kid’s area for the little ones to play!
Find out more: http://southsoundbbqfestival.com/
Where: Heritage Park, Olympia
When: July 12–16
Cost: Free admission; carnival rides, vendor offerings and food cost additional.
What: 60 years ago the Capital Lakefair was started as a way to beat the summer boredom and it’s been part of the community ever since. This five-day festival is full of activities including a car show, parade, volleyball tournament and more, ending on Sunday night with a spectacular firework show over the lake.
Find out more: A full list activities and times can be found on their website.
Pacific Northwest Mushroom Festival
Where: Regional Athletic Complex, Lacey
When: July 29-30
Cost: $5 | Kids and parking are free
What: There is more to this festival than mushrooms! With cooking demos, a fun kid center, mushroom farm tours and much more, there is an activity for everyone in the family! Walk away with a new appreciation and some inspiration on how to incorporate mushrooms into your menu.
Find out more: https://www.pnwmushroomfest.org/
Thurston County Fair
Where: Thurston County Fair Grounds and Event Center, Lacey
When: August 2–6
Cost: Kids 5 and under are free, youth $5, seniors $6 and adults $7
What: This annual summer event packs plenty of activities and entertainment into five days of fun! From live music and concerts to games and food, the Thurston County Fair has it all. Come for all five days or spend one entire day exploring everything the fair has to offer; there is plenty to do to keep you entertained!
Find out more: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/fair/
This is just a highlight of festivals and activities Thurston County has to offer during the summer months. The area also features beautiful parks and waterways, the state capital and plenty of little shops to peruse. Do you know of any other fun summer activities in the county? Share with us in the comments!
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