Looking for some fun this 4th of July weekend while also trying to keep cool? Yes, Mother Nature is treating us to unseasonably (ok, HOT!) warm sunshine. I hope that you are reading this post in the wee hours of the morning and planning your day outside. There are plenty of family-friendly events and activities happening around town or choose to cool off at one of these local pools. We’ll see you there!
Here’s what is going on around Olympia this weekend:
- Dance the night away inside Saint Martin’s University during the America’s Classic Jazz Festival. Get all the details here.
- Take a lap around the Timberline High School track during the Relay for Life Thurston County. The action (and fundraising!) begins at 6:00 p.m. on Friday and lasts 24 hours. Read more here.
- Leave your kids with grandma and play at the Hands On Children’s Museum during Adult Swim on Friday night. See the action here.
- Learn more about resident bats at an annual Bat Talk and Walk at Traditions Cafe on Friday night.
- Catch one of Harlequin Productions’ showsthis weekend. They are performing Sixies Chicks Too that features LaVon Hardison.
- Drop your boat in the water at Hood Canal and go crabbing. Get all the info you need here.
- Support free dental care at Tranquility Dental Wellness in Hawks Prairie on Saturday.
- Visit a local beach. Get details about some of ThurstonTalk’s writers favorites in this section.
- Stock your beach during Taylor Shellfish’s seed sale on Saturday morning. Find more dates here.
- Watch the action during the Olympic Air Show on Saturday and Sunday. Get complete event details here.
- Day trip to Aberdeen on Saturday for the Aberdeen Founders’ Day parade and activities. Find complete details here.
- Celebrate native arts during the Salish Sea Native Arts Celebration at Swantown Marina on Saturday. Find more information here.
- Find some new gear at the Outdoor Expo on the Capitol Campus on Saturday. Visit the lawn between 11:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
- Cool off with a showing of Paddington at the Capitol Theater on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. It’s free for kids under age 12.
- Take a tour of the Sand Man Tugboat this weekend.
- Visit The Black Sheep Yarn Boutiquefor their grand opening event this weekend. Read more about the new store here.
- Hang out at the Artesian Commons for family-friendly activities on Saturday. Learn more here.
- Shake it at Zumba in the Park at the East Bay Public Plaza on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
- Watch an outdoor movie in Rainier on Saturday night. Get event details here.
- Take a 2-County Metric Ride with the Capital Bicycle Club on Sunday morning. Find more information here.
- Support the Healing Garden at Providence St. Peter Hospital during a fundraiser on Sunday evening. Tickets can be purchased here.
- Plan to take a family tennis lesson on Monday night. Get details on the USTA-run program in this article.
- Stay cool at one of these local pools.
Planning on watching a few glorious fireworks with friends and family? Here are some places around town to check out:
Boston Harbor Marina – July 3
Freedom Fest – July 4
****Because the weather forecast is for 95+ degrees that day and Thurston County is under an indefinite burn ban, fireworks for home use are regulated by the Thurston County Fire Marshal’s Office so check your local regulations before lighting those sparklers.****
Have a very safe and Happy 4th of July!