Capital Lakefair marks 67th year next week, to culminate with fireworks show 

This annual summer festival takes place in Olympia on July 17-21 


The 2024 Capital Lakefair will be held next week from July 17-21 at Heritage Park. It features a parade, main stage entertainment, non-profit food vendors, arts and crafts, a car show, and fireworks show. 

A 67-year-old local tradition since its inaugural festival in 1957, Lakefair gathers residents and small businesses to coordinate a family-oriented summer event.  

Throughout its history, the event has raised million-dollar funds for non-profit food vendors, provided a venue for craft vendors, and sponsored more than $400,000 in scholarship funds for students in local high schools to pursue trades and higher education. 

The event has no admission fee, but attendees may purchase from on-site vendors. 

At Water Street, over a dozen concessionaires offer a variety of dining options, and vendor booths feature unique crafts. The main stage is festive all week long with admission-free live performances. 


Lakefair features a Funtastic Traveling Shows Carnival throughout the five days. Children and adults alike may enjoy various rides and games. Tickets are available on-site only. 

On Friday, July 19, the Car Show begins at Marathon Park and continues north toward Heritage Park. All kinds of rides are represented by categories that recognize custom and vintage cars, trucks, and motorcycles. 

The car show is free, and foot traffic is allowed. Vehicle access is blocked at 5th Ave and restricted to showing vehicles only from the south. ​ 

To celebrate Lakefair’s 50+ years, the Senior Action Network will also hold the Love is the Magic of Lakefair event on Friday at Heritage Park. The event features live entertainment, vendors, prizes, and giveaways! 

On Saturday, July 20, the Lakefair Grand Parade kicks off the weekend. This parade is considered one of the largest in the region and features unique entries 

The event starts with pre-parade festivities at 4:45 p.m. and leads into the main event at 5 p.m. The parade route begins along Capitol Way at 20th and continues to 5th Ave, ending near the bridge. 

The Grand Finale Fireworks show is set for Sunday, July 21, the last day of Lakefair Week. The display is over Capitol Lake in Olympia and can be viewed from Heritage Park, Deschutes Parkway, Capitol Campus, or anywhere with a lake view.  

Interested volunteers, vendors, and participants of the parade, car show, and entertainment may visit this page. 


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  • Boatyarddog

    Olympia is TIRED of this Fair.

    Its outdated and will never be a real fair.

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  • AliceV

    I bet it would be better without the fireworks. How much is spent on stupidity that could contribute to a good cause.

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  • KellyOReilly

    I wish they didn't have fireworks. Last year Lakefair sounded like a war zone. Too bad they waste money on fireworks. Firework shows contribute to stress and trauma from the load booms; they pollute the air; and they are a fire hazard. Fireworks are a total waste of money. We hate them.

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  • pbaron1902

    Hope those of you objecting to the fireworks gave benefit of your thouhts to city folks

    at a meeting or something...?

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  • Boatyarddog

    Speaking to "Officals" about Lakefaire Fireworks is at best Hopeless!

    It is THE Only Interesting part of the Fair.

    Its was developed out of Business, Money making, Hand shaking, Political Schmoozing.

    Really a Waste of Time, Energy.

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