If you live in the lower Puget Sound, you don’t have to go all the way up to Seattle for great events—there is plenty happening in the smaller cities of Shelton and Olympia. Especially around this time of year, you can find a great deal of local events worth attending, from one-time festivals to weekly nights at reputable local establishments. Let’s take a look at some of our favorites:
The Washington State Seafood Festival—OysterFest
Do you love seafood? If you have even a passing fancy for shellfish, wine and some of the best local micro brews available on the market, you’ll love Shelton’s major annual seafood festival, which has been going on for more than three decades now. The two-day festival typically takes place on the first weekend on October and features the following:
- Music and live entertainment
- Seafood Cook-offs
- Oyster shucking championships
- Art & Photography Competition
With wine tasting, two separate music stages and a huge selection of delicious micro brews and seafood pairings, there are few better options for an elevated event in Shelton, Washington.
Live Swing Music Every Wednesday at Swing Wine Bar
It doesn’t matter whether you’re into hip-hop, indie or heavy metal—everyone has something to take home from Vince Brown’s guitar playing at the Swing Wine Bar every Wednesday. This cozy and comfortable place Olympia wine bar features great food, great jazz and just the right atmosphere to let you indulge in an atmosphere both old and new.
Olympia Fall Arts Walk
On the second weekend on October, hundreds of artists and local businesses get together to present the public with one edition of the bi-annual Olympia Arts Walk. Features include hands-on activities, demonstrations and even impromptu street performances by artists and musicians. If you’ve attended the Fall Arts Walk before, you know that it can stretch out over a considerable area—we recommend downloading the mobile app so that you can make sure you get to the events you care most about.
Paint & Sip at Forrey’s Forza Coffee Shop & Restaurant
Starting in October 2016, Forrey’s Forza holds one of the most interesting types of regular elevated events in Thurston County. On the third Tuesday of every month, you’ll get paint supplies alongside reductions on select wines, cocktails and dinner menu items when registering for the Paint & Sip program. Test out your creativity with an elevated mood state as you brush and stroke a personal masterpiece—bring your friends along for the fun of it and compare your creations afterwards.