2024 Capital Lakefair

Heritage Park
5th Ave SW
Olympia, WA 98501
United States

Pricing/Ticket Info
Free entry. Tickets available for rides.
Suitable for Children

Event Dates and Times
Sunday July 21, 2024
12:00 PM  - 11:00 PM
Celebrate the 2024 67th Annual Lakefair Week: 5 Days of Fun at Heritage Park in Olympia!

Get ready for a week of excitement, community spirit, and summer fun as the 67th annual Lakefair Week kicks off at Heritage Park in Olympia! From July 17 to July 21, 2024, this beloved tradition promises five days of unforgettable experiences, making it a must-attend event for residents and visitors alike.

Daily Activities to Enjoy

Lakefair Week offers something for everyone with a diverse range of activities including carnival rides and games, non-profit food concessions, vendor booths, and live entertainment. This community-centric event has been a staple in Thurston County since its inception in 1957, bringing families together for a memorable summer celebration.

Carnival Extravaganza

Feel the thrill of the Funtastic Traveling Shows Carnival! With a wide variety of rides and games catering to all ages, the carnival is sure to delight. Note that wristbands will not be available this year, so be sure to purchase tickets on-site. The carnival hours are:

July 17-18, 2024: Noon - 10 PM
July 19-20, 2024: Noon - 11 PM
July 21, 2024: Noon - Midnight
Spectacular Fireworks

Don't miss the Grand Finale Fireworks display on the last day of Lakefair Week! This dazzling show over Capitol Lake is a community favorite and can be viewed from Heritage Park, Deschutes Pkwy, Capitol Campus, or any vantage point around the lake.

Date: Sunday, July 21, 2024
Time: 10 PM
Delicious Food Concessions

Satisfy your taste buds with a variety of dining options from over a dozen local non-profit concessionaires lining Water Street. These vendors rely on Lakefair for a significant portion of their annual funding, so eat up and support the community!

Dates: July 17-21, 2024
Hours: Noon - 11 PM
Unique Craft Vendors

Explore the vendor booths featuring a mix of unique and handmade items by local artists and craftspeople, as well as popular commercial goods. It's the perfect place to find a one-of-a-kind souvenir.

Dates: July 17-21, 2024
Hours: Noon - 9 PM
Classic Car Show

Admire a stunning array of cars, trucks, and bikes from modern to vintage at the annual Car Show along Capitol Lake. This event is a hit with vehicle enthusiasts and offers a nostalgic walk down memory lane.

Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
Time: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM (show vehicles may enter starting at 4 PM)
Grand Parade

Join us for one of the largest parades in the region! The Lakefair Grand Parade features diverse entries and kicks off with pre-parade festivities to get everyone in the spirit.

Date: Saturday, July 20, 2024
Time: 5 PM (pre-parade festivities start at 4:45 PM)
Route: Capitol Way from 20th to 5th Ave
Senior's Day

Lakefair's "50+ in the Park" offers a day of entertainment, activities, vendors, prizes, and giveaways for our senior community. Located near the main stage at Heritage Park, this event is a great opportunity for seniors to connect and enjoy the festivities.

Date: Friday, July 19, 2024
Time: 9 AM - 2:30 PM
Entertainment Main Stage

Enjoy live performances from local, regional, and national groups on the main stage throughout the week. Best of all, these performances are admission-free!

Dates: July 17-21, 2024
Hours: Noon - 10 PM
About Capital Lakefair
Capital Lakefair is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and giving back to the Thurston County community. Governed by the passionate volunteers known as the Capitalarians, Lakefair operates year-round, supporting various local initiatives and fostering community spirit.

Scholarships and Royalty Tradition

Each year, Lakefair awards scholarships to a new group of young women from local high schools. These scholarships help students pursue higher education and trades, with over $400,000 awarded to date. The Lakefair Royalty Court participates in numerous activities, both locally and regionally, embodying the values of community service and leadership.

Supporting the Community

Lakefair is funded by community contributions, sponsorships, and the proceeds from the annual festival. This support has enabled Lakefair to raise millions for non-profit food vendors and provide a platform for local businesses and artists.

Plan Your Visit
Parking: Due to space constraints downtown, there is no dedicated parking available for the event. Street parking is available in the surrounding area. Visit olympiawa.gov/services/parking_services/index.php for information on street closures.

Pets: Lakefair Week is held at Heritage Park, which is operated by the State of Washington and subject to park regulations. While pets are not prohibited, it is advisable to leave them at home due to the dense crowds and activities. Pets must be leashed and remain close to their handler at all times.

Other Activities and Lodging: While in the area, explore local attractions and dining options which you can find right here on DiscoverThurston.com. Tumwater offers Brewery Park at Tumwater Falls, the Centennial Rose Garden, craft breweries, the Olympic Flight Museum, hiking trails, and classic diners like Eagan's/Big Tom's. Lacey features the Lacey Museum, events at Huntamer Park, swimming pools, wineries, and the Regional Athletic Complex.

Join for a week of fun, community, and celebration at Lakefair Week 2024!