OLY ARTS is your expert guide to arts and culture in the Olympia region. This newsletter features Olympia Brew Fest and the best local live entertainment, Aug. 4-10.
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OLY ARTS Invites You to Raise a Glass!

With temperatures climbing into the mid-80s this week, you'll need a way to cool off! Luckily, the Olympia Brew Fest has you covered. Then, instead of calling for a cab, stay downtown for a while to enjoy great live music and visual arts.

This list will get you ready for Olympia Brew Fest and other live entertainment this week. Your OLY ARTS newsletter is a summer digest for the South Sound area, Aug. 4-10:

Olympia Brew Fest

This annual summer beer festival takes place at Olympia's Port Plaza. It features more than 30 hand-picked, Northwest breweries and over 60 different beers. Proceeds benefit the Thurston County Chamber Foundation Small Business Development (Incubator) Program. Note: This a 21-and-over event, and the venue owner allows no pets other than service animals at the festival. Designated drivers pay $5 for unlimited water or root beer.

When: 1-8:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 6

Where: Port Plaza Park,
701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia

How much: $25-$30

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Music in the Park: Classic Blues

The members of old-school band Blues County Sheriff live to have fun and put on a great show. “Forget the myth that blues is sad music,” they say. “Our blues will make you dance. Expect humor and lots of audience interaction. Nothing is more exhilarating than band members roaming in the audience...We demonstrate with every performance that when the band has fun, the audience has fun.” Note: This is the rare Music in the Park event that moves from Sylvester Park to Port Plaza.

When: 7-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5

Where: Port Plaza Park,
701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia

How much:
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Artist Barlow Palminteri at Salon Refu

Palminteri graces the walls of Salon Refu with a series of paintings and pastel drawings of his Olympia backyard. “Everything was within 500 feet of the house,” Palminteri says. Many are created en plein air, meaning on-the-spot outdoors and completed within two hours. Others are painstakingly transcribed almost inch-by-inch. The artist will show some of his unfinished underpaintings as a demonstration of this process.

When: 2-6 p.m., Thursday - Sunday, Aug. 5-28

Where: Salon Refu,
114 N. Capitol Way, Olympia

How much: free
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Here's where to find your print copy of OLY ARTS
this summer 

Books by the Bay,
Port Plaza Park,
701 Columbia St. NW, Olympia,
Aug. 12

Hands On Children's Museum,
414 Jefferson St. NE, Olympia,
Aug. 10-13

Heritage Park Fountain,
330 Fifth Ave. SW, Olympia,
Aug. 13-14

Lacey in Tune Summer Concert Series,
Huntamer Park in Woodland Square,
618 Woodland Square Loop SE, Lacey,
Aug. 6

Olympia's Music in the Park,
Sylvester Park,
Legion and Capitol, Olympia,
Aug. 5, 10

Thurston County Fair,
Thurston County Fairgrounds,
3054 Carpenter Rd. SE, Lacey,
Aug. 3-7
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