If you're a fan of Pride celebrations but prefer a more intimate, scaled-down event to one that packs in tens of thousands of attendees, Capital City Pride may be just the event for you. Just keep in mind that even this relatively smaller event in Washington's state capital, Olympia, has been getting bigger and more popular each year. About 15,000 people attend this popular event, which takes place in mid-June (it's the weekend of June 18 and 19, 2016) - a week before gay pride in nearby Seattle, and the same week as Portland Oregon Gay Pride. Still, even as Capital City Pride develops a stronger following each year, it remains a friendly, low-keyed event that's especially well suited to families and draws a diverse bunch of all ages.
Festivities begin with the opening dance and kick-off parties at local Olympia gay bars on Friday night before the big weekend.
The Capital City Pride Festival takes place this year on Saturday, June 18, in Sylvester Park. Draws for this festival, which runs from 11 until 5, include a Pride Beer Garden, food, vendors, and activities for families and kids.
The Capital City Pride Parade takes place on Sunday, June 19, at noon. It begins on the steps of the Washington State Capitol and it then proceeds north on Capitol Way, east on 4th Avenue, and south on Washington Street, ending at the Capital City Pride Festival in Sylvester Park.
Olympia Gay Resources
For on what to see and do in the area, have a look at the Olympia Gay Nightlife guide as well as The Seattle Gay News, for details. Also visit the handy travel site produced by the city's official tourism organization, the Olympia CVB.