Washington Street Block Party runs Friday in downtown Olympia

The inaugural Washington Street Block Party runs 5-9 p.m. Friday (Sept. 12) between Legion Way and Fifth Avenue in downtown Olympia. This section of Washington Street will be closed to vehicle traffic during the block party.

The family-friendly celebration of downtown Olympia will include food, live music and entertainment. Scheduled acts include The 22nd Avenue Dixieland Band at 5 p.m.; Blind Facsimile (classic rock) at 6 p.m.; East Bay (jazz fusion) at 7 p.m.; and Blue Laces (vintage rock) at 8 p.m. The musicians will perform at the entrance of the Washington Center for the Performing Arts. Picnic tables will be available for seating in the block party area.

Nearly 40 businesses are expected to take part, said event coordinator Kim Combs of the Olympia Downtown Association. The event was born from an initial suggestion to celebrate the new Captain Little toy store. Organizers hope the block party’s atmosphere will mirror the positive vibes of Arts Walk while bringing more activity downtown and getting people into stores, said Combs,

“We’re hoping it will be an annual thing,” Combs told The Olympian.

Participants in a downtown photo scavenger hunt can win prizes. Rules and clues for the scavenger hunt, along with more information about the block party, are available at facebook.com/washingtoncenterblockparty.