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Washington Center Main Stage

512 Washington St. SE
Olympia, WA 98501 United States
360-753-8586

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The Washington Center for the Performing Arts is located in the heart of Downtown Olympia and is the premier venue for the Arts in the South Puget Sound.


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October 2019

Friday, October 25 At 7:30 pm

California Guitar Trio + Montreal Guitar Trio

The universe of guitar knows no boundaries! The two hottest guitar trios in America meet on stage for a unique six-by-6-string ‘phenomensemble’ of original compositions and new arrangements of progressive rock, world, jazz, and classical…

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November 2019

Saturday, November 2 At 2:00 pm

National Geographic Live: Social by Nature: Ronan Donovan

Chimpanzees, wolves, and gorillas are among the most charismatic of the social mammals we know—besides ourselves. They’re also under threat. Join biologist turned photographer Ronan Donovan as he talks about the incredible similarities we humans…

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Sunday, November 3 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Fall Concert

Welcome to the 20th season of Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). We have a lot in store for you as Maestro Cameron May presents inspirational programming all season long. The Fall concert features Mussorgsky’s…

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Thursday, November 7 At 7:30 pm

Warren Miller’s Timeless, presented by Volkswagen

The only constant is change, but winter stoke is eternal. After seven decades of celebrating skiing and snowboarding, Warren Miller Entertainment can confirm that nothing compares to the anticipation of another season in the mountains.…

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Friday, November 8 At 7:30 pm

The Lonely – Celebrating the Music of Roy Orbison

With hits of The Traveling Wilburys and Everly Brothers The Big O was unmistakable with his trademark sunglasses, distinctive, powerful voice, complex compositions and dark emotional ballads.  From 1960 to ’64 Roy Orbison landed 22…

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Tuesday, November 12 At 7:30 pm

Pilobolus – Come to Your Senses

Pilobolus’s Come to Your Senses is a multisensory experience, featuring live performances of onstage Pilobolus works alongside transmedia digital creations. In this brand new repertory show, come back to your senses ...and explore the connection…

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Sunday, November 17 At 3:00 pm

Seeing is Believing

The Olympia Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season: “Vision: Through the Lens of Music” Dvorak’s beloved New World Symphony is the centerpiece of this “Seeing is Believing” concert, and this household favorite will be enhanced on the big screen…

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Tuesday, November 19 At 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards Celebration

A festive event celebrating the 2019 honorees of the Governor’s Arts & Heritage Awards. Since 1966, these have been presented to individuals and organizations that have significantly contributed to the arts and cultural development of…

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Wednesday, November 20 At 7:30 pm

Taj Mahal Quartet

Taj Mahal brings his heart and soul to the stage with traditional country blues and Afrocentric roots music. He takes a global fusion approach to his sound, weaving in reggae, R&B, gospel, and Hawaiian slack…

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Thursday, November 21 At 7:30 pm

Seattle International Comedy Competition

Laugh your night away with the 40th Annual Seattle International Comedy Competition! For one night only, Olympia will play host to the semi-finalists who have survived the preliminary rounds as they face off in an…

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Saturday, November 23 At 8:00 am - 6:30 pm

18th Annual Cool Jazz Clean Water Fundraiser

Annual Cool Jazz Clean Water Celebrates its 18th Year. For more information, please contact the Box Office at (360) 753-8586.

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Friday, November 29 At 7:30 pm

O Christmas Tea: A British Comedy

Fans of Monty Python, Mr. Bean, and Dr. Seuss… Grab your teacups! Off-Broadway Comedians and 3-time IMPRESARIO Award-Winners (London) James & Jamesy present their outrageously funny and brilliantly inventive Christmas comedy classic O Christmas Tea;…

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December 2019

Sunday, December 1 At 7:00 pm

Derik Nelson & Family – Home for the Holidays

U.S. Cultural Ambassadors and sibling trio Derik Nelson & Family returns to their hometown for a very special main stage debut at the Washington Center. Derik Nelson & Family's HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS concert features…

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Thursday, December 5 At 7:30 pm

Jim Breuer: Live and Let Laugh

Saturday Night Live - Half Baked The freewheeling, New York bred comic storyteller – who made the list of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Standups of All Time” - is hotter than ever, a global touring…

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Saturday, December 7 At 7:30 pm

A MANNHEIM MERRY CHRISTMAS

The innovative American musical group, Manheim Steamroller, has given us a treasured collection of instrumental music for the holiday season. The band played a unique mix of ancient and modern instruments, but especially synthesizers, drums…

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Friday, December 13 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, 200+ local dances, and guest artists from Dance Theater of Harlem (New York) and Ballet West (Salt Lake City).…

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Saturday, December 14 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, 200+ local dances, and guest artists from Dance Theater of Harlem (New York) and Ballet West (Salt Lake City).…

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Saturday, December 14 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, 200+ local dances, and guest artists from Dance Theater of Harlem (New York) and Ballet West (Salt Lake City).…

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Sunday, December 15 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, 200+ local dances, and guest artists from Dance Theater of Harlem (New York) and Ballet West (Salt Lake City).…

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Friday, December 20 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, 200+ local dances, and guest artists from Dance Theater of Harlem (New York) and Ballet West (Salt Lake City).…

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Saturday, December 21 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, 200+ local dances, and guest artists from Dance Theater of Harlem (New York) and Ballet West (Salt Lake City).…

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Saturday, December 21 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, 200+ local dances, and guest artists from Dance Theater of Harlem (New York) and Ballet West (Salt Lake City).…

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Sunday, December 22 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker, presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, 200+ local dances, and guest artists from Dance Theater of Harlem (New York) and Ballet West (Salt Lake City).…

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Monday, December 23 At 7:00 pm

Home for the Holidays

Celebrate the holidays with the Olympia Symphony! This new concert will feature traditional favorites, seasonal classics, and audience-participation carols. Join us for a heartwarming evening of music and cheer, perfect for sharing with family and…

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January 2020

Saturday, January 11, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Mavis Staples

Hailed by NPR as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace,” soul/gospel legend, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, and civil rights icon Mavis Staples continues to be a vocal sensation of…

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Sunday, January 12, 2020 At 2:00 pm

Dan + Claudia Zanes

GRAMMY Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Zanes perform Dan’s greatest hits as well as folk and blues classics from their popular new songbook, Dan Zanes’ House Party! A Family Roots Music…

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Thursday, January 16, 2020 At 7:00 pm

An American in Paris

Winner of four Tony Awards and inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, this exquisite fresh-from-Broadway production features your favorite Gershwin songs including “I Got Rhythm,” “'S Wonderful,” and “Stairway to Paradise.” ROMANCE! ADVENTURE! GERSHWIN! WHO…

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Saturday, January 25, 2020 At 8:00 pm

Ballet Northwest’s 50th Anniversary Gala

Ballet Northwest celebrates its 50th anniversary with a gala featuring professional dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Boston Ballet, and National Ballet of Cuba. The event will include memorabilia…

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Friday, January 31, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Bohemian Rhapsody Sing-Along

Join us for our annual movie sing-along and costume contest! Witness the Oscar winning movie on our big screen while belting out Queen's hits with your friends and family. Featuring Olympia's favorite and outrageous emcee…

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February 2020

Saturday, February 8, 2020 At 7:30 pm

The Naked Magicians

AGES 18+ With a Las Vegas residency, a season on London's West End, and seen in 250+ cities across the globe... Australia’s The Naked Magicians is undoubtedly the world’s funniest and naughtiest magic show! Witnessed by over 50…

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Sunday, February 9, 2020 At 3:00 pm

Jazz-Colored Glasses

The Olympia Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season: “Vision: Through the Lens of Music” For the first concert in 2020 the Olympia Symphony returns to the “Roaring 20s” with jazz-inspired, Broadway-blockbuster works by George Gershwin: An American in Paris (complete with…

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Friday, February 14, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Silent Movie: Lucky Star

A powerful romance starring Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, known as “America’s Favorite Lovebirds.” World-class theater organist Dennis James brings the film to life on our historic 1924 treasure: The Mighty Andy Crow Wurlitzer Organ. Make…

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Friday, February 21, 2020 At 7:30 pm

The Good Humor Men

Three of America’s funniest stand-up comedians (with numerous appearances on The Tonight Show, The Late Show, and The Daily Show) join forces to showcase their original brand of humor in an evening packed with punch…

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Saturday, February 22, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Looking for Tiger Lily

Portland drag performer Anthony Hudson / Carla Rossi brings a queer spin on the ancestral tradition of storytelling, drawing from Disney’s “Pocahontas” to Cher’s “Half-Breed” through song, dance, and video. This is truly a unique…

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Saturday, February 29, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Olympia Dance Festival

The 11th annual festival features over 200 local dancers performing ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballroom, Middle Eastern, Irish, Chinese dance, and more!  This year's festival will feature guest artists Sergey Nazarov and Corine Latreille…

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March 2020

Sunday, March 1, 2020 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Winter Concert

Welcome to the 20th season of Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). We have a lot in store for you as Maestro Cameron May presents inspirational programming all season long. The Fall concert features Mussorgsky’s…

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Friday, March 6, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Ladies of Laughter

LOL is returning to the Washington Center after rave reviews! If you missed this all-female stand-up tour last season, now is your chance to get on board with this highly entertaining comedic experience. Expect big…

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Sunday, March 8, 2020 At 2:00 pm

Silent Movie: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The film that vaulted Lon Chaney into stardom for his portrayal of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer living in the towers of Notre Dame. World-class theater organist Dennis James brings the film to life on…

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Friday, March 13, 2020 At 8:00 pm

Gabriel Rutledge Comedy Night

A past winner of both the Seattle International Comedy Competition and The Laughing Skull Comedy Festival in Atlanta, Gabriel has made numerous television appearances including Comedy Central's Live at Gotham, Nickelodeon's Nickmom Night Out, Laughs…

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Saturday, March 14, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Harmony Sweepstakes A Cappella Festival

Harmony Sweepstakes brings together top a cappella talent from around the Pacific Northwest. MCE has hosted this regional competition for decades, and it’s one of the hottest tickets of the year. The winning group, chosen…

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Sunday, March 15, 2020 At 3:00 pm

From Teacher to Pupil

The Olympia Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season: “Vision: Through the Lens of Music” Two Classical-period masterpieces are featured on the OSO’s March concert, titled “From Teacher to Pupil” — Haydn’s final symphony and Beethoven’s last concerto. Beethoven traveled…

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 At 2:00 pm

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, and athletic feats with high energy excitement from beginning to end! It’s not just a show, it’s an interactive experience for animal lovers of all ages! All the…

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Sunday, March 22, 2020 At 6:00 pm

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Amazing tricks, big air stunts, comedy antics, and athletic feats with high energy excitement from beginning to end! It’s not just a show, it’s an interactive experience for animal lovers of all ages! All the…

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Saturday, March 28, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Koresh Dance Company – La Danse

Koresh Dance Company was founded by Israeli-born choreographer and artistic director Roni Koresh. Known for its engaging performance and technically superb dancers, Koresh has been hailed internationally. This production is a tender, joyful, passionate and…

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April 2020

Saturday, April 4, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Meow Meow

Post-post-modern diva Meow Meow has hypnotized, inspired, and terrified audiences globally with unique and outrageous creations. A modern-day cabaret songstress, the spectacular crowd-surfing tragi-comedienne has been called nothing short of "sensational."   Become a season…

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Thursday, April 9, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes

Special Engagement* “Pink Martini is a rollicking around-the-world musical adventure… if the United Nations had a house band in 1962, hopefully we’d be that band.” — Thomas Lauderdale, bandleader/pianist Pink Martini's "little orchestra" draws inspiration…

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Friday, April 17, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Boogie From the Bayou

A double bill featuring the best in Cajun & Zydeco music! BeauSoleil avec Michael Doucet and Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Experience bring the sounds of New Orleans to Olympia. "Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!"…

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Saturday, April 18, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Spring into Song

Spring is all about renewal, as the world breathes in a new season of life. Music is a fine way to celebrate the feeling of spring- with songs that speak of hope and a fresh…

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Sunday, April 19, 2020 At 3:00 pm

Da-Da-Da-Daaaah!

The Olympia Symphony’s 2019-2020 Season: “Vision: Through the Lens of Music” 2020 marks the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, so the OSO will be playing a piece by Beethoven on every concert during the year.…

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Saturday, April 25, 2020 At 6:00 pm

Derina Harvey Band

This Celtic rock group has a rhythmic undertow layered with guitars, fiddle, and topped with powerful vocals and storytelling. This high-energy live show offers a fresh take on traditional folk songs as well as a…

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May 2020

Friday, May 8, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Ballet Northwest’s Crescendo

A part of Ballet Northwest’s 50th anniversary season, the company presents Crescendo with members of the Olympia Symphony. The performance will feature Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Ravel’s Bolero, and a…

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Saturday, May 9, 2020 At 6:00 pm

Ballet Northwest’s Crescendo

A part of Ballet Northwest’s 50th anniversary season, the company presents Crescendo with members of the Olympia Symphony. The performance will feature Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Ravel’s Bolero, and a…

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Sunday, May 10, 2020 At 2:00 pm

Ballet Northwest’s Crescendo

A part of Ballet Northwest’s 50th anniversary season, the company presents Crescendo with members of the Olympia Symphony. The performance will feature Gershwin’s An American in Paris, Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons, Ravel’s Bolero, and a…

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Sunday, May 17, 2020 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Spring Concert

Welcome to the 20th season of Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO). We have a lot in store for you as Maestro Cameron May presents inspirational programming all season long. The Fall concert features Mussorgsky’s…

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Tuesday, May 19, 2020 At 7:30 pm

National Geographic Live: Pink Boots and a Machete: Mireya Mayor

A former Miami Dolphins cheerleader, Fulbright scholar, television correspondent, and field biologist who discovered a new species of lemur in Madagascar, Mireya Mayor energizes audiences everywhere. She offers a behind-the-scenes look at the hardships and…

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June 2020

Thursday, June 4, 2020 At 7:30 pm

The Temptations

The Temptations started serving up soul hits in the 1960s and founding member Otis Williams is still going strong on stage with singers Ron Tyson, Terry Weeks, Larry Braggs and Willie Greene Jr. The Temptations'…

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Saturday, June 13, 2020 At 7:30 pm

Disney: A Wonderful World of Music

Music lies at the heart of the Disney experience. Most of us can probably hum personal favorites from films that now span more than eighty years From Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937)…

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