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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 2021

Friday, October 29 At 7:30 pm

Boogie From the Bayou

IMPORTANT UPDATE! Now rescheduled for the 21-22 season. The new date for this performance will be Friday October 29, 2021. This event was previously scheduled for August 6, 2021. Tickets for the previous dates will…

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November 2021

Friday, November 5 At 7:30 pm

Warren Miller’s Winter Starts Now Exclusive Access with Outside+

For years we've been kicking off winter in true Warren Miller fashion, and we're back for another round. This season, the snow will feel a little deeper, the jumps a little higher and the views…

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Saturday, November 6 At 7:30 pm

Gabriel Rutledge Comedy Night

This event has been rescheduled for November 6, 2021 at 7:30 pm. Purchased tickets will be transferred to the new date. A past winner of both the Seattle International Comedy Competition and The Laughing Skull Comedy…

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Sunday, November 7 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Fall Season Concert

Welcome to the Student Orchestras of Greater Olympia (SOGO) 2021-2022 season. For over 20 years young musicians and their conductors have inspired audiences at the Washington Center by their outstanding performances. The energy and their…

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Saturday, November 13 At 8:00 pm

Bee Gees Gold

This event has been rescheduled for November 13, 2021 at 8:00 pm. Purchased tickets will be transferred to the new date. John Acosta as Barry Gibb has performed in Bee Gees Tributes all over the…

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Sunday, November 14 At 3:00 pm

Olympia Symphony “Looking Forward” Concert 2

The event will be on pre-sale from Sept 10th at noon. On sale to the public on September 15th at noon.  Guest Conductor Roupen Shakarian returns for the Olympia Symphony’s second fall concert, for a…

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Monday, November 15 At 7:30 pm

The Hip Hop Nutcracker

A holiday mash-up for the whole family, The Hip Hop Nutcracker returns to the stage for its seventh season on tour. Directed and choreographed by Jennifer Weber, this contemporary dance spectacle is a re-mixed and re-imagined version…

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Thursday, November 18 At 7:30 pm

Seattle International Comedy Competition

Bring out your crew for a night of big laughs as the Center hosts a semi-final round of the popular Seattle International Comedy Competition! Up to 10 comedians will face-off with short, humorous sets while…

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Saturday, November 20 At 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Cool Jazz Clean Water Fundraiser

Tickets will go on sale Oct. 22nd at noon. LIVE JAZZ & WINE, MICROBREW, SPIRITS TASTING EVENT. For this year’s event, we welcome Dr. David Deacon-Joyner and his jazz band to perform on the Washington…

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Friday, November 26 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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Saturday, November 27 At 7:00 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Studio West Dance Theatre

Join Studio West Dance Theatre’s return to the stage as we kick off the holiday season! Experience a whimsical trip to the Sugar Plum Kingdom where you will see magical dances come to life, with…

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Sunday, November 28 At 1:00 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Studio West Dance Theatre

Join Studio West Dance Theatre’s return to the stage as we kick off the holiday season! Experience a whimsical trip to the Sugar Plum Kingdom where you will see magical dances come to life, with…

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Sunday, November 28 At 6:00 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Studio West Dance Theatre

Join Studio West Dance Theatre’s return to the stage as we kick off the holiday season! Experience a whimsical trip to the Sugar Plum Kingdom where you will see magical dances come to life, with…

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Monday, November 29 At 6:00 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Studio West Dance Theatre

Join Studio West Dance Theatre’s return to the stage as we kick off the holiday season! Experience a whimsical trip to the Sugar Plum Kingdom where you will see magical dances come to life, with…

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December 2021

Wednesday, December 1 At 7:30 pm

Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice

Celebrate the winter solstice and its warm traditions with a concert of original and traditional acoustic music drawn from the multi-platinum selling Winter Solstice series as well as their many solo releases. GRAMMY-nominated singer, fiddler,…

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Friday, December 3 At 7:30 pm

God Is A Scottish Drag Queen: A Christmas Special

God, dressed in an all new holiday power suit, returns to set the record straight and expound on everything from the beginnings of Christmas with Yule, Saturnalia and Winter Solstice, to holiday foods, Christmas carols,…

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Friday, December 10 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, local dancers, and guest artist Lucas Horns, former dancer with Ballet West of Salt Lake City.  Join Clara and…

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Saturday, December 11 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, local dancers, and guest artist Lucas Horns, former dancer with Ballet West of Salt Lake City.  Join Clara and…

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Sunday, December 12 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, local dancers, and guest artist Lucas Horns, former dancer with Ballet West of Salt Lake City.  Join Clara and…

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Friday, December 17 At 7:30 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, local dancers, and guest artist Lucas Horns, former dancer with Ballet West of Salt Lake City.  Join Clara and…

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Saturday, December 18 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, local dancers, and guest artist Lucas Horns, former dancer with Ballet West of Salt Lake City.  Join Clara and…

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Sunday, December 19 At 2:00 pm

The Nutcracker presented by Ballet Northwest

Olympia’s holiday favorite for over 35 years returns to the Washington Center, featuring stunning sets, beautiful costumes, local dancers, and guest artist Lucas Horns, former dancer with Ballet West of Salt Lake City.  Join Clara and…

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January 2022

Tuesday, January 18, 2022 At 7:30 pm

International Guitar Night XXI

The incredible longevity of International Guitar Night continues with its 21st Anniversary North American Tour, featuring Australia’s contemporary classical guitarist Stephanie Jones; Italian jazz guitarist Eleonora Strino, two-hand “tapper” Alexandr Misko from Russia, and Germany's…

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Monday, January 24, 2022 At 7:30 pm

Pink Martini Featuring China Forbes

This event was previously scheduled for May 19th, 2021. The new date and time is January 24th, 2022 at 7:30. Tickets purchased for previous dates will be honored at the door.  “Pink Martini is a…

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February 2022

Thursday, February 3, 2022 At 7:30 pm

Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Classical hip-hop, hip-hop opera, hip-hopera – whatever you want to call it, it sounds incredible...and it is! Oakland’s Ensemble Mik Nawooj, led by composer/pianist JooWan Kim, subverts expectations with a multi-genre crew of flute, clarinet,…

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Saturday, February 12, 2022 At 7:30 pm

The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour

Who hasn’t heard of The Daily Show? The longest-running program on Comedy Central, this hysterically funny late night talk and news satire program has won 24 Primetime Emmy Awards since its inception. Now….4 brilliant Daily…

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Friday, February 25, 2022 At 7:30 pm

An Evening with Judy Collins

Judy Collins has long inspired audiences with sublime vocals, boldly vulnerable songwriting, personal life triumphs, and a firm commitment to social activism. In the 1960s, she evoked both the idealism and steely determination of a…

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March 2022

Sunday, March 6, 2022 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Winter Season Concert

SOGO Lead, Inspire, Perform, Repeat – Orchestrating lifelong participation in the Arts!   Distinguished Sponsor:  Olympia Federal Savings

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Friday, March 11, 2022 At 7:30 pm

Ladies of Laughter

This fest of funny femmes returns to the Center as the Ladies of Laughter comedy event has been a patron favorite with rave reviews! Expect big laughs, big fun, and a memorable night out. Back…

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Sunday, March 13, 2022 At 2:00 pm

Silent Film Series: Buster Keaton – A short Film Collection

With his famous deadpan humor, versatile Buster Keaton wrote, starred in, and directed a popular series of comedic short films in the early 1920s. Well known as a great acrobatic actor, Keaton made 19 silent…

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Tuesday, March 15, 2022 At 7:30 pm

Bessie, Billie, & Nina – Pioneering Women in Jazz

From the Jim Crow era-South through the turbulent 1960s, Bessie Smith, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone were among the most influential and popular singers of their times. Featuring three dynamic vocalists and backed by an…

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Friday, March 18, 2022 At 7:30 pm

HaHaPalooza 2022: A Comedy Showcase

This event was previously scheduled for September 18th, 2021. The new date and time is March 18, 2022 at 7:30 PM. Tickets have been automatically transferred to the new date. Baurice Nelson Presents HaHaPalooza 2022.…

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Friday, March 25, 2022 At 7:30 pm

That Golden Girls Show! – A Puppet Parody

'That Golden Girls Show!' is a brand-new show that parodies classic Golden Girls moments - with puppets! Get set for an evening of cheesecake, laughter, jazzercise, shoulder pads, sex, and the elegant art of the…

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April 2022

Monday, April 4, 2022 At 7:30 pm

Melissa Etheridge: One Way Out Tour

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, October 29. Become a Friend of the Center for access to the pre-sale!  Known for her confessional lyrics and raspy, smoky vocals, Melissa Etheridge stormed…

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Saturday, April 16, 2022 At 7:30 pm

Koresh Dance Company – La Danse

Koresh Dance Company's visit to Olympia has been rescheduled to April 16th 2022. Tickets for the original date will be automatically transferred to the future reschedule date. Koresh Dance Company was founded by Israeli-born choreographer…

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May 2022

Tuesday, May 10, 2022 At 7:30 pm

An Evening with David Sedaris

Join bestselling author and NPR humorist, David Sedaris, for an evening filled with his trademark sardonic wit and incisive social critiques. As one of America’s pre-eminent humor writers, Mr. Sedaris will regale you with tales…

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Sunday, May 15, 2022 At 4:00 pm

SOGO Spring Season Concert

SOGO Lead, Inspire, Perform, Repeat – Orchestrating lifelong participation in the Arts!   Distinguished Sponsor:  Capital Heating and Cooling

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June 2022

Thursday, June 9, 2022 At 7:30 pm

The Temptations

This event was previously scheduled for June 10, 2021. The new date is June 9, 2022. Tickets for the original date will be honored at the door.  The Temptations started serving up soul hits in…

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November 2022

Friday, November 4, 2022 At 7:30 pm

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

This event was previously scheduled for November 12, 2021. The new date and time is November 4, 2022 at 7:30 PM. Tickets have been automatically transferred to the new date. Amazing tricks, big air stunts,…

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