The Olympia Downtown Alliance (ODA) announced it has canceled the upcoming 41st season of Music in the Park, the annual free concert series that takes place in July and August at Sylvester Park.
According to an ODA press release, event organizers learned the Department of Enterprise Services will not issue permits for the use of Sylvester Park until early June due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It was a difficult decision to cancel the event, but we are exploring alternative ways to bring live music to the community,” Todd Cutts, executive director of the Olympia Downtown Alliance, said in the release.
The ODA said it is working on a downtown street festival that will include live music, family activities, participation from local community groups, and a beer garden every Saturday from July 10 to August 28.
“Our community is passionate about our Downtown, and we’re all hungry for one-of-a-kind experiences to enjoy in a safe and relaxed environment. We believe our summer Saturday street festival will offer a laid-back vibe with live music from local artists, space for tasting our local handcrafted ales, and a venue to explore what’s new from community groups, makers, and artists,” Cutts said in the release.
For more information, visit the ODA website.