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  Events & Festivals

Many community partners come together to offer exciting special events throughout the year.  From parades and fast action sports to brilliant concerts and art displays, come join us for a special event!

Dance Festival Northwest

Corbet Hall, Centralia College
March 23

For over 20 years, each spring the Southwest Washington Dance Center hosts Dance Festival Northwest, bringing dance companies from around the Pacific Northwest to the Centralia area. Dances include classical       ballet, innovative contemporary ballet, creative modern, dynamic and lyrical jazz, musical theatre, and hip hop.

Lions Fishing Derby
Fort Borst Park
April 6-7

This is a great day for kids and parents to spend together outdoors. Children up to 15 years old reel in their own fish from Borst Park while the moms and dads act as fishing coaches. Prizes will be awarded and the event is free.  All you need is a fishing pole!

"Wait Until Dark"

Evergreen Playhouse
April 12-14, 18-21, 26-28
Be a part of this playhouse’s 53rd season!  Synopsis:  The action takes place in a basement apartment in Greenwich Village, New York City, in 1966. Susy Hendrix, a recently blinded woman who is unwittingly in possession of a doll full of drugs, is alone when three con men wrangle their way in pretending to be people they are not.

Northwest Wind Symphony

Corbet Hall, Centralia College
April 20
Join the Northwest Wind Symphony for an entertaining and exciting evening of music.  Drawing many of the finest musicians from Western Washington and Northern Oregon for its performances, the Northwest Wind Symphony has been performing for over 20 years.

Girls Night Out
Historic Downtown Centralia
April 27
Ladies round up your friends for an evening of shopping, sipping, and dining in Historic Downtown Centralia!  Pick up your Girls Night Out "passport."  It's your ticket to great specials, lots of fun, and awesome prizes!

Pacific Northwest Chamber Orchestra

Corbet Hall, Centralia College
June 3

Providing the community with high quality orchestral concerts and performance opportunities for experienced musicians, listen to the classical musical talents of more than 40 volunteer musicians.  Members of the orchestra represent five Washington counties.

Summerfest, Parade & Demo Derby

Various Centralia Locations
July 4
Summerfest is a day LOADED with old fashioned 4th of July fun!  The day begins at Fort Borst Park with a pancake breakfast, fishing derby and a fun run, followed by games, contests and entertainment throughout the day.  Head downtown Centralia, for the annual Summerfest parade, followed by the destruction derby at the fairgrounds. The day wraps up with an awesome fireworks display at the fairgrounds.  Fees are charged for the fun run and the destruction derby; most other events are free!

"The Underpants"

Evergreen Playhouse
June 14-16, 20-23, 28-30
Take in an evening of theater!  The play follows Louise Maske after the startling day when her underpants fall off in public, taking a wry look at propriety, notoriety, and 15 minutes of fame. Louise and her husband, Theo, a minor government functionary, are trying to rent out a room in their apartment to earn a little extra cash. Theo fears that Louise’s wardrobe malfunction at the royal parade may have ruined their public  image, but the prospective tenants who shortly come a calling find the lingerie mishap more titillating than repellent.

Fastpitch Northwest Championships

Fort Borst Park
July 9-11

This thrilling weekend offers a unique opportunity to young women athletes throughout the Northwest to showcase their talent for college recruiters.  Players will demonstrate their skills through evaluations and skills testing as well as gain exposure to college level recruiting staff, and the chance to play against other top level players in the Northwest.

Seattle to Portland Bicycle Classic

Various Locations
July 13-14

Thousands of bicyclists come through our area during this famed 200-mile bicycle ride; the largest multi-day bicycle event in the Northwest.  Up to 10,000 participants ride from Seattle to Portland in one or two days.  Centralia College is designated as the official mid-point of the race and many cyclists spend the evening in our area to relax, sleep, and to be entertained.

Historic Downtown Centralia
July 20-21
This annual summer event is prime time to wander through Historic Downtown Centralia.  Not just for antique aficionados, listen to live music in the park, take a trolley ride and find amazing sales.   Attend an appraisal fair, go to a vintage auto show and have a meal at one of Dowtown’s charming eateries.


Hub City Car Show

Downtown Centralia
August 24

Hundreds of unique cars will line the streets during the annual Hub City Car Show in Historic Downtown Centralia. Come out for entertainment, a Friday BBQ, an open cruise, the "Brick-It" Car, awards, t-shirts, prizes and games, all in the heart of Centralia.  Wander historic downtown and peruse the charming antique and specialty stores.

ARTrails Gala & Studio Tours

Various Locations
September 20-22, 28-29

A celebration of our local artists, during this unique event, over 60 artists open their studios to the public for a free, self-guided tour. The Studio Tours offer a rare opportunity for the public to meet artists in their studio/workplaces across the county and observe techniques of works in progress.  The event kicks of Friday night was a Gala Opening Celebration downtown Centralia's Historic Train Depot

Girls Night Out

Historic Downtown Centralia
October 12
Ladies round up your friends for an evening of shopping, sipping, and dining in Historic Downtown Centralia!  Pick up your Girls Night Out "passport."  It's your ticket to great specials, lots of fun, and awesome prizes!



Tree Lighting Ceremony & Visit With Santa

Washington Park & The Fox Theatre
November 22 

Kicks off the holiday season with Centralia's traditional tree lighting ceremony in Washington Park.  After the lighting commences, follow Santa to the Fox Theatre for a free visit and let him know what's on your list this year!

Dickens, Christmas Home Tours

Various Centralia Locations
December 2
Mark your calendar for the 14th Annual Dickens of a Christmas Holiday Home Tour.  Be enchanted by the magic of Christmas past. Be inspired by sophisticated renovations and stunning holiday decor. Explore downtown historic buildings.  Take the tour on a wagon pulled by draft horses, hop on the vintage trolley, or travel in your own vehicle.  Enjoy delicious cookies, delightful holiday music and a bazaar along the way.


Annual Nutcracker Ballet

Corbet Theater, Centralia College
December 13-15

The delightful production of the Nutcracker Ballet has taken its place as a favorite holiday tradition.  The ensemble is made up of over 100 dancers from Southwest Washington Dance Center and children and adults from the Lewis County area.  Be entertained by the Sugarplum Fairy, prancing mice, the Rat King, Clara and of course the handsome Nutcracker Prince himself!

Lighted Tractor Parade

Downtown Centralia
December 14

Tractors ablaze in lights take to the streets for annual Lighted Tractor Parade.  The streets of Downtown Centralia will showcase  vintage and modern tractors, antique trucks and construction equipment, all decked out in dazzling lights. Celebrate the holiday season and the city's agricultural heritage in a uniquely fun way!

Borst Park Christmas Lights

December 14-24
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!  And that’s just the point at this holiday light display.  Make this fun-filled drive through Borst Park a new Christmas family tradition.  Hosts on site will collect a suggested $1 donation per car. Families can also bring non-perishable food items or a small toy to collect for local food banks and needy families.


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