Welcome to the wonderful little community of Olalla, home of the famous Polar Bear Plunge, Olalla Americana Music Festival, Olalla Vineyard & Winery, and best-selling author Gregg Olsen. Located on the waterfront of the South Kitsap Peninsula overlooking Olalla Bay, Puget Sound, and Vashon Island, Olalla is a perfect rest stop for visitors touring the area by car, bike, or boat. See below for more information about the town, events, and winery.
Held in August, the Olalla Americana Music Festival has become one of the most popular musical events on the Kitsap Peninsula and around the region. It features local and national bluegrass musicians, folk and jam bands, great food, arts and crafts and a wide variety of activities for children and the legendary Berry Pie Contest. Note: Due to COVID-19 this year's festival has been cancelled.
In 1911, two wealthy British heiresses came to a sanitarium near Seattle to undergo the revolutionary fasting treatment of Linda Burfield Hazzard. It was supposed to be a holiday for the two sisters. But within a month of arriving in Olalla, things changed. Click above to learn more about this historic and macabre story from master storyteller and international author Gregg Olsen. Click here for an audio clip of interview with Gregg on KNKX radio about the infamous event. Click here for more about this famous Kitsap Peninsula author Gregg Olsen.