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    The Return of the Walla Walla Guitar Festival

    March 02

    One of the most popular festivals in the region, the Walla Walla Guitar Festival will return to Walla Walla from March 12-15.

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    Fine as Wine

    February 03

    Washington state wines have come into their own in the past few decades, and some of the finest come from wineries located right here in Walla Walla.

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    Music, Murder, and Storytelling Mayhem

    January 06

    Live symphonic music, a murder mystery, and a stand-up storyteller are on the list of fun-tastic events for our guests and visitors this month. Check out the details listed below.

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    Making it Merry

    December 02

    Join us this month for a merry multitude of holiday happenings, with three of our favorites listed here.

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    The Best Christmas Pageant, the Best Shopping

    November 04

    November features a plethora of seasonal events to kick off the holiday season, and two of our favorites are listed here.

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    Three Favorite Fall Happenings

    October 07

    October always offers our visitors and guests an abundant array of activities, and listed below are three of our favorites for your consideration.

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    Heads Up for Huichica

    September 02

    September signals the end of the summer season and brings about some of Walla Walla’s most popular events.

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    Music and the Market Every Summer Weekend

    August 05

    All through the summer, downtown Walla Walla offers ongoing events for our visitors and guests, and August is no exception.

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    Crushin’ on Short Cinema and Sweet Onions

    July 01

    Join us this July for a celebration of two of Walla Walla’s favorite annual events.

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    Celebrate June with Wine and Music

    June 03

    Walla Walla is famous for its wine and related wine activities year-round, and this month is no exception.

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    Spring is Just Ducky

    May 06

    While there are many events that celebrate spring in Walla Walla, two of them stand out from the crowd: the Spring Fling and the annual Ducky Derby.

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    Big Productions at this Little Theatre

    April 01

    Calling all theater lovers – make your plans now to attend the performances of some of Broadway's most famous plays at the Little Theatre of Walla Walla.


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    The Valley’s Spring Events: From Victorian Tea to Tacos, Appaloosas to Local Rappers

    March 24

    The Valley is coming out of its hibernation in the most fun way. Check out some of the unique events happening this spring.

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    Perfect Daytrips from Walla Walla: Waitsburg & Dayton

    March 09

    Just a short drive away the historic towns of Waitsburg and Dayton are full of Eastern Washington history, charming shops and great food. Surrounded by the rolling hills and wheat fields the drive there is just as much fun as the stops.

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    Get Ready to Rock

    March 04

    Hey Walla Walla, get ready to rock out March 8-10 at the 8th Annual Walla Walla Guitar Festival.

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    Shake Cabin Fever with these Walla Walla Events

    February 24

    Despite our recent bought of winter weather, spring is in the air this month. Time to shake that cabin fever with these fun and quirky Walla Walla activities.


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    Best Places for your Sweet tooth or Sweetie in Walla Walla

    February 12

    Many think wine and chocolate are the perfect pairing. Luckily Walla Walla is the perfect place to find both. Here are the Valley’s best places to get your Valentine a chocolate treat or indulge your own sweet tooth.

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    Impress Your Sweetie with a Sweetheart Package

    February 01

    This month, the city of Walla Walla is offering guests a myriad of events and activities for your consideration, and a couple of our favorites are listed here.

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    February is for Foodies Better than Ever

    January 29

    Walla Walla’s February for Foodies celebrates its seventh year with a great line-up of restaurant specials, wine and chocolate pairings, and more for visitors and locals alike.

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    Walla Walla's Art Scene

    January 09

    If you haven’t checked out the creative side of Walla Walla you may be surprised and delighted.

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  • A One-Stop Wedding Shop

    January 07

    Future brides (and grooms) who are planning a walk down the aisle with their special someone will want to join us on January 19 for the 16th Annual Marcus Whitman Hotel Wedding Expo.

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  • Walla Walla Cheese

    December 26

    Looking for some local cheese to pair with all this great wine? The Walla Walla Valley’s got that covered too. Learn about our local creameries and their unique dairy terroir. You can find the cheeses at local grocers like Harvest Foods, on many restaurant menus or take a field trip and visit for yourself.

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  • Perfect Day Trips from Walla Walla: Tri-Cities & Red Mountain AVA

    December 21

    Just an hour north of Walla Walla at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers lies the Tri-Cities – Richland, Pasco, and Kennewick to be specific. Water adventures, wine tasting and exploring the region’s science-centric history make the Tri-Cities a perfect day trip from Walla Walla.

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  • Your Guide to Holiday Happenings in Walla Walla

    December 04

    From snow globes to ugly Christmas sweaters Walla Walla is full of good cheer this time of year – and things to do. Check out some of the holiday-inspired events this month.

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  • ‘Tis the Season, Affiniti, and Denim and Pearls

    December 03

    This December, the City of Walla Walla is offering up a multitude of Yuletide events and activities, and some of our favorites are listed here.

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  • Veterans and Christmas Parades, a Holiday Market, and “The King and I”

    November 01

    This month, Walla Walla offers an array of seasonal and entertaining events for our guests and residents, and some of our favorites are listed here.

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  • Zaniac, Pigs on the Wing, and Halloween Treats

    October 01

    Our guests and visitors have many fun and entertaining activities and events from which to choose, so we have listed a couple of suggestions here.

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  • Classic Cars, a Grape Stomp, and a Special 90th Birthday

    September 03

    Vintage vehicles, motorcycles, and classic cars will soon be rolling into town for the annual Wheelin' Walla Walla Weekend.

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  • Walla Walla’s Scenic Golf Courses

    August 28

    Walla Walla is more than just a wine town, it’s a golfer’s paradise. With our custom Stay & Play package, you can experience all three of Walla Walla’s courses.

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  • A Tour through Walla Walla Valley’s 5 Wine Districts

    August 08

    Did you know that the Walla Walla Valley is home to over 120 wineries and growing! The wineries are spread out among the Walla Walla Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area) over 5 distinct districts, each with their own personality and charm. Take a tour:

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  • August Brings Hop Sing and “9 to 5”

    August 06

    This month, Walla Walla is offering two wonderful and very different live performances.

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  • Perfect Day Trips from Walla Walla: Milton-Freewater & the Rocks District Wines

    July 23

    Did you know Oregon is only a ten-minute drive from Walla Walla? The first south-of-the-border town you’ll hit is Milton-Freewater. With its own AVA (The Rocks District), chocolate, fresh produce, rich history and scenery to boot, you can make a day out of the excursion.

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  • The Journey’s Half the Fun – Sites to See from Portland to Walla Walla

    July 12

    Planning to drive to Walla Walla from Portland? Don’t wait till you arrive to start your vacation. Begin enjoying the journey as soon as you leave home with these fun stops along the way. The drive from West to East will take you along the famed scenic Columbia River Gorge. Watch the dramatic shift in landscape from the Cascadian forest to the Eastside’s arid rolling hills and canyons, with a few surprises along the way.

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  • Annie, Wine, and Walla Walla Sweet Onions

    July 03

    Downtown shopping, wine tasting, our own onion festival, and performances of “Annie: The Musical” are only a few of the events on the calendar this month.

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  • Meet The Marc’s Local Farmers

    June 25

    Our Walla Walla Valley is blessed with some of the world’s most fertile soils that grow the best local produce and livestock. In addition to the vegetables grown on our rooftop garden, our chefs work with a variety of local farmers. Meet some of them here.

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  • What’s Up in Walla Walla: June & July edition

    June 11

    This summer is so full of unique events, you may find it hard to leave our delightfully little Valley. For those looking to get outdoors, there’s U-pick lavender, yoga in the park, many fascinating Learning on the Land events, and couples golf nights. Culture-lovers will enjoy music, comedy, a chamber music festival, and film festival. There’s even a festival for Scottish heritage and one for our beloved Walla Walla sweet onion.

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  • Eat, Drink, and Groove to the Music at FEAST

    June 04

    Come and join the party at FEAST: The Festival at Walla Walla on June 23. Presented by the Downtown Walla Walla Foundation, this year’s event will be held at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds, and representatives of the region’s best food trucks, restaurants, distilleries, wineries, and breweries will all be on hand for our usual “Sips & Bites.”

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  • 6 can't miss stops along the way from Seattle to Walla Walla

    May 28

    Planning to drive to Walla Walla from Seattle? Don’t wait until you arrive to start your vacation. Begin enjoying the journey as soon as you leave home with these fun stops along the way. 

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  • What’s Up in Walla Walla: Mules, vintage, hiking, chamber music & more

    May 14

    As the Valley warms, it’s full of great events celebrating the history and heritage of its charming towns, great music and more activities to get you outside and enjoying the season!

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  • May Features Two Fabulous Concerts at the Gesa

    May 08

    This month, the Gesa Power House Theatre is hosting two terrific shows. First, the Walla Walla Choral Society Concert will be performing “Light, Life, and Home" on May 14.

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  • 5 Best Views of the Valley's Rolling Green Hills

    April 16

    With the winter wheat blanketing the Valley in lush green, it’s time to take a drive out of town to view our famed rolling hills.

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  • April & May Bloom with Activities in the Valley

    April 02

    Here are some unique arts and cultural events that pair perfectly with our sunny springtime weather.

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  • April Features Tutus and Tapas at the Gesa

    April 02

    Mark your calendars now for the 5th Annual Tutus and Tapas gala evening at the Gesa Power House Theatre on April 14.

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  • March Features the Walla Walla Guitar Festival and the Phat Pack

    March 01

    Prepare to party, Walla Walla! This year’s Guitar Festival will feature three days of music, along with your favorite alcoholic beverages, all within walking distance of downtown.

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  • An Evening of Elegance, a Foodraiser, and Cole Porter

    February 06

    This month, the city of Walla Walla is featuring three special events. First, join us here at the Marcus Whitman on February 10 for award-winning wine and fabulous food at the annual “Evening of Elegance Dinner and Auction.” 

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  • The 2018 Wedding Expo, and “Big Sonia” at the Gesa

    January 08

    If you’re making plans to walk down the aisle with your special someone, be sure to join us on Saturday, January 20th for the 15th Annual Marcus Whitman Hotel Wedding Expo.

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  • A Visit from Santa, Holiday Pet Photos, and the Annual Denim and Pearls Blowout

    December 04

    Make reservations now to join us at the Marcus Whitman on Sunday, December 31st from 8:00 p.m. - 1:00 a.m., for the 2017 version of our Denim & Pearls New Year’s Eve party.

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  • Holiday Programs at the Gesa

    November 07

    This November, kick off the holiday season with two fabulous and family-friendly post-Thanksgiving shows at the Gesa.

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  • The Marc Restaurant Recipe: Pumpkin Cheesecake with Homemade Gingersnap Crust

    October 18

    If you can make these gingersnap cookies without devouring the batch, you can make a wonderful pumpkin cheesecake made with gingersnap crumbs. It's the perfect marriage between a cheesecake and pumpkin pie.

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  • A Fall Furr Ball and the Dia de los Muertos Festival

    October 02

    A sparkling wine entrance and a buffet dinner with complimentary wine from the Waterbrook Winery will set the tone for the fun to follow at the Fall Furr Ball 2017.

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  • The Marc Restaurant Recipe: Marcus Whitman Hotel's Crunchy Granola

    September 07

    Crunchy, healthy granola is delicious as a cereal—but can also be used to top yogurt, ice cream, and stewed fruit.

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  • Garden Tour Benefits Hospice Patients

    September 05

    This month, residents of Walla Walla and visitors to the city will have the opportunity to attend a once-yearly event – the Walla Walla Community Hospice Annual Pond and Garden Tour.

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  • The Perseids and an Evening on the Terrace

    August 07

    Don’t miss one of the brightest meteor showers of the year – join us for Starry Night @ Braden Ranch for primo views of the Perseids.

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  • The Vineyard Lounge Recipe: The Tink Drink

    August 07

    The Tink Drink is everyone's favorite, little green fairy! If you can't chase one down in The Vineyard Lounge, create some magic of your own at home.

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  • Red, White, and Lavender Blue

    July 01

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday.

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  • The Marc Restaurant Recipe: Marcus Whitman Hotel's Pumpkin-Cranberry Brioche

    June 30

    This fragrant brioche is wonderful with coffee and some whipped cream on the sideand is a natural to serve at any festive occasion.

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  • The Marc Restaurant Recipe: Caramelized Onion and Cheddar Biscuits With Sweet Onion Molasses Jam

    June 07

    The appetizing aroma of caramelized onion and cheddar biscuits will draw family and guests into the kitchen. The molasses and sweet onion jam is both sweet and savory.

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  • Celebrate Dad, Dogs, and Onions with a Walla Walla Getaway

    June 05

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll really enjoy – a beautiful Washington state getaway right in the heart of downtown Walla Walla.

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  • Toast Mom with a Champagne Brunch

    May 01

    Make this Mother’s Day an extra special one by treating Mom to a luxurious champagne brunch at The Marcus Whitman.

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  • A Roaring Twenties Soiree and Feast Walla Walla

    April 03

    Reserve your tickets today for a Roaring Twenties Soiree on May 6th. Join Canoe Ridge Vineyards and the Browne Family Vineyards at the Marcus Whitman’s historic and elegant Renaissance room. This will be an unforgettable evening full of sights, sounds, and flavors from the jazz era, complete with live music.

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  • Comedy Night Fundraiser with Demetri Martin

    March 06

    Want to yuk it up for a good cause? Don’t miss Demetri Martin’s hilarious hijinks at the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Comedy Night Fundraiser. The multi-talented Martin began his career doing stand-up in NYC.

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  • An Evening of Elegance and a Good Cause

    February 01

    Leap down the rabbit hole and enter Wonderland at the Evening of Elegance Dinner and Auction. Hosted by The Marcus Whitman Hotel on Friday, February 11, all of the proceeds from the evening will benefit the patient care programs of the Walla Walla Community Hospice.

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  • January Events: A Bridal Expo and a Chamber Music Festival

    January 09

    This month, the Marcus Whitman Hotel & Conference Center is proud to host two of the city’s most popular events - the twice-annual Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival and Bridal Expo 2017.

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