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

June 11, 2018

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, and film festivals. There’s even a festival for Scottish heritage and one for our beloved Wall Walla sweet onion. Click on the event's heading for more info and check and visit wallawalla.org for more events.

JUNE

Open Barn at Old Homestead Alpacas, June 16: Meet the herd, explore the fiber dyeing studio, learn the homestead's rich history and shop the farm store. The herd will be freshly shorn, sporting that hilariously adorable "bobblehead" look for summer. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Burwood Brewing Birthday Bash, June 23: Come help Burwood Brewing Company celebrate its 4th birthday with food, music, and, of course, great beer – you’ll find a mix of traditional German and American style ales and lagers. Located at the Walla Walla’s funky and scenic Airport District, 12 p.m. – 10 p.m. 

Roller Derby, June 23: The Walla Walla Sweets Rollergirls take on the Aftershocks Roller Rebels of Marysville, WA in their second home bout of 2018. Fancy footwork and hard-hitting action on wheels is part of the lively entertainment. A drag variety show hosted by Walla Walla's own "Chardonnay" will entertain at half-time. Doors open at 5:30 at the YMCA. 

Outloud Pride Dance Party, June 30: Join in on LGBTQ Pride Month’s finale celebration – an evening of the hottest dance music from DJ LOTEK, ice cold beverages from the Soi 71 lounge and make some new friends on the dance floor! 10 p.m. – 1 a.m.

JULY

Walla Walla Movie Crush, July 6-8: The 2nd Annual Walla Walla Movie Crush celebrates the most intoxicating blend of American short cinema. The festival showcases narratives, documentaries, animation, music videos and experimental films grouped in themed packages, with nearly 100 new shorts from Oscar®-winners, household names, rising stars and wunderkinds. 

The Winery Comedy Tour, July 7: Stand-up comic Brett Druck visits DAMA Wines as part of Herron Entertainment’s Winery Comedy Tour. A cast member on Laughs TV Show seasons 2 & 3, you may have seen him on America's Got Talent or HULU, mentioned in Rolling Stone, or heard him on Pandora Comedy Radio. 7:30 –9:30 p.m. 

Athena Caledonian Games, July 13-15: Celebrate Scottish heritage and tradition with a unique line-up of events, including a parade, Scottish Highland dancing, bagpipes, sheepdog trials, traditional Scottish athletic events, story-telling and more. This little farming community in Oregon, just 30 minutes from the hotel, knows how to throw a party! 

Sweet Onion Festival, July 21: This fun-filled festival celebrates Washington’s official state vegetable and Walla Walla’s other prized harvest – the Walla Walla Sweet Onion. Enjoy the sweet onion prepared many ways (sweet onion ice cream anyone?) along with more food, chef demos, arts and craft vendors, dance and music at this charming downtown festival, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

ONGOING

Lavender Days, June 1 – July 15: Enjoy a heavenly scented picnic or stroll through Blue Mountain Lavender Farm’s purple fields. Pick a bouquet of lavender accented with blazing orange poppies, browse the boutique, learn how to make lavender wreaths or take a yoga class (check the schedule). Or just enjoy the pastoral view of flowers and surrounding rolling green hills with lavender lemonade in hand. Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday – Friday.

Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. Throughout the month of June, enjoy concerts, intimate meet-the-artist events and more.

Downtown Farmers Market, every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

Walla Walla Sweets Baseball. Games throughout the summer.

Yoga at Pioneer Park. Unwind with yoga classes in beautiful Pioneer Park throughout the summer on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings, 8:30 a.m.

Friday Night Couples 9 at Wine Valley Golf Course. Every Friday evening through August with a 5:30 shotgun start. Entry fee includes a wine tasting afterwards. 

Learning on the Land. The Blue Mountain Land Trust has put together a rich line-up of events where participants can learn about everything from our flora and fauna, night photography, agriculture and bees on various dates throughout the summer.