WALLA WALLA, Wash. — Walla Walla’s panoramic Blue Mountains, springtime blooms, and verdant vines are calling. The valley is abuzz with upcoming activities such as Spring Kick-Off Weekend, Spring Release Weekend, and live music at the newly launched Wine Country Amphitheater.
Spring Kick-Off Weekend, April 1 -3, marks the start of the 2022 wine season as vines emerge from hibernation. It’s the perfect time to taste, savor, and stock up on newly released rosés, whites, and valley reds. For oenophiles who can’t make it to Walla Walla in early April or for those who are looking for an excuse to return, Spring Release Weekend, May 6 – 8, continues the viticultural celebrations when winery and tasting room teams curate memorable experiences with live music, food, and wine pairings to showcase the latest releases. Visit the Walla Walla Valley Wine events page for a complete list of happenings.
“Walla Walla comes alive in spring as the temperatures rise, the vines wake up, and locals and visitors celebrate the changing of the season,” says Robert Hansen, executive director of Visit Walla Walla. “With marquee wine events, accessible outdoor recreation, and all the charms of downtown and the surrounding valley, it’s the perfect time to visit. “
The new Wine Country Amphitheater (capacity 5,000) will launch its first concert series collaborating with Wine Country Concerts in early summer. The amphitheater is located inside the Veterans Memorial Golf Course and within walking distance from downtown. Grammy-nominated ZZ Tops will kick off the season in June, the entire concert series line-up is coming soon but is set to include Grammy award-winning Maren Morris, country music star Aaron Lewis, and blues legend Bonnie Raitt. All tickets will be general admission lawn seating, and food and drinks will be available for purchase through onsite food trucks. For more information, visit WineCountryConcerts.com.
Combine a wine tasting or concert series with some of Walla Walla’s other offerings for a truly memorable visit. Enjoy a show at the Gesa Power House Theater or experience Walla Walla’s history with a visit to Fort Walla Walla Museum. Explore the Stay & Play Golf packages featuring one of Washington’s top golf courses. And while Walla Walla has no shortage of delectable dining establishments, various Gourmet Grab & Go options are available for an impromptu picnic in the park.
To explore more or begin planning a visit to Walla Walla, visit wallawalla.org.
About Walla Walla:
As the unofficial capital of Washington wine country, Walla Walla is home to more than 120 wineries, a nationally recognized culinary scene, an abundance of easily accessible nearby outdoor recreation, and an arts & entertainment scene that rivals cities many times its size. This community of just over 30,000 residents is known for many things, including its friendliness and hospitality, the quality of its wine, and of course, the famous Walla Walla Sweet Onion. An easy and scenic four-hour drive from Seattle, Portland, or Boise, Walla Walla can also be accessed via Alaska Airlines daily non-stop flights from Seattle. For more information and to begin planning a trip to Walla Walla, visit www.wallawalla.org.