Arts & Culture
From regal bronze sculptures to the longest running symphony west of the Mississippi to the theaters, museums and displays of art found throughout the region, Walla Walla is as fertile ground for culture as it is for grapes.
Heart of the City
addition to the numerous awards for its iconic Main Street, Downtown Walla Walla
is recognized for its charm, beauty and welcoming atmosphere. From wine
tasting to dining, shopping to public art, nightlife to special events, it’s
unlike any other. Spend a sunny afternoon shopping the local boutiques
like Walla Walla Clothing Company or Débouché. Enjoy a casual lunch at
Olive or a relaxing dinner at Brasserie Four from their tree shaded patios.
into one of the more than 20 wine tasting rooms and visit with the winemaker or
owner. Whatever you choose to do, you’ll enjoy the laid-back vibe and
everywhere you go.
Downtown Walla Walla’s Main Street has numerous pieces of public art, including the very popular "Thoughts Discovered” by Brad Rude. A stroll along historic Main Street will take you past an assortment of thought provoking art installations in the heart of the downtown area, including Squire Broel’s "Lights of the Valley” on the northwest corner of Second and Main. Click here
to download the Art Walla Public Art Walking Tour and Coloring Book with information about the sculptures, the artists, a locator map and an outline drawing of each piece for the kids to color.
In Heritage Park on Main Street you can view "Windows on the Past,” a recent project honoring the many ethnic and cultural groups of the area from 1850-1950. This mural of historic and modern photos on porcelain enamel on steel panels was installed in the 1902 Odd Fellows Temple facade.
Whitman College is home to many dramatic examples of outdoor creations that are hard to miss...and easy to enjoy. Click here
to download an Outdoor Sculpture Walk of Whitman College.
For more details on Walla Walla Public Arts, please visit ArtWalla.com
or call 509-301-0185.
Featured in John Villani’s "100 Best Small Art Towns In America,” Walla Walla’s art galleries have been classified as "a great place to buy high quality art at affordable prices.” From May through December come join us for First Friday Art Walk, where you’ll get a chance to view a broad range or art displays visit galleries, meet artists and get inspired. For a map of Walla Walla galleries and more information, visit artwalkwallawalla.com
The recent renovation of the former Walla Walla Gas Plant into the 340-seat Power House Theater provides a home for Shakespeare Walla Walla and a venue for other live shows. The design was inspired by William Shakespeare’s Blackfriars Theatre in London.
The Walla Walla Symphony
continues its second century of performances with its 2012-2013 season. The community-based orchestra has played each year since it began in 1907, making it the oldest continuous American symphony orchestra west of the Mississippi River.
During the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival
, music fills the streets, coffee shops, tasting rooms, libraries and parks of Walla Walla. A host of acclaimed, award-winning musicians take to the streets and transform two weeks of summer into an ongoing musical experience.
The history of Walla Walla is a combination of geological marvels, ancestral inhabitants, intrepid explorers, early settlers, and agricultural riches. The museums of Walla Walla tell this complex story of days gone by and how they have intertwined to form the Walla Walla of today. Many of the museums host special events, workshops, demonstrations and seasonal activities the whole family can enjoy. Click here
for a map and listing of local museums.
From intriguing antique stores to the collectibles found in our downtown boutiques, Walla Walla offers a shopping adventure for even the most seasoned collectors. Home to almost a dozen antique shopping options, here you will find a huge and ever-changing collection of antique furniture, fine jewelry, American art, musical instruments and much more.
Relive Walla Walla through the eyes of the historic characters who made the town what it is today. During the summer actors from the Fort Walla Walla Living History Company give free tours of downtown. Your tour guides will not only entertain you with the fascinating history of Walla Walla's vintage structures, but also the compelling lives of those who inhabited them.
If you prefer to see the city at your own pace, the Downtown Walla Walla Walking Tour Maps are a delightful way to sample the area’s historic architecture and share in our rich history. The tour maps are available at the Walla Walla Visitor Center, located at 26 East Main Street, the Chamber of Commerce, and most lodging establishments or are available to download here