Downtown Walla Walla Foundation has set the dates for music performances and other events in the downtown area.

Summer Sounds

The free Summer Sounds on the Plaza kicks off from 5:30-7:30 p.m. with Sound and Stone on Friday and Rogue Lobster on Saturday at Land Title Plaza, 31 E. Main St.  

For a list of bands performing throughout the summer, see downtownwallawalla.com/calendar. 

WW Sweet Onion Festival

Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival begins with a family friendly Friday Night 5K Funion Run (or walk) at 8 p.m. July 19. 

It’s the first year for the night run, which begins in the Walla Walla Community College athletic parking lot at the Mill Creek Trail, 500 Tausick Way.  

The cost is $10 to participate or $20 to participate with a T-shirt. 

The 35th Walla Walla Sweet Onion Festival, a celebration of the local agricultural community and highlight of Washington state’s official vegetable, is from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 20 on Main Street between Second and Fourth Avenues. 

There will be live music, entertainment, executive chef demonstrations throughout the day with a focus on the Walla Walla Sweet Onion, artisan vendors, food vendors, information vendors and of Walla Walla Sweet Onion growers selling their onions.  

The Children’s Museum of Walla Walla will put on a KidZone with jumping castle, face painting, kids activities and games. 

Sustainable Living Center and other vendors will have displays. For more details, see downtownwallawalla.com/sweet-onion-festival. To become a vendor, contact Cindy Frost, event Manager at 509-529-8755 or email cindy@downtownwallawalla.com.

Wheelin’ WW Weekend

Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend will be Sept. 6-7 with a cruise from 6-7 p.m. Sept. 6 and a Show ’n’ Shine from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7. More than 400 cars will be displayed throughout downtown on Main Street. Many food and artisan vendors will be staged throughout downtown during the car show. 

Dennis Gage, host of “My Classic Car,” expects to be in the Walla Walla Valley all weekend and will tape his nationally televised show from the local car show. Gage has upheld his “honor the timeless classics” catchphrase in his series since 1997. While traveling across North America visiting prestigious auto shows and events, he spotlights everything from muscle cars to museum pieces.

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