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Fall in Walla Walla

What’s happening during SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER & NOVEMBER

You can literally smell the excitement during autumn in the Valley – with tons of grapes being harvested, you’re rarely far from a crew returning from an early morning pick or a sleep-deprived winemaker anxiously monitoring weather conditions. The season is capped with the annual Fall Release Weekend (November 3-5).

Fall kicks off with the annual Walla Walla Fair & Frontier Days (August 30 – September 3) and The Grit (September 10) which showcases the vast network of gravel rides in the nearby Blue Mountains. On the (w)heels of the pedal-driven Grit brings the fuel-driven Wheelin’ Walla Walla (September 8-9, see below).

Capes and masks adorn fans who come to Walla Walla for Adam West Day (date still being finalized), celebrating the Walla Walla native who played “Batman” during the 1960s, and sneakers abound for the Falla Walla Half-Marathon and 10k (October 14).


Every September, downtown Walla Walla’s Main Street roars with the arrival of more than 400 classic cars, trucks, motorcycles and rat rods for the community’s treasured Wheelin’ Walla Walla Weekend auto show. With it, cruises in Walla Wallan Jim Bluhm, who started showing his own classic car in 2007 and became one of the event’s most devoted volunteers in 2014.

Thus, it may be no surprise when it comes to some of his favorite places to go and things to do, he is a fan of community events and loves a view from the driver’s seat.

Among his recommendations for a fine fall day:

Fast Eddy’s: Located at 600 W. Main St., Fast Eddy’s is a drive-up eatery served by carhop. Pull in and order one of its famous burgers, or explore the menu of deli sandwiches, fried foods, salads and fresh milkshakes made to order from more than 30 flavors and combinations.

Stone Hut Bar & Grill: This is a favorite stop for an ice-cold beer. The bar at 1427 Plaza Way also has a vast menu of hearty burgers, sandwiches, salads and more.

Downtown Trick-or-Treat: If you have little ones during the Halloween holiday, downtown Walla Walla is the place to be. Merchants fill up with candy orders for a two-hour parade of costumed kids trekking from business to business in a safe environment.

Veteran’s Day Parade: The annual parade takes place at 11:11 a.m. on 11/11. Though he prefers the view from inside the parade in his 1970 Chevelle, Bluhm considers the parade a can’t-miss autumnal event in Walla Walla.

Does the essence of Fall have you ready to bask in the golden hues of Walla Walla?