Spring's the season for local entertainment

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Walla Walla may be the antithesis of Daytona Beach. But that’s sort of the point of a new adult-oriented twist on a spring break escape being promoted by tourism officials.

A guitar festival, theater, wine tasting and other major events through March and April set the scene for sophisticated grownup getaways that Tourism Walla Walla is marketing as Spring Break for Adults.

“For savvy ‘in the know’ Northwest travelers, Walla Walla is a refreshing and relaxing alternative getaway for a sophisticated spring break for adults,” an announcement explained.

The kickoff event is this weekend with Saturday’s boogie-woogie, blues, jazz and pop crossover performance from the Michael Kaeshammer Trio at the Gesa Power House Theatre.

Other upcoming events marketed include the Walla Walla Guitar Festival the weekend of March 8-10; the return of “Marilyn: Forever Blonde!” at the Gesa Power House Theatre on March 20-30; Cayuse wine release weekend April 5-6; an expanded two-day Feast Walla Walla on April 12-13; and the Tour of Walla Walla Bicycle Race on April 19-21.

The guitar festival features 17 blues and roots bands performing at four downtown venues with general admission starting at $37 for all four venues.

The nine “Marilyn” performances mark the return of Sunny Thompson as the blonde bombshell in the one-woman show that sold out the theater in numerous performances last year.

Cayuse weekend is the annual release of the latest vintages from Cayuse. Numerous other wineries will likely hold their own special events.

Feast will be a celebration of food, wine and art, kicked off this year by a Friday night dinner event with selections from five local wineries.

Tour is the annual three-day bicycle stage race that attracts riders from across the Northwest.

More information on all of the events can be found at wallawalla.org.

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