Since there isn’t much to do in Walla Walla, even if you are over 21, most nightlife happens right on Whitman’s campus. Nightlife could be defined as frat parties, house parties, dorm parties, concerts, or other Whitman-sponsored events. Almost every Friday night, there is a musical event called Coffeehouse in the basement of Reid that features students and occasionally a local band. There are also lectures or speakers, theatre and dance performances, screenings of movies, and the occasional sporting event. Parties are the main source of amusement and entertainment on campus.
Dorm parties are generally attended by first-years and are often hosted for the purpose of drinking before another event on campus. House parties are generally open to all of campus, although it may depend on where they are being hosted and whether they are intended for a specific campus group, The frats are often quite inviting, always open for girls, and very genial if you make an attempt to get to know their members in the light of day, too. They can be exclusive, however, if the party follows a Greek function. Other options for those over 21 include the Green or other Walla Walla bars. Students with cars will occasionally venture to the Tri-Cities to experience the few dance clubs there. There is always something happening in any of these options, and most students enjoy the accessibility and openness of the parties and events there.