Festivals in Leavenworth, WA


Leavenworth really loves its festivals. At last count, there are 17 separate festivals.

Dates are for the current year unless the festival has completed and dates for next year have been announced.

Bavarian Ice Festival - January 13-14, 2018

Front Street at Night
Enjoy a weekend of outdoor activities for everyone including Leavenworth's famous Smooshing contest, the Ice Cube Scramble for kids 6 and under, the Bavarian Mug Relay, Snow Sculptures, Dog Sled Pulling Competition, and fireworks on Sunday evening.

Timbrrrr! Winter Music Festival - January 26-27, 2018

Created as the winter counterpart to the very successful Timber! Outdoor Music Festival, Timbrrr! is two days/nights of music and wintertime fun.

Taste Leavenworth - April 7-8, 2018

2018 is the eighth Taste Leavenworth Pear Festival in Leavenworth.

Leavenworth is the pear capital of the country and we are here to shout it from our mountain tops! This area is the largest exporter of organic pears, and second in all pear exports, so we've name April, our month of Spring Sensations. Tantalize all your senses with a month filled with tastes, sounds and outdoor fun!

Leavenworth Film Festival - April 13-14, 2018

Showcasing the best recent short films with a focus on outdoor pursuits and the natural world. Come see these great films and intermission performances while enjoying your beverage of choice.

Spring Sensations - Month of April

Throughout the month of April, restaurants, shops, wineries and B&B's are highlighting their pear prowess with specialty pear dishes created just for you. Follow the pear map (available shortly before the festival) to see what is available.

Leavenworth Ale-Fest - April 20-21, 2018

This is a benefit for the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum. Delicious food and popular northwest bands. Beer tasting with the brews of 20 micro breweries.

Art In The Park - May 5 - October 2017 (2018 dates not yet announced)

This show is considered the longest continually-run outdoor art show in the Northwest area. This event is organized by Village Art in the Park, a non-profit arts association in Leavenworth.

Maifest - May 11-13, 2018

Maifest Dancers
Celebrate Fruhling (Spring) in our traditional Bavarian fashion. Experience the Grand March, including village folk and visitor alike dressed in Trachten and traditional fare. Enjoy flowers, weekend entertainment, and dancing.

Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest - May 17-20, 2018

Come bird with us and discover the natural beauty of North Central Washington state. Hear songs sung only during the breeding season while you stroll, bike, boat, or van during the height of wildflower season. While birding is the heart of the weekend, activities also include wildflower walks, arts events, and family activities to ensure fun and learning for everyone, and for birders of all skill levels.

Leavenworth International Accordion Festival - June 21-24, 2018

Exhibits, free lessons, performances and conpetition.

Kinderfest - July 4, 2018

A town Festival that celebrates children and their families. Fun for everyone, but especially the youngest of our population. Face painting, bird feeder crafts, free snacks, games, and balloons! Our mix of hands-on crafting and professional entertainment provides for a wonderful day in the sun. Celebrate our country's independence with wholesome entertainment and smiles that dim even the brightest of sparklers.

Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival - June 30 - July 15, 2017 (2018 dates not yet announced)

Concerts each weekend and more in the beautiful Sleeping Lady Chapel Theater at Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort and Icicle Creek Music Center's Canyon Wren Recital Hall.

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival - September 20-22, 2018

Indian dancers and storytellers. Outdoor sports, discovery hunt, endangered species exhibit, art & craft fair. See fish up close. Hatchery tour. Salmon Run - 10K run, 5K walk, small fry race.

Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival - September 29-30, 2018

The Autumn Leaf Festival is Leavenworth's longest running festival. Come play at Leavenworth's oldest festival! A parade with over 80 floats, entertainment throughout, and fun for the whole family. Clowns, parades, yodelers, bands, singers and dancers.

Oktoberfest - October 5-6, 12-13, 19-20, 2018

Live music, German food, arts and crafts, Bavarian clothing sale, and activities for the whole family. Oktoberfest in Leavenworth is the next best thing to being in Munich! Our own Musikkapelle Leavenworth will be joined by other musical groups from the US and Germany.
Keg Tapping Ceremony 1:00pm every Saturday.

Hugging the Coast has named Leavenworth's Oktoberfest as #1 in its Top 10 Places to Celebrate Oktoberfest in the US.

Christkindlmarkt - November 23-25, 2018

Craft and food booths, lantern workshop. Continuous live traditional and holiday music. Children's crafts. Lantern parade. Glowing Christmas Decorations. Letters to Santa.

Christmas Lighting Festival - November 30-December 2, 7-9, 14-16, 2018

Christmas Lighting
Your Bavarian Getaway transforms itself into a virtual snow globe of Christmas Magic. Crowned "The Ultimate Holiday Town USA" from the A&E Network and featured in 2006 & 2007 by Good Morning America. Leavenworth welcomes you with Roasting Chestnuts, Holiday Characters, Old Fashioned Caroling and pure simple Christmas Magic. Join us as we celebrate this special season and fill your heart with memories for a lifetime.
Music, parades, tree lighting, living Nativity, Christmas Bazaar, and the Leavenworth Summer Theater Christmas show.
NOTE: The actual Christmas lighting ceremony is only on Saturday and Sunday night.

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Bavarian Battle


The Bavarian Battle is a gnarly 5k obstacle run held in the Bavarian village of Leavenworth, Washington. Racers will jump, slide, run, climb, hop and crawl their way to the finish line.

Bavarian Ice Festival Map:

The year's first festival activity with the brisk freshness of winter. Shake out the snow and ice, if only momentarily, to smoosh, sweep, and sculpt your way into family fun. Enjoy our own Ski Hill for demo's, tubing and a host of other actiivities.

Opa Says: (Old German sayings)

Christkindlmarkt Map:

Christkindlmarkt will be held outdoors on Front Street at the City Park to welcome the Christmas shopping season with food, music and activities for children.

Christmas in the Mountains Choral Festival

Annual Christmas concert series. Come join in the spirit.

Christmas Lighting Ceremony Map:

Our nationally-acclaimed Christmas Lighting Festival returns for an emotional visit to a turn-of-the-century Bavarian Christmas, Holiday personalities and a ceremonial lighting of the town. New for 2010 - Lights on Friday nights - Lights & Ceremony on Saturdays and Sundays only

Icicle Arts Art Festival Map:

Workshops will be offered in Leavenworth and Wenatchee to participants of all ages, in a variety of art forms. Two spotlight performances will be presented: Trio Globo and ABC-Tokyo.

Kinderfest Map:

A town Festival that celebrates children and their families. Fun for everyone, but especially the youngest of our population. Face painting, bird feeder crafts, free snacks, games, balloons!

Leavenworth Ale-Fest Map:

Food, music and 40 brews to taste. Join us for another "ale-of-a-party", a fundraiser for the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum.

Leavenworth Choral Festival Map:

Invitational festival with five Pacific NW choirs hosted by Leavenworth Village Voices. Spine-tingling finale of 200- voice massed choir directed by a special guest conductor.

Leavenworth Film Festival Map:

First Annual Festival, showcasing the best recent independent short films with a focus on Washington State and outdoor recreation.

Leavenworth International Accordion Festival Map:

1107 1st Avenue  Seattle
The Northwest Accordion Society is now responsible for the planning and support for the Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration. Competition, playing at the gazebo, volunteering, and so much more.

Leavenworth International Dance Festival Map:

Two days of International Dance showcasing groups from throughout the Pacific Northwest and representing such countries as Brazil, Croatia, Mexico, Philippines and featuring our won German dance group, The Edelweiss Tanz Gruppe.

Leavenworth Music Festival Map:


10461 Stemm Rd  Peshastin
The Leavenworth Blues, Brews & BBQ (LB3) event is designed to allow you to enjoy great music, outstanding beer and wine, and some of the best BBQ around, all without ever having to leave the grounds.

Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest Map:

Celebrate spring bird song and the natural world in beautiful North Central Washington. We have field trips, workshops, art shows, concerts and more! See website for details. Reservations preferred.

Maifest Map:

Celebrate Fruhling (Spring) and Mother's Day in our tradtional Bavarian fashion. Experience the Grand March, including village folk and visitor alike dressed in Trachten and traditional fare. Enjoy flowers, weekend entertainment, and dancing.

Oktoberfest Map:


1001 Front Street  Leavenworth
Enjoy the traditions of a truly traditional Bavarian Festival brought to Leavenworth for your pleasure. International entertainment, German food and drink. Arts and Crafts booths.

Red Wine and Chocolate Festival Map:

The Columbia Cascade Winery Association and its Wineries Invite you to visit our Wineries and sample some "Great Wines and Decadent Chocolate"

Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival Map:

PO Box 116  Leavenworth
Come play at Leavenworth's oldest festival! A wonderful parade encompassing over 80 floats, entertainment throughout, and fun for the whole family.

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival Map:

12790 Fish Hatchery Road  Leavenworth
Twenty years old an we're still the freshest fish in town! Come help us celebrate 20 years of 'Fins, Feathers & Family Fun'. Devoted to "edu-entertainment", a form of education and entertainment. See website for information

The Road goes ever on and on down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone, and I must follow, if I can,
pursuing it with eager feet, until it joins some larger way
where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say.

-- Bilbo Baggins


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