Maifest in Leavenworth, WA

Maifest In Leavenworth

Celebrate spring in Leavenworth, Washington at a traditional Bavarian folk festival. The free, family oriented festival is filled with tons of entertainment and events. Folk dancers twirl and dance in front of and around the Maibaum (May Pole) in Front Street right in the center of Leavenworth.

But first...The Alphorn sounds at noon on Saturday, signaling the start of the Grand Parade. Townspeople dressed in Trachten (traditional Bavarian clothing, like dirndl skirts and lederhosen) lead a procession down Front Street of goats carts, horse drawn wagons and Bernese mountain dogs decked out in flowers and pulling flower decorated carts, accompanied by oompah bands and folk dancing. Spring is really here and it couldn't come to you and your family in a more beautiful setting. Check out this slide show of images from Maifest on the SkiPow Visuals website. They got some great pictures of Leavenworth. We think it captures all the color and fun of Maifest.

Here's a link to a YouTube video by a family who visited Leavenworth during a past MaiFest with their Bernese puppy, Tanner. Leavenworth is a very pet friendly town all year-long, but MaiFest is an extra special time to visit with your four-legged family members. Visit our Pets page to find out places to stay and eat that have designated themselves as "Pet-Friendly."


Maifest Dancers
Leavenworth is nestled in the east slope of the central Cascade Mountain range. The surrounding mountain peak will still be covered with snow but down below, in the village, expect a warm spring day, in a typical year. We dress in light layers in Leavenworth in May. The village flower boxes and baskets will have been planted and flowers will be blooming. See a past blog post for links to the 2011 MaiFest Flower Award winners. Trees will be leafed out and the whole area will be decked out in an infinite variety of verdant spring color. Check our Weather page for live webcams and links to weather forecasts.

Here's a great Flickr album from Maifest in Leavenworth.

When you and your family need a quiet break from the festivities, wander down to Waterfront Park and Blackbird Island. Waterfront Park is one of Leavenworth's best kept secrets. The trail is flat. It follows the Wenatchee River. Visit Icicle Inn's website and download a map of the park trail and view images taken at the park. If you'd like to adventure further afield than Waterfront Park, check out the Leavenworth Trail Guide. There are hundreds of miles of trails for your family to explore on foot or mountain bike. And check with Stevens Pass Mountain Resort to see if there might still be some late spring skiing or to see if the Stevens Pass Mountain Bike Park is open for spring riding yet.

Maifest In Leavenworth
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If you'd like to do some white water or scenic river rafting the season for both is in full swing in May. Check out our Sports and Recreation page for links to guides and outfitters in the area.

Our Play page has ideas and links for all sorts of activities for you and your family. While in Leavenworth you can golf, visit museums, go on wine tasting tours, visit the Fish Hatchery, hike and listen to live music.

Back in Leavenworth the village will be lively with all sorts of local and traveling entertainers. There will be folk dancing, live music and a Bavarian costume contest. Check our MaiFest page for the entertainment schedule as Maifest draws closer.

Are you looking for a place to Stay in Leavenworth? Check our Stay page for links to lodging options from rental cabins and budget motels to fine hotels and pensions. You can also enjoy bed and breakfasts in every price range and style in Leavenworth. Many B&B's offer gourmet breakfasts and have winery and vineyard tour options. Check out our Staycation blog post for ideas for staying and playing close to home, in Leavenworth.

While you're in Leavenworth, you'll need to eat. Our Eat page has links to every restaurant, café and coffee shop in Leavenworth. You'll find traditional German fare like bratwurst and sauerkraut as well as international cuisine, such as Italian and Mexican. Find treats & sweets throughout the village. The Gingerbread Factory on Commercial Street has a lunch menu of sandwiches and salads along with yummy cookies and, of course, gingerbread! They're open for breakfast and espresso. For breakfast, grab a pastry at Bakery Creations or the Danish Bakery. For a heartier breakfast try Sandy's Waffle House or Tumwater Inn.

Leavenworth, Washington is a wonderful place to celebrate the arrival of spring. Come enjoy warm mountain sunshine and a wonderful spring festival in Washington State's Little Bavaria.

 

Maifest 2015 Schedule

Click here for a downloadable schedule
and map

Maifest 2015 Schedule


Click here for a downloadable schedule
and map

Friday, May 9

9:00 - 6:00

Village Art in the Park

Front Street Park
5:00 - 8:00

Bavarian Hat & Ribbon Crown Craft

Gazebo
5:00 - 8:00

AlpenFolk

Enjoy the music & folklore of the Alps - Gazebo
5:45

Mini-Maipole Dance

Elelweiss Dance Academie - Gazebo
6:00 - 6:30

Traditional German Dance Lesson & Performance

The Tirolean Dancers - Gazebo

Saturday, May 10

7:00-11:00

Lion's Club Breakfast

Lion's Club Park
8:00-2:00

Plant Sale

Cascade Garden Club - United Methodist Church
9:00-6:00

Village Art in the Park

Front St Park
11:00-6:00

Bouncy House, Climing Wall & More

Front Street
11:00-11:45

Pierce Colege Choir

Gazebo
11:45-12:00

Mini-Maipole Dance

Elelweiss Dance Academie - Gazebo
12:00

"Festzug" (Bavarian March)

Townspeople & visitors in Bavarian garb, horses & carriages, Leavenworth's Bierwagen, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and more. Front St
12:30

Welcome Ceremony

Gazebo
12:45-1:30

Maipole Dance Performance

Tirolean Dancers - Gazebo
1:30-3:00

AlpenFolk

Enjoy the music & folklore of the Alps - Gazebo
1:30-3:00

Bavarian Brass

Enjoy the oompa-pa of the Bavarian Brass - Throughout town
1:30-5:00

Knights of Veritas Pavilion

German Medieval antiques, replicas, and mini trebuchet - Front St
1:30-5:00

Recycled Mother's Day Craft

Hosted by Icicle Arts - 8th St
1:30-5:00

Plant your Own "Leavenworthy" Hanging Flower Basket

8th St
1:30-5:00

Classic Porsches on Display

356 Northwest Group - Front St
2:00-3:00

Longsword Battle Presentation

Knights of Veritas - Front St
3:00

"Bavaria's Best Dressed" Contest

Dress in your Bavarian best and win - Gazebo
3:15

Win a Trip for Two to Bavaria

Leavenworth Rotary - Gazebo
3:30-3:45

Traditional German Dance Lesson

Tirolean Dancers - Gazebo
3:45-4:30

Dance Performance

Tirolean Dancers - Gazebo
4:30-6:00

Musikkapelle Leavenworth

March, waltz & polka wiht Musikkapelle - Gazebo
6:00-8:00

AlpenFOlk

Enjoy the music & folklore of the Alps - Gazebo

Sunday, May 11

9:00-6:00

Village Art in the Park

Front St Park
11:00-evening

Bouncy House, Climing Wall & More

Front Street
11:00-3:00

Bavarian Brass

Enjoy the oompa-pa of the Bavarian Brass - Throughout town
12:00-12:45

Maipole Dance Performance

Tirolean Dancers - Gazebo
1:00-2:00

AlpenFolk

Enjoy the music & folklore of the Alps - Gazebo
2:00-2:15

Traditional German Dance Lesson

Tirolean Dancers - Gazebo
2:15-3:00

Dance Performance

Tirolean Dancers - Gazebo
3:00-5:00

AlpenFolk

Enjoy the music & folklore of the Alps - Gazebo

Our nature lies in movement; complete calm is death.

-- Blaise Pascal

 

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