Festivals

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.

Taste Leavenworth - April (all month)

2017 is the seventh TasteLeavenworth 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!

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

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 12-14, 2017 (2018 dates not yet announced)


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 18-21, 2017 (2018 dates not yet announced)

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 15-18, 2017 (2018 dates not yet announced)

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.

Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival - September 23-25, 2017

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.

Wenatchee River Salmon Festival - September 27-28, 2017

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.

Oktoberfest - September 29 - 30, October 6-7, 13-14, 2017

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 24-26, 2017

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 - December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 2017


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.