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Leavenworth, Washington
Festivals and Events

As part of its goal to attract visitors, Leavenworth makes a concerted effort to provide fun things to do year-round. Chances are you can plan a visit to coincide with an event. Read more...

Christmas Lighting Festival.

For a complete list of activities or additional information call the Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce at 509-548-5807. E-mail

January - Festival, Bavarian Ice Fest
Winter Play Day with contests, snow sculpture, smooshing, entertainment, fireworks and more.

February - Event, Chicks on Sticks Race
Annual Chicks on Sticks Race Annual 8K ski race for women. Proceeds benefit breast cancer research.

February - Event, Annual Hog Loppet
A high 30K ski trek from the top of Mission Ridge ski area to Blewett Pass.

March - Festival, Empty Bowls Festival
A fundraiser to benefit Leavenworth's Community Cupboard and art education in local schools. Local artists make bowls that are purchased by participants to paint. Larger bowls painted by local artists are auctioned off prior to the community dinner. Contact: PO Box 772, 894 Highway 2, Suite L Leavenworth, WA 98826. Phone: 509-548-0408; Fax: 509-548-7167. E-mail

April - Festival, International Choral Festival
Enjoy five premier Northwest Choral Groups performing separately and together In a GrandFinale every other April.

April - Festival, Ale Fest
Sample world-class beers at the Festhalle. A fundraiser for the Nutcracker Museum. E-mail

May - Festival, Leavenworth Spring Bird Festival
Experience a weekend celebrating birdsong and exploring the natural world through birding, geology, wildflowers and conservation. The Leavenworth area features spectacular habitats, ranging from snow-capped mountains to sunny pine forests, attracting a wide variety of birds. Guided trips and activities range from leisurely strolls to active hikes and most events are free. Sponsored by North Central Washington Audubon, the US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife, Upper Valley Arts, Leavenworth Chamber of Commerce and the Icicle Fund.

May - Festival, Maifest
Celebrate spring in Bavaria! Enjoy entertainment all weekend. Experience the Grand Parade, live entertainment, traditional German dancing including the Maipole Dance. Stroll through the Bavarian Village of Flowers, visit Art in the Park, all our great shops and restaurants and tap your toes to oompa music!

June - Event, Wenatchee River Festival
River play and educational festival. White water kayaking, flat-water family boats, raft and kayak down river.

June - Event, Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum
The only nutcracker museum In the USA (one of two worldwide), the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, a National Heritage Foundation. View over 5,000 nutcrackers dating back to the 14th Century!

June - Event, The Great Bavarian Walk
The Great Bavarian Walk raises awareness and money for autoimmune disease research. Sponsored by Pat's Fund.

June - Festival, Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration
Workshops, Jam Sessions, Concerts, Dances, Competitions and Accordion Parade.

June - Festival, Leavenworth International Dance Festival
Enjoy two days of entertaining music and dance from around the world at the Front Street Gazebo.

June - Leavenworth Wine Walk
Sample regional wines while strolling through galleries, restaurants and shops. Live music at the Gazebo.

June - Bavarian Bike & Brews Festival
IMBA sanctioned XC bike race consisting of a 8.6 mile loop. This is a challenging course that provides stunning scenery. Music and camping on site.

July Weekends - Festival, Annual Icicle Creek Chamber Music Festival
Icicle Creek celebrates its 11th Anniversary with this year's Chamber Festival. Chamber music is offered Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Resident Icicle Creek Musicians are joined by guest artists. For detailed program information call the Center office.

July - Festival, Kinderfest & Fourth of July Celebration
Fun for the whole family with games, bouncy houses, face painting, kiddie bike parade, arts and crafts plus a whole lot more at Front Street Park.

August - Festival, Wine Tasting Festival
Enjoy tasting over 20 premier Washington State wines in a relaxed country setting while browsing art booths, tasting gourmet foods and listening to great live music.

August - Village Art in the Park
Come and enjoy the longest running juried outdoor art show in the Pacific NW. Information: 509-548-5809.

September - Event, Leavenworth Quilt Show
Enjoy quilt displays throughout the village shops.

September - Festival, Wenatchee River Salmon Festival
Celebrate the annual return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River with hands-on activities, educational exhibits, entertainment, arts and crafts and more! E-mail

September - Festival, Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival
Celebrate the area's spectacular fall foliage! Enjoy the Grand Parade at noon on Saturday. Continuous entertainment, food booths and activities for the whole family.

September - Festival, Leavenworth Fall Music Festival
Live music at Ski Hill, a fund-raiser for Leavenworth Winter Sports Club.

October - Event, Oktoberfest
Celebrate in Leavenworth, the ideal setting for you and your family to enjoy the great tradition of Oktoberfest! Live music, German food and beer, Arts and Crafts, used Bavarian clothing sale, musical groups from Germany and the US and a traditional Oktoberfest Procession.

December - Christmas Lighting Festival
Visitors come back year after year for this famous Leavenworth festival. Fridays the town is in darkness awaiting Saturday's festivities. The aroma of food booths and roasting chestnuts fills the air; holiday music from the gazebo encircles the village while youngsters sled in the park; holiday personalities stroll the streets; Santa, St. Nick and Father Christmas provide photo opportunities and sleigh rides are minutes away. At dusk everyone gathers to sing & quote; "Silent Night" and witness the lighting of the village as it is transformed into a magical wonderland of lights.

Dec. 17 - Event, Starlight Lantern Parade
Make or buy your Bavarian lanterns and gather at the gazebo in Front Street Park at 6 p.m. and proceed to the Nazarene Church for the first performance of the Living Nativity. Free cookies and hot chocolate at the church.

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