As one of the nation’s premier winter destinations, Leavenworth is filled with plenty of things to see and experience during the snowy season. One of these memorable events is the annual Leavenworth Ice Festival! Also known as the Bavarian Icefest, this fun-filled affair celebrates winter’s bounty with a wide array of exciting activities that you’re sure to love. Read on to learn more about the Leavenworth Ice Festival or request your free copy of our Vacation Guide to discover even more fun local events and activities for your next Leavenworth, WA getaway.
What to Expect at the Leavenworth Ice Festival 2019
The Bavarian Icefest 2019 kicks off January 19th-20th and is shaping up to be one of the best years yet! Attending the festival is one of the best ways to immerse in the culture of our Bavarian-inspired village and the undeniable beauty of the Cascade Mountains. The famous collection of Christmas lights from the Leavenworth Winter Festival will remain lit, so guests will feel as if they are strolling through a twinkling wonderland. In addition to the enchanting ambiance, visitors will also enjoy plenty of exciting winter activities. Here is your first look at the schedule so you can start planning your visit:
Saturday, January 19th
- Snow Sculpture Displays
- Ice-Themed Games and Activities such as Frisbee Sweep, Ice Cube Scramble, and more
- Snowmobile Sled Pull
- Live Ice Carvings
- Snowball Toss and Ice Fishing
- Stevens Pass Grom Playground
Sunday, January 20th
- Stevens Pass Grom Playground
- Snowshoe Demo Day at Ski Hill
- Fireworks Show at 6 pm
More Upcoming Leavenworth Events to Look Forward To
Taste Leavenworth (April)
Did you know that Leavenworth is known for pears? Taste Leavenworth is a great way to kickstart the spring season and enjoy culinary specials from Leavenworth’s finest restaurants and shops. Of course, you won’t want to miss the ‘pear’tacular selections that emphasize the bountiful spring harvest.
Leavenworth Alefest (April)
This popular annual event brings some of the region’s best craft beers directly to you! You’ll also be kept entertained throughout the day with live music, delicious food, and much more. It’s an “ale of a party” that you won’t soon forget! Over 20 microbrews will be available for tastings at the Leavenworth AleFest, so be sure to try them all!
Maifest is one of the spring’s most anticipated events and includes something for any traveler to enjoy. The Bavarian village of Leavenworth will be tapping into its German roots to bring you a full weekend of music, dancing, and fun! Of course, the main event is the traditional dancing around the Maifest pole.
Need a Place to Stay? You’re Invited to Pine River Ranch!
With so much to see and do in Leavenworth, it’s nearly impossible to do it all in one day! Ensure you’ll have plenty of time to fully experience the wonders of Leavenworth by staying with us! Our historic and secluded bed & breakfast provides everything you need to lodge in comfort and make memories that will last a lifetime. Guests of Pine River Ranch are spoiled with rustic-style guest suites packed with luxury amenities.
For couples, the Nason Suite is a very popular choice and the perfect home-away-from-home! You and your sweetheart will enjoy a warm and comfortable place to come back after a full day at the Leavenworth Ice Festival. Get some well-deserved rest in the beautiful pine log bed, warm up in front of the large rock fireplace, or let all of your worries melt away in the rock-faced jetted tub. It’s everything you’ll need and more for a memorable getaway to Leavenworth.