Why Maifest in Leavenworth is One of the Best Springtime Events

Celebrate the season with a German tradition dating all the way back to the 10th century! Maifest in Leavenworth is one of the spring’s most anticipated events with a little bit of everything 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! If you haven’t already made your reservation for this vibrant celebration, here’s why you won’t want to miss it!

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Brief History of Maifest in Germany

Maifest is a centuries-old tradition that has become a treasured holiday around the world. German villages would gather together to celebrate the beginning of spring by planting flowers, playing music and games, and raising the maipole in the local square. The maipole was the icon of the festival and would be decorated with sausages, flowers, cakes, and colorful ribbons. The villagers believed that dancing around the pole would bring good luck and wealth. Many of these activities are still carried out today in Maifest celebrations all over the world, including Leavenworth, WA!  

What to Expect at the Maifest in Leavenworth

You’re invited to join in this grand celebration of spring! Leavenworth Maifest 2017 begins on Friday, May 12th and continues through Sunday, May 14th! The pear blossoms will be sprung to life and the wildflower fields will be bursting just in time for this colorful festival. Could you possibly need more reasons to visit Leavenworth this time of year? Here are some of the activities you can expect at the Maifest in Leavenworth:

  • Live German Music
  • Village Art in the Park
  • Kids Activities (Bouncy Houses, Climbing Walls, etc.)
  • Bavarian-Inspired “Festzug”
  • Maibaum Dance
  • German Medieval Antiques, Sword Battle, and Trebuchet Demonstration
  • Classic Porsches
  • Plant Sale and Hanging Flower Basket Planting Station

Full details for the 2017 Maifest in Leavenworth will be released soon, so be sure to occasionally check the Leavenworth website! We look forward to seeing you there!

More Leavenworth Springtime Events to Look Forward To

Maifest in Leavenworth is just the beginning! Here are even more spring events and festivals that you’ll want to add to your vacation itinerary!

Spring Sensations Pear Festival (April 1st-30th): Did you know that Leavenworth is the lead exporter for organic pears in the USA? Now you do! Celebrate this month-long celebration of pears and springtime with local restaurants, stores, wineries, and more!

Leavenworth Ale Fest (April 21st-22nd): Support the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum while enjoying an array of delicious craft beers from all over the state of Washington!

Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest (May 18th-21st): Discover the natural wonders of Leavenworth as you explore the Cascades in search of migratory birds. There will also be a slew of other activities available such as wildflower walks, art events, and family activities.

Plan Your Leavenworth Spring Getaway to Pine River Ranch

Don’t settle for a mediocre accommodation experience when you can enjoy the getaway of a lifetime at Pine River Ranch! Our historic and charming inn is a one-of-a-kind bed & breakfast and wedding venue in the Cascade mountains. Guests will enjoy rustic-style suites with high-quality amenities, a delicious gourmet breakfast, and access to a wide range of signature vacation packages. The convenient location also places you just minutes from the Bavarian village of Leavenworth and all the adventure waiting just for you in the mountains. Ready to make memories that will last a lifetime? Book your spring getaway to Pine River Ranch today before we fill up for the season!

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