Why You Won’t Want to Miss the Maifest in Leavenworth


Spring is a wonderful time of year to be in Leavenworth and more reasons than just the beautiful natural scenery. Each year, our Bavarian-inspired village hosts a traditional German celebration known as Maifest! The weekend will be filled with Bavarian-themed music, dancing, and activities that you won’t want to miss. Here is everything you need to know about Maifest in Leavenworth and why it’s worthy of a spot on your itinerary.

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A Brief History of the 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 2018

You’re invited to join in this grand celebration of spring! Leavenworth Maifest 2018 begins on Friday, May 11th and continues through Sunday, May 13th! The pear blossoms will be sprung to life and the wildflower fields will be blooming with color just in time for this spectacular 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
  • Bavarian-inspired “Festzug”
  • Maibaum Dance
  • Bernese Mountain Dog Parade in Leavenworth, WA
  • German Medieval Antiques, Sword Battle, and Trebuchet Demonstration
  • Classic Porsches
  • Plant Sale and Hanging Flower Basket Planting Station

Full details for the 2018 Maifest in Leavenworth will be released soon, so be sure to occasionally check the Leavenworth website! We look forward to seeing you there!

More Spring Events in Leavenworth to Plan For

Maifest in Leavenworth is just one of the many annual festivals to look forward to! Here are even more spring events that you’ll want to add to your vacation itinerary right now.

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

Taste of Leavenworth (April 8th): Taste of 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 Ale Fest (April 20th-21st): Support the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum while enjoying an array of delicious craft beers from all over the state of Washington!

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