The Bavarian-style village of Leavenworth often taps into its German inspiration with stunning architecture, food, and of course, events! One of the most highly-anticipated Bavarian events in our area is Maifest Leavenworth.
This May 11th-12th, be sure you’re in town so you don’t miss a moment of the festivities including Bavarian-themed music, dancing, and celebrations of spring. Read on to learn more about this fun-filled event, and don’t forget to request your FREE copy of our Vacation Guide to instantly receive a full list of other exciting Leavenworth festivals and activities in our area.
A Brief History of the German Maifest
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 Maifest in Leavenworth 2019
You’re invited to join in this grand celebration of spring! Leavenworth Maifest 2019 begins on Saturday, May 11th and continues through Sunday, May 12th!
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
However you decide to spend your time at the festival, it is sure to become one of the highlights of your Leavenworth getaway.
More Spring Events That You Won’t Want to Miss
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.
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest (May 16th-19th, 2019)
Hosted by the Wenatchee River Institute, the Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest is put on annually with the goal of providing educational and recreational activities for visitors that focus on Leavenworth birds, wildlife, and their habitats.
This is your opportunity to learn more about the countless bird species that call Leavenworth home, and possibly see them for yourself!
Leavenworth Ale Fest (April 13th, 2019)
The Leavenworth Ale Fest showcases several fantastic breweries and cideries each year, giving you the chance to try a wide variety of unique crafts and ask your most pressing questions to the brewers themselves.
Proceeds collected at the event will benefit the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts and fund one of our area’s top entertainment venues.
Vox Docs Film Festival (March 1st-2nd, 2019)
The Vox Docs Film Festival was founded in 2001 with the goal of celebrating culture, encouraging discussion, and bringing artistic expression to the Leavenworth community. If you are a lover of the cinema, this is an event that you certainly won’t want to skip.
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