There’s nothing quite as beautiful as Leavenworth in spring. The wildflowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and there are endless opportunities to celebrate the season! One of the most highly-anticipated events in our Bavarian village is Maifest in Leavenworth. This annual festival is a celebration of spring, featuring live music, dancing, arts and crafts and so much more. Come experience it all for yourself this spring during your stay at Pine River Ranch.
Mark your calendar for May 8th-10th, 2020, and start making plans to attend now. Read on to learn more about this fun-filled event, and don’t forget to request your FREE Leavenworth Travel Guide to learn about other local spring festivals, events, and celebrations!
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History of the German Maifest
Maifest is a centuries-old tradition that dates back to ancient times. 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 2020
You’re invited to join in this grand celebration of spring! Leavenworth Maifest 2020 begins on Friday, May 8th and continues through Sunday, May 10th!
The pear blossoms will be sprung to life and the flowers 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’s what to expect at this year’s Maifest in Leavenworth:
Friday, May 8th:
On Friday, enjoy music and entertainment in the Gazebo from 3:30 until 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, May 9th:
Saturday is packed full of fun activities. Get ready for chainsaw carving, Bavarian music, Maipole dancing, and much more. The Festzug (Grand March) begins at noon, so dress to impress in your Bavarian attire and join the parade. Saturday ends with a classic evening Alphorn serenade.
Sunday, May 10th:
Come back on Sunday for live music, Maipole dancing, and chainsaw carvers all day long! There will also be incredible artwork and hand-crafted goods on display every day of the festival.
However you decide to spend your time at the Maifest in Leavenworth, it is sure to become one of the highlights of your Leavenworth getaway. Make sure to reserve your accommodations well in advance; they always sell out quickly this time of year!
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!
Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest (May 14th-18th, 2020)
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 18th, 2020)
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.
Book Your Stay at Pine River Ranch!
Need a place to stay for your spring getaway to Leavenworth? We invite you to stay at Pine River Ranch, a rustic-style bed and breakfast nestled in the Cascade Mountains.As a guest, you can expect warm hospitality, luxury amenities, and of course, comfortable guest suites accented with rustic charm. After a full night’s rest, you’ll be greeted in the morning with a piping hot gourmet breakfast delivered straight to your door.
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