There is no place quite like Leavenworth during the fall, and for more reasons than just the stunning autumn scenery. Some of the village’s best annual events take place during this time of year, including the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival! This educational celebration of the return of the salmon and Leavenworth’s Native American culture is an adventure for everyone in the family, and one you won’t soon forget! Here’s what you can expect at this year’s Salmon Festival in Washington!
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More About the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival
This September 28th-29th, the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival is returning to Leavenworth! Set in the pristine Cascade Mountains, this 2-day natural resource event is held annually to celebrate the return of the salmon to northwest rivers. The fish is a vital food source for many creatures who populate the region, including fox, bears, and birds. In turn, these animals contribute to the beauty and preservation of the mountains, creating an endless cycle of natural beauty. That is something worth celebrating!
The festival takes place at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery, which is located at the mouth of the scenic Icicle Canyon. The wide variety of activities during the event gives students, teachers, and visitors from all over a hands-on learning experience about our natural world and the significance of salmon to the ecosystem and people of the Northwest.
3 Things to Do at the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival
Enjoy the Family-Friendly Activities
The options for having fun and making memories are nearly endless at the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival! Here are just a handful of educational activities taking place at this year’s event that you won’t want to miss:
- Costume Parade
- Chalk Art
- Creativity Corner Art Tent
- Eye to Eye With Local Fish
- Find the Bobbers
- Salmon Maze
- Rolling Rivers Sandbox
- Salmon Storytelling
You can’t have a festival surrounded by the natural beauty of the Cascades without outdoor recreation opportunities! If you’re feeling adventurous, here are some options to satisfy your inner explorer during the festival:
- Climbing Wall
- Disc Golf
- Fishing Demos
- Traditional Bowhunting
- Hiking Trails
Native American Village and Ceremony
The Native American tribal village is a cultural education experience exclusive to the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival. It is a great opportunity to learn more about the Northwest Native American culture and share in their traditions. Visitors to the village will experience tribal performing arts, traditional salmon cooking, sharing of cultural values, and more! The Native American village is a favorite of many festival goers, and we’re sure you’ll love it too!
More Leavenworth Fall Festivals to Add to Your Itinerary
If the Wenatchee River Salmon Festival sounds like fun, you won’t want to miss these events coming to Leavenworth this fall!
The Leavenworth Oktoberfest is one of the largest Bavarian events in the nation and the best in the Northwest! Visitors from all over the country flock to our village September-October to indulge in traditional festivities, fantastic food, and of course, lots and lots of beer.
Leavenworth Wine Walk
Over 20 tasting rooms will be participating in this year’s Leavenworth Wine Walk! Stroll through the downtown area and taste of the region’s finest wines, snack on specialty cheeses, and enter for the chance to win prizes.
Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival
The Leavenworth Autumn Leaf Festival celebrates the vibrant colors of fall with parades, fall festivities, music, and more. Not only is it one of the largest Leavenworth events of the year, but it is also the town’s original festival.
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Offering charm, ambiance, and hospitality, Pine River Ranch is the perfect destination for a visit to Leavenworth! Whether you are here to attend a fall celebration or enjoy a romantic escape, you’ll love our one-of-a-kind amenities, delicious daily breakfast, and stunning suites. Our location in the foothills of the Cascade Mountains also places you in a tranquil and peaceful setting. It’s everything you need and more to make memories that will last a lifetime!
Book your getaway to Pine River Ranch today! We look forward to welcoming you to Leavenworth soon.
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