Leavenworth Maifest – May Festival

The Bavarian Village of Leavenworth presents The Annual Leavenworth Maifest

from May 11, 2018 – May 13, 2018

leavenworth may festival, maifest, spring festival in leavenworth, washington state. Photo by Kevin Unruh

Leavenworth Maifest encompasses history with 16th century costumes, games, dancing, eating, drinking and general revelry in the olde world Bavarian sense. Complete with the traditional Maipole dance! There’s a grand parade, live entertainment, shopping, a craft bazaar, and traditional “oompa” music! It’s a whole weekend of family friendly entertainment.

Spring comes early to Leavenworth. While it’s still damp on the west side of the mountains, in Leavenworth the wildflowers fill the hillsides and pear and apple blossoms fill the orchards.

Traditionally, in Germany the Maifest celebration dates back to the 10th century. In the villages people would celebrate the arrival of spring by gathering and planting flowers, raising a Maipole, dancing, and playing music. The pole would be decorated with sausages, cakes, flowers, and ribbons, and villagers believed that dancing around it would bring good luck and wealth to the village.

Leavenworth Maifest May Festival

Art in the Park

This show is considered the longest continually-run outdoor art show in the Northwest area. This event is organized by Village Art in the Park, a non-profit arts association in Leavenworth.  www.villageartinthepark.org

Check out more details for MaiFest here at leavenworth.org

 

Lodging and Hotels in Leavenworth Washington

For the month of December hotels and resorts in Leavenworth fill up quickly. Sunday’s are a good option for enjoying the Christmas Lighting Festival because there are often more accommodations available Sunday night.

Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort 3 Star

Alpen Rose Inn Alpen Rose Inn 3 Star

Obertal Inn Obertal Inn 2 Star

Blackbird Lodge Blackbird Lodge 2.5 Star

Howard Johnson Express Inn - Leavenworth Howard Johnson Express Inn – Leavenworth 2 Star

Fairbridge Inn & Suites Fairbridge Inn & Suites 2 Star