5 reasons to visit Leavenworth this Spring

Mar 20, 2018, 10:41 AM | Updated: Apr 13, 2018, 10:31 am

SPONSORED — With its iconic holiday lighting and festive sleigh rides, Leavenworth has a reputation as the state’s most iconic winter wonderland. But when the snow melts and the flowers bloom, the Bavarian village is just as happy to “willkommen” you with open arms – and plenty of fun. This spring, Leavenworth has enough festivals, food and activities to keep you entertained all season long.

Pick a pear (or 47)

Fun fact: Leavenworth grows more deluxe organic pears than anywhere else in the nation. So if you’re accustomed to saving those gold-wrapped beauties for your holiday gift baskets, you’re missing out on prime pear season.

Around April, you’ll be able to taste the nation’s best Bartlett and Bosc pears in all forms – sliced into tarts, used in fine artisan chocolates, and even mixed into cocktails. In fact, you can pick up a pear map to show you exactly which treats to taste and drinks to toast throughout the village.

Taste it all

Leavenworth has pears aplenty, but the decadent fruits aren’t the town’s only claim to culinary fame. At the much-anticipated Taste Leavenworth event, you’ll have a chance to take a nibble – or a plateful – of the village’s most famous culinary creations.

No trip to Leavenworth is complete without a sizzling bratwurst, homemade pear strudel, area wines and locally made meats and cheeses. Your Taste Leavenworth passport offers drool-worthy coupons redeemable April 7 – 8 in the town’s best (and tastiest) shops and restaurants.

Catch a flick

In Leavenworth, the great outdoors might be center stage this time of year, but there’s one big reason to take your activities inside. The 5th annual Leavenworth International Film Festival kicks off April 13, giving you two days to enjoy a curated mix of the “best recent short films with a focus on outdoor pursuits and the natural world,” according to

The festival is the perfect opportunity to get dressed up, walk the red carpet and even take a ride in a free limousine – oh, and see great films.

Grab a drink

There’s nothing like a hearty “prost” to welcome spring. That’s why the Leavenworth Ale-Fest is one of the year’s most anticipated events. After nearly a decade, this annual beer festival attracts the region’s best breweries and food vendors, all set in the iconic Leavenworth Festhalle.

Eat, drink and be merry – all for a good cause. The festival raises money for the Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum, “a very important part of the Leavenworth community,” according to the event’s website.

Birdwatch (and more)

If anyone ever tells you Leavenworth is for the birds, well, they’re kind of right – particularly in the spring. In early May Leavenworth celebrates Maifest, a German tradition dating back to the 10th century celebrating the arrival of spring and the raising of a “maipole” as tradition. Spring also sees the annual Birdfest kick off, and this year’s promises to be memorable. The Birdfest is the perfect opportunity for nature lovers to “flock” together to celebrate the return of the region’s migratory birds in a truly spectacular atmosphere of blooming wildflowers.

Listen to an expert keynote speaker, take the family on a nature walk or teach the young ones about their natural surroundings in this event promoting “the awareness of environmental and conservation issues surrounding the area’s birds,” according to The Birdfest runs May 17-20. Learn more on the event’s website.

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events
Date Event Make Plans
April 7th – 8th Taste Leavenworth Learn More
April 13th – 14th Leavenworth Film Festival Learn More
April 20th – 21st Alefest Learn More
May 5th – 6th Rockfest Learn More
May 11th – 12th Maifest 2018 Learn More
May 17th – 20th Spring Bird Fest Learn More


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