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Festivals & Events

Bavarian Icefest

  • Saturday, January 17th, 2015
  • Sunday, January 18th, 2015

Leavenworth loves winter, and each year on MLK Jr. weekend we celebrate winter's bounty with IceFest! The village is still dressed in over half a million twinkling lights and this weekend is a flurry of frosty frivolity. Come celebrate winter with us!

Full schedule of events at right.*

Snow Sculptures!* Gather a team of six and register at 9am Saturday at the Gazebo to compete, or just enjoy our featured sculpture crafted by a family that has been coming to IceFest for 17 years! Limited to first 10 teams. Non-toxic coloring OK. Judging at 3pm; winners announced shortly thereafter. (Competition Saturday; sculptures up Sunday)

IceFest Games & Activities!* The Great Frisbee Sweep! The Ice Cube Scramble! Snowball Toss! Ice Fishing! Bavarian Mug Relay! Smooshing! Ice Cube Tower Building! (Saturday, 11am-3pm; participants must register at the Gazebo, one registration fee (cash only!) covers participation in any/all games: Active duty military $0.01, adults 18+ $5, youth 11-17 $3, kids 6 and under are free)

Snowmobile Sled Pull!* Let our local boys, the Bavarian Boondockers, give you the sled ride of a lifetime behind a snowmobile! (Saturday; $1.00 to ride, register at IceFest registration at the Gazebo)

Live Ice Carving! Ice. Chainsaws. Art. Need we say more? (Live carving Saturday 12-3pm; sculptures up Sunday)

Rail Jam Hosted by Stevens Pass!* Stevens Pass comes to Leavenworth's Front St Park! With a live DJ and fun "Leavenworthy" park features, you just have to decide whether you want to spectate or participate! (Saturday 5-7pm; click here to register)

Chili MapFollow our map featuring 13 made-from-scratch chili recipes at local area restaurants and businesses!  Pick up your map at the Visitor Center or Gazebo! (Saturday & Sunday)

Fireworks! We'll end the festivities Sunday evening at 6pm with a BANG! (Sunday, 6pm)

*CANCELLED* Dog Sled Rides on Blackbird Island. Due to the temporary closure of Blackbird Island, IceFest dog sled rides have been cancelled. Those interested in booking a dog sled ride outside of town may contact our friends at Northwest Dog Sled Adventures!

Thank You IceFest Sponsors!

IceFest would not be possible without the generous support of these sponsors! Please visit and thank them while you're in town!


Mike West Leavenworth Realty


Stevens Pass


Icicle Village Resort


Australian Store
Baren Haus Restaurant
Bavarian Boondockers
Bavarian Lodge
Der Hinterhof
Enzian Inn
Icicle Junction
The Loft
Marson & Marson Lumber, Inc.
Munchen Haus
Nussknacker Haus
Obertal Inn
Pension Anna
Wood Shop / Hat Shop
Village Pharmacy


Andreas Keller
Das Lounge
The Gingerbread Factory
Icicle Brewing Company
NW Comfy Cabins
The Oil & Vineger Cellar


Die Musik Box
King Ludwig's

* Many of these events and activites are dependent on snow and may be cancelled, but we guarantee that IceFest will be a blast regardless of Mother Nature's plans! Just like in 2014 when we threw a luau instead!

  • Saturday, January 17th, 2015
  • Sunday, January 18th, 2015
Time: All Day
Fee: Fees Vary
Leavenworth Chamber of CommerceT: (509) 548-5807

800 Front Street, Leavenworth, WA, 98826