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Festivals & Events

Bavarian IceFest 2016

  • Saturday, January 16th, 2016
  • Sunday, January 17th, 2016

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!

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 18 years! Limited to first 10 teams. Non-toxic coloring OK. Judging at 3pm; winners announced shortly thereafter. (Competition Saturday; sculptures are 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) For a full schedule click here.

Snowmobile Sled Pull!* Let our local boys, the Bavarian Boondockers, give you the sled ride of a lifetime behind a snowmobile! (Saturday 11am-3pm; $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)

Stevens Pass Grom Playground!  Brand new this year! Stevens Pass comes to Leavenworth's Front St Park to help all the little kiddos learn to ski/board, this little park contains fun features for kids 3-7 years to try while a certified snowsports school instructor guides them around. (Saturday 11am-1pm and from 2-4pm, and on Sunday from 11am-2pm)   

The Aerial Assualt Extreme Trampline team from Salt Lake City, UT will perform shows featuring professional athletes and a fun upbeat soundtrack! Shows at 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm. (Sunday only)

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

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

Weekend Program and Schedule Here!


Fireworks Sponsors

Mike West Realty

Ice Sculpture Sponsors

Baren Haus Restaurant
Marson & Marson Lumber, Inc.
Wedge Mountain Inn
Cashmere Valley Bank

Entertainment Sponsor

Peoples Bank

Activity Sponsors

Bavarian Boondockers
Bavarian Lodge
Enzian Inn
Icicle Village Resort
The Loft
München Haus
Nussknacker Haus
Obertal Inn
Pension Anna
The Alley Café
Wood Shop / Hat Shop
Village Pharmacy
Red Baron Gifts


Andreas Keller
Icicle Brewing Co
NW Comfy Cabins Vacation Rentals
Oil & Vinegar Cellar


Cheesemonger's Shop
King Ludwig’s Restaurant


  • Saturday, January 16th, 2016
  • Sunday, January 17th, 2016
Time: All Day
Fee: For Games & Activities: Active duty military $0.01, adults 18+ $5, youth 11-17 $3, kids 6 and under are free)
Leavenworth Chamber of CommerceFront Street ParkT: (509) 548-5807Website