One of the Northwest’s favorite festivals is happening this weekend in Leavenworth.  It is celebrating it’s 64th year.  It is the oldest festival in Leavenworth and began the same year the city adopted its Bavarian identity.

From Friday, September 24th through Sunday, September 26th, Leavenworth welcomes everyone to enjoy their town, the atmosphere, and activities.   For a full list of activities, vendors, events visit Autumn Leaf Festival or Entertainment Schedule.

The parade is on and begins at noon on Saturday.  For those of us in the North Sound, this is a fun and quick drive over the pass before the snows arrive.  The trees are turning, and the views are beautiful coming into town along the Icicle.  If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend, this could be it.  A day trip is easy, or lodging is plentiful for an overnight stay.

Many of us who have attended, know the locals are very specific about this being “Autumn Leaf Festival”, not to be confused with Oktoberfest.  Oktoberfest will also occur this year, with a slightly different format.  This year it will be a street fair environment the first three weekends in October.  Full details about Oktoberfest can be found at Leavenworth Oktoberfest.

We want to make it very clear that this is not a “Normal” Oktoberfest.  This year will be a “Street Fair Vibe” only.  Food and Vendor booths will be placed in our normal footprint.  There is NO scheduled entertainment, shuttles, or beer.   

The plan is to host 100 unique local vendors, artists, and crafters for the first 3-weekends in October.  We will have all you favorite Oktoberfest food and the official Oktoberfest souvenirs on hand.  In addition to vendor booths, we will also host “Kinderplatz” a special area designed with kids in mind

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience. She is currently the Editor of the Everett Post dedicated to providing current, relevant, and entertaining content for the local community.