Arts and Entertainment
Numerous art galleries, dramatic and musical presentations are abundant throughout the Valley to satisfy cultural interests. Call 800-57-APPLE to get a current entertainment list.
Chelan Boat Company “Lady of the Lake”
Cruise Lake Chelan on the “Lady of the Lake” or the “Lady Express,” - your gateway to world-class outdoor recreation. Where no roads can take you, witness some of Mother Nature’s finest work while relaxing and enjoying the company of friends. Travel up to Field’s Point, Lucerne, Stehekin, and Holden Village, places that can only be reached via the “Lady.” Discover the natural splendor of Lake Chelan aboard the “Lady of the Lake.” For specific information, call 509-682-2224.
The Greater Wenatchee area is dotted with fruit stands that are owned and operated by local growers. Be sure to stop and sample the many varieties and take home some fresh fruit and produce! For more information, call 800-57-APPLE.
Historical Self Guided Walking Tour
Take a walk through history on the self-guided tour of historical buildings in Downtown Wenatchee. Maps and detailed information are available at the Wenatchee Downtown Association and the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce.
The azure blue water, orchards and rolling hills provide a striking contrast with the granite cliffs and snow-covered mountains, which rise dramatically from the glacier-green water up lake. The clean crystal clear water of Lake Chelan offers some of the best recreational opportunities. Fishing, boating, water skiing, swimming, floating, kayaking, tubing, parasailing and jet skiing just to name a few. Lake Chelan stretches 55 miles north from the attractive lakefront motels and resorts in and near the city to the remote wilderness of Stehekin.
3327 Ohme Road. Three miles north off Highway 97A. Ohme Gardens is the achievement of over sixty years work by the Ohme Family. They transformed the once dry and desolate hill into nine acres of lush beauty. There are winding paths lined with beautiful flowers and clear pools surrounded by lovely alpine ground cover. The Gardens themselves are surrounded by tall, majestic evergreen trees. Ohme Gardens also offers visitors a sweeping view of the Wenatchee Valley, Columbia River, and the Cascade Mountains. 509-662-5785
Rocky Reach Dam
Beautiful grounds and fascinating exhibits make Rocky Reach Dam one of the Northwest’s most popular visitor attractions. Fifteen acres of beautiful lawns and gardens await your arrival. Visit the Powerhouse and take a self-guided tour of the fascinating scientific exhibits on hand. Spend time in the fish viewing room and watch the fish as they swim up the fish ladders. Displays are open daily from 8:00 a.m. until dusk, mid February through January 1. 509-663-8121
Scenic Loop Drive
This scenic drive will give visitors a sweeping view of the Wenatchee Valley. Follow Miller Street to Red Apple Road, take a right and you are on the Scenic Loop Drive. Be sure to stop at the pullout at the viewpoint for a grand view of the Valley.
US Forest Service Northwest Center
Located at the junction of Highways 2 and 97. The US Forest Service Information Center will provide visitors with an overview of forest habitat and nature studies. Forest Trail Maps are available as well as Smokey the Bear gift items. Don’t miss this educational opportunity for the entire family.
Washington Apple Commission Visitor Center
2900 Euclid Avenue. This center offers an in-depth look at the state’s largest agricultural industry. View the displays, watch an apple industry movie and sample a variety of Washington’s world-famous apples on the house. Their souvenir shop offers a wide variety of apple momento products. Tour groups are welcome. 509-663-9600
Wenatchee Valley Raceway
If you are in the mood for fast action excitement, this is the place for you! The Raceway operates every Saturday from early spring to late fall, offering a wide variety of racing entertainment from Nascar sanctioned matches to mini-stocks. For more information, call 509-884-8592.
Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail
An 11-mile paved loop trail for pedestrians, cyclists, skaters and others. It crosses the Columbia River at the north and south ends of Wenatchee. This scenic trail can be entered or exited from free public parking lots at several locations on both sides of the river. The Wenatchee side of the trail is lighted until midnight.
Art on the Avenues
Art on the Avenues is an outdoor gallery of sculptures mounted on pedestals of indigenous columnar basalt featuring the works of more than 40 works by nationally acclaimed artists. A walking tour map is available from the Wenatchee Chamber of Commerce and many downtown locations. Guided tours are also available. For more information, call the Chamber office at 509-662-0059.
Aplets Candy Factory Tour
In 1920, two young immigrants created a unique confection using apples from their orchard, and began to sell it at local fruit stands. Today, Liberty Orchards still makes Washington’s famous Aplets & Cotlets, as well as many other fruit and nut candies, at a charming little factory in downtown Cashmere. Visitors are welcome to tour the factory and enjoy fresh, FREE samples of these delicious local treats. Located just off Highway 2. 509-782-4088
Cross Country Skiing
This area offers more than 50K of cross country skiing including 10K from downtown Waterfront Park to the golf course. Ski Hill offers the the perfect beginner slope with a 2K lighted course. Hundreds of miles of trails surround Leavenworth, including the Lake Wenatchee Recreation Area and the Blewett Pass (Swuak Pass) area. Tours are available to the high meadows.
The upper Icicle River is open to fishing and is home to trout and salmon. The Wenatchee River is open sporadically for fishing. Local mountains hold hundreds of lakes and streams where trout can be found for those who like to hike and explore.
Columbia Cascade Wine Tours
Columbia Cascade Wine Tours: An ever-increasing variety of outstanding wineries provide guests with wine tasting experiences that rival the best. For information, brochures or a calendar of wine tasting events, call 509-548-5807.
Cashmere Cider Mill
World class Artisan Ciders in many flavors and non-alcoholic alternatives. Local art, artists at work, musicians, and a tasting room. Tour the beautiful grounds and pick up a treat for yourself or as a gift. 5420 Woodring Rd., Cashmere. 509-782-3564.
Sparkling clear water surrounded by green forest and rolling hills offers the best in recreational opportunities. Contact Washington State Parks for information on fishing, boating, water sking, swimming, kayaking, tubing, parasiling, hiking, as well as cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. 360-482-3852.
Leavenworth Nutcracker Museum
One of the world's largest collections of nutcrackers. Over 2000 different kinds, antique and present-day. 15-minute video presentation. 735 Front Street, Leavenworth. 509-548-4708.
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Nationally famous arboretum located on a bluff above the Columbia River in Wenatchee. Open 7 days a week. 3327 Ohme Road, Wenatchee. 509-662-5785.
Upper Valley Historical Society Museum
347 Division Street. 509-548-0728.
Spring season opens with whitewater rafting, beginning March through April with the high country run-off. Float trips and canoeing are also available. Whitewater into July, float trips through August, and canoeing through October. Call the Chamber of Commerce at 509-548-5807, or River Quest Excursions 208-746-8060 for more information.
Bicylists will find several cycle routes in the Leavenworth area from a flat 7-mile loop through the Icicle Valley to a challenging 50-mile loop to Lake Wenatchee and back.
Aplets & Cotlets Candy Factory
Take the "sweetest tour on the Cascade Loop" and see how our candies are made from hand-sorted nuts to hand-packed boxes. And don't forget to sample FREE candies fresh from our factory! You'll also find a wide assortment of gifts and delicacies from the Pacific Northwest in addition to the many varieties of America's Favorite Fruit-and-Nut Candy! 117 Mission Ave., Cashmere. 509-782-4088.
Enjoy smooth well-maintained rural roads and low traffic conditions. Link buses are equipped with bike racks in the summer, providing easy access to bicycle trails throughout the county. If you prefer to ride with a group, the Apple Capital Bicycle Club extends an invitation to fellow bicycling enthusiasts to join them on any of their many scheduled trips. Apple Capital Bicycle Club, 509-662-2116.
Chelan Co. Historical Museum/Pioneer Village
Our American heritage comes alive at the Pioneer Village and Chelan County Historical Museum in Cashmere, both of which have been developed from original buildings clustered together. Some of the buildings featured in the Village are an Assay Office, Mine Portal, Blacksmith Shop, Homestead Cabins, Post Office, Doctor and Dentist Offices, Saloon, and a Hotel. Some of the exhibits in the museum include American Indian artifacts, pioneer relics, and a mineral collection. For large groups and tour bus excursions, call 509-782-3230 for reservations.
Cross Country Skiing and Snowmobiling
Cross Country Skiing and Snowmobiling – The Wenatchee Valley is the gateway to the eastern slopes of the Cascade Mountain Range featuring the finest back country Snowmobiling and cross-country skiing in the state. From wooded roads, open powder meadows, to breathtaking vistas, endless opportunities for exploration and adventure await you!
The Farmers market is open every Wednesday and Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and Thursday night from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., May through October at Wenatchee Riverfront Park, located on the bottom of 5th Street. The market is a gathering of local growers and crafters from Chelan, Douglas, and Grant counties. With 20-40 vendors at a time, you will find a large variety of fresh produce, home baked items, and handmade crafts.
The Wenatchee River is home to trout and salmon and is one of the country’s premier steelhead fly fishing rivers. Anglers seek trophy salmon, sturgeon and wall-eye from the Columbia River and the local mountains hold hundreds of lakes and streams where trout fishing can be found for those who like to hike and explore. Local experts sponsor classes in fly tying and fly-casting, as well as provide full service guided trips with all the equipment provided.
Hiking and Mountain Biking
Some of the finest hiking and mountain biking trails in the Northwest are found in the mountains of the Wenatchee Valley. From 2-3 hour jaunts to a full day’s worth of climbing or pedaling, the valley’s trails are certain to elicit many oohs and ahhs, and perhaps a few grunts and groans on the more rigorous tours. Trail Guides are available at individual ranger districts.
Peshastin Pinnacles Rock Climbing
Just outside of the town of Cashmere, Peshastin Pinnacles offers an exclusive opportunity for rock climbing and repelling. With camping, lodging and shopping just around the corner and plenty of other recreational activities to offer, this is not one to miss.
The mountains surrounding Leavenworth have hundreds of great hiking trails ranging from easy to difficult.
Horseback riding provides one of the best ways to experience the beauty of this area.
Leavenworth Ski Hill, The Leavenworth Winter Sports Club offers two groomed hills, serviced by rope tows for alpine skiing and snowboarding. There is also a 26m jump with cable tow and a tubing hill. Call for hours. 509-548-5477. Mission Ridge Ski Area: In the Cascades south of Wenatchee approximately 45 minutes from Leavenworth. 509-663-6543.
Stevens Pass Ski Area: Less than 45 minutes along Highway 2 West. 206-812-4510.
Maifest: Leavenworth rolls out the red carpet for Spring with this old-fashioned annual celebration. Grand March and delightful Bavarian dances are performed around the traditionally decorated May Pole.
Volksmarch: Seasonal events April through November. Contact Shirley Ward. 509-548-7853
Bird Fest: Provides educational and recreational activities focusing on birds, wildlife, and their environments.
Art in the Park: Renowned professional and amateur artisans exhibit in City Park starting with Maifest and continuing through October, Thursday through Sunday, daily during festivals. 509-548-5809.
Leavenworth International Accordion Celebration: Includes an Accordion Parade, competitions for all ages, workshops, a special concert and a great dance.
Kinderfest: A July 4th festival totally dedicated to children and the pursuit of fun, with lots to see and do for the entire family.
Leavenworth Summer Theater: Shows are performed outdoors and under the stars in wonderful locations. 509-548-2000.
Spaziergang durch Quilts in Leavenworth: Quilt displays throughout the Village shops. 509-548-5311.
Wenatchee River Salmon Festival: Join us at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery to celebrate the annual return of the salmon to the Wenatchee River. This festival specializes in “hands-on” exhibits to help children learn about our fisheries while having fun doing it.
Annual Washington State Autumn Leaf Festival: Autumn Leaf celebrates the area’s famous foliage and the changing of the seasons. Activities include the Grand Parade of Northwest marching bands, floats and entertainers.
Oktoberfest: At Festhalle in Downtown Leavenworth. Dancing, food, beer and wine, music, arts and crafts, and the the Bavarian traditional ceremony of Tapping the Keg. Admission charged.
Shopping Fest: Serious shoppers visit the Bavarian Village as our businesses gear up early for the Christmas season. You can explore more than 100 shops packed with holiday treasures.
Christkindlmarkt: Booths set up in the park on Front Street are packed with Christmas food and gift items as well as the sights, smells and sounds of a traditional German marketplace.
O Tannenbaum - Enjoy the sights and sounds of Christmas in downtown Leavenworth, live entertainment at the gazebo, sledding in the park, visit Santa and pictures with holiday personalities. Tree lighting at dusk at the gazebo. 509-548-5807.
Christmas Lighting: Visitors come back year after year for this famous Leavenworth festival as the Bavarian Village is decked out in full holiday decor. Service club booths, entertainment, sledding, sleigh rides and, of course. Santa.
Bavarian Ice Fest: Our annual winter play day after the holidays with dog sled rides and the Northwest Regional Dog Sled Pulling Competition, snowshoe race, a tug of war, and an ice cube hunt for kids. Spectacular fireworks display.