Year round festivals and events take place in the Wenatchee Valley. With the oldest major festival in the state, Apple Blossom, to one of the nation’s largest multi sport events, Ridge to River, boredom is never an issue in the Valley.
Wenatchee Valley Winterfest
Saturday, January 26th, 2014 This Downtown event will feature a fun run The Bundle Up Run, warming fire, smores and more! Put on by the Wenatchee Downtown Association and Wenatchee Parks and Rec 10am-2pm should be fun for everyone!
February 22, 2014
The Hog Loppet is a non-competitive 30k Ski Trek from the top of Mission Ridge Ski Area to Blewett Pass. This event is put on by the Leavenworth Winter Sports Club and it is not an event for first time skiers because there is some steep terrain and ungroomed conditions. Please check their website for specific route information and registration. Online registration ends Thursday 2/20/2014 at 1pm. You may register on Saturday at Mission Ridge.
April 19, 2014
A fast course with something for everyone. Great Boston qualifier. Gorgeous course, largely on asphalt trails along the Columbia River. Cascade Mountain views abound. Full Marathon, Half, and 10K categories.
The Wenatchee marathon is operated by TedDriven, an organization that supports cancer research and local charities. Fess include 10th anniversary hoodie. website
Washington State Apple Blossom Festival
April 24- May 4, 2014
The oldest major festival in the State of Washington draws thousands of visitors from around the world every year during the last weekend in April and the first week of May.
This 11-day festival is built around great food, great events and great fun! At blossom time, the food begins with the Memorial Park Food Fair and continues through the entire celebration. Enjoy the food while walking around the arts and crafts fair and take in the Classy Chassis Car Show and Parade just across the river in East Wenatchee . There is a Grand Parade, a youth parade the week before, a golf tournament, children’s art exhibits and much more.
The Festival represents the pride its many community volunteers take in the Wenatchee area’s spectacular natural beauty, its prosperous economy and family values. For further information call the Apple Blossom office at (509) 662-3616 or visit www.appleblossom.org.
The Classy Chassis Parade & Car Show
Always the first weekend in May, this event has become an Apple Blossom Festival tradition with antiques, classics, customs, hot rods, muscle cars, and everything from old to new. The festivities begin with a Friday evening parade in the heart of East Wenatchee, followed by an all-day car show on Saturday at Eastmont Community Park . Food vendors, auto-related booths and the annual Grand Prix Pine Car Derby for kids of all ages round out the festivities. For more information call the East Wenatchee Events Board at (509) 886-6108 or visit www.east-wenatchee.com/classychassis
Tour de Bloom
First weekend in May, May 3rd and 4th, 2014. Three components to this great event. Frist, the classic Alcoa time trial held in Malaga starting early Saturday morning. Move along the downtown Criterium which takes place right after the Apple Blossom grand Parade on Saturday afternoon and starts with the community kids race. The final race of the evening, we bring in the pros – Not something you will want to miss! Sunday, the road race is held in the beautiful and relatively flat wheat fields of the Waterville Plateau. This will once again be the Masters and Junior Washington State Championship races. Follow them on Facebook or check out Wenatchee Valley Velo website for more information. web site.
Red Devil Challenge
June 8, 2014 9am
Come join us for the third-annual Red Devil Challenge Trail Runs just south of Cashmere, Wash., on June 1, 2013. We have added two new trail races for 2013: A 10K and a Mini-Devil (1.7 miles). We received great reviews from seasoned runners at last year’s event, which featured plenty of fun, including the sighting of a “red devil” along the trail! You don’t want to miss this one! http://adventurewenatchee.com/event/red-devil-challenge-trail-runs/
Wenatchee Sunrise Rotary Apple Century Ride
First Saturday in June
The ride is a scenic and sunny tour from Wenatchee to beautiful Lake Wenatchee, WA. Set in the heart of apple country you can ride either the 50 or 100 mile loop. For more information visit the web site.
Wenatchee River Bluegrass Festival
June 14-16, 2013
It’s an invitation to pickers of all ages to an exciting weekend of bluegrass at its best. That means lots of nice folks coming together to share their music and their stories, seeing old friends and making new ones. For more information visit the web site.
Andrew York Lineman Rodeo
June 21, 2014
See lineman from around the Northwest test their skills in competition at the Andrew York Lineman Rodeo.
Other activities at the rodeo:
•Spectator Pole Climb
•Kids “Be A Lineman” Photos
Team and apprentice lineman categories, plus activities for the whole family on the beautiful grounds of Walla Walla Pont Park. Website
Caffe Mela Summer Concert Series
Late June – August 2014
The concert series kicks off this year on Friday, June 28th and will be each Friday night at 7pm in Centennial Park on the KOHO stage in downtown Wenatchee through August 23rd. In addition to free, family friendly live music each Friday, there will also be concessions available and free children’s activities at the Parks & Recreation booth. The fantastic musical line-up boasts not only top notch local acts, but also many well-known regional and state-wide talents. www.caffemela.com
NCW District Fair
Last weekend in August
Four day fair with rodeo and horse racing, carnival, stage enterainment,dances, livestock sale.The North Central Washington District Fair is an historical event committed to the future of our youth, families, and communities through education and promotion of agriculture, industry and the resources of our region .www.douglascountywa.net/ncwfair
The Chelan County Fair
First weekend in September
This County Fair is one of the largest in north central Washington. For 52 years, valley residents and visitors have roamed the fairgrounds enjoying the thrill-rides at the carnival, watching the cowboys ride at the PWRA rodeo, listening to live music performances, and exploring the thousands of 4-H exhibits. And, of course, enjoying the myriad food options. The Fair even has a Sr. Citizen’s Day and a Kid’s Day with special entertainment. To find out more about the fair, visit the Chelan County web site in the Fair section. http://www.co.chelan.wa.us
River Run at Taste of the Harvest
September 21, 2013
This year, the fifth annual River Run 5K, 10K and Half Marathon will start at the new Pybus Public Market and feature a new course (both sides of the Columbia River). The three courses are largely on the paved Apple Capital Loop Trail along the Columbia River. The 5K and 10K are fast and flat, while the half-marathon is gently rolling. These run and walk courses take participants on a beautiful, traffic-free course that encompasses downtown streets and the Apple Capital Recreation Loop Trail along the banks of the Columbia River. www.runwenatchee.com
Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest
Last Saturday in September
Click here to see a short 1 minute video of the Taste of the Harvest
The Wenatchee Taste of the Harvest is just around the corner. Mark your calendars now for this fun, community celebration! Join us in celebrating the abundant local harvest and our rich agricultural heritage. It’s authentic Americana, incredible food, award winning wines and tons of activities & entertainment–all in the middle of our own “main street”–Wenatchee Avenue!
The Taste of Harvest Festival Wine Walk
Last Saturday in September -2014
Make plans for a day of fun for the whole family! This street fair on Wenatchee Avenue celebrates the agricultural heritage of Wenatchee, with a wine and food garden from 12-6 pm, a Run Wenatchee River Run, live music, kids activities and movie, harvest farmer’s market, food vendors and much more! The Wine Garden tickets will be sold on the day of the event, and guests may purchase 8 tastes of wine for $15 with a souvenir glass, or 15 tastes of wine for $25 and 2 souvenir wine glasses. There is a schedule of activities on the www.wendowntown.org website. Cheers to Taste of Harvest Festival with Wenatchee Wine Country in your glass!
Wings and Wheels Festival
Frist weekend in October
Held the first weekend in October, this festival commemorates the famous Pangborn-Herndon non-stop, Trans-Pacific flight in October of 1931 from Misawa , Japan to what is now East Wenatchee .
The festival takes place at Eastmont Community Park and Pangborn Memorial Airport with free shuttle bus service between locations. Festivities include a car show, motorcycle parade, rally and show & shine, fly-in, dance, carnival, free entertainment, free kids’ activities, food and craft fair, and much, much more. For additional information about this fun-filled, family-oriented festival, call the East Wenatchee Events Board at (509) 886-6108 or visit www.east-wenatchee.com/wingsandwheels.
Holiday Wine Walk
Second Saturday in November
The Wenatchee Downtown Association and the Wenatchee Wine Country welcome wine enthusiasts into downtown stores to sip, shoe and get ideas for holiday gifts. The fun starts at Davis Furniture. 125 S. Wenatchee Avenue, or Pak-it-Rite,126 N. Wenatchee Avenue, where guests may pick up their complimentary wine glass and purchase tasting tokens. Then stroll through the downtown merchants for wine tasting, holiday sales and other special events. www.wenatcheewine.com or www.wendowntown.org
Wings ‘N’ Wishes, Arrival of Santa Parade
November 14, 2013
Santa makes his first appearance of the season in a lighted parade from the Douglas County PUD building to the Wenatchee Valley Mall in East Wenatchee.
The Arrival of Santa Parade in East Wenatchee, Nov 15, 2012, 6:30 p.m. Each entry (participant/group/vehicle, etc.) must be lighted and must be suitable for all ages.
The Parade will begin at the Douglas County PUD and end at the Wenatchee Valley Mall.
Wenatchee Festival of Trees
November 15-17, 2013
Get into the Holiday spirit with a visit to Wenatchee’s Festival of Trees. This wonderland of Christmas enchantment features full-sized trees, mini trees and wreaths decorated by local organizations, businesses and clubs. And to up the ante on your holiday excitement, there are holiday concerts with music and choral groups and a Gala Auction and Dinner featuring an exclusive 5-course meal. For children, there is a gingerbread village, Santa’s workshop, a Teddy Bear Tea – and the big event – a visit with St. Nick himself. For more information call 509-663-ARTS or visit the web site.
Turkey on the Run
Turkey on the Run is a great way to kick off your holiday season with a fun and dit jaunt. This annual family friendly event has become a Thanksgiving Day tradition in Wenatchee. Turkey on the Run features a 12K, 5K and kids run. The two longer distances are ideal for walkers. All the events start and finish at beautiful Rotary Park on the western outskirts of Wenatchee. www.runwenatchee.com