Annual Festivals and Events
The Wenatchee Valley is home to a myriad of festivals, fairs and events all year long. From the famous Washington Apple Blossom Festival celebrating the spring bloom to the Flake Festival celebrating those frosty flakes of fun, you will find a reason for celebrating at any time of the year.
WASHINGTON STATE OMNIUM STAGE RACE CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Criterium is traditionally held in downtown Wenatchee with spectators lining the streets to watch the racers feverishly speed around a 1 Kilometer.4 corner course that offers all kinds of thrills as riders jockey for position. For more information visit the web site.
Red Devil Challenge
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! www.runwenatchee.com
WENATCHEE SUNRISE ROTARY APPLE CENTURY RIDE
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
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
See lineman from around the Northwest test their skills in competition at the Andrew York Lineman Rodeo.
Other activities at the rodeo:
•Rubber Ducky Dash – in the lagoon at 7 p.m. Friday, June 18
•Spectator Pole Climb
•2010 IBEW Local 77 Picnic
•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.
WENATCHEE VALLEY STREET RODS APPLE RUN CAR SHOW
This is an annual event hosted by Wenatchee Valley Street Rod club that benefits the Central Washington Hospital Foundation. Money raised is used to sponsor education scholarships for local hospital employees. The 2012 show will be held June 9&10 in East Wenatchee at the Eastmont Parks & Recreation 9th Street Facility. (Just north of Gold’s Gym on 9th St. NE) It is open to the public, 9:00-5:00 on Saturday and 9:00-2:00 on Sunday, to view 250-300 of the finest street rods from Washington, Oregon and Canada. Activities include show and shine, food vendors, and auto related custom booths.
Caffe’ Mela Summer Concert Series
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
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
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.
River Run at Taste of the Harvest
The fourth-annual River Run 5K, 10K and Half Marathon will be held in conjunction with the Taste of the Harvest Festival in Downtown Wenatchee, WA. The three courses are largely on the laved 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
WINGS AND WHEELS FESTIVAL
This family festival celebrates local heroes Clyde Pangborn and Hugh Herndon Jr. who, in their trusty airplane the’ Miss Veedol’, completed the first non-stop transpacific flight from Misawa Japan to East Wenatchee in 1931. Festivities include a classic car show, an an airport fly-in, Radio Control Airplane demo’s, entertainment, “Nitro Dash for Cash” radio control car meet. Free kids activities, carnival, vendors, poker walk,Swap Meet, wine tasting and a food fair. Trophies go to the winners of the car show with a drawing for fabulous Grand Prizes. Held annually the first weekend in October. For more information call 509-886-6108 or visit the web site.
Holiday Wine Walk
The Wenatchee Downtown Association and the Wentchee 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 comlpimentary 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
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 Parade will begin at the Douglas County PUD and end at the Wenatchee Valley Mall.
WENATCHEE FESTIVAL OF TREES
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.