Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival
The 11-day festival includes:
Carnival: The Festival is very proud to have America's seventh largest carnival, Funtastic Shows, participate in its annual event. There are approximately 25 rides and games for all age groups, plus lots of food. The Funtastic Carnival is located at Riverfront Park at the foot of Fifth Street on the Columbia River.
Golf Tournament: 144 golfers participate in one of the best tournaments in the Northwest at the beautiful Highlander Golf Course.
Food Fair: Held in Memorial Park, at the corner of Orondo and Chelan, the Food Fair runs the entire 11 days of the Festival. A delicious part of the Apple Blossom Festival is the Food Fair; over 20 booths featuring items such as: tasty funnel cakes, hearty barbecue, various ethnic cuisine, crepes, ice cream, espresso, caramel apples, elephant ears, pizza, Caesar salads, sandwiches and much, much more. From lunch through dinner, many tasty treats satisfy the appetite and make meal plans during the Festival a snap!
Entertainment: Held at the stage in Memorial Park, Entertainment runs the entire length of the festival. Lots of wonderful entertainment performs during the lunch and dinner hours on weekdays and all day on both weekends. The Entertainment, along with the Food Fair makes Memorial Park the place to be during the Festival.
Youth Parade: The Festival's Youth Parade is one of the only parades in the state to feature so many of Washington's youngster. Over 4,500 children ages 14 & under (and some who are just young at heart) truly have a wonderful time at this celebration! Imagination is the key ingredient to the many fanciful floats, costumes, preschool groups, and other entries which delight over 50,000 spectators along the route, which runs from Triangle Park at the top of Orondo down to Mission and ends at Fifth Street.
Youth Day: The Pepsi-Cola Youth Day has quadrupled in size since the first year it was held in 1986. This free event includes face painting, rubber stamping, and displays by many of our local youth-oriented programs. Organizations will provide a variety of hand-on activities for youth of all ages. Youth Day is held the Sunday after the Youth Parade at Memorial Park from 11am-4pm.
Art 4 Kidz: This valley wide contest is open to kids Pre-K through 12th grade with several different categories. All art entries will be displayed and winners will be announced on Youth Day in Memorial Park.
Arts & Crafts Fair: This 3-day event attracts over 140 vendors and 100,000 spectators. All items are handcrafted and categories include clothing, music, fine arts, made for children, wood, pottery, candles/soap, metal, country, jewelry, & leather. The Arts & Crafts Fair takes place in Memorial Park the first weekend of May.
Grand Parade: The cannon sounds promptly at 11:00 am to announce the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival Grand Parade, which has been going strong since the Festival's beginning in 1919. As always, leading off the parade is the traditional Apple Blossom Fun Run, in addition to the daredevil maneuvers of the Seattle Police Motorcycle Drill team. Bands from throughout the Northwest join with many colorful floats and proud-stepping equestrian units to make this one of Washington's grandest parades, to a crowd of over 100,000 spectators.
Learn more at the Washington State Apple Blossom Festival website.