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Bird Fest

Area Information

The Leavenworth Spring Bird Fest takes place in beautiful Leavenworth, Washington with events and activities throughout the greater Wenatchee River valley. The area features spectacular habitats that are home to a wide array of resident and migratory bird species. It is also a popular tourist destination with a multitude of dining and shopping options, as well as easy access to world-class hiking, mountain biking, rafting, rock climbing, and other outdoor activities. Attendees are invited to make the most of their Bird Fest experience by exploring everything the area has to offer.

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Bird Fest Central

Bird Fest Central is located at the Wenatchee River Institute @ Barn Beach Reserve, a 9-acre nature preserve on the banks of the Wenatchee River at 347 Division Street in Leavenworth, Washington. At Bird Fest Central, you can register and check-in for field trips, get a festival program, pick-up a birding checklist or a local area map and get your questions answered. You're also just steps away from the campus e-Bird route, Waterfront Park, and Blackbird Island - a popular stop on Audubon's Great Washington Birding Trail.

What to Bring

Expect sunny weather but be prepared for wind, spring showers, and chilly mornings and evenings. It is, after all, spring in the mountains!  Wear sturdy footwear and layered clothing. Binoculars are essential for birding! Spotting scopes, cameras, plant and bird field guides are optional, but recommended for your enjoyment. Please heed special requirements for some field trips. If your field trip is one of those at Confluence State Park, please bring your Discover Pass.

No pets at Bird Fest events, please.

Lodging, Dining, Shopping

There is nothing like spring in central Washington!  Come enjoy everything Bird Fest has to offer, but don't forget to shop, dine and explore "little Bavaria" and beyond. Be sure to book early - accommodations fill up fast! Top Picks are a list of festival favorite local business sponsors sure to please! Looking for suggestions?

Parking and public transit

Visitors are strongly encouraged to walk, bike, carpool or use LINK Transit to and from Bird Fest activities whenever possible. Parking is available at various spots in downtown Leavenworth, but can be very limited on festival weekends. Limited free parking is available at the Leavenworth City Hall parking lot at 700 Highway 2, off Commercial Street, or at the Washington Department of Transportation lot off Highway 2 near the west end of town. Pay lots are available at Division and Front Street, and just east of Leavenworth City Hall.


Public restrooms are available at Bird Fest Central, behind the band shell at Waterfront Park, at 8th & Commercial Streets, in the Obertal Mall on 9th Street, and in Front Street Park on the west side of the gazebo downtown.