Local Events

January

Backyard Ski Day

Methow Trails invites everyone to come out for a day of FREE winter trail access. Try cross country skiing, snowshoeing, or fatbiking for the first time or introduce a friend to the experience you love!

All Methow Trails are open this day for free cross-country skiing, free fat bike access on the fat bike trails, free snowshoeing on the snowshoe trails and free dog access on the dog trails!

  • Free ski rentals available (details to come)
  • Free fat bike demos (details to come)
  • Free group beginner ski lessons (skate and classic) at 10:00am and 10:30am at the Spring Creek RanchTrailhead in Winthrop courtesy of Sun Mountain Activities Shop and Methow Valley Ski School 

February

Doggie Dash

Get out your costume box…..This race is all about the costume, and a dose of good luck out on the course. Human-dog teams compete in short heats to go for the glory of the coveted Golden Poodle award.

Humans must ski. Dogs must run. Dogs must be on a leash. Both must be in costume. it’s that simple.

Cost: By donation, all supporting dog trail maintenance on Methow Trails.

Registration: Please PRE-REGISTER HERE. If you did not pre-register, you are welcome to register in-person on the day of the event. You must check-in at 9:00 am

Location: Spring Creek Ranch loop (by the Ice Rink). Please park above the ice rink and walk down the stairs. ADA parking is available in the lower lot.

  • Check-In: 9:00-9:45 am
  • Costume Parade: 10:00am
  • Heats begin at: 10:10am
  • All registered racers will receive a fun Methow Trails prize!

*** Racers: retractable leashes are not allowed!

A panel of experts selects the Best in Show Costume – awarded the coveted Golden Poodle Trophy! Other prizes to include 2022-2023 Methow Trails Dog Passes and fabulous goodies from local businesses. Don’t miss out! 

March

Winthrop Hot Air Balloon Festival

The skies over Winthrop brighten with the brilliant colors of over a dozen hot air balloons. This 3-day Balloon Roundup is a photographer’s dream. An incredible visual display as the balloons fly over the old western town of Winthrop and with the snow-capped mountains of the North Cascades.

While many balloon festivals are held in the summertime, the Winthrop Balloon Roundup allows visitors to experience the Methow Valley’s world-class winter recreational pursuits of Nordic skiingsnowshoeingbackcountry skiingsnowmobiling and sledding.  Winthrop has activities for the whole family as well as large variety of food and lodging options.

April

Sunflower Trial Marathon

2022 Sunflower Trail Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Relay (methowtrails.org)

This unique course begins at 2180 feet elevation in Mazama and includes well marked deer trails, single track trails, and gravel roads. Stunning views of the Methow River, North Cascades and Chelan Sawtooths abound from flower carpeted meadows and fields. At two points, racers climb to 2600 feet. The finish is at about 1600 feet in Twisp. This course traverses private property that owners generously allow use for this one-day only. Please do not pre-run the course prior to or after the event. Because of the presence of livestock, no dogs at start or finish lines, or on the course please.

The Marathon course is a marathon-plus length at 26.8 miles. Expect breathtaking scenery and some sustained climbs and descents. Elevation +2,520/-2,350.

Methow Valley Farmers Market

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A Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market every Saturday in Twisp, WA starting the second Saturday in April through October. 

Whether you are a loyal local market shopper, or just visiting Twisp for a short time, the Methow Valley Farmer’s Market has something to offer you! Find fresh, clean, locally grown produce from April through October, as well as handmade, artisan crafts, and delicious grab and go food ranging from outrageous donuts to made-to-order Teriyaki! Talented crafters and artists from throughout Okanogan County join the market every week with handmade wares such as pottery, candles, jewelry, soap, handmade clothing, recycled birdhouses, framed prints, watercolor paintings, up-cycled art, KettleKorn, live music and so much more!

You won’t want to miss the heartbeat of the Methow community every Saturday in Twisp at the Methow Valley Community Center 9am-12pm Rain, Smoke, or Shine!

We look forward to welcoming you to our thriving and bountiful community market!

May

49ers Days Western Heritage Festival

https://winthropwashington.com/events/old-west-festival/

Winthrop Washington’s ’49er Days is an old west heritage festival of our rich western and horse history. The event kicks off with the annual Ride the Rendezvous, a week-long horse packing excursion through the Methow Valley high country which ends Mother’s Day weekend. (Contact woga.org to join in this event). As the horse-train enters Winthrop on the final day, the community comes out to celebrate its arrival back home. If you can’t attend, the parade will stream live on our Facebook page.

On Saturday, Winthrop celebrates its rich Western history with a grand parade including the largest representation by horses of any parade in Washington State. Saturday is full of activities for the kids, the cowboys and the cowgirls. Learn more about the history of the event here.

Methow Valley Memorial Day Rodeo

Rodeo Events in Winthrop (winthropwashington.com)

Small town rodeo at its finest! Hosted by the Methow Valley Horsemen, a group of men and women from the Methow Valley who are committed to continuing the tradition of small community rodeo events. They produce two rodeo events each year, on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. Bring the family, some lawn chairs, your cowboy hat, and a camera, and prepare for the time of your life!

June

Cidergrass Festival

CIDERGRASS FESTIVAL · Winthrop Washington

Welcome To The First Annual CiderGrass Festival In The Beautiful Methow Valley. Enjoy Delicious Cider Paired With Bluegrass Bands, Delicious Food, And Fun For All Ages.

July

Rhythm & Blues Festival

Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival – The Best Little Festival (winthropbluesfestival.com)

Located at the Blues Ranch on the Methow River in the resort town of Winthrop, Washington, the Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival is a three-day event packed full of exciting national and regional entertainment for all ages. There is on-site camping, food and craft vendors, portable showers, and a beer garden. The Blues Ranch is the perfect setting for one of Washington’s finest music festivals. We look forward to another great year and hope to see YOU at the 35th Annual Winthrop Rhythm and Blues Festival!!

September

Cutthroat Classic

2022 Cutthroat Classic (methowtrails.org)

The mountain course begins at Rainy Pass on the North Cascades Scenic Highway, elevation 4,870 feet. The route follows the Pacific Crest Trail north on a steady, gradual 5 mile climb to Cutthroat Pass, elevation 6,835 feet. Runners then descend 4 miles to Cutthroat Lake (many switchbacks on a 5-10% grade). The course continues gradually downhill for 2 more miles to the Cutthroat Creek Trailhead, elevation 4,480 feet. Total course length is 10.6 miles.

Methow Valley Memorial Day Rodeo

Rodeo Events in Winthrop (winthropwashington.com)

Small town rodeo at its finest! Hosted by the Methow Valley Horsemen, a group of men and women from the Methow Valley who are committed to continuing the tradition of small community rodeo events. They produce two rodeo events each year, on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend. Bring the family, some lawn chairs, your cowboy hat, and a camera, and prepare for the time of your life!

Vintage Wheels Show

Vintage Wheels show in Winthrop WA (winthropwashington.com)

The Winthrop Vintage Wheel Car Show is one of the most laid back car shows around. Anyone can enter so you’ll see all kinds of cars, and all kinds of characters. Anyone could win thanks to our generous donors.

This is an incredible opportunity to see:

Antique Cars , Trucks & Semi – Vintage Motorcycles – Vintage Travel Trailers – Pedal Cars- Antique Tractors – Antique Bicycles.

November

Winthrop Rink Hockey Tournaments

Winthrop Rink outdoor, NHL-sized ice rink. One of the only in the West (winthropwashington.com)

Teams will compete on an outdoor, wholly uncovered, refrigerated ice rink with spectacular views of the North Cascade Mountains in the background.

Christmas at the end of The Road

Christmas Festival (winthropwashington.com)

An Old Fashioned Cowboy Christmas in Winthrop, WA. You’ll see the town lighting, fun for the kids, local shopping discounts, and the best small town fireworks show in the PNW!

December

Breakfast with Santa

Hosted by the Freestone Inn, Santa’s helpers are back to spend breakfast with their local friends. Santa’s helpers will be hosting two buffet breakfasts. Each clild will be able to visit with Santa’s helpers and provide a food donation to decorate a cookie. Professional photography will be available. For more information Click Here