Manson Apple Blossom Festival: History & Events

by | May 6, 2024 | Events, Things to Do

This weekend marks the 104th Manson Apple Blossom Festival, one of our absolute favorite local traditions!

To mark the occasion, we’re reflecting on the history of this time-honored tradition and giving you a sneak peek of all the fun activities to plan for.

Let’s dive in!

Apple Blossom Festival Origins

First Apple Blossom

Nestled in the scenic Lake Chelan Valley, the Manson Apple Blossom Festival bursts into life each spring with a flair that can only be matched by the blossoms themselves!

This quaint celebration began on May 11, 1921, when the good folks of Manson decided to throw a party to honor the blooming of apple trees.

As the years passed, new traditions were introduced into the festivities, including the annual coronation of the Apple Blossom Royalty. The first Apple Blossom Queen was Ruby Phelps, crowned in 1928. In 1947, the very first parade was held—a tradition that has become an absolute staple of this event!

From its humble beginnings with a few festive floats and a couple of dances, the festival has grown into an annual must-see event, attracting visitors from near and far.

Apple Blossom Festival Traditions

Fun run

Every May, the streets of Manson transform into a picturesque parade route lined with vibrant floats, lively marching bands, and residents bursting with community pride.

Over the decades, the festival has added a bevy of events, including a 5K run (for shaking off those winter cobwebs), a quilt show (because what’s cozier than a handmade quilt?), and a pancake breakfast!

Through it all, the Manson Apple Blossom Festival embodies the spirit of small-town America: a community coming together to celebrate the natural beauty and agricultural bounty that defines their way of life.

So, if you’re longing for a slice of Americana with a side of pancakes, the Manson Apple Blossom Festival is your ticket to a delightful spring adventure! 

It’s a celebration where everyone is invited to enjoy the blooming trees, partake in the joyous festivities, and perhaps leave a little happier and a lot more in love with our charming village on the lake!

2024 Apple Blossom Festival Schedule of Events

Apple Blossom Royalty

If you’re lucky enough to be in town for this wonderful weekend, be sure to pencil in these Apple Blossom activities during your stay!

Apple Blossom Pageant – May 10th

The 104th of Apple Blossom will begin with the crowning Pageant on Friday night, May 10th. This takes place at the high school at 6:30 pm. Check out the website and Facebook page for more info!

Apple Blossom Fun Run – May 11th

Compete as family and friends in a fun run prior to the Manson Apple Blossom Parade! Winners of each age group will win great prizes! Register now to ensure you receive a marvelous, one-of-a-kind Apple Blossom 5K/2K T-shirt. 

For more information and to sign up, click here.

Apple Blossom Grand Parade – May 11th

One of our favorite parts of the Apple Blossom Festival is setting up chairs right outside of The Lodge and watching the incredible floats go by!

You won’t want to miss the Grand Parade, taking place promptly on May 11th at 11 am!

Apple Blossom Quilt Show – May 11th

The Manson Apple Blossom Festival and the Lake Chelan Undercover Quilters invite you to participate in the Annual Quilt Show on Saturday, May 11th, from 8 am to 3 pm at the Manson Grange Hall!

Apple Blossom Art Show – May 11th & 12th

Be sure to stop by Radiance Winery in downtown Manson to view incredible community and student art! All ages can view the art during business hours all weekend. Vote for your favorite piece!

Apple Blossom Pancake Breakfast – May 11th

Did someone say pancakes?!

This is the best way to kick off the festivities, taking place at the Manson Grange Hall on May 11th from 6:30 am to 10:30 am.

The breakfast will be served with eggs, ham, juice, coffee, and, of course, pancakes! You will have your choice of sourdough, blueberry, or buttermilk pancakes. 

Kids 6 to 12 eat for $6, adults eat for $12, and kids under 5 are free.

Weekend Sporting Events

Enjoy 3-on-3 basketball, alumni softball, and alumni co-ed soccer games in downtown Manson and at Singleton Park. Find the details here!

Get A Deal When You Book For Apple Blossom Weekend!


Located in the heart of the Village of Manson, Mountain View Lodge & Resort is conveniently located to all the Manson Apple Blossom Festival activities! You’ll get a front-row seat to the Grand Parade and are just a short walk from all the fun in downtown Manson.

And right now, when you book for the weekend (which also happens to coincide with Mother’s Day!), you get $20 off per night! Find all the details here.Book online or give us a call today to reserve your spring getaway to the Lake Chelan Valley. We look forward to hosting you!