Leavenworth: Any excuse for a party.

-At Leavenworth’s Bavarian Ice Festival on Saturday and Sunday, the town famous for beer and nutcrackers will celebrate winter instead. Activities include snowshoeing, firework shows, carriage rides and snow games, and of course there are sausages with sauerkraut and beer.

-Meanwhile, the Lake Chelan Winter Festival continues for a second weekend (through Sunday), featuring incredible ice sculptures, a polar bear plunge, beach bonfires, live music, and wine walks.

-The tunes are a throwback at 13th Annual Portland Old Time Music Gathering in Portland all weekend, with mountain-style music and square dancing.

-Mark MLK Day of Service with good deeds at a tree-planting party in Vancouver, WA. You’ll spruce up the Salmon Creek Watershed on Monday morning, with refreshments for all workers.

-At the Chocolate Fondue Snowshoe Tour at Cypress Mountain in British Columbia, you can work off your dessert indulgence. Eat in a warming hut during a three-hour forest trek on any weekend evening, then wash down the chocolate with hot cider.

And check out our list of free events for MLK weekend for more day trip ideas.

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