Alaska Native festivals and events are an important time to gather, share knowledge, celebrate culture, and preserve traditions. Festivals featuring song and dance performances, art shows and craft fairs, sporting events, and traditional celebrations bring together Alaska Native Peoples from around the state to honor their heritage and celebrate community. View events by month and click the event name for additional details.
Fur Rendezvous | Anchorage
The Fur Rendezvous winter festival – known locally as “Fur Rondy” – is a multi-week affair featuring local artisans, furs, carnival games and rides, sports tournaments, and even a snow sculpture contest.
| Festival of Native ArtsFairbanks
The Festival of Native Arts provides cultural education and sharing through traditional Alaska Native dance, music, and arts.
Kivgiq—Messenger Feast | Anchorage
Every two years, residents across the region gather for the Kivgiq, or Messenger Feast. This multiple-day celebration, usually in early February, includes traditional dancing and is an important part of the culture.
Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
Elizabeth Peratrovich (Tlingit) was an American civil rights activist who worked for equality on behalf of Alaska Natives and other marginalized groups in Alaska.
World Heritage Day
The day focuses on recognizing the value of cultural heritage in our lives and raises awareness about the diversity and vulnerability of cultural heritage.
Urban Unangax̂ Culture Camp | Anchorage
People of all ages learn about the Unangax̂ culture through hands-on cultural activities and fellowship with the Unangax̂ community. Traditional Unangax̂ practices are integrated to fit into our urban lifestyle, culturally enriching the lives of those who participate.
Celebration | Juneau
Every other year, the streets of Juneau fill with Alaska Native people from throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond. There is traditional song and dance, arts and crafts, food, and people speaking local Native languages.
Qatnut Arctic Trade Fair | Kotzebue
The biennial celebration consists of several traditional events including dancing, cloth & fur sewing competition, games, arts & crafts competition, traditional foods competition, and other exciting traditional activities.
Nalukataq—Spring Whaling Celebration | Utqiaġvik
The Iñupiat celebration, Nalukataq, is held after the spring whale-hunting season. There are traditional songs and dances, including a blanket toss.
July Culture Camps | Statewide
Hughes Tribal Council Culture Camp | Hughes
BBNC Culture Camp | Lake Iliamna
Camp Qungaayux | Humpy Cove
Qagan Tayagungin Tribe Culture Camp | Sand Point
Nucciq Spirit Camp | Nuchek Village Site
Dig Afognak Cultural Camp | Afognak
World Eskimo Indian Olympics (WEIO) | Fairbanks
The WEIO games display the preparedness one needed for survival. They require skill as well as strength, agility, and endurance. In this manner, the people of northeast Alaska teach their children that they had to be tough to make it on their own, not just in one area, but in all. The games left no part of the body untested.
Founder’s Day | Metlakatla
Nearly 130 years ago, a group of 826 Tsimshian people from British Columbia crossed the Canadian border to Annette Island. Now Annette Islands Reserve is Alaska’s only Indian reservation, and, since that day in 1887, the Metlakatla Indian Community has celebrated its unique founding story.
The Gathering Place at the State Fair | Palmer
The fair dedicates a 3-acre area to Alaska Natives, featuring eight small buildings for vendors, a stage, and picnic tables. Entertainment in past years has included musicians, traditional dancers, athletes, and storytellers as well as a blanket toss.
Elders & Youth Convention | Anchorage and Fairbanks
Today, more than 1,000 participants from rural and urban Alaska gather each year to develop leadership in our Alaska Native youth, strengthened with the experience and wisdom of our Alaska Native Elders.
Quyana Alaska | Anchorage and Fairbanks
‘Quyana’ means ‘thank you’ in Yup’ik. Through the years, this cultural celebration put on by the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) has helped restore traditional dances and ensure they are passed onto future generations.
Indigenous Peoples Day | Statewide
This day honors the past, present, and futures of Native peoples throughout the U.S. The holiday recognizes the legacy and impact of colonialism on Native communities, and it also celebrates the cultures, contributions, and resilience of contemporary Native peoples.
Native American and Alaska Native Heritage Month | Nationwide
This month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native American and Alaska Native People.
New! Alaska Native Culture Guide
Immerse yourself in Alaska Native heritage and learn how to experience the living culture of the state's Indigenous peoples.