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Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

From music festivals to fishing derbies, Alaska celebrates all things wild and wonderful. Scan the skies at one of Alaska’s many birding festivals, experience an Alaska Native cultural event, or cheer on the state's canine athletes at a dog mushing race. Winter or Summer, Alaska’s festivals range from quirky to creative and everything in between. Be sure to check out the Alaska Events Calendar while planning your trip. There's something for everyone! Visit our Alaska Native Festivals & Events page for even more cultural events. 

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Upcoming Festivals & Events

World Ice Art Championships Photo
Feb 17 - Mar 31, 2024
Tanana Valley Fairgrounds, Fairbanks, AK 99709

The World Ice Art Championships, held in February and March, attracts talented ice carvers from around the world to Fairbanks. The event is one of the largest ice art competitions in the world, featuring stunning ice sculptures lit up with colorful lights. Visitors can walk among the sculptures [...]

Fur Rondy Photo
Feb 22 - Mar 3, 2024
Downtown Anchorage, Anchorage, AK

Anchorage’s flagship winter event is Fur Rendezvous, nicknamed "Fur Rondy." This 12-day February festival celebrates the pioneering spirit of Alaskans and has been running since 1935. Fur Rondy features a wide selection of fun and wacky events including the Rondy Carnival, snow sculptures, the Grand [...]

Festival of Native Arts Photo
Feb 23 - Feb 25, 2024
Fine Arts Complex of the Troth Yeddha’ UAF Campus, Fairbanks, AK

Alaska Native performers and artists gather in February for the Festival of Native Arts, a multi-day event that celebrates Alaska Native and Indigenous song, dance, and arts.

Iditarod Sled Dog Race Photo
Mar 2 - Mar 14, 2024
Anchorage to Nome, AK

One of Alaska’s most famous events, the nearly 1,000-mile Iditarod Sled Dog Race begins the first Saturday in March with a ceremonial start in Anchorage and an official start the next day in Willow. The event ends in Nome about a week later as the mushers begin to cross the finish line.If you’re [...]

Buckwheat International Ski Classic Photo
Mar 9, 2024
Skagway, Alaska, Skagway, AK 99840

Head to Skagway, Alaska for the annual Buckwheat Cross Country Ski Classic! 32k, 16k and 10k races, as well as a 5k kids race will be held at Log Cabin, BC on Saturday morning. This year's theme is "A BUCKWHEAT ODYSSEY:Monsters, Myths & Mischief" A prize of Upper Dewey Lake cabin rental through the [...]

2024 Arctic Winter Games Photo
Mar 10 - Mar 16, 2024
Various Locations, Palmer And Wasilla, AK

The Mat-Su Valley is excited to host the 2024 Arctic Winter Games March 10-16, 2024. The Arctic Winter Games brings together approximately 2,000 young athletes from around the circumpolar world for a week of athletic competitions and cultural exchanges. Sports competitions will be taking place [...]

Skagway Spring Festival 2024 Photo
Apr 18 - Apr 21, 2024
Skagway, Alaska, Skagway, AK 99840

Your cabin fever reliever!It's time to get out and enjoy spring in Skagway! Join us for a family friendly, fun filled festival.Events include the Skagway Arts Council's International Folk Festival & Spring Show of Winter artwork, as well as the first Garden City Market of the year!The schedule of [...]

Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival Photo
May 3 - May 5, 2024
Cordova Center, Cordova, AK 99574

We invite you to join the mass migration of Pacific shorebirds, raptors, waterfowl, and songbirds. Their shoreside respite is framed against the pristine backdrop of coastal glaciers and mountains, the breathtaking vista that we call home. Come outfitted with your binoculars, spotting scopes [...]

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival Photo
May 8 - May 12, 2024
Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Visitor Center, Homer, AK

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is Alaska’s largest wildlife-viewing festival, where birders from all over the world flock to Homer for workshops, seminars, and guided birding adventures. More than 100,000 shorebirds arrive at the tidal flats around Homer in early May, making it the largest bird [...]

Kodiak Crab Fest Photo
May 23 - May 27, 2024
Downtown Kodiak, Kodiak, AK

The Kodiak Crab Fest is Kodiak Island's best event. First held in 1958 to celebrate the end of crabbing season, the weeklong festival in late May features a parade, a blessing of the fleet, foot and kayak races, live music, fishing skills contests, and a lot of king crab.Photo Credit: Michael [...]

North Words Writers Sypmposium Photo
May 29 - Jun 1, 2024
Arctic Brotherhood Hall, Skagway, AK 99840

North Words brings together 40 writers from all over Alaska-Yukon and beyond to Skagway for three days of workshops, panels, great meals, and fun outdoor activities with a stellar faculty led by a nationally known keynote author and six published Alaska-NW authors. This intimate gathering is unlike [...]

Skagway Pride Celebration 2024 Photo
Jun 1, 2024
Dedman Stage in Seven Pastures, Skagway, AK 99840

The 5th annual Skagway Pride Celebration is an inclusive, all ages event featuring music by local & visiting talent & drag performances by Skagway artists. The highlight of the event is a 2-hour performance by the Queens & Kings of Juneau Drag! Food & drink will be available from the Skagway Brewing [...]

Celebration Photo
Jun 5 - Jun 8, 2024
Sealaska Heritage Institute, Juneau, AK 99801

Celebrate one of the largest gatherings of Alaska Native peoples in the state at Celebration, a four-day event that occurs every other year in downtown Juneau. Alaska Native Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples from come together to dress in traditional regalia and take part in song and dance [...]

Midnight Sun Festival & Midnight Sun Baseball Game Photo
Jun 21 - Jun 22, 2024
Downtown Fairbanks, AK

Fairbanks hosts one of the best summer solstice celebrations in Alaska on summer solstice weekend, when the midnight sun shines all night long. This free 12-hour event includes a downtown street fair with arts, crafts, food, live music, and entertainment. If you’re around on the actual summer [...]

World Eskimo-Indian Olympics Photo
Jul 10 - Jul 13, 2024
Big Dipper Ice Arena, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Each summer, Fairbanks is home to the World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, a series of traditional Alaska Native competitions of mental and physical toughness that started in 1961. This four-day event attracts Indigenous athletes from across the north who display amazing athletic abilities in contests like [...]

Alaska State Fair Photo
Aug 16 - Sep 2, 2024
Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer, AK 99645

“Everything’s bigger in Alaska” doesn’t just refer to mountains, glaciers, and wildlife. Alaska’s largest event, the Alaska State Fair, takes place in Palmer in late August and early September. Concerts, performances, exhibits, thrilling rides, and world-record-setting vegetables are all part of the [...]

Alaska Bald Eagle Festival Photo
Nov 8 - Nov 10, 2024
The American Bald Eagle Foundation, Haines, AK 99827

The town of Haines celebrates the gathering of bald eagles in November at the Bald Eagle Festival. The event attracts hundreds of visitors from around the country for five days of speakers, presentations, photography workshops, art shows, and special exhibits at the Sheldon Museum and the American [...]

Cordova Iceworm Festival Photo
Jan 25 - Feb 1, 2025
Cordova, Alaska, Cordova, AK 99574

The Cordova Iceworm Festival was created in 1961 by a few great Cordovans who were itching to lift the spirits of those down with the winter blues. Little did they know that the festival would grow to attract people from all across the world! What once was a two or three day party has transformed [...]

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