Events & Festivals Alaska

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. 


Upcoming Festivals & Events

The Anchorage Market Photo
May 11 - Sep 7, 2024
The Anchorage Market, Anchorage, AK 99501

Whether you’re shopping for art & photography, apparel, fresh produce, exotic goods from around the world, or Alaskan souvenirs, you’ll find it at the Anchorage Market. The Anchorage Market is located in the heart of Downtown Anchorage and is Alaska’s leading outdoor market. The Anchorage Market [...]

Salmonfest 2024 Photo
Aug 2 - Aug 4, 2024
Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik, AK 99639

Salmonfest returns this August 2nd, 3rd and 4th at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in Ninilchik! 60+ bands, 4 stages, 100+ art, craft, and food vendors plus Alaska's top breweries. A complimentary daily children's program is available and kids under 10 are free. Be sure to check out the Salmon [...]

Seward Silver Salmon Derby Photo
Aug 10 - Aug 18, 2024
Seward Small Boat Harbor, Seward, AK 99664

Join us at the 69th Annual Silver Salmon Derby! The 69th Annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby will be held from Saturday, August 10 to Sunday, August 18, 2024.It begins at 6 a.m. and continues every day of the derby until 9 p.m., except for the last day it will end at noon. Registration is not [...]

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 [...]

SUPOlympics 2024 Photo
Aug 18, 2024
Dirty Skillet , Hope , AK 99587

Don't miss this years 4th Annnual SUPOlympics event at the Dirty Skillet in Hope, Ak on August 18, 2024! This all ages event is sure to be a fun-filled time for spectators and participants, all equipment is provided and its free to enter. There will be four different events to challenge your [...]

Sitka WhaleFest Photo
Nov 1 - Nov 3, 2024
Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka, AK 99835

At Sitka WhaleFest in November, world-renowned scientists share their expertise on whales and marine life through three days of lectures in Sitka. Whale watching cruises take presenters and guests out to search for whales and other marine wildlife in Sitka Sound. This community event aims to raise [...]

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 [...]

Fur Rondy Photo
Feb 20 - Mar 2, 2025
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 [...]

Iditarod Sled Dog Race Photo
Mar 1 - Mar 16, 2025
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 [...]

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