Summers in Southeast Alaska are filled with fun, fairs and festivals. With something happening almost every weekend, there are plenty of opportunities to get out and celebrate the sunshine and what it means to be an Alaskan. From Petersburg transforming to “Little Norway”, to an abundance of beer flowing in Haines and a “Celebration” of the largest cultural event in Alaska held in Juneau, there’s something for everyone. Below is a list of some of the most popular events happening in Southeast in the coming Summer months.
Little Norway Festival, Petersburg
Little Norway is Alaska’s longest running festival, beginning on May 17, 1958. To celebrate it’s Norwegian heritage and Norwegian Constitution Day, the entire community of Petersburg participates in the festival. It features traditional Norwegian food, a parade, a Scandinavian pageant, a walk-run race and ends with a community salmon, halibut, black cod bake at Sandy Beach.
Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival, Haines
May 24, 1-5 p.m.
The Great Alaska Craft Beer and Home Brew Festival, one of Alaska’s most popular festivals, is entering its 22nd year. Beer enthusiasts from around the world will be presented with a plethora of craft and homebrewed beer alike, along with live music from the Wool Pullers and the Pimentos.
Yakutat Tern Festival
Yakutat is home of the largest and southernmost known breeding colonies of the Aleutian Terns. The festival highlights the natural and cultural resources of Yakutat. The festival features birding activities, natural history field trips, art exhibits and educational events.
Celebration 2014, Juneau
Celebration is the largest cultural event in Alaska, taking place every two years in Juneau. It is a major dance-and-culture festival, featuring performances, a juried art show and competition, native artists market, a seaweed contest, workshops, lectures and a parade through downtown.
Gold Rush Days, Juneau
Juneau celebrates its heritage with a two-day event at Savikko Park featuring logging and mining competitions, exhibits and food.
Sitka Seafood Festival, Sitka
The Sitka Seafood Festival is a non-profit organization that aims to allow all visitors to enjoy Southeast’s seafood industry. The festival includes featuring top chefs showing off their culinary expertise using the freshest fish, a seafood walk, salmon tours, a parade, a marketplace, music and a beer tent.
Ketchikan Blueberry Arts Festival
The Ketchikan Blueberry Arts Festival is all things blueberry. Participants can enter the best blueberry dish contest or the pie-eating contest, take an un-cooking class, view blueberry art exhibits or take part in the fun run. The 17th annual Gigglefeet dance festival will also be a prominent feature.
Home Skillet Fest, Sitka
The Home Skillet Festival is a two-day music festival in Sitka put on by Home Skillet Records. The festival features electric artists from all over the country.
Juneau Community Garden Harvest Fair
To celebrate the end of the growing season, the Garden Harvest Fair features a farmers market where growers donate produce from the season. The fair features all-things gardening, live music, a photography competition and games.
Octoberfest Celebration, Petersburg
Month of October
The entire month of October is dedicated to Octoberfest in Petersburg. Activities include a go-cart race, a running race, a quilt show, an arts and crafts fair and the Devil’s Thumb Chili Feed and Brewfest.
Alaska Day Festival commemorates the Purchase Transfer of Russian claim of Alaska to the United States in Sitka on Oct. 18, 1867. It features a week of events celebrating the different cultures including colonial American, Alaska Native and Russian.