14 Great Things Not to Be Missed
KACHEMAK BAY SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL > MAY 911 Homer is a birder’s delight and a must-see for all travelers to Alaska. Perched between boreal forest, alpine tundra, temperate rain forest and a productive marine environment, the area accommodates a rich diversity of birdlife in all seasons. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival celebrates this abundance of birds each spring, when more than 100,000 shorebirds pass through this region and great viewing opportunities exist on the Homer Spit. For a schedule of events call 907.235.7740 or go to www.homeralaska.org.
CRABFEST > MAY 2227 Kodiak is home to one of the state’s largest fleet of fishing vessels, and Memorial Day weekend is the time to visit, as the community celebrates its annual Crab Festival. Games, a parade, a carnival and midway, an art show and contests, sports events—including a race to see who can get into a survival suit the fastest, a life-saving skill for a fisherman—live music and, of course, a crab cook- off are all highlights of the festival. www. kodiak.org.
SOLSTICE> JUNE 21 Summer Solstice is a huge event for Alaskans who spend their winters in the dark.. The Alaska Zoo in Anchorage stays open until midnight and offers live bands, face painting, a scavenger hunt and other fun activities throughout the day. The tiny town of Seldovia, a short water-taxi ride across Kachemak Bay from Homer, hosts one of the best events, the Summer Solstice Music Festivals in Alaska, with two days of great folk music, workshops, entertainment and fun. And Moose Pass near Seward, has become a popular place to celebrate the longest day of the year, the community of Moose Pass gathers together with visitors and campers for a celebration including food, games, music and some good old Alaska family fun.
MIDNIGHT SUN CLASSIC > JUNE 21 Every summer solstice since 1906, the Fair banks-based Alaska Goldpanners have hosted The Midnight Sun Baseball Classic, a game beginning at 10:30 at night at Growden Memorial Park. Play usually wraps up around 1:30 the next morning, and they never once have turned on the artificial lights The game is halted at midnight so the crowd can sing the Alaska Flag Song. The players are collegiate athletes who come to Alaska for the summer to keep their skills honed—and maybe catch the eye of a Major League scout playing in the Alaska Baseball League. Find more information at goldpanners.com.