14 Great Things Not to Be Missed

Where Alaska - - Where Calendar 2014 -

KACHEMAK BAY SHORE­BIRD FES­TI­VAL > MAY 911 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 2227 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.

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