Fun Alaska-Style Festivals & Events!
BEER & BARLEYWINE FESTIVAL > JANUARY 2223, 2016 Held annually in downtown Anchorage, get in on more than 200 types of beer and wine produced by regional brewers and paired with some of the best food in town. Find your next favorite beverage! auroraproductions.net/beer-barley.html.
THE FUR RENDEZVOUS FESTIVAL > FEBRUARY 28MARCH 6, 2016 Fur Rendezvous Festival, AKA “Fur Rondy,” began in 1935 as a three-day sports festival in Anchorage (which at the time was home to only about 3,000 people). Rondy has since grown into a 10-day event culminating with a fireworks display and the start of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race®. The festival also features such fun events as a parade, carnival, snowshoe softball, the “Frostbite Footrace” and the “Running of the Reindeer.” Find out more at furrondy.net.
ARCTIC MAN > APRIL 2016 Celebrating its 31st anniversary in 2016, Arctic Man has become one of the most popular winter events in Alaska. In this unique two-man competition involving a skier and a snowmachiner, the skier begins at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and drops 1,700 feet in less than two mile to the bottom of a narrow canyon where he meets up with his partner. The snowmachiner meets the skier, on the go and with a towrope and pulls the skier 2¼ miles uphill at speeds up to 86 mph. The skier and the snowmobile then separate and the skier goes over the side of the second mountain and drops another 1,200 feet to the finish line. Find out the 2016 schedule at arcticman.com.
LITTLE NORWAY FESTIVAL > MAY 2016 Petersburg commemorates Norwegian Constitution Day (May 17) with a 4-day celebration of their Norwegian heritage. This Southeast Alaska town was settled by Norwegian immigrants who came to fish and work in the cannery built by founder Peter Buschmann in 1897. Special events include a big Norwegian "fish feed" and a parade. Norwegian culture is on display during the festival with traditional Norwegian bunader (folk costumes), food, contests and dancing. Find out more at www.petersburg.org.
THE KACHEMAK BAY SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL & THE COPPER RIVER DELTA SHOREBIRD FESTIVAL > MAY 2016 Both Homer, on Kachemak Bay, and Cordova, on Orca Inlet on the east side of Prince WIlliam Sound, celebrate the arrival of more than 100,000 shorebirds to Alaska in spring. Each offers a variety of events for all levels of birders. Homer is a birder’s delight and a must-visit destination for all travelers to Alaska. Perched on the southwest coast of the Kenai Peninsula, the area accommodates a rich diversity of birdlife in all seasons. Great viewing opportunities exist on the Homer Spit and elsewhere around Kachemak Bay. Cordova's birding hot spots include Hartney Bay and Alaganik Slough. For a schedule of events go to www.homeralaska.org and to copperriverdeltashorebirdfestival.com.
KODIAK CRAB FESTIVAL > MAY 2016 Kodiak is home to one of the state’s largest fleets of fishing vessels, and crabbing is a way of life on this lush, green island. Memorial Day weekend is the time to visit, as the community celebrates its annual Crab Festival. Festivities include: Games, a parade, a carnival and midway, an art show and contests, sports events—including a race to