Fairs and Festivals. Alaskan’s enjoy celebrating their way of life through fairs, parades, and community potlucks. The best way to enjoy local hospitality and make new friends is joining in a celebration.
Find out what’s happening in the Rainforest communities during your visit by checking the regional Calendar of Events.
This uniquely local festival was originally started some 20 years ago as a celebration of the millionth salmon processed at Kake's now-defunct cannery. The Kake Dog Salmon Festival has continued to grow and expand over the years and is now the premier event in Kake. This festival is full of local contests (how fast can you fillet a salmon or toss a herring?), kids games and activities, a big community barbecue and lots of local native Tlingit culture. The Alaska Marine Highway is your transportation.
The community of Coffman Cove on Prince of Wales Island is the host of the annual By the Sea Arts & Seafood Festival held the second week of August. This event was created to celebrate their marine-based lifestyle by bringing together local Rainforest artisans and performers with amazing local produce and seafood. With a full slate of local musicians and other talent, it’s a weekend of authentic fun!
BearFest is an annual 5-day festival in July created in celebration of Alaska’s bears. With a week’s worth of symposiums, photo workshops, a salmon bake, live music, arts and crafts, loads of kid’s activities, and so much more - Wrangell’s BearFest is a MUST! There’s literally something for everyone.
The Rainforest Festival, held in September in Petersburg, is a non-profit event with the goal of bringing participants closer to the natural world through educations, exploration and the arts. Enjoy a host of activities for kids of all ages to better understand the rainforest and marine ecosystems surrounding Petersburg.