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Alaska Festivals Celebrate the Sea and Sound

Held every April in Juneau, the Alaska Folk Festival is a truly memorable event. Attracting local and worldwide musicians, this week-long festival invites you to participate in performances, workshops and dance. Showcasing the rhythmic experience of folk music, combined with traditional dance steps, you’ll be seeped in folk culture and might just learn something new.

For over 50 years the Kodiak Crab Festival has been held on Alaska’s Kodiak Island in the Southwest region of the state. This five-day event is held in celebration of the abundant resources surrounding the island. It includes a parade, plenty of seafood, including crab, an ariel appearance by the coast guard, and some unique native activities. The Salmon Toss is a derivative of the ‘Egg Toss’ game, but only in Alaska would they throw a fish! And you’ll want to stick around for The Survival Suit Race where contestants race down a dock, rapidly put on a survival suit, and swim out to the finish line across the harbor. 

Alaska Folk Festival

An annual celebration in Alaska, the Alaska Folk Festival is typically held the second week of April for one week at the Centennial Hall Convention Center in downtown Juneau. Folk bands and solo artists from near and far make the trip into Juneau every year for the Alaska Folk Festival, hoping to wow and impress.

Stage acts are no longer than 15 minutes, with 15 acts per concert, totaling, on average, nine concerts over the full length of the festival. There are also workshops for those interested – learn things like, "what IS folk music?" and, hone your skills at the "Square Dance Caller Workshop."

Kodiak Crab Festival

Celebrating the Alaskan King Crab, the city of Kodiak hosts the annual five-day Kodiak Crab Festival, traditionally over Memorial Day weekend. The Emerald Isle certainly knows how to celebrate. The festival is full of parades, a blessing of the fleet ceremony, carnival rides, food, and carnival booths.

Try your hand in one of the bicycle races, bed races, running races ,or survival suit races. Whether browsing the books in the book sale, participating in the tennis tournament, getting in the boxing ring or shopping in the arts and crafts market, there's plenty to do.