Juneau Happenings

Folk Festival

The Alaska Folk Festival is a week long extravaganza which occurs each year in April. This year it included Nine 4-hour performances averaging fifteen acts each, fourteen hours of dances plus dance workshops, a Family Concert and 40+ hours of teaching workshops devoted to every imaginable folk music skill, plus jamming all week long.

The Folk Festival attracts 450+ folk musicians from all over Alaska, the country and the world. The alaskan bar is a hot spot for jamming every day.

The 41st annual Alaska Folk Festival takes place in Juneau from April 6-12, 2015. Find out more about this great event at Alaskan Folk Fest.


Celebration is a biennial festival of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian tribal members organized every two years by Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Celebration has grown into a renowned festival of the performing, visual, and verbal arts. The first Celebration was held in 1982. In 1990 42 dance groups performed with more than 1,600 participants. Celebration attracts thousands of people in early June every other year to participate in and view Celebration activities.

Celebration will be held next on June 11-14, 2014.

Mendenhall Glacier

Mendenhall Glacier started retreating in the mid-1700s because its annual rate of melt began to exceed its annual total accumulation. The icefield’s snowfall perpetually creates new glacial ice for Mendenhall Glacier and this ice takes 200-250 years to travel from the Juneau Icefield to Mendenhall Lake. Water depth at the glacier’s terminus is 220 feet. At this rate, the glacier would take several centuries to completely disappear. For Mendenhall Glacier to advance, the icefield’s snowfall needs to increase, the glacier’s rateLocated in Juneau, Alaska’s capital city, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center and Mendenhall Glacier overlook the Mendenhall Valley. Visitors may reach the visitor center by city bus, taxi, tour bus or rental car. The city bus drops visitors a mile and a half from the visitor center. It’s a nice walk on a paved walkway. Those choosing to walk should be prepared for changing weather conditions and the occasional bear

4th of July

4th of july in the farthest north capitol city epitimizes small town life. It all starts at the stoke of midnight on July 3rd when the fireworks lite up the sky over the channel between Juneau and Douglas Island. They are launched from a barge.

A parade is next followed by the annual baseball showdown between Juneau and Douglas volunteer fire departments.

Picnics and sand castle building occur across the bridge at Sandy Beach.

Salmon Hatchery

The Macaulay Salmon Hatchery allows visitors to learn first-hand about Alaska’s wild salmon. From the elevated entrance, you’ll get a birds-eye-view of outdoor hatchery operations while listening to a 5-7 minute long informative commentary, provided by a local guide. The knowledgeable guide will be explaining the fascinating life cycle of an Alaskan salmon and the inner workings of the hatchery.

Inside the facility you will find breathtaking saltwater aquariums displaying a variety of local marine life; including touch-tank aquariums where you are provided with the chance to physically interact with a variety of local sea animals. You can get you picture taken with their brown bear display. You can sample local wild salmon and have it shipped to your home.