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.
Find out more about this great 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.
The next Celebration will be held on June, 2021. More info.
Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center
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.
4th of July
4th of July in the farthest north capitol city epitomizes 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.
DIPAC Salmon Hatchery
The DIPAC 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. More info.