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Top 10 Events in Alaska for 2014!

The tourism department comes up with the list each year and selects the top 10 based upon significant anniversaries, unique events and those with large attendance. Nearly 500 events are scheduled around the state for 2014.   

Below are the Top 10 Events of 2014 that are listed in the tourism department’s annual vacation guide/calendar of events covering  events in:

Anchorage, Fairbanks, Nome, Juneau, Kodiak, Seward and Sitka

Rondy  Rendezvous Festival

February 22 – March 3, 2014 in Anchorage, Alaska

Rondy is a 77-year tradition in Anchorage and you are invited to join us for our 10-day celebration of life in Alaska! Alaskans know how to make the most of the short winter days and in the week leading up to the start of the Iditarod sled dog race, the Fur Rondy festival is one opportunity to get out and enjoy the snow.  

Dating back to the early 1900s when trappers and miners emerged from Alaska’s wilderness to trade, socialize and compete in survival-type games. These days- the week-long event contains a weight pull, sled dog races, snowshoe softball games, outhouse races, snow and ice sculpture competitions and more, as well as the popular Miners and Trappers costume ball.  For more information check out:

Iditarod Finish Line Festival

March in Nome, Alaska

March is a month-long celebration in Nome, Alaska. Teams completing in the 1,150-mile Iditarod Sled Dog race begin to arrive under the burled arch in Nome the second week in March. Residents and visitors from around the world wait to celebrate with grand banquets, art and craft shows, reindeer potluck, Native dancing, golf tournament on the Bering Sea, The Miners and Mushers Ball and more.   For more information check out:

World Ice Art Championships

February 24 - March 30- 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily

Fairbanks, Alaska

The 2014 World Ice Art Championships, will open on February 26 with the 2014 Single Block Classic.  Teams from around the world are beginning to register, as artists require months to plan their huge and intricate sculptures, and make models to test the elements of balance and proportion.   The competition features the best ice sculptors in the world, creating ice sculptures in several competitive classes – including abstract and realistic work.

The competition is held at Fairbanks-based Ice Alaska’s Ice Park and also features a kids’ park with slides, castles and ice animals for children to play on.

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Alyeska Spring Carnival, Dummy Downhill and Slush Cup

April 19 – 21, 2014  Anchorage, Alaska

Spring Carnival weekend festivities include a Tug-of-War, Dummy Downhill, live music and Alyeska's biggest event: Slush Cup on Saturday at 4 pm!  Alaskans make it a tradition to welcome spring with open arms. Some do so by racing down a mountain on skis wearing zany costumes into an ice-cold pond.  The Alyeska Spring Carnival and Slush Cup is a springtime tradition for getting in one last dose of winter skiing and snowboarding and enjoying an old-fashioned Alaska party. The event includes live music, fashion show, downhill snow bike race, film screenings, barbeque and more.  Three days of party on the mountain.  For more information visit:

39th Annual Folk Festival

April 8- 14, 2014 -Juneau, Alaska

People travel year after year to Juneau for AFF from all over the state, country and world to celebrate this fun event. The Alaska Folk Festival brings the entire town of Juneau together for performances ranging from school groups to professionals to at-home hobbyists. Many people come from miles away to see and participate in this festive event. FREE! There is no admission charge to any concert, dance, workshop or other event. For more information visit: FOLK

Kodiak Crab Festival

May 22 – 26, 2014  - Kodiak, Alaska

Sponsored by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce. It is a celebration of spring since 1958, Kodiak's Crab Festival is five days filled with fun, food and frivolity over Memorial Day Weekend.  The annual, spring Kodiak Crab Festival is a treasured festival combining a world-famous edible delicacy with a true Alaska-style party, including: a photo exhibit, sporting events, artisan tents, carnival, foot races, live music and the “Wild about Kodiak Seafood Cook-off.   For more information check out: CrabFest  

Mount Marathon

July 4, 2014 - Seward, Alaska

Official records disclose that the Mount Marathon Race® actually began as an organized run in 1915 and has since become a regular part of the Independence Day celebration in Seward. Over the years, this home town historic event has drawn increased participation and resulted in new milestones. 54 women finished the first-ever women’s race in 1985, juniors began logging their age-group records in 1994, and 2005 heralded the beginning of the “staggered start” for the senior races. The popular Mini Marathon race starts them out young – toddling just a few feet to victory!  The route climbs 1.5 miles up the face of mountain — complete with steep cliffs, waterfalls and a spectacular view — and back down. The Independence Day festivities include a fireworks display, street vendors, contests, street parade and other special events.

For more information visit: Mount marathon

Alaska State Fair

July - September - Palmer, Alaska

Nestled in the heart of the Chugach Mountains in the fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley, the fairgrounds are just an hour north of Anchorage. Each fall, the fair provides a setting for Alaska's last blast of summer and a showcase of Alaska's uniqueness and beauty. The Alaska State Fair is home of record-setting giant vegetables, beautiful flower gardens, crafts, carnival rides, live music and endless fun (and food) for the entire family.  We invite you to visit the Fair and also take advantage of the year-round services the Alaska State Fair has to offer including horse shows, facility rentals, concerts, trade shows, and winter RV & boat storage. See you at the Fair.For more information visit:   State Fair

Alaska Day Festival

October  -  Sitka, Alaska

Alaska Day Festival annually commemorates the Purchase Transfer of Russian claim of Alaska to the United States of America at Sitka on October 18, 1867, and celebrates the diversity of cultures and historical perspectives of our people.  The celebration spans four days and includes concerts, a reenactment ceremony, a period costume ball, dances, dinners, contests and a parade.  The festival is held in mid-October each year as the rest of the state celebrates Alaska Day as a state holiday.  For more information visit:  Alaska Day  

Alaska Bald Eagle Festival

November 10-16,  2014  -  Haines, Alaska

The American Bald Eagle Foundation and the people of Haines welcome you to the 2014 Alaska Bald Eagle Festival! Festival activities are held at the American Bald Eagle Foundation.  Over 3,000 eagles gather along the Chilkat River to feast on spawning salmon. The festival is crammed with events catering to birdwatchers, photographers and nature lovers, and include photo workshops, speakers and presentations, guided eagle viewing, featured entertainers and the release of wild rehabilitated Bald Eagles. Most Festival activities are held at the American Bald Eagle Foundation museum. Daily buses and/or vans commute to the Alaska Bald Eagle Preserve.  Whether you're an ornithologist or just a regular admirer of nature, you'll love the view of impressive bald eagles in their natural environment. Unlike many festivals that are envisioned only as fun events, Alaska Bald Eagle Festival has animal preserving, educational and entertainment elements. Visitors can enjoy interesting workshops and presentations, but also observe bald eagles in the wilderness. A special attraction of the festival is the “Flight for Freedom Eagle Release” event, when organizers release eagles, after rehabilitation, to their natural home. Alaska Bald Eagle Festival is for all of you who respect beautiful nature, and would like to learn more about eagles and wildlife. Long-lasting and great memories are ensured!   For more information visit:  Bald Eagle Fest   

2010 Bald Eagle Festival - Photo of the Year!
Taken by Matt Shetzer!  
New World Record - Cabbage - in Alaska!
The Alaska State Fair has “tons” of fun!