For three days at the end of July/early August, music dominates the Nome scene, with The Salmonberry Jam getting everyone hopping. The festival (formerly known as the Midnight Sun Folk Festival) is organized by the Nome Arts Council, and typically includes an invited guest artist from outside Nome, as well as local musicians, music and dance workshops, jam sessions, kid activities and dancing. There are also more than two dozen vendors offering food and hand-crafted items.
Most events are held at the Nome Elementary School. The Commons area features local musicians giving it their all in 10-minute sets, representing a variety of genres. Other local bands and the guest artist may also play late in the evenings at area saloons and taverns. A community potluck/jam (usually at Safety Roadhouse) concludes the festival. No fee, except for the guest artist concert.
For details on this year’s festival, visit the Nome Folk Fest Facebook page.