Cordova Fairs & Festivals
Come experience one of Cordova’s lively festivals! You’ll find events throughout the season, many of which focus on the area’s abundance of natural treasures. If you like salmon—and enjoy a community abuzz with vendors, shops, games, running races, live music, and good food—you’ll love the Copper River Salmon Jam, held each July. This fun festival is all about Cordova’s indelible (if not spiritual) connection to these extraordinary fish.
The annual Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival, for example, celebrates the arrival of more than 5 million migratory birds in the wetlands and vast flats of the Copper River Delta. Held during the second week of May, it’s considered one of Alaska’s top birding events.
Come fall, it’s time to find the fungus. The Cordova Fungus Festival, held the second weekend in September, is Cordova’s version of a harvest festival. This annual three-day event celebrates the Cordova region’s abundant crop of wild mushrooms through classes, art, and handicraft sessions.
In winter, don’t miss the Iceworm Festival, held the end of January/early February each year. With a focus on fun, this festival was created as a mood-booster to get the community together and out and about during the dark winter months.
Fairs & Festivals
Considered one of Alaska’s top birding events, this annual festival during early May celebrates the arrival of more than 5 million migratory birds on the Copper River Delta east of Cordova.
It’s only fitting that an Alaska fishing village throws a great salmon festival. Every year in July, the town of Cordova takes a break from fishing to turn out for the Copper River Salmon Jam. This festival aims to celebrate salmon and promote the health and sustainability of local salmon runs.
This annual three-day event celebrates the Cordova region’s abundant crop of wild mushrooms with classes, art and handcraft sessions, expert talks, kid’s activities and daily-guided trips into the rain forest foothills and the Copper River Delta.
Cordova’s oldest festival — which started back in 1961 — is about offering a cure for the winter blues. This weeklong festival happens during the hopeful time of year when the days are starting to get longer!