Photo Credit: Copper River Salmon Jam

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. 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.

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.

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.

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Fairs & Festivals

Season: Jul 16 to Jul 17

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.

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.

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!

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