Sitka Fairs & Festivals
Fairs & Festivals
Summer is not the only time to embrace Sitka’s connection to our vast oceans and the inhabitants. November’s annual Sitka WhaleFest, hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center, celebrates marine life through a science symposium, art, wildlife cruises and so much more!
This ambitious event spotlighting overlooked choral and classical music and incorporating natural elements from Sitka’s surroundings, speaks to the town’s artistic legacy and its ambitions. This annual, week-long chamber music festival promotes an inclusive, accessible vision of classical music, with free events, workshops and performances.
It’s a wonder that it took until recently to launch this celebration in the town long-billed as “Sitka-by-the-Sea.” Who doesn’t want to be a mermaid? Held over five days in late August, this celebration of the sea includes a Mermaid Parade, seafood tastings and a two-day public market.
Jazz in Alaska? In the winter? You bet. In fact, this three-day festival, which takes place over the first weekend in February, has been going on for 17 years. And it continues to draw musicians from New Orleans, Detroit, San Francisco, and New York. The festival’s mission is to bring jazz to Sitka. Professional musicians headline evening performances, but music students also perform at the 650-seat Performing Arts Center. In fact, nearly 200… ...more
This festival brings together some of America’s most talented string musicians and has garnered national acclaim. Celebrated for over 40 years, the festival is the vision of Paul Rosenthal, a violinist from New York who visited Alaska while on tour in 1972. It’s grown to include fall and winter performances in Anchorage and other parts of the state. The stringed performances are truly impressive (they’ve been featured in the New York Times… ...more
Although it’s a state holiday, Alaska Day is owned by Sitka, which throws an annual, day-long party to observe the anniversary of the transfer of the Alaska Territory to the United States. There’s a parade led by the pipe and drum regiment of the Seattle Fire Department; a ball, historical reenactments, panel discussions, and more.