Perfectly timed for the approaching holiday season, the Ketchikan Arts & Humanities Council’s Winter Arts Faire showcases the creations of local artists, which make for great gifts. More than 80 artists exhibit their work here, so you could easily fill all of your holiday wish lists with local, handmade gifts. You’ll find such things as jewelry, clothing, bags, quilts, dishes, ornaments, syrups (spruce-tip is a local favorite), jams, baked goods, canned foods (smoked salmon!), and works by local photographers and artists. And don’t miss Ketchikan’s Wearable Arts show; tickets go on sale the first day of the fair and sell out quick!
The fair happens over a weekend and provides Ketchikanites with a great opportunity to socialize while supporting the local economy. Browse and shop while sipping coffee or hot cocoa and sampling pastries. There’s even a craft room to keep kids occupied. And if you want a quick family photo, local photographer Charley Starr will be ready for you.
You’re also welcome to join local artists and community members at Friday night’s gala opening reception. You’ll get first crack at all the gifts and enjoy a no-host bar, appetizers, and live music.
So come support local artists, or even have a booth of your own (applications are available online). November in Ketchikan is dark and can be rainy, windy, and cold; this event definitely brightens up the Alaskan winter.
Venue: Cape Fox Lodge & Ted Ferry Civic Center, usually the weekend right after Thanksgiving.