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Island Events

Island dwellers will use any reason to get together to eat good food and celebrate life.  After a long winter, residents are ready for some social time with friends and are anxious to welcome spring.  Many community events are planned beginning in March and continuing through the year.  They are all “local” events to which the world is welcome.  You’ll find the residents friendly, the food good and notice an obvious Kodiak flavor!


 

February

Chocolate Lover’s Fling and Art Auction

The inaugural year of the Discover Kodiak Chocolate Lover’s Fling in 2009 featured a halibut tail art auction and more chocolate than anyone really needs to eat.   The event was well received by the community and has now become one of the most anticipated events of the year.  In 2015, the art auction featured humpy salmon fashioned into incredible art.  Add music and wine and you have a winning combination at this adult date-night event.  Typically held the weekend prior to Crab Fest, buy your tickets early to ensure a place at the auction table and chocolate trough; it’s always a sellout. For more information call 907-486-4782.

March

Kodiak Brown Bear Festival

Not long before the bears begin emerging from their winter hibernation, the Kodiak Wildlife Refuge hosts the Kodiak Brown Bear Festival.  The festival coincides with the annual spring offering of the Kodiak Unified Bear Subcommittee’s college level course on commercial bear viewing. Along with the class, the community is invited to participate in art and photography shows, lectures, and other bear-centered activities.  For more information contact the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge at 907-487-2600.

April 

Kodiak King Salmon Derby

Com Fish

Alaska's Largest Commercial Fishery Trade Show held at the Harbor Convention Center.

Kodiak Whale Festival

About the time the first tulip leaves dare to poke their heads out of local yards, Whale Fest Kodiak celebrates the annual migration of gray whales through Kodiak waters with educational programs, music and art. Whales can also be observed from several points along Kodiak’s road system throughout spring and summer months.

For more information visit www.kodiakwhalefest.com.

Earth Day Triathlon

Participate in Kodiak's famous Earth Day Triathlon. Build your team and participate in swimming, running and a 12 mile bike ride!

May

Kodiak King Salmon Derby

Kodiak Crab Festival

The end of winter and the promise of sunshine and warmer weather are celebrated each year over Memorial Day weekend when the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce hosts the annual Kodiak Crab Festival.  Crab Festival, a Kodiak tradition for more than 50 years, celebrates the bounty of the sea. People come to Kodiak from all over Alaska to enjoy this five-day festival. Start off in the morning with the Pillar Mountain competition. Food is the main attraction, along with carnival rides, survival suit races and demonstrations by the Coast Guard rescue team. A large art exhibit provides opportunity for artists to show and sell their work. Don’t miss the bed race, which always delivers great laughs and competition! The real party starts after Crab Festival with the town moustache competition and arm wrestling contests in the downtown square. Two ceremonies during the festival are very important to local fishing families. A moving Fisherman’s Memorial Service honors those lost at sea during the past year and the blessing of the Fleet sends the current fleet off with prayers for a safe return.  Make plans well ahead of time if you need lodging or plan on taking the ferry to Kodiak.  For more information call 907-486-5557.

1st Friday Art Crawls throughout our local coffee shops and galleries.

Saturday Farmer's Markets- come get your locally grown goodies.

July

In the tradition of the nation, Kodiak celebrates the 4th of July with an old fashioned parade, backyard barbeques, and camping. The many cultures of Kodiak are highlighted with colorful and lively parade floats. The annual fireworks display was discontinued in 2010.

1st Friday Art Crawls throughout our local coffee shops and galleries.

Saturday Farmer's Markets- come get your locally grown goodies.

August

Pilgrimage to St. Herman

Each year on August 7, 8 and 9, hundreds of people travel to Kodiak to honor the life and canonization of St. Herman of the Russian Orthodox Church by making a pilgrimage to his home on Spruce Island. Special services are held at the Holy Resurrection Orthodox Cathedral in town as well as at Monk’s Lagoon on Spruce Island. For more information visit www.sthermanseminary.org.

Warm August Nights

Music fills the night air at the Kodiak Fair Grounds during this annual event. Local bands and special guests appear while you sit back in your lounge chair. Bonfires, dancing, food vendors. Bring your own canned beverages, enjoy live music outdoors.  Transportation to and from town is provided so every person has their own designated driver.  For more information call 907-539-2010.

1st Friday Art Crawls throughout our local coffee shops and galleries.

Saturday Farmer's Markets- come get your locally grown goodies.

Kodiak Eco-Challange

The Eco-Challenge is a race built around the ideas of ecology, good sportsmanship, competitiveness, all around good fun. Though the exact course of the race is held secret until the race starts, the participants can count on events that will challenge them physically and mentally in almost every kind of terrain. The teams will have to work together to finish each leg of the race and check into each checkpoint. Teams are told only the disciplines and skill requirements they must possess in order to compete. The race takes between 6 and 12 hours to complete and the concept is simple: teams leave the starting line and navigate through numerous mandatory check points to the finish line as quickly as they can. Teams leave starting line together and finish together. 

September

Kodiak Rodeo and State Fair   Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day weekend usually means the fireweed is bright red and grasses near the shores are golden yellow.  It’s a beautiful time to take in a classic state fair and rodeo.  Locals enter textile goods, canned goods, breads, jams, and animals of all kinds in this American tradition.   Of course, there’s a rodeo, too!

Kodiak Arts Council Performing Arts Series

Beginning in September you can enjoy the Kodiak Arts Council Performing Arts Series.  Music, dance and theater performances to please any taste are held in a variety of venues.  Visual arts exhibits, literary arts events and other great arts activities are all normal fare in this thriving arts community.    To see what’s happening in the arts scene, visit www.kodiakartscouncil.org.

Banff Film Festival hosted by the Kodiak Island Trails Network, come watch this year's adventure reels!

October - February

Arts and Crafts Fairs Fall and Winter

The robust arts community in Kodiak means great holiday shopping for locals and lucky visitors to the island.  Beginning in October, local bazaars and fairs bring out the creative work of Kodiak’s artisans.   Periodically throughout the year, Bear Town Market operates from the Su’naq Tribe Bingo Hall at the mall in downtown Kodiak.  

October

Made in Kodiak – Kodiak Best Western  Inn

Holiday Market – Kodiak Best Western Inn

Halloween Pumpkin Smash

Run the Rock - 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon, take your choice!

November

AAUW – High school

Beta Sigma Phi – St. Mary's School

Senior Center Arts & Crafts Fair – Kodiak Senior Center

December

Holiday Bazaar at the Alutiiq Museum

The Nutcracker Musical and other winter performances

St. Mary’s Crafts Fair & Cookies by the Pound – St. Mary’s School

Last Chance Bazaar – Kodiak Area Native Association

 

January

Polar Bear Plunge- annually in the early morning of January 1st. Take a dive in the cold ocean waters at Mill Bay Beach.