Crabby kid. Marion Owen photo.
Local residents take every opportunity to celebrate their island life. WhaleFest Kodiak, Kodiak Crab Festival, 4th of July Celebrations, the Pigrimage to Spruce Island, and the State Fair and Rodeo are just a few of the Island's annual big events.
In April, 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.
Memorial Day weekend is important in Kodiak. It signals the end of winter and the promise of sunshine and warmer weather. 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. 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. 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. Mark your calendar! Crab Festival is scheduled this year May 24 - 28, 2012.
In the tradition of the nation, Kodiak celebrates the 4th of July with a parade and fireworks. The many cultures of Kodiak are highlighted with colorful and lively parade floats.
In August, 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.
Labor Day weekend is Rodeo and State Fair time in Kodiak. Equestrian events, exhibits assembled by active 4-H clubs, and a full-fledged rodeo fill the weekend with fun and laughter.
A thriving arts community provides a variety of performances, art shows, and musical entertainment throughout the year. The sporting community hosts activities ranging from high school athletics to cycling, running and other competitive opportunities. In other words Kodiak, in spite of its remote location and rugged landscape, is a typical small town.