Festivals in Sitka, AK

Festivals are a fun way to learn about and experience firsthand an area’s culture, heritage and defining characteristics. Sitka festivals will not disappoint! Experience the music of summer or whales depending on when you plan your Alaskan vacation in Sitka.

Sitka Jazz Festival

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Sitka Jazz Festival
Warm up in February with the cool sounds of jazz at the annual Sitka Jazz Festival. Come to hear the improvisational tones of internationally known artists and visiting school groups. Concerts, brown bag lunch series, and workshops for students and All-Festival Pass holders are just some of the highlights.

Sitka Summer Music Festival
In June gifted musicians from around the world gather in Sitka to perform the best in professional chamber music in scenic Harrigan Centennial Hall with its glass backdrop showcasing majestic snow-capped mountains, soaring bald eagles, and gliding fishing vessels; the setting is as unforgettable as the music. Contact the Sitka Summer Music Festival for information and tickets.

Sitka Seafood Festival
Early August is the time you’ll want to reserve your Alaska Ocean View accommodations if you want to celebrate wild Alaskan seafood. Fresh seafood isn’t the only attraction at the Sitka Seafood Festival. Executive and guest chefs, entertainment and a silent auction round out the event highlights.

Sitka Whale Festival
Whales have been sighted in the Sitka area every month of the year but in the fall their numbers peak as they prepare for their journey to Hawaii. They feed on the dense populations of herring hanging out near Sitka’s shoreline. Therefore, typically, the first weekend in November, noted marine biologists gather in Sitka to share their latest data with each other and with the public in an outstanding three day whale symposium. Whale enthusiasts find the Sitka “Whalefest” fabuloulsy informative. Typically the annual festival includes a concert, banquet, market, whale watching excursions, in addition to the educational slide show presentations.

Autumn is full of excellent Alaska whale watching opportunities if you can’t make it to the annual Whale Festival. Whales are commonly seen from shore at Whale Park, and whale watching cruises during the festivals offers visitors reduced rates.

Season’s End Celebration
Join the community in September to celebrate the end of another successful fishing and tourist season. Bring your zaniest costume and rubber boots for the infamous Running of the Boots charity event.

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