Alaskan Inside Passage Special Events
As the southern-most region in Alaska, the Inside Passage region has a warmer season longer during the year. That means there are a ton of special events in this region. Of course, one of the main areas for special events is Juneau, the capital of Alaska. There is no lack of things to see and do in this city, but if you're in the area in late May, at least be sure to stop by the Juneau Jazz & Classics. This 10-day festival features concerts (including some on cruises), workshops for budding artists, meet and greets with bands, and more. It's a celebration of jazz, blues, classics, and rock from Alaska and around the world.
Also in Juneau, the Alaska Folk Festival is held annually in mid-April to promote culture and history. This festival includes performances by locals, as well as dances and classes that the general public can attend. If you're going to be in Juneau later in the year, however, you can stop by to compete in the annual Golden North Salmon Derby, held in August. This fishing event is attached to some huge prizes, as well as scholarships, so don't forget your fishing license!
Ketchikan is also a fun city with a number of events held annually. The Blueberry Arts Festival, held during the first weekend of August, is a celebration of the summer, with - you guessed it - lots of great blueberry-inspired foods. You can also attend the Gigglefeet Dance Festival in Ketchikan. This event is held every August and features local and professional dancers in a number of shows and contests.
If you'll be a bit farther north, head to Skagway for some more interesting events. If you like winter sports, you can participate in or view the Buckwheat Ski Classic in March, or if indoor activities are more your thing, head to the Skagway Alaskan Film Festival in April. You can even check out this city's Klondike Trail of '98 Road Relay in September.
Each town in the Inside Passage has its own smaller, local events, so there is never a shortage of things to do. This is especially true in the summertime. The best way to find the most fun events? Ask the locals! Don't be afraid to talk to people you meet along the way, asking for advice on the best things to see and do in the region.