Southwest Alaska Special Events
Since Southwest Alaska is one of the most popular tourist destinations as far as regions go, there are a number of events that you can make plans to see. These events are often centered on fishing and other maritime activities, as is evident - especially along the cost. Like crabs? Grab a taste of Alaska at the Kodiak Crab Festival held at the end of May every year. This event has been pleasing taste buds since 1959, and is still once of the most anticipated events in the state.
Another popular event in the Kodiak area is the Whale Festival, which is held in August. The whale festival coincides with an annual migration of whales in the waters off of the coast, and you can schedule day-cruises to see these magnificent creatures or simply watch them from land. If you'll be in Kodiak later in the season, you can also check out the Fil-Am Heritage Week in June, which celebrates the Filipino community in Alaska, or the Bear Country Music Festival in July, which include band performances by over 50 musicians in many different genres.
Moving away from Kodiak, there are a number of other events held annually in Alaska as well. In the Unalaska and Dutch Harbor area, you can go to Dutch Harbor Day or the All-American Soap Box Derby in June or the Mount Ballyhoo Run in July, which is a race up and down a local mountain on Amaknak Island. Travel to Naknek, and you'll find Fishival, an annual fish fry and carnival in July, and if you head to Dillingham in August, you can celebrate the "No-See-Um" Festival, a carnival of food and fun. There's really no lack of things to do in this region of Alaska.