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Kodiak Island Convention and Visitors Bureau
100 Marine Way, Kodiak, AK 99615
(907) 486-4782 or FAX (907) 486-6545

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January 7-9: Russian Christmas and Starring
"Starring" is a tradition of the Orthodox Church. It begins on Christmas Day. A choir follows a large twirling star going to homes of the faithful to sing the joyful news.

January 14: Russian New Year & Masquerade Ball
A dinner with many varieties of Russian food followed by a masquerade ball with dancing and judging of the costumes. Unmasking takes place at midnight.

February (TBA): Alutiiq Week
The Village of Akhiok celebrates the revitalization of Alutiiq Culture with workshops March 18 (tentative): Arts and Adventure Auction Auction fundraiser for the Kodiak Arts Council featuring work by local artists.

March 24-26: ComFish Alaska
The third largest commercial fishing show on the Pacific Coast. Features manufacturers and distributors displaying the latest technology of the fishing industry.

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March 31-April 2: Pillar Mountain Golf Classic
A par -70, one-hole golf tournament up the side of 1400' Pillar Mountain

April 14-23: Whale Fest Kodiak
A Migration Celebration Whale watchers celebrate the return of migrating whales, with whale sightings reported daily. Special art, literature and performances are scheduled during festival

April: Spring Art Show and Sale
The Kodiak Visual Arts League host a community art show and sale, open to the public.

April - May: Old Harbor Whaling Festival
Visit America's last commercial whaling station and view migrating whales.

May 6: International Migratory Bird Day
Guided bird walks, bird identification and observation workshops, and other events mark the return of migratory birds to the Kodiak Island Archipelago.

May 6: Clean Up Day - Litterthon

May 25-29: Kodiak Crab Festival
A celebration of Spring and the Emerald Isle. Parades, carnival booths and a midway, golf tournament, bicycle and survival suit races, a blessing of the fleet ceremony, concerts and much more.

May 25: Ping Pong Tournament

May 25: Predicted Mile Run
Participants estimate the time it will take them to run one mile.

May 26: Chess Tournament

May 27: Mountain Bike Stage Race
Sponsored by the Kodiak Mountain Bike Club. Multi-stage race includes hill climbs, bike toss and road race.

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May 27: Kid's Foot Races
Kids are divided into age groups from two to about twelve. Ribbons awarded to winners and participants.

May 28: Chad Ogden Ultramarathon (43 miles)
Hilly course, beginning in Chiniak and ending at the Harbormaster Building in downtown Kodiak. This race attracts runners from all over the world.

May 28: Marathon and Mountain Running Races
A 26 mile marathon and a 9.2 mile mountain race, each offers runners grueling competition.

May 29: Great Alaskan Rubber Duck Race
An annual Rotary fundraiser for scholarship funds, wagers purchase a numbered rubber duck that is released into the Buskin River. The swiftest, most cunning canard to cross the finish line earns its owner a handsome share of the proceeds.

June (TBA): Fil-Am Heritage Week
Kodiak's Filipino community celebrates their cultural heritage with a variety of events and performances.

June 17: All-American Soap Box Derby
Sponsored by the Kodiak Lion's Club and City Parks and Recreation.

July 3-4: Independence Day
At midnight on July 3, a large fireworks display over Chiniak Bay marks the beginning of Independence Day celebrations. Island communities celebrate with parades and special observance. In Kodiak the Multi-cultural Committee holds a parade in celebration of the community's diverse mix of races and cultures.

July 14-16: Bear Country Music Festival
An annual musical extravaganza that includes a full-spectrum of bluegrass, country, folk, soft rock and Alaskan music. Over fifty bands and musicians from Alaska are slated to perform.

July 29
: Bear-Foot In the Park Quintathlon
Annual event featuring a 500 yard swim, 9.8 mile bike, 2 ile Biathlon shoot/run, 1.75 mile open water sea kayak sprint, and finishing with a 2.5 mile cross country run. Event is followed by a picnic in the park's amphitheater.

August 7-9: Pilgrimage to St. Herman's Monks Lagoon
Celebrating, on these dates in 1970, the canonization of Father Herman by the Orthodox Church in America. There is an annual pilgrimage to his home site on Spruce Island.

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August 12-14: Kodiak Kid's Pink Salmon Jamboree
Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

September: Silver Salmon Derby
Sponsored by the Kodiak Lion's Club.

September 2-4
Kodiak State Fair and Rodeo
Both junior and main event rodeos compliment blue ribbon fair exhibits during this fun-filled weekend. Special contests include: bubble gum blowing, pie eating, nail pounding, watermelon seed spitting, and Rodeo Queen Contest.

October 7: Oktoberfest
Traditional German feast and music.

October 8-14: Wildlife Refuge Week
Wildlife Art Show and other activities scheduled throughout the week.

October 21 - 6:00 PM: United States Coast Guard Appreciation Dinner

December 17: Harbor Stars
A Christmas fleet parade of brightly decorated vessels of all sizes. This annual event is a celebration of the Holiday Season.

December 17: Kodiak Baptist Mission:
Currier And Ives Old Fashioned Christmas
An evening of old-fashioned fun for the entire family. Ice-skating, Sleigh rides, hayrides, caroling around a bonfire, refreshments and a live nativity remind us of simpler times. Enjoy a wonderful view of the Harbor Stars fleet parade fron the KBM picnic pavilion.

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