Come on Out for a Good Time
Blessing of the Fleet
The last Sunday in April
The annual blessing of Petersburg’s fishing fleet, the largest in Southeast Alaska, is sponsored by the Son’s of Norway lodge. Coffee and pastries are served after with lots of visiting and stories about the various boats and old time fishermen and women. Open to the community and heard on the radio for those that cannot make it to the event. Held in the Fisherman’s Memorial Park.
Andy the Viking
© Seaprints Photography
Third full weekend in May (May 14th - 17th, 2015)
Petersburg celebrates its Norwegian heritage by honoring Norwegian Constitution Day, May 17th. This is one of our biggest events of the year. The entire community celebrates with food and craft booths throughout downtown, the festival parade, a Scandinavian pageant, Bunad Style Show and Luncheon, Kaffe Hus with Norwegian pastries and goodies made with butter and love, music on the streets, a herring toss, Vikings and Valkyries roaming the streets looking for victims, a walk-run race, ending the 4 days of celebration with a community salmon/halibut/black cod bake at Sandy Beach. Sponsored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce for over 50 years, this is Alaska’s longest running festival. Call 907-772-3646 for more information or see our Little Norway page.
Memorial Day Weekend (May 23rd-26th, 2014)
Most towns in Southeast Alaska hold a Salmon Derby in the summer. The Petersburg Memorial Day Salmon Derby is a big one. Four days of family fun and fishing and hundreds of prizes. Sponsored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and supported by the businesses in town and the region. Call 907-772-3646 for more information.
Canned Salmon Classic
Tickets on sale July 1st through August 16th
The Canned Salmon Classic is a contest to guess the number of cans of salmon canned during the season by all of the Petersburg canneries. First Prize is $2,000 cash and Second Prize is $1,000! Proceeds support the college scholarship fund. Sponsored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce and Petersburg Fisheries, Inc. Call 907-772-3646 for more information. Past winners here
The Summer Triathlon Sprint
Triathalon, swim 500 yards, bike
10 miles and run 2.5 miles. Contact Petersburg Parks and Rec at 907-772-3392
Fourth of July Community Celebration
July 2nd - July 4th
The first week in July. Petersburg ‘s old-time Independence Day celebration with food booths under the big tent, arts and crafts booths along Nordic Drive, a great parade, carnival games, races, street games (like the 2 x 6 boot stomp) and contests and of course, a wonderful fireworks display at 11pm when the sky is dusky but never dark! Some of the past themes for the celebrations have been “Christmas in July”, “Fishing-Past, Present and Future”, and “Uncle Salmon” to name a few. Sponsored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, Borough of Petersburg Parks and Rec and all the local businesses in the community. Call 907-772-3646 for more information. 2013 Schedule
2nd weekend of September
The festival is a non-profit event with the goal of bringing participants closer to the natural world through education, exploration and the arts while learning more about our rainforest and the ocean that surrounds it. Events include lectures, walking tours, workshops, and visiting artists and authors. More information here.
Entire month of October
A month of special events such as music concerts, gallery walks, and the following:
- Humpy 500 Go-cart Race
1st Saturday of October
Along with the announcement of the Canned Salmon Classic winners, this event features a kids go-cart race with elaborately decorated entrants. Kids are judged on their costumes, pit crews costumes and design of their cart. They are also timed on 2 runs down PFI Hill into the catching area. Big prizes and lots of excitement-rain or shine. Sponsored by the Petersburg Fisheries, Inc.Past Winners and photos here
- Beat the Odds -- A Race against Cancer
1st Saturday of October
Beat the Odds is a 2.5 mile run/walk that starts at the Petersburg Community Gym at 9 am. This is a fund raiser for cancer patients. The cost is $20. First 300 to sign up receive free T shirts.
- Devil’s Thumb Chili Feed and Brewfest
4rd Friday in October
Bring on the beer, bring on the wine! Lug in those chili pots and lets rock and roll at the Annual Chili Feed and Brewfest at the Sons of Norway Hall. Prizes for the beer and wine by “real” judges and People’s Choice awards for the various categories of Chili (which change from year to year). Sponsored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce 907-772-3646 for more info.
- Octoberfest Artshare
4th Saturday of October
Petersburg’s largest arts and crafts fair, featuring handmade items by artists and crafters from around the state. Food booths sell lunch throughout the day and there are bake sales, candy, jellies, jams and syrups for sale. Start shopping for Christmas early. The event is held in the Community Gym at the school. Sponsored by the Muskeg Maleriers. Call 907-772-2717 for more info.
- Rain Country Quilters Quilt Show
4th Saturday of October
Next door to the ArtShare, in the High School Commons is the annual Rain Country Quilt Show and Auction. Beautiful quilts made by local quilters are displayed and there is a vote for the People’s Choice. In the adjacent library is the Small Quilt Auction with proceeds going to support local charities.
Sons of Norway Hall
© Donel Judy
Festival of Lights and Community Tree Lighting
Friday after Thanksgiving
The Friday after Thanksgiving. The lighting of the 70’ Community Christmas Tree is celebrated with a walk down Nordic Drive (Main Street) with Santa by hundreds of people, large and small carrying lightstix or candles. A local citizen is honored to “Light the Tree” with a magical wave of their hand and the High School Band and Chorus perform Christmas carols. Complimentary hot cider is available. Each year the tree is provided by the Public Works crew and the lighting of the tree and the decoration of the downtown power poles is done by the Petersburg Power and Light crew. Sponsored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce 907-772-3646 and the Borough of Petersburg Parks and Rec.
The streets of downtown Petersburg fill with bundled customers looking for last minute gifts for friends and family. According to Norwegian tradition, local merchants offer customers amazing seafood delights, familiar Norwegian pastries and warming spirits in appreciation of their business during the past year. No one remembers when this tradition started, it just has always been part of the charm of the season. Our julebukking has even been written about in “Country” magazine...
New Year’s Eve
To end the year with a bang and begin the new with oohs and ahhs, an intrepid group of volunteer but certified Pyrotechnicians shoot off fireworks at the ball field above town. Their dedication in our inclement winter weather is appreciated by everyone and is part of the fun of living on a small island with 3099 of your friends. Sponsored by the Petersburg Chamber of Commerce 907-772-3646 for more info.
New Year’s Day
The Polar Dip is one way to usher in the New Year for a few intrepid and hardy folks each year.