You’ll find fun things to do in Juneau at all times of the year. But during certain seasons, you might get to enjoy festivals and special events. Plan your trip around some of the excitement by reviewing this list of can’t-miss Juneau, Alaska, events for 2023.
New events join the calendar regularly, so watch the Travel Juneau events page for news and alerts about upcoming events. Or once you book your travel, watch for events during that timeframe to experience Juneau like never before. Here’s a look at the top Juneau events you’ll want to be a part of in 2023.
Planning travel to Juneau and want to make it extra special by coming during one of the big festivals or other events? Plan your travel during these times.
The last few years have presented a challenging environment for performers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Juneau Big Band is coming back for the first time since 2019. You’ll enjoy big band arrangements dating back to 1920. Listen to the sounds of more than two dozen instruments. The event is donation based with a suggested donation of $10-$20 per person.
Experts and professionals in the Mariculture industry will gather to discuss industry issues alongside science and innovation. The annual conference aims to support developing shellfish and seaweed production in Alaska.
This is the annual fundraiser benefiting Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. You’ll get to sample Specialty Imports wines. And if you enjoy the wines, you can purchase them at a special event price. Plus, there’s live music from Tom Locher Duo and light refreshments.
This is one of the best folk festivals in the northwest and it’s returning after a hiatus due to COVID-19. The 7-day festival is made possible by many volunteers and donations from festival-goers. The whole city of Juneau will become home to the festival. You’ll enjoy performances, workshops, and a gathering of some of the best folk musicians in the world. The festival is free but don’t let the price make you think that nothing is going on during the festival. You can see up to 15 different shows.
Enjoy this festival in downtown Juneau at the Paratrovich Plaza. You can celebrate the area’s rich history, commerce and culture. The event is organized by Juneau Economic Development Council. Enjoy the seaside event as you take in the wonder of boats and more.
See high-quality performances from musicians hailing around the world at the Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival. Plus, you can learn from instructional workshops and community engagement programs. There’s something for everyone, regardless of age or abilities. This event dates back to 1986 when world-renowned violinist Linda Rosenthal wanted to bring her favorite music genre to the community. Learn more about this year’s lineup to prepare for the festival. Tickets go on sale to the general public in early March.
For many years now, the Juneau Gold Rush Days have offered a way to celebrate the city’s frontier roots. You’ll enjoy activities including:
Plus, you can enjoy crafts, vendors and activities designed for children. The event is a two-day event and the date is yet to be decided.
Run one of the most scenic marathons or half marathons in the world. The event starts and ends in Savikko Park in Douglas. This event is USATF-certified. It takes place at sea level and runs along Douglas Highway. Some sights you’ll take in along the route include mountains, glaciers forests and the ocean. People travel from all over to participate. In 2021, the top male finisher was from Brooklyn, New York, and the top female finisher was from Grand Rapids, Michigan.
If you are into fishing, you can participate in the Golden North Salmon Derby. This long-running tradition dates back to August 1947. And while prizes totaled $4,500 during that first event, today you can earn up to $76,000.
This event supports the Rotary Club of Juneau and offers the chance to try many different beers in one place. It’s at the subport in downtown Juneau. You’ll get a collectible pint glass and the chance to ask brewers questions about the beer. No children or adults under age 21 will be permitted. There is a special nondrinking ticket you can get to be a designated driver for your friends to attend this event or in case you don’t drink beer.
Find unique gift ideas for the upcoming holiday season. You’ll find everything from Alaska Native arts to fashion and outdoor wear. The food court features a snapshot of the unique cuisine Juneau offers. Many items you find at the market are things you won’t find anywhere else, which means you’ll get the chance to give one-of-a-kind gifts.
Take in the arts during the Juneau Gallery Walk. Plus, there is fun music and live performances. And you won’t want to miss the hot chocolate station. Enjoy festive activities, including a Christmas tree and a cozy firepit. Children can enjoy making craft ornaments. There’s something for everyone during this event. The activities offered change based on sponsors so be sure to check back once the event gets closer to learn more about what stations to expect in 2023.
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During the big events in Juneau, you want to be in the center of the city where you can easily get to top attractions. Not needing a car or to hail a cab or call an Uber is ideal because these services get busy during big events and festivals.
Juneau Hotel is in the center of downtown, putting you within walking distance of many great attractions and events. But you’ll want to book your stay early as rooms book up during festivals and events. Book now for a hotel with great amenities, including a full kitchen and a washer and dryer in every room.
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Many local businesses and galleries participate in First Fridays in Juneau. The events celebrate the arts and local fare. The event is hosted by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.
The Juneau Gold Rush of 1880 made it a popular place. But today it’s better known for its stunning outdoor experiences and cruise ports that bring thousands of visitors to the area each year.
Downtown Juneau is a very walkable city. If you’re cruising to the area, you’ll be within a 15-minute walk of most attractions.