Music, dancing, food and fun at Salmonfest
There is nothing quite like an Alaska summer. Pleasant days that seamlessly roll into long nights offer endless possibilities that beckon the adventurous spirit of Alaskans and visitors alike. There is fishing, camping, boating, biking and parties. There are mountains to climb, rivers to explore and glaciers to visit. The choices are everywhere.
The Kenai Peninsula often has been referred to as Alaska’s playground and that’s because all the various activities that we love are available somewhere on the Peninsula. Quaint and welcoming towns dot the landscape. Hope, Moose Pass, Seward, Cooper Landing, Kenai, Soldotna, Kasilof, Anchor Point and Homer all have unique elements to offer visitors from near and far.
In the middle of the Kenai Peninsula sits the charming and picturesque village of Ninilchik. Home of the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik has hosted one of the summer’s most dynamic weekends for several years. Salmonfest, widely considered to be the state’s most compelling festival, once again returns Aug. 5-7 for another fabulous weekend.
Perhaps you’ve attended one of the previous festivals. Maybe you’ve heard through the grapevine that it’s worth the journey. We believe that it is indeed worth joining the collective excursion to one of the most diverse and comprehensive festivals, not just in Alaska, but also in the entire country.
Headed by 15 nationally renowned bands and musicians, dozens of Alaska’s top bands, incredible homegrown artists, crafters and brews along with exquisite cuisine, the overall framework of Salmonfest is exceptional. Add the special performances, the family-friendly atmosphere (there are children’s activities each day, and kids 12 and younger are free), the colorful stages and costumes, and other surprises and the weekend is an endless multifaceted sensory experience.
If you decided that you need a break from a steady stream of eclectic and high-octane music that is rolling on four stages for the virtually the whole weekend, you can wander the local beaches and rivers, catch a salmon, go for a halibut fishing trip or just chill out at your campsite or cabin with family and friends, new or old.
Hundreds of campsites are within walking distance of the festival, and hundreds more are serviced by an almost round-the-clock complimentary shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off right at the front gate.
In the past, Alaskans have had to fly out of state to attend one of the preeminent national festivals. Salmonfest now provides the opportunity to find that enriching experience just down the highway on the Kenai Peninsula at a fraction of what it might cost to go ‘Outside’ to a comparable event.
Now, people from the Lower 48 are coming to Alaska, as Salmonfest steadily establishes a reputation as a destination event. Last year, tickets were sold in over 40 states and several countries. Many people who have always wanted to come north, in particular those who have relatives and friends in Alaska, are now using the festival as an incentive and an anchor date to make the trip.
Whether you’ve been a part of the extended festival family in the past or are planning to join us for the first time this year, we can assure you we are working tirelessly to bring you the best possible experience. Whether it be an incredibly talented and diverse group of musicians, top production, delectable cuisine, unique arts and crafts, top brews, or just the magic that happens when an incredible group of like-minded people gather for a special weekend, we strive to collectively create something special that cultivates spontaneous magic and creates lasting memories.
The Alaska State Troopers have pointed out that they have never seen a larger group that is more peaceful and problem free than the Salmonfest clan. Our exceptional security team believes first and foremost in customer service and remains diligent in keeping our festival safe and friendly.
We hope you’ll make the effort to join us for the weekend of Aug. 5-7 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in the village of Ninilchik, where we create our own festive town and share what can certainly be called a collective experiential kaleidoscope.
We have assembled the strongest and most diverse lineup ever for the 2016 festival. Our intent remains to create the highest-quality event we can from an operational and artistic standpoint. Of course, the result comes from a collective spirit from all participants including artists, staff, vendors and our entire extended Salmonfest family, new or veterans, young or old.
Join us for a weekend of song, dance, delight, a little craziness, spirit, love, fish, music, imagination, goofiness, family, friends and fun!
When: Aug. 5-7, 2016
Where: Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik
What: Salmonfest is three days of fish, love and music. This annual four-stage music festival features more than 20 Outside acts and more than 30 Alaska bands, amazing artwork, vendors, children’s activities, delicious food and cold beer.
Who: Salmonfest is a family-friendly event with something for everyone. Salmonfest is presented by the Kachemak Bay Conservation Society.
Admission: Discounted tickets can be purchased at www.salmonfestalaska.org. Tickets range from $105 to $130, and prices increase after July 15. Tickets are also available at the door.
More questions? Contact Salmonfest, (907) 306-0960, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.salmonfestalaska.org.