From June 6 – 9, the annual “Celebration” takes place in downtown Juneau. For four straight days, the streets are filled with indigenous communities, tribal members, and cultural leaders dressed in full regalia to represent tribes and clans throughout the Alaskan region. Enjoy traditional arts and crafts, many of which are for sale and make the perfect gift or keepsake to remember your time in Juneau.

Traditional songs, dances, music, and much more are featured throughout the streets. Of course, Native foods are also a starring feature. There’s no better time of year to immerse yourself in the first culture of Alaska and dine on uniquely prepared fish, side dishes, and much more. It’s a family-friendly event you won’t want to miss and the perfect start to summer.

Living History

Throughout the city, you’ll hear local Native language being spoken. Learn more about the Haida, Tsimshian, and Tlingil cultures in the biennial festival that builds community and shares living history. It’s one of the biggest festivals of the Southeast Alaska Native peoples in the state, and the second largest event by the Alaska Natives in the State of Alaska.

Thousands of people watch the festival online, and it’s estimated that the celebration brings $2 million to Juneau. However, if you’ll be in town in June, you have the opportunity to experience the festival for yourself. What will you discover?