Sponsored by the Kenai Watershed Forum, The Kenai River festival takes place next to the mesmerizing turquoise waters of the Kenai River. Its purpose is to spread awareness about the River’s watershed and surrounding systems. It draws around +8000 attendees from all over Southcentral. This event is the community’s opportunity to celebrate their lifeblood, history, and nature and protect it.

After being canceled for two years due to COVID-19, The Kenai River Festival returned in 2022. Besides environmental demonstrations, this festival features various recreational opportunities and amenities.


Alaskan Artisians Market

With the spirit in mind, this annual festival offers an Artisians Market and food vendors booth. A wide variety of Alaskan artisans from all over Alaska create beautiful and unique treasures for you to take home. 


KWF Kids Zone

This area busts with hands-on fun for the entire family. There are a lot of activities like T-shirt printing, fishing game, fish painting, salmon dissections, Alaskan animal fidget cubes, live birds, face painting, mural creations, a petting farm, and many more.


Live Music 

This festival presents free concerts to celebrate Kenai’s River. This 3-day music festival includes rock and roll, country, bluegrass, and more. So make sure to bring your chair and your dancing shoes.


Beer & Wine Garden

Enjoy locally crafted beers and wine from Alaskan wineries and breweries near the Kenai River and the main stage. The proceeds go to the Kenai Peninsula’s mission: Working together for healthy watersheds.


Run for the River

This run is part of the annual Kenai River Festival. This free family event ensures a fun experience for every family member. All ages of runners and walkers are welcome to enjoy this looped 5k and 10-mile course along this famous River.


Festival Recycling

In the spirit of protecting the River, the festival has taken steps to enhance the impact through composting and recycling. So, being that this festival focuses on the environment, recycling is an essential part of the Kenai River Festival.