For over 60 years, the fourth weekend in July has been the Soldotna Progress Days celebration. The two-day music festival features parades, the best food vendors in town, and arts and crafts for the entire family. However, at the heart of the festival is the impressive lineup of performers featuring local artists and singers, bands, and more from around the globe.

Held at Soldotna Creek Park, it all begins with the parade at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Arrive early to get a good spot along the route, with delegates from around the state participating. A highlight is always the Kanto (lantern poles) used in traditional Japanese ceremonies. Vendor and food booths also open at 11 a.m. in the park. Don’t miss the Craft Bazaar and Quilt Show at the nearby Senior Center where you can pick up one-of-a-kind keepsakes.

Party On

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, the rodeo grounds open on K-Beach for a little pre-partying before the Rock on the River Concert at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased on site. The concert goes until the wee hours, but it all starts again the next day.

Sunday is reserved for the park party starting at noon with food and art vendors. Enjoy the City of Soldotna Free Community Picnic with burgers, hot dogs, chips and beverages. The grand finale? The rodeo at 2 p.m. where things really get wild.