Have you ever wanted to explore the real culture of Alaska’s Last Frontier? Plan your spring vacation trip to Juneau and experience the 43rd Alaska Folk Festival from April 3 to 9, 2017. The largest cultural event in Juneau showcases the rhythmic experiences of folk music and invites visitors to jam out at the acoustic live performances. The annual event is a family friendly, entirely free event held in the heart of downtown Juneau. At the end of every day, enjoy the beautiful 5-minute walk back to your modern room at the Silverbow Inn.
Juneau is the culturally rich Alaskan capital full of many ways to spend an evening, a long weekend, or even a whole week. The Alaska Folk Festival is only one way to experience real Juneau culture. Book your getaway with us at Silverbow Inn and ask us our suggestions to create the perfect Juneau vacation.
What Can I Expect to Experience at the Alaska Folk Festival?
The Alaska Folk Festival is held in Centennial Hall Convention Center. The modern, entirely red tin building houses the perfect space for listening to the live music of the festival. Music surrounds you throughout the 20,000-square-foot open space with a premium sound system and fine-tuned acoustics.
Centennial Hall is centrally located in downtown Juneau. You can experience the festival and be within walking distance to many local restaurants in the area. Step outside to admire the view of the Gastineau Channel that is just one block away!
If you can only attend the Alaska Folk Festival for a day or two, you can live-stream the rest of the event. The convenience of streaming online allows you be a part of the folk music fest from anywhere in Juneau. You can hear the wonderful music from your hotel room or even at the airport while you travel back home. How cool is that?
The music festival showcases local and national artists who are willing to participate and perform the true essence of folk music. Every musician performs for free except for the Guest Artist. This special artist is paid for a set of two 45-minute performances, a dance set, one-on-one performance workshops, and to create a lively environment for everyone.
The Alaska Folk Festival will proudly host The Murphys Bed as the 2017 Guest Artist. Eamon O’Leary and Jefferson Hamer make up the folk duo with an excellent blend of classical and traditional Irish folk. The duo showcases their talents on the guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki (the Greek guitar). They will serenade you with their beautiful harmonies and acoustics. You will not want to miss The Murphys Bed at the Alaska Folk Festival!
Traditional folk dances are held on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of the Alaska Folk Festival. This exciting, festival activity began in 1992 and creates a fun environment to learn all about folk culture. The dance styles include contra, square, Cajun, swing, blues/boogie, and rock and roll.
Grab your favorite dancing shoes and cut a rug with the best teachers in Alaska! Each year, there is a different Guest Caller who acts as the professional dance teacher. Their job is to instruct everyone who wants to learn the basic movements and rhythms of the folk dances. Many visitors love this feature of the annual festival because it’s a great way to have fun and learn something new.
Tune in to “Coffee & Jam” on the Friday of the Alaska Folk Festival. The open-mike event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to join in on the jam session and make all performers feel welcome. Complimentary breakfast and lunch are served for all who attend. “Coffee & Jam” has been known to become a daytime street dance just like in the movies.
Relax at the Silverbow Inn
After rocking out at the Alaska Folk Festival each night, make the short walk back to your modern hotel room at the Silverbow Inn. Our contemporary rooms offer comfortable bedding, spacious private bathrooms, and a rooftop hot tub to help you unwind after a long day. Wake up each morning to a complimentary breakfast served in our modern lobby to fuel you for another day at the Alaska Folk Festival.
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