Celebration in Juneau and What You Need to Know

Attend the largest cultural event in Alaska! Celebration in Juneau is a biennial festival that is hosted by Sealaska Heritage Institute, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to perpetuating and enhancing southeast Alaskan Native cultures. You won’t want to miss this incredible three-day program! Find out everything you need to know about Celebration!

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Attend Celebration in Juneau

Celebration 2018 in Juneau, Alaska will take place from Wednesday, June 6 to Saturday, June 9. The theme of this year’s Celebration is Respect: Weigh Your Words. The festival consists of lectures and panels focused on southeast Alaskan Native cultures, as well as parade dancing, dance performances, food contests, Juneau Native art presentations, and Native vendors. Specifically, this festival focuses on Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian culture. Beyond being the most popular Alaska Native celebrations in the state, this cultural event has quickly become the best place to experience Juneau, Alaska heritage.

Don’t Miss These Highlights

One of the major highlights of this year’s event includes the Native high-fashion show, which allows Native designers to submit original pieces as well as asks that local models apply to walk.

You won’t want to miss the two main competitions held during the festival. The first is the food contests, which awards entrants with the best seaweed, soapberries, and seal oil. The food must be gathered by the participants, and the surplus of food will be donated to elders living in urban communities. There will also be a Juried Art Show and Competition, which will award prizes in six divisions: carving and sculpture, sewing, weaving, two-dimensional works (paintings, drawings, etc.), and endangered art. The last category consists of traditions that are not widely known anymore, like spruce-root weaving and mountain goat horn spoon carving.

Be sure to pick up something impressive at the Native Artist Market, which will be open the entire festival. Visitors can pick up Juneau Native art as well as supplies from the Juneau Cultural Center and Sealaska Plaza.

Save Money on Your Flight

As if Celebration 2018 wasn’t enough of a reason to visit, Alaska Airlines is offering a 10% discount! This offer is good for any visitors flying out for the event! Simply use the airfare code on Sealaska’s website, and you’ll be on your way to saving on your flight.

Stay at Silverbow Inn

Stay just a short walk from the biggest events taking place during Celebration in Juneau! Silverbow Inn is a modern boutique hotel located in downtown Juneau that features comfortable guest rooms, a delicious breakfast, great specials and packages, and awesome amenities.

Are you ready to start planning the trip of a lifetime? Check our availability and book today! We look forward to having you.