It’s been a chilly January for the State of Alaska, and if it continues along with a “normal” Alaskan winter, February will be fairly similar. But don’t let the weather keep you inside and allow cabin fever to set in! Get out and have some fun with these 10 Things to Do in Alaska in February!
Be sure to check out the Sitka Jazz Festival February 2-4, 2017. These few days are full of concerts and a wonderful way to just relax to some amazing music. Get the calendar of events on their website.
Party with Iceworms in Cordova
Always the first full weekend of February, the Cordova Iceworm Festival is a sure way to beat the winter blues. The Festival includes a variety show, survival suit races, the Blessing of the Fleet, a parade, a food fair, the arts and crafts fair, a basketball tournament, an ice cream feed and much, much more! Get the full list of events on their website!
In gearing up for the Iditarod, the Yukon Quest is a 1000-mile international sled dog race that starts on February 4, 2017, from Whitehorse, Yukon to Fairbanks, AK. The Finish and Awards Banquet will be on February 17th in Fairbanks.
Folk Festival in Fairbanks
With bands from Alaska, Canada, and the Lower 48, the Fairbanks Winter Folk Festival is a day full of amazing folk music. Be sure to check out the Pioneer Park on February 11, 2017!
Carnival in Homer
Homer celebrates the Winter Carnival the second weekend of February with festivities including cross country ski races, snowmachine games, and a parade! Be sure to check it out!
Climb Some Ice in Valdez
If you’re Valdez February 17-20, be sure to at least check out the awesome ice climbers (or do some climbing yourself!). The weekend will also host films, a silent auction, a dance party, a bonfire feast and much more! Check out the full calendar for the Valdez Ice Climbing Festival on their website!
2017 is the 100 year anniversary of the Mt McKinley National Park (February 26, 1917), so this Denali Winterfest will be extra special. From February 18-26, 2017, you’re invited to check out local artists, educators, get great food, sporting events, live music, and a talent show, both in Fairbanks and Healy. Check out the calendar for a full list! The Denali Park will be having special celebrations throughout the whole of 2017 for the 100 year anniversary, so be sure to keep checking back on their website!
Longest, Toughest Snowmachine Race in the World
The Iron Dog Snowmachine Race is near and dear to my heart. Last year, my cousin and his racing partner finished in first place, after racing for many years. My dad also ran the race for his first time and won the Red Lantern trophy, which is the last place trophy. Even though he came in last, the Red Lantern is still a big deal, as many of the teams who start the race never finish it due to machine failure, injury, or other major issues. It goes without saying that if you are hurt out here, finding the best injury lawyer can be more than tricky. Following the Iditarod trail, this is a 2000 mile race from Anchorage to Nome and then from Nome to Fairbanks. My entire family spends the entire week glued to their computer, following each team’s GPS tracking on the Iron Dog website. It’s addicting! Be sure to check out the ceremonial start in Anchorage, the re-start in Big Lake, mid-way events in Nome, and the big finish in Fairbanks.
Ice Art in Fairbanks
The World Ice Art Championships start on February 20, 2017 and goes through March 31st. There are single and multiple block competitions, youth competitions, and lots of cool (heehee) sculptures to check out!
Rendezvous in Anchorage
The Fur Rondy is THE winter carnival in Alaska. From February 24 to March 5, 2017, Anchorage is full to the brim with carnival rides, sled dog race through Anchorage, bazaars, crazy races of every kind (can you say Outhouse Race?), snow sculptures, concerts, contests, the World Outdoor Hockey Tournament, and of course, what started it all, the daily fur auction. One of my personal favorites is the Running with the Reindeer. Forget the bulls in Spain. We Alaskanized this tradition and the crowds run down 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage chased by reindeer. All the fun without the gory danger. Be sure to check out the daily events calendar on the website!
What are some of your favorite things to do in Alaska in February? Looking for more to do in Alaska all year ’round? Check out 50 Cheap Things to Do in Alaska all Year!