The first day of Spring may be March 21st, but spring in Alaska really starts in April. The snow and ice start melting at a rapid pace, the days are becoming longer quickly, and a few buds are starting to make their appearance. Get out and enjoy this glorious weather with these 6 things to do in Alaska in April!
Alaska in April
42 Year Old Festival in Juneau
2017 marks the 42nd annual Alaska Folk Festival, the oldest and largest festival of it’s kind in the State. From April 3rd to the 9th, these concerts, dances, workshops, and more are free to the public! With performers from all over the world, be sure to check it out!
Race in the Wilderness
About halfway between Delta Junction and Glennallen, a town sprouts up every spring. Arctic Man becomes the third largest city in the State of Alaska. People flock in from all over the State in their campers and RVs to watch snowmachines and skiers race through the mountains. Parking spaces book up fast, so be sure to make your reservations in advance! (According to their website, at the time of this posting, there is still parking available.) The race starts on April 6th this year.
Get Wet in Girdwood
Girdwood boasts one of the most popular ski resorts in Alaska, and every April, Alaska heads to Girdwood for the Spring Carnival and Slush Cup. Participate or just watch and enjoy this crazy weekend. Costumes are a must for those skiers braving the open pond at the bottom of the ski run… Check out the great food and live music too!
Humming in Ketchikan
The Alaska Hummingbird Festival starts April 7th and goes through June 3rd. This annual festival celebrates the return of the Rufous hummingbirds, along with many other migratory birds, to the Tongass National Forest. Be sure to check it out!
Birds in Wrangell
Down in southeast Alaska, every spring the Stikine River delta is flooded with bald eagles and shorebirds. From April 27-30, 2017, the Stikine River Birding Festival will include a photo contest, art contest, guest speakers, birding excursions, and more! Get more info and a FREE birding guide on their website!
Watch the Whales
The Gray Whale migration is in full swing in April in Alaska. These amazing mammals have traveled over 5,000 miles from Mexico to the Arctic Ocean to feed for the summer. There are many places to watch the whales from shore. Lots of great boat tours that will give you a front row seat to these beautiful whales too.
No matter what part of the State you are in, there is always lots to do in Alaska in April. Just get out and enjoy all that sunshine! Get even more ideas to do at 50 Cheap Things to do in Alaska all Year ‘Round or check out the My Alaska category for more monthly events!