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  • Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski Holding a 63 Pound King Salmon

    It’s Time for the 2018 CHARR Salmon Derby

    Mon, Aug 6 2018

    Calling all salmon fishing fanatics – whether you’re male or female, old or young; it’s time to fire up your outboard motors and make your way to your favorite salmon fishing hole for the eagerly-anticipated 2018 CHARR Salmon Derby. This year’s derby will be ongoing through three separate weekends: August 18-19, August 25-26, and September 1-3. Thousands of dollars of prize money will be awarded in cash, gift certificates, goods, equipment, travel vouchers, and other items. Award categories include adult, youth (under 16), and dozens of Special Prizes, including the KTKN $930 cash award for the 99.9th fish turned in. 

    The Grand Prize of $10,071 is donated by the King Salmon Derby Committee and Michael Briggs, plus a canvas photo of the winner worth $150 from The Cedars Lodge. Second prize is a 3-night getaway with meals included and two days of guided fishing worth $4,590, donated by the Salmon Falls Resort, plus $250 in cash, donated by the American Legion Auxiliary. Additional prizes include tickets from Alaska Airlines worth $2,500 and other items donated by additional local and regional businesses and organizations.

  • Poster for the Play The Fish Pirates Daughter

    A Midsummer Night Tradition: “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter”

    Tue, Jul 3 2018

    Join us at the Ted Ferry Civic Center on July 13, 14, 20, and 21 for the First City Players’ annual performance of a beloved Ketchikan tradition, “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter.” Guests can enjoy a delectable dinner of crab or salmon, then sit back and relax during the show, where they can cheer on the hero and heroine, hiss and boo at the dastardly villain, and enthusiastically applaud the madam with a heart of gold. Now in its 52nd year, Ketchikan’s original musical-melodrama was proposed by arts-supporter June Allen.

    It was written by Bob Kinerk, with music by Jim Alguire, and has been performed with a few minor changes almost every year for half a century. The show’s plot concerns Ketchikan’s colorful past, with characters that include the fish pirates themselves, who stole salmon from the cannery’s traps, and sold it back to them, a cannery owner, and an array of ladies of joy and various drunkards. Locals make up the cast and the majority of the audience. Foolish but thoroughly entertaining, “The Fish Pirate’s Daughter” will steal your heart and warm your soul. For tickets and more information, call (907) 225-4792.

  • Family Displays Their Catch of Two Alaska Salmon

    Give Dad a Slammin’ Salmon Getaway

    Mon, Jun 4 2018

    Want to make this Father’s Day one that Dad will cherish forever? Why not treat him to a salmon fishing getaway? Ketchikan is the salmon capital of the world, and the months of May-October are optimal angling time for jumbo-sized Alaska king salmon. Some consider it a science, and others consider it an art, but all agree that salmon fishing in Alaska is a fisherman’s dream come true. No matter if Dad is an epic caster or just wants to try his hand at trolling, we provide U.S. Coast Guard-certified guides, along with an array of fully-guided and self-guided fishing packages for all levels of skill and experience.

    Add to Dad’s fun when you include Mom and the kids, and we’ll arrange packages and prices to plan the ideal trip for the entire family. Or, for those who don’t wish to fish, the town of Ketchikan has a wide variety of activities and attractions for every age and interest level, including whale watching, kayaking, hiking, and much more. For details, call us at (800) 247-9059.

  • Alaskan Inuit Mask

    Walk the Walk Year Round

    Tue, May 8 2018

    Most folks around Ketchikan are familiar with the two annual Art Walks presented by the Ketchikan Area Arts & Humanities Council – the Winter Art Walk the first Friday in December and the Celebration of the Sea Art Walk the first Friday in May. However, even though you may have missed out on either or both of these, you can still take your own Art Walk and visit the local businesses that support it, at any time with a year-round smartphone Art Walk app.

    Also, the Arts Council assembles a map of locations, art openings, entertainment, dining, community events, and even specials at local businesses. These maps are available at the Arts Council and at any of the participating businesses. Some of these businesses include the Alaska Fish House, the Main Street Gallery, the New York Café, Oceans Alaska, and Fat Stan’s Oyster Bar. Additional participants include the Alaska Eagle Arts Gallery, Arctic Spirit Gallery, Blasphemous Bill’s, Crazy Wolf Studio, and the Captain’s Lady, among many others. For details on how to get the app and more information about Art Walks, call (907) 225-2211, or click here.

  • Native American Totem at Southeast Alaska Discovery Center Ketchikan Alaska

    Gateway to the Tongass: The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center

    Mon, Apr 2 2018

    Explore the rich cultures of various Native American tribes and experience the wonder of the coastal rainforest. Learn more about the town of Ketchikan, its history and its people. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is the ideal place to explore these stories, and more, all in one conveniently-located place. Located near the cruise ship docks, on the corner of Mill and Main, the Center greets visitors with a display of three Native American Totems that represent the Haida, Tlingit, and Tsimshian cultures. Within, interactive displays and exhibits focus on regional history and native traditions, along with Alaska’s rainforest and its ecosystems.

    The area’s natural resources are also featured, particularly those who represent an industry vital to Ketchikan’s economy, such as fishing, timber, mining, tourism, and recreation. Younger visitors will enjoy Junior Ranger activities and a scavenger hunt through the center, and the entire family will enjoy the salmon-observation exhibits at the aquarium, and the films depicting Ketchikan’s culture and history at the Center’s 150-seat movie theater. For details, call (907) 228-6220, or click here.

  • Closeup Side View of Bald Eagles Head

    The Best of Alaska’s Wildlife: Eagles and Salmon

    Tue, Mar 6 2018

    With its spectacular natural beauty, rich Native American culture, and outstanding local attractions, Ketchikan is a natural choice for cruise ship stopovers, and an ideal destination for tourists. Although “Salmon is King” here, Ketchikan offers a wide variety of additional activities. One of the most popular stops for visitors, The Deer Mountain Hatchery and Eagle Center provides a fascinating look at two of the area’s most iconic examples of animal life.

    Managed by the Ketchikan Indian Community, this facility allows guest an up-close look at rescued birds at the Eagle Center, which functions as a rehab center for bald eagles, great-horned owls, and other birds that have been injured, along with prime viewing of salmon swimming upstream at the Hatchery, where these fish are tagged before being released into nearby streams, lakes, and rivers. Lucky guests may even get a glimpse of baby eagles, as two of the bald eagles at the center mated for life and are still there. Although the facility is usually open during May-September, they do offer winter appointments. For more information, call (800) 252-5158 or (907) 228-5530.

  • Woman with Face Painted in Vibrant Colors

    Wild & Free: The 32nd Annual Wearable Art Show Exhibit

    Thu, Feb 1 2018

    Make plans now to attend Ketchikan’s runway performance show of the year, when an amazing array of talent will rock the catwalk at the Wearable Art Show. The 2018 theme is “Wild & Free,” and features local and guest artists. These virtuosos of ingenuity will proudly strut their stuff as they model their unique couture creations made from such materials as milk jugs, trash bags, duct tape, wood, foam, and sequins. The combination of music, sculpture, theatrics, engineering, dance, and fashion always results in a creative tour de force, and explains why this annual gala has become one of the most popular events in the art community nationwide.

    The Wearable Art Show is the major fundraiser for the Arts Council, and the Ted Ferry Civic Center will host three runway performances on February 1, 2, and 3, with a family-friendly matinee Saturday afternoon. Afterward, the Wearable Art collection will be on exhibit February 9-23, allowing visitors to examine the artists’ work at their leisure. The runway performances usually sell out quickly, but some tickets are still available. Click here to snag yours ASAP!

  • Two Black and White Chess Pieces

    This Winter, Check Out the Library

    Mon, Jan 8 2018

    Looking for some fun and interesting activities to brighten up the dark and dreary days of winter? Check out the Ketchikan Public Library for three stimulating and challenging ways to keep your mind active. First, if you’ve always thought you had a book in you, register for Fellowship of the Pen: Creating a Writer’s Toolkit. Beginning January 18, this writing program for teens and adults will show you how to get from wannabe to published author. For details, call Michelle at (907) 225-3331.

    Next, whether you’re a chess master, or just want to learn, drop in on January 20 to join the Chess Club. Finally, explore the topics of race and equality with the Social Justice Reading Group. Beginning January 22, the group will meet weekly to discuss a short reading. The first book in the series is the 2016 National Book Award winner “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Ibram X. Kendi. For details about this and the Chess Club, call Lisa at (907) 228-2304.

  • Copper & Coral Earrings

    Support KRBD Community Radio

    Mon, Dec 4 2017

    When folks in Ketchikan and the surrounding area want to know what’s going on, they tune in to KRBD. Owned by Rainbird Community Broadcasting, the station airs programming from NPR and the BBC World News Service, along with local programming, and is a member of CoastAlaska. With its slogan of “Community Radio for Southern Southeast Alaska,” it’s not only non-profit community radio, but often community service radio, and they’re asking for support during their annual on-air auction. The three-hour fundraiser will be aired on Saturday, December 9th, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

    The station has amassed an array of items to auction, but are still accepting goods and services. Auction items include homemade goodies, including baked goods and jars of raspberry jam, handcrafted jewelry and accessories, hand-carved wooden bowls, fine art, gift certificates, zipline tours, round-trip flights, a four-hour whale-watching tour, and much more. These items would make fabulous holiday presents for lucky friends and family, and make short work of that Christmas gift list. Jack Finnegan and Katherine Tatsuda will be the hosts for “the fastest three hours in radio,” and all proceeds will go toward the support of KRBD. To donate goods or services, call (907) 225-9655, (800) 557-5723, or email stuart@krbd.org.

  • Hand Crafted Santa with Presents and Poinsettias

    Get Your Tickets for the Original Wearable Arts Show at Ketchikan’s Winter Arts Faire

    Tue, Nov 7 2017

    Kick off the holiday season in Ketchikan with this year’s Winter Arts Faire. A gala opening reception will be held on Friday, November 24th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. A $5.00 admission fee supports the Arts Council, but is free for members. Join us for an evening of food, music, and fun, not to mention a wonderful holiday shopping experience. The Winter Arts Faire weekend continues on Saturday, November 25 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, November 26 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Admission is free, so come and pare down that holiday shopping list with gift selections from over 80 area artisans.

    Held annually every February, the Ketchikan Wearable Arts Show is always so popular that it sells out long before the show, which is why tickets are available the weekend of the Winter Arts Faire. Tickets for the 32nd annual show (Feb. 1st – 3rd) will go on sale the morning of Saturday, November 25, so snag yours before they’re gone. The theme for 2018’s show will be “Wild and Free,” and the artist’s creations are made of everything from duct tape and wood, to milk jugs – the more creative the better!

  • Catrinas

    This Month: A Historic Walking Tour and a Dia de los Muertos Exhibit

    Mon, Oct 2 2017

    Autumn is a wonderful time to visit beautiful Ketchikan, and to take advantage of the opportunity to explore and learn more about our town. One of the best ways to do this is to join the historic two-mile walking tour. You’ll visit 25 points of interest - all of them located within easy walking distance from downtown. The walk takes about two hours, and includes a stroll through Creek Street, Ketchikan’s museum and library (housed in the same building), Saxman Native Village, Totem Bight State Park, Ketchikan Creek and Falls, the Eagle Center, and the Deer Mountain Hatchery.

    For less strenuous activity combined with fascinating cultural imagery, visit the Main Street Gallery. From October 7 - 28, the gallery will host its “El Dia de los Muertos” exhibit. The Day of the Dead annual celebration is always the first day of November. The holiday originated in Mexico, where the living celebrate the lives of their beloved dead with offerings of food and drink, along with parties and festivals in their honor. This exhibit will feature art fashioned from two and three-dimensional media, and will include both traditional and non-traditional themes. For details, call (907) 225-2211.

  • Fox on Totem Pole

    The Totem Heritage Center: A Preservation of Native Culture

    Tue, Sep 5 2017

    Since the Stone Age, totems have played a significant role in most of the world’s earliest societies. From such humble origins as totemic charms that included animal claws or teeth, semi-precious stones, and additional symbols of protection and good fortune, there emerged the totem pole. One of the earliest art forms, these carved poles featuring likenesses of people, animals, and gods became increasingly intricate and refined with the use of iron tools.   

    After the decline of Alaska’s Native American populace, some of these totems were removed, but many were reclaimed and relocated, along with replicas of those that were removed. At the Totem Heritage Center, 33 of have been preserved, with 16 of them on permanent display. These striking examples of Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian culture and heritage are exhibited surrounded by village site photos and various artifacts, and the public is invited to attend on September 14, when the center will host an open house. For more information, click here.

  • bowl of blueberries

    August Features Blueberries and Gigglefeet

    Tue, Aug 1 2017

    Join us in downtown Ketchikan on Friday, August 4th through Sunday August 6th for our 42nd annual Blueberry Arts Festival. This celebration of the Southeast Alaskan blueberry offers fun and entertainment for all, along with the famous Gigglefeet Dance Festival. Gigglefeet allows both visiting and local dancers the opportunity to perform a variety of traditional and contemporary dance. The Main Street Gallery features a curated exhibit, local artists will exhibit from booths, local bands will perform, and vendors galore will offer a variety of eats, along with the ever-popular blueberry crepes. 

    The Blueberry Pet and Doll Parade will kick off the festival, and this year’s events will feature a poetry slam, a Blueberry Beard & Mustache contest, a slug race, fun run races, and a blueberry pie-eating contest. Thomas Basin will be the site for the newest festival event - the Handmade Blueberry Boat Race. Contestants are encouraged to create people-powered rafts and compete for prizes of Fastest, Most Creative, and Most Likely to Sink. There will be a free shuttle running from the mall to the festival on Saturday, August 5th, and will provide general and handicap-accessible transportation for all.

  • Fireworks

    This July, Get Hooked on Ketchikan

    Sat, Jul 1 2017

    This Independence Day, the air will be filled with the smell of hot dogs and hamburgers sizzling on grills, blaring horns and crashing cymbals will accompany bands marching to the sounds of Sousa, and a dazzling array of fireworks will illuminate night skies nationwide as we come together to celebrate our most American holiday. Guests of the Salmon Falls Resort are cordially invited to join us for any or all of Ketchikan’s holiday events.

    This year’s 4th of July parade will be starting at noon on Tuesday, July 4th, on Tongass Avenue.  The theme is “Hooked on Ketchikan - Salmon Capital of the World,” and a special kid’s parade will be held at 11:30. Live music abounds, and food, drink, and craft vendors will set up in the plaza. Timber and duck races, bicycle and foot races, and other activities will keep the fun going. The spectacular fireworks show near Pennock Island, which can be seen from almost anywhere in Ketchikan, will serve as the perfect finale for the holiday.

  • fishing rod

    A Ketchikan Getaway for Father's Day

    Mon, Jun 5 2017

    This year, forget the ties, the after-shave, and the campy boxers, and give Dad something he'll remember for years to come – a rustic Alaskan getaway. Indulge his playful side, his love of adventure, and his competitive spirit with an exciting gift of a fully guided fishing experience. Fully guided packages include deluxe accommodations and meals, and you can even have the chef prepare a fillet from your own freshly-caught catch. Dad’s full day of fishing on one of our 24’ orcas will also include tackle, bait, and weather gear, along with a round-trip transfer to and from the Ketchikan side of the Airport Ferry Terminal. Fish processing and shipping is also provided for an extra charge.

    For those in the family or getaway party who don’t care for fishing, Ketchikan is chock-full of interesting attractions and events. The Main Street gallery will be hosting the second annual Artists of Ketchikan Invitational Exhibit from June 2 – July 28, and the Totem Heritage Center exhibits and historic photographs provide an educational and interesting way to explore the area’s native heritage. To book your Ketchikan getaway, visit: http://www.salmonfallsresort.com/, or call us at (844) 491-1658.

  • sign of hotel - welcome to Alaska's 1st City Ketchikan

    The Ketchikan King Salmon Derby

    Mon, May 1 2017

    The Ketchikan CHARR King Salmon Derby is scheduled to begin on Saturday, May 27, with the final Awards Ceremony taking place on Friday, June 24, at the Ted Ferry Civic Center. This year’s weigh-in station charities are: Clover Pass Resort Weigh-In Station – Rotary 2000, Knudson Cove Marina Weigh-In Station – Society Of American Foresters (Dixon Entrance Chapter), Bar Harbor Weigh-In Station – Ketchikan Lion’s Club, and the Mountain Point Weigh-In Station – Ketchikan Volunteer Rescue Squad. Sign up by calling (907) 821-8815, or emailing ketchikanderby@gmail.com. For more information, visit: http://www.ketchikankingsalmonderby.com/.

    Although guests of the Salmon Falls Fishing Resort may participate in the Derby, we also provide a variety of both self-guided and fully-guided fishing for participants with all levels of experience and skill. We’ll arrange packages and prices to plan the ideal trip, even for those who don’t plan to fish. Contact us today for bookings and more information on your perfect “staycation” package by calling (844) 491-1658, or visit: http://www.salmonfallsresort.com/.

  • hummingbird

    Alaska's Hummingbird Festival: Return of the Rufous

    Mon, Apr 3 2017

    Every April, the town of Ketchikan hosts the Alaska Hummingbird Festival. This month-long celebration is held in honor of the return of Rufous hummingbirds from their long winter in Central America and the southern U.S. These tiny birds often travel as many as 12,000 miles during their round-trip migration and are welcomed back with feeders placed in various locations throughout the area.

    Their return is also observed by such events as guided bird hikes, arts and crafts workshops, films, special activities for children, and the Hummingbird Art Festival - a juried art show held annually to promote awareness of the spring migratory birds of Southeast Alaska. This exhibit will be displayed at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center from Friday, April 7th, until June 3rd.

    Hosted by the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau, the festival will award cash prizes for Adult and Juvenile Best of Show, Adult and Juvenile First Prize, and Adult and Juvenile Honorable Mention. The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is located on Main Street in downtown Ketchikan and is open Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. For more information, contact Leslie Swada at: lswada@fs.fed.us, or call (907) 228-6290.

  • dog

    "Family" Photography Exhibit

    Wed, Mar 1 2017

    From March 3rd-31st, the Main Street Gallery will present “Family,” an exhibit by Ketchikan’s own Nick Bowman. Bowman is a veteran reporter and photographer for the Ketchikan Daily News and this is his first photo show. The focus of “Family” is dogs, and Bowman’s show includes various shots of the animals, including his own Corgi, Charlie, who was his first dog model.

     

    Bowman didn’t start his career with dreams of being an artist. His camera was used for photos to supplement sports and feature articles, but trial and error improved his photography skills and increased his pleasure in the medium. About his dog photos, Bowman said, “There’s just a lot to play with, the texture and the color of the fur, the myriad of color patterns dogs have. Obviously there’s a lot of variation of people too but you really can create some beautiful pictures of dogs.” A total of about 71 prints will be featured in the exhibit. “Family” can be viewed at the gallery all day, during regular hours. For more information, contact Marni Rickleman at the Main Street Gallery at (907) 225-2211. Bowman’s website is bowfoto.com.

  • dancer

    An Evening of Dance

    Wed, Feb 8 2017

    “An Evening of Dance” will be performed by the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet. Featuring original choreography by four of the school’s instructors, the performance promises to be their most creative productions yet. One of the highlights will be light-up props and a “totally awesome ‘80s throwback,” as well as numbers that contain different forms of dance, such as jazz, tap, and modern ballet.

    Founded in 1961, the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet is the oldest school of dance in Southeast Alaska, and their mission is to provide the highest available quality of dance education, while supporting each student’s level of creativity and talent. They strive to instill a strong sense of self-discipline and self awareness in each student, and to delight audiences with each performance.

    Performance dates and times are February 23rd and February 24th at 7:30 p.m. For tickets and more information, call (907) 225-9311 or visit: www.ketchikan.dance.

  • running outdoors

    Keep Your New Year Resolutions

    Mon, Jan 9 2017

    If you made a New Year’s Resolution to get fit, or to stay fit in 2017, the Gateway Recreation Center will be your best buddy. The Center has two full-size gyms for roller-skating, fitness classes, tot gym, soccer, pickleball, and basketball. There are pools and a dry sauna on site. Their state of the art cardio room has stair steppers, rowers, stationary bikes, treadmills, cross trainers, a summit trainer, and a versa climber. Both universal and free weights are available in the weight room, and there are three racquet ball courts, two of which are adaptable for games of hand ball and squash. Locker rooms and showers are available, and there are plenty of activities for children. On-site childcare is available (for children aged 2–6) for those who prefer their workout in a child-free zone. Monthly and yearly passes are available, along with day passes for visitors. For more information on activities, schedules, and passes, call (907) 228-6625, or visit http://www.borough.ketchikan.ak.us/207/Gateway-Recreation-Center.

  • nutcracker ballet

    Celebrate the Arts with The Nutcracker & a Student Art Exhibit!

    Mon, Dec 5 2016

    On Friday, December 9th and Saturday, December 10th, the Ketchikan Theatre Ballet will present The Nutcracker. The iconic ballet will be performed to recorded music. Call (907) 225-9311 for more details.

    The Ketchikan Theatre Ballet is also Alaska’s oldest dance school, and accepts students for lessons in ballet, tap, jazz, and other forms of dance. Classes are taught year-round to hundreds of students and winter sessions are held Monday through Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

    In addition to The Nutcracker, the ballet presents two other major performances annually: An Evening of Dance is performed every February during the Festival of the North, and the Spring Gala in May. They also sponsor the Gigglefeet Dance Festival each August, along with the First City Players and the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council.

    Also, be sure to catch Ketchikan’s Youth in Art show. The exhibit is on display at the Main Street Gallery through Friday, December 9th. Artists of all ages through 12th grade submitted work for the show, so don't miss out on the opportunity to pass by! 

  • Art fair

    Kick Off the Holidays at the 27th Annual Winter Arts Faire Gala

    Mon, Nov 7 2016

    Mark your calendars for Friday, November 25, to support the arts and sneak in an exclusive peek at some terrific holiday gift ideas, at the 27th Winter Arts Faire Gala opening reception. Held at the Ted Ferry Civic Center and Cape Fox Lodge, the annual reception serves as the official start of Ketchikan’s holiday season. From 5:00 PM-8:00 PM, there will be live music, appetizers, and a no-host bar.

    Join us for family fun on Saturday, 11/26, from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM and on Sunday, 11/27, from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM, when the Arts Faire continues. Admission is free, so you can make a serious dent in that holiday shopping list with a variety of hand-crafted gifts from over 80 artists. The little ones will have a blast exploring the Faire’s Imagination Station, and don’t forget to snag your Wearable Art Show tickets – they go on sale Saturday morning.

    For details, call (907) 225-2211 or email: MarniR@ketchikanarts.org.

  • Lindy Hoppers

    Go Daddy-O! Ketchikan Swings in October at the Boombal Dance Hall

    Mon, Oct 3 2016

    Are you hep to the jive? Do you prefer Benny Goodman to Beyonce or Bieber? Then strap on your dancing hooves and make your way to Ketchikan’s Boombal Dance Hall. October’s theme is Swing Dance and they’re cooking with gasoline!

    Lessons begin at 6:00pm, and practice sessions/dances are from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. They’re open every Sunday evening in October, and everyone is welcome. No partner? No problem! You can fly solo, bring your main squeeze, or cut a rug with a group of friends.

    The cost is $7 to drop in, or you can take unlimited October classes for only $25. If you’re a guest of the Salmon Falls Resort and unfamiliar with the area, the Boombal is located nearby at 330 Main Street, and the resort’s friendly employees will be happy to provide directions.

    So whether you’re a dancing fool wannabe or a dance floor legend, a trip to the Boombal is an absolute must!

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