Valdez Annual Events



Ducks Unlimited Banquet in Valdez: TBA

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: Sunday, November 29th at 6 p.m. at the Valdez Library. The33rd Annual Valdez Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is a holiday tradition in Valdez! Don't miss out on this year's festivities, as we light our NEW community Christmas Tree and begin some NEW holiday traditions. Join in as we gather at the Valdez Consortium Library to decorate tree ornaments, sing carols, enjoy hot drinks & cookies, and receive a visit from Santa.


Elk’s Emblem Club Annual Christmas Bazaar: Come see locally made crafts, food and gifts. Contact the Elks Lodge at (907) 835-2537.

Annual Community Christmas Show: Sunday, December 13th, 2015 at 4:00 pm at the Valdez Civic Center. 

New Year’s Fireworks: Dec. 31, 2015.  A fantastic explosion of glorious fireworks to celebrate the New Year. For a weekly schedule of events in Valdez click here.

2016 Calendar of Events for Valdez, Alaska.


January 2016

Valdez Qaniq Challenge: January 16th & 17th, 2016. A two-day cross country ski race combining both classic and freestyle skiing on two separate courses, with a combined purse of $10,000 divided amount the top three finishers. Visit for more info.

Healthier You: A community fitness challenge.

February 2016

Valdez Ice Climbing Festival: Feb. 12-15- Ice climbing in Keystone Canyon & beyond by day. Music, prizes, slideshows and fun by night. Big ice, big fun! For more info go to

Vegas in Valdez Archery Tournament: An amazing archery tournament taking place in Valdez every February. For more info call Steve Shiell at (907) 834-1622.

Frosty Fever Winter Carnival: A week full of fun events, games, prizes, music, special discounts and lots of fun for kids & adults.

March 2016

Mayors’ Cup Snowmachine Race: A 200-mile cross country race.

St. Baldricks’ Day: A local benefit & St. Patrick’s Day Celebration for children’s Cancer Research.

Wounded Warrior Poker Run: A 13-mile snowmachine race on a groomed course. This event is open to everyone including families, kids and beginners.

Wonderheads: March 28, 7 pm. A multi-award winning physical theatre company specializing in mask performance and exquisite visual storytelling for adults and children. For more info, go to

April 2016

Tailgate Alaska- Snowboard World Freeride Championships: The foremost backcountry freeride event, hosting the World Freeriding Championship.

Snowkite Festival at Thompson Pass: Speed-riding and paragliding athletes from around the world demonstrate acrobatic skills and compete for prizes. Snowkite instructional training available and demos for spectators. For more info, go to

Friends of NRA Banquet: A fun time and good food for NRA supporters.

PWSC Fundraiser: This fundraising event is packed with fun. All proceeds go to raising funds for the Prince William Sound College.

Dala: April 20, 7pm. Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony. For more info visit

May 2016

Valdez Fly-In & Airshow: May 6-8 (Mothers’ Day Weekend)- The premier bush plane competition in the Western United States! Truly one of a kind! For more info go to

Valdez Geocaching Program: Go on adventurous hunts around Valdez for unknown treasures. The fun begins in May and last all summer long.

Valdez Rock Climbing Festival: May 27-30-Come to Valdez for an epic rock climbing experience & celebrate a unique 3-day event. Rock climb in Thompson Pass and Keystone Canyon. Belay lessons, music, fun, and prizes.

Valdez Arts Council Annual Picnic: The annual BBQ and bonfire on the beach at Dock Point Pavilion, featuring something to burn, art to share, and an acoustic instrument to play. Bring a dish to share and learn how you can become more involved in the Arts Council. Keep the Arts alive!

Military Appreciation Day: Free food, fun events, discounts and more. Come celebrate and honor our military personnel with us.

Bite Back Fun Run: A 5K Fun Run. For more info visit or call (907) 835-2531.

Halibut Derby: Begins May 21 and goes through Sept. 4th. Fish for halibut, get the biggest one and win big money.

June 2016

Relay for Life: Run or walk as you relay for life. All proceeds raised go to cancer research.

Halibut Hullaballo:  June 10-19 Catch the largest halibut during this 10 day period and you will win $1,000 cash, in addition to the weekly prizes.

Last Frontier Theater Conference: June 12-18.  Each year submissions from playwrights are solicited & the writers of the top scripts are invited to present their work in Play Lab reading. Numerous classes are offered, panel discussions, and many fantastic live performances to see.

July 2016

July 4th Celebration:  A city wide celebration with street vendors, food, games, live music, grand parade and more.

Pink Salmon Festival & Cook-Off: Free community fish fry, entertainment, music and more.

Fireweed 400 Bike Race: July 8 & 9. An epic bike race from Sheep Mtn. to Valdez. Visit for more info. 

The Valdez Silver Derby: July 18-Sept. 6. Featuring a $15,000 cash Grand Prize for the largest Silver, $5,000 cash for 2nd place and $2,000 for 3rd place. In addition to daily 1st and 2nd place prizes, all anglers who purchase a derby ticket have a chance to win $10,000 cash in a drawing at the end of the season.

Big Prize Fridays: July 29 & Sept 2- This event is brought to you by the Valdez Fish Derby. Must purchase derby ticket to win prizes.

Kids Pink Salmon Derby: Get your kids hooked on fishing and have a great time doing it. Ages 5-16 can participate. BBQ, prizes and more. Go to for more info.

Gold Rush Days: A five-day, city-wide celebration honoring Valdez’s past, present and future. Raffle, street vendors, music, kid’s events, games and so much more.

August 2016

Women’s Silver Salmon Derby: August 13th, if you’re a woman, all you need is a derby tag to win big prizes and big money.

Richardson Highway Rendezvous Music Festival: Aug. 27 Great music, dancing, food, and fun for all ages.


September 2016

Big Prize Fridays: Sept. 2- Last day to win big prizes from the Valdez Fish Derby. Must have a derby ticket to win.

Valdez Fish Derby End of Year Awards: Sept. 4th. Fun and awards ceremony. For more info go to

Blues Cruise: An exciting evening of music aboard Stan Stephens’ M/V Valdez Spirit. Enjoy live music, desserts, appetizers and cash bar. For more info go to

Quilt Festival: Sept. 8-11- quilters from around the U.S. come to Valdez for quilting classes, amazing vendors, special events and lots of fun.  

October 2016

Annual Homebrew Competition & Octoberfest: Mix your best batch of beer and potentially win $4,000 in cash and prizes. Enjoy music, games, contests, beer, wine and delicious food. Bid on awesome auction items like exciting travel packages and more.

Valdez Museum Road House Dinner: The annual fundraiser dinner for the Valdez Historical Museum and Archive. Fun, good food and more.

Valdez Parks & Rec Annual Halloween Carnival: Fun and scariness awaits you.

Business Trick or Treat: Oct. 31. Participating local business give out candy to trick or treaters. 


November 2016

Ducks Unlimited Banquet in Valdez: An evening of food and fun, all for Ducks Unlimited.

Annual Christmas Tree Lighting: November. The 34rd Annual tree lighting ceremony is a Valdez tradition. Festivities, ornament decorating, caroling, refreshments, and Santa.


December 2016

Elk’s Emblem Club Annual Christmas Bazaar: Local crafts, food, and gifts for sale. Contact the Elks Lodge for more info.

Annual Community Christmas Show: A talent show that any community member can participate in. Annual presentation like no other, showing at the Valdez Civic Center. Call (907) 835-2786 for more info.