2016 Calendar of Events

Skagway loves a party, and there are many events planned for 2016 and beyond.

The Great Skagway Egg Toss is just one of many Fourth of July events held on Broadway following a parade that is so good, it has to be seen twice. In 2008, Skagway shattered the Guinness World Record for the most people ever assembled for an egg toss with a total of 1,162 tossers. The lines stretched for four blocks on Broadway.   Jeff Brady          

April 30, Clean Sweep – A great community event, the  town’s annual clean-up for tourist season starts in the morning with legions fanning out from the ferry terminal at 9 a.m. Clean Sweep is run by the Skagway Chamber of Commerce, 983-1898.

April 30, Grand Opening of restored Jeff. Smith’s Parlor museum – Free tours this day only from 1 to 9 p.m. with dedication ceremony starting at 4 p.m. including an historic shootout reenactment. A National Park Service Centennial event. For information on tours after this opening day, see page 12.

May-September, Garden City Markets   Watch for these on the second Saturday of the summer months at the Elks Club social room at Sixth and State.

May 25-28,  North Words Writers Symposium   Now in its seventh year, Skagway will host some of Alaska’s most notable writers, as well as visiting guest keynote author Brian Doyle, the Portland, Oregon novelist and essayist. The conference theme is, “Exploring the Frontiers of Language.” Skagway Convention & Visitors Bureau, 983-2854 or visit: www.nwwriterss.com.

June 4, Fran Delisle Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon  Now in its 21styear, this popular walk from Dyea to Skagway raises money for research, mammograms and other detection tests. Registration begins at Elks at 8:30 a.m. Bus ride out to Dyea leaves at 9:30 a.m. from Elks Lodge, and the walk begins at about 10:30 a.m. from Chilkoot Trail Outpost. A lunch runs from 2-4 p.m. at the Elks. Pledge forms available at several stores in town. Information, 983-3299.

June 11, Duff’s Skagway Marathon –  Runners will start at the ferry terminal and run to the end of West Creek Road in Dyea and back to town for the full marathon. Half marathoners will turn around at Nahku Road. Skagway CVB, 983-2854 or Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters, 983-3562.

June 18,  Elks Summer Solstice Picnic   Annual event at Seventh Pasture ballpark features food, music and games in celebration of the long days, 6 pm to 1 a.m. Elks Lodge 431, 983-2235.

July 1-3, International Softball Tournament   Annual event features teams from Alaska/Yukon playing at the Seventh Pasture ballpark. Skagway Softball, 983-3021.

July 3,  Street Dance & Fireworks –  A street dance on Broadway is planned to kick off the Independence Day festivities, then watch for fireworks in the harbor.

July 4, Skagway’s Independence Day Celebration & Ducky Derby – 2016 Theme: “America the Beautiful, NPS Centennial” – Since 1898 Skagway has celebrated the nation’s birthday in grand style: old-fashioned family fun with a parade that goes up and down Broadway, kids and adult races, egg toss, railroad spike driving contest, tug of war, arm wrestling,  horseshoes, slow bike race, and the annual Ducky Derby at Pullen Creek Park  where 1,000 little plastic duckies race to the finish.  Chamber of Commerce, 983-1898, chamber@aptalaska.net or see schedule in the June 24 Skagway News.

July 21 – Junior Ranger Day – The National Park Service hosts a great day of games, events and even dancing for the kids outside the Moore Cabin.

September 9-10, Klondike Trail of ‘98 Road Relay – A 110-mile, 10-member relay race, beginning in Skagway at midnight, and ending in Whitehorse on the following afternoon. Crazy, eh? Yeah, but it sure is fun. Contact Sport Yukon, (867) 668-4236,
www.klondikeroadrelay.com.

Fall-Winter-Spring Events

December 2016,  Yuletide Celebration – Skagway lights up for the month-long Christmas season with many open houses, a tree-lighting ceremony, caroling, the popular Santa Train, a beautiful Yuletide Ball, and other programs. A great time to be in Skagway.

March 25, 2017 Buckwheat Ski Classic XXXI Skagway celebrates the best month of winter on the White Pass with various outdoor activities, culminating with the popular Buckwheat Ski Classic, a cross-country ski event that features races ranging from 5K for kids to 10K, 25K and 50K for adults, at Log Cabin, B.C. on the highway, with festivities in Skagway. It usually draws more than 400 people to town during the last weekend of the month. The Mountain Shop, 983-2544,  and the Log Cabin Ski Society,
www.buckwheatskiclassic.com.

April 14-17, 2017, International Folk Festival and Spring Show of Winter Artwork – Folkies from Yukon/Alaska converge for a night of great music at the Eagles Hall.  The event is combined with an art show at the AB Hall. Skagway Arts Council,
983-3302.  For  an  updated list of  year-round  arts  events in our community, visit
www.skagwayartscouncil.blogspot.com.

For updates on events all year long, see the Skagway CVB site www.skagway.com or  the local news site www.skagwaynews.com.