Skagway loves a party, and there are many events planned for 2017 and beyond.

May 13 – Garden City Market –  Watch for these monthly markets of local art and food at the Skagway Traditional Council at 11th and Broadway. More dates: June 17 (at Elks Solstice Picnic), July 15, Aug. 19, Sept. 16.

May 19 – Spring Stroll – An afternoon of  open houses at businesses downtown, Skagway Chamber of Commerce, 907-983-1898.

May 31-June 3 – North Words Writers Symposium –  Now in its eighth year, Skagway will host some of Alaska’s most notable writers, as well as 2017 visiting guest keynote author Paul Theroux, the acclaimed travel writer and novelist. The conference theme is, “Exploring the Frontiers of Language.” Visit: www.nwwriterss.com.

June 3 – Fran Delisle Breast Cancer Awareness Walk-A-Thon –  Now in its 22nd year, 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, 907-983-3299.

June 10 – 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. Duff’s Backcountry Outfitters, 907-983-3562.

June 17 –  Elks Summer Solstice Picnic –  Annual event at Seventh Pasture Ballpark features food, music and games in celebration of the long days. Fun starts at 2 p.m. and continues through the midnight sun hour.  Elks Lodge 431, 907-983-2235.

June 30-July 2 – International Softball Tournament –  Annual event features teams from Alaska/Yukon playing at Seventh Pasture Ballpark. Skagway Softball, 907-983-3021.

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 – 2017 Theme: “There’s No Place Like Home” – 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 23 Skagway News.

July 15 – SAC Blues, Brews & BBQ! Join us for live blues music, a beer garden and a variety of tasty BBQ at the Dedman Stage at Seventh Pasture park. Skagway Arts Council, www.skagwayartscouncil.blogspot.com.

July 20 – Junior Ranger Day – The National Park Service co-hosts a great day for the kids, featuring interactive crafts and activities, a fire fighter challenge course, and performances by the Jilkaat Kwaan Heritage Dancers (of Klukwan). 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Moore Homestead grounds, 5th & Spring.

September 8-9, Klondike Trail of ‘98 Road Relay – A 110-mile, 10-person 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

October 20-22 – Fall Festival: A Celebration of Art, Music & Life in the North! Enjoy crisp autumn days and revel in the laid back pace of fall. The 2017 lineup includes an Artisan Craft Market, Zombie Walk fundraiser, cooking & craft classes, cribbage tourney, and more! See www.skagway.com/events.

December 2017,  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 24, 2018 Buckwheat Ski Classic Skagway celebrates the best month of winter on the White Pass with various outdoor activities, culminating with the popular Buckwheat Ski Classic, featuring cross-country ski 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 about 400 people to town. Log Cabin Ski Society,
www.buckwheatskiclassic.com.

April 2018 – Spring Festival: Folk Festival & 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 and other events.  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.