By Leigh Armstrong

Skagway is celebrating its annual fall festival with a lineup of events running throughout the weekend starting Friday, Oct. 18.

The festival, which is planned around Alaska Day, will feature several events, ranging from artisan markets to fundraisers. The holiday commemorates the date in 1867 when Russia transferred Alaska to the United States.

The festival kicks off on Oct. 18 with the 2030 Skagway comprehensive plan open house and burger feed from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Elks.

From 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct. 19, residents can meet the community’s firefighters and enjoy breakfast at a pancake feed at the Skagway Public Safety Facility.

For those looking to get more Halloween decorations, the pumpkin patch at the Presbyterian Church at Fifth and Main will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19, with the fall artisan market at the AB Hall from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19.

Those wanting to create a little of their own art can join Tina Cyr at the Skagway Traditional Council on at 10 a.m. or at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 to experience printmaking.

Also on Oct. 20,  there’s an opportunity to learn more about Skagway at a historical reading from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Skagway Library.

Businesses in town, including the Skagway Brewing Co. and Happy Endings Saloon, are holding events to correspond with the festival. For a full list of events and times, check