Blueberry filled treats, slug races, and band competitions- it’s a cornucopia for the senses at the Blueberry Arts Festival in Ketchikan, Alaska. The entire family will enjoy visiting this free festival held on the first Saturday of August in downtown Ketchikan.
The festivities include a pet and doll parade, a slug race, a (human) race, a blueberry pie eating contest, a poetry slam, a mustache contest, and of course a battle of the bands. In between the special events, festival goers can roam and see countless booths with homemade crafts and goodies.
The festival is easy to find. Head south on the main road of town until you hear and see the festivities. Parking can be a bit hard to find so it’s not a bad idea to hop on one of the local buses that will take you right to the spot. Be sure to enjoy the view of the majestic waters of Southeast Alaska as you wander around the festival. (Hint: try a blueberry crepe- they’re amazing!)