Valdez Annual Events

 

2017 Calendar of Events for Valdez, Alaska.

January 2017

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 qaniqchallenge.squarespace.com for more info.

Healthier You: A community fitness challenge.

 

February 

Valdez Ice Climbing Festival: . Ice climbing in Keystone Canyon & beyond by day. Music, prizes, slideshows and fun by night. Big ice, big fun! For more info go to http://www.valdezicefest.com/ .

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 

Annual Mayors’ Cup Snowmachine Race:  A 200-mile cross country race. Visit www.valdezsnowmachineclub.com for more information. 

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. Visit www.valdezsnowmachineclub.com . 

 Chugach Fat Bike Bash:  Go to http://www.levitation49.org/fat-bike/  for more information. 

 

April

Snowkite Festival at Thompson Pass: Womens' Clinic April 16th. 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 alaskakiteadventures.com .

The 27th Annual Mountain Man Hillclimb:  A snowmobile event held in Thompson Pass, this is a qualifying event for the Snowmobile Hill Climb World Championships. Visit www.valdezsnowmachineclub.com for more info. 

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

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

Hoop For Spring Basketball Tournament: Annual High School  basketball competition with teams from all over Alaska.

May 

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

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

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! visit www.facebook.com/Valdez-Arts-Council for more information. 

Military Appreciation Day: Free food, fun events, discounts and more. Come celebrate and honor our military personnel with us.Visit http://www.ci.valdez.ak.us/Calendar.aspx for more information. 

Bite Back Fun Run: A 5K Fun Run. For more info visit www.ci.valdez.ak.us/specialevents or call (907) 835-2531.

Halibut Derby: Begins May 20 and goes through Sept. 3rd. Fish for halibut, get the biggest one and win big money. Visit http://www.valdezfishderbies.com/ for more information. 

June 

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

Halibut Hullaballo:  Catch the largest halibut during this 10 day period and you will win $1,000 cash, in addition to the weekly prizes. Visit http://www.valdezfishderbies.com/ for more information. 

Last Frontier Theater Conference:  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. Visit http://www.theatreconference.org/ for more information. 

Valdez Rock Climbing Festival: 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. Visit https://www.facebook.com/valdezrockclimbingfest/  for more information. 

July 

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. Visit www.ci.valdez.ak.us/Calendar.aspx for more information. 

Fireweed 400 Bike Race: An epic bike race from Sheep Mtn. to Valdez. Visit www.fireweed400.com for more info. 

The Valdez Silver Derby:  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. Visit www.valdezfishderbies.com for more information. 

Big Prize Fridays:  This event is brought to you by the Valdez Fish Derby. Must purchase derby ticket to win prizes. Visit www.valdezfishderbies.com for more information. 

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 valdezfishderbies.com for more info. Visit www.valdezfishderbies.com for more information. 

 

August

Gold Rush Days: August 2 - 6.  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. Visit www.valdezgoldrushdays.org for more information. 

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. Visit www.valdezfishderbies.com 

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

 

September 

Big Prize Fridays:  Last day to win big prizes from the Valdez Fish Derby. Must have a derby ticket to win. Visit www.valdezfishderbies.com for more information. 

Valdez Fish Derby End of Year Awards: Fun and awards ceremony. For more info go to www.valdezfishderbies.com

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 facebook.com/pages/Valdez-Arts-Council.

Quilt Festival: Hosted every 2 years.  Next Event scheduled for 2018. Quilters from around the U.S. come to Valdez for quilting classes, amazing vendors, special events and lots of fun.  

October

Annual Oktoberfest & Homebrew Competition:  Location: Valdez Convention & Civic Center.  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. For more info email: events@valdezalaska.org

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.

Local Business Community Trick or Treat: Participating local business community members give out candy to trick or treaters. 

 

November 

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

Elk’s Emblem Club Annual Christmas Bazaar: Local crafts, food, and gifts for sale. Contact the Elks Lodge for more info at (907) 835-2537. 

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.

New Year’s Fireworks: Dec. 31, 2016.  A fantastic explosion of glorious fireworks to celebrate the New Year.