We are working on a schedule of events that complies with local and state regulations regarding covid-19 as they develop and change. We will be able to include all events that are outdoors and where social distancing is possible. More updates to come! Follow our Facebook page for more. We'll leave the 2020 schedule below as an example of what events are included in Bearfest.


Thank you for joining us for Bearfest!

We hope to see you again next year.


7:00AM | Race Registration

Nolan Center

7:00 to 7:45 - Full marathon ($6, half marathon, and 5K registration

6:00-9:00AM | Race Starts

Nolan Center

6:00am | Early start for full marathon only

​8:00am | Regular start for half and full marathon

8:30am | Start for 5K walkers, runners & bikers

12:00PM | Raffle Drawing

Nolan Center

The first marathon finisher will draw the winning ticket. Two roundtrip tickets anywhere Alaska Airlines flies. You do not have to be present to win.

Alaska Bearfest


11:00AM | Art Workshop (Kids & Family)

Nolan Center Lobby

Use stencils or paint your own bear! Limited to 10 families. Masks and 6' distancing mandatory. Questions? Email jjsargent143@gmail.com.

2:00PM | Native Storytelling

Kiks.ádi Totem Park

​Join local Tlingit members for cultural stories and interpretation at Kids.ádi Totem Park.


10:00AM | Teddy Bear Clinic

Irene Ingle Public Library - Gazebo

Bring in wounded stuffed animals for your favorite local nurses to patch up!

11:00AMArt Workshop

Nolan Center Lobby
Use stencils or paint your own bear! Limited to 20 families. Masks and 6' distancing mandatory. Questions? Email jjsargent143@gmail.com.

1:00PM | Plant Walk

Volunteer Loop

Join local guides to learn about muskeg ecology, native vegetation, and edible and medicinal plants.

3:00PM | The Pit Stop

Rayme's Bar

Plate of pulled pork and sides! Open 3pm until sold out.

3:30PM | Symposium

Nolan Center

Lance Craighead | Black Bears of Alaska & History of the Anan Bear Observatory



11:00AM | Read with a Ranger

Facebook Live - Irene Ingle Public Library

Children's book with Forest Service interpreter Corree Delabrue (link will be shared on FB)


6:00PM | Dinner & Auction

Stikine Restaurant - Patio

Chefs Brian McCracken and Nina Vicente of Seattle, along with our own Chef Jake Harris, plan an evening of family-style fine dining based on the abundant riches of SE Alaska's bounty of food. Small tables on the waterfront with tent coverings if needed. Music provided by our own Brooke Leslie accompanied by Tom Locher of Juneau. Auction (both live and silent) includes local arts, Alaskan seafood, and more.


Limited to 60 people | $60 per person


​Tickets sold at Alaska Vistas




10:00AM | Golf Tournament

Muskeg Meadows

Registration starts at 9:30am.


10:00AM-2:00PM | Community Market

Nolan Center 
Vendors of locally produced goods and services. Produce, bakes goodies, art, and more!


12:00PM | Anan Photo Workshop

Anan Wildlife Observatory

Join Alaska Vistas and local photographers for a hands-on experience in the field at the bear observatory. Details to be announced.

Limited to 8 participants | $100 per person


3:00PM | Live Floral Demonstration

Downtown pavilion

See local florist Mya Delong create a lush floral centerpiece with local garden blooms & foraged foliage. *Will be on display for continuous viewing after the event.


5:00PM | Zoom Marathon Meeting

Online meeting TBA

meeting link will be shared beforehand for runners who have questions about the race--it will be posted on the BearFest website and FB page.