11:00AM | Read with a Ranger

Irene Ingle Public Library - Gazebo

Children's books with Forest Service interpreter Corree Delabrue.

​4:00 PM | Native Stories & Dance
Chief Shakes Tribal House
Enjoy a presentation of Tlingit heritage and culture.

6:00 PMDinner & Auction

Stikine Restaurant
Gourmet dinner by Chef TBD. Auction will include outdoor gear, handmade goods, seafood, fresh fruit boxes, and more. Live musi . (Tickets will be available on a first come first served basis at 08:00 July 8 - call Alaska Vistas at 907-874-3006 ).





Thank you for joining us for Bearfest!

We hope to see you again next year.

SUNDAY, July 30

7:00AM | Race Registration

Nolan Center

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

8:00-8:30AM | Race Starts

Nolan Center

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

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

​(6:00am | Self-timed early start for full marathon only)

Noon-ish | 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


10:00AM | Art Workshop

Nolan Center Lobby

Art projects for kids and families! All supplies provided.

11AM | Bear Safety Workshop

Outdoor Shooting Range

 ​Bear behavior, safe & effective use of bearspray, and more.

12:00PM | 'Beary' Pie Contest
Nolan Center Lobby
Judging for the best pie made from local berries. Entries  should be delivered to the Nolan Center by 11:30pm.

6:00 PM | Symposium

Nolan Center

Lance Craighead - A history of bears National Parks

Barrie Gilbert - How bear-viewing sites can advance bear conservation and community business


10:00 AM | Art Workshop

Nolan Center Lobby

Art project for adults. All supplies provided.

1:00PM | Tree Talk
Nolan Center Classroom
Elizabeth Graham (USFS Juneau) on Western black-headed budworm

2:00PM | Cub plunge

City Pool

Bearfest games in the pool! Open to the public. Children under 7 need a parent or guardian over 14 in the water. Non-swimmers under 48" tall need a lifejacket.

6:00 PM | Symposium
Nolan Center - 2023 Topic TBD
2022: Shawn Crimmins - Is there bear hair there? Monitoring grizzly bears in interior Alaska using non-invasive genetics

Harry Reynolds - Relating the bears of northern Alaska & Southeast



10:00AM | Golf Tournament

Muskeg Meadows

Registration starts at 9:00am.

10:00AM-1:00PM | Community Market

Nolan Center 

Vendors of local goods. Produce, handmade items, baked goods, art, and more!

11:00AM |Kids Games

Nolan Center Lawn

The famous Bearfest fish toss, cub-o-war & more!

USFS camp set-up.


12:00 PM | Cooking Demonstration

Nolan Center


2PM |Jam Session / Music Workshop

Nolan Center

​Jam session and workshop

3:00PM | Smoked Salmon Contest

Nolan Center Lobby

Judging for the best local salmon smoker. Entries should be delivered by 2:30pm.

6:00PM | Marathon Pasta Feed

Nolan Center Lobby

Pasta dinner for half and full marathon runners only. Attendance is not mandatory but we encourage participants to come pick up swag bags, check out the course maps, and receive information for race day.

8:00PM | Live Music