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Schedule of Events

Festival Hours

 

Thursday, May 27th – Noon to 8 PM*
Friday, May 28th – 10 AM to 8 PM*
Saturday, May 29th – 10 AM to 8 PM*
Sunday, May 30th – 10 AM to 8 PM*
Monday, May 31st – 10 AM to 5 PM*

*Hours subject to change.

 

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EVERYDAY OF THE FESTIVAL
CRAB FESTIVAL SHUTTLE

Thursday 4 PM -6 PM  |  Friday- Sunday 12 PM – 6 PM  |  Monday 12 PM – 4 PM

Take a ride on Kodiak Crab Festival’s FREE SHUTTLE! Free shuttle courtesy of First Student. Shuttles will run between the High School (cafeteria stairs) and Orpheum Theater every 15 minutes.

*IMPORTANT NOTICE** All riders are required to wear a face covering, ADA exemptions will be honored. Hand sanitizer will be available at all stops.

98.7 KVOK/HOT 101.1’S ANNUAL CRAB CAB FLYAWAY 2021

98.7 FM KVOK HOT 101.1 FM • May 27th – May 31st • 8 AM – 6 PM

Pick up your Limited Edition 2021 Crab Cab Bumper stickers at participating businesses for a chance to win 2 roundtrip tickets to Hawaii. Listen weekdays at 9 AM, 11 AM, 2 PM & 4 PM (Monday through Friday) on 98.7 FM KVOK & HOT 101.1 FM for your license plate number to be called and your name to go in the drawing. For more information call the KVOK Office at (907) 486-5159 or go to www.kvok.com for the rules and participating businesses. Winner will be drawn on Friday, June 4, 2021.

Participating Businesses include: Big Ray’s, Henry’s Great Alaskan Restaurant, The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce, RC Enterprises, Rhino Tire, Midtown Auto Repair, Grand Slam Toys & Games, Kodiak Furniture, The Frame Shop, Great Alaskan Flooring, Subway Downtown, and Subway inside Walmart

DISCOVER KODIAK’S CRAB FEST COLORING CONTEST

Discover Kodiak • May 27th – June 1st • 8 AM – 4 PM

Coloring contest for age groups: (3 and under), (4-6) (7-11), and (12-up). Stop by Discover Kodiak for a page to color and return it by 4 PM on Tuesday, June 1st to be entered for a chance to win a $25 gift card to The Islander Bookshop. Each age group will be eligible for (1) gift card.

Art in the visitor center until later in the summer, where then the artists can then come and pick up their entries.

Tennis Tournament | Parks & Recreation

Weather Dependent, Baranof Park • May 25th – June 2nd • 6 PM

There will be men’s singles and doubles divisions and Mixed Doubles. Awards will be presented for 1st in each division. Matches will depend on the weather and will run through Memorial Day on evenings and weekends. Register by Monday the 24th by 5 PM. Entry is free. For more information and registration, contact tournament director Steve Johnston at (907) 654-7014, or sfjohnston@hotmail.com

BIG RAYS 30TH ANNUAL CRAB FESTIVAL TENT SALE

212 Lower Mill Bay Road • May 27th – May 30th Opens 9 AM daily

This huge parking lot tent sale is loaded with clearance merchandise and special buys purchased just for this spectacular, twice-a-year event! New items added daily, deep discounts on your favorite brands, and much more… don’t miss it! For more information call (907) 486-4276.

KODIAK BAPTIST MISSION PETTING ZOO

On the Spit • Thursday 12 PM – 6 PM | Friday through Sunday – 10 AM – 6 PM | Monday 10 AM – 5 PM

Thanks to the Kodiak Baptist Mission for providing a fun experience for all! There will be different animals each day!

THURSDAY, MAY 27TH
CRAB CAB STICKER PARTY | 12 PM

Crab Fest Headquarters • Thursday, May 27th • 12 PM – 2 PM

The Kodiak Crab cab will be on-site outside the Chamber of Commerce Crab Fest Booth! Stop by and pick up your free Crab Cab sticker for a chance to win 2 round-trip tickets to Hawaii.

Crab Festival Art Show | 12 PM

Fisherman’s Hall • 12 PM – 5 PM

The Annual Crab Fest Art Show continues, now sponsored by The Frame Shop & Kodiak Arts Council with the opening reception (May 28th).  Explore and enjoy new original creative works by Kodiak artists in the 21st annual Crab Festival Art Show. Some work in the show is available for purchase.

ALUTIIQ MUSEUM | 12 PM

The Alutiiq Museum • 12 PM

During Crab Festival visit the Alutiiq Museum Gallery and learn about the rich cultural history of Kodiak. Everyone is welcome and admission is free for all during Crab Fest. The Alutiiq Museum gallery and store are open from noon-4 PM Tuesday-Saturday. Located at 215 Mission Road, just up the street from Crab Fest!

KODIAK ELK’S LODGE | 12 PM

The Kodiak Elks Lodge, Upstairs Restaurant 12 PM – 8 PM

Like prior years, the Lodge’s upstairs restaurant and bar will be open to the public for the duration of the event. Because the bar is open as well, anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, as you know.

The Lodge will be serving a special for the duration of Crab Fest:
1-10oz beer and 1 beer bratwurst with your choice of fixings for $9

Please note, this event is entirely run by volunteers and any tips received will be donated to local charities!

PARDONING OF THE CRAB | 5:15 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 5:15 PM

This year’s pardoner will be Grand Marshall and City Manager, Mike Tvenge. The official “Pardoning of the Crab” will take place downtown on the Crab Fest stage. This ceremony will keep a King Crab safe from harm this Crab Festival! This King Crab will be spared so the festival is sure to run smoothly.

ST JOHNS CHOIR | 5:30 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 5:30 PM

Enjoy sea shanties with the musical stylings of the St. Johns Choir

Predicted Mile Run | Parks & Recreation | 6 PM

Joe Floyd Track in Baranof Park • 5:30 PM Sign up • Race begins at 6 PM

This is an event in which participants estimate the time it will take them to run one mile. The winner is the person who comes closest to his or her prediction. Wearing watches/listening to music is not permitted. There is no charge for this event. Contact the Teen Center for more information at (907) 486-8665 or parkstaff@city.kodiak.ak.us

Predicted Mile Swim | Parks & Recreation | 7:15 PM

Kodiak School and Community Swimming Pool • 7 PM Sign up on the pool deck • Race begins at 7:15 PM

This is an event in which participants estimate the time it will take them to swim one mile (35 laps, down and back). The winner is the person who comes closest to his or her prediction. Wearing watches/listening to music is not permitted. There is no charge for this event. Contact Heather Hubert for more information, (907) 481-2267 or hhubert@city.kodiak.ak.us

FRIDAY, MAY 28TH
CRAB FEST ANNUAL BOOK SALE | 11 AM

Kodiak Public Library Multi-Purpose Room • 11 AM – 4 PM

10 AM – 11 AM KPLA Members ONLY Early Bird Sale!
Annual book sale – daily sales.

ALASKA AIRLINE LUGGAGE TAG GIVEAWAY | 11 AM

Crab Fest Headquarters • 11 AM – 5 PM

Stop by the Alaska Airlines tent to learn more about the airline from the local station team. You won’t want to miss out on the fun giveaways. Free while supplies last.

Crab Festival Art Show | 12 PM

Fisherman’s Hall • 12 PM – 5 PM

The Annual Crab Fest Art Show continues, now sponsored by The Frame Shop & Kodiak Arts Council with the opening reception (May 28th). Explore and enjoy new original creative works by Kodiak artists in the 21st annual Crab Festival Art Show. Some work in the show is available for purchase.

Opening reception and artist meet and greet will be from 4 to 6 PM.

ALUTIIQ MUSEUM | 12 PM

The Alutiiq Museum • 12 PM

During Crab Festival visit the Alutiiq Museum Gallery and learn about the rich cultural history of Kodiak. Everyone is welcome and admission is free for all during Crab Fest. The Alutiiq Museum gallery and store are open from noon-4 PM Tuesday-Saturday. Located at 215 Mission Road, just up the street from Crab Fest!

KODIAK ELK’S LODGE | 12 PM

The Kodiak Elks Lodge, Upstairs Restaurant 12 PM – 11:30 PM

Like prior years, the Lodge’s upstairs restaurant and bar will be open to the public for the duration of the event. Because the bar is open as well, anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, as you know.

The Lodge will be serving a special for the duration of Crab Fest:
1-10oz beer and 1 beer bratwurst with your choice of fixings for $9

Please note, this event is entirely run by volunteers and any tips received will be donated to local charities!

PHOTO OPP WITH PATTY THE CRAB | 3 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 3 PM – 4 PM

Join Patty the Crab on the Crab Fest Stage. Say hello and grab a photo with Patty and the whole family.

CRAB FESTIVAL ART SHOW - OPENING RECEPTION | 4 PM

Fisherman’s Hall • 4 PM – 6 PM

The Annual Crab Fest Art Show opening reception and artist meet and greet will be from 4 to 6 PM sponsored by The Frame Shop & Kodiak Arts Council. Explore and enjoy new original creative works by Kodiak artists in the 21st annual Crab Festival Art Show. Some work in the show is available for purchase.

In Da Mixx with DJ Marc | 5 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 5 PM – 7 PM

Come out and jam with DJ Marc in the plaza downtown!

Singers and dancers, all talent needed! Call (907) 539-1542 if you’d like to participate!

Chess Tournament | Parks & Recreation | 6 PM

Teen Center • 6 PM

Sign-up from 5 – 6 p.m. at the Teen Center. There will be no charge for this event. The overall champion will receive an award. Contact the Teen Center for more information, (907) 486-8665 or parkstaff@city.kodiak.ak.us

SATURDAY, MAY 29TH
Crab Festival Grand Parade | 10 AM

Mill Bay Road between Powell and Bartel • 10 AM
Participants line up at Main Elementary • 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM

Join us Saturday, May 29th from 10 – 11:30 AM. The parade route will be on Mill Bay between Powell and Bartel Street. Parking is limited so be sure to come early. Contact the Chamber with any questions at (907) 486-5557.

Crab Festival Shrimp Parade | 10 AM

Noodles Parking Lot • Line-up at 9:30 AM

Participants 10 and under are invited to march in the Shrimp Parade! Line-up at 9:30 AM, parade starts at 10 AM. All entrants must be under adult supervision before the parade and while walking the parade route. Certificates will be awarded for Hottest Wheels, Most Creative, Best “Retro Revival”, Most Spirited, Cutest Crab, and Most Kodiak. For more information contact the Chamber at (907) 486-5557.

CRAB FEST ANNUAL BOOK SALE | 10 AM

Kodiak Public Library Multi-Purpose Room • 11 AM – 4 PM

10 AM – 11 AM KPLA Members ONLY Early Bird Sale!
Annual book sale – daily sales.

LIVE MUSIC: “MONICA SAGER” | 11 AM

Crab Fest Stage • 11 AM

Come out and listen to Monica sing and play on her guitar. You may have heard her most recent play at Galley Tables or at the Women’s Agriculture Conference.

KODIAK ALUTIIQ DANCERS | 12 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 12 PM

Come out and watch the Alutiiq Dancers of Kodiak perform at the plaza downtown.

ALUTIIQ MUSEUM | 12 PM

The Alutiiq Museum • 12 PM

During Crab Festival visit the Alutiiq Museum Gallery and learn about the rich cultural history of Kodiak. Everyone is welcome and admission is free for all during Crab Fest. The Alutiiq Museum gallery and store are open from noon-4 PM Tuesday-Saturday. Located at 215 Mission Road, just up the street from Crab Fest!

KODIAK ELK’S LODGE | 12 PM

The Kodiak Elks Lodge, Upstairs Restaurant 12 PM – 11:30 PM

Like prior years, the Lodge’s upstairs restaurant and bar will be open to the public for the duration of the event. Because the bar is open as well, anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, as you know.

The Lodge will be serving a special for the duration of Crab Fest:
1-10oz beer and 1 beer bratwurst with your choice of fixings for $9

Please note, this event is entirely run by volunteers and any tips received will be donated to local charities!

From 6 PM to 10 PM, Drew Sablon will be playing live music at the Lodge.

Crab Festival Art Show | 12 PM

Fisherman’s Hall • 12 PM – 5 PM

The Annual Crab Fest Art Show continues, now sponsored by The Frame Shop & Kodiak Arts Council with the opening reception (May 28th).  Explore and enjoy new original creative works by Kodiak artists in the 21st annual Crab Festival Art Show. Some work in the show is available for purchase.

Crab Festival Golf Tournament | 1 PM

Bear Valley Golf Course • 1 PM

18 holes of golf with a $25 entry fee plus green fees. Entry fee includes a burger and soft drink. 1 PM shot gun start, players will be flighted for the second 9 holes based on their first-round score. Second round starts after players have been flighted and tee off holes assigned. Winners will receive gift certificates for the golf course. Come out and help the Kodiak Golf Association kick off the 2021 golf season! Call with questions, (907) 487 5323

CHITSUWA MARIMBA ENSEMBLE | 1 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 1 PM – 1:30 PM

Chitsuwa Marimba Ensemble plays high-energy music from Zimbabwe. Come out and dance!

KODIAK LION’S SAWDUST PILE | 2 PM

On the Spit • 2 PM

50-year tradition. $1,000 in change mixed in with sawdust – 5 minutes each age group: (1-3 y/o), (3-5 y/o), (6-8 y/o), and (9 & 10 y/o). On Sunday, $500 will be added to the pile!

Youth Foot Races | Parks & Recreation | 2 PM

Baranof Park • 2 PM

Youth from two to about ten years are divided into age groups. Ribbons are awarded to winners and participants. There is no charge for this event.

NORM HOLM MEMORIAL SURVIVAL SUIT RACE | 2 PM

Harbor • 2 PM

Teams that want to participate must sign up at the boat ramp by Harbormaster’s office before 1:30 PM the day of the event. Serious fun in this popular event! Entry fee is $40 per team. Those who get 1st place, 2nd place, and 3rd place will receive a plaque and their choice of sweatshirt or sweatpants. All participants receive a T-shirt. For more information call Emily at (907) 539-5699.

FISH TOSS | ROTARY | 3 PM

Boat ramp at the Spit • 3 PM

Teams of two, sign up in advance with the Kodiak Rotary or 15 minutes before the event in person at the boat ramp. Prizes for 1st and 2nd place.

LIVE MUSIC: ELLAMY TILLER & THE TWANG | 4 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 4:00 PM

7 years ago The Twang boys were backing up an aspiring musician from Nashville. During a break Ellamy Tiller introduced herself to us.  Later she was brave enough to join us on stage and the rest is history. We put the twang twist on all kinds of music.

Ellamy Tiller – guitar, vocals. Andy Edgerly – dobro, banjo, vocals. Steve Richter – upright bass, vocals. Jim Peterson – mandolin, vocals.

Ping Pong Tournament | Parks & Recreation | 6 PM

Teen Center • 6 PM

the Teen Center. Sign up at the Teen Center from 5 – 6 PM There will be no charge for this event. There will be an Open and Novice division. Awards will be presented to the champions of each division. Contact the Teen Center for more information, (907) 486-8665 or parkstaff@city.kodiak.ak.us

Live Music: Crooked Island | 6:30 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 6:30 PM

If the ladies are dancing, we’re doing our job. Play R&B, funk, blues, jazz, and whatever motivates. Kid-friendly, grandparent-approved funkaliciousness!

Logan Cole: lead vocals, acoustic guitar, melodica. Mike Haffeman: drums, vocals, zither. Walter Meuling: lead guitar, sleeve tattoo. Steve Richter: keyboards, black t-shirt. Jerred Williams: Bass, vocals, vibraslap.

LION’S CHAMPIONSHIP ARM-WRESTLING | 7 PM

Tony’s on the Mall • 7 PM – 11 PM

Arm-wrestling in 3 divisions, (3 men, 2 women). Champions get a T-Shirt. Weighing begins at 7 PM, and tournament starts at 8PM. T-shirts will also be for sale. Lots of excitement!

SUNDAY, MAY 30TH
Pasagshak-to-Kodiak Bike | Parks & Recreation | 9 AM

Begins at Pasagshak River • 9 AM

This 41-mile event begins at the mouth of Pasagshak River and ends in front of the Armory on Powell Street. Register by 8 PM on Saturday May 29th. Previous course record for men is held by Gage Allen 1:50.24, 2016, and women’s course record is held by Adelia Myrick 2:06.05, 2014. These records are for the races ending at the Harbor Masters Office. Entry fee is $30. Awards will be given to men’s and women’s 1st place overall, medals to winners in four different men’s and women’s age groups. All participants will receive a t-shirt. Awards and t-shirts presented at the Teen Center at 4 PM Contact the Teen Center for more information, (907) 486-8665 or parkstaff@city.kodiak.ak.us

Ididarock | Parks & Recreation | 9 AM

Pasagshak River • 9 AM

BIKE 41 miles with the bike riders from Pasagshak to town, then RUN the 9-mile Pillar Mountain Classic (late start is okay but there may be no one at the top with water), and then SWIM one mile between 1 and 3:30 PM at the Kodiak School and Community swimming pool (fins okay). To register circle the Ididarock on the Crab-Fest forms. Register by 6 PM on Saturday May 29th. Entry fee is $30. For more information contact Heather Hubert at (907) 481-2267 or hhubert@city.kodiak.ak.us

Pillar Mountain Race | Parks & Recreation | 11:30 AM

Armory Building • Early start 11:30 AM • 12 PM

Awards for the Pillar Mountain Run are sponsored by Kodiak Electric Association. The traditional Pillar Mountain course starts on Powell Street in front of the Armory building, goes on to Mill Bay Road, down Birch, up Pillar Mountain Road, follows the trail west along the top, goes down a rugged trail into Swampy Acres, and back on Mill Bay Road to the finish at the starting line. The previous course record for men is held by Matias Saari 51:46, 2011. Women’s record is held by Kristi Klinnert 57:29, 1987. These records are for the races ending at the Harbor Masters Office. Awards will be given to men’s and women’s 1st place overall, awards for winners in four different men’s and women’s age groups. Awards and t-shirts presented at the Teen Center at 4 PM. The entry fee is $30 Register at the Teen Center by 8 PM on Saturday, May 29th, or from 10:30 – 11:30 AM at the Kodiak Community Swimming Pool Sunday, May 30th. Check-in on race day will be at the Kodiak Community Swimming Pool. Contact the Teen Center for more information at (907) 486-8665 or parkstaff@city.kodiak.ak.us

Crab Festival Art Show | 12 PM

Fisherman’s Hall • 12 PM – 5 PM

The Annual Crab Fest Art Show continues, now sponsored by The Frame Shop & Kodiak Arts Council with the opening reception (May 28th).  Explore and enjoy new original creative works by Kodiak artists in the 21st annual Crab Festival Art Show. Some work in the show is available for purchase.

KODIAK ELK’S LODGE | 12 PM

The Kodiak Elks Lodge, Upstairs Restaurant 12 PM – 8 PM

Like prior years, the Lodge’s upstairs restaurant and bar will be open to the public for the duration of the event. Because the bar is open as well, anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, as you know.

The Lodge will be serving a special for the duration of Crab Fest:
1-10oz beer and 1 beer bratwurst with your choice of fixings for $9

Please note, this event is entirely run by volunteers and any tips received will be donated to local charities!

KIWANIS’ NAIL BENDERS BOAT BUILDING | 1 PM

Located on the Spit, near Oscar Dock • 1 PM

Kids of all ages are welcome to build a boat. Pieces are precut. Kids nail them together and finish by adding personal touches with paint.

LIVE MUSIC: MATT MAHAN | 1 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 1 PM – 3 PM

Matt Mahan, Banjoist – Matt is a Bluegrass Musician and sings and plays straight-ahead traditional 5 string Scruggs style banjo

KODIAK LION’S SAWDUST PILE | 2 PM

On the Spit • 2 PM

50-year tradition. $1,000 in change mixed in with sawdust – 5 minutes each age group: (1-3 y/o), (3-5 y/o), (6-8 y/o), and (9 & 10 y/o). On Sunday, $500 will be added to the pile!

Crawl the Rock, Baby! | 2 PM

Sargent Park • 2 PM

Baby Crawl Race! Barely walking and toddler race. $10 per baby, register online. Door prizes: Onesies & T-Shirts for every baby.  Rain Date: May 31st @ 2 PM -2:30 PM Contact heather.preece@kodiakkindness.org with questions.

Fishermen’s Memorial Service | 3 PM

Harbormaster’s Building • 3 PM – 4 PM

This annual memorial service is to honor fishermen lost in Alaskan waters and lost to the Kodiak Community.

NEXT STEP DANCE STUDIO | 4:30 PM

Crab Fest Stage • 4:30 PM

Next Step Dance Kodiak presents a few selections to showcase Kodiak’s resilient, talented young dancers. From ballet to jazz to hip hop, enjoy a quick look at some of the pieces they have worked on this year!

MONDAY, MAY 31ST
CLIFF POINT ESTATES OPEN HOUSE | 9 AM

223 Sockeye Circle • 9 AM – 2 PM

Take a left at the Cliff Point Estates sign on the Chiniak Highway near Dragonfly Lake.

After an exciting Crab Fest weekend, we’d like to invite you to unwind out at Cliff Point Estates on Monday, May 31st, from 9 AM till 2 PM. As we take time to honor the sacrifices of our brave servicemen and women this Memorial Day, come walk the property with your family or have a picnic on the beach. Scheduled tours will be offered if you would like to see more of the property. We hope to see you out there!

VETERANS MEMORIAL SERVICE | 11 AM

Kodiak City Cemetery • 11 AM – 12 PM

Memorial Service honoring Veterans. For more information contact Veterans of Foreign War at (907) 486-3195

KODIAK ELK’S LODGE | 12 PM

The Kodiak Elks Lodge, Upstairs Restaurant 12 PM – 8 PM

Like prior years, the Lodge’s upstairs restaurant and bar will be open to the public for the duration of the event. Because the bar is open as well, anyone under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, as you know.

The Lodge will be serving a special for the duration of Crab Fest:
1-10oz beer and 1 beer bratwurst with your choice of fixings for $9

Please note, this event is entirely run by volunteers and any tips received will be donated to local charities!

RUBBER DUCK RACE | 12:30 PM

Russian River • 12:30 PM

Participants purchase tickets for numbered rubber ducks that are released into the Russian River. 1st place duck to cross finish line earns $1000, 2nd place earns $750, and 3rd place earns $500 and 4th place wins a trip to Saltery Cove for fishing with Salty Fly Safaris..5 wild duck prizes will be drawn at random and will be awarded $100 each. Tickets are available for $10 each or 3 for $25, only 1000 tickets sold. Do not need to be present to win.

Blessing of the Fleet | 1 PM

“Snow Dock” otherwise known as the Wooden Dock next to the Gazebo • 1 PM – 2 PM

Blessing of the Fleet will take place at the “Snow Dock” otherwise known as the Wooden Dock next to the Gazebo. Only the Clergy will be allowed on the dock. However, spectators will be able to safely view from the spit.

The traditional blessing of the fleet is open to all vessels. A blessing service is sung followed by an Orthodox priest sprinkling each passing vessel with Holy Water. For more information contact the Harbormaster office at
(907) 486-8080