Our charming seaside town is home to some of Alaska’s most iconic events. Each year, we welcome thousands of visitors to Seward as we celebrate the grueling Mount Marathon Race, the beloved Seward Silver Salmon Derby, and the grassroots Seward Music & Arts Festival, along with many other quirky and fun community events. During the winter, Alaskans keep cabin fever at bay by attending the Polar Bear Jump Festival and our community-oriented Winter Weekends.

Seward’s Signature Events

Timing your trip

The ‘best’ time to visit Seward depends on your priorities.

What are you hoping to see and do? To see a migrating animal or to catch a specific type of fish, you’ll want to plan your trip around that objective. Some folks prefer our shoulder seasons for lodging deals and fewer crowds. And winter is a local favorite. Give us a ring for more specific advice.


Gray Whale Migration
First Friday Art Walks
Combat Fishing Tournament
Mermaid Festival and
Harbor Opening


Seward Music & Arts Festival
Small Business Saturday
Berry Picking
Fall Colors


Winter Weekend
Holiday Craft Fair
Winter Solstice
Polar Bear Jump Festival