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Pink Salmon Festival
Welcome to the official website of the City of Valdez Third Annual Pink Salmon Festival, one of the community’s Independence Week events. This is the “one-stop-shop” for activity schedules, activity descriptions, and registration forms.

Independence Week Events
Independence Week begins Saturday, June 28th and runs through Sunday, July 6th. Three distinct events take place during the event. These include:
  • Valdez Kite Festival on Saturday June 28th - sponsored by the Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • 4th of July Festival on Friday, July 4th
  • Pink Salmon Festival on Saturday, July 5th - both sponsored by the City of Valdez with help from many local organizations
Pink Salmon Festival
What is the Pink Salmon Festival?
Valdez is home to an annual Pink Salmon return of 10-15 million fish! This represents the bulk of the local commercial fishing industry. Pink Salmon are harvested and processed in a variety of different ways (whole, filets, canned and eggs) and shipped around the world for consumption. The Pink Salmon Festival is designed to celebrate and bring awareness of Pink Salmon as an incredibly healthy and sustainable food source that can be enjoyed in as simple or gourmet a preparation as you choose. The highlight of the day is the Pink Salmon Cook-Off where amateur chefs battle it out for thousands in prize money to see who can create the most delectable Pink Salmon Recipe. Click here to see a list of winners and the delicious recipes fixed by aspiring chefs over the past three years (2010, 2011, 2012). 

Pink Salmon Festival Activity Schedule
The activity schedule of events for the Pink Salmon Festival is outlined below. Be sure to click on the link located below the schedule for a full description of each activity.





 9:00am VSA July Magic Softball Tournament Gold Fields  
 10:00am Pink Salmon Cook-Off Challenger Set-Up Kelsey Dock Uplands  
 10:00am-3:00pm Summer Art Contest Display & Public Voting Civic Center  
 11:45am Pink Salmon Distributed to Challengers Kelsey Dock Uplands  
 12:00pm-2:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off Kelsey Dock Uplands Pre-Register
 10:00am-2:30pm Decorated Pink Salmon on Display & Public Judging Civic Center  
 12:00pm-4:00pm "Junk in Your Trunk" Flea Market & Rummage Sale Kelsey Dock Parking Area  
 12:00pm-3:00pm Pink Salmon Fish Printing Kelsey Dock Uplands Pre-Register
 1:30pm-2:00pm Kids' Pink Salmon Games Registration Kelsey Dock Uplands On-Site
 2:00pm-3:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off Judging Kelsey Dock Uplands  
 2:00pm-3:00pm Kids' Pink Salmon Games (Salmon Toss, Salmon Run) Kelsey Dock Uplands  
 3:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off Awards Kelsey Dock Uplands  
 3:15pm Free Community Pink Salmon Fry Kelsey Dock Uplands  
 5:00pm-6:00pm Roustabout Circus Extravaganza Performance Civic Center  
 7:00pm-10:00pm Teen Challenge "Minute to Win It" Teen Center  
 8:00pm Movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" in 2D Civic Center Cinema  

Schedule, Description and Map
Click here to download a printable schedule.
Click here for a map of activity locations.
Click here for detailed activity descriptions.