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

Independence Week Events
Independence Weekend takes place Saturday, July 4th and Sunday, July 5th. This year two distinct events take place during the event. These include:               
  • 4th of July Festival on Saturday, July 4th
  • Pink Salmon Festival on Sunday, 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 five years (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014). 

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.





 10:00am Pink Salmon Cook-Off Challenger Set-Up Kelsey Dock Plaza  
 10:00am-3:00pm Summer Art Contest Display & Public Voting Civic Center  
 11:45am Pink Salmon Distributed to Challengers Kelsey Dock Plaza  
 12:00pm-2:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off Kelsey Dock Plaza Pre-Register
 12:00pm-4:00pm "Junk in Your Trunk" Flea Market & Rummage Sale Kelsey Dock Parking Area  
 1:00pm Movie "Jurassic World" in 2D  Civic Center Cinema  
1:30pm-2:00pm Kids' Pink Salmon Games Registration Kelsey Dock Plaza On-Site
 2:00pm-3:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off Judging Kelsey Dock Plaza  
 2:00pm-3:00pm Kids' Pink Salmon Games (Salmon Toss, Salmon Run) Kelsey Dock Plaza  
 3:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off Awards Kelsey Dock Plaza  
 3:15pm Free Community Pink Salmon Picnic Kelsey Dock Plaza  
4:00pm Movie "Jurassic World" in 3D Civic Center Cinema  
 7:00pm Movie "Jurassic World" in 2D  

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.