Annual Events

Skagway loves its celebrations! We race, we dance, we eat, we create, we love a good parade and we love sharing our joy of life with visitors. 


Shake off the winter blues at the Buckwheat International Ski Classic. Started in 1987, the cross-country ski race, features 10k, 25k & 50k races, as well as a 5K for kids 12 & younger. Spend your day racing & playing the groomed trails of Log Cabin BC. Cap off the day with a delicious awards banquet, then dance the night away as the party moves to the downtown bars. 


Celebrate the change of seasons at Spring Festival! See what we do over the winter at the Skagway Arts Council’s Spring Show of Winter Artwork, help make a difference as we clean up litter during the town wide Clean Sweep. Support local artists by shopping the spring market & take in the local talent as musicians showcase their talents during Skagway’s International Folk Festival.


Explore the frontiers of language at the North Words Writers Symposium. Ignite your creative talents in a series of discussions & workshops led by a faculty of renowned authors from Alaskan, the Yukon and around the world.


Celebrations in the sun abound as the long daylight hours beckon us outdoors. Run or walk through lush rainforest in Duff’s Skagway Marathon. Show your Pride during Skagway’s Pride Celebration weekend. Celebrate the longest day of the year with family fun, music & food at the Elks Summer Solstice party


The spirit of freedom shines strong as Skagway’s downtown streets transform into an old-fashioned July 4th Street party, complete with music, games and street food. If great music with a view is your thing, the Skagway Arts Council’s Blues, Brews & BBQ and other outdoor music festivals will have you tapping your toes as you reach for the sun screen.


Grab a bunch of friends & run all night across the border into Canada’s Yukon Territory. Sound’s crazy, right? Klondike Road Relay is an annual tradition in the North. Relay teams from all over the world compete to make it from Skagway, Alaska to Whitehorse, Yukon in this fundraiser for Sport Yukon. 


 A favorite month of many Skagweigans. Enjoy fall colors and crisp autumn days as you take in the fun of Fall Festival: A celebration of art, music & life in the north. 


December means Yuletide in Skagway. Kick off a month of festivities with the annual parade of lights and tree lighting. Yuletide festivities include artisan bazaars, a quilt show, kids activities dances, live music and more!

2023 Skagway Events

March 11             Buckwheat International Ski Classic

April 18                 First Cruise Ship of 2023

April 21-23           Skagway Spring Festival

April 22                 Skagway Arts Council (SAC) Skagway International Folk Festival

May 20                 SAC Season Kickoff at Dedman Stage

May 24-27           North Words Writers Symposium

June 3                   Pride Month Kickoff Drag Show featuring Gigi Monroe at Dedman Stage

June 3                   F.D. Cancer Awareness Walkathon

June 10                 Duff’s Skagway Marathon & Half Marathon

June 17                 Elks Summer Solstice Party

July 4                     Independence Day Celebration

July 22                  SAC Blues, Brews & BBQ

Aug 19                  SAC Maggio Scholarship Fundraiser

Sept 8                   Klondike Road Relay

Oct 20-22            Fall Festival

Oct 25                   Last 2023 Cruise Ship

December 1        Yuletide Kickoff