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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 June 29th and runs through July 6th. Three distinct events take place during the event. These include:
  • Valdez Kite Festival on Saturday June 29th - sponsored by the Valdez Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • 4th of July Festival on Thursday, July 4th
  • Pink Salmon Festival on Saturday, July 6th - 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.





  Pink Salmon Decorating Contest (Pick Up Salmon Starting 5/31) Civic Center  
 10:00am Pink Salmon Cook-Off Challenger Set-Up Civic Center Parking Lot  
 11:45am Pink Salmon Distributed to Challengers Civic Center Parking Lot  
 12:00pm-2:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off Civic Center Parking Lot 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 Civic Center Parking Lot  
 12:00pm-3:00pm Pink Salmon Fish Printing Civic Center Parking Lot Pre-Register
 1:30pm-2:00pm Kids' Pink Salmon Games Registration Civic Center Parking Lot On-Site
 2:00pm-3:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off Judging Civic Center Parking Lot  
 2:15pm-3:30pm Kids' Pink Salmon Games (Salmon Toss, Salmon Run) Civic Center Parking Lot  
 3:00pm Pink Salmon Cook-Off & Decorated Pink Salmon Awards Civic Center Parking Lot  
 3:00pm-5:00pm Free Community Pink Salmon Fry Civic Center Parking Lot  
 3:00pm-7:00pm Ton-of-Fun (Inflatable Family Games including the "Bucking Salmon") Civic Center Ballroom  
 7:00om-8:00pm Teen Challenge Civic Center Ballroom  
 8:00pm-10:00pm Civic Center Movie "Man of Steel" Civic Center Theater  

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.