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The Kodiak Crab Festival

100 E Marine Way #300 Kodiak, AK 99615

May 21 2020 - May 25 2020

Price: TBA

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For over 50 years, the town of Kodiak has welcomed visitors to the Kodiak Crab Festival. This celebration of crab takes place on Memorial Day weekend as a five-day party. The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce sponsors the festival, which features a variety of frivolity and fun. You can enjoy the arts and crafts market, a parade and plenty of live music. In addition, the festival is filled with traditional games, quirky competitions and fun races. For those wishing to experience this celebration, you will want to check out the official website of the Kodiak Crab Festival.

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT

The Kodiak Crab Festival is a five-day celebration with entertainment and fun for the entire family. In addition to the crab sampling, you can also enjoy the live music on the festival grounds. The final lineup has not been confirmed by the Chamber of Commerce, so you might want to check their website regularly for updates.

During the Kodiak Crab Festival, you can find plenty of amenities to keep you comfortable. The main booth is located in the downtown area of Kodiak. You can find many places to eat, relax and shop throughout the area. There are merchandise booths, information kiosks and ATMs available on the festival grounds. 

LOCATION

The festival's activities take place throughout the town. The main festivities are located along Marine Way and in the Harbormaster parking lot. The Kodiak Chamber of Commerce booth is also located in this area. This booth is your main spot for Crab Festival souvenirs and information. The Chamber of Commerce main address is:

100 E Marine Way #300

Kodiak, AK 99615

907- 486-5557

RVING AT THE EVENT

Many people travel to Alaska to explore the landscape. If you want to check out the area but don't have an RV of your own, RVshare can help. You can find an RV rental that suites your needs.

There are plenty of spots to park your RV and enjoy the Kodiak Crab Festival. While there may not be an official campground for the festival, you can find a place to park your RV for the day and set up camp for the night. Many of these campgrounds are conveniently located within minutes of downtown Kodiak. Here are some of the best places to park your rig so that you can enjoy the celebration throughout the town. 

Buskin River State Recreation Site

For many RVers, the best choice is the Buskin River State Recreation Site. This campground is located on the border of the Buskin River and the state airport. Many visitors from around the world travel here to fish the river for coho salmon and sockeye. In fact, the Buskin River is one of the most productive rivers on the Kodiak road system. If you want to fish on your trip, you will want to stay at this site. However, the Buskin River State Recreation Site is not just for fishing enthusiasts. You can explore the old World War II military structures hidden in the spruce forest or see the wide variety of wildlife, including harbor seals, eagles, brown bears and harlequin ducks. 

There are plenty of camping sites for your RV, including a large overflow area. The campground can accommodate rigs up to 40 feet long. The camping sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The two picnic shelters are located near the campground along with a handicapped-accessible fishing platform by the river. You can find this site at:

4.5 West Rezanof Drive

Kodiak, Alaska 99615

Pasagshak River State Recreation Site

If you are looking for a more secluded campground, then you might want to check out the Pasagshak River State Recreation Site. This location is another excellent spot for those who love to angle for sockeye, silver, chum and pink salmon. You can also get an up-close look at the natural wildlife, including whales, seals, dolphins, eagles and brown bears. 

The Pasagshak River State Recreation Site was created in 1980 to give access to the public for camping, picnicking and fishing. This spot is a little drive from Kodiak, and it is located on one of the few roads on the island. You'll get some picturesque views of the dramatic scenery along the coast. At the campground, there are six campsites that can accommodate RVs up to 40 feet long. Pasagshak camping is assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis. There are no facilities at this site, so you will have to "rough it" in the park. There is a hand pump for fresh drinking water and three restrooms. All guests are asked to take their trash before leaving the recreational site. Pasagshak River State Recreation Site's address is: 

20 Pasagshak Rd

Kodiak, AK 99615

WHERE TO STAY

There are many options for accommodations near the festival.

RV Camping

With the spectacular scenery, there are many places that you will want to set up for the night. The State of Alaska operates the campgrounds in this area, and they do not feature many amenities. However, you can experience the beauty of nature as you camp in the wilderness. Some of these parks will allow you to park your rig for the day as you head off to the Kodiak Crab Festival. 

Hotels

The Kodiak Crab Fest is a popular event, and the hotel rooms will fill up fast in town. If you are looking for a chain hotel, the Best Western Kodiak Inn offers complimentary Wi-Fi, airport shuttles, breakfast and a hot tub. This hotel is steps away from the center of the festivities. The Kodiak Compass Suites is another excellent choice, and this hotel also offers free parking and breakfast. Kodiak is known for its bed-and-breakfast inns, and Goldilocks Bed & Breakfast is one of the top choices.

HOW TO GET THERE

Kodiak is located on Kodiak Island, and it takes some planning to get to the festival with your RV. You will have to take a ferry to the island. The Alaska State Ferry can accommodate RVs of all sizes, and it is a great way to see the different ports along with Alaska's coastal communities. However, you need to plan your ferry trip well in advance of your vacation. The ferry will need to know your vehicle's height, width and overall length. This information will determine the cost of your fare. Most ferries can accommodate large vehicles, but there will be extra fees attached to your fare. 

For safety reasons, you must shut off your propane while traveling. However, you will have access to the vehicle as the ferry pulls into the port. For those traveling with an RV, it is advised to make reservations early to ensure space for the vehicle, especially in the summer months.

PARKING

The Kodiak Crab Fest is one of the most popular events in the town. Since Kodiak is small, it may be hard to find parking for your rig. You can always park it at one of the beaches and find transportation to the center of town. There are some parking lots throughout the town, but some lots cannot accommodate a large rig. Before you head to the festival, you will want to make sure you will be able to fit your vehicle in a spot. 

Kodiak Benny Benson State Airport is another parking option, but its spaces are for long-term visitors. Wherever you decide to stay and park, you need to be aware that bears are common in the area. You should always secure your rig so that bears don't come inside and grab a snack.

TICKETS & PRICING

Many of the events do not require tickets for you to enjoy them. At this time, the Kodiak Crab Festival does not have any information about event tickets. You can always check back on the official site as the festival draws closer.

WRAP UP

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