The sitka sound science center presents


November 3 – November 6 2016

The Sitka WhaleFest kicks off each spring with an annual cruise to explore the wildlife in Sitka Sound!  Aboard a catamaran from Allen Marine, we depart Crescent Harbor on Saturday, March 26th at 9:00 am and return by 12:00 pm. Tickets are $55/person and are now available online and at Old Harbor Books in downtown Sitka.  For more information, contact Sitka WhaleFest Director Mia Kuartei at (907) 747-8878, ext. 2 or


2016 is the 20th Anniversary of the Sitka WhaleFest, a unique science festival to celebrate the marine life! The core of the festival, is a unique science symposium blending local knowledge and scientific inquiry concerning the rich marine environment of our northern oceans. Surrounded by community and cultural activities, the weekend events include lectures, marine wildlife cruises with beautiful scenery, a marine-themed artisan market, music, local foods, art show, interactive student sessions, and a fun run/walk. Come to Sitka WhaleFest and celebrate with us!

Festival dates are November 3 – 6, 2016



Check back here for the 2016 WhaleFest theme.


Art Show

Market & Cafe

Science Reception

Maritime Grind

5K & 10K Run/Walk

Marine Wildlife Cruise

Family Art Workshop

Marine Mingle

Keynote Banquet




Beautiful Sitka lies along the coastal edge of Baranof Island in the Tongass National Forest and spectacular Southeast Alaska. This remote community, with its myriad forested islands and rugged coastline, is home to whales and other marine mammals that can be observed each November during Sitka WhaleFest. Enjoy delicious local seafood and shop Sitka’s many galleries and shops. Sitka’s weather this time of year is in the 40’s and lower 50’s. Rain or shine, the celebration will go on!

Contact us

Sitka WhaleFest 834 Lincoln Street Sitka, Alaska 99835
phone: 907.747.8878 ext. 2

Photography credit: Tim Shobe, Foggy Lens Photography, Madison Kosma and Caitlin Blaisdell.