Sitka Seafood Festival & Mermaid festival calendar of events

Sitka Seafood Festival (SSF) and Sitka Mermaid Festival (SMF) have joined forces to host a week of events August 24th-September 1st 2019. Events will include a banquet with local and visiting chefs, live music, a sea-creature and mermaid promenade down the Sea Walk, kids games, tote races, a 2-day marketplace and much more. All are invited to attend festivities celebrating seafood, seaweed, community and the unique ecosystem that supports our fish and families as they grow. For more information, please call 747-3400 or email

Paint and snack

Saturday, August 24th

Please join Sitka Seafood Festival for an interactive, family-friendly paint and snack taught by local artist and educator, Mark Sixbey, on Saturday, August 24th at 1pm. No experience required and all ages welcome! Mark is a Tsimshian artist with over 25 years of experience as a multi-media artist. Mark is employed by Sitka Tribe of Alaska where he works to bring cultural arts education to all ages. For a $20 admission ($10 for each additional child) you will receive canvas, paint, brushes, painting instruction, finger foods/snacks, smoked salmon and drinks. All artists will get to bring their work home. The event will take place at 304 Baranof Street. Space is limited. Please come dressed to paint. For more information or to RSVP please contact us at 747-3400, or 

Beach Cleanup at HPR Rec

Sunday, August 25th

11am-12pm, meet at the small parking lot. We will start at the small parking lot and work our way north. 

Participants should bring gloves. 

email or call 747-3400 with any questions.

cooking with seaweed at the sitka kitch

Monday, august 26th

Taught by Kayla Caprice, visiting chef working at Ludvig’s Bistro.

Tickets available through Sitka Kitch:

Mermaid Paint & Sip at Rio’s Wine Bar with Sarah Dart

Tuesday, august 27th

Details TBA

Visit for more information.

Mermaids Love Seaweed!

wednesday, august 28th

6pm – 8pm at Evergreen Natural Foods. A discussion on how seaweed supports women’s health.  

Make-and-Take seaweed bath activity.  Hosted by Evergreen Natural Foods – get 10% off storewide!

Food for Thought: Where Art and Science Intersect

thursday, august 29th

A panel discussion from local artists, mathematicians and scientists on drawing creative inspiration from science. Hear from a panel of speakers: Cyndi Gibson, Norm Campbell, Amelia Mosher, Bobbi Jordan, and Angie Bowers.

The Umami Banquet: A Tasting Event

friday, august 30th

Sitka Mermaid Festival and the Seafood Festival are partnering to produce the Umami and Seafood Banquet; A Tasting Event.  The term ‘Umami’ refers to the fifth recognized group of tastebuds found in the center of the tongue, enabling humans to detect the oxytocin releasing proteins that sustain us.  Some describe the experience of Umami as more of a feeling than a flavor, or the perfect balance between richness and seasoning. This event will feature locally caught seafood and seaweed. Presenting Partner Alaska Airlines is flying visiting chef Cassandra Drake Kelly of Arcata, California to Sitka, who will work with local chefs to prepare an exquisite selection of small plates and Charcuterie board sourced from the sea.  Performances by Sitka Cirque. Live Music. Beer & Wine Bar. Silent Auction.  

Main weekend events

Saturday, august 31st

Mermaid Market @ Harrigan Centennial Hall 9am – 5pm

Food Trucks under Crescent Harbor Shelter 11am – 3pm

Sea-Creature and Mermaid Promenade Along the Sea Walk: Gather at New Playground near Sitka Science Center at 11am.  Parade begins at 11:30am and marches down the SeaWalk to Crescent Harbor Shelter  

Kids Games noon – 3pm under Crescent Harbor Shelter

Fish Tote Races at Crescent Harbor 6pm, sign-ups begin at 5pm. Prizes for men and women

Rock the Dock – 5pm-11pm under Crescent Harbor Shelter = live Music, Beer Garden & Food trucks

sunday, september 1st

Live Music from 12pm-3pm

Mermaid Market @ Harrigan Centennial Hall 10am – 3pm

Food trucks under Crescent Harbor Shelter 11am – 3pm