Oct. 18, Alaska’s official state holiday, marks the Alaska Transfer of Russian America to the United States, which occurred with a flag ceremony in Sitka on Castle Hill. This year’s 150th anniversary of Alaska Day will be celebrated with a weeklong Alaska Day Festival in Sitka. Join locals in the sesquicentennial celebration of the transfer and celebrate the combination of cultures and the rich history of Alaska. There will be historical reenactments and ceremonies, a parade, kayak races, a beard competition, a variety show and an 1867 dress costume ball.
More sesquicentennial events can be found at: www.sitka.org.
– Kailee Wallis, The Alaska 100