Copper River Salmon Jam set for July 12-13

Finn O'Toole splashes into water at the end of a slip-n-slide set up for children during the Copper River Salmon Jam in Cordova on Saturday, July 14, 2018. (Photo by Emily Mesner/The Cordova Times)

Copper River Salmon Jam, a weekend of celebration of salmon, is coming up July-12-13, with festival headliner Dan Mac Band, the Taste of Cordova wild food cook-off and the Alaska Salmon Run road races.

The Dan Mac Band will be rocking the stage with everything from original jazz to Celtic jazz to big band music and classic rock. Salmon Jam also offers a great opportunity to spot burgeoning talent, with over five hours of live music each night.

During the day enjoy family fun at road races for all ages at all levels and free activities for kids.

Then in the evening indulge in Copper River salmon and live music, plus a beer garden hosted by Alaska Brewing Co. for those 21 and older.

Ticket and wine/beer sales benefit the Cordova Arts Council and fund year-round cultural events for this remote Prince William Sound community.

For 17 years, this coastal fishing town has turned out to celebrate and welcome visitors here to listen to great music, sample the creations of top local chefs and run along the Copper River Delta course in the King Salmon Marathon, Sockeye Half-Marathon, Coho 10K, Smolt 5K and one mile fun run/walk. Alaska Salmon Runs begin in the Cordova Community Medical Center parking lot on the morning of July 13.

Massage tables await runners after the race and a wild salmon barbecue at the end of the day celebrates runners and walkers alike.

Families may also explore the world of salmon together on July 13 at the Small Fry Arts and Education activities. The Prince William Sound Science Center, Copper River Watershed Project, Chugach National Forest Service and other organizations host this event. There will also be demonstrations on preserving fish, demonstrations of speed filleting techniques and local art to purchase at the Artisan Market.

Most festival events are held at Mt. Eyak Ski Area, with views of the Chugach Mountains, Orca Inlet and Cordova’s working fish harbor.

A free shuttle runs throughout the weekend to and from festival grounds,For more travel and visitor information, call the Cordova Chamber of Commerce at 907-424-7260. Find the full festival schedule and purchase tickets at salmonjam.org.