Our Festival schedule for the 23rd annual Alaska Bald Eagle Festival will run November 6th-11th, 2017

Below you will find the festival activities schedule. Unless stated otherwise, all events will take place at the American Bald Eagle Foundation. Subject to change, so stayed tuned for updates.

Festival activities listed below will be at the American Bald Eagle Foundation located on the corner of the Haines Highway and Second Avenue.  Vans to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve will leave from and return to the American Bald Eagle Foundation parking lot. There will be daily natural history presentations, raptor center tours and bald eagle programs; please call or stop in to inquire about our daily schedule.

Monday , November 6th 2017 

8:00-5:00 Festival registration, natural history display and gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

4:30-6:30 Festival Meet & Greet: Come meet ABEF staff and other festival attendees while enjoying beer and appetizers. Non-alcoholic beverages will be available.

Tuesday November 7th 2017 

8:00-5:00 Festival registration, natural history display and gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

4:30-6:00  Town Scavenger Hunt: visit local business and see all that town has to offer

7:00-9:00  Behind the Scenes at ABEF: get the backstage tour of ABEF, meet our avian ambassadors, visit the aviaries, and explore the private museum collections

Wednesday, November 8th 2017

8:00-5:00  Festival registration, natural history display and gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00  Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

4:30-6:30 Avian Art on Feathers :     Join our talented Artist Kelleen Adams and learn how to paint on feathers.

7:00-9:00 Bird Talk: an evening dedicated to bird stories and experiences, featuring representatives from other Alaskan raptor facilities and Rachel Wheat, PhD

Thursday, November 9th 2017

8:00-5:00  Festival registration, natural history display and gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve.

6:00-7:30 Winter Bazaar local businesses and artisans will be selling goods and crafts

7:30-9:00 Alaska Native Storytelling Night: local carver Wayne Price will speak about the native community and the Chilkat Valley, the Chilkat Dancers will perform song and dance

Friday, November 10th 2017

8:00-5:00  Festival registration, natural history display and gift shop open

9:00-12:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

6:00-9:00 Takshanuk Film Festival and Eagle Release Auction TBA

 Saturday, November 11th

8:00-5:00  Festival registration, natural history display and gift shop open

10:00-12:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:00-4:00 Eagle Viewing: round-trip bus transportation to the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve

1:30-3:00 Eagle Release: Join us at 19 mile Haines Highway for a Tlingit ceremonial presentation followed by the release of rehabilitated eagles from Bird Treatment & Learning Center in Anchorage. You can bid for your chance to release one of the eagles. Tlingit native dancers will be giving the eagles a special sendoff prior to the release.

5:00-10:00 Gala fundraiser, Banquet and Auction  Join us for a cocktail hour followed by Prime Rib or Halibut dinner, silent and live auctions, music, dancing and more! A full service bar will be open at the American Legion for your pleasure all evening.