Traveling to Alaska is a unique experience in and of itself. What if we told you that your trip to Alaska encompasses more culture than just that of its own state? When you visit Homer during the Alaska World Arts Festival, that’s exactly what you’ll get. This two-week-long celebration of worldwide art forms takes place across 50 venues in Homer, Alaska. Artists and art lovers alike will learn something new and experience something different during this festival! It’s only for two weeks this fall, though. Be sure to plan your trip accordingly with the help of our complimentary Vacation Guide!
What You Can Expect at the Alaska World Arts Festival
A Diverse, Inclusive Culture
The mission of the Alaska World Arts Festival is to “… foster the exchange of cultures and ideas toward understanding and tolerance of diversity, and building a stronger local and world community through creative arts.” For decades, humans have often struggled to identify with people and cultures different from their own. The festival hopes that by using a universally-loved medium, art, we can better process, understand, and appreciate these differences to build a stronger worldwide community.
What better place to foster intercultural relationships than in Homer, Alaska? Our area is known for its old-time Alaskan hospitality as we welcome thousands of domestic and international visitors each year. Guests come to our area to experience Homer’s unique culture and things to do. Likewise, we enjoy learning and experiencing other cultures as well!
Unique Art Forms Across 50 Venues
Unlike many arts festivals, this isn’t a one-stop-shop of browsing paintings. The Alaskan World Arts Festival offers many different artistic mediums for all ages! From jazz dance concerts and workshops to improv comedy shows you’ll be entertained and enriched at the same time! For-purchase ticket and ticket passes vary depending on how much time you want to invest in the festival. You can also reference the festival guide for nearly 100 free activities!
Search by day from Sept. 6 to Sept. 19, 2019, browse events that interest you! Many of the events are appropriate for art lovers of all ages. Some of our favorite events are hands-on, like the Egg Tempera Workshop on Monday, Sept. 9. This is a paid activity, but admission includes all of the materials you’ll need to learn the techniques of egg tempera and create something special to take home. There’s no better way to commemorate your trip!
Experience Old-Alaskan Hospitality at Driftwood Inn
Stay in authentic, Alaskan lodging when you choose Driftwood Inn. Our six main accommodation types are suited for travelers of all needs. You’re sure to find just what you’re looking for among our Modern Lodges, Old Town Cottages, Woodside Lodge Suites, Historic Inn, Tiny Houses, and RV Park.
Traveling with a group? Take a peek at our Old Town Main Street Cottage. This accommodation is perfect for an extended stay in Homer, AK! As the name suggests, it’s situated in the beating heart of Old Town Homer near Bishop’s Beach. This cottage sleeps six across four bedrooms, has a full kitchen, dining area, and living area. It’s also fully-furnished and has WiFi/cable access.