Girls dressed up on a float at a parade

You Need to Attend the Homer Winter Carnival

Are you in search of some family-friendly fun this season in Alaska? Attend the Homer Winter Carnival this year for a weekend full of exciting events. This year is the 70th celebration of the Winter Carnival, so it’s sure to be the best one yet! Enjoy youth basketball tournaments, a parade through Town, a chili cookoff, and more. This year’s event is set to start, on February 10, 2024. Spend the entire weekend celebrating the local community in Homer, or swing by the parade for some Saturday fun. 

Learn more about this celebration below, then start planning your trip with the help of our Homer Vacation Guide! This resource is full of local knowledge on what to do during your trip. 

Your Guide to the Homer Winter Carnival

The Theme 

The Homer Winter Carnival boasts a new theme each year. For the 70th anniversary of this event, our community selected selected the theme, “What’s Old is New”!  All of the parade floats are designed with the theme in mind and winners are selected by judges at the midway point on Pioneer Avenue. Come out to the streets of Downtown Homer to see what unique floats our locals have created! 

Then, explore other sightseeing opportunities in our area. Enjoy the sight of an Eagle as you enjoy coffee on your porch, or embark on a Homer Alaska sightseeing tour with the Driftwood Inn and Captain Glen for the perfect blend of sightseeing and exercise, even during the winter.  With our days getting longer day by day and the increasing daylight you will enjoy an optional hike with extraordinary views! 

The Event 

The main event is the Homer Winter Carnival Parade, which takes place Saturday at noon. Spectators line the streets of Old Town Homer along Pioneer Avenue as floats and displays make their way across town.

More Annual Celebrations in Homer

The Homer Winter Carnival is one of our favorite annual events. However, if you can’t make it to this celebration, we recommend other Homer, Alaska events! Year-round, our area boasts exciting, community-centric things to do. Here are a few of our favorite seasonal events: 

  • Feb: Homer Winter Carnival
  • April: Annual Homer King Salmon Tournament
  • May: Annual Shorebird Festival
  • May: Homer Restaurant Week & Food Truck Festival
  • July: Homer 4th of July Parade
  • July: Annual Homer Peony Celebration
  • August: Ninilchik Salmonfest
  • Sept: Alaska World Arts Festival 
  • Dec: Annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Stay at the Driftwood Inn

All of our Homer, Alaska, lodging options are located near the excitement of the Homer Winter Carnival! Stay in our Historic Inn Rooms & Suites to be just steps away from all there is to do in Old Town Homer. Or, opt to stay in one of our Modern Lodges for views that overlook Bishop’s Beach and the Kachemak Bay! We also offer Old Town CottagesWoodside Lodge Suites, and Tiny Houses. With so many options, the Driftwood Inn is sure to have an accommodation that suits your needs!

Check our availability and start planning your winter getaway!