Learn to run the sound board at the Cordova Center and earn some extra cash!

PLEASE NOTE: The training time on Saturday is now 9am-12pm. Friday’s training remains at 11am-2pm.


Put on your dancing shoes!

An authentic Alaska community, the surprisingly artsy, coastal town of Cordova lives and breathes fishing. Every July, through this family-friendly festival, local nonprofits and loads of volunteers come together to raise awareness of the region’s rich resources and raise funds to support art opportunities with 2 days of live music, a wild food cook-off, running events and free kids’ activities. There’s also a beer tent, artisan craft fair and lots of fun for all ages at Cordova’s beautiful Mt. Eyak Ski Area.

This year, as we pivot towards more normalcy, things are still a little different. We’re excited to bring back LIVE music on the hill this year! We’re thinking more “Concert in the Park” style so everyone can spread out, get comfortable with their own blankets and chairs and enjoy the music out from under the big tent. Each evening will offer about 2 hours of live music, one hour highlighting local musicians and the second hour featuring our guest artists, Lateral Lines from Anchorage.

In order to keep the physical distancing safe, there will be no beer garden at this year’s event. The wild food cook-off is also postponed until it is safe to offer once again. But, there will be food vendors! Stay tuned for who will be cooking us up some delectable local fare.

Tickets can be purchased online (preferred in order to avoid congestion at the gate), at Festival HQ on Main Street at the Copper River Watershed Project, July 12-16, 11:30am-1:30pm. You can also purchase at the gate on each night of the performances.

This event will occur rain or shine. There are NO refunds. If the weather is awful (ie. high winds and sheets of rain), the event will be moved to the Cordova Jr/Sr High School gymnasium.

By purchasing a ticket, you are supporting the performers and Cordova’s arts council: Cordova Arts & Pageants, which brings artists from all over the world to perform for the community of Cordova and share their art in the schools all year long. In 2020, with everything on hold, Cordova Arts & Pageants was pleased to be able to support over 20 local artists with a COVID Arts Relief Grant they created. They are looking forward to sharing the artists’ work in the coming months.

Arts programs are coming back! Cordova Arts & Pageants is also extremely delighted to announce their Fall 2021 & Spring 2022 Season of guest artists:

Fall 2021

  • September or October, 2021- John Damberg and Anchorage Jazz Society
  • Monday, November 8, 2021- Royal Wood– North Star Theater, Canadian Songwriter and storyteller
  • November 5 & 6- “Guys and Dolls”, Stage of the Tide
  • December, Holiday Concert featuring the Anchorage Classical Guitar Society

Spring 2022

  • January/February 2022- Wearable Art
  • Saturday, April 2, 2022- The Small GloriesRoots music
  • •Tuesday, May 10, 2022- Sarah Hagen– Comedy and piano- a la Victor Borge!

100% of your Salmon Jam ticket goes towards bringing these artists to our community! How awesome is that?!

You can learn more about Cordova Arts & Pageants by visiting their website: CORDOVA ARTS & PAGEANTS

Music With a Purpose

For over 15 years, Salmon Jam music festival has been bringing big names from all over the country into this remote Alaskan community for a weekend of dancing and fundraising. Did you know that every dollar you spend during Salmon Jam goes to help fund year-round art and cultural activities in Cordova?! That includes admission, beverages and food! You can also support ecosystem education through our silent auction, festival raffle and by becoming a SPAWNsor.

Special Musical Guest

Lateral Lines

Lateral Lines is an Alaskan band with music as broad as the landscape in which it grew. From expansive cinematic rock songs to campfire-style swinging honky-tonk, their music is about feeling vibrations and connecting to one another and the audience. Vocalist Kat Moore and her bandmates bring a musical experience that allows audiences to swing their partners and simultaneously leave with fodder for thought and a smile on their faces.

Bands are still being added! Keep checking back for the latest!

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