Home Sweet Homer!
Homer is so blessed with pleasurable opportunities, residents have to plan ahead to make time to stay home and work in their gardens.
The first Friday of the month, we roam among the many art galleries to enjoy the new exhibits and the refreshments provided for First Friday openings.
We start the year off in early February with Winter Carnival - a true celebration of life here in the Greatland. Festivities include cross country ski races, snowmachine games and a parade!
March brings us the first of our fishing contests, The Winter King Tournament. On the second to the last Saturday in March, up to 1,000 fishermen and women set out on Kachemak Bay for this one day tournament in search of the biggest feeder King salmon. This exciting event is the harbinger of spring and the unofficial start of the fishing season. The event gives fishermen and women the opportunity to break out their boats and rods and reels for a chance to win BIG money. Prizes are given away over the radio sometimes every 15 minutes or so. The day ends with a prize banquet.
Towards the end of April/begining of May we spend a day cleaning up the surrounding community with our Annual Clean Up Day. Hundreds of volunteers bring in several tons of trash and recyclables then get to enjoy a free hot dog bbq with all the potato salads et al that accompany these things.
May! Boy do we get cracking in May. The Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival is held around Mother's Day weekend and attended by literally thousands of birders from Alaska and the rest of the world. The 4 day event celebrates the return of migratory shorebirds and is filled with family friendly events from morning til night.
In May we also kick off the Homer Jackpot Halibut Derby which runs from May 15th to September 15th and offers prizes for tagged fish, released fish and one grand prize for the largest halibut of the season.
In June we honor our Military for an entire weekend somewhere close to Flag Day, June 14th. We offer Wounded Warriors the opportunity to enjoy fishing charters, kayak trips and many other opportunities to get out and enjoy Kachemak Bay and feed them that evening at a banquet. Plans are afoot for an Air Show and military exhibition of tanks, ships and Coast Guard vessels. Stay tuned on this one as it grows!
Also in June is the Annual Kachemak Bay Writer's Conference, sponsored by the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage. This five day conference features award-winning, nationally-recognized authors, editors and agents.
July 4th we honor America with our annual themed parade and many activities throughout the community. Small town, true American spirit.
In July we also start selling tickets to our annual car raffle. The drawing is not until December, but we encourage folks to buy tickets early and often.
While we have no official events in August, but it is filled with visitors enjoying all that Homer has to offer.
September brings the close of the Halibut Derby along with the awarding of those prizes and - Our annual Volunteer Appreciation luncheon. We take the time to thank all of the many volunteers it takes to run an organization like the Chamber and choose our "Volunteer of the Year".
In the fall we hold our Car and Airline Raffle with the drawing to be held on December 10, 2015.
In December we have our Community Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony complete with a visit from Santa.
View all of the above mentioned events on their individual pages for more in depth information.
Below is a listing of events that occur year round, or specifically during the summer months. Please feel free to check our Events calendar which we keep up to date. You will find here in the "Cosmic Hamlet by the Sea" there is something to attend every weekend. Homer has a vibrant Arts community, great dining, and there is always an Outdoor activity in which to take part.
Year-round Events in Homer
First Friday Art Gallery Openings 5-7 pm the First Friday of each month with featured artists at area-wide galleries.
Lions Club Meetings 1st & 3rd Wednesdays 6 pm at the Homer Senior Center-Friendship Center 235-2295
Downtown Rotary Wednesday 6 pm at the Best Western Bidarka 235-2295
Kachemak Bay Rotary Thursday Noon at the Best Western Bidarka 235-8148
Kuhns Aquatic Center Homer High School 235-7416
City of Homer Community Recreation Homer High School 235-6090 or visit www.homercommunityrecreation.com
Homer Theatre 235-6728
On-going Events in Homer
May thru September -
Pier One Theatre – Live Theatre, 235-7333
Summer Programs --
SeeBird Cams – View live footage from Gull Island all summer long at the Pratt Museum, 235-8635 starts mid-May
Historic Harrington Homestead Cabin – daily at the Pratt Museum, 235-8635 starts mid-May
Botanical Garden – daily. Tour the Garden at the Pratt Museum, 235-8635 starts mid-June
Historical Harbor Walking Tours - Fridays & Saturdays 3 pm Pratt Wheelhouse in front of the Salty Dawg on the Homer Spit
Peterson Bay Guided Tours - daily Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, 235-6667
Creatures of the Dock Tours - daily 1pm and 4 pm Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, 235-6667
Summer Of Sharks (2015 Only) - Exhibit about the prehistoric whorl tooth shark, the Helicoprion. Traveling exhibit on loan from the Idaho Museum of Natural History in collaboration with Ray Troll. Through September 7 - Alaska SeaLife Center 907-888-378-2525
September thru May --
Kachemak Campus - A wide variety of classes and workshops at KPC/UAA. Call 235-7743 or visit www.homer.alaska.edu
Artists in the Schools Program – Sponsored by Bunnell Street Gallery, 235-2662.
List your Events
To list your local event on the HCOC Calendar, please call the Maya at the Chamber at 235-7740, email information to: [email protected], or fax the information to 235-8766. Activities are updated as new events come in.