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/beginning 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 is attended by literally thousands of birders from Alaska and the rest of the world. This four-day event celebrates the return of migratory shorebirds and is filled with family friendly events from morning till 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 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
On-going Events in Homer
List your Events
To list your local event on the HCOC Calendar, please call the Jan at the Chamber at 235-7740, email information to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or fax the information to 235-8766. Activities are updated as new events come in.