Witness the Majesty:

Alaskan Bald Eagle Festival Awaits!

November 10th-12th, 2023


The excitement is building as we extend a warm invitation to the 2023 Alaskan Bald Eagle Festival, a three-day extravaganza celebrating the stunning Bald Eagles and the natural wonders of Alaska. From November 10th to 12th, 2023, venture to Haines, Alaska, and immerse yourself in the captivating world of these magnificent birds.

But here's the real magic: each November, the Valley of Eagles plays host to the largest gathering of Bald Eagles in the entire country. It's a breathtaking spectacle, a sight to behold, as historically up to 3,000 of these majestic creatures converge along a four-mile stretch of the Chilkat River within the expansive 48,000-acre Alaska Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, just a stone's throw from Haines.

These magnificent eagles return to the Chilkat Valley each autumn to partake in a grand feast, courtesy of the late salmon run. Envision yourself amid this awe-inspiring sight, surrounded by countless bald eagles, all against the backdrop of pristine Alaskan waters. It's a truly rare and unforgettable experience!

The three-day Alaska Bald Eagle Festival is an annual event in November and is a can't-miss event for birders and nature lovers alike! Contact the Haines Visitor Center at 907-766-6418 to find out more.



2023 Alaska Bald Eagle Festival theme

soaring together: celebrating community, embracing our roots


This year's Alaska Bald Eagle Festival embraces the theme 'Soaring Together: Celebrating Community, Embracing our Roots.' It's a time to honor our heritage, celebrate our past, and pave the way for an exciting future. While special events and programs during the festival will provide insights into our future, they'll also pay homage to our rich history.

We're coming together to revive the true essence of this festival, showcasing local talent, knowledge, and dedication while fostering an atmosphere of inspiration, education, and celebration. Join us in celebrating the valley of the eagles, their habitat, and our natural resources. Together, we'll soar to new heights, cherishing our roots and envisioning a vibrant future for all.



Here's a Sneak Peek of Festival Highlights:


Friday, November 10th


Celebrating Eagles & Their Habitat

3:30-5pm @ Haines Sheldon Museum

Children's Educational Program

Activities & Arts


Flights Forward Welcome Celebration

5-7pm @ The American Bald Eagle Foundation

Welcome Presentations hosted by the American Bald Eagle Foundation

Live music, Bites & Local Beverages

Special guests announced soon!


Saturday, November 11th


Heritage, Habitat and Harmony: An Eagle Homage

Presentation hosted by Takshanuk Watershed Council

Special showing of PBS Iconic America: The American Bald Eagle

Special guests announced soon!


Eagle Vision Unveiled: Photography with Mark Bouldoukian

Doors Open 6pm @ The Chilkat Center for the Arts

Photography Presentation

Silent Auction


Sunday, November 12th


Dive into Pancakes: A Fest for the Flock

Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Haines Dolphins Swim Team

A fundraiser to support our talented team!


Legacy & Eagles: Closing Tribute

11am - 12:30pm @ Haines Borough Public Library

History of Preserve & Foundation

Lifetime Dedication Honor

Special guests announced soon!



Join Us for an Exciting Experience!

Most of our events are open to the public free of charge, unless otherwise indicated. We kindly suggest and gratefully accept donations at each program to support our non-profit event hosts, local organizations, talented artisans, and beloved local businesses.


Wondering about Transportation?

For our out of town guests we will be offering Shuttle Service to the Eagle Preserve throughout weekend, ensuring you have ample time to explore this breathtaking environment.

Complementary Shuttle Service will also be offered for festival guests from the ferry terminal to town Friday, November 10th upon arrivals and for returns from town to the ferry terminal Sunday, November 12th for ferry departures.


Transportation from Ferry Terminal to Town Friday, November 10th

Arrivals from JNU 11:45am

Arrivals from SGY 3:15pm

Transportation from Town to Ferry Terminal Sunday, November 12th

Departures to SGY 12:30pm

Departures to JNU 4pm


More details and how to reserve your space coming soon!


General Festival Information

To access general information about the festival and the Chilkat Bald Eagle Preserve, please follow this link: General Festival Information


Stay tuned for an even more extensive festival experience!

We look forward to you joining us in celebrating the beauty of Alaska's nature and the splendor of the Bald Eagles at the 2023 Alaskan Bald Eagle Festival!



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