Ketchikan’s annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival kicks off April 1st with the opening reception for the festival’s juried art show.

The reception starts at 5 p.m. that day at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center. The art show features original pieces based on migratory birds that come through Southeast Alaska every year.

Among those migratory birds is the Rufous hummingbird, which travels from Mexico to Alaska every spring, and makes the return journey each fall.

The art exhibit will remain on display through May 31st.

In addition to the art show, other festival activities are planned through May 7th. They include guided bird hikes, Friday Night Insights lectures and films. All events are free and open to the public.

Once finalized, the festival events schedule will be posted online.