A female Rufous hummingbird. (Wikimedia Commons image by Brendan Lally)

With the start of April, Ketchikan’s annual Alaska Hummingbird Festival celebrates Rufous hummingbirds and other migratory birds that return each spring to the Tongass National Forest.

The Southeast Alaska Discovery Center is coordinating a series of events, including the popular juried art show, to promote awareness of spring migratory birds in Southeast.

The Alaska Hummingbird Festival juried art show opening reception starts at 5 p.m. April 6th at the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center, hosted by the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau. The show will remain on display through May 25th.

Free festival events continue through April 28th. Activities include Saturday morning bird walks, Friday Night Insights lecture series, and Saturday morning crafts for families.

Summer hours at the Discovery Center start in May. At that time, the center will be open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Entrance fee collection also starts May 1st. Local visitors can purchase a season pass for $15, which gets the cardholder and two guests in for daily visits through September.

Below is a PDF of the full Alaska Hummingbird Festival schedule of events.