Copper River Salmon Jam

July 12-17, 2021

The Salmon Jam has been Cordova Arts & Pageants primary fundraiser for close to 20 years now! Be sure to attend the new, spread-out version of this popular summer festival filled with fishy, artsy fun.

2021 Music Line-Up

2021 Music Line-Up

Put on your dancin’ shoes!

An authentic Alaska community, the surprisingly artsy, coastal town of Cordova lives and breathes fishing. Every July, through this family-friendly festival, local nonprofits and loads of volunteers come together to raise awareness of the region’s rich resources and raise funds to support art opportunities with 2 days of live music, a wild food cook-off, running events and free kids’ activities. There’s also a beer tent, artisan craft fair and lots of fun for all ages at Cordova’s beautiful Mt. Eyak Ski Area.

This year, as we pivot towards more normalcy, things are still a little different. We’re excited to bring back LIVE music on the hill this year! We’re thinking more “Concert in the Park” style so everyone can spread out, get comfortable with their own blankets and chairs and enjoy the music out from under the big tent. Each evening will offer about 2 hours of live music, one hour highlighting local musicians and the second hour featuring our guest artists, Lateral Lines from Anchorage.

In order to keep the physical distancing safe, there will be no beer garden at this year’s event. The wild food cook-off is also postponed until it is safe to offer once again. But, there will be food vendors! Stay tuned for who will be cooking us up some delectable local fare.

Tickets can be purchased online (preferred in order to avoid congestion at the gate), at Festival HQ on Main Street at the Copper River Watershed Project, July 12-16, 11:30am-1:30pm or you can purchase them at the gate on each night of the performances.

This event will occur rain or shine. There are NO refunds. If the weather is awful (ie. high winds and sheets of rain), the event will be moved to the Cordova Jr/Sr High School gymnasium.

By purchasing a ticket, you are supporting the performers and Cordova’s arts council: Cordova Arts & Pageants, which brings artists from all over the world to perform for the community of Cordova and share their art in the schools all year long. In 2020, with everything on hold, Cordova Arts & Pageants was pleased to be able to support over 20 local artists with a COVID Arts Relief Grant they created. We are looking forward to sharing the artists’ work in the coming months.

Music • Food • Fun!

Music with a purpose

For close to 20 years, the Salmon Jam music festival has been bringing big names from all over the country into this remote Alaskan community for a weekend of dancing and fundraising. Did you know that every dollar you spend during Salmon Jam goes to help fund year-round art and cultural activities in Cordova?!  You can also support ecosystem education through our silent auction, festival raffle

Special Musical Guest

Lateral Lines

Lateral Lines is an Alaskan band with music as broad as the landscape in which it grew. From expansive cinematic rock songs to campfire-style swinging honky-tonk, their music is about feeling vibrations and connecting to one another and the audience. Vocalist Kat Moore’s and her bandmates bring a musical experience that allows audiences to swing their partners and simultaneously leave with fodder for thought and a smile on their faces.

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