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Salmonfest announces full lineup

Salmonfest announces full lineup

The full lineup for the 2016 Salmonfest festival is now available. Save the date for 2016 Salmonfest, August 5-7. A three-day weekend full of music; over 15 national acts and over 40 local performers. Every year over 6,000 people turn the Kenai Peninsula village of Ninilchik into a city as families and friends fill the region with encampments full of music, food, fish and love. Just as the salmon are heading back to the rivers, music lovers are returning to Ninilchik for Salmonfest.

Once again a widely renowned Grammy award winning female national act will headline Salmonfest. For 2016, the Indigo Girls will headline Sunday night. Their soaring harmonies are wowing audiences and reviewers, and their current performances and albums indicate that their shows are more eloquent and poignant than ever.

Trampled by Turtles, Wood Brothers, a multi-sensory performance by the Quixotic Cirque Nouveau and the most requested to return, Clinton Fearon, are among other headline acts this year.

From right here in Alaska we have Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Blackwater Railroad, and Hope Social Club, The Dirty Hands and Ava Earl. With all due respect to the rest of the incredibly talented and diverse lineup of Alaska bands and musicians, these groups have proven to be big time festival favorites.

Headed by fifteen nationally renowned bands and artists, dozens of Alaska’s top bands, incredible homegrown artists, crafters and brews along with exquisite cuisine, the overall framework is exceptional. Add the special performances, the family friendly atmosphere (children’s activities each day and kids under 12 are free), the colorful stages and costumes and other surprises and the weekend is an endless multi-faceted sensory experience. For the full 2016 Salmonfest lineup visit

Hundreds of campsites are within walking distance of the festival, and hundreds more are serviced by an almost round the clock complimentary shuttle service that will pick you up and drop you off right at the front gate.

In the past, Alaskans have had to fly out of state to attend one of the preeminent national festivals. Salmonfest now provides the opportunity to find that enriching experience just down the highway on the Kenai Peninsula at a fraction of what it might cost to go ‘outside’ to a comparable event.

Now, people from the lower 48 are coming to Alaska, as Salmonfest steadily establishes a reputation as a destination event. Last year tickets were sold in over 40 states and several countries. Many people who have always wanted to come north, in particular those who have relatives and friends in Alaska, are now using the festival as an incentive and an anchor date to make the trip.

We hope you’ll make the effort to join us for the weekend of August 5-7 at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds in the village of Ninilchik, where we create our own festive village and share what can certainly be called a collective experiential kaleidoscope.

Get your tickets now and join us for a weekend of song, dance, delight, a little craziness, spirit, love, fish, music, imagination, goofiness, family, friends and fun! Salmonfest 2016 –August 5-7 Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds Ninilchik, Alaska. Presented by Kachemak Bay Conservation Society with support from Cook Inletkeeper. or see us on Facebook.