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Denali Winterfest 2021

One the most beautiful places in Alaska turns into a winter fairy tale


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Disclaimer: Due to COVID-19 concerns, many events might be canceled, postponed, or changed into limited versions, sometimes at very short notice. Please check with event organizers directly for the latest updates (view the "External Resources" section below).

Concerts, campfires, snow sculpturing, skiing, dog sledding, and many other activities—that's what Denali National Park and the surrounding communities offer to visitors during Winterfest. It’s a family-friendly event, so feel free to visit it with children. The festival lasts for a few days, starting off with the community and park activities during the week and leading up to a full day of events on the last Saturday in February. Most Saturday events and activities are free, so come and join!

In 2017 the park will host a special expanded Winterfest to commemorate the Centennial of Denali National Park and Preserve. Thus, there will be two days of events in the Park (Saturday and Sunday), because February 26, 2017, is the actual 100th anniversary of the signing of the bill that established Mt McKinley National Park. So, mark your calendar and check the up​dated schedule of events in early February 2017 at:

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