Denali Winterfest

Come celebrate winter in Alaska… and Denali’s 100th birthday!

The 17th-annual Denali Winterfest will take place February 18 through 26, 2017 with events hosted by the park and local community. This year, we will host extra events in the park on February 25 and 26 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Mount McKinley National Park on February 26, 1917.

A preliminary list of some events is below. A full schedule of events will be published here in early February.

Denali Winterfest is organized and supported by the National Park Service, Denali Borough and Denali Borough School District, Denali Education Center, Doyon/Aramark Joint Venture, Alaska Geographic, and additional community organizations.

Saturday, February 18

Time: 10 am - 5 pm
Location: Morris Thompson Cultural Center, Fairbanks

Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center presents Arts Afire: Denali National Park's Artists in Residence. Past participants with the park's Artist-in-Residence program will lead talks and hands-on activities. For more information, please call (907) 459-3730.

Wednesday, February 22

Time: 6:30 pm
Location: The Denali Visitor Center (Mile 1.5, Denali Park Road)

An American Ascent. Free screening of a documentary film that follows the first African-American expedition to ascend North America’s highest peak.

Thursday, February 23

Time: 6 pm
Location: The Murie Science and Learning Center (Mile 1.5, Denali Park Road)

Art Night at the Murie Science and Learning Center! Experiment with unusual painting techniques and come away with a personal creation that celebrates our natural surroundings. Special thanks to Alaska Geographic for their support. Sign-up information will be posted here in early February.

Friday, February 24

Time: 6 pm
Location: The Denali Park Community Center (Mile 230, George Parks Highway)

Denali Education Center's 17th Annual Winterfest Weekend Kick-off. Homebrew competition, appetizer potluck, Denali birthday surprises, and live music. Bring something to share, and come celebrate community, winter, and 100 years of protection for Denali's wildlife! Presented by the Denali Education Center. Bring your own dinnerware; mugs will be provided. #DontFeedtheLandfills

Saturday, February 25

Time: 9 am to 6pm
Location: The Denali National Park & Preserve Entrance Area

A full day of free events, both indoors and outdoors, celebrating winter recreation and education. Events will include a youth ski race, guided snowshoe hike and ski trip, speakers and presentations, snow sculpture contest, interactive science exhibits, and more. Denali 100th Birthday celebration at 1:00 pm. Lunch and beverages provided by Doyon-Aramark Joint Venture.

Saturday, February 25

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm
Location: Tri-Valley Community Center, Healy (Mile 0.5, Healy Spur Road)

Community dinner and talent show, plus presentation of the Denali Borough Mayor’s Community Service Award.

Sunday, February 26

Time: 11 am to 2 pm
Location: The Denali National Park & Preserve Entrance Area

A special celebration of our 100th birthday! Details to follow soon.


Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 9
Denali Park, AK 99755


(907) 683-9532
General park information. The phone is answered 9 am - 4 pm daily, except on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. If you reach the voicemail, please leave a message with your number and we'll call you back as soon as we finish helping the visitor on the line ahead of you.

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