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Winter Events 

Iron Dog Race

The Iron Dog Race, in February, where it seems the town doesn’t sleep, and lives off the sweet smell of snow machine exhaust.


At the end of February/beginning of March, we have the Idita-sport event come through, where athletes follow the historical Iditarod trail either by foot, bicycle or skis.

Iditarod Sled Dog Race

One of the largest winter events that comes to McGrath is the Iditarod Sled Dog race that begins the first weekend in March.

Spring Event  

Spring Auction

During the International Iditarod Sled Dog Race event, the community sure livens up with one of our favorite community fundraisers of the year, The Spring Auction, sponsored by our local Radio Station, KSKO 89.5 FM. There are hilarious prizes and some sweet “OMG” prizes, it is always a guaranteed good time.

Museum Dinner

On the same day as the Spring Auction, we also have the annual Museum Dinner, where locals prepare homemade dishes all from their Museum cookbook for others to enjoy.

Kuskokwim Ice Classic

We love to celebrate the return of the flowing river just like every other Alaskan. Buy your Kuskokwim Ice Classic tickets to guess the time when the ice breaks-up. Similar to the event held in Nenana, we have our own tripod on the river. A string tied to the battery of a clock is pulled out when the  the ice moves and the tripod falls. If your guess is closest to the time the clockstops, you'll be the lucky winner! Tickets for the Kuskokwim Ice Classic are sold at the McGrath AC Store, McGuires Tavern and the Iditarod Trail Roadhouse. This fun, end-of-winter event, is an annual fund-raiser for the KSKO Public Radio Station.

Mother’s Day Potluck

To further celebrate the new season, we have a break-up/ Mother’s Day potluck, for ALL to enjoy!  Thanks to Benny and Betty Magnuson!

Summer Events 

Back to Bluegrass Festival     July 31 to August 1st, 2021

If you love a good festival, then come and join us for KSKO’s “Back to Bluegrass” Festival, held every summer at the local Anderson Park. It is two-day event with awesome live music, food and crafts from local Alaskans. Some of the best food is sold during Bluegrass by local vendors, and there is usually a Beer Garden, sponsored by Joes Bar; for those old enough to participate. You can dance the night way, hanging out with the locals, enjoying good food and good music, taking advantage of our midnight sun. There is also a community inflatable water park set up at the park, during the summer months, and during this event, so don’t forget to bring your kids swim wear (and yours if you want)! This event happens rain or shine. Put "Dancing in the rain in McGrath, Alaska" on your "Bucket List"!

Contact Alaska Air Transit and Reeve Air for special rates to fly in for the festival!

Fall Events