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Multiple Locations in Kodiak|100 East marine Way, Suite 300, Kodiak, AK 99615, Kodiak, AK | Map

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From the Organizer

The Kodiak Crab Festival is produced annually by the Kodiak Chamber of Commerce for the benefit of the residents of Kodiak, Alaska. Crab Fest is a time for the community to celebrate the abundant resources that we receive from the sea. The festival is traditionally held Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday ending on Memorial Day. The festival (originally known as the King Crab Festival) began in 1958 to market a new industry: King Crab. King Crab was, at that time, not a well-known or popular food. As the King Crab industry declined and other crab fisheries grew in Kodiak, the "King" was dropped and the festival became the "Kodiak Crab Festival". Though some years there may not be an abundance of crab food on the midway, the name has remained for historical reasons.