Attend a Local Festival

Cordova festivals are all about the wildlife. Every February since 1961, Cordova has honored the ice worm at its annual Iceworm Festival. It may sound made up, but the insect is just as real as the weeklong festival. Some highlights of the event are the crowing of Miss Iceworm, the parade and the Survival Suit Race, where brave participants get outfitted with a survival suit before jumping into the harbor.

During May, Cordova celebrates the largest migration in the country during the Copper River Delta Shorebird Festival. More than 5 million shorebirds pass through the Copper River Delta as they fly to their breeding grounds in the Arctic. Birders from all over the world come to the festival to attend presentations and workshops by international experts and of course set up at prime viewing areas.

Finally, in mid-July when the Copper River salmon run is coming through Cordova, celebrate with the Copper River Salmon Jam. The city comes alive with art fairs, music, road races and lots of food.

See More Attractions

Visit the Cordova History Museum and other area museums and memorials to learn more about the rich history in the Last Frontier.


From land to sea to sky, visitors won’t have to search long to find wildlife in this picturesque fishing town.


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