Festival 2023 General Info

We are thrilled to announce that the 2023 Annual Festival of Native Arts will return to in person celebration Friday and Saturday, February 24th-25th, 2023! This year, we’re featuring a wide variety of performances, workshops, and artisans.

Check back for more info or join our mailing list here: 2023 Festival of Native Arts Email Sign-Up

Word to the wise – Festival of Native Arts is completely free to join. In recent years we have had some spamming action which encouraged our viewers to go to an unaffiliated site and purchase tickets. Don’t do this! You will never have to pay to enjoy Festival events.


Where is the event located?

At the Davis Concert Hall in the Fine Arts Complex on the UAF Campus. A map of the UAF campus is available at https://uaf.edu/campusmap/

When does the event start?

The 2023 Festival of Native Arts starts at 5:30pm on February 24th and 3:00pm on February 25th.

What are this year’s hashtags for social media?

#fnauaf #fnauaf2023 #festivalofNativeArts #49yearsoffestival

If I don’t have a ride, how can I get there?

You can take the Fairbanks MAC City Bus to the UAF Wood Center bus stop. Here is the link to the MAC Transit Bus Schedules:

Fairbanks Bus Schedules

Are non-Natives welcome?

Yes. Everyone is welcome!

Will there be food?

There will be student vendors at the Davis Concert Hall selling packaged items and beverages.

What is the cost of admission?

There is no admission fee; Festival is free to attend.

Can my children come?

Yes, they can.

Will there be a children’s room?

Yes. The children’s room is open to children who are potty trained and younger than 12 years old. The children’s room is located in the art wing and will close each night at 8pm.

Is there an ATM?

No. The nearest ATM is at the gas station near campus.

Is there a lost and found?

Yes, it is located at the box office in the Davis Concert Hall

Where is the Elder’s room?

In the Kayak Room in between the Great Hall Complex and the Library.

Where are the restrooms?

In between the Great Hall and the Library, and by the Salisbury Theater.

Do we have to pay for parking?

Parking is free after 5pm on weekdays and all day on the weekends.

Where are the dance groups from?

Dance groups are from throughout Alaska and Canada

Will I see Native people from Alaska?

Yes, from all over Alaska.

Do the workshops cost money?

No, they are free.

Is it okay to call everyone Eskimo?

No. You can watch this video explaining why you can’t.


Click here for a copy of this year’s booklet! We will be selling hard copies of these at Festival for $5/each.

Performance Schedule

Click here for our performance schedule! Friday we begin performances at 530pm, and Saturday at 3pm. This schedule is live and we’ll try to keep it updated as we move through the evening.

Artisan Lineup

Festival is a great time to browse and purchase handmade Alaska Native items and learn about services that cater to our community. Don’t miss one of the best opportunities in Alaska to get your hands on authentic beadwork, jewelry, carvings, clothing, fur and skin items, and much more!

Workshop Schedule

Festival of Native Arts Workshops are open and free to the public! Stop by and learn a new skill from our fantastic hosts!

NOTE: The Yup’ik Language workshop with Casey Jack on Friday from 11-1pm has been canceled.