Celebrate the Klamath River and the return of fresh Klamath River salmon — cooked the traditional way over an open fire — at the 56th annual Klamath Salmon Festival, Saturday Aug. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Yurok Tribe Headquarters (free admission).
It's been two years since the Yurok Tribe was able to offer salmon at the festival due to record low runs in 2016 and 2017. This year's salmon lunch, which includes a salmon steak, three homemade side dishes and water, will be served at 11 a.m. ($12 adults, $10 seniors and children under 10). Festivities start early at 7:30 a.m. with a veteran's breakfast (free for all current and past service members) followed by the Ney-Puey Color Run at the Yurok Justice Center at 10 a.m. and the parade down Klamath Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. Bring your family and chums to check out the many cultural demonstrations, classic car show, Indian card game tournament, kids activities, softball tournament and around 100 vendors selling gifts, artwork and treats all day. At 11 a.m., Yurok youth share songs and stories in the Yurok language on the main stage. At noon, the Stick Game Tournament and the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament begin, as well as the first set from local rockers Blue Rhythm Revue. New this year, expert traditional basket weavers representing several local tribes will showcase ceremonial regalia, basketry and other cultural objects. Additional festival events include artist and author Lyn Risling reading from her children's book Coyote at the Big Time at the Klamath River Book Nook, Friday, Aug. 17 at 5:30 p.m. and a hydroplane race on the lower Klamath River on Sunday, Aug. 19 at noon.