Dax Radtke, right, on Tuesday presents Gail Essex, left, with a $100 check for being one of the winners in the Homer Winter Carnival button contest. Essex bought one of two “opposites attract” winning buttons randomly dispersed among buttons offered for sale around town. Another button may still be out there to be claimed for a $100 prize of gift certificates. There also is a prize for the person who has the most winter carnival buttons and a button with a number written on the back.-Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News

Homer Winter Carnival Events Schedule

Homer Chamber of Commerce 58th Annual
HomerWinter Carnival – Thursday, Feb. 6 thru Sunday, Feb. 9

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, Feb. 6

Annual Upstairs-Boutique Balloon Party!

11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Every balloon wins. Sale 6th–8th.


High School Carnival Hoops Tourney 

Games begin 2:30 p.m., continue through Saturday

High School Region III Hockey 

Games begin 5 p.m., continue through Saturday, Kevin Bell Arena


Mr. Homer Pageant 

7–10 p.m., Mariner Theatre


Friday, Feb. 7

Pratt Play Date

10–11 a.m., Pratt Museum

Bring your toddler in for hands-on activities.


Annual Upstairs-Boutique Balloon Party!

11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Every balloon wins. Sale 6th–8th.


Opening Ceremonies

7–9 p.m., Mariner Park

Fireworks, a 100-person choir and more.


First Friday Art Gallery Walk

5–7 p.m.


Saturday, Feb. 8

Early Bird Pancake Feed

8–10 a.m., Methodist Church


Annual Upstairs-Boutique Balloon Party!

11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Every balloon wins. Sale 6th–8th. 


Homer Small Business & Artisan Show

10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Homer High School

Kids art projects, demonstrations, refreshments & door prizes. Paint away your winter blues.


Winter Carnival Parade

Noon–2 p.m., Pioneer Avenue

Call to register: 235-7740


Outhouse Races

1–3 p.m. (following the parade)


Annual Paul Banks Elementary School Winter Carnival

1–4 p.m., Paul Banks Elementary 

Carnival games, food and face painting.


Indoor Wiffle Ball Tournament

1 p.m. start
HERC Gym, Boys & Girls Club

To register, call Mike Illg at 299-6425 by Friday. This event is a fundraiser for the Children’s Tumor Foundation.


Pratt Museum Free Day

All day, Pratt Museum


Free Donuts and Social

1 p.m., Homer Senior Center 


32nd Annual Homer Brew Contest

2–6 p.m. Best Western Bidarka


Relay for Life Kick-Off

2–4 p.m., K-Bay Caffe

Register at relayforlifeofhomer.org.


Snomads 120cc Kids Event

3:30 p.m.
Homer High School parking lot


Cirque du Vin (Carnival Wine Dinner)

7 p.m., Chart Room Restaurant

Call Land’s End: 235-0406
Reservations required by Feb. 7th.


Community Dance

8 p.m., Homer Elks Club
This event is a Winter Carnival fundraiser.


Lunasa, Irish Acoustic Band

7 p.m.
Homer Council on the Arts 


Dessert Auction for Kachemak Bay Kids

8 p.m., Homer Elks Club


The Kings Ball

9 p.m., Down East Saloon

Mardi Gras costumes welcome. Music by North Country Cajun Club, from Juneau.


Sunday, Feb. 9

Kenai Peninsula Wedding and Special Event Expo 

11 a.m.–4 p.m.,
Land’s End Resort


Winter Carnival Awards Presentation Party

3:30 p.m., Down East Saloon


For updates and more information, find Homer Winter Carnival on Facebook.

Photo by Michael Armstrong, Homer News