Frequently Asked Questions

Where is the Festival Located?

The Bear Paw Festival is a Community Festival and not designed like your typical fenced in Fair. We have events throughout the Eagle River area at various businesses and locations!  To find out specific locations of events and activities please reference the Festival's Daily Schedule. 

During the Festival, What roads will be closed and what are the dates and times?

Information coming soon...

Is there a Festival cover charge?

Attendance is always FREE at the Bear Paw Festival! Note - some events & registrations have entry fees. 

I am interested in having a vendor booth at the Festival, who do I contact?

The Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce contracts out with Anchorage Markets for our Bear Paw Festival Vendor Court. Go to or call 272-5634 for more information.

Where is the Lost & Found, Lost Child and First Aid Tent located?

More Information coming soon...

Where is the Bear Paw Headquarters located?

In the Transit Center Parking Lot in Town Square near Mainstage. If no one is at the booth and you have a question or concern please leave a message at 694-4702 or by email at [email protected]

I would like to volunteer at the festival, who do I contact?

Thanks for your interest! Our Non-Profit Organization cannot hold the Festival without our dedicated volunteers! Please contact Britney or Debbie at [email protected] to inquire about volunteer opportunities.  

Where do I park and is there a shuttle?

There will not be a shuttle for the 2021 Bear Paw Festival. Unfortunately, downtown Eagle River has limited parking for the Festival. We always encourage carpooling or parking away from festival and walking. Please do not park in private parking areas, coned off or restricted parking spots as you may be towed at your own expense. The Festival is spread out all over the town and our regular Businesses Members in the area still conduct business with their customers and clients during the 5-day Festival. In collaboration with our community businesses, the following parking lots are available for parking during the Festival: TBD

I am interested in being a sponsor, who do I contact?

Contact Debbie Rinckey, Executive Director of the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce - [email protected] or 694-4702

Can I bring my dog/pet to Bear Paw Festival?

Service Animals Allowed. All others are highly discouraged. The Festival is family-friendly but pets do best if left at home. Your pet may do fine until placed in a strange environment with other pets, people and unfamiliar noise. Over the years, we have had a number of inadvertent bites because animals are stressed. If you do bring your dog they MUST be on a leash. If the animal appears to be dangerous or disruptive Festival Staff will ask you to leave.

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