Sitka WhaleFest is a program of the Sitka Sound Science Center. The event hosts a unique 3-day science symposium blending local knowledge and scientific inquiry concerning the rich marine environment of the North Pacific. The festival includes many community and cultural activities such as the science symposium lectures, interactive student sessions, marine wildlife cruises with scientists, a marine themed artisan market, music, local foods, a banquet, art and a fun run/walk.