We think Seldovia is a very special place and we’re glad you’re going to be sharing it with us during the festival. In addition to our information on lodgings and transportation, you may find these things helpful to know in planning your visit.
Getting around in town
Seldovia’s small size is perfect for walking or biking around. There’s a bike rack in front of the festival venue and local merchants often have racks as well. Because locals are doing the same, we ask that drivers keep a sharp lookout for pedestrians and pets on and, yes, in the streets. We don’t rush, here, and we hope you won’t feel a need to either.
The festival venue building is fully accessible although it is located at the top of a small hill as approached from Main St. Other, older local buildings, including older business structures and some transportation modes, may present mobility challenges. The harbor ramp at low tide can be very demandingly steep. Local taxi services are detailed in the discussion of transportation options.
Just because the calendar says summer, don’t expect it to be hot in Seldovia at the solstice. Because we’re so close to the ocean, our weather is cooler and damper than Anchorage. Fleece and rain-resistant outer garments are typical Seldovia summer wear, although you’ll want a hat for when the sun shines. You may want to bring shoes suitable for damp conditions and our not-too-even dirt street surfaces, too.
The festival itself is indoors, where it can become quite warm.
The festival venue
Most of the festival is held at Susan B. English School. Smoking, alcoholic bevridges, and pets are not permitted inside the school building.
Food and drink are limited to the cafeteria only. That’s the rule for the kids and we won’t blow our credibility as adults by violating the restrictions we ask them to observe. That means that no food or drink may be brought into the actual performance space.
Admission to all festival events is by ticket. For multi-event passes, you must retain your ticket bracelet to show each time you enter the festival venue.
Seldovia has a leash law for pets in public.
Please do not tie your animals outside the venue during performances or workshops—the grounds are frequented by black bears and other wildlife, and we cannot assure the safety of your pets.
Seldovia has a number of restaurants as well as two grocery stores. Evening attendees may want to keep in mind that there are typically no restaurants serving meals after the performances are over and plan accordingly.
Seldovia has only limited cell service through ACS–accounts with other services may not function in Seldovia or may function only at a few specific locations (reportedly at the end of the ferry dock or out at the beach).
There is a public phone at the city office building on the ferry dock.
The Seldovia Public Library has free wifi from 8 am to 10 pm that can be used from the library front porch when the library isn’t open. Commercial computer services are available through the Central Suites of Seldovia Internet Cafe.
There is a message board near the festival gate for written messages. There is no phone service at the gate for taking messages.
Chief of Police: Andy Anderson (907) 234-7640
Fire Administrator and Emergency Medical Services Chief: Lisa O’Leary (907) 234-7812
Seldovia City Offices: (907) 234-7643
Seldovia does not have an emergency clinic or hospital, although medic and medivac services are available. There is no pharmacy in Seldovia; visitors are urged to provide for their medical needs before coming across the bay.