Salmonfest started as an event to raise awareness about the proposed Pebble Mine in the Bristol Bay region. The festival has evolved into one of Alaska's largest summer music events, with nearly 6,000 attendees over three days.

The 5th annual festival (formerly Salmonstock) was held in the Ninilchik fairgrounds, July 31 through Aug. 2, 2015. With more than 65 performers on four stages and headliners Emmylou Harris and and Rodney Crowell, the festival continues celebrate the most beloved of Alaskan fish, the salmon.

The change from Salmonstock to Salmonfest was made in part to reflect the change in sponsors — from the Renewable Resources Coalition and Foundation, which had trademarked the Salmonstock name, to the Homer-based Kachemak Bay Conservation Society.

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