Sled Dog Races
Each weekend races are conducted by the Alaskan Sled Dog & Racing Association. January through February. Tozier Memorial Track. (907) 562-2235
Anchorage Folk Festival
Locals and celebrity artists entertain. University of Alaska Anchorage.
Great Alaska Beer & Barley Wine Festival
Annual Symphony of Seafood
Showcases new products made from wild Alaska salmon and white fish.
Anchorage Fur Rendezvous
One of the largest winter carnivals in North America - a 10-day celebration that includes the World Championship Dog Sled Race, fireworks, outdoor games and more.
Tour of Anchorage Cross-Country Ski Race
A premier marathon that is part of the American Ski Marathon Series.
Iditarod Sled Dog Race
More than 1,000 dogs line up to start the world's best known dog race. Mushers trek by dog sled following old gold rush trails in what is called the "The Last Great Race on Earth" from Anchorage to Nome. The 1,049 miles to Nome begins in downtown Anchorage on 4th Avenue.
Native Youth Olympics
More than 100 young people from across the state come together in Anchorage to demonstrate their favorite Native Games, keeping alivethe many traditional contests of their forefathers.
Alyeska Resort Spring Carnival
2002 marks the 25th year for this Carnival which welcomes spring with great skiing, events such as the Slush Cup, prizes & activities, a beach party, food, drinks and fun. Girdwood.
Open Air Markets
Held Tuesdays in Eagle River, Wednesdays at Northway Mall, and Saturdays in downtown Anchorage. Displayed are a huge variety of goods including Alaska grown produce, fresh seafood from Alaska’s waters, spectacular and unique works of art, Alaska made crafts and gifts. Wednesday & Saturday Market: (907) 272-5634. Tuesday Market: (907)694-4702.May-September.
Music in the Park
Summer Concert Series held Wednesdays and Fridays from 12-1 p.m., 4th Ave & E Street Park (907)279-5650
Irish Music and Cultural Festival
A Celtic celebration of food, music and dance.
Anchorage's two semi-pro teams play under the midnight sun at Mulcahy Stadium, June through August. Anchorage Bucs (907) 561-2827; Anchorage Glacier Pilots (907) 274-3627.
Three Barons Renaissance Fair
Village peasants, merchants and nobles wear the dress of the period, speak "olde" English and entertain as they did for royalty.
Blues on the Green
An all day outdoor blues celebration with live entertainment from national and local blues bands. Delicious foods, unique merchandise, and cultural/community booths
Ship Creek King Salmon Derby
Downtown annual event. Ship Creek.
The third Saturday of every June is now recognized as a state holiday. "JUNETEENTH DAY" is the celebration of freedom and diversity. Everyone is welcome to participate & enjoy food, fun, and entertainment.
Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon
Celebrate the summer solstice with a marathon that attracts runners from around the world.
AWAIC Summer Solstice Festival
Outdoors festival packed with food, Alaska-made items and free entertainment to benefit the Abused Women's Aid in Crisis shelter. Town Square.
Mount Marathon Race
This annual race starts in downtown Seward, runs up a mountain and returns to downtown. July 4th annually. (907) 224-8051
Bear Paw Festival
Annual celebration featuring the Teddy Bear Picnic & Family Fun Day, Classic Car Show, Miss Bear Paw Pageant, 5K fun run, Slippery Salmon Olympics, Quilt Show & Auction.
Girdwood Forest Faire
Arts and crafts, music and food all weave through a forest. There are games and fun for all ages, as well as the Midnight Sun Paragliding Fly-In and 5K Fun Run. Girdwood.
Talkeetna Bluegrass Festival
A four day camp-out music festival, under the never-dark summer skies of Alaska. Bands play 20 out of 24 hours! Talkeetna.
Alaska State Fair
The state's largest fair with craft booths, live entertainment and farm exhibits, including 90 pound cabbages and other giant vegetables. Palmer Fairgrounds (907) 754-4827
Alyeska Blueberry & Mountain Arts Festival Weekend of great food and wine, creative arts and crafts, and rousing folk music. (907) 754-1111
Alaska Airlines annual "Autumn Classics" Bringing together an international cast of musicians to perform a great variety of music. (907) 747-6774
Native dance celebration held in conjunction with the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention. (907) 274-3611
Johnson/Nissan Hockey Classic See four top-ranked college teams compete in this fast-paced hockey tournament. (907) 786-1230
The Dickens Holiday Food and Gift Festival Old fashioned holiday bazaar.
Annual Crafts Emporium at the Egan Center Holiday crafts fair with fun and holiday opportunities for the whole family.
CARRS/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout
Top-ranked men's basketball teams compete in this nationally-recognized college tournament.
Ballet West's "The Nutcracker Ballet" The magic of the Nutcracker returns annually. Music by the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra. (800) 478-7328
Annual Crafts Weekend At the Museum A big winter crafts event-just in time for Holiday Shopping! There are many artists, authors, and craftspeople who will display and sell their work. Includes holiday music and the opening of the Annual Dolls & Toys Exhibition.
Swedish Christmas Celebration
Enjoy traditional Swedish decorations and customs at the Oscar Anderson House Museum. (907) 274-2336
Anchorage International Film Festival
The highly successful annual Anchorage International Film Festival is held during winter solstice, the darkest and coldest part of the year. Local movie buffs have a chance to catch some of the hottest offerings in independent films and to meet film makers and shakers from around the globe. The main venue, Bear Tooth Theater Pub, is popular with locals and visitors alike.
Enchanted World Robotic performers in authentic costumes depict customs from around the world. (907) 276-2087
New Years Eve
“Just Desserts” Cross-country run on lighted trails. Entry fee: Your favorite dessert! (907) 343-4474
Annual Gala & Dinner Party Alyeska Resort with Torchlight Parade & Fireworks Display.
Annual New Years Eve Ball with the Anchorage Opera at the Hotel Captain Cook
Arts and Entertainment
Alaska Center for the Performing Arts
One of only 22 multi-theatre performing arts centers in the country.
Three theaters seating 2,000, 700 and 340 people.
Lobby carpeting & seat upholstery designed by Alaskan artists 23 Native masks on display
Hosts everything from Broadway shows and performing artists of world renown to local professional productions
Tours available in summer; call 263-2900.
4th Avenue Theatre
630 W. 4th Ave.
This Art Deco-style landmark first opened in 1947, survived the 1964 earthquake, and was completely refurbished in 1992. Contains shops and the original floor-to-ceiling bronze murals.
George M. Sullivan Arena
Recorded event & ticket information, (907) 566-1596
8,000-seat facility Olympic-sized ice rink with insulated floor covering
Hosts large-scale sporting events, concerts and trade shows.
Home rink of the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolf and semi-pro Anchorage Aces hockey teams.
William A. Egan Center
For more information, call 263-2800.
Alaska's largest meeting and convention center.
Named for the state of Alaska's first governor
Completed in 1984.
UAA's Wendy Williamson Auditorium
3211 Providence Dr. (907) 274-5522.
Nearby Alaska Pacific University hosts productions, as well, in its Grant Hall.
University of Alaska Anchorage plays host to many musicians, theatrical productions, and events in its Wendy Williamson Auditorium, built in 1975.
Anchorage Concert Association
430 W. 7th Ave, Suite 200;
Anchorage, AK 99501
The Anchorage Concert Association (ACA) is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing the world's best performing artists to Alaska .