Anchorage Festivals & Shows
Anchorage has a spirit and resilience that is nearly palpable. Perhaps the reason for such determination has to do with the region's extreme temperatures that require residents to stay positive and focused even in the darkest of winter months. That spirit is celebrated throughout the year in Anchorage, as the city has quite a busy schedule of festivals and annual events that celebrate various facets of life in this very unique part of the world.
The Anchorage Folk Festival
is held every January and is an impressive showcase for local, regional and national talent. Folk songs often tell the tale of the triumph of the human spirit, and nearly everyone in Anchorage and the surrounding areas can relate to overcoming challenges to find a better way of life. In addition to performances on the main stage, there are also interesting workshops, dances and late night jams on the schedule of events.
Address: Main Venue - Wendy Williamson Auditorium University of Alaska Campus, Anchorage, AK 99508 - MAP
The Alaska State Fair
gathers many of the state's residents from all over and brings them together for a festival that is not only filled with music and food, but it recognizes all of the cultural and social differences that go to make Alaska the truly remarkable state that it is. Alaskans come to showcase their monster veggies, crafts, culinary creations and lots more. Also, there are agricultural contests, farm exhibits, the Alaska State Rodeo as well as nationally recognized performers.
Address: 2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer, AK 99645 - MAP
Phone: (907) 745-4827
What's a visit to Anchorage without uttering the word "mush"? Well, shouting the word is more like it at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
held every March. World-class sled racers and their dog teams mush toward the Bering Sea coast through the area's rugged terrain in what has been termed the "Last Great Race on Earth." The route is a staggering 1,150 miles and it all begins in downtown Anchorage the first Saturday in March with a grand ceremony to begin the race.
Address: Race Begins Downtwon Anchorage - MAP
Phone: (907) 248-MUSH (6874)
One of the state's most popular events is the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival
, held every January. This year, the festival marks its 15 year anniversary, and it brings together not only the people who enjoy imbibing but also the people who create the beers, wines, and other assorted beverages. Demonstrations, lectures, exhibits, and of course, samples all make this event an extremely popular tradition.
Address: William A. Egan Center, 555 W Fifth Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501 - MAP
Phone: (907) 263-2800
The Fur Rendezvous Festival
held in late February or early March dates back to the early 1900s when trappers and miners came back from the wilderness to trade, socialize and compete in survival-type games. The event has been updated somewhat, and now those games consist of a weight pull, sled dog races, snowshoe softball games, ice sculpture competitions and lots more. There's also the popular Miners and Trappers costume ball, so make plans to be a part of this fun, week-long event.
Address: Downtown Anchorage - MAP
Phone: (907) 274-1177