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The Ultimate Guide to Summer Festivals in Anchorage, Alaska (2016)

When you visit our beautiful city of Anchorage make memories by attending one of our annual summer festivals.

Join the fun and festivities while the midnight sun hangs high in the sky.

Screen Shot 2014-06-17 at 10.26.55 PMSlam’n Salm’n Derby

The Slam’n Salm’n Derby is an annual fundraiser for the Downtown Soup Kitchen. It will take place across from the Ulu Factory.

Admission is FREE. So join in on the fun, grab a pole, and head to Ship Creek in downtown Anchorage to catch some king salmon!

When: June 10th, 2015 – June 19st, 2016
Where: 211 W Ship Creek Ave Anchorage, AK 99501 (across from the Ulu Factory)

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.31.35 PMAnchorage Mayor’s Marathon and Half-Marathon

Many Anchorage residents still this race by its old name — the Midnight Sun Marathon. The full-marathon takes you through various parts of East Anchorage foothills and bike trails, ending at the Park Strip downtown. This race is sanctioned by USA Track and Field and is recognized by the Boston Marathon as a qualifying event.

The half-marathon follows a good part of the Coastal Trail, ending also the Park Strip.

When: Saturday, June 18 2016; marathon 7:30am start
Where: full marathon start at Bartlett High School, half-marathon start at Delaney Park Strip

Anchorage Alaska Summer Solstice FestivalAnchorage Downtown 2016 Summer Solstice Festival

The Solstice Festival takes place on 4th Avenue between C – L Streets from 12 noon-6:00pm. It’s a total blast, and includes the Hero Games, Rage City Roller Girls, a petting zoo and giant sandbox for the kids, The Taste of Anchorage Food zone, pro skateboarders and Alaskan arts and crafts.

The Festival is a short drive from Creekwood Inn, and it’s perfect way to spend your day. Find out about the exciting events.

When: June 18th, 2016
Where: 4th Avenue between C – L Streets

Girdwood Forest Fair 201641st Annual Girdwood Forest Fair

Located at the base of Alyeska mountain 36 miles south of Anchorage, the Girdwood Forest Fair is a serious good time for families, couples and hard-core partiers alike.

Dance to live music near the beer garden and enjoy the food and crafts of local artisans set up along a winding path through a magical Alaskan forest. No admission fee.

When: July 1 – 3, 2016 (11am – 8pm on July 1 and 2; 11am – 6pm July 3; parade at 10am on July 2)
Where: Mile 2.2 on the Alyeska Highway in the community park area

4th of July Anchorage Alaska celebrationAnchorage July 4th Celebration Parade & Festival

Celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th in true Alaskan style in Downtown Anchorage at the Delaney Park Strip.

This old-fashioned, patriotic celebration is complete with family-oriented events such as the pancake breakfast at 8am, downtown parade, picnic and other activities.

When: July 4th, 2016, 8am pancake breakfast; parade 11am; rides, games vendors and food noon-6pm.
Where: Downtown Anchorage at Delany Park Strip

Bear Paw Festival 2016Bear Paw Festival

Travel 15 minutes North of Creekwood Inn to Eagle River, AK and take part in the 2016 Bear Paw Festival, sponsored by the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce.

This year’s theme as “Bear Paw in Paradise!” and events include Friday’s Teddy Bear Picnic, Human Foosball, 3 on 3 basketball tournament, the 5-K Bear Paw Classic, parade and Slippery Salmon Olympics on Saturday and the I Did a Duck Race on Sunday.

When: July 6th, 2016 – July 10th, 2016
Where: 12001 Business Blvd Suite 108 in Eagle River (Right across the hall from the Chugiak-Eagle River Library)

Alaska Aviation Festival and Vintage Flybys

Eat, drink and be merry at the Alaska Aviation Museum’s Aviation Festival picnic with food trucks, live music, family fun activities and vintage airplanes. The Alaska Aviation Museum will be flying their 1931 Fairchild Pilgrim along with a variety of other aircraft flying by low along Lake Hood, the busiest seaplane base in the world!

Beer & wine garden and much more! Fun for all ages!

When: July 17th 2016 from 10am – 4pm
Where: Alaska Aviation Museum: 4721 Aircraft Dr. Local: 907-248-5325

Ongoing Events

Screen Shot 2016-05-20 at 3.40.11 PMAnchorage Market and Festival

Alaska’s largest open-air market features fresh produce, Alaska souvenirs, crafts, food, live entertainment and other fun.

Enjoy more than 300 vendors across seven acres in downtown Anchorage.

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 6pm, runs May 21 – September 4, 2016
Where: 3rd & E St. Parking Lot

Anchorage Glacier Pilots Baseball

Just because it’s Alaska doesn’t mean we don’t have baseball! The “midnight sun league” of semi-pro players gather here each summer to square off against other rival teams around Alaska throughout the entire summer.

It’s been called the best college level baseball in the nation, with players from all 50 states. Play ball!

When: June and July
Where: Mulcahy Stadium

Anchorage Live After 5 Concert Series

Live After 5

Take in a show while in Anchorage! Venture to Downtown Anchorage at Town Square Park any Thursday night between 5:30-7:30pm and enjoy free music, great food and a beer and wine garden. There is something here for everyone.

When: Any Thursday from 5:30-7:30pm from June 2 – July 28
Where: Downtown Anchorage at Town Square Park

Scared Scriptless logoSecret Saturdays with Scared Scriptless Improv

Add a little theatre to your itinerary — the fun begins at the49th State Brewing Company in Downtown Anchorage.

This show is like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get! Long form Improv, Musical Improv, Blue show, Puppet show, or something else. The only things we can guarantee is it will be different than our other shows and it will be awesome fun!

When: Every Saturday (thru June, check calendar for July and August)
Where: 49th State Brewing Company: 717 West 3rd Ave in Downtown Anchorage