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Events In and Around Anchorage Alaska

Whether it's the height of the summer tourism season or the middle of winter, there's always something going on around Anchorage. Here are a few featured annual events and activities.

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Anchorage Folk Festival Featured Event

Date: Jan 15, 2009 - Jan 25, 2010
Time: Various times
Location: Various venues
Details: www.anchoragefolkfestival.org

Singers, dancers, storytellers, and groups perform traditional and original material in styles ranging from folk to Celtic, bluegrass, jazz, klezmer and more. Guest artists bring outstanding performances, workshops, and dances. Free/open to the public.

 

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Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival

Date: Jan 15, 2009 - Jan 16, 2010
Time: 5 - 10 p.m. Friday and 6 - 10 p.m. Saturday
Location: Egan Center
Details: www.auroraproductions.net/beer-barley.html

Celebrate the malt-based, fermented beverage that’s shaped our culture for over 20,000 years. Even the formidable Fermento will be enriched by the vast and varied brewer’s bounty showcased at this annual event.

Presented by Aurora Productions, admission price includes 6 oz. Commemorative glass, 30 samples, ID band, and official program. Special connoisseur session, 2 - 5 p.m., Saturday, benefits Brewers Guild of Alaska

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Alyeska WinterFest

Date: Feb 5, 2009 - Feb 7, 2010
Time: Various times
Location: Alyeska Resort
Details: www.alyeskaresort.com/page.asp?intNodeID=12329

Alaska-style winter activities range from powder-perfecting clinics (ages 5-13), guided backcountry snowshoe and Nordic tours, Terrain Park Orientation, equipment demos, youth races, the Blueberry Hill Terrain Park Freestyle Competition, live music and family activities. Get 2-for-1 Lift Tickets on Thursday Night. Complete schedule posted online.

 

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Duct Tape Ball - Dance of the Duckade Featured Event

Date: Feb 5, 2010
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Anchorage Marriott Hotel
Details: www.anchorage.net/2422.cfm

The tackiest of balls! Every color and design of duct tape imaginable is used for duct tape couture, room décor and art in celebration of duct tape and to benefit local charities.

It's a sticky event for a good cause. Celebrate Alaska's 50th anniversary, feast on a spectacular dinner and vie for fabulous prizes at this annual fundraiser. 100% of proceeds go directly to selected charities.

 

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Anchorage Fur Rendezvous

Date: Feb 26, 2010 - Mar 7, 2010
Time: Various
Location: Throughout Anchorage
Details: www.furrondy.net

A time-aged tradition that dates back to the early 1900s when trappers and miners emerged from the Alaska wilderness to trade, socialize and compete in survival-type games. The Dog Weight Pull, World Championship Sled Dog Races and Snowshoe Softball provide flavor of the frontier era. Photo courtesy of Greater Anchorage, Inc.

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Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race Ceremonial Start

Date: March 6, 2010
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Fourth Ave. and D Street
Details: www.iditarod.com

The "Last Great Race on Earth." Mushers and 1,000 dogs dash towards the Bering Sea coast through rugged remote mountain ranges and snow-capped forests. It’s 1,100 miles of pure adrenaline, and it all begins in downtown Anchorage the first Saturday in March.

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Tour of Anchorage

Date: Mar 7, 2010
Time: 9:30 - 10:10 a.m.
Location: Course follows groomed trails to Kincaid Park
Details: http://www.tourofanchorage.com

Rush hour takes on a whole new meaning during the Tour of Anchorage – a point-to-point amateur ski marathon sanctioned under the America Ski Marathon Series. Glide into a pair of skis, grab some poles and push off – this cross-country race is for all abilities: 25K classical race; and 25K, 40K and 50K freestyle races.

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Great Alaska Sportsman Show

Date: Apr 8, 2010 - Apr 11, 2010
Time: Thursday, 4 - 9 p.m.
Friday, 12 p. m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Sullivan Arena and Ben Boeke
Details: www.greatalaskasportsmanshow.com

Alaska's largest annual sports and outdoor show offers everything for the sports and outdoor enthusiast with demonstrations, clinics, the kids fishing pond, laser rifle range, mobile aquatic classroom and more. Don't miss this premier hunting, fishing, camping and outdoor sports show.

 

Native Youth Olympics

Date: Feb 19 - 21, 2010
Time: TBA
Location: TBA
Details: www.citci.com

Youth from across Alaska assemble in Anchorage to demonstrate their skills in traditional Native games that are based on life skills of past generations. The games test hunting and survival skills, and increase strength, endurance, agility and the balance of mind and body. Organized in 1972, the Native Youth Olympics provide insight into Alaska's rich cultural heritage, while promoting a healthy lifestyle. Events at are based on games and life skills of past generations of Alaska Natives played as a way to test their hunting and survival skills, and to increase strength, endurance, agility, and the balance of mind and body.

Salmon Run

Date: TBA, 2010
Time: Meet 9:30 a.m.; race 10 a.m.
Location: Inlet View Elementary School
Details: www.anchoragesouthrotary.org

This family fun 2K, 5K, 10K run is a fund raiser for Anchorage South Rotary's charitable giving and scholarship committees. Course follows the Coastal Trail. Meet 9:30 a.m., race 10 a.m. Entry fee $15.

 

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Eagle River Triathlon

Date: May 7, 2010
Time: Adults check in at 8 a.m.; youth check in at 12:30 p.m.
Location: Northland Pines High School
Details: www.eagleriver.org

The adult race consists of 500-yard swim in Chugiak pool, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5-mile run. The youth race begins when the last adult has exited the pool, and is not timed. This is a great event for first-time participants in two age categories – ages six to nine and ages 10 to 12. The 10 to 12 year olds will swim 100 yards, bike four miles and run one mile. Ages six to nine will swim 50 yards, bike four miles and run .5 miles. Kids may accept assistance from parents and other helpers to ensure they have a good time.

 

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Alaska Oceans Festival

Date: TBA, 2010
Time: TBA
Location: West Delaney Park Strip
Details: www.alaskaoceansfestival.org

Musicians, speakers, artists, fishermen, ocean recreationists and ocean conservation groups converge in beautiful downtown Anchorage to spend a day celebrating Alaska connections to the ocean. Films, food vendors, the Moose's Tooth beer garden, Seafood Olympics, a 5K Run for the Waves foot race, and the “Bucking Salmon” are just a few of the attractions that make this one of Anchorage’s favorite summer events.

 

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Alaska Run for Women

Date: Jun 12, 2010
Time: Meet 8 a.m., race 9 a.m.
Location: 16th Avenue, near the Sullivan Arena
Details: www.akrfw.org

Alaska women pound the pavement in great force to raise funds for breast cancer research and awareness. Not just a race, this event unites serious runners and casual walkers in a spirit, which inspires and motivates women, both young and old, to do something healthy for themselves.

 

Mount Marathon

Date: TBA, 2010
Time: 9 a.m.
Location: Seward, Alaska
Details: www.seward.com

A well-known mountain running event held annually in the seaside village of Seward since 1915, said to originate from a bet among friends that Mt. Marathon could not be tackled in less than an hour.

 

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Anchorage July 4th Celebration and Downtown Parade

Date: Jul 4, 2010
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Delaney Park Strip

Celebrate America’s birthday on July 4th in true Alaska style. Daylong activities feature a combination of patriotic celebrations, cultural showcases, a parade, picnic and family activities. *This year, Alaska celebrates its 50th anniversary!

 

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Alaska 10K Classic and Youth Relay

Date: TBA, 2010
Time: Meet 9:30 a.m., race 10:00 a.m.
Location: Alaska Pacific University Moseley Sports Center
Details: www.10kclassic.com

A two-person youth relay (5K each) coincides with the 10K Classic Road Race – a benefit for Special Olympics.

 

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Alaska State Fair

Date: TBA, 2010
Time: 12-10 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. weekends and Labor Day
Location: Palmer, Alaska
Details: www.alaskastatefair.org

Monster veggies, music and crafts along with agricultural contests, the Alaska State Rodeo, big name performers and more!

The Alaska State Fair is the gathering place for Alaskans to showcase the best of our great state. This year, Alaska celebrates its 50th anniversary!

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Huffman Community Family Fun Run

Date: TBA, 2010
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Location: Huffman Elementary School
Details: www.healthyfuturesak.org

A fun 3K run/walk on rolling terrain. Entry fee $5 or $15 per family.

 

 

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Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout

Date: Nov 25, 2009
Time: Various times
Location: Sullivan Arena
Details: www.goseawolves.com

Eight men’s and four women’s collegiate teams battle it out in Anchorage during the longest-running early-season basketball tournament.

 

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Crafts Weekend and ReadAlaska Book Fair

Date: Nov 27, 2009 - Nov 29, 2009
Time: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12 - 5 p.m. Sunday
Location: Anchorage Museum
Details: www.anchoragemuseum.org

Crafts Weekend at the Museum celebrates its 20th anniversary this Thanksgiving weekend. The only juried holiday crafts show in Anchorage, Crafts Weekend features the best work of Alaska. Browse through the work of nearly 50 artists—handmade jewelry and wearable art, pottery, ornaments, glass and metal work and more.

Crafts Weekend runs in conjunction with the 15th Annual ReadAlaska Book Fair, which features Alaska publishers, authors and illustrators selling their work on the second floor.

The weekend’s festive atmosphere includes live music by local musicians, door prizes from the museum shop and specialty food tables.

 

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Winter Wonderland & Merry Merchants Munch

Date: Dec 4, 2009 - Dec 5, 2009
Time: TBA
Location: Downtown Eagle River
Details: www.cer.org

An old-fashioned holiday fair complete with free sleigh rides, roving carolers, Santa and his reindeer. Businesses open their doors offering their best holiday munchies to sample. The pride and joy of the "Munch" is the Gingerbread House Competition.

 

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