Alaskans like to max out every moment of summer. That means that from May through early September there are a lot of festivals, markets, concerts, and special events to fill the hours when you're not adventuring. Here are some of our team's favorites.

Midnight Sun Festival & Baseball Game

June 21 | Fairbanks

  • A Fairbanks tradition for more than 100 years, every year on the night of the summer solstice the local Alaska Goldpanners play a game under the midnight sun. First pitch at 10 PM. No lights needed. The city also hosts the Midnight Sun Festival in downtown Fairbanks on June 22 from noon to midnight.

Anchorage Downtown Summer Solstice Festival

June 22 | Multiple Downtown Locations

  • Throughout downtown the city hosts dance performances, food trucks, artists, live music, and lawn games. This is also the day of the Anchorage Mayor's Marathon, a qualifier for the Boston!

Seward July 4th Festival

July 3-4 | Multiple Locations/Times in Seward

  • The infamous Mount Marathon Race takes place on the 4th, and leading up to the big event Seward puts on a few days of festivities. Fireworks on the waterfront is especially fun. It starts at 12:01 AM on the 4th, when it's just dark enough to see the display!

Girdwood Forest Fair

July 5-7, 11 AM - 8 PM Friday and Saturday, 11 AM - 6 PM Sunday

  • Family friendly music and arts fest with three stages plus lots of arts and crafts vendors, local food, and a beer garden. Parking is always a challenge, so if you're in Anchorage take advantage of the $5 Forest Fair bus.

Alaska Yoga Fest

July 13 | Griffin Park, Fairbanks

Gold Rush Days

July 31 - August 4 | Valdez

  • A celebration of this unique little town's past, present, and future. There's a parade, costumes, a Wet Yer Whistle Walk, food and art market, and community-favorite "Jail & Bail" fundraiser.

Alaska State Fair

August 16 - September 2 | State Fairgrounds in Palmer

Fungus Fair

August 31 - September 1 | Girdwood

  • Who knew fungus could be so .... fun.

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