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.

Anchorage Summer Solstice Festival

  • June 18, 12-5 PM | 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!

Midnight Sun Baseball Game

  • June 21, 10 PM | 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. No lights needed. The city also hosts the Midnight Sun Festival in downtown Fairbanks on June 18 from noon to midnight.

Girdwood Forest Fair

  • July 1-3, 11 AM - 8 PM Friday and Saturday, 11 AM - 6 PM Sunday
  • Family friendly music fest with three stages plus lots of arts and crafts vendors, local food, and a beer garden.

Seward July 4th Festival

  • July 1-4 | 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!

Alyeska Resort Blueberry Festival

  • August 18-19 | Alyeska Resort in Girdwood
  • Go berry picking on the slopes of Alyeska Resort and enjoy all things blueberry, from art to cocktails to sweet and savory treats.

Alaska State Fair

  • August 19 - September 5 | State Fairgrounds in Palmer
  • All your favorite fair staples with an Alaskan twist. The "largest veggie" competition is always a hit, showing off what can be grown during the long, long days of summer.

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Posted on June 09, 2022 in: Best Things to Do, Local Advice