Feb
16
Sat
Iron Dog
Feb 16 – Feb 24 all-day

The Iron Dog is a two-person, two-machine snowmobile race covering a distance of over 2,000 miles, making it the World’s longest snowmobile race.  Participants cover some of Alaska’s the most remote and rugged terrain while confronting some the harshest winter conditions.

Feb
27
Wed
Iditarod
Feb 27 – Mar 3 all-day

Iditarod – The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race is an annual long-distance (approximately 1,049 miles) sled dog race run in early March from Anchorage to Nome, entirely within the US state of Alaska.  Mushers and a team of 16 dogs, of which at least 5 must be on the towline at the finish line, cover the distance in 8–15 days or more.  Known as ‘The Last Great Race’, the Iditarod began in 1973 as an event to test the best sled dog mushers and teams but evolved into today’s highly competitive race.  Anchorage to Nome, Alaska 2/27-3/5

Feb
28
Thu
Festival of Native Arts
Feb 28 – Mar 3 all-day

Festival of Native Arts – Since 1973, the Festival of Native Arts has provided cultural education and sharing through traditional Native dance, music, and arts. The Festival unites the major Native culture groups from across Alaska, as well as foreign groups of the continental United States and countries such as Japan, Russia, and Canada.  Fairbanks, Alaska 2/28-3/2

Mar
29
Fri
Tailgate Alaska
Mar 29 – Apr 7 all-day

Tailgate Alaska, now in its 9th year, is a big mountain, back country festival of world class snowboarders converging on Thompson Pass, Alaska…one of the world most sought after snowboarding arenas.

Apr
9
Tue
Arctic Man
Apr 9 – Apr 13 all-day

The Arctic Man is a race for teams of two skilled competitors that tests the strength of an athlete and the horsepower of a snowmobile.  The race is one of the World’s Toughest Downhill Ski races, and an exciting snowmobile race, all in one.  The skier begins at a summit elevation of 5,800 feet and drops 1700 feet in less than two miles to the bottom of a narrow canyon where he meets up with his snowmobiling partner.  The snowmobiler meets the skier, on the go, with a tow rope and pulls the skier 2 1/4 miles uphill at top speeds of up to 86 mph.  The skier and the snowmobile then seperate and the skier goes over the side of the second mountain and drops another 1200 feet to the finish line.

May
9
Thu
Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival
May 9 – May 10 all-day

Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival – On behalf of the Friends of Alaska National Wildlife Refuges, the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and the Festival Planning Committee, please join the annual Kachemak Bay Shorebird Festival.  Alaska’s largest wildlife viewing festival honors the return of spring and its breathtaking bird migration.  Homer’s seaside setting is perfect for spotting over 130 migratory bird species, as well as numerous other resident species.  The festivals distinguished guest speakers present a variety of workshops and lectures, including presentations on new books coming out, and daily photography workshops as well.  Homer, Alaska 5/9 and 10

May
23
Thu
Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon and Half Marathon
May 23 all-day

Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon and Half Marathon – Every year several thousand runners and walkers trek along the coastal trails of Anchorage along the Cook Inlet in June at the Mayor’s Midnight Sun Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K, which is timed to coincide with the summer solstice, when the longest day of the year brings a full day of sunlight over this subarctic region.  Framed by the spectacular mountains all around the city and the forested trails along the course, the race offers breathtaking views of the nearby Alaska wilderness as it takes runners through local landmarks like Earthquake Park, Point Woronzof and the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail.  Anchorage, Alaska 6/23

May
26
Sun
The Great Alaska Music Festival
May 26 – May 27 all-day

The Great Alaska Music Festival – The Great Alaska Music Festival music lineup features National and Alaskan bands performing from morning through night on both event days.  There will be plenty of booths with food, arts & crafts, special exhibits and more!  The Great Alaska Music Festival is the kick-off event to Alaska’s summer season and is held on the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer, Alaska; one of the state’s premier outdoor music venue.  It even has its own Alaska Railroad stop.  The Great Alaska Music Festival is being produced by veteran Alaska and music industry professionals who have been producing some of the biggest concerts and events in Alaska since the 1970’s…committed to making the annual Great Alaska Music Festival an important and integral part of the Alaskan music and cultural scene.  Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer, Alaska 5/26 and 27

Jun
2
Sun
Three Barons Renaissance Fair
Jun 2 all-day

Three Barons Renaissance Fair – Hillshire is named for Hillthelstan the Bold, a warrior of great virtue and repute, who saved the village from a monster (some say it was a giant bear, some a direwolf, some a mythical beast) that ravaged the area for years, raiding food stocks, carrying off animals and children and fouling the ground.  Legend has it that he fought the monster with three bold knights, finally dispatching it with his spear, before vanishing into the mists of legend.  The 3 Barons Renaissance Fair celebration honors the great combat where the Barons Red, Green, and Blue compete for the privilege of winning the relic associated with Hillthelstan; the Spear of Hillthelstan, and thusly ensuring a good harvest and prosperity.  Anchorage, Alaska 6/2 and 3, 6/9 and 10

Jun
3
Mon
Three Barons Renaissance Fair
Jun 3 all-day

Three Barons Renaissance Fair – Hillshire is named for Hillthelstan the Bold, a warrior of great virtue and repute, who saved the village from a monster (some say it was a giant bear, some a direwolf, some a mythical beast) that ravaged the area for years, raiding food stocks, carrying off animals and children and fouling the ground.  Legend has it that he fought the monster with three bold knights, finally dispatching it with his spear, before vanishing into the mists of legend.  The 3 Barons Renaissance Fair celebration honors the great combat where the Barons Red, Green, and Blue compete for the privilege of winning the relic associated with Hillthelstan; the Spear of Hillthelstan, and thusly ensuring a good harvest and prosperity.  Anchorage, Alaska 6/2 and 3, 6/9 and 10

Jun
8
Sat
The Slammin’ Salmon Fishing Derby
Jun 8 – Jun 16 all-day

Anchorage’s only king salmon fishing derby, the Slammin’ Salmon Fishing Derby is a competition to land the biggest king salmon in the heart of the city, providing a unique opportunity for visitors and locals to get in some “reel” action in the center of the state’s largest city.

Jun
9
Sun
Three Barons Renaissance Fair
Jun 9 all-day

Three Barons Renaissance Fair – Hillshire is named for Hillthelstan the Bold, a warrior of great virtue and repute, who saved the village from a monster (some say it was a giant bear, some a direwolf, some a mythical beast) that ravaged the area for years, raiding food stocks, carrying off animals and children and fouling the ground.  Legend has it that he fought the monster with three bold knights, finally dispatching it with his spear, before vanishing into the mists of legend.  The 3 Barons Renaissance Fair celebration honors the great combat where the Barons Red, Green, and Blue compete for the privilege of winning the relic associated with Hillthelstan; the Spear of Hillthelstan, and thusly ensuring a good harvest and prosperity.  Anchorage, Alaska 6/2 and 3, 6/9 and 10

Jun
10
Mon
Three Barons Renaissance Fair
Jun 10 all-day

Three Barons Renaissance Fair – Hillshire is named for Hillthelstan the Bold, a warrior of great virtue and repute, who saved the village from a monster (some say it was a giant bear, some a direwolf, some a mythical beast) that ravaged the area for years, raiding food stocks, carrying off animals and children and fouling the ground.  Legend has it that he fought the monster with three bold knights, finally dispatching it with his spear, before vanishing into the mists of legend.  The 3 Barons Renaissance Fair celebration honors the great combat where the Barons Red, Green, and Blue compete for the privilege of winning the relic associated with Hillthelstan; the Spear of Hillthelstan, and thusly ensuring a good harvest and prosperity.  Anchorage, Alaska 6/2 and 3, 6/9 and 10

Jun
20
Thu
Nome Bank Robbery
Jun 20 all-day

Nome Bank Robbery – Bank robbers with guns purposefully stride down Front Street each solstice with one goal: to rob the Wells Fargo Bank and get away with bags of loot.  The plot is somehow always foiled, but that doesn’t matter.  Those robbers keep trying!  And with spectators urging on the both good guys and bad guys, it’s always fun to see just how the Society for Historical Reenactment will play out the scene each year.  Actors dress their parts, donning whatever historical gear they own and puffing on cigars.  Cowboy hats, fringed coats, fancy dresses – even long-underwear is fair game.  “Wyatt Earp” usually saves the day, in a shootout reminiscent of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.  Kids especially appreciate it when the smoke clears and the loot bags – containing candy – are redistributed to the fair citizens of Nome.  The Nome Bank Robbery starts at high noon, just after the Midnight Sun parade.  Show up early to watch floats, fire trucks and decorated bicycles parade by, and then keep a look out for the bad guys.  Nome, Alaska 6/20

Jun
28
Fri
Mt. Marathon
Jun 28 – Jul 1 all-day

Dubbed as one of the most difficult foot races in the United States, and starting as a simple bar bet, the Mt. Marathon race in Seward, Alaska draws some of the best rugged-terrain runners from all over the world.  With the year 1915 as the first time running as an actual organized event, Mt. Marathon begins at sea level, climbs to 2974 feet (906 m), and then descends back to the town, all in 3.1 miles.   Average uphill speed is 2 mph, while average downhills speeds increase to 12 mph.  It is not uncommon for the racers who finish to cross the finish line injured or bleeding and covered in mud.

Jun
30
Sun
Scottish Highland Games
Jun 30 all-day

Scottish Highland Games – The Alaskan Scottish Club is a non-profit organization established to promote the Scottish culture, heritage and teachings to the people of Alaska, achieved through events, workshops, concerts and other social gatherings in Alaska throughout the year.  The Scottish Highland Games, held at the annual Alaska State Fair, hosts culturally competitive events such as dancing, piping and drumming, the tossing of the caber, weight for distance, weight for height, and the hammer and stone throw.  Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer, Alaska 6/30

Jul
6
Sat
Girdwood Forest Fair
Jul 6 – Jul 8 all-day

Girdwood Forest Fair – The Girdwood Forest Fair is a family fair that has become an annual event in the resort town of Girdwood, Alaska located 36 miles south of Anchorage.  The Forest Fair features Alaskan artists, hand-crafted items, exotic foods and entertainers from all over Alaska.  Fun for the whole family is kicked off by the Forest Fair Parade.  There is no admission fee, only good times!  Girdwood, Alaska 7/6, 7, and 8

Jul
11
Thu
Bear Paw Festival
Jul 11 – Jul 15 all-day

A family-friendly event, the Bear Paw Festival occurs in the quaint communities of Chugiak and Eagle River.  Events include a 5K foot race, motorcycle shows, talent competitions, bicycle safety courses, car shows, a dog/owner lookalike contest, delicious BBQ’s and other foods, and a host of fun children’s activities and events.

Jul
13
Sat
The Fireweed 400
Jul 13 – Jul 14 all-day

The Fireweed 400 is a single person, or 4-man relay, bicycle race across some of Alaska’s most scenic roadways.  An Alaskan experience with mountains, wilderness, wild animals, glaciers, and roaring rivers, the Fireweed 400 is a road race on a road with wide shoulders and low traffic volume, and offers distances of 50, 100, 200, and 400 miles in Road Ride, Time Trial, Solo, Tandem and Relay formats.

Jul
16
Tue
Fairbanks Golden Days
Jul 16 – Jul 21 all-day

Fairbanks Golden Days – For an authentic Alaskan celebration, head to Fairbanks in the third week of July.  That’s when residents cut loose in honor of their Gold Rush history, during a five-day festival they call Golden Days.  Bank managers dress up as sourdough miners, waitress don “fluzie” outfits, and most of the city turns out for races, parades, and great food.  It’s a great time to meet locals—who are in a festive, social mood—and to be swept up in a big Alaskan event.  The festival includes costume contests, Alaska’s largest parade, foot races, a BBQ cook-off, and a rededication of the Felix Pedro monument, which was a gift to Fairbanks from the Italian government.  Most of the events are downtown, just along the Chena River. For the week of the festival, events run pretty much non-stop throughout downtown, at the park, and in other spots.  Fairbanks, Alaska 7

Jul
27
Sat
Beer and Bacon Festival
Jul 27 all-day

Beer and Bacon Festival – Anchorage’s favorite festival is back with its two favorite things: Beer and Bacon!  More restaurant vendors and more beer than ever!  Some of the awesome things you can expect this year include (of course) a bacon eating contest – be crowned the bacon king or queen of Anchorage – live entertainment, and the judging of the best bacon dish.  Anchorage, Alaska 7/28