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
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
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