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  • Area: 5,079 km² (1,961.1 sq mi)
  • Calling Code: +1907
  • Currency: United States Dollar ($)
  • Population (EST): 279,243
  • Official language: English
  • Time Zone: AKST (UTC-9)

Anchorage - Regular Events

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The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are active all year round but the best time of year to see them in Alaska is September. To experience the magic and wonder of this natural phenomenon take a tour from Anchorage, north to Talkeetna.

Alaskan Festival

A celebration of all things Alaskan, the Make it Alaskan Festival is held over three days and features over 200 stalls. With a huge variety of items for sale from gifts and trinkets to traditionally crafted pieces of art and food, you won’t come away empty handed.

The Holiday Food and Gift Festival

The Holiday Food and Gift Festival provides visitors with a chance to start their Christmas shopping early. Find the perfect gift, unique decorations and sumptuous Christmas foods during this two day event. Admission to the festival is free.

The Anchorage Folk Festival

The Anchorage Folk Festival is a not for profit event that supports folk art and music in Anchorage. Concerts, dance performances and workshops are all open to the public free of charge.

Fur Rondy Festival

An important part of the history of Anchorage is the annual Fur Rondy Festival. Since the 1930’s residents have competed in a variety of sporting events; originally skiing, basketball and boxing. Now internationally renowned the highlight of the festival is the World Championship Dog Sled Race.

The Iditarod Race

One of the longest races in the world, the Iditarod covers 1850 kilometres. Teams of dogs and their Mushers travel the distance from Anchorage to Nome through the Alaskan wilderness. Referred to as “the last great race on Earth” only a select few can take part.

Outdoor activities

With spring fast approaching and the winter snow melting away, April is a great time of year to get outdoors and explore some of the fantastic walking trails around the city and its many parks. There are 250 miles of trails over 10,946 acres of municipal parkland to either walk, jog or cycle round.

Creek Cleanup and Celebration

Helping wildlife, the environment and providing a good day out is the Anchorage Waterways Council annual Creek Cleanup and Celebration. On this day every May thousands of volunteers clean the winter debris out of the streams and creeks around the city. They are rewarded with a party at the end of the day.

Highland Games

The Scottish Club of Anchorage holds their annual Highland Games in June, featuring a tug of war, field events and other traditionally Scottish activities. There are plenty of activities for children, good food and dancing to bagpipe bands in this patriotic day.

Eagle River-Chugiak Bear Paw Festival

A great day out for the family is the Eagle River-Chugiak Bear Paw Festival, celebrating the city’s furry neighbors; events include a teddy bear picnic, Slippery Salmon Olympics and a Miss Bear Pageant. The highlight of the festival is the huge Grand Parade.

Blueberry Festival

The Alyeska Resort in Girdwood hosts the annual Blueberry Festival every August. A celebration of the locally grown berry, visitors to the festival can try all manner of blueberry foods whilst wandering around the many craft stalls. Musical entertainment is also provided.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights are active all year round but the best time of year to see them in Alaska is September. To experience the magic and wonder of this natural phenomenon take a tour from Anchorage, north to Talkeetna.

Alaskan Festival

A celebration of all things Alaskan, the Make it Alaskan Festival is held over three days and features over 200 stalls. With a huge variety of items for sale from gifts and trinkets to traditionally crafted pieces of art and food, you won’t come away empty handed.

The Holiday Food and Gift Festival

The Holiday Food and Gift Festival provides visitors with a chance to start their Christmas shopping early. Find the perfect gift, unique decorations and sumptuous Christmas foods during this two day event. Admission to the festival is free.

Alaska International Film Festival

Aimed at recognising the best in Alaskan and international talent, the Alaska International Film Festival is a key date in the film industry’s calendar. The film festival looks to award top prizes to those films that demonstrate the highest levels of craftsmanship and quality.

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