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Anchorage Festivals

January

Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival
At the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival in downtown Anchorage, you can drink premium beer all day and all night (one and the same during Alaska’s winter) long. Be sure to try barleywine. During the Great Alaska Beer and Barleywine Festival, thousands of beer lovers descend on the Egan Convention Center to try a spectacular range of brews.

Anchorage Folk Festival
This free annual festival fills Anchorage with the sounds of folksy music of all kinds, from bluegrass to jazz to Celtic. More than 120 local and international musicians, dancers and singers perform at various Anchorage venues.

June

Anchorage Festival of Music
A tribute to Alaskan musicians, the Anchorage Festival of Music makes the most of Alaska’s sunlit nights. Mostly focused on classical music, this festival takes place in various venues throughout Anchorage.

July

Bear Paw Festival
This annual volunteer-run festival in Alaska’s Chugiak-Eagle River community is packed with almost too many events to list: a 5K fun run, a Teddy Bear Picnic, a Renaissance fair, a car show, a pageant, a bicycle safety rodeo, a chili cook-off, a quilt show, a dog and owner look-a-like contest, carnival rides and games, and to top it all off, one of the biggest parades in Alaska.

September

Alyeska Blueberry & Mountain Arts Festival
Local artisans and musicians converge at Anchorage’s Alyeska Resort to pay tribute to that bluest of berries. Visitors enjoy food and wine, paragliding demonstrations and fun-to-watch contests. Don’t miss the Drunken Blueberry Contest!

October

Make it Alaska Festival
Get holiday shopping done early while at this 250-booth festival featuring uniquely Alaskan products. Held at Anchorage’s George M. Sullivan Arena, the festival also features Alaskan music performances, children’s attractions and contests.

December

Anchorage International Film Festival
Anchorage’s is the northernmost film festival in North America, and independent filmmakers from all over the world flock here hoping to gain recognition. Receptions, sneak reviews and screenings at the domed Alaska Experience Theater are all part of the Anchorage Film Festival allure.

--Anchorage festival reviews by Avital Binshtock


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