Top Nine Anchorage Summer Events

Top Nine Anchorage Summer Events

The kids are out of school and Alaska’s summer is officially in full swing. We at Calling Alaska Home are keeping busy showing houses and enjoying this beautiful weather! Just relocating to Anchorage? Our neighborhood and regional attractions make sure we stay connected and entertained all summer long. Check out events at farmer’s markets and nearby trails and parks. This list of local events is sure to have a bit of fun for everyone.

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Anchorage Area

"Anchorage Welcomes You" sign sits atop a blooming flower bed

Downtown Anchorage

1. Music in the Park 

Grab your lunch and come hear Tyson Davis from Blackwater Railroad Company perform in Peratrovich Park. He will play new music and introduce touring acts from around the state and country. June 7th – August 9th.

2. Live After 5 

This free event takes place in Town Square Park. It includes a beer & wine garden, prizes and live music. Check it out Every Thursday from 5:30-7:30! Family friendly, bring the kids, too! June 8th – Aug. 10th

3. Farmers Market 

Come to 15th Avenue/Cordova Street Saturdays 9-2pm to check out the only non-profit, farmer directed market in Anchorage. May 6- mid October

Kempton Hills & Goldenview

4. Farmers Market 

The South Anchorage Farmers Market is one of the largest farmers markets in Alaska. Come meet your food growers, make new friends and enjoy live music. Great south side location with plenty of parking. Get your veggies and then grab a bite to eat at one of the many restaurants within walking distance to this market! July 5 – September 27

StuckAgain Heights

5. Alaska Botanical Garden

Right at the base of Stuckagain Heights, this beautiful garden boasts a 110 acre spruce and birch woodland with northern horticulture and native plants. Come in summertime to see all the flowering plants and shrubs. Trails are great for day hikes. You may even catch a view of some wildlife!

East Anchorage

6. Farmers Market 

Right at Begich Middle School. Come to the “the market by the mountains” close to the military bases. Saturdays from 9:30-2:30pm for your Alaska grown or caught, locally baked or cooked food and locally made arts and crafts. June 24 – September 23


7. Spenard Food Trucks 

These food trucks give our local restaurants a run for their money! Find them in Chilkoot Charlie's parking lot. Enjoy outside seating with entertainment every Thursday from 11-2pm. June 8-August 17th.

8. Spenard Farmers Market 

Saturdays from 9-2pm, right under the windmill. Come here to find locally grown plants, fresh Alaska grown and caught food, and handmade arts and crafts. May 13-September

Eagle River

9. Bear Paw Festival 

This huge five day event hosts a variety of attractions including a grand parade, the Slippery Salmon Olympics, a picnic, a car show, carnival rides, and the Ididaduck Rubber Ducky Race. The parade on Saturday is one of the best, local parades around! A lot of local pride goes into this parade! July 12th-16th

Four Bonus Getaways

Looking to break away from the city? Check out nearby hiking trails or get further out of town by heading north to Palmer, down to the ski resort area of Girdwood or down towards Ninilchik! Great summer events are happening in all these areas.

Matanuska Valley farm



Alaska State Fair 

You don't have to be from Palmer to love this fair. It features big name entertainers, carnival rides, agriculture, produce, food, flowers, friends and family. It was the first fair in the U.S. to go entirely smoke-free in 2016!  The land of the midnight sun produces some monster sized pumpkins and cabbages! Have your cameras ready. August 24-September 4


Girdwood Forest Fair 

Features Alaskan artists, hand crafted items, food & entertainers from all over the state. The fair kicks off with the Forest Fair Parade. To get there, take the shuttle from the Alyeska Resort. No admission fee charged but permits required for campers. July 7th – 9th

Blueberry Festival 

Enjoy free live music, berry picking, local arts and crafts, cooking demos and a pie eating contest! Join a 1K or 5K Fun Run. Learn safety tips in a bear awareness presentation and take a chairlift up to the berry stashes. No dogs allowed. August 19th - 20th



Less than a four hour drive from Anchorage, this festival boasts “Three days of fish, love and music” -worth the trek! August  4th - 6th

Something for Everyone

See something new every day! Get out there and enjoy these endless hours of daylight. Some of these events may even coincide with an open house in your favorite neighborhood. Be in touch with us to review new listings.