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Alaska State Fair

Alaska State Fair Nestled in the heart of the Chugach Mountains, in the fertile Matanuska-Susitna Valley the Fairgrounds are just an hour north of Anchorage. Each Fall, the Fair provides a setting for Alaska's last blast of summer, a showcase of Alaska's uniqueness and beauty.

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2015 Events

February 5 - 7 - Sitka Jazz Festival, Sitka - Concerts by student musicians and professional artists. Educational workshops hosted by guest artists and local musicians. 907-738-9160 (12551)

February 23 - March 29 - World Ice Art Championships, Fairbanks - With over 180 sculptures, the World Ice Art Championships are one of the premier events for lovers of ice sculpture. There also will be fun events such as Fred Meyer maze and Alyeska Puppy Pond which will celebrate the area's unique heritage. Additionally, there will be a kids' park that will be constructed entirely of ice to give children who come something fun to do. 907-388-6388 George Horner Ice Park (12243)

February 27 - March 8 - Fur Rondy Festival, Anchorage - Only in Anchorage, Alaska will you find the streets covered with snow for the World Championship Sled Dog Races, the Rondy Running of the Reindeer, and more awesome events! There also will be activities such as a display of vintage snow machines and an amateur photo contest. 907-274-1177 (12242)

March 7 - Running of the Reindeer, Anchorage - Alaska's version of the running of the bulls. Racers dash down the streets of Anchorage trying to outrun reindeer. 907-274-1177 (12553)

April 6-12 - Alaska Folk Festival, Juneau - The Alaska Folk Festival brings the entire town of Juneau together for performances ranging from school groups to professionals to at-home hobbyists. Many people come from miles away to see and participate in this festive week-long event. The Festival is held in mid-April, and admittance is free. 907-463-3316 (12244)

May 1-16 - Juneau Jazz and Classics Festival, Juneau - David Bromberg kicks off the Junueau Jazz and Classics Festival with his pleasing American Folk Music. Additional performers throughout the Festival will include The Attacca Quartet, featuring some of the most promising violinists in the United States, Nikki Hill, and Jazz musician Dominick Farinacci. Don't miss this great opportunity to listen to great music. 907-463-3378 Juneau Arts & Culture Center (12245)

May 21 - 25 - Kodiak Crab Festival, Kodiak - Join us over Memorial Day weekend for great food, games, activities, rides, and a parade. 907-486-5557 (12554)

July 3 - 5 - Girdwood Forest Fair, Girdwood - This fair features a parade, artists, hand-crafted items, food and entertainers from all over Alaska. Fun for the whole family. Free admission. Fairgrounds (12549)

July 12 - 26 - Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Fairbanks - Classes and workshops at various ability levels. Summer camp for adults. Participants can branch out and explore other arts. Concerts are given almost daily. 907-474-8869 (12548)

July 15 - 18 - World Eskimo-Indian Olympics, Fairbanks - These games display the preparedness one needed for survival. They require skill as well as strength, agility, and endurance. There are also native dance competitions and exhibitions. 452-6646 Carlson Center (12550)

July 30 - August 2 - Southeast Alaska State Fair, Haines - This year's Southeast Alaska State Fair follows the theme of Solar Flare. There will be games, live entertainment, and a number of other fun things to do at this year's Southeast Alaska State Fair. 907.766.2476 (12246)

August 7 - 9 - Sitka Seafood Festival, Sitka - A festival to celebrate wild Alaskan seafood. Celebrity chefs and local food vendors, entertainment and non-stop activities from fish head tossing to Alaskan-style Highland games. (12552)

August 15-16 - Big Wild Life Runs, Anchorage - The Big Wild Life Runs offer races for runners and walkers, serious and recreational runners, kids and adults, and short distances or a full marathon. This event is designed to provide something that is fun and healthy for people to do. Don't miss out on the opportunity to participate in this event either as a runner or as a spectator. (12247)

August 27 - September 7 - Alaska State Fair, Palmer - The Alaska State Fair showcases the beauty of Alaska. There are always flower gardens on display, as well as live entertainment, food, and agriculture exhibits. The Alaska State Fair celebrates all that is good about Alaska and Alaska's heritage in a wholesome manner. 907.745.4827 Palmer Fair Grounds 2075 Glenn Hwy (12241)