Fall Festivals in Anchorage, Fairbanks This October
A new season is here in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer and along with it comes new festivals for residents and tourists alike to enjoy. Fall is a great time to get out and explore everything Alaska has to offer, including the beautiful landscape and changing colors. No matter where you live—from North Pole to Chugach to Wasilla— there are plenty of events to enjoy!
Here are three events you can plan to attend this October:
Make It Alaskan Festival
October 3-5, 2014
Friday: Noon to 8 PM; Saturday: 10 AM to 7 PM; Sunday: 11 AM to 6 PM
The Make It Alaskan Festival returns again this year, just minutes from downtown Anchorage. The oldest and largest event of its kind in Alaska, the festival has grown to become the Number 1 place to find unique, local Alaskan-made products. The festival first began in 1989, then called "Display Alaska," and is now a popular event to start the holiday shopping season! On October 3, thousands of visitors will gather to shop and explore more than 200 booths of high-quality Alaskan-made products in a variety of price ranges.
17th Annual Farthest North Forest Sports Festival
October 4, 2014; 10 AM
Fairbanks Experiment Farm, UAF Campus
Ballaine Lake; 1 PM
If you love the outdoor Alaskan lifestyle, this event is for you! The 17th Annual Farthest North Forest Sports Festival held at the University of Alaska Fairbanks will attract woodsmen from all over on Saturday, October 4. The event will include log rolling, bow saw and crosscut sawing, fire building, ax throwing and more outdoors-centered activities. The Sports Festival is free for observers and welcomes all to participate as either an individual or a team of four to six. After the games, awards will be granted to single participants, teams, as well as the "Bull of the Woods" and "Belle of the Woods."
World Music Celebration
October 11, 2014; 10 AM to 5 PM
Alaska Native Heritage Center
Just as fall is a great season to get out and explore the communities of Alaska, it's also a great time to learn more about our state's many cultures. The World Music Celebration will bring together music from every corner of the globe and present it in a fun-filled, all-day festival. Past musical performances have included musicians from the Native American, Pacific Islander, Greek, Middle Eastern, Latin American, Maori, Celtic, African, Greenlandic, Danish and American cultures.
These events are only a sampling of what is planned for this fall in Fairbanks, Anchorage, Eagle River, Palmer, Wasilla and North Pole. No matter what time of year it is, Alaska's beauty shines through— it's also a major reason why so many choose to call this area of the country their home.