Hot picks: Anchorage Folk Festival, Beer and Barley Wine, Sicarius

Folk week

The 24th annual Anchorage Folk Festival kicked off Thursday, and the next 10 days are full of workshops, jam sessions and performances by more than 150 musical acts all across town. The main venue is Wendy Williamson Auditorium, where Blue Moose and the Unbuttoned Zippers headline this weekend (6:45 p.m. Friday, noon-6 p.m. and 7-10:15 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. and 6:30-10:30 p.m. Sunday). Next weekend features headliners Calahen Morrison and Eli West, while workshops throughout the week include basic banjo, music theory, swing dancing, microphone setup and much more. Most events are free. Visit for the full schedule.

On the move

After three years on the local scene, metal-core band Sicarius is making the move to Portland, Ore. But before that, the group is throwing itself a going-way party with City in Ashes and Bolt Action Beaver. Catch them 8 p.m. Saturday at Koot's, $5 (21 and older). Visit for info.

Brew bonanza

The culmination of Beer Week is upon us: The Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival at Egan Center. More than 80 breweries from around the world are represented, including many microbrews from across the state that we don't often see in Anchorage. Admission includes 30 samples, a commemorative glass and live music. The general sessions are 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, $40, while the connoisseur session with extra selections is 2-5p.m. Saturday, $50 (each 21 and older).