Hot Picks: Spenard Beerfest, Festival of Flowers

Mike Dunham

Alaska Aces

The first-seeded Alaska Aces will face fourth-seeded Cincinnati Cyclones in the Kelly Cup Final, beginning the round with game one on Friday, May 30, at Sullivan Arena, opening a best-of-seven series. The Aces last won the Kelly Cup in 2011, defeating the Kalamazoo Wings. Tickets are available at the Aces offices (corner of 15th and Gambell) or by calling 907-258-ACES or visiting

2014 Spenard Beerfest

Alaskans know good beer, and summer's as good a time as any to test your palate. This year's Spenard Beerfest will feature over 50 beers from Alaska and national breweries, plus a wine connoisseur corner. Included in the ticket price are free samples from local food trucks. Tickets are $35 in advance; that includes 35 beer and wine samples, a commemorative sampling glass and six food samples. Advance tickets $35 at or $40 at the door. 5 p.m. Saturday, May 31, Chilkoot Charlie's, 2435 Spenard Road. (272-1010,

Great Alaska Swap Meet

Want to clear out the garage or get geared up? Alaskans will be buying, selling and trading sports and camping gear, household items, tools and more. It's like having a 60-family garage sale. Sellers can reserve a place for $20. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Curtis Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Mack Drive, Wasilla. (357-9100,

Festival of Flowers

Festival of Flowers is an event that helps fund the planting of flower beds downtown. There will be live music, a VIP wine tasting, a wine garden, a photo booth, an art fair, master gardeners, garden tours and a gardening sale. Enjoy five delicious wines and bid on items including day spa packages and great gardening baskets. (Wine tasting is $50, see for details.) Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 31, Town Square Park.


Mike Dunham