Hot Picks: Dog show, Color Run, Summer Haze

Mike Dunham

Summer Haze VI

See a tremendous lineup of local bands and some of the finest dining Anchorage food carts and trucks have to offer at the seventh annual Summer Haze festival at Ship Creek. There will be live music, a food truck carnival, fire dancing, a community art project and more. Bands include The Overby Family Band, Amy Beth, Michael Howard, Mackinzie, Doug Jones, Anna Blair, Feeding Frenzy, Noise Brigade, Dr. Big Knuckle, PJ Franco and the Burnouts, The Harlequin State and headliner Turquoise Boy. Food vending by Babycakes Cupcakes, Boom Ba Laddy's, The Burger Box, Carmen's Gelato, Fishalicious, Tiers from Heaven and more. 1 p.m. Saturday, the lot behind Anchorage Community Works, 349 E. Ship Creek Ave. Afterparty, 10 p.m. inside Community Works. $10. (764-2690,

Alaska Kennel Club Dog Show

Nearly 100 breeds of purebred dogs compete in this dog show. Individual breed judging will start at 9 a.m. followed by group and then best-in-show. Dog crating will be scattered around the rings and visitors can talk to owners and exhibitors. Non-entered dogs are not permitted on the premises. 9 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, South Anchorage High School, 13400 Elmore Road. $5 per car.

Boreal Garden and Arts Fest

The Alaska Botanical Gardens include 110 acres of spruce and birch woodland. You can get a taste of what the Gardens have to offer at the Boreal Garden and Arts Fest. There will be family activities, garden art shows, craft and plant vendors, workshops and presentations, music, food and more. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. (770-3692,

Maker Night

Feeling ingenious? Hone your DIY skills at Maker Night, where people of different backgrounds come together to work on their projects, turning the fourth floor of the library into an inventor's laboratory. Maker Nights are held the first, second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. The first Tuesday of the month is e-Maker Night, reserved for those specializing in computers, robotics and all other types of electronics. All skill levels are welcome. 6-9 p.m. Loussac Library Innovation Lab, Level 4, 3600 Denali St. Free. (343-2909) 

Color Run, Mud Run

There are two options for themed fun runs this weekend. The multi-hued Color Run is set for 8 a.m. Saturday at Sullivan Arena. This is a 5-K course that douses participants from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer. Wear white. ($50-$55, sign up at

The Color Run bills itself as "The happiest 5-K on Earth" but for our money, happiness gets more mileage with the Race for Recovery Mud Run. Much of the course is on sled-dog race trails and will include 18 muddy obstacles. Unlike the Color Run or Mud Factor (another mud run that took place in early June), this is a locally organized event and the money from entrance fees will stay in the community -- Anchorage Community Mental Health Services will use it to help build a playground for children who have experienced trauma. If that's not happy enough, there are free hot dogs and a DJ at the finish line. Saturday, $10-$45. (563-1000,


Mike Dunham