Weekend picks: Scottish Highland Games, Summer Haze 6

Marc Lester

33rd Alaska Scottish Highland Games

Head to Palmer Fairgrounds to watch professional and amateur Highland athletes perform feats of strength and endurance -- Scottish style. There will also be music, food, Scotch tasting sessions, dance contests and, of course, plenty of kilts. Celtic rock band Seven Nations will play at noon and close the evening with a concert 7-9 p.m. $12.50 in advance or $15 at the gate; $4 advance or $5 gate for children ages 6-15. (Purchase tickets online at alaskascottish.org.)

Run for Recovery Mud Run set for Saturday

This locally organized mud run will take place mostly on sled-dog race trails and will include 18 muddy obstacles (there's also a kid-friendly "mini-muddy" course). Meet at the Chuck Albrecht Memorial Softball Complex, 4781 Elmore Road. This is a fundraiser for Anchorage Community Mental Health Services, which will use the proceeds to build a playground for children who have experienced trauma. It's muddy fun for a good cause, and there will be free hot dogs and a DJ at the finish line. Saturday, $10-$45. (563-1000, acmhs.com)

Garden and Arts Fest

The Alaska Botanical Garden will usher in a new event focused on horticulture and garden art this weekend. The festival will include garden art shows, craft and plant vendors, workshops and presentations, live music, food and family fun. It's also a good chance to look over the gardens as they begin to kick into high gear. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit alaskabg.org or call 770-3692.

Polynesian Flag Day

Celebrate your Polynesian heritage -- or learn more about the culture of Anchorage's residents from Samoa, Hawaii, Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand, Maori and Fiji. The Polynesian Association of Alaska invites the public to experience Polynesian food, dances, singing, arts, crafts and games. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Delaney Park Strip, near the Rose Garden (P Street). (250-4142 or polynesianassocofalaska.com)

Summer Haze 6

See an impressive lineup of local bands and sample dishes from Anchorage food trucks at this party in Ship Creek. There will also be fire-dancing and a community art project. Bands include The Overby Family Band, Feeding Frenzy, Noise Brigade, Dr. Big Knuckle, PJ Franco and the Burnouts, The Harlequin State and more. Turquoise Boy will headline. 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, facebook.com/events)

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