Alaska Life

Fun things coming up: ArtWorks Day, Seward Music and Arts Festival, the return of the Anchorage Symphony

ArtWorks Day — Thirteen arts organizations and artists across Anchorage will showcase their work in live or online events across Anchorage. Take a free dance class, check out the behind-the-scenes of Anchorage theater companies, or build a birdhouse out of scrap wood at Anchorage Museum. There’s lots more — head to the ArtWorks Day Facebook page to check out a map to see the list (click on the pins to view event descriptions). Saturday, Sept. 25.

Seward Music and Arts Festival — Seward’s fall festival is back, but this year will be a free 2-day event in downtown Seward on Fourth Avenue. Enjoy live music and artisan booths and food vendors. Highlights of the band lineup include Medium Build at 7:45 p.m. Friday, Quinn Christopherson 9 p.m. Friday, and Ed Washington Band closing things out at 9 p.m. Saturday. 5-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25. (

Jane Lynch and Kate Flannery: “Two Lost Souls” — You might know Kate Flannery as Meredith from “The Office” and Jane Lynch from “Glee” or the Christopher Guest mockumentaries. Turns out they’ve been friends since they were on the Chicago improv scene, and now they’re coming to Anchorage with a night of song and comedy that promoters are calling an “anti-cabaret”: “a slightly twisted evening that’s straight out of the Mad Men era (with emphasis on the mad).” Tickets $55 and up at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept 24-25, at the Discovery Theatre.

(Note: All events at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts require proof of vaccination against COVID-19 completed at least two weeks prior to the event or proof of a negative test result within 72 hours of the show. Masks are required. See for details.)

Anchorage Symphony Orchestra — After 18 months away, Anchorage’s resident symphony orchestra returns to the Atwood Concert Hall stage for a “(Re)Opening Night.” ASO concertmaster Kathryn Hoffer will perform Beethoven’s “Romance No. 1,″ which she describes as being “like a heartfelt conversation between good friends.” The concert also includes Adolphus Hailstork’s “Celebration,” contemporary Mexican composer Arturo Marquez’s “Danzon No. 2″ and Anton Dvořák’s “Symphony No. 8.” Tickets from $27.50 at centertix. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 25. (

Those who cannot be in the concert hall have the option to purchase a ticket to view the concert via livestream. (Proof of vaccination or a negative test result required for the in-person concert, as well as masks. See note above.)

Fall festival at Pyrah’s Peak Farm — The Pyrah family is hosting a harvest festival at their farm, with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, a maze, food trucks, a bonfire and more kinds of fall-centric fun. $8 per person with bundle deals available. 12-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, there will be a special edition of the event for those with physical or or other challenges that require accommodations. See for details. (4350 Bodenburg Loop, Palmer;

Adoption clinic: “Pumpkin Spice and Pets that are Nice” — Looking for a furry friend? Alaska Animal Care and Control is having a special adoption event this weekend. All dogs and cats older than 6 months will be $27 and rabbits will be two for the price of one. There will be fall cookies from The Flying Dutchman Bakery, freshly homemade dog treats from Drool Central and other perks and prizes. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25. (4711 Elmore Road; 907-343-8122)