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Here comes the fun: A summer solstice event guide for Alaska

Part of Fourth Avenue was closed off to make way for food and entertainment at the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival on Saturday, June 21, 2014. (Marc Lester / ADN)

Tuesday, June 20, is the solstice in Anchorage, and there are plenty of events before, during and after the day to keep Alaskans occupied until the sun sets.

Live music, a marathon, midnight baseball, meditation and much more are in store.

Downtown Summer Solstice

Saturday, Anchorage

This year's celebration includes a sidewalk chalk art challenge, performances from Conway Seavey, the Alaska Native Heritage Center Cultural Dancers and Karen Asenati Brown, plenty of treats in the Taste of Anchorage Food Zone, opportunities to sit, sip and soak up the sun at the Petals & Spokes Beer Garden and a chance to cheer on Alaska first responders at the Hero Games.  (

The Mayor's Midnight Sun Marathon & Half Marathon 

Saturday, Anchorage

Run in the sun in one of several simultaneous races. Choose from the Midnight Sun Marathon, Alaska Half-Marathon, Coastal 5K and the relay-style Buddy Half Marathon. The full marathon course runs from the foothills of the Chugach Mountains and through the Chester Creek trail before concluding in Delaney Park. Registration is $25-$95. (

Runners stream down the bike path along the Glenn Highway after leaving Muldoon Road. About 4,000 runners took part in the events of 2013 Mayor's Marathon on Saturday, June 22, 2013. Events included a marathon, marathon relay, half-marathon, and a 5-kilometer race. (Mar Lester / ADN archive)

Zoolstice Solstice Celebration

Saturday, Anchorage

Spend solstice with the animals at this family-friendly celebration at the Alaska Zoo. Zoolstice features arts and crafts, a petting zoo, scavenger hunt, and music from Meagan Hayes and the Gamma Rays and bluegrass artist Bob Fairchild. Free with zoo admission. (

Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival

Saturday and Sunday, Moose Pass

Pretty Gritty, Old Timber and the Tanana Rafters are among the acts playing this year's Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival. The event, started in 1978, also features a bake sale, beer garden, local vendor booths and carnival games. (Search "Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival" to find details on Facebook)

Midnight Sun Festival

Sunday, downtown Fairbanks

Thousands of folks flood downtown Fairbanks each year for this solstice extravaganza. New this year are carnival rides and an event starring the Fairbanks Ladies of Wrestling. The fest will also entertain with more than 30 live performances on three stages from acts including Dead Calm, Cold Steel Pan Orchestra, North Star String and Goats With Headlamps. More than 100 vendors, a kids' activity park, and gold-panning are also on the fest menu.  (

Flattop Mountain in Chugach State Park attracted many visitors on the evening of summer solstice, Thursday, June 20, 2013. The hike is a solstice tradition for some looking to take in an evening view on the longest sunlight day of the year. Summer solstice, when the north pole is tilted most toward the sun than any other day, occurred at 9:20 p.m. Thursday. Anchoage had 19 hours 21 minutes and 8 seconds of daylight Thursday. (Marc Lester / ADN archive)

Flattop Hike

Tuesday, Anchorage

Hiking Flattop Mountain and admiring Anchorage from the peak is a solstice ritual for many. If you haven't tried it yet, this may be your year.

Silent Disco

Tuesday, downtown Anchorage

Put on some headphones and dance like nobody's listening on the Anchorage Museum lawn. DJs will spin from 9 p.m. to midnight, and refreshments will be available in the Muse Restaurant beer garden. The party will move inside the museum if the weather is bad. $20 admission includes headphones.  Food and drink cost extra. (

Black Sheep's Summer Solstice Comedy Show

Tuesday, Anchorage

Catch "Comedians and Craft Beer on a Crazy Tuesday" at this  show hosted by 49th State Brewery. After the show, hit the Brewery's deck and enjoy the view. $10-$15. Visit the Eventbrite page.

Summer Solstice Cemetery Tour

Wednesday, Anchorage

Go on a guided walk in Anchorage Memorial Cemetery and hear actors present stories at gravesites from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. (Website)

Midnight Sun Game

Wednesday, Fairbanks

It's time to root, root, root for the Alaska Goldpanners Baseball Club or The San Diego Waves at Growden Memorial Park. This "high noon at midnight" baseball game has been a Fairbanks tradition since 1906. $25-$75. 907- 451-0095, (

Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival

June 22-25, Seldovia

Ferry Jams on the Seldovia Bay Ferry, live performances all over town, yoga and barbecues are all part of this solstice celebration in scenic Seldovia. A festival pass is $49 for adults and $16 for teens. Children under 12 are free. Single night performances are $25 for adults and $8 for teens. Purchase at the festival or Thyme on the Boardwalk, 184 Bay St. in Seldovia.  907-399-7379, (

Summer Solstice 2017- Reborn 

June 24, Willow

Get in the spirit of solstice at The Alaska Pagan Community Center's celebration at The Land in Willow. Attendees are invited to craft spells, awaken spirits, belly dance, meditate, and enjoy lunch, dinner and dessert. $25. $5 per tent for overnight camping. (

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