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Hot Picks: Summer solstice, Juneteenth and Father's Day

  • Author: Zakiya McCummings
  • Updated: June 16, 2017
  • Published June 16, 2017

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)

Summer Solstice

Head to the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival on Fourth Avenue between C and H streets from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday for a day filled with family-friendly games, live music and food vendors. Activities include the Hero Games with Alaska's first responders, a giant sandbox, and the Alaska Bungee Bounce. See for a map and full list of events.

Other solstice events around downtown include the Black Sheep Summer Solstice Comedy Show at 49th State Brewing Co. (717 W. Third Ave.) at 7 p.m. and the Silent Disco on the Anchorage Museum lawn (625 C St.) at 9 p.m. — both on Tuesday. Wrap things up on Wednesday with the Summer Solstice Cemetery Tour at 7 p.m. at the Seventh Avenue and Cordova Street intersection.


Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the United States and celebrates African-American culture. Mark the occasion with Anchorage's African-American community as they share their history and discuss the progress of equality on this day of remembrance. There will be live jazz entertainment, food and a talent show. There will be a youth summit from 6-9 p.m. Friday at the Fairview Recreation Center and a park celebration from noon-7 p.m. Saturday at the Fairview Lions Park, 1201 E. Eighth Ave. Free. (

Father's Day

Here's a couple suggestions if you're looking for a fun way to spend Father's Day (with your father — or anyone else). Spend the morning at the Dimond Center (800 E. Dimond Blvd.) for the VW Family Reunion Car Show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday. After checking out old-school Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi car models, take dad to 49th State Brewing Co. (717 W. Third Ave.) for a nice dinner and an evening of laughter. Scared Scriptless presents "Who's Your Funny?!" at 8 p.m. Be part of the show without ever leaving your seat as the improv troupe takes audience suggestions and turns them into comedy gold. $12.50-$14.75. (

Down & Derby: Alaska's First Party on Wheels!

Celebrate the summer solstice with a roller-skating party. This is a dance party on wheels, with resident DJs Covy and Joe Brady. Entry into the event includes skate rental; skaters are encouraged to bring their own wheels. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday, Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (Search "Down & Derby" on Facebook for details)

Crow Creek Mine Salmon Bake and Concert Series

Spend an evening overlooking the scenic Crow Creek Mine while enjoying live local and national music acts. Park in downtown Girdwood and ride the free shuttle to the mine, compliments of Glacier Valley Transportation. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, Crow Creek Mine, 601 Crow Creek Road. $16-$34. (

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