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Coming up: An all-day jazz fest, 3 Barons Renaissance Fair and Ellis Paul

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: June 1, 2018
  • Published May 31, 2018

A weekend of jazz

Get your jazz fix this weekend with the Spenard Jazz Fest. Come out to the Church of Love Spenard on 6 p.m. Friday for an event labeled as "part First Friday, part jam, part hang" with party hosts and jazz band Duende Libre. $15. 6 p.m. Friday, Church of Love Spenard, 3502 Spenard Road (

On Saturday, make your way to the 49th State Brewing Company for a day jam-packed with live music. International and local bands, soloists and singer-songwriters will be taking over the top deck, the Heritage Theater and the Barrel Room from noon until 10 p.m. Grab a drink and dance the night away to the Rob Cohen Trio, the Anchorage Jazz Ensemble, Mark Manners, Harper's Farce and more. $40. 12 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 49th State Brewing Company, 717 W. Third Ave. (

Ellis Paul with special guest Radoslav Lorkovic

Ellis Paul is touching down in Anchorage for a night of songs and stories. For fans of both modern and traditional folk, Paul bridges the gap between eras with his expressive lyricism and folk-pop style. Accompanying him on stage is Radoslav Lorkovic, a Croatian folk and blues musician with a career spanning decades and continents. $25. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road. Also playing at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at the Musk Ox Farm in Palmer. (

Jessica Michelle Singleton

Come out for a night of homegrown laughs as Anchorage-raised comedian Jessica Michelle Singleton takes over Koot's for one night only. Singleton can be heard on a number of popular comedy podcasts, including "Ignorance is #Blessed" and "Skeptic Tank," and has headlined festivals all over the world with performances in Europe, Asia, South Africa and North America. 21 and over. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road (

Three Barons Renaissance Fair

The Tozier Sled Dog Track will be transformed once again into the mythical land of Hilshire for the opening weekend of Anchorage's 25th ren fair. Embark on quests to become either a knight or citizen of Hilshire as you tear into a turkey leg, gulp down some mead and enjoy performances at every corner. Costumes are not required. $5-$8. Noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Tozier Sled Dog Track, 3400 E. Tudor Road (

Society of Creative Anachronism Knights “Sir Cyrus Aurelius” David Wilson, left, and “Sir Soren j Alborgh” Leon Ayers II, right, battle in front of a crowd gathered at the 3 Barons Renaissance Fair at Tozier Track in Anchorage on Sunday, June 7, 2015. The 3 Barons Renaissance Fair continues next weekend on June 13-14. (Bill Roth / Alaska Dispatch News )

[Find our full summer festival guide here.]

Fiddlehead Festival

This family-oriented event at Alyeska Resort and the Sitzmark will feature two days of live music, beer gardens, local arts and crafts booths, cooking demos, a 5K fun run, kids activities and more. Enjoy the musical stylings of Steve Norwood, Ava Earl, Arthur Lee Land's Twang is Dead and more, as Alyeska Resort chefs host hands-on demonstrations and showcase cooking techniques for the locally-grown fern. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Alyeska Resort, 1000 Arlberg Ave. (

Drink Beer, Save Farms! Summer Concert with The Ken Peltier Band

Celebrate the summer and the Alaska Farmland Trust this weekend in Palmer. Enjoy live music from the Ken Peltier Band, local beer, wine and ciders, food, and fun for the whole family at this annual fundraiser devoted to protecting Alaska farmland. Free for children 12 and under and $5 for people 13 and over in advance. Ticket prices at the door will be raised to $5 and $10, respectively. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Paradise Alaska Venue and Accommodations, 16105 E. Outer Springer Loop, Palmer (

Rock band Medium Build includes, from left, James Dommek Jr., Nick Carpenter, James Glaves and Chad Reynvaan. Photographed on December 14, 2017. (Photo by Marc Lester)

Medium Build at Mad Myrna's

Four-piece local band Medium Build has made a name for themselves with their energetic performances and pop-rock sound. Come out to hear some of their classics and maybe, if you're lucky, some new tracks from their upcoming album, "Softboy." 21 and over. $5 cover. 10 p.m. Saturday, Mad Myrna's, 530 E. Fifth Ave. (Search "Medium Build LIVE at Mad Myrna's" on Facebook)

Fin, Fur, or Feather Food Festival

Sample as many wild Alaska delicacies as you can at this amateur cook-off as you enjoy tunes from local favorite, H3. The winners will be announced at the end of the night, with awards going to the best entree, best dessert and more. Kids 12 and under free, $25 for people 13 and over in advance. At the door, prices will be raised to $35. 3:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, Unique Machine, 8875 King St. (

Circular Boutique owner Kim Stalder. (Bill Roth / ADN)

An empowered fashion show

Local woman of all ages, sizes and backgrounds will be dressed to the nines at the third annual Empowered Fashion Show. Held by downtown high fashion store Circular Boutique, the event will benefit the YWCA . Free. 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday, Circular Boutique, 320 W. Fifth Ave. (

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