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Coming up: Backyard Country BBQ, Alaska Hempfest and a night of island and reggae music

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: June 21, 2018
  • Published June 21, 2018

Backyard Country BBQ

Summer in Alaska means late-night sunshine, barbecued goods fresh off the grill and good music. Find all three of these staples at the Backyard Country BBQ, an annual country concert filled to the brim with local and national talent. Enjoy the twangy, toe-tapping tunes served up by Elvis Monroe, Jerrod Niemann, Brett Young and more. 5 p.m. Wednesday, Eddie's Sports Bar, 6300 Old Seward Highway. (

Korea-Alaska Friendship Day

For 10 years, Alaska has been celebrating its cultural exchange with Korea on Korea-Alaska Friendship Day. Celebrate this time around with a concert jam packed with classical music from the New York Classical Voices and Chamber Ensemble as well as traditional Korean music performed by the Morning Star Cultural Center. 7-9 p.m. Monday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

Juneteenth: Week 2

The week-and-a-half-long citywide celebration in honor of African-American history and culture continues with a teen summit Friday at the Mountain View Boys and Girls Club (6-9 p.m.), a citywide park celebration complete with food vendors and live entertainment at Fairview Lions Park on Saturday (noon-6 p.m.) and a concert with some of Anchorage's favorite hip-hop and R&B artists later that day at the Wendy Williamson Auditorium (8-11 p.m.) (

Alaska Hempfest

For three years, the Alaska Hempfest has been bringing together local marijuana businesses and enthusiasts alike for a weekend festival concerning all things cannabis. The event is free to the public and includes a steampunk ball as well as the first Cannabis Quest, a competition between local growers and product makers. Tickets for the steampunk ball are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. All day Friday-Sunday, Flag Day Fest Grounds (camp sites available) in Wasilla, 700 S. Half Curl Drive ( 

An island jam

Get a taste of the tropics this weekend at the third annual Aloha Island Jam. Featuring a number of island and reggae acts including Anna Molly Pogi, Tayy Tarantino, Mahi and Hawaiian headliner Eli-Mac, this fest promises fun for the whole family with vendors, food trucks and a beer garden on site. $32-$100. 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road (

Don Quixotes

In this re-telling Don Quixote, two scamps traveling through 16th-century Spain will tell the adventures of the chivalrous nobleman. $15-$25. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Cyrano's Theatre Building, 3800 Debarr Road (

Horeshoes and Hand Grenades

The Salmonfest Music Series keeps swimming this week with Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. This award-winning band has been bringing their progressive, high-energy string music with old-time folk and bluegrass roots across rivers and valleys nationwide since 2010. 21 and over. $10 in advance, $15 at the door. 8 p.m. Friday, Koot's, 2435 Spenard Road (