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Coming up: Arctic Thunder, Scottish Highland Games and the return of Arlo Guthrie

  • Author: Yoshina Okamoto
  • Updated: June 28, 2018
  • Published June 28, 2018

Marcus Paine preforms with his PT17 Boeing Sherman biplane during the Arctic Thunder air show at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson on Saturday, July 30, 2016 in Anchorage, AK. (Bob Hallinen / ADN)

Arctic Thunder

Every other year, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson opens its doors to over 300,000 people for a display of aerial demonstrations, 30 acres of military inventory, dedicated STEM-exploration hangars for kids and more. Bring the whole family out to see The Air Force Thunderbirds, rock and roll airshow man Will Allen, Red Bull's Kirby Chambliss, aviator, educator and comedian Kent Pietsch and other world-class high-fliers soar through the skies all weekend long at this classic Anchorage event. There are entry restrictions in order to get on base: make sure you don't bring any pets (service animals assisting physically challenged guests will be authorized), umbrellas, backpacks, duffle bags or large purses. For a full list of restrictions, visit 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (

Arlo Guthrie
Arlo Guthrie has made a name for himself over the course of his 50-year career, bringing his Americana, folk-tinged songs and stories worldwide. Returning to Anchorage, Guthrie will perform "Alice's Restaurant" in its entirety. $49.75. 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Atwood Concert Hall, 621 W. Sixth Ave. (

37th Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games

Get your kilt and tartans ready for the 37th annual Scottish Highland Games, presented by the Alaska Scottish Club. There will be tug of war, field events, piping and drumming groups, a scotch tasting and a vendor area featuring all things Scottish. Tickets range from $5-$15. 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Alaska State Fairgrounds, 2075 Glenn Highway. (

Five bagpipe bands gathered together for a welcome processional at the Alaska Scottish Highland Games on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at the Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer. The bands and individual pipers later competed for top honors. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Arctic Valley Summer Jam 2018
Live music. Food trucks. Great company. What more do you need? For the second year, Arctic Valley and the Anchorage Ski Club are planning this all-day fest featuring local favorites Rabbit Creek Ramblers, Becky Kotter, SunDog and the Amalgajam, a beer garden courtesy of Midnight Sun Brewing and tasty treats from Glacier Bowl, Gemma's Filipino, Mobile Munchies and Babycakes. $15 in advance, $20 at the gate. 2-9 p.m. Saturday, Arctic Valley Ski Area, Mile 7 Arctic Valley Road (

Wasilla Summerfest
Celebrate summer in the Mat-Su with rides, games, food, vendors and more. This festival takes place over two weekends, with the first starting this Friday with an old-fashioned midway carnival (3-9 p.m.). Next week, the events start early with a Fourth of July parade around downtown Wasilla (11 a.m.), the mayor's picnic (1-3 p.m.) and a late-night fireworks show (11 p.m.). Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Clapp St. (

maeve & quinn listening party
Performing tracks from their new album "something overheard, something overheard," classically trained Anchorage born-and-raised twin sisters Maris and Bryce O'Tierney draw musical inspiration from traditional Irish music, family stories and the wild Alaska landscape. There will be no tickets available for purchase at the door, so make sure you purchase them on their page beforehand. $25. 7 p.m. Saturday, Surreal Studios, 355 W. Potter Dr. (

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