Spectrum music festival
Originally rocking out in Willow, Spectrum electronic music festival moves to the city this year. Headlining their Friday show is Stylust, a Canadian-born, LA-based dubstep DJ on the forefront of the genre known for fusing rap hooks and bass beats to his electronic vibes. 21 and over. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Doors open at 10 p.m. Friday, Williwaw, 609 F St.
On Saturday, come out for a rooftop artist showcase, bringing together live painting, vendors, visual art and musical talent from all over Alaska, including Chugiak's Sundog, Fairbanks' Gardenss and Anchorage's Dutchess. $15 in advance, $20 at the door. 1-10 p.m. Saturday, EasyPark Garage, Rooftop, 440 B St.
If you're still craving more, make your way to the after party. Grab a drink and dance the night away to groups like Nine Lives, Kid Simbah and Snarley Brown. 21 and over. 10 p.m. Saturday, Avenue Bar, 338 W. Fourth Ave. (spectrumfestivalalaska.com)
Bear Paw Festival
This annual festival dominates downtown Eagle River and has a schedule filled to the brim with food, vendors and amusing events. Don't miss out on the Golden Wheel Carnival, the Teddy Bear Picnic and the Rotten Sneaker contest on Friday, the Bear Paw Grand Parade and The Slippery Salmon Olympics on Saturday, in which teams of two swerve around orange traffic cones hauling a whole salmon and other objects. 11 a.m. Friday and Saturday, noon Sunday, Eagle River (bearpawfestival.org)
Turnagain Brewery grand opening
This brand new brewery is hoping to make its mark in Alaska's beer scene with Belgian-style and sour beers, all crafted with unmalted wheat from VanderWeele Farms in Palmer. Stop by their new tasting room, grab a Connoisseur's Club tasting glass and fill it with your choice of Saison and barleywine ales, porters, radlers and more. 21 and over. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Turnagain Brewing, 7920 and 7924 King St. (turnagainbrewing.com)
Pop! by Mod Carousel
Acclaimed "boylesque" group Mod Carousel has been bringing their hip-shaking to countries worldwide. Now, they're making their way to Anchorage for a night of pop culture inspired cabaret. Joining them on the stage is local talent Danger Maus and Bunnicula Blanc. 21 and over. $25 in advance, $30 at the door. 9 p.m. Saturday, Mad Myrna's, 530 E. Fifth Ave. (brownpapertickets.com)
Hightail Half and Quarter Marathon
The event formerly known as the Her Tern Half Marathon is this weekend. Join in on a personalized training group, grab some swag at their "expotique" and finish strong with a mimosa and a massage at their post-race pamper party. 8 a.m. Sunday, Delaney Park Strip, Rose Garden, 10th Avenue between N and O streets (skinnyraven.com)
This new, comedic take on the Bard's timeless "Romeo and Juliet" by local director and Shakespeare scholar Julius Greenbaum is having its world premiere this weekend. Gathered from Greenbaum's studies, this version aims for authenticity, with a handful of actors, a shoestring budget and fragmented rehearsal time. Come for the classic romance and stay for the newfound laughs. $15. 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 5 p.m. Sunday through July 28 at Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E. 70th Ave. (midnightsuntheatre.org)