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Coming up: International festival, Japanese festival and learning to get the most out of salmon – the whole salmon

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 3, 2018
  • Published August 2, 2018

Folk Fest fundraiser featuring Front Country

Anchorage Folk Festival is hosting a fundraiser for their 2019 season and it will feature roots-pop band and past festival headliner Front Country. Doors at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 49th State Brewing Co., 717 W. Third Ave. $17 in advance, $22 at the door. (

First Friday Makers Market

Shop local art while sipping local beer this First Friday. 49th State Brewing is hosting a Makers Market featuring over 30 vendors. It's free to attend and you can even skip the beer line. 5-10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 49th State Brewing Co., 717 W. Third Ave. (

Anchorage International Festival

Celebrate the diversity of Anchorage and enjoy cultural performances from local artists at the International Festival. This is a family-friendly event with kids' activities and a bouncy obstacle course, and attendees will have the opportunity to try dishes from around the world prepared by local restaurants and groups. The featured guest group this year is The Donicas, who will perform in Russian, Ukrainian, English and Romanian. Entrance, food and activities are all free. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Cuddy Family Midtown Park, 201 E. 40th Ave. (

Japanese Summer Festival

Enjoy Japanese entertainment, music, dancing, drumming and cuisine at the Japanese Summer Festival (also the Japan Alaska Association/Japanese Society of Alaska's 30th anniversary). Noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Lucy Cuddy Hall.
(3400 Seawolf Drive,


Based in Portland, Fruition is a folk-rock band that blends Americana and blues influences. They recently opened for Jack Johnson during his world tour and released their fifth album, "Watching it All Fall Apart." They'll be doing a mini-tour of Alaska after their set at Salmonfest. Catch them at the Creekbend Co. (19842 Hope Highway) at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hope as well as Wednesday night in Anchorage. $12 advance; $15 general admission. 8 p.m.-midnight Wednesday, Williwaw, 609 F St. (

Putting the whole salmon to use

Learn how to use every part of your salmon in a two-day class with Aaron Apling-Gilman, executive chef of Seven Glaciers Restaurant. From roe and bones, to heads and bellies, explore experimental and great-tasting ways to not let any part of the salmon go to waste. Space is limited, and registration is required. $75; members receive a 10 percent discount. 5:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Anchorage Museum, 121 W. Seventh Ave. (See for details.)

An evening of wild foods

Cookbook author, chef and forager Hank Shaw talk about wild food and wild places while attendees enjoy a special menu prepared by MUSE. Ticket price includes a copy of Hank's newest cookbook as well as an Alaska beverage. Appetizers and no host bar will also be available. Event guests will also be able to experience the Anchorage Museum's new interactive sculpture exhibit, "Murmur." $50. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St. (See for tickets.)

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