Arts and Entertainment

Coming up: Labor Day festival, last weekend of the Alaska State Fair

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 30
  • Published August 30

Fair-goers watch a fireworks display Saturday night, Sept. 3, 2016 at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. (Loren Holmes / Alaska Dispatch News)

Alaska State Fair – final weekend

It's Labor Day weekend and a final chance to go check out the Alaska State Fair in Palmer. The weather forecast is looking more promising than last weekend, and what better way is there to round out the summer than by eating fair food, wander through vendors and exhibits and gawking at a record-breaking giant pumpkin? There's also an eclectic, high-caliber mix of performers on deck – including:

Indie/alt-rock outfit Bishop Briggs ("River," "Wild Horses") with lovelytheband at 7 p.m. Friday (Tickets $25-$35)

Country singer Luke Combs ( "Hurricane", "When It Rains It Pours") at 7 p.m. Saturday ($35-$55)

Grammy-nominated, New York Times best-selling stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday ($35-$95)

Lindsey Stirling, dance/electronica musician who made her mark on dancing while performing on violin, 3 p.m. Monday ($40-$75)

Mountain View Post release party

The latest issue of the Mountain View Post magazine features summer scenes and stories from across the neighborhood. Come by the Mountain View branch library Aug. 31 to pick up a free copy, celebrate with neighbors and share ideas for future issues. 4:30-6 p.m. Friday. Anchorage Public Library (Mountain View Neighborhood Library) (Search "Issue #4 Release Party" on Facebook for details; 120 Bragaw St.)

Hope Social Club

Girdwood favorites Hope Social Club will perform a free show at the Sitzmark on Friday. Door at 9 p.m., show starts at 10 p.m. 21 and over. (thesitzmark.com)

Melissa Mitchell and Spiff perform with the Hope Social Club at the Girdwood Forest Fair on Saturday, July 2, 2016, in Girdwood AK. The 41st annual fair featured music, food, crafts and a hippie vibe. (Bob Hallinen / Alaska Dispatch News)

Labor Day festival

Outdoor outfitter Cabela's will be giving away free hot dogs from 12-2 p.m., cotton candy samples from 1-4 p.m. and have face painting from 1-4 p.m. There will also be free games, crafts, activities and prizes. (cabelas.com; 155 W 104th Ave.)

Studio 54 disco party

Total Rebel Sound-DJ Militant will be playing the tunes for a groovy dance party featuring '70s disco, Motown, funk, soul and pop at Williwaw. Costumes encouraged. 9:30-11:59 p.m. Saturday. Free. 21 and over. (williwawsocial.com).