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Fun things happening this week: Spenard Roadhouse is going to the dogs

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 14, 2019
  • Published August 14, 2019

Izzy Ashbaugh looks up during a blueberry pie eating contest Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018 at Alyeska Resort. The Blueberry Festival continues Sunday, featuring music, food, crafts and more pie-eating contests. (Loren Holmes / ADN)

Blueberry Festival

This free, family-oriented outdoors event features live music including headliners Good Time Travelers, berry picking, local arts and crafts booths, tasty blueberry treats, beer and wine garden, hiking and biking, a pie-eating contest, blueberry creations contest and more. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday-Sunday at The Hotel Alyeska Pond Courtyard, 1000 Arlberg Avenue, Girdwood. (

Alaska Zoo 50th Anniversary

There will be live music on the lawn and plenty of presentations throughout the day to celebrate the big 5-0 at the zoo. Admission and new memberships will be 50% off when purchased at the zoo, and current members get two free day passes. Also, 50 new memberships will be entered into a drawing for a “free wolf or tiger encounter for up to 4 people.” 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,Saturday at the Alaska Zoo. 4731 O’Malley Rd. (, 907-346-2133)

Mr. Pickles the four-month-old porcupine is introduced to visiting seventh and eighth graders from Clark Middle School on Friday, September 27, 2013, at the Alaska Zoo. About 90 students and chaperones participated in Zoo Scene Investigators Day, using investigative, math and science skills to learn how animals survive and thrive in the Arctic cold.

Dog Party at Spenard Roadhouse

The bustling Spenard eatery is blocking off its parking lot and filling it with fun for dogs and people alike. There will be vendors, an off-leash area, paw prints, adoptable dogs, live music, food and prizes. Benefits Alaska SPCA, Kitty and K-9 Connection and Straw For Dogs. 2-6 p.m. Sunday. 1049 W Northern Lights Blvd. (See Facebook for details)

Alaska Greek Festival

Sample Greek food and enjoy performances by the Holy Transfiguration Hellenic Dancers and live Greek music. The event will take place rain or shine all weekend long. Free admission and parking. 3-10 Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. 2800 O'Malley Rd (907-344-0190,

Erik Hill / Anchorage Daily News Visitors watch the Asteria Tou Vora ( ’Stars of the North ’) dance group perform at the 14th annual Greek Festival Saturday evening August 18, 2007 at Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church in south Anchorage. Along with live music and dancing, the three-day event also offered food, a market featuring items imported from Greece, a church tour and museum with costumes. 8/18/07 070818 Greek Festival, Holy Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church

Edible and The Spenardian launch new editions

Swing by The Writer’s Block for a copy of the fifth issue (while supplies last) of hyperlocal magazine The Spenardian. 5-7 p.m. Friday. 3956 Spenard Rd. (

The Edible Alaska team is having a launch party at Hearth Artisan Pizza & Middle Way Cafe, with live music with The Forest That Never Sleeps, Alaska sourced/foraged/inspired delicacies prepared by Executive Chef Stacie Miller and a special drink featuring a house-made Alaskan shrub. There will also be copies of the fall issue of Edible Alaska, giveaways, and more. 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 22. 1200 W Northern Lights Blvd, Ste F (See Facebook for details).

Izaak Opatz & Dyado

Montana Parks Service Ranger-turned-acclaimed-LA-singer-songwriter Izaak Opatz is back at the Writer’s Block, flanked by the haunting harmonies of Dyado – a cousin-duo from North Carolina. 7 p.m. Sunday. 3956 Spenard Rd. (

Cigars and Whiskey: what a pairing

If you’re an appreciator of either cigars or whiskey (or both!), Sunday is an opportunity to enjoy and learn something new on the Rooftop at Williwaw Social. Featuring cigars from 5th Avenue Cigars at a 15% off discount and whiskeys from around the world along with (why not?) a selection of fine tequilas. Space is limited to the first 50 people. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 day-of. Weather dependant. 1-4 p.m. Sunday. 609 F St. (

Williwaw, a new bar and restaurant complex owned by the owner of Humpy's, pictured Jan. 6, 2016, opened its doors slowly over the past six months. With over 6,000 square feet of space, the establishment hopes to become a family-friendly destination during the day, and a multi-use concert, party and dinner space at night.

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