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Fun times with yer mateys in Anchorage this week: Pirate pub crawl, women of rock and every kind of dance party

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 18, 2019
  • Published September 18, 2019

Hundreds of the pirates and other characters came out for the 2016 Anchorage Pirate Pub Crawl. (Orzel Photography / Anchorage Pirate Pub Crawl)

Pirate Fun Downtown

Sail on downtown this Saturday and enjoy pirate events for all ages.

For the little scallywags — The Shiver Me Timbers Pirate Party features a treasure hunt for gold and jewels while Captain Jack meets and greets all who make the voyage. Play games and activities, dance, use the photo booth and enjoy pirate-themed food and drinks. Recommended for ages 10 and under. $10. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Williwaw Social, 609 F Street, (

The Pirate Cove in Town Square will be alcohol-free, so your children can enjoy pirate-themed activities, merchants and food trucks safely. Blood Bank of Alaska’s Blood Mobile will be open for donations and all proceeds go toward the organization. Free. 2-7 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage Town Square, 556 W. Fifth Ave, (

Pirate Pub Crawl for those 21 and Over — Gather with fellow pirates and follow your map through good times to victory. Enjoy specials and activities, collect stamps for a chance to win Alaska Air miles and donate money at your favorite bar. The bar that raises the most money for Blood Bank of Alaska wins the Anchorage Pirate Flag and a year’s supply of bragging rights. Free. 7 p.m.-1 a.m. Saturday, see website for list of participating pubs, (

The Anchorage Youth Symphony is preparing for a trip to Australia and rehearsed at East High on Monday, February 23, 2009, for their upcoming concert with the Anchorage Concert Chorus. (Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News)

A French Connection — Let the Anchorage Symphony take you on a musical journey. Berlioz’s “Rob Roy” is based on the novel that inspired the creation of swashbuckling legend Jack Sparrow. Daniel Hsu returns to Anchorage for a performance of Chopin’s “Piano Concerto No. 1.” Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” is a jazzy harmony inspired by the beauty of the capital of France. Ravel’s “La valse” is a vigorous tribute to the waltz. $27-$52. 8-10 p.m. Saturday, Atwood Concert Hall ,(

Puppy Up Anchorage — Promote canine cancer awareness and research by walking a mile with your canine friend. Pastor Doug Lindsay will perform a Blessing of the Dogs to kick things off. Get your face painted and enjoy coffee and donuts. After the walk, watch a demonstration of the dog sport flyball. 9:30 a.m.-noon. Saturday, Alyeska Canine Trainers, 549 W. International Blvd, (

Students work on their steps during a salsa dance class in the AK Dance Promotions studio on Dimond Blvd. in South Anchorage on Tuesday, June 17, 2014.

Learn to Dance — Strap on your dancing shoes and try out a new type of dance or an old favorite all over Anchorage, no partner necessary.

Country Two Step: 7-9 p.m. Saturday, 6:30-8:30 Tuesday, The Last Frontier Bar, 369 Muldoon Rd. (

Hustle: Includes dinner and four drinks. $15-$18. 7-11 p.m. Saturday, Carpenters Hall, 407 Denali St. (9074063215)

Irish Folk: Accompanied by live musicians. Free. 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Anchorage Public Library, 3600 Denali St.(

Scottish Country: Bring soft non-outdoor shoes. $5-$40. Monday, 7-8:30 p.m. Fairview Recreation Center, 1121 E 10th Ave. (

West Coast Swing: $9. Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Best Western Golden Lion Hotel, 1000 E. 36th Ave (

Salsa, Bachata, Merengue and Kizomba: $10. 8 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday, Alaska Dance Promotions, 300 E Dimond Blvd. Ste.11A. (

Women of Rock — Join the women of local bands in this tribute to hits from iconic women of rock and roll. Lineup includes: Kat Moore of The Super Saturated Sugar Strings, Bekah Halat of Boogie Shoes, Megan Killoran of Nothin’ But Trouble, Regina Catherine MacDonald of Chill Factor, Meagan Hayes of Meagan Hayes and the Gamma Rays, Katie Strock of Ginger&Ale, Katie Chriest of the duo Katie and Tom and Denise Baez. $20. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sunday, Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road (see Facebook for details)

Saucy Yoda, aka Melodie Langer, performs at Tap Root in 2016 (Photo by Kerry Tasker)

Area 51 Costume Party — Dress like an alien and storm Van’s Dive Bar for a costume dance party that’s out of this world. Live performances from Saucy Yoda, DJ Machine and Alaska Thunder Funk. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 1027 E 5th Ave (