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Trending events in Anchorage this week: A fashion show, Oktoberfest and Cuban dance

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: September 25, 2019
  • Published September 25, 2019

The Suitcase Junket — Pack your bags because The Suitcase Junket is on a musical trek across Alaska this week. They will be performing live music at Jitters in Eagle River at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Voth Hall in Anchorage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and then they’re headed out to Palmer at Vagabond Blues 6 p.m. Sunday. See their Facebook for more details. (

Trend Fashion Show — This exclusive event allows attendees to meet Alaska artists and designers at a fashion show complete with live music and a cocktail attire after-party. Tickets include two glasses of champagne and hors d’oeuvres. $50. 6-9:30 p.m. Friday, Alaska Railroad Terminal, 5000 W. International Airport Road (

Cubanía — Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month with Cuban dance workshops and performances from internationally touring Jorge Luis Fernandez and Indira Mora Cueto. Vegas residents Fernandez and Cueto will be joined by a variety of local instructors. Dances vary in experience level and style. $40-$100. 7-9 p.m. Friday, 1-11 p.m. Saturday. 49th State Brewing Company, 17 West 3rd Ave, (See Facebook for details)

Alaska Blaskapelle photographed in Girdwood Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016,during Oktoberfest. (Photo by Kerry Tasker)

Oktoberfest — There are a couple way to celebrate the autumn festival of German culture and food this week.

Post 28: Traditional German food from schnitzel to spätzle will be offered in a feast for a flat rate. Live music by Alaska Main Squeeze. $25. 5-10 p.m. Saturday, American Legion Spenard Post 28, 7001 Brayton Drive, (

Alyeska: Beer will be served in souvenir steins paired with a sampling of Bavarian food. Live polka music by Alaska Blaskapelles. Bavarian food. Free entry. 4-11:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 1000 Arlberg Ave, (

Blackwater Railroad Company — The Blackwater Brunch is back by popular demand to take over Williwaw with live music. There will be a build-your-own mimosa and bloody mary bar with a breakfast buffet. Minors may attend if accompanied by legal guardian. $25. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Williwaw Social, 609 F Street (

Mary Poppins Jr — Enjoy the Alaska Theatre of Youth’s rendition of the classic tale of a magic nanny and the family she helps bring together. $20. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, The Sydney Laurence Theatre, 621 W 6th Ave, (

Binge on Bach — Indulge in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 paired with AFM’s hospitality. Anchorage Festival of Music welcomes vocalist Victoria Fraser to return for a second season. The AFM Baroque Orchestra features flute, violin, viola, cello and harpsichord. 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. Private residence, (

Don Rearden participates in a release celebration for the Made of Salmon book on Thursday, May 19, 2016, at the UAA Bookstore. Rearden and other contributors to the book read excerpts and shared anecdotes at the event. (Erik Hill / Alaska Dispatch News)

UAA Bookstore Events — Seize the last chance to experience the following events in the UAA Bookstore Loft before it relocates to the Alaska Airlines Center. 2901 Spirit Drive, (

-Journey for Justice, The Life of Larry Itliong: In celebration of Filipino American History Month, meet the author of the first nonfiction illustrated Filipino American history book for children, Gayle Romasanta. Learn the story of the labor leader that co-founded the United Farm Workers. Free. 1-2:30 p.m. Friday.

-The Man Who Became A Caribou: Elder indigenous scholar Kenneth Frank and cultural anthropologist Craig Mishler will talk about Gwich’in caribou traditions including folklore, taboos and uses. Free. 4-6 p.m. Tuesday.

-The Legacy of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi: Honor the 150th anniversary of Gandhi’s birth by discussing his life, activism and historical footprint with philosophy professor H. Gunner Deery III. Explore the relevance of Gandhi’s nonviolent protest through civil disobedience today. Free. 4-6 p.m. Wednesday.