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Celebrate in Anchorage this week: Design Week launches, Oktoberfest is in full swing, Termination Dust returns

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: October 2, 2019
  • Published October 2, 2019

Oktoberfest 2013 at the Egan Center (Photo by Loren Holmes)

Anchorage Oktoberfest — The German Club of Anchorage is hosting Alaska’s largest Oktoberfest celebration, recurring for more than 50 years. Live music by Marge Ford & the Alaska Polka Chips and The Alaska Blaskapelle. Bench dance and bell-ringing performances will take place each evening. German-style food and beverages will be available for purchase. $20. 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Egan Convention Center, Fifth Ave, (

Design Week — The week includes talks, workshops and weekend socials. A series of site-specific installations on the museum lawn and across the city, led by Canadian designer Tiffany-Shaw Collinge and Anchorage-based community project teams, will be unveiled. The Alaska AIA (American Institute of Architects) Convention, hosted by the museum, is also taking place during design week. All week. Schedule on website. Anchorage Museum, 625 C St, (

Termination Dust With Special Guests Granddad, Hykes and Secret Garden — Williwaw Social welcomes back Termination Dust with special guests Granddad, Hykes, and Secret Garden live for a local showcase. This is a 21-and-over event with valid ID. $7-$10. 8-11:30 p.m. Friday, Williwaw Social, 609 F St, (

Julia O’Malley and “The Whale and the Cupcake” — APU professor Rosanne Pagano will have a discussion with award-winning writer (and ADN contributor) Julia O’Malley about food writing, Alaska’s food culture and the process that allowed her to write her forthcoming book “The Whale and the Cupcake: Stories of Subsistence, Longing, and Community in Alaska.” Due out in early December, her book is a combination of recipes and food journalism about topics that touch on Alaska life such as provisioning, deprivation, subsistence, fermenting, and Alaskans’ relationship to the wider world of food. Free. 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Writer’s Block Bookstore and Cafe (3956 Spenard Road;

A scene from ’The Cheechakos, ’ a silent film made in Alaska in 1923.

Anchorage Symphony resents “The Cheechakos” silent film — The Anchorage Symphony will performs a live orchestral accompaniment to silent film “The Cheechakos," in which an engineer saves a shipwrecked girl from a gambler in Frontier Alaska. $28.50-$53.8-10 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. 6th Ave. (

Designs being considered for a 2020 $1 coin honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich. (Office of Gov. Bill Walker)

Culture Night at Convention — The Alaska Native Brotherhood/Sisterhood convenes to welcome the U.S. Mint to Alaska for the unveiling of the Elizabeth Peratrovich dollar coin. Entertainment will include an NYO demonstration, Naa Luudisk Gwaii Yatx’i, Anchorage Unangax Dance Group, Acilquq Dance Group and Moccasin Stompers. $10. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Moseley Sports Center, 4400 University Drive (

Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums Present the Rumbledethumps Concert — Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums are prior winners in Pipe Band Competition at the Alaska Scottish Highland Games, and several members have won local and international awards in piping and drumming. Free, donations benefit Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums’ Education Fund and the St. John Lutheran Church’s youth group. 7-9 p.m. Saturday, 440 E. Elmwood Ave, Palmer, (

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