This weekend is full of events, with a busy spring-focused First Friday taking over Anchorage arts and culture, as well as the annual spring gear swap at APU, BeauSoleil (all the way from Louisiana!) and more.
Alaska Pacific University Gear Swap, 10 a.m. Saturday, Alaska Pacific University
The annual Alaska Pacific University gear swap in support of the APU Outdoor Program is here! The gear swap is a great way to prepare for an adventurous summer season. Give your gear to APU to sell (they take a 15% commission) on Friday, from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. or Saturday, from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. The sale will be on Saturday, from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the APU Moseley Sports Center. Gear disappears quickly, so come early for the best selection.
Remembering the March King, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Discovery Theatre
The Anchorage Community Concert Band presents their free spring concert, “Remembering the March King.” This concert will be a tribute to John Philip Sousa, a national music icon, who died in 1932. No tickets are required, but masks are.
BeauSoleil, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Atwood Concert Hall
BeauSoleil is bringing Mardi Gras to Anchorage this weekend. Their sound is a mix of New Orleans jazz, Zydeco, blues rock and swamp pop. Tickets start at $33.75 for this all-ages show.
Alaska Chamber Singers: Delight in Spring, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Cathedral of Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Alaska Chamber Singers presents their spring concert this weekend. The concert will feature pieces such as Vivaldi’s “Gloria,” with a chamber orchestra, Brahms’ “Zigeunerlieder,” and more. Tickets start at $30.
No More Harvey’s, 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Cyrano’s Theatre
“No More Harvey’s” is a play about getting away from the toxic things in life named Harvey (such as hurricanes, Hollywood producers, and ex-husbands). This play, written by Chantal Bilodeau and directed by Codie Costello, will be presented at Cyrano’s Theatre from April 1 until April 17. Attendees must show proof of vaccination, and the show is recommended for ages 14 and older. Tickets for the premiere this weekend, as well as the following shows, are $30.
NordicX, 11 a.m. Saturday, Hilltop Ski Area
NordicX is a unique nordic-cross event happening this Saturday at Hilltop Ski Area. Nordic-cross is an activity where cross-country skiing meets big air! Skiers will take the lift to the top of hilltop and race to the bottom on one of three courses, designed to accommodate a variety of skier abilities. There will be Olympians and world-class skiers competing for over $15,000 worth of prizes and a festival at the base of the hill with fires, food, and drinks. The event is free for families and spectators.
Psycho Sarah, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, 411 D St. Theatre
“Psycho Sarah” is kicking off the inaugural Out North Fringe Festival. This performance will feature Sarah MacMillan. It is a one-woman, two-puppet play about the journey from mental illness to wellness and recovery. Tickets are $20, and the show is at 411 D St. Theatre (formerly known as Cyrano’s Off-Center Playhouse).
First Friday at Anchorage Museum, 6 p.m. Friday, Anchorage Museum
Each month, the Anchorage Museum opens its doors to the community, offering free admission to all for 3 hours on First Friday. This month, visitors can check out the “Stations” Vinyl Record Release as part of the “Stations” exhibit, as well as “Counter Cartographies,” “Lies, Lies, Lies,” the Anchorage School District Youth Art Exhibition 2022, and more.
First Friday events will be happening all over the city, not just at the museum! Here are some of the other events you can check out:
First Friday with Debora Deal, 4 p.m. Friday, 2 Friends Gallery
First Friday with Margaret Hugi-Lewis, 5 p.m. Friday, Cyrano’s Theatre
First Friday with Amy MacKenzie, 5 p.m. Friday, Turnagain Brewing
First Friday at Georgia Blue Gallery, 5 p.m. Friday, Georgia Blue Gallery
First Friday with Amanda Rose Warren, 5 p.m. Friday, Dos Manos
First Friday with Scott Clendaniel and HWY 9, 5 p.m. Friday, AK Cycle Chic
First Friday: Bike Repair Workshop, 6 p.m. Friday, SEED Lab
First Friday Art Walk, 6 p.m. Friday, Hotel Captain Cook
First Friday: The Power to Empower: Pop-Up Shop, 6:30 p.m. Friday, The Nave