Arts and Entertainment

This weekend: Slush Cup, Native Youth Olympics and spring markets and festivals in Anchorage

Spenard Song Circle, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, The Nave

Join Emma Hill for another all-ages listening session, the Spenard Song Circle. This month she is joined by Drew Erickson and Ed Washington in his first show back since his ankle injury. Spenard Joe’s will start serving refreshments at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are available at

Native Youth Olympic Games, Thursday-Saturday, Alaska Airlines Center

Free to spectators, the Native Youth Olympic, or NYO, Games celebrate Alaskan culture and heritage. The games are organized by the Cook Inlet Tribal Council every year and include the kneel jump, wrist carry, two-foot high kick, one-foot high kick, Alaskan high kick and more.

Earth Day Festival, 4 p.m. Friday, Blue Market AK

Blue Market AK is hosting a family friendly parking lot festival on Friday. For this Earth Day there will be live music, a giveaway and exchanges, fire pits and games!

Midtown Discover and Shop, 4 p.m. Friday, multiple locations

More than 20 Midtown businesses will be participating in the Midtown Discover and Shop on Friday. Shoppers have three hours to take advantage of discounts and deals. At each participating location, shoppers can enter a raffle to win one of three giveaway baskets. Participating businesses include Wild Scoops, Summit Spice and Tea Co., Elevated Oats, WooHoo Ice Cream, Fromagio’s Artisan Cheese, Dos Manos and so many more. The event ends at 7 p.m.

“Tosca,” 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

Anchorage Opera is bringing the iconic Italian opera to life this weekend. Puccini’s “Tosca” will be playing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the Discovery Theatre. Tickets start at $30.25.

Alyeska Spring Carnival and Slush Cup, Friday–Sunday, Alyeska Resort

That’s right, the Slush Cup is here. Alyeska’s annual pond skim contest and spring festival is an easy and fun way to celebrate the arrival of spring and a successful winter on the slopes. In addition to the pond skim on Saturday, there will be a costume contest, an idiot swim, live music, a downhill bike race, and more.

Spring Makers Market, 10 a.m. Saturday, The Nave

The Spring Makers Market is a one-stop shopping event to support local artists and makers. The event will be hosted by Little Fish Workshop and friends with food trucks outside, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at The Nave in Spenard.

“The Ugly Duckling,” 2 p.m, 7 p.m. Saturday, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts

The Anchorage Classical Ballet Academy presents “The Ugly Duckling.” There will be two performances on Saturday in the Sydney Laurence Theatre. Tickets start at $35 to see this familiar story brought to life on stage.

Earth Day Fashion Show, 6 p.m. Saturday, Drift Salon

Drift Salon and Penny Royalty are hosting a fashion show of upcycled and remade garments. Keep an eye out for the corset made out of tea bags! Tickets are $75.

Naomi Stock

Naomi Stock is a spring 2022 reporting intern for the Anchorage Daily News and a University of Alaska Anchorage journalism student.