Arts and Entertainment

Here’s what’s happening in Anchorage over Memorial Day weekend

Spenard Song Circle, 6:30 p.m. Friday, The Nave, 3502 Spenard Road

Emma Hill is back with another all-ages listening room, the Spenard Song Circle at the Nave in Spenard. This month, Hill will be joined by Nelson Kempf and Thomas Moore. Spenard Joe’s will be selling concessions until the music starts. Tickets are $20.

Rodeo Alaska Memorial Weekend Rodeo, Friday-Monday, Alaska State Fairgrounds MTA grandstands in Palmer

Touted as the Northernmost PRCA Xtreme Bulls event in America, the weekend of events includes RAM Championship Rodeo, live music and amusement rides. Organizers say this is the first ever PRCA sanctioned event that will offer a bull rider a chance to ride for 10 ounces of Bering Sea gold. For tickets, visit

Trent Waldron 10K and Half Marathon, 8 a.m. Saturday, Westchester Lagoon

The Trent Waldron 10K and Half Marathon is an Anchorage Running Club fundraiser in memory of Marcie Trent and her son, Larry Waldron, who were killed on a training run in 1995. In honor of their love of running, runners of all ages and abilities are invited to participate in this event. The half marathon will have an early start at 8 a.m. for those who like to take their time, and at 9 a.m. for the speedier racers in the group. The 10K will start 20 minutes later. Registration costs $25 for the 10K and $35 for the half marathon. Half of all proceeds will go to the Anchorage Young Cancer Coalition.

Waffle Outing for Homeless Veterans, 8 a.m. Saturday, Waffles and Whatnot, 500 Muldoon Road

Revive Alaska Community Services, in partnership with Waffles and Whatnot, has organized an all-day community fundraiser in support of homeless seniors and veterans. Revive Alaska is fundraising for a 120-room housing facility, and Waffles and Whatnot will be donating a percentage of their signature chicken and waffle sales to the project. There will also be a raffle drawing every hour for a Waffles and Whatnot gift card.

Anchorage re:MADE Summer Market, 10 a.m. Saturday, 13500 Old Seward Highway

The Anchorage re:MADE market is held each fourth Saturday during the summer and features local artists, up-cycled art, vintage items plus food and coffee. Any interested vendors can inquire at the market’s Facebook page.

Pacific Island Cultural Flag Day Celebration, noon Saturday, Delaney Park Strip

This event hosted by the Polynesian Association of Alaska features food vendors, entertainment and booths from local businesses, groups and artisans. Come out and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with fun for the whole family.

Downtown Jazz in the Park, 4 p.m. Saturday, Peratrovich Park, 500 W. Fourth Ave.

This Saturday will be the first concert in the Downtown Jazz in the Park concert series. Every Saturday until August, there will be a jazz concert downtown in Peratrovich Park, at Fourth Avenue and E Street. This first concert will feature the JD Latin Jazz Quintet, who specialize in Latin jazz, Alaskan style.

Travis Thompson Live, 8 p.m. Saturday, Williwaw Social, 609 F St.

Travis Thompson is a rapper from just outside Seattle whose latest album, “BLVD Boy,” was released in 2021. In 2017, he was featured on Macklemore’s single “Corner Store,” which he performed on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” Tickets for his show in Anchorage are $30 in advance and $35 at the door, with VIP tickets available for $80.

Free Scoop Day, noon Sunday, Wild Scoops, 429 E St. and 530 E. Benson Blvd.

Alaska 529, the Alaska Education Savings Plan designed to help parents save for their child’s education, is giving away free scoops of ice cream across the state on 5/29. In Anchorage, they have partnered with Wild Scoops, so if you stop by either location, just ask for a free scoop. Check out the Facebook event to see where to get a free scoop in locations across the state.

Memorial Day services and events

Anchorage Remembers Memorial Day service, 9:30 a.m. Monday, Delaney Park Strip at Ninth Avenue and I Street

The Municipality of Anchorage will be hosting a one-hour event at the Delaney Park Strip with keynote speakers including Mayor Dave Bronson and Lt. Gen. David Krumm, Alaska’s senior military officer. The service starts at 9:30 a.m.

Fort Richardson National Cemetery Memorial Day ceremony, noon Monday, 58-512 Davis Highway on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Music begins at 11:30 a.m. ahead of the noon ceremony. Community members without a Defense Department ID can preregister for access to the cemetery by calling 907-552-6910 between noon and 4 p.m. Thursday and providing their personal information for a criminal background check. After that, visitors can visit the Fort Richardson Visitor Control Center between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday to seek access to the ceremony and undergo a background check.

Mat-Su Veterans Wall of Honor Memorial Day ceremony, 1 p.m. Monday, 801 Wasilla-Fishhook Road

The Air National Guard Band of the South will perform before and after the ceremony Monday afternoon in Wasilla.

Memorial Day fundraiser, 3 p.m. Monday, 5021 O’Malley Road

Revive Alaska Community Services is hosting a community fundraiser for homeless veterans and seniors on Monday from 3 to 5 p.m. The food truck, Mr. Darryl’s Southern BBQ will be hanging out at 5021 O’Malley Road, next to the Alaska Zoo, to help raise support for a new housing solution designed to house up to 240 veterans.

Nuvision Memorial Day events, times and locations vary

Nuvision Federal Credit Union Alaska is organizing Memorial Day events all weekend, starting with a gas card giveaway on Friday. Active duty service members and veterans are invited to stop by the Nuvision Financial Center in Anchorage for a $25 gas card from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Locations across the state will also be participating in the giveaway.

On Sunday, they are organizing a cleanup at the Anchorage Memorial Cemetery with the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1 and the Auxiliary Legion to restore the Veterans’ Tract of the cemetery. Volunteers will be out there from noon to 4 p.m.

Then on Memorial Day, there will be a barbecue with live music and giveaways at the American Legion Jack Henry Post 1. Local veterans, active duty service members and their families are invited to enjoy good food and music from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday.

Naomi Stock

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