Arts and Entertainment

This weekend: Arctic Thunder plus a plethora of music options in Anchorage

Arctic Thunder Air Show, Joint Base Elmendor-Richardson

Every other year, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson opens its gates to the community to host one of the largest gatherings in the state: Arctic Thunder Open House.

This year’s event, which begins at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, will include several hours of military and civilian aerial demonstrations with appearances by an F-22 demonstration team, a C-17 demonstration team, mini jets and, of course, the famous Thunderbirds.

There’s also a kids zone that will include a rock wall, face painting and a freedom jump, and more than 40 displays will showcase inventory from the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.

Both the Richardson and Boniface gates will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. this weekend.

Admission and parking are free, but there is premium seating available through the Raptor Club and Spartan Club. Both options include premium parking with the Raptor Club offering more VIP perks.

There’s a long list of items that are prohibited for entry, so be sure to check the Arctic Thunder site at before you plan a trip.

Other events happening around the Anchorage area this weekend include:

Anchorage Chamber Music Festival: various times, Friday-Aug. 6, various locations

The Chamber Music Festival kicks off this weekend with an evening featuring Czech music on Friday at Central Lutheran Church. On Saturday, French music is under the spotlight with a show at UAA Recital Hall featuring works by Debussy and Poulenc. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. and run until 9 p.m. Musical events continue next week, so check the festival’s website for more information.

I Like Robots: 8:45 p.m. Friday, 907 Alehouse, 8001 Old Seward Highway

Fans of the music of the 1980s will enjoy I Like Robots, which brings both the ‘80s vibe and the decade’s attire to stage performances. Come to hear covers of songs from your favorite artists and one-hit-wonders from the 1980s.

Night Ranger: 6 p.m. Saturday, Matanuska Brewing Company, 11901 Old Glenn Highway in Eagle River

The band that produced the eternal hit “Sister Christian” takes the stage for one night only on Saturday at Matanuska Brewing’s newly bolstered stage. General admission tickets are $55.

Moose Nugget Triathlon: 10 a.m., Sunday, Little Campbell Lake/Kincaid Park

The Moose Nugget Triathlon features both Olympic distance and sprint distance road options with an open-water lake swim. There are a number of options for teams and high school students as well as adult individual competitions.