Even though summer is quickly winding to a halt, there are still plenty of events and activities to check out over the weekend. Much of the action will be taking place in Palmer at the Alaska State Fair, which enters its second weekend. Outside of the food, rides and games, each night features main stage entertainment options available as well. But for Anchorage residents, there are also options that are closer to home.
Alaska Craft Brew Festival: noon-3 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Delaney Park Strip, 300 W. Ninth Ave.
The second annual Alaska Craft Brew Festival features beers from over 40 breweries, food trucks and games. Music for the first session is The Stack with I Like Robots providing entertainment for the evening session. Tickets are $50 for the day session and $55 for the night session and $10 for designated drivers.
The Ed Washington Experience’s “Last Hurrah”: 9 p.m. Friday, Van’s Dive Bar, 1027 E. Fifth Ave.
This is the final Alaska show for Ed Washington, who is moving the California. The singer-songwriter has been a staple on the music scene for many years. His bon voyage will also feature Olli Etra and Dad’s Gun.
Ship Creek Fall Cleanup: 11 a.m. Saturday, The Bait Shack, 212 W. Whitney Road
Join in the cleanup around Ship Creek following the 2022 fish season to preserve the area for future generations. Remember to wear gloves and bring rubber boots or waders.
Lights Down Low — Trinity: 7 p.m. Saturday, Cafecito Bonito, 6307 DeBarr Road
Trinity is featured in this installment of the small concert series. Her resume includes performing with the Black Arts North Academy and the U.S. Army Band. Tickets are $15.
Local Roots at Koot’s: 9 p.m. Saturday, Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road
This showcase features local acts Lilac, The House Opinion and Concrete to Clouds. Tickets are $5 at the door.
This week’s main stage concerts at the Alaska State Fair
• Thursday: Chayce Beckham, “American Idol” champ from the 19th season. Concert at 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets cost $25/$39.
• Friday: Rise Against, Chicago punk band that brings the energy. Concert at 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets cost $49/$65.
• Saturday: LeAnn Rimes, country superstar with over 40 charting singles. Concert at 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets cost $49/$79.
• Sunday: Dry Bar Comedy, family-friendly stand-up comedy show. Performance at 6 p.m., doors open at 4:30 p.m.; tickets cost $19/$25.
• Monday: Darci Lynne, multi-talented singer and ventriloquist. Concert at 7 p.m., doors open at 5:30 p.m.; tickets cost $29/$45.