Arts and Entertainment

This weekend in Anchorage: Arctic Comic Con, Railroad Days and a fish-themed run, plus First Friday

May has hit Anchorage and that means some popular outdoor events are trickling into the calendar. The Salmon Run and the Bike for Women are both this weekend. For fun inside, Arctic Comic Con is happening downtown and there are plenty of First Friday events as well. Here’s a look at some of what’s going on in Anchorage.

Wait Until Dark: 7 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage Community Theatre, 1133 E. 70th Ave.

By Frederick Knott, this production’s opening weekend should include plenty of drama. The story follows Susy in a deadly game of cat-and-mouse with a con man and two ex-convicts. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and military and $15 for children.

Carmen: 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday, Discovery Theatre, 621 W. 6th Ave.

The Anchorage Opera presents this “Carmen,” by composer Georges Bizet. It follows the downfall of Don Jose, a Spanish soldier who is seduced by Carmen. Tickets for the show start at $30.25.

Salmon Run: 10 a.m. Saturday, Inlet View Elementary, 1219 N St.

The 32nd annual edition of this family fun run goes from Inlet View Elementary out along the Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. The run funds a number of programs. There are 2-kilometer, 5K or 10K events. The registration fee for the 2K is $25 and the 5K and 10K are $45. Parking is available at Anchorage Lutheran Church.


Railroad Days Open House: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage Historic Depot, 411 W. 1st Ave.

The last open house was in 2016, but it returns this year to help celebrate the railroad’s 100-year anniversary. The free event will feature displays of railroad locomotives, train rides and more family-friendly activities.

Arctic Comic Con 2023: noon-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Dena’ina Center, 600 W. 7th Ave.

Arctic Comic Con is a family friendly event celebrating comic books, fantasy, sci-fi, horror, anime and gaming. It features celebrity guests and cosplay events. Individual day tickets are $40 for Saturday and $35 for Sunday with other ticketing options available.

2023 Bike for Women: 9:30 a.m. Sunday, Chugiak High School, 16525 S. Birchwood Loop Road.

Launched in 2000, this annual event draws more than 700 riders and is a 9 mile out-and-back course that provides both uphill stretches and breath-catching downhills. For each rider, the Arctic Bicycle Club Bike 4 Women donates $3 to Let Every Woman Know, which raises funds and awareness for gynecologic cancers.

First Friday

2 Friends Gallery: 341 E. Benson Blvd. featuring Kate Goodell’s jewelry designs, 4-7 p.m.

Turnagain Brewing: 7920 King St. featuring “Faces and Places” from Jon Daining, 5-8 p.m.

Heritage Art & Frames: 2611 Fairbanks St., featured artist Kathleen Lynch, 5-8 p.m.

Georgia Blue Gallery: 3555 Arctic Blvd., featuring artist Annie Brace, 5-7 p.m.

Snow City Cafe: 1034 W. 4th Ave., featuring art by Vonnie Gaither and a music and spoken word showcase hosted by Shane Russell, 5-7 p.m.

Cyrano’s Art Gallery: 3800 DeBarr Road, “The Soft Spot” by Homer artist Carla Klinker Cope, 5-7 p.m.

Stephan Fine Arts: 939 W. 5th Ave., featured art by Charlie Renfro, Jamie Janko, Debora Deal, and Michaela Rae plus live music by The SpeNerds and Pocket King, 6-8:30 p.m.

IGCA: 427 D St., opening of three new exhibitions by Kenai artist Diane Dunn, Fairbanks artist Ethan/Kayaaní J Lauesen and UAA photography students, 5-8 p.m.

Tiny Gallery: 706 W. 4th Ave., featured artist Hailey Morgan, 4-8 p.m.

Sevigny Studio: 312 G St., featured artist is photographer Brandon Raile, 6-9 p.m.

The Cove: 510 L St., guest artist Esther Kelly with music from Bret Roberts and friend, 6-11 p.m.


Midnight Sun Brewing: 8111 Dimond Hook Drive, featured artist Malia Skirloff, 5-8 p.m.

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