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This weekend in Anchorage: Alaska Heart Run & Walk returns, plus hobby and tattoo festivals

The Alaska Heart Run & Walk has traditionally been held in late April with snow still on the ground for some runnings of the American Heart Association fundraiser. But in 2023, the race is in May, held this weekend when hundreds of Alaskans will join forces at the Alaska Airlines Center. Other unique Anchorage events this weekend include a tattoo festival and a hobby festival. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Bike to Work Day: 7-9 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. Friday, points across Anchorage

Friday is a day to celebrate bicycling with Anchorage’s Bike to Work Day. There are maps available that show stops and treat stations that might be along your route from home to work and back again. Bike to Work Day shirts and stickers were designed by Scott Clendaniel this year.

Anchorage Tattoo Arts Festival: 2-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave.

This inaugural event includes special guests like Ringling Brothers star James Maltman and “America’s Got Talent” stars Captain and Maybelle, tattoo contests and a tattoo of the day. Tickets are $25 per day or $50 for a weekend pass.

Dog Park: 7 p.m. Friday/Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, Cyrano’s Theatre, 3800 DeBarr Road

In this production, two women meet and develop a friendship at a local dog park. As their relationship deepens, the work examines “the power of friendship to unshackle the fears that can silence us.” Tickets start at $30, and performances run through May 28.


Alaska Heart Run & Walk: 9 a.m. Saturday, Alaska Airlines Center, 3550 Providence Drive

This annual event is a major fundraiser for the American Heart Association, with funds going to CPR training, education and research. This year’s theme is “I Run and Walk to Save Lives.” On-site event registration will be available starting at 7:30 a.m. on race day with opening ceremonies set for 9 a.m. Registration for adult chip-timed 5K runners is $35 and $30 for youths age 8-17. Kids 7 and younger can run for free.

[2023 Heart Run and Walk set for Saturday at Alaska Airlines Center]

Anchorage Hobby Fest: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, The Dome, 6501 Changepoint Drive

Twelve local model and radio control clubs will be at the fest with exhibitions of radio control planes, race cars, rock crawlers and drift cars. The Boy Scouts’ Alaska State Championship Pinewood Derby Race will also be held during the festival. The event is free to the public and food trucks will be on site.

Wine, Women & Shoes: 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave.

This fundraising event brings together “community-minded, philanthropic women (and a few good men) ... to sip, shop, savor, and support a worthy cause.” This event will benefit Best Beginnings, with all proceeds going to the organization that focuses on making sure Alaska children begin school ready to succeed. Tickets start at $125.

Darryl Worley: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Egan Center, 555 W. Fifth Ave.

Country star Darryl Worley hits the stage on Saturday in Anchorage. Worley has produced three No. 1 singles on the Billboard Country charts during his 25-year career. General admission tickets for the show are $48.

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