Arts and Entertainment

6 things to do in Anchorage this weekend

John Craigie

7 p.m. Thursday; 49th State Brewing, 717 W 3rd Ave.; 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday; Creekbend Company in Hope

Sage storyteller and troubadour John Craigie returns to Alaska, this time performing with a full band. His new album “Pagan Church” offers listeners a more full, electric sound and features TK & The Holy Know-Nothings backing Craigie on the songs. Tickets are $45 for the 49th State show and $40 for the Creekbend performances.

Sundown Alaska Music & Arts Festival

3 p.m. Friday-Saturday-Sunday; Cuddy Park, 201 E 40th Ave.

Anchorage’s biggest music festival returns for a third year with three days of music at Cuddy Park. Headliners include Tech N9ne, Diplo and Portugal. The Man, plus a whole host of other local and national touring acts. Three-day general admission passes are $229 and individual day tickets are also available.

Alaska Run for Women

8 a.m. Saturday; UAA Cuddy Quad, 3400 Seawolf Drive

The Alaska Run for Women hits the pavement Saturday, raising awareness and funds for breast cancer and women’s health for the 32nd year. The 5-mile timed and 5-mile and 1-mile untimed options allow plenty of opportunity to get into your favorite pink gear and join the fun. Register online; there is no entry fee but a $25 suggested donation. Teams can also be formed and registered and donations are accepted.

3 Barons Renaissance Fair

Noon-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Russian Jack Springs Park North, 801 Pine St.


The Renaissance Fair hits its second weekend, with Friday and Saturday devoted to a fantasy theme. The fair promises “combat, entertainment, crafts and culinary delights.” Attendees can take a free shuttle from UAA’s West Lot at Lake Otis Parkway and 36th Avenue. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and under and $9 for both seniors and military.


3 p.m. Saturday; Van’s Dive Bar, 1027 E 5th Ave.

With 28 bands and acts playing over the course of the day and deep into the night, the 6th annual Vaniversary should have something for virtually every music fan. No cover.

907 Pro Wrestling

4 p.m. Saturday; Arctic Rec Center, 4855 Arctic Blvd.

Some of Alaska’s top wrestlers will meet in the ring for “ARIS3N” on Saturday. The card features a seven-man ladder match for the vacant Midnight Sun Championship. There will also be a Northern Lights tag team championship match and a 907 Pro Wrestling Championship belt on the line. Tickets are $20 at the door.

June First Friday

Anchorage Museum: “Wintermoot” Book 8 release, Alaska Electronic Orchestra with Rick Zelinsky performs as part of Spenard Jazz Fest. There will also be a number of docent-led gallery talks, including Lingít and Athabascan clothing and ornamentation as well as The Battle of Dutch Harbor and the Kiska Blitz. Free admission from 6-9 p.m., 625 C St., 6-9 p.m.

The Cove: Featuring nostalgic art from Nicholas Taylor. Live music by Snarley Brown and Corey Boiko, 510 L St., 5:30-10 p.m.

IGCA: New exhibitions from Myesha Callahan Freet and Christian Freet, 427 D St., 5-8 p.m.

Midnight Sun Brewing: Featuring Gyotaku artist Ron Graham and a special cask of Wolf Pack Pilsner dry hopped with German Amarillo hops, 8111 Dimond Hook Drive, 5 p.m.

Sevigny Studio: Featuring the work of Alaskan retired military photojournalist Brandon Raile. Live music by Steve Norwood, 302 G St., 6-9 p.m.

Captain Cook Art Co-op: Featuring Melissa Peterson with her fused glass art, 939 W 5th Ave., 4-8 p.m.

Tiny Gallery: Featuring Annie Ciszak of Annie’s Arts & Follies, 706 W 4th Ave., 4-8 p.m.

Turnagain Brewing: Featuring stained glass by Amy Vail, 7924 King St., 5 p.m.

Double Shovel Cider Company: Featuring work by Teri Lindseth, 502 W 58th Ave., 5 p.m.

Magnetic North Brewing: Featuring work by Zack Leslie, 8861 Golovin St., 5 p.m.

Anchorage Distillery: Featuring paintings by Jenn Sonne, 6310 A St., 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Bottoms Up Boutique: Featuring Sara Murr of Murmaid Designs, 320 W 5th Ave., 5-8:30 p.m.


Georgia Blue Gallery: Featuring Carol Crump Bryner and Linda Brady Farr, 3555 Arctic Blvd., 5-7 p.m.

Chris Bieri

Chris Bieri is the sports and entertainment editor at the Anchorage Daily News.