It goes without saying that summer time is the prime time to take in entertainment in Alaska. All around the state fairs, festivals and get together are going off under the midnight sun.
This summer, so far, has been an exceptional one, making the Alaska fair or festival going experience all the more fantastic. Here's a quick look at the remaining events statewide for the rest of the season, from the end of August through September.
Late August fairs and festivals around the state
Alaska State Fair
When: Thursday, August 22- Monday, Sep. 2
Where: 2075 Glenn Hwy, Palmer, Alaska
Cost: $12 for general adult admission during weekdays, $15 for weekends
What it's about: Giant pumpkins, giant cabbages and giant things of all kinds! The Alaska State Fair is definitely into big things. Check out the epic concert line up here.
Local Harvest Festival
When: Wednesday, August 28
Where: Alaska Botanical Garden in Anchorage
Cost: Free, but bring a dish to share
What it's about: Community and food. The Anchorage Food Mosaic is hosting this "community-building potluck-style" event to help celebrate the year's delicious bounty of fresh summer food.
Infinite Summer 2013
When: Friday night, August 30
Where: The Tap Root in Anchorage
Cost: $10 in advance, $12 at the door
What it's about: A tribute to the summer of 2013 featuring local music favorites. The line-up includes Emma Hill, Dabarko, Ghost Hands, The Modern Savage and DJ Alex the Lion.
When: Labor Day Weekend, Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1
Where: the Girdwood Community Room at the Hotel Alyeska in Girdwood, Alaska
What it's about: A weekend of presentations and class on center around mushroom picking season. Live music outdoors is also a draw.
More info: Call 907-754-2348 or visit Online
Annual Food Festival
When: Saturday, August 31
Where: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center in Juneau, Alaska
What it's about: The goal of the Food Festival is to foster greater food self-sufficiency in Juneau by bringing together consumers, growers, and producers of local foods with the intent of encouraging local sustainability through backyard gardening and small business initiatives.
Tamamta Katurlluta: A Gathering of Native Tradition
When: Friday, August 30 and Saturday, August 31
Where: Homer, Alaska
Cost: Mostly free
What it's about: The coming together of Alaska Native artists, Elders, tradition-bearers, dancers, drummers, and non-Native participants all in celebration of cultural sharing and community building.
More info: Online or call the Pratt Museum at 907-235-8635
September fairs and festivals around the state
The Rainforest Festival
When: Thursday, Sept. 5 - Sunday, Sept. 8
Where: Petersburg, Alaska
Cost: Mostly free
What it's about: Bring residents closer to the natural world through education, exploration and the arts. This year's participants will have an opportunity to take a whale watching charter with noted whale researcher Jan Straley, get up close with raptors and take a workshop on botanical illustration. Kids will enjoy the festival's hands-on workshops, which include fishprint t-shirts, tide pooling, rainforest sketchbooking and more.
September First Tap at Bear Tooth
When: Thursday, Sept. 5
Where: Bear Tooth TheatrePub in Anchorage
What it's about: The music of the David Grisman Quintet and that good old fashion first tap.
Monolith Agency Music Showcase
When: Friday, Sept. 13 & Saturday, Sept. 14
Where: Tap Root Public House in Anchorage
Cost: $10 per night, or $15 for both nights
What it's about: The Monolith Agency is a boutique booking and publicity agency for local and traveling independent musicians. The Showcase is an effort put forth by the Agency to share the best of Alaskan made music, as well as headlining national acts, in one location over the period of two nights. This year's Outside headliner is legendary American musician Bobby Bare Jr. and his band.
2nd Annual Capital Brewfest
When: Saturday, Sept. 14
Where: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Cultural Center in Juneau, Alaska
Cost: $30 general; $5 for designated drivers
What it's about: The brewfest offers a great selection of brews, bands and good food all for a good cause.
When: Saturday, September 14
Where: Cuddy Family Park in Anchorage
Cost: $25 in advance, $30 at the door
What it's about: Exotic and local (but always delicious) spirits. The fest features, along with live music, beer, wine, mead and cider from Alaska, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Seward Music and Arts Festival
When: Friday, September 27- Sunday, September 29
Where: Alaska Railroad Cruise Ship Terminal Dock Building in Seward, Alaska
Cost: $6 per daily and $15 for a festival pass
What it's about: The festival provides unique vendors and food from all around the state, and local and national musical acts. Check out the 2013 line-up.
Did we miss anything? Share your soirees and church-hall raves on our calendar.