Summer Fun Calendar

Dear friends and neighbors,

We all know the importance of making our summer days count, and luckily there’s always a lot to do! Below is a small collection of the fun events going on around our community this summer. I hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy them.
Wishing you and your family a safe and happy rest of summer of 2018!

Representative Jason Grenn

 

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ONE-TIME EVENTS

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon

Saturday, June 23rd (times & locations vary)
A summer solstice tradition more than 40 years in the making, the Mayor’s Marathon includes the following events: Midnight Sun Marathon & Relay, Alaska Half Marathon, Buddy Half Marathon, Coastal 5K event and Healthy Future Kids Mile. A great event for runners and spectators alike!

Click HERE for more info!

Downtown Summer Solstice Festival

Downtown Summer Solstice Festival

Saturday, June 23rd, 12noon – 6pm @ 4th Avenue (between C & H)
FREE fun for all ages! Join the annual Downtown Summer Solstice Festival on the longest day of the year for some fun in the sun with family and friends.

For a map and full list of activities, visit the official website HERE.

Celebrate Juneteenth

Juneteenth Anchorage Citywide Celebration

Saturday, June 23rd, 12noon – 6pm @ Fairview Lions Park
Free to attend. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Complete with celebrations, guest speakers, picnics and family gatherings, it is a time for reflection and rejoicing.

Click HERE for details.

2018 Arctic Thunder

2018 Arctic Thunder – Alaska Air Show

Sat & Sun, June 30th & July 1st, 8:03am – 5:30pm @ JBER
Free admission and free parking! Come out for this year’s air show to celebrate the spirit of military service and engage with the life and culture on JBER. Check out the many activities to enjoy, including amazing aerial demonstrations, 30 acres of aircraft and other military displays, Joint Force demonstrations, food booths, and much more! Fun for the whole family!

For more info, click HERE or visit the Facebook event.

Mountain Bike for Women

Mountain Bike for Women

Saturday, June 30th, 9:00am @ Kincaid Park
(Bib pick-up & registration June 28th & 29th, 10am – 7pm @ Treck Bicycle Store)
Join the Mountain Bike for Women to discover Kincaid mountain bike trails, try demo mountain bikes, go on a guided preview of the course, and race time trial style! Three fun events to choose from.

For more info, click HERE.

Anchorage July 4th Celebration

Anchorage July 4th Celebration

Wednesday, July 4th, 8am – 6pm @ Delaney Park Strip 
Free, family friendly event. Anchorage’s Delaney Park Strip is host to the annual Anchorage July 4th Celebration, complete with pancake breakfast, the parade, music, games, reading of the Declaration of Independence, vendors, food and fireworks.
If you’re hungry, grab a bite to eat before the annual fireworks show.

For more event information, click HERE.

Boondocks Breakaway Run

Boondocks Breakaway Run

Sunday, July 8th, 10am (meet) / 11am (race start) @ Kincaid Park Bunker
Anchorage Running Club sponsored run that includes 2.5K (kids) and 5K fun runs along our scenic Kincaid Park trails. Race day registration only; fee applies.

Click HERE for the Anchorage Running Club website and more info!

Summer Bike Tour: Public Art

Summer Bike Tour: Public Art

Thursday, July 12th, 5:00pm (meet) @ Anchorage Museum
Visit public artworks installed around the city through the Municipality of Anchorage’s 1% for Art program. Meet at 5 p.m., ride at 5:30 p.m. (rain or shine). Tours last 2-3 hours and cover several miles. Free for all!.

Click HERE for the Anchorage Museum website.

Alaska Aviation Museum

Alaska Aviation Festival

Sunday, July 22nd @ Alaska Aviation Museum – More Details to Come!
All ages are welcome! Check out the Alaska Aviation Museum’s annual Alaska Aviation Festival, right around the corner from the neighborhood! Featuring live music, refreshments, food vendors, vintage aircraft fly-bys, booths and games, all themed to Alaskan aviation.

For more information about the museum or upcoming events, click HERE.

Bark in the Park/Canine Frisbee Championship

Bark in the Park/Canine Frisbee Championship

Sunday, July 22nd, 11am registration / 1pm start @ Delaney Park Strip (10th & L)
Bring the whole family out to see Magnificent Mutts, Leaping Labs, Awesome Aussies perform entertaining vaults, mid-air grabs, spectacular flips and thrilling long distance catches! Watch agility, obedience and protection demonstrations, flyball exhibitions, pet contests and more. All ages welcome.

For rules and competition entry info, click HERE (see page 3).

Sand Lake Community Council Picnic

Sand Lake Community Council Picnic

Friday, July 27th, 6pm – 8pm @ Kincaid Park
Make sure to attend this special event just for our side of town! All ages welcome in joining the local Sand Lake Community Council and me in getting to know our neighbors better through delicious food, music, and games. Hope to see you there!

For more information, visit the SLCC’s Facebook Event.

Anchorage Invasive Weed Smackdown

Anchorage Invasive Weed Smackdown

Saturday, August 4th, 10am – 1:30pm @ Centennial Park Campground
The smackdown is a fun, family-friendly competition to control invasive plants in Anchorage. This year’s even will be targeting European bird cherry, which can seriously impact moose. By removing these invaders, we will allow native plants and healthy habitats to return. Includes t-shirts for all, prizes and free lunch!

To get involved and know what to bring, click HERE.

Japanese Summer Festival

Japanese Summer Festival 2018

Saturday, August 4th, 12–5pm @ Lucy Cuddy Hall, UAA
Join the fun at this year’s Japanese Summer Festival, and help celebrate the Japan Alaska Association/Japanese Society of Alaska’s 30-year Anniversary! There will be traditional Japanese food, games, and cultural demonstrations to entertain the whole family! Free Admission.

To learn more about this fun event, click HERE.

thread’s 11th Annual Book Party in the Park

thread’s 11th Annual Book Party in the Park

Thursday, August 9th, 4-7pm @ Mt. View Garden Art Park (3350 Commercial Dr.)

Thanks to the generous donations of community members and businesses, children receive free books at this annual outdoor family event! Children can browse through thousands of books and choose the ones just right for them — from infant to young adult. Also enjoy live music, story time, snacks, crafts, and lots of fun activities together in the park, all for free. Dress for the weather! Parking at Clark Middle School.

For more information about thread, click HERE.

Anchorage RunFest (formerly the Big Wild Life Run)

Anchorage RunFest (formerly the Big Wild Life Run)

August 18th & 19th (times & locations vary)
The largest event and main fundraiser of the Anchorage Running Club, the Anchorage RunFest offers a number of events for all ages and abilities, including a Marathon, Half Marathon, 49K, 5K, Kids’ 2K and the Anchorage Mile.

Check out the options HERE!

Alaska State Fair

Alaska State Fair

August 23 – September 3 @ the Alaska State Fairgrounds (Palmer)
The Alaska State Fair – fun for everyone in the family with an abundance of diverse vendors, food to please every palate, rides, concerts, acrobats, animals, exceptional educational exhibits, record-setting giant vegetables and beautiful flower gardens.

Check out this year’s schedule of events at www.alaskastatefair.org

Trick or Treat in the Heat

Trick or Treat in the Heat

September 2018 @ Muirwood & West Park Neighborhoods – More Details to Come!
Bring the kids out for this highly-anticipated neighborhood party and charity fundraiser! This is a great event giving kids the chance to do some trick-or-treating without the snowsuits, with 100% of proceeds going to three charities (Hospice of Anchorage, Make a Wish & Ronald McDonald House).

Click HERE for ticket info!

Community Health Fair

Community Health Fair

More Details Coming Soon!
Alaska Health Fair will be in our part of town offering free education, preventative testing, health screenings and the most affordable, comprehensive blood tests in Alaska. All are welcome to attend!

Click HERE for a complete list of health fairs around the state, and services offered at each event.

Zombie 1/2 Marathon and Kids 2.5k

Zombie 1/2 Marathon and Kids 2.5k

Saturday, October 13th (times and locations vary – kid’s run at Kincaid Chalet)
Wear your best zombie costume for this late season event on the Coastal and Chester Creek trails. Events include a Half Marathon for both runners & walkers, as well as a 2.5K for kids. A rain or snow or shine event! Entry fee applies.

Click HERE for all the details!

 

ONGOING ACTIVITIES

Kincaid Park

Kincaid Park

As always, Kincaid Park is an awesome adventure spot for running, hiking, biking, soccer, swimming, walking dogs, group activities and more!  And don’t forget – Kincaid has an archery range, motocross and disc golf courses to enjoy as well!
Check Out the App
For those who’d like a little extra info while in the park, make sure to check out the mobile app!  It doesn’t yet cover the details for all available activities, but offers a handy trail map that doesn’t require a cell signal. Get out and explore, walk a little further, ski a little longer, take that mysterious trail you’ve always wondered about. This app will get you back to your car!

For more info about Kincaid activities and hours, click HERE.

Other Neighborhood Parks

Other Neighborhood Parks

Make sure to also check out our other nearby parks for opportunities to swim, play, fish, play baseball and soccer, hang out on the beach, BBQ and more!

Click names for park location & info:

Jewel Lake Park, Jade Park, Shady Birch Park, Sand Lake Park

Dimond High Pool & Swim Lessons

Dimond High Pool & Swim Lessons

Open Swim: M-TH, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Morning Lap Swim: M-F, 5:30am – 7:30am
Evening Lap Swim: M-TH, 6:30pm – 7:30pm (adults only)
Water Aerobics: M-TH, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Swim lessons are held 4:30 – 7:30pm M/W or T/TH. Click HERE or call (907) 343-4508 for more information.

Local Farmers Markets

Local Farmers Markets

Although we are in the process of getting our very own Jewel Lake Farmers Market started, make sure to enjoy other markets in the meantime! Shopping at local markets is a great way to access fresh, locally-grown, caught and farmed foods, support local businesses and get out and about with friends and family!

For a full list of 2018 weekend and weekday markets, click HERE.

If you’d like to learn more or get involved in starting the Jewel Lake Farmers Market, please contact me at jasongrenn@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

Juneteenth Anchorage Citywide Celebration

Spenard Community Rec Center & Skate Park

The Spenard Recreation Center is a nearby community facility with a large gym, weight room, racquetball/walleball courts, dance/martial arts room, commercial kitchen, and meeting rooms. Several classes and programs offered. Some fees apply.

The Spenard Skate Park at the Center is free and open to the public! Features grind boxes with grind rails, a flat kinked grind rail, skate table, jump ramp, 2 quarter pipe, 3-sided pyramid with stairs, mini half pipe combination, and a custom curved grind rail.

Stop by or click HERE to learn more.

Anchorage Bucs / Pilots Games

Anchorage Bucs / Pilots Games

Head out to the ballfield for live-action, local baseball!

Anchorage Bucs Schedule: http://www.anchoragebucs.com/view/anchoragebucs

Anchorage Glacier Pilots Schedule: http://www.glacierpilots.com/view/glacierpilots

Loussac Library Events

Loussac Library Events

The Loussac Library offers a number of events throughout the year, including Toddler Time, Teen Game Time, Book Buddies, Baby Time, Family Storytime, Nerd Night Trivia and many more!

Check out the full schedule HERE (filter by location for best info).

Lunch on the Lawn

Lunch on the Lawn

Every Tuesday (through August), 11:30am – 1:30pm @ the Anchorage Museum

Free (and weather dependent). Live music and family activities on the museum lawn, including outdoor science labs! Brown bag it, or buy lunch from a local food truck.

Click HERE for a full list of all Anchorage Museum summer events.

Alaska Outdoors Club Hikes

Alaska Outdoors Club Hikes

Mondays and Thursdays, 6:30 – 8:00 pm (locations vary, but include Kincaid Park)

This all-volunteer, social hiking club brings people together for easy to moderate hikes. All hikes open to public — free for members and suggested donation of $1.00 per adult for non-members. Some special weekend hikes also provided.

Click HERE or call (907) 770-0440 for more information

Music in the Park

Band on outdoor stage

Band on outdoor stage

Weekly Music Downtown

Check out these free & fun weekly music events from the Anchorage Downtown Partnership:

Music for Little Ones
Every Monday (through July 30th), 12noon – 1pm @ Peratrovich Park (4th & E)
Bring the kids downtown every Monday to sing and dance along with Fiddle De Dee at these fun, free concerts! Click HERE for more info.

 

Music in the Park
Every Wednesday (through August 9th), 12noon – 1pm @ Peratrovich Park (4th & E)
Bring your lunch downtown for this free music series! Each week, a different band will perform and fill the park with music. For info, click HERE or visit the Facebook page.

 

Life After Five
Every Thursday (through August 9th), 5:30 – 7:30pm @ Town Square Park
All ages welcome. This free event features good eats, a beer & wine garden, prizes from GCI and Alaska Airlines and live music from local & out-of-state artists! Click HERE for info on the 2018 season.

 

Salsa in the Park
Every Sunday (through August 12th),1:00 – 3:00pm @ Town Square Park
Come join the fun every Sunday for a series of FREE social dances for the general public with great Cuban and Latin music in Town Square Park! Anaya Latin Dance will be leading and calling rueda de casino, a lively way of dancing as a group that all can enjoy! No partners necessary!

For more info, visit the Facebook event or visit www.anayalatindance.com.

 

SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS

Kincaid Adventure Camps

Kincaid Adventure Camps

Weekly Options, June – August @ Kincaid Outdoor Center

Spend the summer discovering the joys of Kincaid Park. Campers will learn about animal tracking, hiking, kite and rocket building, map making, orienteering, outdoor cooking, canoeing and more! Fees apply.

Click HERE (see page 11) or call (907) 343-6397 for days, times and registration info.

 

Looking for more? Check Out the ADN’s Camp Guide:

Click HERE for a list of additional summer camps offered throughout Anchorage, as compiled by the Anchorage Daily News.

 

OTHER RESOURCES

Check out these other community calendars and resource guides for more summer activity ideas:

Anchorage Parks & Recreation Summer Activity Guide:

Summer 2018 Activity Guide

Alaska Dispatch News Events Calendar:

Alaska Dispatch News Events Calendar:

The Anchorage Press Events Calendar:

The Anchorage Press Events Calendar:

Visit Anchorage Calendar of Events:

Visit Anchorage Calendar of Events:

Have Something More to Add?

Know a neighborhood event we missed? Send me an email at Rep.Jason.Grenn@akleg.gov and we’ll add it to the list!