Anchorage Alaska skyline and mountain backdrop from waterWith the sun high over head, Anchorage residents and visitors have the chance to celebrate more than 23 hours of functional daylight with a wide selection of eclectic solstice events. Summer solstice is always a party in Alaska and with the opportunity to soak up every bit of light, diverse groups plan to gather and celebrate. Solstice festivities kick into high gear on Saturday, June 18.

One of the most traveled trails in Anchorage, Flattop Mountain, is great for hikers of all abilities and offers stunning views of the city and surrounding mountain ranges under the summer sun.  Solstice is the perfect time to visit Flattop; many hikers hold informal parties and even set up overnight camp at the summit.

Anglers hoping to hook a monster salmon under the midnight sun can cast their lines just steps from downtown streets, and during solstice they may take home more than just a fish tale. Ship Creek hosts the Slam’n Salm’n Derby from June 10-19.  Reel in the big one – or a special tagged fish – and net great prizes. Last year’s biggest fish tipped the scales at 48 pounds.

Or check out the Anchorage Market & Festival, which runs Saturdays and Sundays from May to September. Local farmers and artisans sell Alaska treasures, fresh produce and tasty food. The market stretches across seven acres in downtown Anchorage and features free admission and live entertainment.

The Anchorage Glacier Pilots baseball team will take advantage of the summer sun as well; they throw out the first pitch of their game against the Mat-Su Miners at 10 p.m. on June 19.  The Alaska Zoo extends hours all the way to midnight that evening too.  Over on the Delaney park strip, Anchorage’s Juneteenth celebration fills the weekend with live bands, dancers and artists as well as food and vendors to celebrate the contributions of Alaska’s African American community.

The list below highlights more events and activities taking place around summer solstice. Travelers are encouraged to explore for an extensive list of events and itinerary possibilities. Media are advised to confirm event details using the contact information provided for each prior to publication.

Summer Solstice Kick-Off Concert at the Bear Tooth
June 17, 2011
(907) 276-4200

Enjoy a wide variety of local brews at this annual concert. This year Moose’s Tooth and the Bear Tooth are proud to present popular band the Presidents of the United States of America. Must be 21 to attend. 

Mayor’s Marathon
June 18, 2011
(907) 786-1325

Alaska’s summer solstice tradition, runners from all over the world convene in Anchorage for the marathon, half marathon, five miler, relay and youth events. A Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training and Neurofibromatosis (NF) team event, the Mayor’s Marathon empowers novice runners to participate in marathons while raising vital funds for lifesaving research.

Solstice Festival & Hero Games
June 18, 2010

Alaskans celebrate the longest day of the year in Town Square in Anchorage.  Tons of events packed into one sweet weekend in downtown Anchorage, including the Hero Games, a friendly competition between local police, fire, and military units, Humpy’s Solstice Concert in Town Square and the Fourth Avenue Family Festival.

Solstice Showdown with Rage City Rollergirls
June 19, 2010
(907) 272-4801

Enjoy the heart-pumping excitement of roller derby as this FREE event pits the Dirty Polli’s against the Sockeye Sallys. Local girls don their skates in town square and race under the midnight sun.

Juneteenth Celebration
June 18, 2011 (tentative)
(907) 884-6860

A family-oriented, annual multicultural event taking place on the Delany Park Strip. Learn more about African American history while enjoying a Gospel Explosion, educational movies, skits, political speakers and more!

Moose’s Tooth Annual Summer Solstice Show
June 18, 2011
(907) 258-2537

Soak up the rays and gulp down some of the best local brews in town at Moose’s Tooth’s annual summer-time show. Popular band 311 will make their way to the Land of the Midnight Sun to celebrate solstice with local Alaskans and rock the house with their smash hits!

Midnight Bike Ride
June 18, 2011

Join night owl biking enthusiasts at 10:30 p.m. for a ride under the midnight sun. Celebrate the summer solstice with a ride beginning at Kincaid Park and ending downtown at Town Square Park.

Explore for more information on events and specials throughout the year.


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