Community Events
January 1-31
Zoo Lights
On Thursday through Sunday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., head to the Alaska Zoo to visit the big, bright, beautiful lighted parade of animals. From front to back, the zoo is decorated with colorful, whimsical, and even animated lighted animal displays.
January 2-11
Holiday Lights in the Garden

The Alaska Botanical Garden fills the grounds with beautiful light displays, live music, model train displays, vendors, warm drinks, and bonfires. This year the organization’s goal is to produce zero trash during the event, so guests are asked to bring their own mugs to fill with coffee, tea, chocolate, or cider.

January 11
Silent Film Night: Keaton and Chaplin

It’s an evening of Silent Film giants: In Sherlock Jr., when his fiancée is robbed, a kindly movie projectionist (Buster Keaton) is framed but uses his amateur sleuthing skills to solve the case, clear his name, and win back the girl.

In The Pawnshop, Charlie Chaplin plays an assistant in a pawnshop where he goes about his job in his usual comic manner. When a customer brings in an alarm clock to be pawned, Chaplin engages in one of his most famous solo sustained comedy bits.

January 15-26
Anchorage Folk Festival

The Anchorage Folk Festival’s goal is to support, encourage, and promote music and dance through performance and education. Across town artists take to the stage in free concerts, and the festival also includes workshops, contests, classes, and dances.

January 18
Tri-Flake Winter Triathlon

The Tri-Flake is Alaska’s only USA Triathlon-sanctioned winter triathlon. It starts with an 8K run on the Coastal Trail, followed by an 8-mile bike on multi-use trails and STA single track trails in Kincaid, and finishes with a 10K ski on Kincaid’s ski trails.

January 25- February 1
Cordova Iceworm Festival

The Cordova Iceworm Festival was created in 1961 by a few great Cordovans who were itching to lift the spirits of those down with the winter blues. Festivities include crowning Miss Iceworm, naming the Citizen of the Year, the only fireworks show in Cordova, survival suit races, parade, annual adult basketball and volleyball competitions, historical displays, a variety show, a paper airplane competition, and amazing local eats all week long.

January 17-19
Kid Fest

Shake off the winter blues by checking out Kid Fest, a three-day event packed with kid-friendly fun. Kids and parents alike will enjoy exciting games, inflatables, laser tag, mini golf, and great food at the Carlson Center.

January 25
Winter Animal Track Walk

Enjoy a guided walk on the refuge trail at Creamer’s Field to find tracks and learn about Interior Alaska’s winter animals.

January 24-26

The community comes together to play new and old board and card games. Demonstrations, organized games, miniature painting, and a huge lending library for open tables will be provided at Centennial Hall.

January 10-26
An Enemy of the People

A small Norwegian town has just begun to win fame and wealth through its medicinal spring waters. Dr. Stockmann, resident physician in charge, discovers that the waters are poisoned. On receiving proof of this, he immediately reports to his associates. When his brother, the mayor, conspires with local politicians and the newspaper to suppress the story, Stockmann appeals to the public—only to be shouted down and reviled as “an enemy of the people.” This is American playwright Arthur Miller’s provocative and surprisingly timely adaptation of Norwegian dramatist Henrik Ibsen’s incendiary drama.

January 24-26
Willow Winter Carnival
The carnival boasts one of the state’s biggest winter fireworks shows, Iditarod qualifying sled dog races, homesteading competitions, $1,000 bingo cash pots, talent contests, foot and ski races, entertainment, kids games, a cribbage tournament, and food.