Events Calendar

Events Calendar


Oct 5-7
Make It Alaskan Festival

In its thirtieth year, this festival features more than 120 booths showcasing arts, crafts, food products, jewelry, produce, and homegrown products from artisans ranging from Utqiaġvik to Ketchikan. Entry to the festival at Dena’ina Center is free to the public.

Oct 26-27
Portugal. The Man

Join the Alaska Railroad for the Halloween family fun: a ride on the rails complete with costumes, crafting, and tasty treats. The train travels 2.5 hours round-trip from Anchorage to Indian. Passengers enjoy monster-size fun, including a magician, crafts, balloon animals, Halloween-themed bingo, a raffle, and coloring contest.


Oct 6-7
Go Winter! Expo

This event focuses on winter: how to get through it safely and sanely while having fun. This year will include the Interior Alaska Gun show, as well as indoor and outdoor activities, food, and information about winterization, home care, and travel ideas, all at the Carlson Center.

Oct 18
City Sampler

Fairbanks Resource Agency (FRA) hosts a “delightful and delicious” evening offering an array of Fairbanks’ finest food from local restaurants and caterers, as well as live music and door prizes. It’s the organization’s premier fundraising event; proceeds help FRA achieve its mission to support Alaskans with disabilities, including the growing senior population with Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia and other frail and disabling conditions. City Sampler is held in the Westmark Gold Room.

Oct 20
International Friendship Day

Celebrate diversity with performances and ethnic food booths at the Pioneer Park Centennial Center from Noon to 5 p.m.

Oct 20
Arctic Innovation Competition

The UAF Arctic Innovation Competition (AIC) is Alaska’s original idea contest launched in 2009. AIC is run by the UAF School of Management and currently awards $30,000 in cash prizes to winners in three divisions: AIC Main, AIC Jr., and AIC Cub. Finalists are invited to present at the Wedgewood Resort at the Final Competition on October 20 to compete for first, second, third, and fourth places.


Oct 6
Chilkat Chef Competition

This local cuisine competition celebrates salmon and is a fundraiser for Lynn Canal Conservation. Starting at 6:30 p.m., several teams of three to four chefs square off to see who can create the best salmon dinner using fresh Coho and mystery ingredients.


Oct 13
Zero K Fun Non-Run

This event features live music from Fire on McGinnis and others, a pasta buffet for carb loading, a no-host bar, and non-alcoholic drinks. Participants will receive a race-day T-shirt and a 0.0 sticker to highlight their lack of achievement, all at the Hangar on the Wharf ballroom.


Oct 5-7
Music & Arts Festival

The theme of this year’s festival is “Wilderness” and was inspired by the art of Rockwell Kent. This exciting conclusion to the busy summer season includes live music and dance performances along with local artisan craft and food vendors. The festival is held at the Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Intermodal Facility, which is heated and indoors.


Oct 10-18
Alaska Day Festival

This festival commemorates the transfer of Alaska from Russia to the United States at Sitka in October 1867. This year’s theme is “Museums Preserving History.” The Alaska Day ball is on Tuesday, and other events include special lectures, exhibits, and displays; receptions, luncheons, and food sales; interpretive programs at museums and parks; and races and games.


Oct 19-21
Fall Festival

Fall Festival is a celebration of art, music, and life in the North that includes art and craft classes, zombie walks, fund raisers, burger feeds, a cribbage tournament, and other activities.


Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe

Presented by Valley Performing Arts, Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself (and the audience) that he’s not mad. The spell he weaves creates a highly theatrical adaptation of four tales Poe himself considered his best: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.”

The Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder

In this comedy, when the low-born Monty Navarro finds out that he’s eighth in line for an earldom in the lofty D’Ysquith family, he figures his chances of outliving his predecessors are slight and sets off down a far more ghoulish path. Can he knock off his unsuspecting relatives without being caught and become the ninth Earl of Highhurst? And what of love? Because murder isn’t the only thing on Monty’s mind.