February 21, 2015
The world’s longest snowmobile race revs up in February, and for the first time ever, it starts in Anchorage. The Pro Class race begins in Anchorage, and stretches to Nome and Fairbanks over 2,000 miles of winter trails. The whole weekend leading up the start is filled with demos, aerial performances, and special events.
Feb. 27-March 8, 2015
Celebrating winter like nowhere else, Alaska’s largest and oldest winter festival features tons of fun events. Favorite events include team snowball fights, known as Yukigassen, outhouse races, snowshoe softball and the Running of the Reindeer - a mass dash down Fourth Avenue with sprinting caribou giving chase. There are also fireworks, a carnival and the Charlotte Jensen Native Crafts expo. There are more delights in store at Fur Rondy in 2015.
March 7, 2015
World-class mushers and their dog teams race toward the Bering Sea coast through rugged mountains and snow-capped forests in the “Last Great Race on Earth.” The Iditarod’s 1,049 miles of pure adrenaline begin in downtown Anchorage the first Saturday in March with the ceremonial start. The restart is held the next day in Willow, north of Anchorage.
Alyeska Spring Carnival and Slush Cup
April 10-12, 2015
Alyeska ends on of the longest ski seasons on the continent in spectacular fashion. The insanity of the Slush Cup means costumed skiers and boarders attempting to skim across a brutally cold, slushy pond in front of judges and an enthusiastic crowd. Usher in spring in the town of Girdwood, Alaska, and enjoy great spring skiing and snowboarding, kids races, live music and more.
April 16-18, 2015
Watch Alaska youths from across the state compete in games based on skills critical to traditional Alaska Native lifestyles. Formerly known as the Native Youth Olympics, the competitions include the two-foot high kick and the one-hand reach and seem to defy gravity and physics. The games test hunting and survival skills, the balance of mind and body, as well as strength, endurance and agility.
May 9-Sept. 6, 2015 (held on Saturdays and Sundays)
Browse for crafts, sample the summer flavors of Alaska and enjoy free entertainment every Saturday and Sunday all summer long in the heart of downtown Anchorage. Local farmers and artisans sell their goods in a festival atmosphere. This open-air market is a great place to get a bite to eat, soak up the sun and mingle with the locals.
June 20-21, 2015
Alaskans celebrate the longest day of the year in Town Square with tons of events packed into one sweet festival. Live musical performances keep downtown hopping until the sun goes down, a tall order on a day with 22 hours of functional daylight. The Hero Games are a day-long friendly competition between the police, troopers, each military branch and the fire department. Enjoy the heart-pumping adrenaline with entertaining and challenging games such as the obstacle course, a "rescue the cat" climb, litter carry, the bucket brigade and tricycle races. The Mayor’s Marathon and Half Marathon also takes to the trails for a day of running under the midnight sun.
July 4, 2015
Anchorage's July 4th fireworks cap a patriotic day in Alaska, so “Go Fourth” and celebrate! The parade kicks off in downtown Anchorage the morning of July 4th and fireworks light up the city once the sun finally sets.
July 24, 2015
The Delaney Park Strip hosts the culmination of Anchorage 100th anniversary with lots of family fun and creative activities. The city was first established in July 1915.
Aug. 15-16, 2015
Organized by the Anchorage running club, this race has something for runners of all ages and abilities, with a kids’ run, mile race, 5K, half and full marathons and a 49 kilometer ultra race.
Oct. 9-10, 2015
The country’s top college hockey teams travel to Anchorage for a four team tournament featuring the hometown UAA Seawolves.
Nov. 24-28, 2015
Turkey and hoops go hand-in-hand in Anchorage. Many of the nation's top collegiate teams have gathered here throughout the years over Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the annual Great Alaska Shootout tournament. Past MVPs of the tournament have included future NBA stars Dwyane Wade, Ray Allen and Glenn Robinson, just to name a few. In between games there is plenty to see and do in Anchorage, including the annual tree lighting ceremony, Nutcracker Ballet, Anchorage Museum’s Crafts Weekend and more.
Dec. 4-13, 2015
Silver screen gems from Alaska and around the world get screenings in the Last Frontier. From critically acclaimed feature films to homegrown short films, they are all “films worth freezing for.”
Dec. 31, 2015
New Year's Eve in Anchorage lights up the night with a big, wild celebration for the whole family. Live music and performers helps set the mood and fireworks cap 2015 and welcome the new year.