Savor September. This last dose of summer is one of the best. From the midway to the mountains, the month is full of annual traditions, exhilarating events, trips and spots that make the most of the season.
With the big Ferris Wheel and all the other carnival rides, a visit to the Alaska State Fair comes with literal ups and downs. But the weekends also mean plenty of performances at the Borealis Theatre. Laugh it up with Jim Gaffigan or get down with musical acts like Jason Derulo or Portugal. The Man. All three perform in the fair’s final September dates, so get out to Palmer. Two words: funnel cake!
If the thought of fried dough just made you feel a little sluggish, Girdwood has the antidote for you this month. Girdwood – a place surrounded by mountains – has two big events to make use of all that spare elevation. Racers in the Alyeska Climbathon on Sept. 12 walk, hike or run up the North Face Trail and ride the tram down as many times as possible. Make enough circuits (10 laps to be exact) and you’ve climbed as high as Denali.
Perhaps you’d prefer gravity do more of the work? The Mountain Bike Festival the weekend before makes use of some nearby slopes for downhill fun. Sept. 5 to 7 is filled with mountain bike competitions, races and plenty of lift-assisted biking before the park closes for the season.
And don’t be that person who frets about the shorter days of late summer. Sunsets are once more something to be enjoyed without staying up all night. Alaska Photo Treks takes advantage of the magic hours before sundown on the Cook Inlet Sunset Photo Safari. If you’re new to photography, they have some tips to help you take the best shots. If you’re a pro, they’ll take you to some amazing spots and still teach you a trick or two.
There are so many beautiful places to watch the sun’s graceful set into Cook Inlet. Williwaw, Humpy’s newest spot is on track to open up this month. It’s restaurant, coffee house and concert venue all in one. Oh, and a brand-new rooftop deck looking out over Town Square and the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts.
By all these lovely tokens September days are here
With summer’s best of weather,
And autumn’s best of cheer.
— Helen Hunt Jackson
So take a little time to enjoy the best days of the summer.