You shouldn’t spend July inside. It’s just too nice. Outdoor activities abound. Sure, there’s amazing fishing, hiking, camping and biking. But there’s no need to mount an expedition while getting some fresh air and vitamin D.
The Anchorage Chamber of Commerce hosts the historical Tent City July 25-26. The two-day festival includes a reenactment of the original 1915 land auction, a look at the significant eras of the last century as well as rides, music, food and games. It’s sure to be one of the signature moments of Anchorage’s centennial celebrations.
There’s another centennial event you won’t want to miss. See history come alive as costumed actors present life stories at gravesites in Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery. To mark the year 2015, the tour will feature 15 of Anchorage’s notable founders, notorious residents and early movers and shakers on July 12. The tour runs from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. It’s free, but donations go to the actors donning historical costumes and personas.
Moose’s Tooth hosts a concert every summer that probably could wake the dead. Its annual anniversary party brings headlining artists to Anchorage for a big bash outside the Anchorage institution. Jane’s Addiction comes to town on July 25 for a summer concert. “Been Caught Stealing” or “Just Because” are just a few of the highlights of a 20-year history that also includes the creation of Lollapalooza. The festival that epitomized the ’90s was the brainchild of frontman Perry Farrell. Sound like a band you’d want to spend a summer day with?
With bikes whizzing by and plenty of walkers on the Coastal Trail, it’s easy to forget that more than humans enjoy the Coastal Trail. Glance up, and you’re likely to spot an owl or eagle. Pause for a few minutes and you might spot sandhill cranes gracefully strutting up the shoreline.
Weekly bird walks take place every Wednesday evening beginning July 8. Learn what draws these and other birds to the Anchorage coastline.
Audubon Alaska’s Hannah Uher-Koch leads an easy stroll down the Coastal Trail in search of birds. Meet up by the Westchester Lagoon boat launch just before 6:30 p.m. The walking series concludes in late August.
We’re in the sweetest days of summer, people. Whether you fill those days with the voices of the past, the warble and trill of birds, or the frenetic music of alt-rockers, Anchorage is your spot this month.
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