Solstice events for summer fun

by • June 12, 2018 • Highlights, trailmixComments (0)364

The Alaska Botanical Garden’s Solstice fundraiser is not the only show in town. To help celebrate the longest day of the year – when the sun barely sets – there are loads of activities and ad- ventures for those wishing to celebrate. We’ve rounded up this list to help you find your favorite:

Solstice Evening Hike: 6 p.m., June 21, Eagle River Nature Center. Join Nature Center staff for a hike to the cabin, 1.25 mile one-way, where they’ll celebrate the summer solstice with s’mores and hot dogs. Registration required and limited to 12 people, of all ages.

Bring a backpack with water and snacks, and remember that dogs are not allowed. The event is free, but parking is $5 for nonmembers. (ernc.org)

Solstice Festival & Hero Games: Downtown turns into one big celebration on June 23, with the Solstice Festival & Hero Games, an
Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. Production, taking over
Fourth Avenue and Town Square. Artists, musicians and other
performers transform Fourth Avenue into a party. The Children’s wool by weight Rainbow Factory, which includes puppet shows, a kayak pool, and

giant sandbox, just to name a few, will also be featured. Nearby, the city’s firefighters, police and military units test their mettle in skills competitions at the Hero Games. Events like a stretcher carry race and ladder rescue mirror the jobs of a first responder. For more go to Anchorage Downtown Partnership, www.anchoragedowntown.org.

The Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon, set for June 23 this year, celebrates the summer solstice and is an Anchorage tradition. ROY NEESE/ VISIT ANCHORAGE

Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon: Out on Anchorage’s trail sys-
tem, one of Alaska’s most popular running races hits full stride. The Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon & Half Marathon, set for June 23, puts runners on some of Anchorage’s best trails. With a 5K, half marathon, marathon and marathon relay, the race has great views. Runners often spot moose or other Alaska wildlife along the course. (goseawolves.com)

 

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