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.
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)