Bid farewell to summer in grand fashion at one of these Alaska fall festivals in 2020. Our events calendar for September, October and November has things to do across Alaska including Anchorage, Juneau, and Fairbanks. Our list includes festivals celebrating the local harvest, food, music, beer, Oktoberfest and more.
At this point we have checked for 2020 dates on all events. Some websites were still holding off on releasing a date, whereas other websites had not been updated at all for this year.
All events showing 2020 dates need to be verified to confirm that changes to the schedule were not made by the organizers after publication here, due to COVID-19. We do not run these events, and would hate for anyone to go out of their way only to find the event had been canceled after releasing a date. Please click through to the event website to confirm! Be safe and have a great fall!
Anchorage Market and Festival - Anchorage, AK - May 9 to Sep 13, 2020
The last weekend of Alaska’s largest open-air market is just after Labor Day. Whether you’re shopping for fresh produce, exotic goods from around the world, or Alaskan souvenirs, you’ll find it at the Anchorage Market. The Anchorage Market is located in the heart of downtown and is Alaska’s leading outdoor market. It consists of over 300 vendors on 2 acres of downtown Anchorage. The Anchorage Market & Festival is a great place to bring family, friends and visiting tourists. It offers free and lively entertainment, great food, and a fun and safe atmosphere!
Alaska State Fair - Palmer, AK - Aug 27 to Sep 7, 2020
An annual state fair held in Palmer, Alaska. The fairgrounds are located approximately one hour north of Anchorage. The fair is famous for its record setting giant vegetables and picturesque location at the foot of the Chugach Mountains. The event features amusement rides, food concessions, competitive exhibits, carnival games, live performances and more.
Cordova Fungus Festival - Cordova, AK - Sep 11 to Sep 13, 2020
A three day event with opportunities to learn more about local mushrooms, participate in art & handcraft workshops, and celebrate mushrooms, salmon and other wild harvested foods in a Wild Harvest Feast. There will be daily guided forays, an identification table, expert key note speakers, a wine & cheese mixer, fungus classes, kids’ activities and more! Bring your cameras and rain gear and join in the Fun.
Anchorage Oktoberfest - Anchorage, AK - Oct 3, 2020
Celebrate German culture with the German Club of Anchorage will hold Alaska’s largest, most traditional Oktoberfest for another year! Location: Egan Center, 555 W 5th Ave.
Sitka WhaleFest - Sitka, AK - Nov 5 to Nov 7, 2020
November’s annual Sitka WhaleFest, hosted by the Sitka Sound Science Center, celebrates marine life through a science symposium, art, wildlife cruises and so much more!
Great Alaska Beer Train - Anchorage, AK - Jan 1 to Oct 5, 2019
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Take a scenic journey along Turnagain Arm with the world’s best designated driver – the Alaska Railroad. The Great Alaska Beer Train makes a round-trip journey from Anchorage to Portage and features an impressive assortment of local microbrews and seasonal fare from the Glacier Brewhouse. 21+ event
Alaska Day Festival - Sitka, AK - Jan 1 to Oct 18, 2020
Canceled for 2020, look for their return in 2021. Normally: Alaska Day Festival annually commemorates the Transfer of Russian claim of Alaska to the United States of America at Sitka on October 18, 1867, and celebrates the diversity of cultures and historical perspectives of the Alaskan people. Activities include arrival of special guests; interpretive programs at museums and parks, services at churches; special lectures, exhibits and displays; receptions, luncheons, food sales; historic sites and buildings tours; pipe band appearances; Alaska Native and other dancing; road race, kayak races, croquet games; and other entertainment at various locations.
We know that you want current events. But we often don’t have dates for the current year. We leave those events with their link here so that you can look for the new dates yourself. We hope you don’t mind!
Silver Gulch Oktoberfest - Fox, AK - Sep 14 to Sep 15, 2018
Alyeska Blueberry Festival - Girdwood, AK - Aug 17, 2019
A celebration of the lush blueberry season. This family-oriented outdoors event features FREE live music including headliners Good Time Travelers, berry picking, local arts and crafts booths, tasty blueberry treats, beer and wine garden, hiking and biking, pie eating contest, blueberry creations contest and more!
Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Festival - Homer, AK - Aug 29 to Sep 1, 2019
The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society holds an annual festival in September. The activities begin Thursday and include sea chanteys, tall tales and fisher poets at the Salty Dawg Saloon, key note speakers at the Islands and Ocean visitor center theater followed by movies related to fishing and sailing, and building wooden yachts. Then on Saturday the wooden boat show opens on the Spit, and features a tour of the waters includes a WWII era wooden tug converted for charter use, kids boat building, marine demonstrations (including knot tying, net mending, and bronze casting. Musicians entertain and food, beverages, hoodies and shirts are available for purchase. That evening there’s a live auction, music and dancing at Alice’s Champagne Palace. The boat show continues on the Spit Sunday and includes a voyage in a Bristol Bay double-ender.
Mountain Bike Festival - Girdwood, AK - Sep 6 to Sep 8, 2019
Celebrate a summer’s worth of mountain biking, with a weekend full of fun events, challenging competitions and the camaraderie of fellow bikers.
Alyeska Resort Oktoberfest - Girdwood, AK - Sep 20 to Sep 28, 2019
Alyeska Resort holds a two weekend celebration for Oktoberfest on Friday and Saturday nights, including food, beer and live music in late September or early October.
Capital Brewfest - Juneau, AK - Sep 21, 2019
Great brews, live bands, food, and fun for beer enthusiasts. 21+ event.
Seward Music and Arts Festival - Seward, AK - Sep 27 to Sep 29, 2019
An annual, must attend event with fabulous art, live music and dance performances. Local Alaskan artisans and food vendors are featured. The Seward Arts Council promotes this ever growing event, with a commitment to youth involvement, education, and creative inspiration; as well as a philosophy of low environmental impact. It is a family-oriented festival with children’s activities and artists projects throughout the weekend. Generally the last weekend in September at the Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Intermodal Facility. Attendees will enjoy a diverse food court, beer garden, and community art show in addition to 20+ live musical acts and dance performances.
Oktoberfest and Home Brew Competition - Valdez, AK - Sep 28, 2019
Each year Valdez hosts the Annual Oktoberfest & Homebrew Competition to recognize the most talented homebrewers in the State of Alaska. General Admission Tickets are $45.00 each and include 4 Beer sample tickets, a 16oz Souvenir Beer Glass, full buffet service with delicious German style food, and dessert. $55 for â€œPeopleâ€™s Choiceâ€ Tasting Room Area & General Admission ticket combo. Tasting Room Combo Tickets include all of the General Admission items listed above, plus a flight of craft brews. Ticket holders get to vote in the Peopleâ€™s Choice Award competition. ALL GUESTS MUST BE OVER THE AGE OF 21.
Humpy’s Oktoberfest - Anchorage, AK - Sep 29, 2019
Humpy’s Great American Alehouse hosts an annual Alaska Oktoberfest food and beer pairing with authentic German menu, chicken dance, stein hoisting competition and more.
Wine to Water - Anchorage, AK - Nov 14, 2019
A benefit and silent auction to raise money for clean water, agriculture and health projects in South Sudan.
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