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    Out&About Fall 2021 Calendar
   July 29-Aug. 1 Southeast Alaska State Fair Four amazing days of
music and entertainment, contests, attractions, exhibits, food and shopping vendors in Haines. Adults, $10-$15. Kids 6-12, $6. Senior, $6. Youth 5 and under, free. 4-day passes available. For info, call 766-2476 or visit
Aug. 4-8 Valdez Gold Rush Days This annual five-day event is held
to celebrate the past, present and future of Valdez. Featuring an open- air market, a kid’s scavenger hunt and dive for gold, a pet-a-polooza pet show, a parade, live music and food. Various times and locations. For info and a schedule, call 835-2984 or visit
Aug. 6-8 Salmonfest Three days of fish, family, fun and music. Gates open at noon Friday; 11 am Saturday and Sunday, Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik. Three-day passes run from $135 (teens, 13-17) to $145 (adult). All youth 12 and younger are free when accompanied by a ticket-holding adult. Salmonfest’s Small Fry Activity Area will feature tons of kids’ activities and arts and crafts projects. For info, visit
Aug. 20-22 Kenai Peninsula Fair One of the biggest celebrations on the Kenai Peninsula, the Fair events include pig racing, backwoods girl competition, a rodeo, egg toss, live music, carnival, bull riding, a parade, and more. Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds, Ninilchik. $15 adults; $5 youth and seniors; children 5 and under free. For info, visit
Aug. 21-22 Anchorage RunFest This two-day event is perfect for competitors of all abilities. Train up
for a full marathon, run a fun 5k or even let the kids blow off steam in the kid’s 2k. There also is a movie night, a pasta feed and various health clinics. For info and a schedule of races, visit
Aug. 26-29 Wooden Boat Festival The Kachemak Bay Wooden Boat Society celebrates wooden boats and promotes Maritime education with a wooden boat show, kids’ boat building workshops, sea chanteys and more. Various times and locations, Homer. For info, call 235-2628 or visit
Sept. 3-6 Mountain Bike Festival This annual festival will offer four
days of biking-themed competitions, live music, demos, workshops and, of course, riding the Alyeska Bike Park. Alyeska Resort, Girdwood. For info, visit
Sept. 10-12 Cordova Fungus Festival Celebrate mushrooms by learning about the local species, participating in mushroom-related arts and crafts and sending the kids off on a scavenger hunt. Activities include field sketching, a mushroom cultivation workshop, and more. $10 adult registration, children 12 and under free. Some workshops have additional costs. Various times and locations. This year’s event will be a hybrid (virtual and in-person) experience, so expect some changes. For info, visit
Sept. 12 Trick or Treat in the Heat A neighborhood-wide early Halloween celebration to help raise money for local charities. $10 per wristband. For info and a list of participating neighborhoods, visit
   July 30-Aug. 8 Tanana Valley State Fair A community gathering featuring
family fun for all, including livestock, games, rides, horse shows, arts and crafts, competitive exhibits, quilt shows, giant cabbages, fireworks and free entertainment. Gates open at 12 pm daily, Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds. $5 (youth 6-16), $10 adult (17-59), $5 senior (60 and over). For info, visit
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 Aug. 20-Sept. 6 Alaska State Fair A 14-day event packed with fun for the whole family, including carnival rides and games, livestock exhibits, lush flower gardens, record-setting giant vegetables, arts and crafts,
and endless food and entertainment. Hours are 11 am-10 pm, Alaska State Fairgrounds, Palmer. (Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.) Mondays & Thursdays: $7 for youth, $11 for adults; Friday-Sunday: $8 for youth, $13 for adults. For info, visit

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