With most areas in Alaska and the Yukon experiencing close to 20 hours of daylight at the end of June, locals and visitors have good reason to celebrate! Summer solstice in the North means tons of light, ample outdoor recreation opportunities and a giant celebration in honor of the longest day of the year. Check out these eight solstice festivals near our Alaska and Yukon properties this June 21.
Alaska’s largest city has no shortage of activity around summer solstice. This weekend, check out the GCI Centennial Summer Solstice Concert where 90s rock band and Grammy nominated group The Spin Doctors will perform for a free concert! Also nearby, alternative group Slightly Stoopid will headline a special solstice celebration at Moose’s Tooth pub and pizzeria.
The Dawson City Golf Course invites golfers to practice their swing under the midnight sun for their annual Midnight Sun Golf Tournament. Teams of five are invited to join in on this annual best-ball nighttime golf tournament.
If there’s one thing Alaskans love as much as endless sunshine, it’s quality craft beer. Join the 49th State Brewery for their Solstice Brewfest featuring live music and top-notch Alaska brews.
Alaska is one of the only places in the world where a game of baseball can be played at midnight with no overhead lights. Check out Fairbanks’ semi-pro team, the Alaska Goldpanners, as they continue the tradition that started in 1906.
In honor of the long summer days, the Skagway Elks Club will host a good old-fashioned cookout with Southeast Alaska flair. This annual picnic at Seventh Pasture ballpark is open to all with food, games and a lively beer garden.
Don’t forget your sunblock for the 9th Annual Sunstroke Music Festival. Beginning in the afternoon and lasting until early the next morning, you can stay up all night and enjoy the short walk back to the Westmark Whitehorse Hotel.