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“Life, he realized, was much like a song. In the beginning there is mystery, in the end there is confirmation, but it’s in the middle where all the emotion resides to make the whole thing worthwhile.” –Nicholas Sparks, “The Last Song”
Alaska is a mystery if you haven’t experienced it firsthand; full of life and adventure, it will evoke a range of emotions as you journey through its changing landscapes and diverse cultures. Summer, in particular, is an opportune time to unveil the mystery of the state thanks to the seemingly endless hours of daylight.
Local Alaskans and Canadians celebrate summer in a variety of ways, including fishing, hiking, midnight bonfires with friends and lots of outdoor music. Music festivals and events are a great way for visitors to join locals in celebrating the summer season and all the area has to offer. Time your visit at one our Westmark properties across Alaska and the Yukon with a nearby music festival for a weekend complete with authentic northern adventure.
Sitka’s Summer Music Festival May 31 – June 29
This summer, the Sitka Summer Music Festival will showcase classical chamber music by talented musicians from around the world. Take in the stunning views in and around the Southeast Alaska coastal community of Sitka while enjoying numerous other festival activities such as the community concert, ice cream social, crab feed, various concert series and more.
Check out this indie/pop duo from Los Angeles, hosted by one of Alaska’s landmark nighttime venues, Humpy’s Alehouse, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary in Anchorage. Get down and rowdy with the locals downtown at this all-ages event that includes a full bar for those over 21 years of age.
This summer, Alaska’s “Golden Heart City” Fairbanks will celebrate summer with its 28th Annual Summer Folk Fest. During this one-day festival, guests can listen to local and guest artists and even attend classes to hone in on their inner musicians.
Denali Solstice Brew Fest June 21-22
If you’re in and around Denali or just driving between Anchorage and Fairbanks on June 21-22, we recommend stopping at Mile 248.4 along the Parks Highway for the 49th State Brewing Company’s Solstice Brew Fest. The summer solstice event features headliner Iron Horse as well as a long lineup of musical styles including folk, rock, funk, reggae and blues on the restaurant’s outdoor stage. Enjoy the midnight sun in the accompanying beer garden and snack on tasty treats throughout both evenings. This event is open for people ages 21 and over.
Dawson City’s 36th Annual Music Festival July 18-20
This three-day event is known as “Canada’s tiny, perfect festival,” featuring a diverse list of musicians performing in various venues around town. Sticking to the spirit of a small, specialized event, festival organizers pay special attention to delivering high-quality performances that draw music lovers to this small, eclectic Yukon town. Artists set to play at this year’s event include Pharis and Jason Romero, Monkeyjunk, Jaffa Road, Evening Hymns, Cousins and more.