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While many city tourists and locals visit places to admire the big city or the beautiful parks, the festivals in America are a big part of what makes the country grand and the event worth attending. Each city brings its own cultural and historical heritage that are celebrated through various festivals and events. Some cities have similar types of festivals or events, and others have unique annual celebrations.

See how many festivals you can fit on your itinerary! These celebrations are going to give you memories of a lifetime as they reflect the art, culture, heritage and the music of each city in the most exciting way. Show up and have fun with your friends, make memories and celebrate the love of food, wine, music, art, history, culture, traditions, and more at these gatherings.
Alaska State Fair
Alaska State Fair

(907) 745-4827

2075 Glenn Hwy
Palmer, AK 99645   Directions Website

The Alaska State Fair gathers many of the state's residents from all over and brings them together for a festival that is not only filled with music and food, but it recognizes all of the cultural and social differences that go to make Alaska the truly remarkable state that it is. Alaskans come to showcase their monster veggies, crafts, culinary creations and lots more. Also, there are agricultural contests, farm exhibits, the Alaska State Rodeo as well as nationally recognized performers.

Anchorage Folk Festival
Anchorage Folk Festival

(907) 786-1800

P.O. Box 243034
Anchorage, AK 99524   Directions Website

The Anchorage Folk Festival is held every January and is an impressive showcase for local, regional and national talent. Folk songs often tell the tale of the triumph of the human spirit, and nearly everyone in Anchorage and the surrounding areas can relate to overcoming challenges to find a better way of life. In addition to performances on the main stage, there are also interesting workshops, dances and late night jams on the schedule of events.

Fur Rendezvous Festival
Fur Rendezvous Festival

(907) 274-1177

400 D St
Anchorage, AK 99501   Directions Website

The Fur Rendezvous Festival held in late February or early March dates back to the early 1900s when trappers and miners came back from the wilderness to trade, socialize and compete in survival-type games. The event has been updated somewhat, and now those games consist of a weight pull, sled dog races, snowshoe softball games, ice sculpture competitions and lots more. There's also the popular Miners and Trappers costume ball, so make plans to be a part of this fun, week-long event.

Great Alaska Brew Fest
Great Alaska Brew Fest

(907) 257-4217

600 W 7th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501   Directions Website

One of the state's most popular events is the Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival, held every January. This year, the festival marks its 15 year anniversary, and it brings together not only the people who enjoy imbibing but also the people who create the beers, wines, and other assorted beverages. Demonstrations, lectures, exhibits, and of course, samples all make this event an extremely popular tradition.

Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race

(907) 376-5155

2100 S Knik-Goose Bay Rd
Anchorage, AK   Directions Website

What's a visit to Anchorage without uttering the word "mush?" Well, shouting the word is more like it at the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race held every March. World-class sled racers and their dog teams mush toward the Bering Sea coast through the area's rugged terrain in what has been termed the "Last Great Race on Earth." The route is a staggering 1,150 miles and it all starts in downtown Anchorage the first Saturday in March with a grand ceremony to begin the race.

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