The Iditarod has come and gone which means spring/summer is right around the corner. Don’t let that send you into hibernation until the snow melts, there are plenty of fun activities to keep you out and about until summer begins.
Even with summer on the horizon, there are still some fun outdoor activities to do to cap of this wonderful snowy winter. The best of which is the “Spring Carnival” that is held April 7th – 9th in Girdwood, Alaska at the Alyeska lodge and Mountain. During this carnival, there will be live music, many food vendors, and crafts as well, along with events like Tug-o-War, Idiot Swim, and Dummy Downhill. Don’t miss the most popular event, The Slush Cup, where competitors dressed in zany costumes attempt to skim across a 90-foot long pool of freezing water.
Another fun thing to catch before the snow melts would be an Alaska Aces hockey game. Unfortunately, this is the last season as a franchise for this beloved team. They have games running through the end of March but their last set of home games (Unless we make the playoffs) would be April 5th, 7th, and 8th; so please go support the last season of Aces hockey.
If sports aren’t your thing, then maybe “Cirque Mechanics” might be more your speed. A combination of Chinese acrobatics and American mechanics to form what they call Pedal Punk acrobats which make for a thrilling show. The show is at the Atwood Concert hall and tickets range from $32-$75.
Wanting to catch a music act that brings you a sense of nostalgia? On April 20th head over to the Sullivan arena to catch the “I Love the 90s” tour where you will see acts ranging from Vanilla Ice to Coolio. It is a 21+ event so get a babysitter for the kid and go out for a night of old memories. Tickets range from $60-$100 depending on how close to the action you want to be.
Looking for something the whole family can enjoy? Nothing could be more magical than Disney’s production of “Beauty and the Beast.” This is the classic tale of Belle and her encounters with the Beast, who is really a handsome prince under a magical spell. The show will be at the Atwood concert center between April 25th and the 30th. Ticket prices range from $50 – $100. With the movie just being released in theaters this would be a great musical to follow it up with to keep the magic alive.
With all these events coming up throughout April, it is a great way to end winter and get ready for Alaska’s beautiful summers which officially begins May 13th with the kick off of the Weekend Market which is held downtown every weekend throughout the summer. There you will experience live music and entertainment, Food of many varieties, and more craft and vendor tables then you will know what to do with. All in all it’s a great way to start the summer and shake off that cold Alaskan winter.