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2017 Downtown Summer Solstice Festival


June 12, 2017 (Anchorage, Alaska) – Grab your shades and head downtown on Saturday, June 17th for the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival brought to you by Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd.!  The FREE festival will take place from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on 4th Avenue from C Street to H Street in downtown.   


Celebrate the longest weekend of the year by watching the Hero Games! The Hero Games will take place on 4th Avenue between C and D Street from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  This friendly competition will be against Alaska’s first responders featuring U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, U.S. Coast Guard, Air and Army National Guards, Anchorage Fire Department, and Anchorage Police Department. Watch as each team competes in this race through various obstacle courses involving water balloon toss, tire changing, donut eating contest, scooter races, a human foosball court, and much more.  The winning team will be announced a round 3:00 p.m.!


Move on from the Hero Games to enjoy so many other activities that the Downtown Solstice Festival has to offer from 12noon – 6pm such as:


D St. Chalk Walk

Watch while wonderful chalk art is sketched out before your eyes on D St! Feel free to grab a piece or two of chalk and help in the fun. The International Gallery of Contemporary Art will be there helping to create beautiful works of art!


Musher’s Corner

Celebrate the Summer Solstice with Fur Rondy at 4th & D!
Alaska Cornhole Association will be there with Cornhole available for all - beginners and experienced welcome! Meet the Mushers & Dogs from Alaskan Sled Dog Racing Association and take photos! All of the action takes place at 4th & D at the Rondy Cornhole & Mushers Corner at Solstice! There’s also food available in this zone.


E St.

Come on down to E St. between 5th and 3rd Ave. for the Wild Scoops Ice Cream Social or give blood at the Alaska Blood Bank LIFEmobile. Talk about a big draw! Blood draw that is! This is an opportunity to give blood and learn more about the Blood Bank’s new location & other initiatives. Go grab a beer at the Hard Rock Café Beer Garden when you’re done!


Peratrovich Park

Rock out with us at the Peratrovich Park on the corner of 4th Ave & E St to enjoy music, food, and a frothy beverage in the Hard Rock Café Beer Garden on E St. There will also be performances from Alaska Native dancers. Other live music stages will be scattered throughout the festival. 


Tourist Lane

Bring your kids to take a paddle around our kayak pool and check out a variety of vendors and booths at Tourist Lane on 4th Ave. between D & F St. There will also be food vendors in this area. Stop on by to say hello to Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. here. 


Street Fair Foods 

Walking this festival can create an appetite for some good eats! Enjoy delectable treats at the Street Fair Foods Zone located between 5th and 3rd Ave. Local Alaskan chefs and trucks will be featuring some of their favorite offerings. Be sure to stop at the Street Fair Foods when you get hungry!


Solstice Market

Check out this awesome NEW component to Solstice on 4th Ave. between F and G St. - farmers and growers will feature and sell locally sourced and grown items. There’s also live music located in this zone. 


AK Arts Zone

Alaskan arts & crafts will be showcased here in the AK Arts Zone on G St. between 5th and 4th Ave. Beautiful pieces of art & various goods sold by local art vendors will be available here for your purchase. Enjoy a beer at the Darwin’s Theory beer garden in the AK Arts Zone as well. There’s also a first aid/lost person station in this zone for your convenience.


Pedal and Spokes Stage

This is a great opportunity to sit back in the sunshine, sip on a beverage and enjoy live and local music at the Pedal and Spokes Stage on G St between 4th and 3rd Ave! There are two beer gardens in this zone for your refreshment hosted by 49th State Brewing Company and Gaslight Lounge!


btyDENTAL Kids’ Zone

Families - this section is a MUST see and a great way to entertain your kiddos! The Kids’ Zone takes up the blocks between G and H St and 5th and 3rd Ave. The zone includes a free petting zoo, bounce house, balloons, bubbles, bubbles and more bubbles, Steven’s Puppets, and various games from Tons ‘o Fun Entertainment and Alaska Bungee Bounce. Be sure to check out the kids kayak pool in Tourist Lane!


The official Downtown Summer Solstice Map will be available for download! To print for yourself or store on your smartphone for the day of, please visit: http://anchoragedowntown.org/events/adp-events/downtown-summer-solstice-festival/


The Anchorage PRESS will be printing the Official 2015 Downtown Summer Solstice Guide and will be inserting it into Anchorage PRESS coming out June 15th!


Enjoy these events and many more during the Solstice Festival. Come to downtown Anchorage on June 20th to experience one of the best events of the summer! Brought to you by: Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd., EasyPark, ConocoPhillips, iHeart Radio, Anchorage Press, and bty Dental.


For more information or to see a complete schedule of the events, please visit www.anchoragedowntown.org, or  https://www.facebook.com/AnchorageDowntownPartnership You can also call (907) 279-5650.


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