The Alaska State Fair kicks off Thursday in Palmer. As you start planning your trip to the fairgrounds, here's a look at some of the events and themes going on each day of the fair.

Energy Day

Come celebrate Alaska Oil and Gas Association's 40 years of oil production from Prudhoe Bay. Energy Day focuses on the energy that drives Alaska's economy. Make your fair memories last forever by stopping by the Plaza to get your picture taken in a free photo booth.

Fair admission is just two bucks as long as you donate two nonperishable food items per person between noon and 2 p.m. (must be through the gate no later than 2 o'clock). Donations will help reduce hunger in Alaska.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • Alaska Powerlifting
  • World of Music
  • Home Free concert
  • Savannah Jack

Click here for the Energy Day schedule >>


Kids' Day

This day is for the kiddos -- kids 12 and under get in for free all day long! Just bring a donation of two non-perishable food items per child. 

Fair events going on this day include:

  • Martin Buser and puppies meet and greet
  • Diaper Derby and Toddler Trot
  • Kids' Day Games
  • HELLYEAH concert (for the big kids)

Click here for the Kids' Day schedule >>

BP Day

It's BP Day at the fair. Head over to the BP booth in the Pioneer Plaza for a free gift.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • Fair Parade (downtown Palmer)
  • Greatland Chili Fiesta
  • Duck® Tape Creations Contest
  • Josh Turner concert

Click here for the BP Day schedule >>

Experience Alaska Day

Dedicated to all the wonderful things the Last Frontier has to offer -- it's Experience Alaska Day.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • Alaska Seafood Throwdown cooking competition
  • Rodeo Alaska Champions Tour (starring Alaska’s top cowboys and cowgirls)
  • Alaska Dogs Gone Wild
  • Iggy Azalea concert

Click here for the Experience Alaska Day schedule >>

Wellness Day

Wellness Day is dedicated to giving Alaskans information they need to keep their bodies healthy.

View the daily schedule >>

  • Links: Exploring Disability Resources Expo
  • Home remedies and household tricks
  • Scarecrow Contest
  • The Fab Four The Ultimate Tribute concert

Click here for the Wellness Day schedule >>


Celebrating Alaskans who are 50 years and up -- it's AARP Day at the fair.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • Jenski Automotive Mobility Scooter Grand Prix
  • Grandparent/Grandchild Look-Alike Contest
  • 12th annual Alaska’s Midnight Sun Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off
  • Aaron Watson concert

Click here for the AARP Day schedule >>

Cosplay Day

Get out those costumes because its a day dedicated to dressing up as your favorite superhero, video game, or movie character -- it's Cosplay Day at the fair! Think you're going to get the most compliments on your costume? Enter to win prizes in four different categories including best costume.

A food drive is going on as well. Non-perishable food items are being taken as donations.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • 501st Legion characters
  • Pokéhunt, all day lures
  • Character Parade
  • Balloon volleyball and Human foosball games

Click here for the Cosplay Day schedule >>

Alaska Grown Day

Show your Alaska pride by wearing your official "Alaska Grown" apparel. Those who are wearing their official "Alaska Grown" swag gets a $2 discount on admission the whole day.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • WEIO Blanket toss, high flying excitement
  • Ag Games, just how farmer are you
  • Kids Silent Disco Dance Party with Clifford the Big Red Dog
  • Lecrae concert

Click here for the Alaska Grown Day schedule >>

Tech Day

As we know, technology is always changing. Learn the latest and greatest technologies! Tech Day features virtual reality tours, robots and a whole lot more.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • Tech Showcase
  • Demolition Derby
  • 22nd Annual Giant Cabbage Weigh-Off
  • Third Eye Blind concert

Click here for the Tech Day schedule >>

Mining Day

Come out and celebrate Mining Day at the fair. Learn and explore the future of mining in Alaska with fun activities and giveaways. Kids can try their hand at gold panning and enter to win a new bike!

Fair events going on this day include:

  • Last Frontier Dutch Oven Cook-Off
  • Beard and Mustache Contest
  • Silent Disco Party
  • The Doobie Brothers concert
  • Fireworks

Click here for the Mining Day schedule >>

Alaska Native Cultures Day

It's Alaska Native Cultures Day at the fair. Celebrate the Alaska Native culture through performers and artisans around the state.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • All Star Monster Trucks, featuring Free Style Motocross
  • Beef Showdown, USDA beef cook-off
  • Miss Alaska w/ Eskimo Ninja Warrior and Tlingit actor Martin Sensmeier
  • Terry Fator performs

Click here for the Alaska Native Cultures Day schedule >>

Alaska Airlines Day

If you're planning a trip in the near future, you'll want to check out the fair this Alaska Airlines Day. Score some great flight deals from Alaska Airlines at the Pioneer Plaza.

Fair events going on this day include:

  • Iditarod Meet and Greet
  • Backhoe Rodeo
  • Alaska’s Got Talent Finals.
  • DNCE concert

Click here for the Alaska Airlines Day schedule >>