It's a special time of the year for the land of the midnight sun. The summer solstice is here, and there's plenty to do during some of the longest days of the year.

Downtown Anchorage

Anchorage Downtown Partnership is back with its annual Summer Solstice Festival

Food trucks will be parked along Fourth Avenue and fun activities will be available for people of all ages including wall climbing, a salmon ride, kayak pool, live music and ax throwing.

The festival is free and goes from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. The Anchorage Police Department also asks people to be aware of road closures near the festival.

Road closures in Downtown Anchorage Saturday, June 22 from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m.:

  • Fourth Avenue between C Street and L Street
  • Cross streets of K, I, H, G, F, E
  • D Street between Third and Fifth Avenue

Alaska Zoo

From Downtown Anchorage, visitors can take a free shuttle to the Alaska Zoo from the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau log cabin on Fourth Avenue.

The zoo's "Zoolstice" celebration takes place Saturday from noon - 4 p.m. 

Kids can participate in a scavenger hunt, take photos with mascots, and enjoy live music on the zoo's coffee shop lawn. The Blood Bank of Alaska will also be at the zoo parking lot until 6 p.m. to host a blood drive. Anyone who donates gets a free T-shirt.

Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery tour

Learn about Alaska's pioneers, miners, politicians and sourdoughs at the annual cemetery walk.

In its 25th year, the Anchorage Memorial Park Summer Solstice Tour takes place Friday at 6 p.m. and will feature ten selected gravesites of notable Alaskans.

The event is free and open to the public. Street parking is available and organizers ask visitors to enter the grounds through the Bagoy Gate on the corner of Seventh Avenue and Cordova Street.

Midnight Sun Ski Jump-A-Thon

Celebrate solstice and ski jump with the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage. Athletes will be jumping Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to watch the ski jumpers compete, and NSAA is accepting donations to help cover expenses for equipment and facilities.

New Old Time Chautauqua Vaudeville Circus

The Alaska Junior Theater presents the New Old Time Chautauqua Vaudeville Circus at the Atwood Concert Hall Sunday, June 23 starting at 4 p.m. 

The Chautauqua troupe has 50 members and their show features acrobatics, live music, juggling, comedy and music. Tickets for the show are available online.

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