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BEER & BAR­LEY­WINE FES­TI­VAL > JAN­UARY 2223, 2016 Held an­nu­ally in down­town An­chor­age, get in on more than 200 types of beer and wine pro­duced by re­gional brew­ers and paired with some of the best food in town. Find your next fa­vorite bev­er­age! au­ro­rapro­duc­­ley.html.

THE FUR REN­DEZVOUS FES­TI­VAL > FE­BRU­ARY 28MARCH 6, 2016 Fur Ren­dezvous Fes­ti­val, AKA “Fur Rondy,” be­gan in 1935 as a three-day sports fes­ti­val in An­chor­age (which at the time was home to only about 3,000 peo­ple). Rondy has since grown into a 10-day event cul­mi­nat­ing with a fire­works dis­play and the start of the Idi­tarod Trail Sled Dog Race®. The fes­ti­val also fea­tures such fun events as a pa­rade, car­ni­val, snow­shoe soft­ball, the “Frost­bite Footrace” and the “Run­ning of the Rein­deer.” Find out more at fur­

ARC­TIC MAN > APRIL 2016 Cel­e­brat­ing its 31st an­niver­sary in 2016, Arc­tic Man has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar win­ter events in Alaska. In this unique two-man com­pe­ti­tion in­volv­ing a skier and a snow­ma­chiner, the skier be­gins at a sum­mit el­e­va­tion of 5,800 feet and drops 1,700 feet in less than two mile to the bot­tom of a nar­row canyon where he meets up with his part­ner. The snow­ma­chiner meets the skier, on the go and with a towrope and pulls the skier 2¼ miles up­hill at speeds up to 86 mph. The skier and the snow­mo­bile then sep­a­rate and the skier goes over the side of the sec­ond moun­tain and drops another 1,200 feet to the fin­ish line. Find out the 2016 sched­ule at arc­tic­

LIT­TLE NOR­WAY FES­TI­VAL > MAY 2016 Peters­burg com­mem­o­rates Nor­we­gian Con­sti­tu­tion Day (May 17) with a 4-day cel­e­bra­tion of their Nor­we­gian her­itage. This South­east Alaska town was set­tled by Nor­we­gian im­mi­grants who came to fish and work in the can­nery built by founder Peter Buschmann in 1897. Spe­cial events in­clude a big Nor­we­gian "fish feed" and a pa­rade. Nor­we­gian cul­ture is on dis­play dur­ing the fes­ti­val with tra­di­tional Nor­we­gian bunader (folk cos­tumes), food, con­tests and danc­ing. Find out more at www.peters­

THE KACHEMAK BAY SHORE­BIRD FES­TI­VAL & THE COP­PER RIVER DELTA SHORE­BIRD FES­TI­VAL > MAY 2016 Both Homer, on Kachemak Bay, and Cor­dova, on Orca In­let on the east side of Prince WIl­liam Sound, celebrate the ar­rival of more than 100,000 shore­birds to Alaska in spring. Each of­fers a va­ri­ety of events for all lev­els of bird­ers. Homer is a birder’s de­light and a must-visit des­ti­na­tion for all trav­el­ers to Alaska. Perched on the south­west coast of the Ke­nai Penin­sula, the area ac­com­mo­dates a rich di­ver­sity of birdlife in all sea­sons. Great view­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties ex­ist on the Homer Spit and else­where around Kachemak Bay. Cor­dova's bird­ing hot spots in­clude Hart­ney Bay and Ala­ganik Slough. For a sched­ule of events go to www.home­r­ and to cop­per­riverdeltashore­bird­fes­ti­

KO­DIAK CRAB FES­TI­VAL > MAY 2016 Ko­diak is home to one of the state’s largest fleets of fish­ing ves­sels, and crab­bing is a way of life on this lush, green is­land. Me­mo­rial Day week­end is the time to visit, as the com­mu­nity cel­e­brates its an­nual Crab Fes­ti­val. Fes­tiv­i­ties in­clude: Games, a pa­rade, a car­ni­val and mid­way, an art show and con­tests, sports events—in­clud­ing a race to

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