A big Juneteenth celebration, and solstice events all day and night

Solstice weekend is one of the busiest weekends of the summer, and this year’s eve of the summer solstice coincides with Juneteenth, when Anchorage celebrates the end of slavery in the United States.

Juneteenth marks the day in Galveston, Texas, in 1865, when U.S. General Gordon Granger declared the state’s slaves free under an executive proclamation. Since then, parts of the United States have celebrated the holiday on June 19 every year, and last year, Juneteenth became a federal holiday. In Anchorage, Juneteenth festivities include a massive two-day event on Park Avenue near downtown, and the Anchorage Museum will also have free admission on Juneteenth.

The city’s official Juneteenth celebrationSaturday and Sunday, Delaney Parkway

The city’s official Juneteenth celebration in Anchorage will honor the extraordinary contributions of today’s black leaders in media, health care, politics and the arts. This free, family-friendly event for all ages will also include vendors, entertainment, speakers and more.

• Saturday: free assembly 12:30-1 p.m.; Opening Remarks, Opening Prayer, Danyelle Kimp Trumpet Anthem, 1-1:30 p.m.; Anaya Latin Dance, 1:30-2 p.m.; Beauty Pageant, 2-2 p.m. 30 p.m.; Devonshaw, 2:45-3 p.m.; Sankofa African Dance Theatre, 3-3:15 p.m.; Beauty Pageant, 4-4:30 p.m.; Tayy Tarantino, 4:30-4:45 p.m.; Kelly-Kellz, 5:00-5:15pm; Dawn McLean, 5:30-5:45pm; Closing Remarks and Prayer, 5:45pm

• Sunday: Trinity Colvin, 1-1:15 p.m.; Ed Washington, 1:30-1:45 p.m.; Annalisha Jacobs, 2-2:15 p.m.; Father Plan and Day of Prayer, 2:30 p.m. -3; Spoken Works Showcase, 3:30-3:40pm; Marcus Burns, 4:00-4:15pm; Starboi, 4:30-4:45pm; Black Diaspora Fashion Show, pm 5:00 to 5:30

[Markets are all over Anchorage in the summer. Here’s when and where to find them.]

sunset festivalFri-Sun, Williwaw Social, 6th Avenue and F Street

Williwaw Social is hosting a music festival on the Summer Solstice this year. The outdoor stage at Sixth Avenue and F Street will host concerts, food vendors and full-scale entertainment for three consecutive days. There will be an under 21 section and a wet section for 21 and over within the full view of the stage. The festival includes performances by rapper A$AP Ferg, electronic duo Hippie Sabotage, and local artists such as Frozen Founders and Bethlehem Shalom. Tickets start at $79.

George Michael RebornFriday 8pm, Koot’s, 2435 Spinnard Road

George Michael Reborn, starring Robert Batko, is a tribute to the late George Michael and pop duo Wham! Chilkoot Charlie’s performance will feature all of George Michael’s classics, as well as music from special guest I Like Robots. Tickets for this show for ages 21 and up start at $28.

Fab FourFriday at 8 p.m., Discovery Theater, 621 W. Sixth Ave.

The Fab Four is a tribute band to the Beatles, known for their attention to detail. The Beatles may be gone, but now that the Fab Four is here, tickets to shows in Anchorage start at $42.

Anchorage Mayor’s MarathonSaturday at 7:30 a.m., starting at Kincaid Park and ending at Delaney Parkway

The Anchorage Mayor’s Marathon is an annual tradition over the winter solstice weekend. The Mayor’s Marathon runs through Anchorage trails and parks, starting at Kincaid Park and ending at Delaney Parkway in downtown. In addition to the full marathon, there are also half marathons, 5Ks, marathon relays, and kids’ mile. Registration and bib pickup will close Friday night.

Downtown Summer Solstice FestivalSaturday noon to 5 p.m., downtown Anchorage

The Downtown Anchorage Summer Solstice Festival includes downtown fun for all ages. Check out the kids’ area on E Street, which has a climbing wall, petting zoo, obstacle course, and more. Peratrovich Park and Town Square Park will feature entertainment and performances including dance performances by Sankofa, Polynesian Dance by POA and Salsa Dance Social by Anaya Latin Dance. Darwin’s Theory is building a beer garden on G Street, so grab a drink and check out live music, food trucks, local vendors and more. Hosted by the Anchorage Downtown Partnership.

[Spirits stay high despite a washed-out trail for Anchorage’s Rainbow Run, with plenty more Pride events on tap]

Boat Creek Youth Fishing DaySaturday 3 p.m., 212 Whitney Road, Bait Shack

The 6th Boat Creek Youth Fishing Day is a special day for youths under 15 to go fishing at Boat Creek. The section of Ship Creek from the upper C Street Bridge to The Bridge restaurant is designated by the state of Alaska as a teen-only fishing ground, and kids and their families can line up for a hot dog at The Bait Shack on Saturdays from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. And gift bags, 3 p.m. photo along the pedestrian bridge.

Bernie’s Solstice WeekendSaturday at 8 p.m., Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge, 626 D St.

San Francisco-based DJ and producer Knowpa Slaps will put on a show for the Summer Solstice Saturday night at Bernie’s Bungalow Lounge at 8pm.

Spinnard’s tasteSunday noon, Coote’s car park, 2435 Spenard Road

Taste of Spenard is a farmers market, street fair and food truck festival all in one. There will be food trucks, food vendors, produce growers, craft booths, live music and a full bar from Koot’s. This is a great way to check out Spenard’s new and beloved businesses. This is a free, all-ages event.

Summer Solstice Block Party4:30 pm-10 pm, Tuesday, Inlet Towers, 1020 W 12th Ave

Inlet Towers is hosting a block party on Tuesday with entertainment from Lizzie G and the Eternal Cowboys. Admission is free, and the party includes lawn games and a special PubHouse Grill menu.

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