Big “O” Show and World Music for Fun Friday

Another busy weekend awaits for AKontheGO readers. How many of you are feeling the need to simply catch your breath after suddenly realizing that it is not only Friday, but October the 8th? Yikes! Halloween is but a few weeks away and AK Kid still has no idea what he wants to be.

Perhaps a weekend spent listening to music and exploring the wonders of our state’s outdoor recreation will motivate AK Fam. Two hot festivals going on and each deserves attention from you.

The first, and where AK Mom will be hanging out, is the third showing of the Oxygen and Octane Expo, held at the Dena ‘ina Center in downtown Anchorage. The crew from Alaska Adventure Media (my buds at Coast magazine) have secured 100 confirmed vendors this year, including AK Fam. The Expo is FREE, and has a ton of door prizes to offer everyone who visits, from trips to gear to experiences, I’m thinking this might be a great way to spend an afternoon. AKontheGO is booth #107, along the G Street side of the main hall in Dena ‘ina. We’re lucky enough to be next to Bird TLC, who will be bringing some feathered friends, so don’t miss us. The Expo is open from 4-8 p.m. tonight, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Sunday. Don’t miss the climbing wall and fun outdoor activities, too. We have our Lincoln Logs, stories to browse, movie to watch, and a whole bunch of cool stuff for parents to read regarding family travel in Alaska. Come see us!

Our second favorite event is at the very special Alaska Native Heritage Center, normally closed this time of year but open for an awesome World Music Festival. From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, visitors can receive FREE admission to the Center, located at the end of Muldoon Road, near Bartlett High School, and listen to some incredible sounds from different cultures. My fav, Medicine Dream, is an intertribal First Nations Band that provides Native-based music sure to please. Also worth a listen is Mandara, playing west and southern African music, a wonderful contrast to the Native American rhythms.

Along with the music, ANHC will be providing arts and crafts for kids, tours of their Village sites, demonstrations of traditional Native crafts, and a whole lot of culture in the Center’s displays. Take the time to wander the trails around the facility, too. With snow on the way soon, it’s worth a short hike with the family while you are on location.  The trails lead to and from the Bartlett High School campus and wind along the roadways toward the Native Heritage Center. Watch for moose.

Don’t forget to check out the podcast of this week’s Alaska Travelgram Show, where we talk museums and exhibits and the value of a little culture for our kiddos. Yep, it’s that kind of week. Make it part of your weekend, too.

Happy trails,


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