Fun Friday: Fur Rendezvous 2018

A carnival, complete with rides, dominates the skyline of Anchorage during the Fur Rendezvous festival each February. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

It’s time for one of the Last Frontier’s signature events – Fur Rendezvous  – and the 2018 festival promises to deliver tons of hot family fun in our cool climate. 

Events kick off today with the opening of Fur Rendezvous carnival, where everything from the Ferris Wheel and Gravitron to a teeny-tiny toddler train make celebrating the winter season spectacular. Look HERE for a listing of carnival pricing and hours (open until 9 p.m. tonight, folks). 

Fur Rondy invites the opportunity to dress up like a root vegetable or ungulate and run a race…Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Saturday morning starts with the always-hilarious Frostbite Footrace, when people dress up in all sorts of costumes (like this family as reindeer and carrots, ahem), and run either a 5k or 2.5k race through downtown Anchorage. Kids, this race is FREE if your school participates in Healthy Futures activities, so take a look and bring mom and dad! Hint: The race begins and ends at Glacier Brewhouse, so drop your stuff there, and stick around and watch the Grand Parade after the race. 

It’s time to rally your rondy cheering section for the World Championship Open Sled Dog Races. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Do not miss the Fur Rendezvous Open World Championship Sled Dog Races, a sprint (short-distance) race from downtown to Campbell Airstrip and back again. These races are such fun, and truly speedy, and kids love to clang cowbells and wave signs. Buddy Streeper is back with a fast team, and we’ll be watching to see if he can pull off a victory in 2018. 

Like outdoor hockey? Head to Mulcahey Stadium Saturday and Sunday for the World Championship Outdoor Youth Hockey Tournament. Cheer on Alaska’s youth as they hustle for bragging rights against other great teams. Information and tickets HERE. 

And speaking of skating, this Olympic year saw lots of attention placed on figure skating. Fur Rendezvous “Rondy On Ice” showcases skating and a tribute to our Alaskans who have worked so hard to make it to the top. Happening today through Saturday at 7 p.m.; Sunday at 3 p.m. Ticket information HERE. 

Have a fat bike? Join the Big Fat Ride Saturday at 3:30 p.m. starting on 4th Avenue in downtown Anchorage. Anyone with a fat bike is welcome, but helmets are definitely required. Check out the specific information HERE

An evening visit to ZooLights with one of the wolf pack. Erin Kirkland/AKontheGO

Finally, not specifically Rondy-related but SO cool, the Alaska Zoo is inviting the entire community to travel back in time to the Ice Age on Sunday, February 25 from noon-4 p.m. This inaugural event for the zoo will take visitors to meet prehistoric ancestors of current animal residents with keeper talks, festive enrichment sessions, a scavenger hunt, and a presentation by Dr. David Yesner from the Alaska Museum of Science and Nature. The event is free with zoo admission. 

Also, February is Zoo Membership Discount Month, with a discounted admission to Zoo Lights (winding up after Fur Rendezvous). New members also receive a one-day guest pass to share with a friend for every additional $50 spent on memberships. Check out the deal on the Alaska Zoo website

Have a wonderful weekend in Alaska!

~EK 

 

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