Galway Days, Blueberry Festival and Anchorage VegFest highlight busy weekend

By Anchorage Daily News

Updated: 17 a few minutes ago Published: 1 One hour before

Jangle bees: 9:30 p.m. Friday, Humpy’s Great Alaskan Alehouse, 610 W. 6th Ave.

If you missed out on this Anchorage rock band’s two hot sets at Salmonfest last weekend, here’s your chance to check them out in town.

Chester Creek Cleanup: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Valley of the Moon Park, 610 W. 17th Ave.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, a trio of environmental groups are hosting this event to clean up part of Chester Creek. At 10:15 a.m. there will be a ribbon cutting to celebrate the opening of the new Westchester Waterfowl Sanctuary viewing platform. Bags, gloves, and hand sanitizer will be provided for the cleanup portion, and organizers recommend parking at Valley of the Moon Park.

Anchorage VegeFest: 10am-4pm Saturday, La Nef, 3502 chemin Spenard

The festival bills itself as a “celebration of all things plant-based and sustainable for the health of people, our planet and the animals we share it with”. The festival features The Ed Washington Experience and other musical options, as well as instructors on topics such as mindfulness and plant-based nutrition. There will also be many vegetable-friendly vendors.

All Alaskan Reptiles and Exotics Show: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Clapp St. in Wasilla

This event bills itself as hosting all of Alaska’s coolest exotic animals in one place. The Reptile Barn, Naga Den Reptiles and Jonathan’s Reptiles, Alaska Feeder Farm and Alaska Bug Dealers will all be on hand. There are also crafts and food options as well as other vendors. Tickets are $5 for individuals or $20 for a family pass.

Galway Days Irish Festival: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Town Square Park, 544 W. Fifth Ave.

This annual festival features live music, workshops, Irish dancing, a bake sale, vendors and more. Check their website for main stage times music and over a dozen different workshops.

907 Fight: Best Enemies: 3-6 p.m. Saturday, Arctic Rec Center, 4855 Arctic Blvd.

907 Pro Wrestling Champion AJ Radical and “The Giver” Jerry Bishop will face off in a championship rematch – this time in a chain match. Other wrestlers in action include Mask of The Nanook, Jet Lucas, Auron West, Bryson Axl, Officer Nick Mercury, and BARG. Tickets are $15 general admission and $20 ringside.

Alyeska Resort, Ben Napolitano, Girdwood, Blueberry Festival

Blueberry Festival: 12:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Saturday through Sunday, Alyeska Resort, 1000 Arlberg Ave. at Girdwood

Every summer, the Alyeska Resort in Girdwood hosts this blueberry-themed event with vendors, pie-eating contests, and berry picking. Live music by Ava Earl and Edge of the West on Saturdays and Past our Prime, Juno Smile and Loaded Karma on Sundays.

Jauz Presents: Bite That! block party: 7 p.m. Saturday, Williwaw, 609 F St.

DJ and producer Jauz headlines this show which features reality TV star Brody Jenner and 17-year-old non-binary pansexual producer and songwriter Moore Kismet. Tickets for the show range from $35 for general admission to $125 for VIP tickets.

Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience: 10 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday, Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center, 600 Seventh Ave.

This traveling exhibit begins this week and runs in Anchorage through September 22. It includes 300 projected works of art, 30,000 square feet and over 4 trillion pixels of detail. The exhibition lasts around an hour, so check the timetables to find out when final visitors are allowed in each day. Tickets range from $28.99 for children to $83.99 for VIPs.

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