EVENTS BEGINNING AT 10AM

Girdwood Forest Fair

Three days filled with live, local bluegrass music that will make you want to dance and hundreds of Alaskan vendors to shop and eat. Lemon Earthquake Shake Up will be serving the fresh squeezed lemonades and real fruit slushies Alaskans know and love. Look for us on the corner by the 'Bier Garten" near the Marlow Pavilion. The fair is open from 10 – 8pm. (Girdwood Forest Fair, 1910 Alyeska Highway)

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Pic Tours Alaska Photography Lessons

Pic Tours Alaska is partnering with Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. to host free photography lessons at Old City Hall Park (Petrovich Park), daily May 30th-Sept 13th. These lessons are short, 15-minute tutorials on how to use a camera and smartphone to capture the beauty of Alaska! Meet by the Blue Bear next to Visit Anchorage's Log Cabin on F Street and 4th Avenue. "Capture a better vacation". Smartphones welcomed. (Petrovich Park, 500 W 4th Avenue)

First Friday at the Museum

Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Tonight: Ten Dollar Bet plays contras, rags, polkas, swing and Old-World classics. Rapid Space Shorts in the planetarium. Atrium kiosk and Muse restaurant open. Free general admission, $5 special exhibition fee for Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

KEGGINAQUT - Yup'ik Masks

The Yup’ik people have inhabited Sub-Arctic Alaska for thousands of years. To maintain balance with the environment, Yup’ik culture has developed rich traditions of dancing and story-singing. Some of the annual dances held in the qasgi, or ceremonial house, include the wearing of elaborate masks. Yup’ik masks are traditionally the creation of the village angalkuq, or shaman, who creates masks in accordance with dreams or visions. In this exhibition, the work of the angalkuq Ikamrailnguq is featured, a creator of some of the best-known Yup’ik masks in existence. Masks are often destroyed after a ceremony, but with the arrival of traders in the late 19th century, masks became an exchange item for trade goods, which later became part of museum collections. Since collectors often were unaware of the inter-related nature of masks, most masks were separated. The four dance masks in this exhibition represent the Yup’ik windmaker spirit, Tumaneq. Created in the early 1900s, the masks were separated over time, each ending up in a different location: the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC; the Fowler Museum in Los Angeles; and the Menil Collection in Houston. This exhibition reunites these four masks after many years apart, the first time they have been together in Alaska for more than a century. This exhibition is made possible through the charitable support of Eunice J. Silberer. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 1:30PM

See and Taste Alaska

Meet an Alaskan Native storyteller, sample local foods, & tour our local art gallery. (E Street Theatre, 315 E Street)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 2PM

Day Party & Battle of the DJs

LED Ultra Lounge Presents-Day Party and Battle of the DJs. Featuring world renowned artist as a judge for the performers-DJ Kool "Let Me Clear My throat. That's right Anchorage, bring your blankets, bring your shorts, bring the kids, and we will bring the fun. During the day they will have hula hoop contest, water sports, and other fun outdoor games for the family. At the end of the day they will have the Battle of the DJs and let DJ Kool pick the winner who will play alongside him that evening at LED. (Kincaid Park, 9401 Raspberry Road)

Debs Creative Paws

Join Deb in the tap room from 2 - 8pm for her pop-up shop, along with various pieces that will be featured all month long in the tap room! (Double Shovel Cider, 502 W 58th Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 4PM

Vivid North

This is a First Friday event bursting with imagination and color—and celebrating the wild beauty of life in Alaska. Come enjoy a coffee and meet the artist behind these vibrant works of art! About the Artist: Alaskan-based artist, Chantelle Marie, has been scribbling illustrations on anything that will sit still long enough since before she can remember—However, it wasn’t until she dabbled in acrylics in the Summer of 2017 that she discovered her passion for painting and an avenue to fully express herself artistically. A self-taught artist, Chantelle brings together elements of nature, design, and emotion to create unique and whimsical acrylic paintings. (Coffee and Communitas, 12100 Old Seward Highway)

Alaskan Watercolors by Karen Garcia

Karen paints colorful paintings to pay homage to her homeland, culture and most importantly, her Ancestors. Her style emanates joy and peace while expressing the vibrant Spirit and Atmosphere of Alaska. Picturesque Alaskan Landscapes, Lifestyles, Animals and Nature are all brought to life with contrasting and harmonious colors and bold compositions (Tiny Gallery, 706 W 4th Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 4:30PM

Turnagain Brewing

Featuring new original work and prints from their label/tap handle artist, graphic designer Rudy Romero, during their July first anniversary celebration. (Turnagain Brewing, 7920 King Street)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 5PM

Alaska Wild Photography

AK Wild Photography is a family run company. Grant Klotz has been taking wildlife photographs since the 1980’s. Moving up to Alaska from New Hampshire brought him many opportunities to get out and experience the beauty of nature. Matthew Klotz, his son, is now his business manager. By getting his photos in art shows and creating a website, Matthew is bringing Grant’s photography to the people of Alaska and beyond. (Midnight Sun Café, 245 W 5th Avenue)

Salena Morrow

Enjoy libations, meet the artist, and join in the conversation about what is and isn’t real at Salena Morrow’s July 5 Artist’s Reception. Held at the Clay Art Space from 5:30-8:00 p.m., her acrylic paintings on display uniquely explore reality. She invites you to consider the concepts that are held that define what is real with the exuberance and wonder of a child. Show themes include the birds and animals of Alaska, Feng Shui and "quotable quotes" that go where they will. (Clay Art Space, 5861 Arctic Boulevard)

July First Friday at IGCA

Join International Gallery of Contemporary Art from 5 – 8pm for the opening of three new exhibitions by artists Federica Bruni (Italy), Emma Reynolds (London, England) and Anna Widman (Kenai, Alaska). Exhibitions will be on view from July 5 - 27, 2019. (IGCA, 427 D Street)

Hope Studios

Artists within the community who experience a developmental disability often do not have an avenue or opportunity to express themselves artistically. Hope Studios mission is to provide artists the space and opportunity to create, while allowing them to explore their form of self-expression through different mediums. The collaborative process allows people to be creative in a free and flexible way, working together as a team to create finished pieces. The group setting allows a space for artistic ideas to be shared and friendships to naturally blossom. Hope Studios is fully accessible to all ages and abilities. The studio team utilizes technology and creativity to foster the opportunity for any artist to create. (Uncle Leroy’s, 701 W 36th Avenue)

First Friday SSP Studio & Gallery

SSP Studio & Gallery is not your normal photography gallery. Here you will find some of Alaska's top talent pushing the envelope of their cameras and taking the lens to new depths. Thought provoking, intriguing and mind-blowing art. Get ready to have your mind accelerated to new levels. (SSP Studio, 2217 E Tudor Road, Suite 11)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 5:30PM

Tami Phelps and Sue Sutton

Alaska Sisters are back at Hotel Captain Cook! Join Tami Phelps and Sue Sutton in the “Lobby Art Salon” by the Whale’s Tail this First Friday and every First Friday through September. New selections of cold wax paintings, furniture, hand-felted pieces, and Alaska chic home décor are offered each month. Make Hotel Captain Cook part of your sunny summer First Friday art walk, 4:00-9:00pm. Located inside the Hotel Captain Cook. (Captain Cook Hotel, 939 W 5th Avenue)

First Friday at Resolution Brewery

Resolution Brewery is pleased to show work by Annie Brownlee. Annie Brownlee is an artist and scientist. A lifelong Alaskan, she has traveled extensively throughout the state for fieldwork and personal trips. She has spent much of her time in Alaska’s backcountry in the Brooks Range studying the Arctic tree line. Her reverence for nature is reflected in her artwork, on both large and minute scales. She lives in Anchorage. (Resolution Brewery, 3024 Mountain View Drive)

The Birds and the Bees

Join Sparc for a group show featuring Sparc artists and their interpretation of our theme. Paintings, drawings, and ceramics will be displayed from twelve or more different artists Refreshments will be served. (Sparc, 425 D Street)

Michelle Xiao

Enjoy the unveiling of Michelle’s newest original collection. Live music by The Spenerds. “My work inspired by nature and moments in everyday life. In the land of distant, I found the amazing connection, expression and emotions. My work has focused on expression and emotion on human figure or floral. In my paintings, I highlight human emotion and expression in visual world that reflected on figure paintings, such as human body and their facial expression; and the shapes, color and movements of the flower petals in floral paintings. My goals are not only to continue the traditions of representation in painting, which includes narrative content; but also, to capture the spiritual being and the connections between the subjects and audience with composition, color and brushwork,” explains Xiao. (Stephan Fine Arts, 939 W 5th Avenue)

Snow City Café

Fr July, two emerging artists will show their photographs and drawings. Naomi Zurba, a self-taught artist from Canada who now reside son Anchorage, makes colorful and unexpected anthropomorphic animal drawings and takes photographs of the prairie. Sebastian Ulz takes photographs from home in Anchorage and other travels, both rural and urban. Opening reception Friday, July 5, 5:30-8pm. Snacks and coffee provided, drinks for sale. (Snow City Café, 1034 W 4th Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 6PM

Rapid Space Shorts

These quick planetarium experiences range from constellation tours of the night sky and cruising around the solar system to learning about light and the aurora borealis. 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Sherry Chonka

Sherry's beautiful pieces will be decorating our TapRoom walls for the month of July. Stop in for First Friday to meet Sherry and learn about the pieces she selected. Sherry is a self-taught artist, who started painting about 30 years ago. She gets her inspiration from everything around her. (Zip Kombucha, 3404 Arctic Boulevard)

Sevigny Studios

Beautiful artwork by Zeen and live music from Concrete to Clouds. (Sevigny Studios, 608 W. 4th Avenue)

Iconic Alaska

July 5th, Alaskan Adventurer Dick Griffith will be on-hand to present the 'already a classic' movie 'Canyons and Ice - The Last Run of Dick Griffith' to an intimate audience followed by what is sure to be a lively question and answer. Author, Kaylene Johnson will be present to discuss 'Canyons and Ice: The Wilderness Travels of Dick Griffith'. Books and Movies will be available for purchase. Refreshments will be served. Building on Anchorage's great First Friday Art Walk event success.... each First Friday of the month REI will be opening our doors and presenting 'the best of the best' of Alaska(an) Life Outdoors. ICONIC ALASKA - First Friday at REI "Focus on the Outdoor People, Places and Things that inspire, celebrate and give life more meaning and represent the Alaskan Spirit of a Lifetime of Adventure Outside." (REI, 500 E Northern Lights Boulevard)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 7PM

The Old Woman Who Lost Her Voice

“Once upon a time, in a land not too far from here, there lived an old woman…who lost her voice. She didn’t lose her voice suddenly. It happened over time. In fact, it happened so slowly that at first no one even noticed…” Jill Bess’ new play is the story of an old woman named Galena who wakes up one day unable to speak. A cast of eight play 20 different roles in this sometimes comedy, sometimes drama, sometimes wrenching heartache of a story. The Old Woman Who Lost Her Voice is a modern-day fairy tale that speaks to anyone who has ever felt silenced. Tickets are available at CenterTix.com. (Cyrano’s, 3800 Debarr Road)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 8PM

July 4 BBQ & Live Music with Motown Fever

Ring in the fourth with a barbecue and all the wonderful music Carousel’s open mic brings! Bring a side dish because Carousel has the meat! (Carousel Lounge, 3206 Spenard Road)

First Friday Comedy

Liven up your First Fridays with local laughs. Each month, Hard Rock Café features a new line-up of Alaska's best stand-up comedians. Hosted by Matt Jardin on the second floor. A $5 donation is suggested, and this event is 21 and up. (Hard Rock Café, 415 E Street)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 9PM

House Sessions at SubZero

Friday nights SubZero are bringing back the House Sessions! Local DJ's will be bringing you house beats that will set the SubZero Microlounge mood! They’re bringing you Jacob Mattie, DJ Clint Staples, AKHM DJ's & DJ Just Adam with a few others thrown into the mix. Playing every Friday night from 9pm to close. (SubZero, 612 F Street)

Orion Donicht

Orion Donicht is made from the syrupy effluence of Fairview, Alaska. This tacky man has picked up eclectic dust and dogs, dew and mists and overall is a compendium of music you know, music you don't know, and music you thought you knew. A deft story telling creature, his feats of limber linguistics and quick wit keep this author trying to describe him truthfully, without sounding like a jack ass. (Van’s Dive Bar, 1027 E. 5th Avenue)

First Friday Dance Party: Girls Night Out

Grab your gal pals, head downtown, do the First Friday Art Walk, and then head over to Williwaw Social for a night of great dance music, craft cocktails, champagne, wine, drink specials, and 1/2 price apps! Featuring DJ Fan Service spinning the best mix of bangers, hits, and beats from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s to present guaranteed to get you and your BFFs grooving on the dance floor and (weather permitting) hitting the Roof for a cold drink to cool off or hitting the Speakeasy for craft cocktails! (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

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