THURSDAY, JUNE 27

GUITAR CENTER GRAND OPENING & RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY!

Featuring raffles, live entertainment, special sales and free t-shirts to the first 1000 customers through the door! Ribbon cutting ceremony begins at 4:45pm and the doors open at 5:00pm. The Jephries will be performing to commemorate the occasion. (Guitar Center, 600 E Northern Lights Boulevard)

PEONIES AND POPPIES: A PARTY IN THE GARDEN

Join your friends in support of the Alaska Botanical Garden and enjoy their annual fundraising Gala. Food by South Restaurant + Coffee House, music by Those Three Guys. Several varieties of peonies and blue poppies will be featured in the program and marked so you can enjoy them. There will also be gorgeous local art to view and purchase. The party starts at 5:30pm and tickets are available at EventBrite.com. (Alaska Botanical Garden, 4601 Campbell Airstrip Road)

PAINTING WITH SALTWASH

Saltwash is an easy to use base coat formula to give a layered and textured effect when mixed with any brand or type of paint! Apply your mixture to any piece of furniture or surface to achieve an authentic time worn look, as if weathered from years on the coast, in just a few easy steps. It’s an instant and affordable genuine vintage look. In this class, you will be able to practice all the key steps to using Saltwash — the base coat mixed with the Saltwash powder, the second coat of paint of a different color, and finally sanding the piece to reveal all the layers! At the end of the night, you will take home your own 4oz container of Saltwash and mixing cup to tackle your own project at home! Suitable for beginners of all ages. Tickets are available at SquareUp.com and the class begins at 6pm. (Anchorage re:MADE, 13500 Old Seward Highway)

DRAG QUEEN BINGO: VIVA LA DRAG-OLUTION!

An Anchorage PrideFest staple event, Drag Queen Bingo gives you the opportunity to win, and dress in drag! Oh, and win cool prizes and basically have a blast. This year’s theme is Viva La Drag-olution! and will feature Stonewall themed entertainment and bingo games. This event is sponsored by Identity, Smirnoff, Value Village and Williwaw, and is hosted by the incomparable Daphne DoAllLaChores. Live auction and three hours of bingo for the low price of $35 online at EventBrite.com or $40 at the door. The (bingo) balls fly at 7pm. (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

CIRQUE PRESS BOOK READINGS

Join the Writer’s Block for a special evening with Cirque Press authors Kristin Berger (“Echolocation”), Kerry Feldman (“Rules of Thumbs Along the Amazons”) and Karen Tschannen (“Apportioning the Light”) as they read from their books — and celebrate Cirque Journal’s release of their newest issue! Kristin Berger is the author of the poetry collections Refugia (Persian Pony Press, 2019), Echolocation (Cirque Press, 2018), How Light Reaches Us (Aldrich Press, 2016), and For the Willing (Finishing Line Press, 2008). She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she co-hosts the Lents Farmers Market Poetry Series, which has brought over 40 local emerging and established poets to the neighborhood. More at kristinberger.me Kerry Feldman’s collection of short stories, “Rules of Thumb Among the Amazons” will be published by Cirque Press, 2019. His stories explore twists of love--humorous, painful, fulfilling, sometimes shocking riffs on the Greek template of erotic passion, Eros and Psyche. He is Professor Emeritus, Anthropology, University of Alaska Anchorage. The reading begins at 7pm. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

FRIDAY, JUNE 28

BUCKET, BURGER AND BREW

Hit the driving range Friday nights at Anchorage Golf Course with your favorite brew on hand. Just $18 gets you a bucket of balls, a burger grilled right on the range and a cool draft brew from Midnight Sun Brewing. The clubs swing at 5pm. (Midnight Sun Brewing, 8111 Dimond Hook Drive)

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 and the production begins at 7pm. (Cyrano’s, 3800 Debarr Road)

LIVE IN THE PLANETARIUM: ASPENYARROW

Lean back and listen in to the electropop of Aspenyarrow. This Talkeetna/Anchorage-based duo combines layered beats with vocals. Full-dome visuals created specifically for the performance accompany their music. Space is limited, tickets required. $15 admission, members receive a 10 percent discount. Please use the museum’s 7th Avenue entrance. The show begins at 7:30pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

PANTS OFF DANCE OFF PARTY

Pants Off Dance Off Party ‘19 is an official Anchorage Pride event presented by Huycke Entertainment with proceeds donated to Identity, Inc.’s year-round program. This event is a two-part night with just one cover charge and no entry fee for the contest. Contestants must be present to sign up at 8pm when the doors open! Pants Off Dance Off Contest 8pm — Contestants face off with their best dancing/striptease to a song of their choice. Contestants will be judged by audience participation and cash prizes to the winner and runner-up. Hosted by emcee Robin Sparkles and DJ Kayla Kruz. (Koot’s, 2435 Spenard Road)

HOUSE PARTY AT WILLIWAW SOCIAL: RAINBOW EDITION

Williwaw Social, Fan Service, Midnight Sun Brewing Company, and Smirnoff vodka are celebrating a killer summer and Pride month by throwing House Party at Williwaw Social. They’re going all out in converting their main floor into an epic downtown house party! They’ll have couches and chill zones, giant Jenga, Rainbow Jell-O shots, Smirnoff drink features, beer pong, red solo cups, vids on the big screen and more. Featuring DJ Fan Service spinning a mix of throwback and current hits, bangers, crowd favorites across all music genres and of course they’ll be blasting those classic loud and proud anthems as well! The party kicks off at 9:30pm. (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

SATURDAY, JUNE 29

LEMONADE DAY ALASKA 2019

The Lemonade Day Alaska program teaches children how to start, launch, and run their own business for a day while learning how to set and meet their goals, develop business plans, establish budgets, and showcase marketing and branding skills they will use later in life, and then it does a little more. Lemonade Day Alaska provides hands-on opportunities for children to be a part of their community, provide customer service, explore their creativity, and find ways to give back. On Saturday, communities across the state will come together to support thousands of young entrepreneurs as they participate in a step-by-step program designed to walk them through planning, launching, and growing their own lemonade stand. In addition to their hard work and expressions of creativity, they are encouraged to save, spend, and share some of their profit which provides them an opportunity to give back to the causes and organizations they care about within their communities and their state. For a full list of stands, visit LemonadeDay.org. (Anchorage)

2019 ALASKA SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES

The Alaskan Scottish Club is pleased to Present the 38th Annual Alaska Scottish Highland Games at the Alaska State Fair grounds. Featuring music by The Fire, a genealogy workshop, scotch tasting, piping and drumming, blacksmith demonstrations, cooking demonstrations, tug-o-war, caber tossing, salmon throwing, Highland Coo, Celtic Dance, Kilted Mile, and so much more! Tickets are available at EventBrite.com and the games take place from 8 – 8pm. (Alaska State Fair Grounds, 2075 Glenn Highway)

42ND ANNUAL EQUALITY PARADE

Celebrate diversity by joining Identity, Inc. for the 42nd Annual Equality Parade at 9th Avenue and E Street in downtown Anchorage! Nearly 50 businesses and groups will be marching in celebration of LGBTQ+ rights and inclusivity, with the theme of Pride. Jam packed with music and entertainment; the parade begins at 11am. (Downtown Anchorage)

ANCHORAGE PRIDE FESTIVAL

This is PrideFest’s must-attend event, with two live stages, 150+ vendors, fabulous headliners, Pride swag, delicious food, Williwaw Beer Garden, and raffle drawings! Free to the public and family friendly, the even runs from 12 – 5pm. (Downtown Anchorage)

THE BIG GAY AFTER PARTY

Join your Hosts Goldie and Ivanna for the annual Big Gay After Party! Dancing, drag queens, DJs, cocktails and craft brews, food trucks, giveaways, and prizes—oh my! Cover is $10 and the party starts at 9pm. (Mad Myrna’s, 530 E 5th Avenue)

SUNDAY, JUNE 30

SALSA IN THE PARK

Join Anaya Latin Dance and local dancers for Salsa in the Park, a FREE and family-friendly event for social dancing to great Latin music! Participatory group dances to be led periodically to get folks up and moving! Come to participate or just to watch and enjoy the weather in the heart of downtown Anchorage. For more info check out www.anchoragedowntown.org or www.anayalatindance.com. The dancing begins at 1pm. (Anchorage Town Square, 544 W 5th Avenue)

DINE N’ DASH

Enjoy a fun walk through Girdwood Valley while stopping at your favorite local restaurants for samples off their menus. The after party will feature beer and awesome door prizes. Tickets and maps are available at Girdwood.US. The event starts at 2pm. (Downtown Girdwood)

END OF PRIDE WEEK BBQ

End another amazing Pride Month with your friends at Mad Myrna’s. Enjoy free BBQ and the company of your friends. The party starts at 4pm. (Mad Myrna’s, 520 E 5th Avenue)

For a full list of events visit us online at AnchoragePress.com/calendar.

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