Ah, June, when it’s finally summer in Alaska. June tends to be either one of our best weather months or our rainiest. You never really know from year to year, but it’s still great to get out and play! With Solstice on June 20, the State has daylight ranging from 17 to 24 hours a day, so it’s time to make the most of it with these 8 Things to Do in Alaska in June!
Things to Do in Alaska in June
Music in Sitka
From the beginning of June until the beginning of July, Sitka becomes a music center with performances six days a week. The Sitka Summer Music Festival has been going since 1972, and shows of some of the finest musicians from around the world.
Palmer Colony Days
The little town of Palmer comes alive during the three day weekend of Colony Days with rides, vendors, amazing food, a golf tournament, salmon and rhubarb contests, a parade, music, games, demonstrations, a rodeo, and so much more! (Happy Bison will be selling their Grilin’ Sauces and Spice Rub at the Rodeo this year!) Check out the calendar for all the great events!
Music at the Top of the World
Make your way to the Far North of Chicken, Alaska, for the two-day Chickenstock Music Festival. Enjoy lots of live music, dancing, and great food! Get your tickets early!
Celebrate Solstice in Anchorage
Anchorage turns into a giant festival (as does most of the State) during Solstice. After a long, dark winter, Alaskans revel in the long daylight hours. Enjoy live music, marathons, kid events, salmon fishing, late night baseball games, and so much more! Get the full line up of events here.
Mine for Gold in Juneau
Gold Rush Days is a great event bringing the past and present of mining and logging in Alaska together. Take the whole family for a weekend of food and craft booths, the carnival, axe throwing, gold panning, and so much more! Be sure to like their Facebook Page to stay up to date on all the events!
Over 20 hours of Daylight in Fairbanks
On the closest Sunday to Solstice for the past 36 years, Fairbanks comes together to enjoy 20.33 hours of daylight. Over 30,000 people head to downtown Fairbanks for 30 live performances and over 150 vendors!
Whaling in Barrow
Celebrate the Native heritage of Barrow at the Barrow Whaling Festival, known as Nalukataq. This Festival is usually held during the third week of June, but depends on when the community gets a whale.
Get out and Hike
With all this amazing daylight, June is a great time to get out and go hiking and camping all over the State! Check out these great books for amazing ideas on places to go! They’re some of my favorites.
What are some of your favorite things to do in Alaska in June? Looking for more ideas? Check out these 50 cheap things to do in Alaska all year ’round!