As the holiday season winds down and the reality of winter sets in throughout Alaska, the communities across the state often band together to throw events and festivals that can brighten the spirits and warm the hearts of those who live there. This upcoming January, there is a wide variety of festivals and events scheduled for people of all ages.
These are the best January events in Alaska:
Zoo Lights at the Alaska Zoo
The holiday season at the Alaska Zoo in Anchorage extends beyond the month of December with Zoo Lights. The zoo stays lit up throughout much of the winter season, including the month of January. Locals and tourists alike delight at the holiday lights that twinkle throughout the zoo grounds during the display. It's a wonderful way to let the spirit of the season linger beyond the New Year.
- January 9 through January 12, 2020 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
- The Alaska Zoo, 4731 O'Malley Rd, Anchorage, AK 99507
Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival
The 25th annual Great Alaska Beer and Barley Wine Festival will take place in Anchorage this year, bringing together those who love great-tasting beverages with those who want to try authentic Alaskan brews for the first time. In addition to showcasing the best breweries in Alaska, the event also features live music and delicious food.
- January 18 through January 19, 2020 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well as 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday
- William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center, 555 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501
Anchorage Folk Festival
The Anchorage Folk Festival is an annual musical event that celebrates folk artists from the local area as well as from around the world. Throughout the 11-day festival, visitors can enjoy live musical performances at venues throughout Anchorage as well as participate in folk music lessons.
- January 15 through January 26, 2020; daily schedule with various performances
- Venues around Anchorage, Alaska
Kids Fest 2020
Kids Fest 2020 is an indoor event in Fairbanks that aims to provide local children with an opportunity to have some fun with their families. For parents and caregivers, the event is an affordable option that allows their children to make memories. Several zones will be set up at the festival, allowing children of all ages to find a space that is both fun and safe for them. Tickets are $20 per child or $35 per child for a weekend pass. A family pass is available for $100.
- January 17 through January 19, 2020 at 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday
- Carlson Center, 2010 2nd Ave, Fairbanks, AK 99701
Cordova Iceworm Festival
The Cordova Iceworm Festival is a local festival that was founded in the early 1960s as a way to lift the winter blues. Today, it's a week-long festival that includes a variety of activities and events for people of all ages. The Iceworm Parade and the Variety Show are two of the main events.
- January 25 through February 1, 2020; various events scheduled during each day
- Downtown Cordova, Alaska
From outdoor festivals that allow people to enjoy the natural beauty of the Last Frontier, to indoor events designed to keep everyone comfortable and cozy as they withstand the winter, there's something for everyone in Alaska this January. Visitors and residents alike will find they can always keep themselves busy on the weekends with these fun festivals and activities.