Fairbanks, the Yukon, and the Interior

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Fairbanks, the Yukon, and the Interior - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

    Alaska's premier cultural gathering takes place over two weeks in late July on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The festivities, which began as a small jazz festival, now attract visitors worldwide for American roots and other music, dance, and literary, healing, visual, and culinary arts. Guests are encouraged to participate in one- or two-week classes and mini-workshops.

    Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
    907-474–8869
  • 2. Golden Days

    A street fair and parade through the city cap several days of events at this July celebration of Fairbanks's gold-rush past.

    Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
    907-452–1105
  • 3. Palace Theatre

    The theater hosts the Golden Heart Revue, a musical-comedy show about the founding and building of Fairbanks.

    Airport Way and Peger Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701, USA
    907-452–7274

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    Rate Includes: $24
  • 4. Tanana Valley State Fair

    Aurora

    This weeklong event in early August is Interior Alaska's largest annual gathering. If you've ever wondered just what a 50-pound cabbage looks like, this fair might be your best chance to find out. You can also peruse the handiwork of local artisans.

    1800 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska, 99709, USA

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    Rate Includes: $10
  • 5. World Ice Art Championships

    An ice-sculpting extravaganza, these competitive events that unfold from late February to late March draw ice artists from around the world.

    1800 College Rd., Fairbanks, Alaska, 99709, USA
    833-442–3278

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    Rate Includes: From $16
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  • 6. Yukon Quest

    The early February Yukon Quest calls itself the "toughest sled dog race in the world," passing through historic early-gold-rush territory. In odd-numbered years the 1,000-mile race starts in Whitehorse, in even-numbered ones in Fairbanks. Both the start and finish are festive events, with huge crowds on hand even when the temperatures plunge.

    Fairbanks, Alaska, USA
    907-452–7954

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