Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant
The 2013 BP Midnight Sun Festival hits the streets Sunday, June 23rd, from noon to midnight in downtown Fairbanks. Kara Nash, Events & Marketing Director for the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, announces several firsts at this year’s festival, including a roller derby bout on the fifth floor of the DowntownTransportationCenter with the Fairbanks Rollergirls and a “Dunk the Police” fundraiser by the Fairbanks Police Department. The festival is a 32 year old tradition in downtown Fairbanks.
“It’s important for our community to celebrate the return of the sun and summer,” Nash said. “Downtown is our city center so we invite everyone in the community to come and join us.”
Thirty-three bands, solo performers and dance troupes will give free performances during the festival. Musicians like Marc Brown & the Blues Crew, the 9th Army Band and the Young Fangs will play 45 minute sets each. Dance troupes like Dance Theatre of Fairbanks, Southsea Island Polynesian Dancers and Tundra Caravan Middle Eastern Dance will also be performing. A full list of performance times is available at downtownfairbanks.com.
Families can enjoy their favorite annual activities at the street fair, including face painting, gold panning, pony rides, a statewide breakdancing competition and a skate park. There will also be a bouncy castle and a climbing wall. For the second year in a row, the festival will also include the Midnight Sun Beer Garden on the deck overlooking the festival at Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant.
There will be almost 200 vendors this year, including Arctic Winter Games, Metal Mastery, bad2dabonebbq, Zorba on the Run and Villante’s Meatballs. The official festival logo, designed by Miranda Suttles and chosen by popular vote, will be featured on purple, blue, and green t-shirts ($20) at festival headquarters.
Parking is available in Sadler’s parking lot on Cushman Street and in the DowntownTransportationCenter, with entrance on 3rd Avenue. A discount rate of $3 for the entire day is available at the center. Recycling will be provided throughout the festival by Interior Alaska Green Star.
Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant
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The 2012 BP Midnight Sun Festival will be on Sunday, June 24th from noon to midnight in downtown Fairbanks. Kara Nash, Events & Marketing Director for the Downtown Association of Fairbanks, is happy to announce a new recycling program, the Yukon Quest Dawg Gone Canoe Race, and a beer garden in addition to thirty-three live performances and a record number of vendors.
“This year, more community partners were ready and willing to bring new activities to the festival than ever before,” Nash says. “It’s going to make for the most jam-packed solstice celebration to date.” With attendance of 30,000+, the BP Midnight Sun Festival is Alaska’s largest single-day event.
Dozens of bands, dance troupes, and solo performers will give free performances. Bands like Cold Steel, 9th Army Band, Badwater, and Avery Wolves will play while Dance Theatre Fairbanks performs mixed dance selections on the Bear Stage and Alaska Club hosts Zumba demos on the Subway Moose Stage between acts.
For the first time in festival history, a Midnight Sun Beer Garden will be open on the deck at Soapy Smith’s Pioneer Restaurant. The festival is also celebrating the resurrection of the Yukon Quest Dawg Gone Canoe Race on the Chena River, a high-spirited float to the Boatel Bar.
The official festival logo was designed by Lucas Elliott and will be featured on blue, green, and yellow t-shirts available for purchase at festival headquarters.
Families can expect their favorite annual activities at the street fair including face painting, gold panning, sled dog puppies, and a skate park. Nearly two hundred vendors are scheduled to line the streets, including Pretzel Chef, AK Starfish Co, Wild Rose Cupcakes, and a photo booth coinciding with the official launch of FairbanksAlaska.com. Residents and visitors can navigate the festival using the Alaska App, free to download on all smartphones.
A new recycling program headed by Interior Alaska Green Star, Alaska Waste, and Fairbanks Rescue Mission will reduce festival waste and provide valuable materials to local nonprofit recycling programs.
Parking is available in Sadler’s parking lot on Cushman Street and in the Downtown Transportation Center, with entrance on 3rd Avenue. A discount rate of $3 for the entire day is available at this facility.
Nash would like to extend a special thank you to sponsors of the 2012 BP Midnight Sun Festival, including BP, Seekins Ford Lincoln, Subway, MAC Federal Credit Union, Sani-Can, Inc., Alaska Waste, Alaska USA Federal Credit Union, Great Harvest Bread Co, Sunshine Health Foods, Bridgewater Hotel, Big Ray’s, Denali State Bank, The Alaska Club, JL Properties, Inc, Kohler, Schmitt & Hutchison, PC, Era Alaska, GEICO Insurance, If Only…a fine store, Festival Fairbanks, River City Investments, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, Walsh Kelliher & Sharp, Golden Valley Electric Association, City of Fairbanks, Yukon Quest, Yukon Title, Mt. McKinley Bank, Dance Theatre Fairbanks, Mt. McKinley Bank, Rabinowitz Courthouse, Fairbanks Parking Authority, Spring Hill Suites by Marriott, Mecca Bar, and Cook & Haugeberg, LLC.
Sunday, June 24th Noon-Midnight
1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues in downtown Fairbanks