New for November: Events and community gatherings this month in Alaska

Nov 6, 2019, 12:30 PM by Denali 

We’ve officially passed November 1st, which means the holiday season is in full swing. This month is full of exciting events, from meals celebrating our military on Veteran’s day to Christmas season kickoff events and community fundraisers. Check out the top events this month here:


17th Annual Alaskan Christmas Bazaar

When: November 9th, 2019 from 10 am – 5 pm
Where: ChangePoint Alaska (6689 Changepoint Dr, Anchorage, AK)
Cost: Free

Shop from over 130 vendors selling handmade products that could make perfect gifts for friends and family. This event will also feature meeting with Santa, local food trucks, and an espresso bar.  

3rd Annual Wine Tasting Fundraiser

When: November 9th, 2019 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Egan Center (555 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK)
Cost: $65/ person

This fundraiser is in support of Anchorage Cops for Community. Guests will enjoy live music by I Like Robots, wine sampling, a silent auction, and hors d'oeuvres.

41st Annual Christmas Arts & Crafts Emporium

When: November 23rd-24th, 2019
Where: Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center (600 W 7th Ave, Anchorage, AK)
Cost: Free

Come out and see some of the best Alaskan artists and crafters display their creations. With an annual attendance of over 13,000 people, this is the largest product show with items completely handmade by Alaskans. Visitors will enjoy displays of creativity and the opportunity to purchase unique gifts for loved ones. The site will also host Habitat for Humanity’s Gingerbread Showcase, a display by both professional and amateur bakers from the area. The public is invited to vote on the best creation by donating to Habitat Anchorage.

Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

When: November 30th, 2019 from 5 – 7:30 pm
Where: Town Square Park (544 W 5th Ave, Anchorage, AK)
Cost: Free

Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. will be again hosting the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony. Guests will be treated to holiday performances, free hot cocoa from Kaladi Brothers, free cookies from Franz Bakery, a special visit from Santa and the reindeer, and the ceremonial tree lighting. Kids can drop off their letters to Santa, or bring them to him in person. This weekend is also small business Saturday, so you can spend your time before the event shopping the local businesses in the downtown area.


No One Left Behind Banquet

When: November 9th, 2019 from 5 – 8 pm
Where: Ryan Middle School (1450 Cowles Street, Fairbanks, AK)
Cost: $50/person

This banquet is a celebration of the first responders in the community. There will be dinner, awards, and dessert. Proceeds from the event go towards the Rescue Mission’s initiatives to help the homeless population.

Hockey Day at FBC

When: November 19th, 2019 from 4-5 pm
Where: Fairbanks Children's Museum (302 Cushman St, Fairbanks, AK)
Cost: Free with admission ($8/person)

The Fairbanks Ice Dogs hockey team will be dropping by the Fairbanks Children’s Museum for some special activities. There will be crafts, treats, autographs from team members, and much more. The first 50 people who come will also be given free tickets to an Ice Dogs game, so be sure to get there early.

Family Day: Stars at Museum of the North

When: November 23rd, 2019 from 12-4 pm
Where: University of Alaska Museum of the North (1962 Yukon Dr, Fairbanks, AK)
Cost: Guests under 14 free, admission for adults $14/person

Families can spend time together while enjoying hands-on activities like glow-in-the-dark crafts, themed games, and experiments. The night will revolve around the theme of stars, and explore how scientists study stars, as well as how cultures have viewed the night sky throughout time. This educational event will be fun for all ages.


Veterans Day Dinner

When: November 10th, 2019 from 1 pm – 3 pm
Where: Grace Lutheran Church & School (47585 Ciechanski Rd, Kenai, AK)
Cost: Free, must RSVP

Grace Lutheran Church is celebrating veterans with a free meal. Veterans and their immediate family are invited to enjoy a complimentary dinner.

Full Moon Bike Ride

When: November 12th, 2019 from 5:30 pm – 7 pm
Where: Beemun's Bike and Ski Loft (35277 Kenai Spur Hwy, Soldotna, AK)
Cost: Free

Take a relaxing ride around Soldotna with other bicycle riders. Invite friends or family as you pedal under the sky lit by the full moon.

KPAL Rescue Fur Ball

When: November 30th, 2019 from 6 pm – 9 pm
Where: Duck Inn Bar and Restaurant (43187 Kalifornsky Beach Rd, Soldotna, AK)
Cost: $50/person

Spend an evening enjoying yourself with prizes, silent auctions, dancing, and drinks! The ticket pricing includes dinner, dessert, a door prize, and two beverages. All proceeds go towards KPAL Rescue to help animals in need find homes.

Join Denali for the Gas Card Giveaway!

We invite all military and veterans to head out to our East Anchorage Walmart branch (7405 DeBarr Road), or to our Fairbanks Northgate branch (322 Old Steese Highway) to pick up a free $50 Chevron gas card. The giveaway will run November 6th – 9th while supplies last.

This is our way of thanking the men and women who work so hard to protect our country. In addition to gas cards, we’ll also have a kickoff event on November 6th from 10 am – 12 pm. There will be coffee, doughnuts, and cards for veterans! We hope to see you there.