Downtown rolls out welcome mat with May 10 celebration

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For years, locals have known that downtown Fairbanks is the place for a fun, wild and unexpectedly good time. In fact, the phrase “expect the unexpected” was coined by Austin “Cap” Lathrop about the very downtown he helped build.*

In the grand tradition of bringing cheer to the Last Frontier, the great community of Fairbanks will host a special Celebration of the Arctic on May 10 to welcome the 10th Arctic Ministerial Conference. The downtown block party will bring together the best in Arctic-themed food, art, music and business. The celebration is going to be unmissable

While downtown is known for it’s nightlife, it’s also known for it’s daylife. Downtown is the hub for Alaska’s Interior, the Arctic and beyond.  As the saying goes, “All roads lead to downtown Fairbanks.”**  Downtown is all that and the artistic and cultural capitol of the Interior.

From the Downtown Association of Fairbanks’ perspective, this downtown event may be the first time since the visit of President Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II that Fairbanksans have had such a good chance to speak to an international audience through the long train of media following Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Russia’s Foreign Secretary Sergey Lavrov.

Whatever you do, whatever business you’re in, come downtown on May 10 to have fun and be an ambassador for the Arctic.


Family Science Festival @ Worthington Building (4:30pm – 6:00pm)
-STEM activities for kids at the Fairbanks Children’s Museum.

Arctic Business Showcase @ Worthington Building (5:00pm – 8:00pm)
-First-ever Arctic Business Showcase for local businesses with Arctic-related adapted and innovative products and services inside the former ACS Building.

Community Talk on the Arctic @ Worthington Building (7:00pm – 8:00pm)
-A lecture featuring Halla Hrund Logadóttir, Director of Iceland’s Reykjavik University School of Energy inside the former ACS Building.

Live Music @ Doyon Plaza (various times)
-4:30pm – 5:15pm  | Emily Anderson & Golden Heart Performing Arts
-5:30pm – 6:15pm  | Pavva Iñupiaq Dancers
-6:30pm – 7:15pm  | Cold Steel
-7:30pm – 8:15pm  | Marc Brown & The Blues Crew

Food Trucks @ Doyon Plaza (4:30pm – 8:30pm)
-Between the Buns
-Spice it Up
-Crazy Caribou Foods
-Locos Tacos
-Aunt Alice’s Old Time Sugar Corn
-Jo’s Oven
-Shave Ice Sisters
-Grandma’s Genuine Navajo Tacos

Alaska Native Arts & Crafts Show @ Doyon Plaza (4:30pm – 8:30pm)
-Featuring 25 Alaska Native artisans with craft items ranging from beaded slippers and gloves to fur hats and business card holders.

Across Downtown (various times)
Door prizes at Doyon Plaza and the Worthington Building
(4:30pm – 8:30pm).
-Self-guided Pub Crawl featuring northern-themed beverages (all evening).

RSVP to the event on Facebook!

*Completely made up!
**This is also made up!