Enjoy a Fair or Festival

Celebrate everything that makes Girdwood unique at the city’s fairs and festivals. Girdwood Forest Fair is a favorite for visitors and locals alike. During the first week in July, the city comes alive with artists, hand-crafted items, food and entertainment from across the state. View and purchase local art, experience some of the best of Alaskan musicians and spend the weekend surrounded by good people.

For some springtime fun, celebrate the end of the ski season at Spring Carnival. The weekend in April has a lot of fun events for spectators and participants, such as the Dummy Downhill (build a dummy and send it down the mountain on skis) and the XTRATUF Tug o’ War, but every year, Slush Cup is the biggest draw. During Slush Cup, spectators gather up the side of Mount Alyeska to watch as 50 skiers in costume take turns skiing down the mountain to try to make it across the 90-foot slush pond at the bottom. It is nothing short of entertaining.


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