Music fest in Midtown Anchorage, and a run of good weather, give Anchorage reasons to dance


A whole lot singers, rappers, DJs and bands got thousand of music fans trooping to Cuddy Park in Midtown Anchorage for the Sundown Solstice Music Festival over the weekend. The event, which began Friday and concluded Sunday night, has grown significantly in its second year, according to Hellen Fleming, co-owner of Showdown Alaska, which produced and promoted it.

“It’s triple,” Fleming said, making a comparising to the inaugural Sundown Festival held on the streets of downtown Anchorage in 2022. “It’s triple the size in venue. It’s triple the size of artists. It’s triple the size of production crew, labor, vendors, everything.”

This year’s festival features more than 45 national artists, up from 15 last time, Fleming said. Ticket sales have grown too, she said, up to about 15,000 across three days.

The new venue is one reason the festival has grown, accommodating four performance stages, food trucks, vendors, artists and a few carnival rides. Fans can choose to crowd close to the stage or spread out and watch from the lawn. Adult beverage sales, separated by fencing and security from the broader grounds, means a better experience for underage concertgoers too, Fleming said.

“I think we found our spot,” she said.


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