Solstice festival: Prepping for the longest day of the year

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ANCHORAGE (KTUU) - The Anchorage Downtown Partnership along with other businesses are busy preparing for the Downtown Summer Solstice Festival Saturday.

4th Avenue from C Street to L Street will be closed down starting Saturday morning for the festival.

“All of downtown will be completely closed down and we will have everything from beer gardens, concert stages, we’ll have bubbles, kid zone, kid activities, we’re going to have a circus out here,” said Anchorage Downtown Partnership executive director Amanda Moser.

On top of all the things to do with kids, there are also a number of beer gardens and food trucks to enjoy.

“We treat it like Fur Rondy and Iditarod,” said Guy Conley, managing partner and chef at Fat Ptarmigan. “So it’s one of the biggest weekends of the year. We’re always staffed up. Extra dough, extra everything.”

“I’ve been prepping for a few months now,” said Karin Swanson, the sales and marketing manager at the Hard Rock Cafe downtown. “People just want to come down and enjoy the sun, fingers crossed it’ll stay sunny.”

For the first time at the festival, there will also be a sober garden.

“Society tells us we need to add alcohol to every event, and people are so used to meeting at bars or hanging out in the beer garden, but you don’t have to drink to find community,” said Tiffany Hall, executive director of Recover Alaska.

“With this Sober Garden, like so many of the other events we participate in throughout the year, we want to create a place where people can have a great time without feeling pressured to drink alcohol,” Hall said.

The event starts at noon Saturday and ends at 6 p.m. Moser recommends seeks parking at the EasyPark garages on 5th and 6th Avenues.

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