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September in Fairbanks, Alaska

(Note: Some dates here are from 2001)

Planning to visit Fairbanks in the off-season, or "shoulder season," as it is sometimes called?  While many visitor attractions close on Labor Day (September 2 in 2001), many do not. Here we list those things we believe are still available most of September.

Pioneer Park (formerly "Alaskaland")

bulletAlaskaland Civic Center and Theatre,  "The largest building in Pioneer Park, the Civic Center houses a 384 seat theater, art gallery and exhibition room. New art exhibits are offered monthly. Downstairs for 2000 (at least until October 31) was a photo display (Albert Johnson, 1905-1917) of old time Fairbanks. It may still be there. Viewing hours M-Sat 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sun noon-8 p.m. There may well be plays in the theatre. It serves as a community center year 'round.
bulletFarthest North Square and Round Dance Center, Square and Round dances take place in the center year 'round.
bulletThe Golden Heart Revue  (at the Palace Saloon in Pioneer Park) is nightly at 8:30 p.m. through September 11, 2002. 
bulletThe Salmon Bake will be open May 19 till Sept 11, 2002.

Community of Ester

bullet "Service with a Smile" (refers to Robert Service) at the Malamute Saloon in Ester, but that one ends in early September normally. Right now it appears to be closed for repairs.
bullet"Crown of Light" Aurora Show also ends in early September.


bulletSee Other Museums.
bulletThe Farmers' Market is still open Wednesdays and Saturdays, also.

Other Museums

bulletThe Community Museum downtown (Cushman Street) may be open.
bulletThe Ice Museum (2nd Avenue and Lacey) may still be open.

Music and the Arts

bulletNorthern Lights Council of Dancers represents square, round and folk dancers in the interior. Our link leads to their very active dance calendar. Many of their member clubs dance at the Alaskaland Dance Center, also known as the Farthest North Square and Round Dance Center, located in Alaskaland. 
bullet Contra Borealis Dancers  Check their website for complete dance schedule. Dances are $6 non-members / $5 members - $3 student non-members and $2 student members. Special events TBA, kids under 13 are free, if they behave themselves. (907) 457-8957.
bulletBallroom Dance Club of Fairbanks has recently moved to their own domain. Check out their website for the latest on ballroom dancing in Fairbanks.
bulletGolden Heart Revue at Palace Theatre & Saloon, Alaskaland. Shows daily at 8:15 p.m. from May 19 through 9/11, 2002. Reservations: (907) 456-5960.

(We may add more here when dates are released)


bulletView the Aurora Borealis! By September, it is getting dark enough to enable us to view the Northern Lights, when it is not cloudy, though it is not the best month.
bulletPublic Lands Information Center has lots of information and shows free films year round. See our Events Calendar for which ones when (though only updated when they get around to giving out the info!).
bulletFairbanks' premier attraction, The Riverboat Discovery, runs till mid September (river conditions determine actual ending of the season).
bulletThere should be some dog mushing experiences or dog yard tours available.
bulletThe Great Alaskan Bowl Company may still be open with tours. They usually are not cutting bowls from December to April, but with 16,000 sq feet for floor space, there is still lots to see: equipment, s video, etc.  Winter hours (until around Mothers' Day) are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. See our page on them (link above) for a map and directions.
bulletKJNP (King Jesus North Pole) radio/TV station in North Pole probably still offers 9 a.m. tours in September.
bulletThe Knotty Shop is open year round.
bulletIn 1999, the talks given at the Pipeline Turnout continued to September 10, so expect they will still be open. (see our page "On a Shoestring" for more information.) Pump Station 9 on the Richardson Highway may also still have tours.
bullet Santa Claus House is open year round.
bulletSilver Gulch Brewing & Bottling Company says they offer Free tours and tasting every Friday (year round), from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. The locally-owned brewery was opened in 1998, and is located in the Historic Mining District of Fox, Alaska, 10 miles north of Fairbanks on the Steese Highway.
bulletProbably some of the tour operators are still open (like tours to Prudhoe Bay or to outlying native villages or the Arctic Circle.)

University of Alaska

bulletMuseum - In the Southcentral Gallery is "Remembering Claire Fejes." This memorial exhibit shows works by Claire Fejes (1920-1998) from the Museum collections. Fejesí paintings captured the everyday work and life of Alaska.  
bulletBurned into Memory: Images of Alaska through Historic Pyrography. Runs 2 February - 24 March, 2002. Alaskans adapted pyrography by burning images onto moose hide and birch bark. These nostalgic Alaskan scenes decorate full-size moose hides, pennants, and birchbark postcards.
bulletKeeper of the Seal: The Art of Henry Wood Elliott runs 6 April - 31 May, 2002. Henry Wood Elliott (1846-1930) created watercolor sketches, paintings, maps, and cartoons in his crusade to save the Pribilof Island fur seals from probable extinction. His works document this rich and remote region of Alaska during the late 19th Century.
bulletYou have an excellent chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). But if you miss it, they have a video presentation. 
bulletAll UAF tours are finished in late August, but it might be worth it to go to the Georgeson Botanical Gardens at the UAF as they may still be harvesting or winding up crop and garden experiments. 
bulletMuseum - Northern Inua is closed, sorry.

When you arrive, check in at the Visitor's Center. We believe they will still be open and they may know more places that are still operating.


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