5 things to do in Anchorage this weekend

Feb. 1—We've reached February and accompanying subzero temperatures. So if you're sick of the cold, there are plenty of indoor options for entertainment and activity this weekend, including a two-day beer and barley wine festival and a number of fundraising events. But if you're feeling enthusiastic about slightly warmer conditions starting Sunday, the annual Ski for Women is happening at Kincaid Park. Here's a look at some of the highlights.

Alaska Craft Brew and Barley Wine Festival

6-10 p.m. Friday; noon-4 p.m. and 6-10 p.m. Saturday; Dena'ina Center, 600 W. Seventh Ave.

The Brewers Guild of Alaska showcases some of its best at this annual event. More than 65 of the region's breweries will offer samples of pale ales, stouts, pilsners, porters, specialty brews, barley wines and Belgian ales. Friday's entertainment is The Stack. Saturday's early session is Nothin' But Trouble, and DJ Spencer Lee will close out the evening session. Tickets are $75 per session, with VIP tickets available for $125 and designated-driver tickets for $10.

Bag It Up

6 p.m. Saturday; Hotel Captain Cook, 939 W. Fifth Ave.

This fundraiser for Four A's and AK Hopes and Dreams includes work from more than 20 Alaska artists. One-of-a-kind handbags, purses, murses and tote bags will be sold in both live and silent auctions. Handbags and sports bags autographed by athletes and celebrities will also be up for auction. With four categories of bags, there should be something for everyone. Tickets are $125, and tables with up to 10 seats are $1,000.


8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 p.m. Sunday; Sydney Laurence Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave.

The Anchorage Opera performs this piece focusing on the pair of Supreme Court justices, written by Derrick Wang. This show is described as "a delightful look at the notorious RBG, and her fierce judicial opponent Antonin Scalia, through the lens of their great friendship." Tickets start at $43.50.

Alaska Ski for Women

10 a.m. Sunday; Kincaid Park, 9401 Raspberry Road

Billed as North America's largest women's cross-country ski event, the Alaska Ski for Women returns for a 28th year. Sunday includes both 4K classic and freestyle races plus the party wave. And don't forget the friends and family ski on Saturday. The event supports the Nordic Skiing Association of Anchorage as well as nonprofits working to stop domestic violence in Alaska. Check out NSAA's website for details on registration.

Guns N Hoses Charity Hockey Game

3 p.m. Sunday; Ben Boeke Arena, 534 E. 16th Ave.

This 22nd annual charity hockey game, pitting players from the Anchorage police and fire departments against each other, benefits The Children's Hospital at Providence and the Pediatric Oncology Unit. Doors open at 3 p.m. with puck drop set for 4 p.m. Intermissions will feature a demonstration by the APD SWAT and K-9 Units and a youth scrimmage. Tickets are $10.

First Friday

Anchorage Museum: Featuring visible repairer Amy Meissner in the Artist on the Floor series, the Wintermoot Book Seven release, the Alaska Comic Art Series featuring Angela Ramirez plus docent-led gallery talks on The Aleutians, Canada and World War II, Yup'ik and St. Lawrence Island Yu'pik objects and on Native American artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs, 625 C St., 6-9 p.m.

Sevigny Studio: Featuring artist Francisco Ramírez Morales, 312 G St., 6-9 p.m.

IGCA: Featuring the work of Jade Ariah and Amy Schilling, 427 D St., 5-8 p.m.

Sara's Gift Cache: Featuring the art of Alisha Eaker, 408 W. Fourth Ave., 5-8 p.m.

Snow City Cafe: Featuring the art of Kay Haneline and music from Shane Russell, 1034 W. Fourth Ave., 5-7 p.m.

Midnight Sun Brewing: Featuring the art of Leah Davies and the release of Munich Wine barley wine, 8111 Dimond Hook Road, 5 p.m.

Double Shovel Cider: Featuring art from emcgee, 502 W. 58th Ave., 6-9 p.m.

The Cove: Featuring Paolo Acuna, who will be painting on site. Plus wearable art by Alaska Clothing Co. and live music by Snarley Brown and Corey Boiko, 510 L St., 5:30-10 p.m.

Cafecito Bonito: Featuring art from Jacob Paiz and Hong Hang, 6307 DeBarr Road, 6-9 p.m.

Tiny Gallery: Featuring locally dyed wool from Jude's Yarns, 706 W. Fourth Ave., 4-8 p.m.

AK Cycle Chic: Featuring the photography of Leslie Sarten, 908 W. Northern Lights Blvd., 5-7 p.m.

Georgia Blue Gallery: Featuring artists from across Alaska and music for a fundraiser for Let Every Woman Know, a nonprofit dedicated to bringing awareness to gynecologic cancer, 3555 Arctic Blvd., 5-7 p.m.

Captain Cook Art Co-op: Featuring the wildlife photography of Amy Bragg, 939 W. Fifth Ave., 4-8 p.m.

Trek Bicycle Store: Featuring the sixth annual Bike Art Show, where the Anchorage bike community's vibrant culture is showcased. The show is also an opportunity to support Girls Riding Into Tomorrow (GRIT), 530 E. Benson Blvd., 6-9 p.m.

Check our online calendar for more event listings at adn.com/calendar.