The summer send-off fling in lieu of the Alaska State Fair takes place at the Palmer Raceway in the Butte Aug. 28-30, 2020 from 10 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Information can be found at matsufallfest.com
With the cancellation of almost every large event in the State since March, Alaskans are ready and anxious to get back to business as usual, festival organizers said.
“This festival is an opportunity for a wide variety of vendors, food trucks, and performers to gather in the safety of a large, open-air venue to meet and greet their customers and to sell their products. For the public, this is an opportunity for Southcentral Alaskans to safely enjoy some of the many things they have missed out on this year due to cancelled and postponed local events like the State Fair, the Bear Paw Festival, the Highland Games, sports shows, parades, and more. This is a chance for everyone to safely enjoy the process of getting back to normal,” organizers wrote.
Various local bands will be performing throughout the festival. Schedule here.
The festival will follow CDC and the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services guidelines, organizers said.
Alaska Raceway Park was chosen for the venue because the 20 acres of wide-open area allows everyone the ability to spread out and practice safe physical distancing. Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout the raceway park. Face coverings are encouraged and will be available free of charge for anyone wanting one.
“We are excited to allow Alaskans an opportunity to safely ease back into the Alaska social scene that we all know and love,” said Matt Rowley, owner of MATSU Events. “We’re grateful for Alaska Raceway Park’s willingness to partner with us to make this festival happen!”
The Mat-Su Fall Festival is a family-friendly event. Admission is $5, and children under 8 are free.