At about 400,000 people, Anchorage isn’t the biggest city—but it draws an interesting variety of people. Which means the after-hours options are just as interesting.
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At about 400,000 people, Anchorage isn’t the biggest city—but it draws an interesting variety of people. Which means the after-hours options are just as interesting. The great outdoors always offers endless opportunities for exploration and entertainment. But when your hiking boots need a break, there is still plenty to do around town. Whether you’re based in Anchorage long term or just working a summer gig, you’ll be sure to find fun after you punch the clock. After you start looking at jobs in Anchorage and find one, here are eight things to keep your after-hours to-do list full and exciting.
Get cultured at a museum or gallery
Museums aren’t just for families and Saturday mornings. The Anchorage Museum hosts after-hours events in the evenings, featuring exhibits and cultural discussions. From First Friday exhibit openings to a Battle of the Breweries, the Anchorage Museum—and other galleries—know how to have fun.
Sample the local brews
If you’re a microbrew fan, fear not—Anchorage has you covered. Local breweries have produced their fair share of award-winning beers, and their breweries and tasting rooms are great spots to spend an evening. Stop in at Glacier Brewhouse or Midnight Sun Brewing Company to sample a cold one, whether it’s blonde, stout or pale. Midnight Sun even taps a fresh firkin the first Friday of the month.
Put on your dancing shoes
Do you believe “it don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing?” Alaska Swing Dance offers individual and group swing dancing lessons, and Rumboso Ballroom will school you in the arts of ballroom dancing. So if you’ve ever dreamed of tearing up the dance floor, this is your chance.
Laugh out loud at improv
Laughter is most certainly the best after-work medicine, and Anchorage serves it up. Check out a show by Scared Scriptless Improv and prepare to go home with sore stomach and face muscles from laughing.
Enjoy roller derby action
Ever dreamed of roller derby? Anchorage is the perfect place to check it out. Whether you want to cheer from the sidelines or get in on the action, check out the Rage City Roller Girls. Their summer session lasts 13 weeks and is guaranteed to be action packed.
Indulge your culinary cravings
Anchorage is no stranger to the local food movement. Whether it’s farm-to-table produce or fresh-from-the-ocean seafood, local cafes, bistros and grills are making use of it. If casual gourmet is your style, you’re in luck. The perfect way to enjoy the end of a work week might just be a meal at a spot like the Thirty Six Bistro, the Bear Tooth Grill or Haute Quarter Grill.
Rock out to local music.
Alaska’s local music scene is deep and diverse. From blues rock to DJs to singer-songwriters, local artists are honing their various musical crafts and sharing their voices. Check out The Tap Root, Platinum Jaxx and The Marlin for shows from local artists, and keep an eye on Anchorage Night Out for upcoming performances.
Partake of the national pastime.
If the sound of bats cracking and the smell of ballpark dogs make you swoon, check out the Alaska Baseball League. It’s an amateur, collegiate summer baseball league—not the Major League Baseball—but the spirit is the same, just underneath the midnight sun.
Anchorage has a little something for everyone and is a great place to try new things. A summer job in someplace new, like Alaska, is the perfect way to experience a new place and open up the chance to explore hobbies, pastimes and types of entertainment you’ve never checked out before.