Diamond M Solstice Music Festival
- 4 p.m. to midnight, Thursday, June 21, at the Diamond M Ranch, Mile 16.5 Kalifornsky Beach Road, Kenai.
- Diamond M Ranch has been making the most of the longest day of summer for 11 years now. This year’s festival is co-sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula 4-H Council as a fundraiser, in part to raise money to send Carrol Martin to Chevy Chase, Md., to be inducted to the 4-H Hall of Fame in October.
- Admission: Free, but donations to 4-H will be happily accepted.
- Camping: Available for a fee in the Diamond M pasture.
- Activities: Vendor and food booths; barbecue of grass-fed beef and 4-H pork; tents in case of inclement weather; and activities for kids.
- Music: 4 p.m. North Road Rizzos; 5 p.m. kids activities; 6 p.m. Rocking G; 7 p.m. Troubador North; 8:15 p.m. Boot; 9:15 p.m. Joe Ray Skrha; 10:15 p.m. Andrew Hanrahan; 11:15 a.m. Robb Justice and the Revolvers.
- More information: Call 283-9330 or visit http://www.diamondmranch.com.
Moose Pass Solstice Festival
- Saturday, June 23, and Sunday, June 24.
- Live music and community festival in Moose Pass.
- Admission: Free.
- Camping: Available in nearby campsites.
- Activities: Food, beer garden, raffle, auction, kids games and a bake sale.
- Music: Whipsaws, Jack River Kings, Meg Mackey Band, Caines Head, Pretty Damn Close Band.
- For more information, call Dawn Campbell at 907-288-3616.
- 4 to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 4th at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.
- Admission: $15 each or two for $25.
- Music includes: Unseen Empire, Men with Guns, 907 and Bar Room Roses.
- More information TBA.
Funny River Bluegrass Music and Arts Festival
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 13, 14 and 15, off Lake Road at Mile 16.5 Funny River Road (follow signs).
- This festival is held in memory of local musician Jacob “Deuce” Larson, who talked about creating a music festival. He died July 12, 2009, and the next summer, the Funny River Bluegrass Festival was born.
- Admission: $30 in advance, $40 at the gate. Advance tickets available at Sugar Magnolias in Soldotna, Metro Music in
Anchorage, The Fringe in Homer and The Grind in Girdwood.
- Camping: Available at the festival site.
- Activities: Food, arts and crafts vendors.
- For more information: http://www.facebook.com/funnyriverbluegrass or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Soldotna Progress Days and Ted Stevens Day Concert in the Park
- Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 28, and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at Soldotna Creek Park.
- Enjoy Soldotna’s annual Progress Days celebration, complete with live music, and celebrate former Sen. Ted Stevens’ dedication to public service, children, education and the Kenai River by bringing the family to a fun day in the park.
- Admission: Free.
- Activities: Family games. and activities; raffles, arts, crafts, educational, food and beverage vendor booths; “Uncle Ted’s Catch, Clean and Cook” activity July 28 for kids ages 6 to 16 to earn a fishing pole by attending free educational activities at the park including instructions, demonstrations and tips on everything you need to catch, clean and cook fresh fish.
- Music: Live performances throughout the two-day event.
- For more information: http://www.Facebook.com/KenaiRiverSportfishing/events or http://www.KRSA.com.
KBBI Concert on the Lawn
- Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, at Karen Hornaday Park in Homer.
- This is KBBI public radio’s 32nd annual Concert on the Lawn fundraiser, bringing together arts, crafts and food vendors, and musicians from across Alaska.
- Ages: All. No pets allowed.
- Admission: $22 each day for adults, $11 each day for unaccompanied youth.
- Activities: Vendor booths.
- Music (more details TBA): Dan Pascucci, 907, Gary Sloan, Nervis Rex, JoAnn and Monte, The Pink Slips, Feeding Frenzy, Los Holy Santos Gang.
- More information: http://www.kbbi.org.
Kenai Peninsula Orchestra Summer Music Festival
- July 30 through Aug. 11 on the Kenai Peninsula.
- This year’s KPO Summer Music Festival again highlights classical music — including a free noontime concert series held at area restaurants and public facilities Monday through Friday, July 30 through Aug. 10, on the central Kenai Peninsula and Homer.
- Admission: Ticket prices vary for different events.
- Music: The Madison String Quartet will perform at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 3 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna and at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 6 at Faith Lutheran Church in Homer. The Champagne, Chocolate and Chopin à la Tutka music cruise will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Aug. 5 out of Homer. The gala symphony concert, this year featuring Mozart’s “Divertimenti K136,” Dvorak’s “Symphony No. 9 — The New World Symphony” and Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School, and 7:30 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Mariner Theater at Homer High School.
- More information: http://www.kpoalaska.org.
- 12:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3; and 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4 and Sunday, Aug. 5, at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds.
- Salmonstock is a weekend of music, fun, fish and art, featuring more than 30 musical groups on four stages. Dozens of local artists and crafters will be represented, along with Alaska cuisine and brews. Camping is available near the festival grounds, with free shuttles available, and this is a family friendly event, organized by the Renewable Resources Foundation as a way to raise awareness of the dangers to fish habitat posed by the proposed Pebble Mine.
- Ages: All.
- Admission: Three-day passes are $110 in advance, or $130 starting Aug. 2. Advance tickets are available online at http://www.salmonstock.org.Music includes: Aug. 3 headliner Ozomatli, Aug. 4 headliner Leftover Salmon, Aug. 5 headliner Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Todd Snider with GAT, Greensky Bluegrass, Great American Taxi, Clinton Fearon, Jim Page, Tim Easton, Si Kahn, The Whipsaws, The Coffis Brothers and The Mountain Men, Sweating Honey, Melissa Mitchell Band, Superfrequency, The Barroom Roses, Spiff and Friends, Jack River Kings, High Lonesome Sound, 907, Big Fat Buddha, Holy Santos Gang, Meg Mackey Band, The Hot Strangs, The Sweeteners, Hot Dish, The Young Guns, Ghost Hand, Emma Hill, Nellie Clay, Stuck in Reverse, Milo Matthews, Yellow Cabin, Beer Money, Atz Lee Kilcher, Dan Lesperance, Michelle McAfee, Dylan Lee Johnston, Diana Z, Brooks West, Kevin Worrell, and Steve Norwood.
- For more information: www.salmonstock.org.
Kenai Peninsula State Fair
- Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 17, 18 and 19, at the Ninilchik Fairgrounds. Music starts daily at noon.
- Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for seniors and youth, with a free-admission kids day Aug. 17 sponsored by BP.
- The fair includes vendor and food booths, entertainment and all the usual favorites, including rodeo, the Kenai Peninsula Racing Pigs, Alaska’s Got Talent regional competition, exhibitions and the 4-H live market auction.
- Music: Aug. 17 — Air Force Band, Ukulele Russ, Hurricane Dave, The Gathering Sound, Alaska’s Got Talent, The North Road Rizzos, Power House, and Grits and Gravy. Aug. 18 — Power House, Ruffario, Zuvo, Ukulele Russ, Hurricane Dave, and Lee Gattenby and Friends. Aug. 19 — Power House, Hurricane Dave, and Work in Progress.
- For more information: http://www.kenaipeninsulafair.com.