What Is the Fur Rondy Festival in Anchorage?

Since its inception in 1935, the Fur Rendezvous in Anchorage has blossomed into a 10-day festival celebrating the unique spirit and culture of the Last Frontier. The locals here often refer to it simply as the “Fur Rondy,” and you’re invited to join us in the excitement! Each winter, the streets of Anchorage come alive with snow sculptures, fireworks displays, sled dog races, and more. You can even check out some unique events like the Running of the Reindeer and the Rondy DASH scavenger hunt! Read on to discover what makes this winter festival such a favorite among locals and visitors alike. Just remember to grab your free Vacation Guide before you go! It’s full of local tips and information on more upcoming celebrations to help you enjoy the magnificence of Alaska!

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See What It’s All About With These Fur Rondy Events

The Snow Sculpture Championship

Each year during the Snow Sculpture Championship, talented artists go all out creating some exceptional masterpieces out of snow. The sculptures you can find at Ship Creek each day are nothing short of magical. Feel free to check them out, and don’t forget to choose your favorite for the People’s Choice Award!

World Championship Sled Dog Races

Years before the famous Iditarod began, spectators have been flocking to Anchorage for the Fur Rondy sled dog races! This annual crowd favorite takes place over three days, welcoming mushers and their teams to compete in a thrilling competition through the city. Grab a spot along the route so you can cheer them on and enjoy a piece of the excitement!

Rondy Carnival

Be sure to save some time to check out the Rondy Carnival while you’re here! This popular attraction features fun for the whole family with rides, games, and tasty desserts. You can enjoy the views from the Ferris wheel, treat yourself to caramel apples, and win some delightful prizes at the booths!

Running of the Reindeer

Do you think you can outrun a reindeer? At the Fur Rondy Running of the Reindeer, excitement fills the community as herds of reindeer dash through Anchorage. And, brave participants are invited to join them! Even if you decide to watch from the sidelines, this popular event is sure to bring you plenty of joy, lots of laughs, and lasting memories!

The List Goes On!

Over the 10-day festival, you can also take part in some of these fun-filled activities!

  • Fireworks displays
  • The Outhouse Races
  • The Rondy Fur Auction
  • The Grand Parade
  • The Native Arts Market
  • Fat bike races
  • And more!

Local tip: Don’t forget to pick up your Fur Rondy pins while you’re here! These popular collectibles feature unique designs each year and offer the perfect way to remember your trip.

Join the Excitement During Your Stay at Alaska Garden Gate!

If you’re interested in checking out the Fur Rondy this year, be sure to plan ahead with a stay at Alaska Garden Gate B&B and Cottages! We offer a variety of comfortable accommodations in Palmer, AK, just minutes from the excitement. Whether you prefer luxury cottages, cozy bedrooms, or fully-equipped apartments, we have it all. And, you can wake up to a delicious breakfast each morning before heading to the festival!

View of living room in the two-bedroom apartment at Alaska Garden Gate

Are you traveling with a group? Our two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment at the inn is perfect for families or couples looking for comfort and privacy. Inside, you can enjoy a beautiful living room, a luxurious queen bedroom, and a spacious king room with a Jacuzzi. Plus, it comes with some stunning mountain views!

Alaska is a magnificent destination for your next trip, and Alaska Garden Gate is the best place to stay to enjoy it all. Book your stay today and get started!

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