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The inaugural Great Alaska Music Festival is coming this summer to the Alaska State Fairgrounds over Memorial Day weekend on Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27, 2018.

The music lineup features National and Alaskan bands performing from morning through night on both days. There will be plenty of booths with food, arts & crafts, special exhibits and more!

Seating will be reserved seats and general admission, including a lawn area. A limited number of VIP tickets are available with access to the VIP area with catered food and discounted craft beer, wine & liquor.

Memorial Day weekend is one of the most favorable weather periods of the year. The Great Alaska Music Festival will be the kick-off event to the 2018 Alaska summer season.


The Alaska State Fairgrounds in Palmer is the state’s premier outdoor music venue. Only 35 minutes from Anchorage with its own Alaska Railroad stop. The Fairgrounds’ easy access, parking, camping, bathrooms, showers, vendor & RV/Motorhome hookups makes it perfect for all festival goers, especially for first timers.

The Festival’s main stage is the Borealis Theatre, a beautiful grass bowl amphitheater where the Alaska State Fair holds all their major concerts.

Weather, location, and venue. Great Alaska!!


The Great Alaska Music Festival is being produced by veteran Alaska and music industry professionals who have been producing some of the biggest concerts and events in Alaska since the 1970’s.

The founders of the festival are committed to making the annual Great Alaska Music Festival an important and integral part of the Alaskan music and cultural scene for many years to come.


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What time will the Gates open?

Gates will open at approximately 10:00am on Saturday, May 26, 2018.
Gates will open again at approximately 10:00am on Sunday, May 27, 2018.

May I come and go from the Festival?

Festival Patrons will be permitted to exit and re-enter the Festival.
We do encourage patrons to bring enough supplies for the entire Festival.
During times of heavy incoming traffic, exiting vehicles may experience delays.
If you know you will have to leave, tell a parking coordinator and they will try to accommodate. Vehicles returning may not be able to return to same parking spot as before.
All persons must have the proper Festival ticket, pass, or wristband or they will be required to purchase another Festival ticket.

Where Do I pick up Will Call Tickets?

Pick up all Will Call tickets, passes, and permits at the Purple Gate Box Office, which is located outside of the State Fair gates closest to Palmer and Spenard Builders Supply (SBS).

What are the Box Office Hours ?

Saturday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm
Tent Camping and RV Parking Pass Permit holders have access beginning Saturday at 10:00am until Sunday at 11:59pm – before Midnight.

Can I get refund on my festival tickets?

Tickets are Non-Refundable.

Ticket questions?

The Great Alaska Music Festival is a rain or shine event. No Shelter.
No refunds will be given for inclement weather. This ticket is Non-Refundable.
The purchaser and/or bearer of this ticket understands and acknowledges that he/she is purchasing this ticket to the Great Alaska Music Festival and not a particular artist’s performance. Great Alaska Music Festival is an outdoor festival and weather conditions will affect the performances of all entertainers. There is a possibility that a particular performer may or may not be able to perform due to weather conditions. Thus, the purchaser and/or bearer of this ticket understands, acknowledges and will not expect a refund for the purchase of this ticket for any talent cancellations for any reason.
Talent lineup and schedule is subject to change at any time.
Ticket purchaser/user bears all risks, including cancellation of the event, inclement weather and injury by any cause. Ticket purchaser/user acknowledges there are inherent risks associated with attending live music events and/or camping outdoors.
NO outside alcohol, controlled substances, weapons, or fireworks.
Personal chairs/tents & etc., professional grade cameras & recording devices are strictly prohibited.
All bags are subject to search. This event might be filmed, photographed & recorded.

What are regulations for RV Parking and Tent Camping at the Festival?

All RV Parking and Tent Camping must have a RV Parking and Tent Camping Pass Permit. Registrant must be at least eighteen (18) years of age to register for a tent site.
No alcohol is allowed outside of the tent or RV.
Outdoor cooking and campfires are not allowed.
Tent Camping and RV Parking Pass Permits MUST be in a visible position. Each tent site has space for one (1) two to four man tent.
Only one (1) tent per Camp site.
ATV/motor bikes are strictly forbidden.
RV Parking and Tent Campers must remove all liter/trash upon departure. Recycling and composting bins onsite.
Thanks to Valley Center Recycling Center.

If RV Camping is SOLD OUT, are there other RV campgrounds close-by?

These are the two closest campgrounds to the State Fairgrounds:
Fox Run Campground: foxrunak.com/
Matanuska River Park: matsugov.us/parks/matanuska-river-park-campground


Handicapped-accessible parking is available.
Tow-away zones: For pedestrian safety, parking on the Glenn Highway or right-of-way by the fairgrounds is not allowed.
These areas will be closed off and clearly marked “No Parking.”
Any vehicles parked there will be towed.

Are pets allowed at the Festival?

Pets are not permitted inside the Alaska State Fairgrounds.

Where can I find information about hotels near the fairgrounds?

The following organizations are the best resources for visitor information and services near the Fair:
Greater Palmer Chamber of Commerce: 907-745-2880. http://palmerchamber.org/

Mat-Su Availability, Mat-Su Convention & Visitors Bureau: 907-746-5000. https://www.alaskavisit.com
Greater Wasilla Chamber of Commerce Phone: 907-376-1299. http://wasillachamber.org/

Accessible Seating

You may use your Handicap Accessible Pass to enter the Handicapped Area.

Accessible Camping

Because Great Alaska Music Festival is on flat ground, there is no designated Handicap Accessible Tent Camping Area as all areas are Handicap Accessible. It is up to each Tent Camping Patron to decide whether a certain area is more difficult to access than others.

Accessible Porta-Potties

Accessible Porta-Potties can be found throughout the grounds. You will find location information on the map once you arrive on site, as well as signs for the accessible restrooms.