Live music from Quinn Christopherson. Film screenings featuring Alaska stories. Cooking demonstrations from chef Flora Deacon. And much, much more. 

Northern Abundance Weekend, August 25-27, will be jam-packed with events celebrating all that the North has to offer. With events throughout Fairbanks Friday-Sunday, there is something for everyone. See below for a full schedule of events. 

Friday, August 25

4:30 PM  Mushroom Foray w/ Fungi Fest Event full – registration closed! Learn more about Fungi Fest events here
6:00 PM 

(Doors: 5:30 PM)

Conservation Film Screening What to expect: We will be screening Diiyeghan naii Taii Tr’eedaa, Love is the Way, and Paving Tundra – three Alaska based films – and have relevant educational and action materials. 

Where: West Valley PAC, 3800 Geist Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709

Tickets: $15 online or at the door

7:00 PM Fungi Fest Lecture with Dr. Laursen Where: Murie Science Center, Room 104, 2090 Koyukuk Dr, Fairbanks, AK 99709

Saturday, August 26 

9:00 AM Mushroom Survey w/ Fungi Fest What to expect: This walk will be about 2 hours with Christin Swearingen and Dr. Gary Laursen leading and identifying finds. Dress for walking short distances outside on rough, possibly muddy trails and be prepared for rain. Class will only be canceled if air quality at the Woodriver Elementary School is over 150 AQI according to the Fairbanks North Star Borough site. The event is pay-what-you-like; donations go directly to support Fairbanks Fungi Festival! We can accept Venmo (@chagacoop) or cash in person. Please make a note “Saturday mushroom walk” if paying by Venmo.

Where to meet:  We will meet at 9:00 am at the Chinook Conservation Park. Street parking along Old Chena Ridge Road, across from the Chena Pump transfer site. (Map linked here.)

10:00 AM Berry Picking w/ Adventure Borealis What to expect: Bring a lunch and binoculars if you have them, and come out to Murphy Dome to pick berries, enjoy fall tundra colors, and savor the last of summer in our backyard. With naturalist guide Ryan Arash Marsh, we will look for migrating alpine birds and learn about uses of various plant species that we encounter. Dress for the weather and expect to hike 1-2 miles including cross-country through the shrubby tundra. Special edition berry buckets provided!

Where to meet: Meet at the tower at the top of Murphy Dome tower at 10am

More info and registration here.

1:00-4:00 PM Far North Currant Festival  What to expect: The Far North Currant Festival will feature cooking demonstrations by Indigenous Chef Flora Deacon, berry taste tests, activities designed by UAF Nutrition Students in Biology 120x, youth activities and more!

Where: UAF Georgeson Botanical Garden

More info: At this link

6:00 PM  Quinn Christopherson concert Where: West Valley PAC, 3800 Geist Rd, Fairbanks, AK 99709

Tickets: $30, available online or at the door

Sunday, August 27

9:00 AM Children’s Guided Mushroom Walk Event full – registration closed! Learn more about Fungi Fest events here
11:00 AM-5:00 PM Fungi Fest What to expect: Music, info tables, and lots more! Drop by anytime throughout the event for Fungi Fest activities. 

Where: Ester Community Park, 3566 Old Nenana Hwy, Fairbanks, AK 99709