There's tons of fun under the midnight sun with Magic 101. 1 and Explore Fairbanks, as we celebrate 101 days of summer ~ maybe it's bird watching at Creamer’s Field, catch a concert, take a class at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, or learn about dog mushing at Alaskan Tales of the Trail. With 101 options to choose from, you’ll find something you and your whole family will enjoy! Get started on your 101 Days of Summer List, thanks to Explore Fairbanks and our great local businesses!


  1. Make the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center your first stop to planning your summer adventure. www.morristhompsoncenter.org
  2. Awaken your inner artist with the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival's workshops and performances! www.fsaf.org
  3. Unlimited gold panning and guaranteed gold. Explore our mining museum and visit the gift shop! www.golddaughters.com
  4. Need ideas for an adventure? Visit the Alaska Geographic bookstore in the Morris Thompson Center. www.alaskageographic.org
  5. The Fairbanks Children's Museum is a place for children to explore, play, learn and imagine. www.fairbankschildrensmuseum.com
  6. Cuddle puppies and see sled dog training in action! Iditarod Champion Jeff King’s Husky Homestead! www.huskyhomestead.com
  7. Visit Denali Outdoor Center, a full-service outfitter for rafting, kayaking, mountain biking, cabins and campgrounds. www.denalioutdoorcenter.com
  8. Visit the UA Museum of the North to discover the state's culture, history and wildlife. www.uaf.edu/museum
  9. Free canoe/kayak for progressive dinner to five top riverfront restaurants for each stay at Fairbanks Extended Stays. www.fairbanksextendedstays.com
  10. View stunning artwork by well-known local artists at the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks Chapel. www.catholic-schools.org
  11. Take a class at Expressions in Glass or visit the gift store and gallery. www.expressionsinglass.net
  12. Fairbanks Arts' Gazebo Nights feature free performances 7pm nightly, June through August, at Pioneer Park. www.fairbanksarts.org/performing-arts/gazebo-nights/
  13. McCafferty’s – a cozy place to meet.  Sand Castle performs Friday & Saturday beginning at 8:30pm. www.mccaffertys.net
  14. Experience the wilderness of the Interior on an Arctic Dog Adventure Co. Husky Hike. www.arcticdogco.com
  15. Enjoy an authentic visit with Mary and her sled dogs. Need "a great dog fix?" www.maryshields.com
  16. Join us for the 2017 Golden Days – “Friends in Gold Places” www.fairbankschamber.org/golden-days
  17.  Experience our downtown distillery and delicious drinks in historic Old City Hall on Cushman Street. www.fairbanksdistilling.com
  18. Beijing Hot Pot offers the most authentic Chinese food and style of cooking in Alaska! www.facebook.com/Beijing.hotpotAk/
  19. Enjoy housemade soups, salads and sandwiches. Local and organic produce, meats and wellness items. www.coopmarket.org
  20. Raft trips at Denali Park offering two and four hour trips, chose mild or whitewater. www.denaliraft.com
  21. Take to a lake or river on a jet ski, boat or stand up paddleboard.
  22. See what grows in a botanical garden.
  23. Kick a ball around on a soccer field. 
  24. Cast a line and catch a fish. (Don’t forget your fishing license!)
  25. Discover downtown on foot or wheels.
  26. Dine on fresh Alaskan seafood. 
  27. Share your travels on social media using #explorefairbanks.
  28. Take a ride on a historic narrow gauge train.
  29. Find and take a swing on every playground in town.
  30. Slather on the sunscreen and hit the beach at Chena or Tanana Lakes.
  31. Let your kids have all the fun at summer camp.
  32. Learn how gold nuggets are fashioned into jewelry.
  33. Spend some time with muskox or reindeer.
  34. Make another man’s trash your treasure at a garage or yard sale.
  35. Lace up your sneakers and learn how to play tennis.
  36. Find the nearest geocache location.
  37. Swing your clubs and tee off under the midnight sun.
  38. Let your dog play at a park made just for them.
  39. Find and explore nearby walking and hiking trails.
  40. Take a ride on the Chena River via a sternwheeler.
  41. Visit the pipeline and learn what a “PIG” has to do with it.
  42. Cheer on your rubber duckie as they try to win the race.
  43. Gather your friends to have a BBQ and roast marshmallows.
  44. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Alaska Highway by taking a road trip.
  45. Soak up the sun while dining on a waterfront deck.
  46. See what’s on display at a museum.
  47. Tie your shoes and bowl a few frames.
  48. Learn how a tree is turned into pieces of art - both functional and decorative.
  49. Chill out and hang with the ice sculptures.
  50. View art of all kinds at monthly First Friday events.
  51. Pack a basket and have a picnic in a park.
  52. Shop for local produce at a farmers or open air market.
  53. Visit local monuments and statues.
  54. Set up a net and spike your way to victory.
  55. Soak in a natural mineral hot springs.
  56. Arrange for an overnight getaway at a hotel or B&B.
  57. Take the family out berry picking and make your own jams and jellies.
  58. Head south and view “the High One.”
  59. Lace up your cleats and take a swing at a softball field.
  60. Sample a variety of locally-brewed beverages.
  61. Stay up all night and celebrate summer solstice under the midnight sun.
  62. Take a stroll along the riverwalk.
  63. Celebrate the return of the cranes to Creamer's Field.
  64. Camp for the night in a public-use cabin or at a local campground.
  65. Visit a local art gallery and talk with an artist.
  66. Celebrate America’s birthday with food, family and friends.
  67. Learn about what winter has to offer.
  68. Participate in a run or walk for charity.
  69. Sample cuisine from around the world.
  70. Grab a partner and take a class in ballroom or square dancing.
  71. Have your photo taken under the Antler Arch.
  72. Try a different kind of golf…with a disc or a soccer ball.
  73. Rent a canoe, kayak or bicycle.
  74. Have an adventure in a national or state park.
  75. See giant burl animals along the Richardson Highway.
  76. Get out your binoculars and search for Alaskan wildlife and birds.
  77. Learn about Alaska’s aviation history.
  78. Pose with the Arctic Circle sign.
  79. Learn more about Alaska’s state sport of dog mushing.
  80. Visit with Santa and tell him if you’ve been naughty or nice this year.
  81. Grab a water bottle and sample fresh spring water.
  82. Cool off with ice cream or shave ice.
  83. Ride the rides, eat delicious food and visit with vendors at the state fair.
  84. Try your hand at gold panning.
  85. Paddle alongside the guides on a whitewater excursion.
  86. Take a driving tour of Fairbanks.
  87. See or walk in the largest parade in Alaska.
  88. Climb aboard and ride the rails.
  89. Learn about traditional Alaska Native sports.
  90. Pick up a putter and play a round of mini golf.
  91. Check out the exhibits or watch free films on Alaska’s history, nature and culture at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.
  92. Find out what makes UAF “Naturally Inspiring.”
  93. Take in a play, concert or performance.
  94. Curl up with a book from the library.
  95. Take a guided ATV tour or hop on your own and go for a ride.
  96. Start your search for Made In Alaska holiday gifts.
  97. Relive winter by watching a show about the northern lights.
  98. Take a class in painting, dancing or another form of art.
  99. Find out about historic Fairbanks and its gold rush history in Pioneer Park.
  100. Watch the boys of summer play without artificial lighting.
  101. Learn more about things to do in Fairbanks, Denali, Alaska's Interior and Arctic at www.explorefairbanks.com