Arts & Leisure

For a small city, Fairbanks maintains an unusually high and robust level of cultural activities thanks to a large pool of dedicated and talented individuals. 

The Fairbanks Drama Association, Fairbanks Concert Association, North Star Ballet, Fairbanks Symphony Association, Fairbanks Light Opera Theater, and University of Alaska Theater and Music programs provide a full schedule of events. The Midnight Sun Writers' Conference and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival bring in internationally known writers and performers. The Festival provides top notch, professional instruction to already skilled participants in the fields of music, dance, theatre, opera theatre, figure skating, and visual arts. The Festival schedules a variety of public performances by both faculty and participants throughout its two week event.

The University of Alaska Museum is ranked as the best museum in Alaska, attracting over 85,000 visitors annually to its multifaceted displays. Not only are there displays of Alaskan history, its peoples, mammals, birds, fish, and insects, but equally important research is ongoing in the fields of archaeology, entomology, ethnology, ichthyology, and anthropology. You won’t want to miss the fine arts display. Cultural life in Fairbanks combines the advantages of a cosmopolitan community with the warmth and friendliness of a small town.

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