Things to do in the Mat-Su

The band Metallica will be on the big screen at the Alaska State Fair Saturday night. 

Metallica: Encore Drive-In Nights Concert

One of the most famous names in rock history recently confirmed their return to the stage for the first time in 2020 in a widespread, socially distant way. Metallica will be the first rock band in the Encore Drive-In Nights series with a full concert showing Saturday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Metallica will be joined by special guest Three Days Grace. Their performances will be streamed one night only at hundreds of drive-in and outdoor theaters and venues across the U.S. and Canada, including the Alaska State Fairgrounds.

Additional information about Encore Drive-In Nights can be found at

Mat-Su Fall Festival at Alaska Raceway Park

The Mat-Su Fall Festival is running all weekend at the Alaska Raceway Park. Mat-Su Events is hosting this three day festival Friday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

There’s over 200 booths selling an array of locally made goods in addition to 30 different food vendors participating in this event. There’s a stage setup for live entertainment each day of the festival with an accompanying beer garden. Other activities include a barbecue competition, scavenger hunt, and pony rides.

Customer Appreciation Barbecue

The public is invited to join the Turn-A-Leaf Thrift Store as they celebrate their annual Customer Appreciation Barbecue Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be serving hot dogs, chips and drinks in front of the store as a thank you to customers for their continued support throughout the year. For more information, call 907-376-5708.

The Ken Peltier Band at Palmer Alehouse

The Ken Peltier Band is playing this Saturday at Palmer Alehouse, starting at 7 p.m. For more information, call 907-746-2537

Friday Fling

Palmer’s iconic market, the Friday Fling is free to enter and a family-friendly environment. Every week is a chance to shop for locally grown produce, handmade goods, and fresh meals from food trucks. Plus, there’s always a variety of activities and musical acts at every Fling.

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