Spenard Jazz Festival and Twilight 12K plus First Friday events

Spenard Jazz Festival4:30 p.m. Friday, Anchorage Museum Lawn, 625 C St.

To kick off the Anchorage Summer Arts in the Park series, the Spenard Jazz Festival is hanging out on the lawn of the Anchorage Museum Friday afternoon. They will be followed by Tap Studio at 6 p.m. in Town Square Park outside the Performing Arts Center. Anchorage Summer Arts in the Park (ASAP) is a free concert series from the Anchorage Downtown Partnership, the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts and the Anchorage Museum. Saturday at 1:30 p.m., the Sankofa Dance Co. will perform at Town Square Park as well as as part of ASAP. Spenard Jazz Fest will also have a Friday night event at Van’s Dive Bar and a 11 hour marathon music in the Nave on Saturday.

Twilight 12K & Lean Mini 6K7 p.m. Friday, Delaney Park Strip

Skinny Raven Sports organizes the Twilight 12K at the Delaney Park Strip Friday night, with a 6K option for those who want to enjoy a half-distance road race. The race includes plenty of bonuses, like live music, beer, and Bear Tooth wraps to help you cross the finish line and recover on the other side. Registration starts at $50 for 12k and $40 for 6k.

5K Walk/Run for Mental Health8:30 a.m. Saturday, Goose Lake Park

As part of the 5th Annual Five Fifty Fifty Run/Walk for Mental Health, this 5K begins at Goose Lake Park in support of the AB Korkor Foundation. Anchorage is the fourth stop in 50 days of races across all 50 states to raise funds and awareness for mental health. Registration costs $35.

Children’s day at the zoo12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Alaska Zoo, 4731 O’Malley Rd.

Sponsored by the Anchorage Moose Lodge, kids will get 50% off admission with free cotton candy and live music all day. Tommy Moose will be on hand to welcome and spend time with the children.

Young the Giant5 p.m. Saturday, Williwaw Social, 609 F St.

Young the Giant is coming to Alaska this weekend. The show in Williwaw will be opened by local support Medium Build, with doors opening at 5 p.m. Tickets from $55, with VIP tickets available for $125.

Josh Ritter7 p.m. Saturday, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.

Josh Ritter returns to Alaska for a unique show in the 49th state. Ritter’s most recent album, “Fever Breaks”, was his 10th. The forest that never sleeps gets the ball rolling. The tickets are $40 for this 21+ show.

Ken Waldman, the fiddler poet from Alaska4:30 p.m. Sunday, Anchorage Museum, 625 C St.

Ken Waldman is a novelist, poet, and fiddler who just released his 20th book, “Now Entering Alaska Time.” Join the Anchorage Museum, Waldman and the Anchorage Folk Festival on Sunday to celebrate the release of this book and raise funds for the Anchorage Folk Festival. Tickets cost $10 to experience the high-energy combination of violin, stories, and poems.

first friday in june

Turnagain Brewery, 7920 King Street, 5 p.m.

2 Friends Gallery, 341 E. Benson Blvd., 5 p.m.

Georgia Blue Gallery, 3555 Arctic Blvd., 5 p.m.

Anchorage Museum, 625 C St., 4:30 p.m.

Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A St., 5 p.m.

International Gallery of Contemporary Art, 427 D St., 5 p.m.

Midnight Sun Brewing Company, 8111 Dimond Hook Drive, 5 p.m.

Dos Manos, 1317 W. Northern Lights Blvd., 5 p.m.

Captain Cook Hotel, 939 W. 5th Ave., 5 p.m.

Willie J. Johnson