5 things to do in Anchorage this weekend

Mar. 7—With some signature winter events like Fur Rondy, the Tour of Anchorage and the Iditarod ceremonial start in the rearview mirror, March's events are turning an eye toward spring. The Spenard Food Truck Carnival's opening weekend is here, and there's also plenty of music and a cabaret revue. For those who are still hanging on to the chill, the Arctic Winter Games run all next week in Mat-Su. Here's a look at some of the weekend's big events.

Damn Tall Buildings

7:30 p.m. Friday; Discovery Theatre, 621 W. Sixth Ave.

This group full of Berklee College of Music graduates tried their hand at busking before developing a sound that is both modern and traditional. Tickets start at $47.50.

Handy Man Can Can

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; The Broken Blender, 535 W. Third Ave.

This mostly male revue presented by Sweet Cheeks Cabaret starts this weekend and runs every Friday and Saturday through March 23. The show is billed as "fresh, new choreographed acts that are funny, sexy, and full of talent." Tickets are $25-$35.

Spenard Food Truck Carnival

11 a.m. Saturday; Koot's parking lot, 2435 Spenard Road

Back for a 12th year, the Spenard Food Truck Carnival kicks off Saturday. The current roster includes Yeti Dogs, Tacos El Primo, B Street Gumbo, Garcia's, Tiki Pete's and Smokehouse BBQ. The carnival is held on Saturdays until the snow melts, when it opens for Thursday lunches as well.

Alaska Whole Life Festival

11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; Coast Inn, 3450 Aviation Ave.

This festival aims to "ease your body, open your mind and soothe your soul." The "metaphysical and healing arts" experience includes plenty of lectures and vendors. Admission is $10 a day or $5 a day for military, students and seniors.

Arctic Winter Games kickoff

3:30 p.m. Sunday; Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center, 1001 S. Clapp St. in Wasilla

The biennial Arctic Winter Games return to Alaska for the first time in a decade. Launched in 1970, the Games kick off Sunday with the opening ceremony and run through the week. With athletes from across the state, Canada, Greenland and northern Europe, there are dozens of competitions in everything from skiing and badminton to Dene games and futsal. There is also a Pamyua concert and fashion show on Thursday and a cultural gala on Friday. Standing-room-only tickets for the opening ceremony — with doors open at 2:45 p.m. Sunday — cost $20.

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