For the first time ever, the THIRD weekend of the Alaska State Fair kicks off Thursday. After being cancelled last year, the 2021 Alaska State Fair is bigger than ever before, with a third weekend of fun added to the traditional 12-day fair. The fair runs through Labor Day, giving you one last shot at the food, exhibits, concerts and more.

This weekend's concert lineup features Common Kings on Thursday, Lil Tjay on Friday, Billy Idol on Saturday and Clutch on Sunday. 

A literally huge fair event takes place on Friday at 6 p.m., when the famous giant cabbages are weighed in at the Farm Exhibits building. They bring the cabbages into the corral to be weighed in front of the crowd. It's a quintessential Alaska State Fair moment!

Some "out of the way" exhibits that are interesting are the quilts, photography and art displays. The livestock pavilion is always a hit with the younger fairgoers, and the vegetables are impressive as well. Demonstrations and exhibits are all fully open around the fairgrounds.

Don't miss the full lineup of concerts. There are ways to save on admission on special days, thanks to sponsors. You can check out all the deals, a complete fair schedule and much more at