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Alaska State Fair Concerts

The 2021 Alaska State Fair is scheduled from Aug. 20-Sept. 6 (closed Tuesdays and Wednesdays), and we look forward to seeing you there!

From comedy to country, legends to up and comers, the Alaska State Fair concert series features national acts that take the Borealis Theater stage every day of the Alaska State Fair. Ticket prices vary. To purchase concert tickets, as well as other special event admission packages, click HERE.

Concert announcements happen in the months leading up to the fair, so check back often as the entire lineup is announced. There is a headliner concert every night of the fair, so check back often to see the lineup.

In addition to the headlining acts performing in the Borealis Theater, many local musicians appear at the fair daily in smaller venues across the fairgrounds.

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man has flourished from its Alaska roots into a rock and roll band to be reckoned with. The Grammy-award winning band got its start in Wasilla and has gone on to international fame, yet still remain true to their Alaskan roots. In 2017, the band soared to new heights with "Woodstock," including the No. 1 hit "Feel It Still" which won a Grammy for Best Pop/Duo Group Performance. They are passionate about music and social justice and are pleased to welcome Quinn Christopherson to join them on stage. Christopherson is an Ahtna Athabascan and Inupiaq songwriter who will open for Portugal. The Man. The concert is at 7 p.m. on both Aug. 20 and Aug. 21.


Martina McBride

Martina McBride is a multiple Grammy-nominated country icon who has six No. 1 hits and 20 Top 10 songs to her credit. She has sold more than 18 million albums and has been honored with more than 15 major music awards during her career, including Female Vocalist of the Year from the Academy of Country Music Awards three times. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert is at  6 p.m.


Michael Jr.

Michael Jr. is known as one of today's most gifted comics and brings laughter and understanding to audiences around the world. He uses comedy and storytelling to inspire his audiences to discover and activate their life purpose. He has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Late, Late Show, Oprah, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.


Young Dubliners

After 30 years as one of the world’s leading Celtic rock bands, the Young Dubliners are still keeping fans on their feet with nine albums (soon to be 10) and energetic live shows, filled with a mix of fan favorites and unreleased material, and traditional Irish songs and band originals.


Dashboard Confessional

Dashboard Confessionals is well known for their alternative rock hits which feature deep and unabashedly emotional songs. Since their debut in 2000, the band has played around the world. After celebrating its 10-year anniversary, the band took a decade hiatus before returning in 2017. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.


John Pardi

This traditional country singer is known for his throwback sound, as heard on hits like the platinum-certified “Heartache Medication,” as well as “Dirt on My Boots,” “Heartache on the Dancefloor” and “Night Shift.” His 2014 debut, Write You a Song, featured the Top 10 party song, “Up All Night,” while his sophomore album, California Sunrise, was certified platinum and included his first #1 single, “Head Over Boots.” His hit single, “Heartache Medication,” off his third full-length album of the same name, was certified platinum this fall. Pardi takes the Borealis Theater stage at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28.


The Guess Who

Over five decades in show business, this troupe of talented musicians has created more hits than members can count, recorded sales well into the multimillions, and is known has one of the longest-running rock bands in history. With a reputation for their electric instrumentation, timeless balladry, unpredictable jamming and ultimate sing-a-long experience, the group’s hit parade spans 14 Top 40 hits. The current touring and recording line-up of the band includes Garry Peterson (drums, vocals), D# (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Will Evankovich (guitar, harp, vocals), Leonard Shaw (keyboards, horns, vocals), and Rudy Sarzo (bass, vocals). Concert begins at 6 p.m.


Zach Williams

Zach Williams is a contemporary Christian artist who pulls his music from the truths of outlaw country, southern rock and alt-country. His latest No. 1 hit, "There Was Jesus" is a duet with Dolly Parton. Williams peaked at No. 2 on Billboard's chart in early 2020 with his sophomore album, "Rescue Story." The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.


Common Kings

Take a little rock, a little reggae and a little island style, mix it up with some head-rocking beats, add in some feel-good vibes, and you’ve got Common Kings. Known for their crazy, fun-loving attitude, the band has produced phenomenal hits, such as “Wade in Your Water,” “24/7,” “Alcoholic,” “Fish in the Sea” and “No Other Love." The majority of Common Kings’ members were born in the South Pacific, and raised in Orange County. The band says it is the culmination of these musicians that make Common Kings who they are today. They play at 7 p.m. on September 1.


Lil Tjay

Bronx rapper Lil Tjay’s first tracks showed up online at the very end of 2017, when he was still just a teenager. His first hit, 2018’s “Resume,” was a SoundCloud sensation. The rapper’s first completely solo song went viral quickly, ultimately being streamed over 14 million times in a little over a year. Riding the success of his debut LP, Lil Tjay released the album State of Emergency in May 2020. A Top 40 hit, it featured “Zoo York” with Fivio Foreign and the late Pop Smoke. Later that year, he delivered the standalone single, “None of Your Love.” Lil Tjay’s latest album, Destined 2 Win, came out in 2021 and includes the single, “Calling My Phone."


Billy Idol

Rock legend Billy Idol needs no introduction, with a career that has spanned four decades. Featuring hits such as "Mony Mony, "Dancing With Myself" and "Rebel Yell," Idol has a long list of platinum albums and awards. In the 1980s he became an icon on MTV as the channel launched around the U.S. The gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 7 p.m.



From their 1993 debut, Transnational Speedway League, to their 12th studio album, Book of Bad Decisions, legendary Maryland rockers Clutch have been in the “business of writing stone cold classics” for 30 years. Hits over the past three decades include “Careful With That Mic,” “Immortal,” “Open Up the Border,” “The Mob Goes Wild” and “Pigtown Blues.” Formed in Germantown, Maryland, in 1991, the band is comprised of Neil Fallon (vocals and guitar), Jean-Paul Gaster (drums), Dan Maines (bass) and Tim Sult (guitar).


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