You can often find activities at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks at any time of year. Please check out their website for the latest information, from theater, to live music, a fantastic pub, amazing museum, interesting students and the like!
A local custom not for the faint of heart is dumpster diving.
There are several Transfer Sites located around town which serve as a staging area for the borough's garbage.
Many patrons leave with more than they brought.
Diving can be competitive and there is an unspoken code of ethics. For example: If a patron is inside a dumpster, do not enter.
All kidding aside, it really is a fun thing to do and you wouldn't believe the things that can be found.
Some of our best finds: a hardly used multi burner gas grill, a sound system for my computer
This is the last frontier and all,
so make sure and truculently defend the local's inviolable right to despoil ALL resources.*
*Any attention directed to points to the contrary--however supported by trifles such as the scientific method--will be belligerently disparaged as 'lower 48 tree-hugging hippiedom'.
Try to speak over anyone still attempting to maintain a conversation with you:
be as churlish and macho as possible when relaying hunting/fishing/survival-in-the-wild
...don't let what 'really' happened get in your way!!
Wood Center is a great place at university area just hang around, eat, study or sleep. This big hall is full of different activitets, for example Outdoor Center, Pub, Starbucks are located here. There are lots of exhibiton every week and at good restaurant you can eat cheap but tasty student meals.
When you are in Fairbanks during the late spring to summer season, the sun only sets after midnight and it will be bright around 6 am. As such, there are many hours of sunshine for you to enjoy your holidays.
Fairbanks is a great place with lots of good people. In general, people are very accepting and open around here, but keep in mind, this is the end of the road. if you are travelling away from the cities, there Are people out there that are doing their best to get away from humanity and don't much care for other people. also, though fairbanks does have some 'rougher' neighborhoods, if there are any gangs around here, i haven't seen them in the 10 years i've been here. The population is just generally colorful and fun. Be prepared for some funny looks if you are wearing long sleeves and it is over 65 degrees out, beware of the mosquitos when you are anywhere near the bush, and check out the outdoor shakespeare if you can. if at all possible, be here for Summer Solstice. carnivals, music, and the annual late-night outdoor baseball game (with NO artificial lighting). keep in mind that alaskans are very proud of how large our state is (check it out if you lay it on the lower 48). and any suggestion that it is in the gulf of mexico (like on maps) is very insulting. ps, lower 48 refers to the contiguous states, the 'outside' is anywhere not in alaska, we have caribou, not reindeer, and snowmobiles... say that and most people will just stare at you.. it is Snowmachine.
LOST?- if your map has any roads with numbers for names (highway #2, etc..) it won't help you out in alaska. you need to know the name of the road. quickly, #1 is the Glen, #2 is the Elliott/Steese/Richardson, #3 is the Parks. that should get you started.
and one more thing.. from the fairbanks point of view.. Anchorage isn't alaska... but on a clear day you can see alaska from there.
Tipping is nice.
Gas stations - dont need to tip (well i didnt know)
Make sure you have four wheel drive (many of our back roads are unpaved)
Go Outside - go outside the state like
the lower 48 states & Hawaii
Snowmachine- same as snowmobile
will try and think of more to add
Be sure to check out the UAF Museum! They just opened the newly renovated museum in 2005!
Weekdays 9:00am - 5:00pm
Weekends Noon to 5:00pm
Check out the 1 year old baby muskoxen! You'll also find caribou and reindeer. The hours are limited in the winter to scheduled tours, so please call ahead!