Traveling to Fairbanks

The easiest way to get to Fairbanks is by airplane. Popular carriers are Alaska Airlines (the FSAF official transportation partner), Delta Airlines, and Frontier Airlines. One can see more of Alaska by flying into Anchorage and taking the Alaska Railroad up to Fairbanks. The train goes through the beautiful Denali National Park, and is an all-day trip.

In July, the average temperatures in Fairbanks are 72F high and 52F low, and there is little to no wind or precipitation. Sometimes in late summer the temperature can go up to 90F and the air can be smokey due to forest fires. There are about 20 hours of daylight per day in late July, although it does not actually get dark.

Finding a Place to Stay

UAF Dorm

On-campus housing (i.e. dorm rooms) is reserved through UAF Reslife Conference Services, 907-474-6769. Single rooms cost $28 per day, doubles are $54 per day, and apartments (sleeps 4) are $116 per day. In the dorms, kitchens and bathrooms are shared with other residents. Make reservations early at Select Academic Guest for the Festival dates.

We suggest that registrants connect with others on the Festival's Facebook page to find roommates or local Festival participants willing to make space available in their homes (maybe even a rustic cabin for a true Alaskan experience).

There are many more housing options off campus, and the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau gives a listing of possibilities. Some nearby locations are Bear Lodge, Billie's Backpackers Hostel, and 7 Gables Inn & Suites. Another source to find nearby accommodations is HotelsCombined.

Those staying off campus may need some type of transportation. One place to rent bicycles is Alaska Outdoor Rentals & Guides. There's a good bike trail system in Fairbanks. The city also has buses that go all over town, with a major stop right outside the music department.

Parking on campus

Please view the campus map for locations of parking lots. Please note the locations of the Kiosk to purchase parking permits. These permits are available for general decal parking—all yellow lots as shown on the campus map. The permits do not exempt one from paying meters until after 5 p.m. Payment may be made by credit card (MC or VISA) or cash. Free parking is still available at the Nenana Lot 4F and Taku Lot 8C.

Things to do


The Festival reserves the middle Sunday for non-FSAF activities to give everyone a rest from coursework, rehearsals, and concerts, and a chance to explore our beautiful state. Visitors may also wish to come early and/or stay late to provide even more time to enjoy their trip. An excellent resource for finding activities in the area is the Fairbanks Convention and Visitors Bureau website, but here are a few of our suggestions (with more to come as we get organized):

Chena Hot Springs is about a 1-hour drive from Fairbanks, and offers plenty to do in one day. Activities for the day include hiking, soaking in the Hot Springs, and exploring their Ice Hotel.

One of Alaska's more beatiful attractions is Denali National Park, located about 2.5 hours south of Fairbanks. Once at Denali, shuttle buses are available for adults that travel through the park. These buses stop for wildlife viewing, restroom stops, and beautiful scenery. It is possible to leave the bus at any time, explore, and then get picked up by a different bus.

Whitewater rafting trips are available in Denali. Rafts, kayaks, and canoes may also be rented in Fairbanks, to float down part of the Chena River.

There are plenty of nearby hiking opportunities. UAF has an extensive trail system on campus. Details and maps can be obtained from the Festival Hospitality Desk. Creamer's Field is located a short bike ride from campus. There are well-maintained trails there with guideposts explaining Alaskan habitats.

At Running Reindeer Ranch, you'll not only have the opportunity to interact with reindeer, but can go on a guided tour of a boreal forest, and get all of your questions about reindeer, or about living in Alaska answered by the owners.

Explore Fairbanks

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