GooseFest offers local music, eats and fun for free

Free fun is often hard to find, but UAA Student Activities is here to provide the Anchorage community with live music, games and a good time at their second annual music festival GooseFest.

GooseFest will hit the Cuddy Quad July 23 from 1-7 p.m. The lineup of bands consists of Saturday Cinders, Hope Social Club, Superfrequency, The Dirty Hands, DJ Tico and RNR. There will be food trucks at the event as well as free food.

Chris Lesesne, band member of The Dirty Hands is eager to reach out to a new audience at GooseFest.

“Nobody in the band has gone to college in this state. Most of us aren’t from here, so it’s cool to step into a student community and gain some exposure from a young crowd,” Lesesne said.

The event will have continuous music throughout,along with face painting booths, as well as bracelet and crown making stations. There will also be an adult bouncy house for attendees of GooseFest to use, provided by KRUA.

Brenda Craig, journalism and public communications major at UAA has been working for UAA Student Activities since February. Craig says that there will be food trucks at the event and is most excited about the lineup of music.

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“We had Smokehouse BBQ at our Juneteenth Barbeque so we’re having them again, we’ll probably have a few more too,” Craig said. “I think what most people are looking forward to is our lineup, we have a good lineup of music. First, we were leaning towards Reggae music, and then we kind of went more into the indie-alternative scene. We got good, local bands that are still playing around town and releasing albums.”

Ronell Corral, psychical therapy assistant major at UAA has been working for Student Activities for a year and a half. Corral helped coordinate the first GooseFest last summer and has been hard at work with the Student Activities team coordinating this year’s event since the end of the spring semester.

“This year, we’ve basically copied the same template from last year and then added a few more events,” Corral said. “We’re trying to collaborate more with clubs and other departments, and now that we’ve figured out how everything works, we’ve been able to finish a lot of the little things earlier. We’re expecting to have more crafts and games.”

Attendees of last year's GooseFest enjoy the live music. This year's lineup of artists includes Saturday Cinders, Hope Social Club, Superfrequency, The Dirty Hands, DJ Tico and RNR.