Heritage-and-Culture

Discovery Days Festival

A week of special events celebrating Dawson City including contests, movies, a parade and much more!

In August of 1896, George Carmack, Dawson Charlie and Skookum Jim discovered gold in what is now called Bonanza Creek. Soon after came one of the world's greatest gold rush stampeded; nearly 100,000 people attempting to strike it rich in the Klondike gold fields. 

Aug 15 2014 - Aug 17 2014
1-867-993-5575

Yukon Gold Panning Championships

“I wanted the gold, and I got it . . .” – Robert Service

This spirited annual competition celebrates Yukon’s golden heritage and an industry that’s still alive and well in the Klondike. Part of Dawson City’s Canada Day celebrations, the competition is open to amateurs and professionals alike. Try your hand at extracting gold flake from a bucket of dirt in a variety of events, and experience what it’s like to be a goldpanner in the Yukon.

Jul 1 2014
867-993-5584

National Aboriginal Day in Dawson

On June 21st the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre situated in downtown Dawson City, celebrates National Aboriginal Day with outdoor events including the Hän Singers, live contemporary music, tours, activities, refreshments and an opportunity to visit our heritage galleries.

Aboriginal Day has been set aside for all people to recognize, celebrate and learn more about the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in First Nation and Aboriginal culture and heritage in Canada.

Jun 21 2014

Inquire in all local communities at the Visitor Information Centre as additional events may be taking placed throughout the Yukon.

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Thaw-Di-Gras Spring Carnival

The Thaw di Gras is Dawson City’s very own spring carnival. Held in mid-March, locals shake off the dark days of winter and come out to compete in events such as a chainsaw toss and a tug of war, a one-dog pull and even a tea boiling contest.
Join in and help us welcome in the spring.

Mar 14 2014 - Mar 16 2014
867-993-5584

Weekend on the Wing Birding Festival

Tombstone Territorial Park’s annual birding festival. Join us for free walks and talks as we catch the return of migrating birds in to this sub-arctic tundra environment just south of the Arctic Circle.

Event is co-hosted by Yukon Parks and Friends of Dempster Country.

Jun 6 2014 - Jun 8 2014
1-867-667-8299

Mayo Arts Festival

This annual festival showcases local artists and musicians in the Silver Trail area - from Stewart Crossing and Keno City, to Elsa and mayo. A homegrown festival offering cultural arts and craft demonstrations as well as sales. 

A fun-filled free event for everyone to enjoy! 

Photo © Esther Winter

Jun 21 2014
1-867-996-2043

Canada's Parks Day

This is an annual event held across Canada where thousands of people participate in family-oriented activities in parks and Historic Sites. 

Check with local community Visitor Information Centres for more details beginning of June, for activities in a park near you.

Jul 19 2014

Inquire in local communities at Visitor Information Centres

1-800-661-0408 ext. 5648

Commissioner’s Tea and Klondike Ball

Don't miss the regal Commissioner's Ball at Dawson City's renowned Palace Grand Theatre. Get decked out in all your finest and step back in time.

Held each year in recognition of our territory officially joining the dominion of Canada, this event draws Yukoners and visitors from far and wide.

Dress is formal and many take the opportunity to dress in the styles of 1898. A tea is held during the day at the Commissioner's Residence. A ball takes place at night with great food, potable spirits and dancing.

Jun 7 2014
1-867-993-5575

Moosehide Gathering

A celebration of Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in (Hän) culture at Moosehide village, a traditional village site downriver of Dawson City, Yukon.

Enjoy performances, guest speakers, feasts, dancing, drumming, singing, storytelling and artisan crafts. Learn about honoring the land and ancestors and enjoying dinner feasts.

Transportation and camping available.

Jul 24 2014 - Jul 27 2014
867-667-7698

Hà Kus Teyea Celebration

Experience exciting traditional performances at the Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre. Cultural programs include singing, dancing, drumming, artist's market, demonstrations and canoeing events.

Jul 24 2015 - Jul 26 2015
1-867-390-2532 ext 332
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