Apr
1
Mon
A celebration of swans
Apr 1 – Apr 30 all-day

Head out to beautiful Swan Haven to view the trumpeter swans during their annual migration north.

Apr
18
Thu
Dawson City International Short Film Festival
Apr 18 – Apr 21 all-day

This film festival is one of the most northern festivals of its kind. The Dawson City International Short Film Festival (DCISFF) shows short films of all genres every Easter weekend. The Festival also features workshops, meet-and-greets, awards, and more. Purchase tickets in advance online.

DC International Short Film Festival
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm – Apr 21 @ 11:00 pm

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Every Easter, this nationally renowned festival opens its arms to a migration of film lovers for a four-day celebration of short film. The festival presents films of all genres from Yukon, national and international filmmakers, as well as workshops, artist’s talks, panel discussions and awards.
Over the past decade, the festival has hosted many notable guests on our red carpet including Don McKellar, Bruce McDonald, Andrea Dorfman, Carol Geddes, Chris Landreth, Michelle Latimer, Marv Newland, John Walker, Peter Lynch and Mike Clattenburg.The festival also includes special events such as master classes with exciting guests, meet and greets, workshops, filmmaking challenges and awards.
To learn more about submitting a film or attending this fantastic festival visit the Dawson City International Short Film Festival’s website.
 

Apr
29
Mon
Canadian Association of Principles Conference
Apr 29 – May 3 all-day

250 delegates, Whitehorse, YT
For info Check out website: http://www.cap2019yt.com/

May
3
Fri
Faro Crane and Sheep Viewing Festival
May 3 – May 5 all-day

Join wildlife enthusiasts in Faro, Yukon for a weekend of wildlife viewing, speakers, workshops, food, and more. In May, the Sandhill Cranes migrate through Faro on their way to Alaska, and Fannin Sheep can be spotted grazing close to town.
Visit faroyukon.ca or stop by the CRIC for more details!

May
10
Fri
Gerties Opening Night
May 10 @ 7:00 pm – May 11 @ 2:00 am

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Canada’s First Casino opens its doors for the summer season. Come take in the first cancan shows of the year at 8:30-10:00-12:00. It’s going to be a packed house, so get here early to make sure you catch all the action!

May
11
Sat
RBC Training Ground
May 11 @ 9:00 am – Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm

Attention Yukon Athletes ages 14-25! We are VERY excited to announce that RBC Training Ground is coming to WHITEHORSE! This is an amazing opportunity for Yukon athletes to get tested in front of some of the top coaches and sport officials in Canada!
RBC TRAINING GROUND is a talent identification and athlete funding program designed to uncover athletes with Olympic potential and provide them with the high-performance sport resources they need to achieve their podium dreams.
Click here to register (opens end of day today)
https://www.cbc.ca/olympics/trainingground/#/about

May
17
Fri
International Gold Show
May 17 – May 19 all-day

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Celebrating Dawson’s gold rush heritage as well as contemporary mining in the Klondike, the Gold Show has become a springtime tradition and a kick start to the busy summer season.The Gold Show is an industry and consumer trade show encompassing the diverse and interconnected sectors of our regional economy, with mining at its hub. You name it… come look for it at the Dawson City Gold Show. Chat, network, buy and sell: the Gold Show’s relaxed and social atmosphere makes it a pleasure to do business.
2019 is the 33nd installment of this event. We invite you to come celebrate industry with us!
To book a booth please contact the Dawson City Chamber of Commerce – 867-993-5274

May
18
Sat
Doors Open Dawson
May 18 – May 19 all-day

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Celebrate the launch of the season by exploring behind the scenes in Dawson’s historic buildings! Here’s your chance to get into buildings that aren’t always open to the public, some aren’t even normally included in the guided tours. Grab your map from the Parks Canada booth at the Gold Show and start exploring! Staff will be available at each building to share some of the history and stories (and to listen to your stories!) about our town’s treasures.
2019 Doors Open Dawson schedule coming soon!

May
30
Thu
Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival
May 30 – Jun 3 all-day

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The Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival strives to bring an inclusive, innovative, and community-minded focus to a multi-day celebration of visual printmaking, literature, publishing, and heritage, including the creation of contemporary works through historical processes. Featured guests range from emerging to established printmakers, publishers and writers, all embracing a spirit of independent creativity while remaining open to collaborative processes.
The Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Festival’s 8th Edition (May 30-June 2, 2019) presents music, literary readings, a series of artist/author talks, screenprinting jams, and printmaking demonstrations.
Workshops and daytime Festival events take place in the rarely-accessed home of the Dawson Daily News, one of Dawson City’s early newspapers (printed from 1899 to 1954). Workshops, demonstrations and readings breathe new life into the formerly active space in our community. Since the first year of this project, an 1890s Chandler & Price letterpress, formerly used at the Whitehorse Star, has been completely restored for use. Other original artifacts are on display thanks to Parks Canada.
Evening Festival events are in the historic ballroom at the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC).

May
31
Fri
Weekend on the Wing
May 31 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 2 @ 5:00 pm

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Calling all Ornithologists! Weekend on the Wing is Tombstone Territorial Park’s annual birding festival, where visitors get a chance to catch the return of all sorts of migrating birds in this sub-Arctic tundra environment just south of the Arctic circle.
Free walks, talks and workshops about our returning feathered friends. Meet at the campground picnic shelter unless otherwise stated. For outdoor events, bring warm clothing, sturdy shoes, sun protection, snacks and water… and binoculars!
Events hosted by Yukon Parks & Friends of Dempster Country with assistance from the Yukon Arts Fund and Yukon Bird Club.

Jun
1
Sat
Commissioner’s Tea
Jun 1 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Join us for tea and be a part of this long-standing Dawson City tradition.
This tradition, kick-started by the Martha Black in 1912, sees the Commissioner host an extravagant luncheon for Dawson residents and visitors alike.   Dress in your favourite summer dress or fashionable shirt and sit amid the Commissioner’s prize winning gardens.
After the tea and celebrations, take a tour of the historic and beautifully restored building with one of friendly guides.  As you explore antique furnished rooms, you’ll hear stories about the past inhabitants and the golden age of Dawson City.   

Jun
8
Sat
Cover Me Badd II
Jun 8 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm

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Ad-hoc bands get together to perform two cover songs of their choice + one “mystery song” that’s assigned to them! Come for the fun, stay for the hilarity!
Always an epic evening, this will be the 11th edition of Cover Me Badd. This annual event is fun, funny, and an important evening for both the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC) and the Dawson City Music Festival Association (DCMF). Come out and enjoy the one-night-only antics!
Register your band now at KIAC. Call 993-5005 or email admin@kiac.ca.
Saturday, June 8thDoors at 7:00 pmKIAC BallroomAll-ages! (Bring ID)

Jun
9
Sun
Canadian Lands Directors Conference
Jun 9 – Jun 13 all-day

By invite only
June 9 – 13, 2019
35 delegates
Whitehorse, Carcross & Haines Junction

Jun
15
Sat
The Yukon Energy Dempster to Dawson City Solstice Race
Jun 15 – Jun 16 all-day

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Join us in Tr’ondek Hwech’in traditional territory for a summer solstice celebration. Mark the longest day in the land of the midnight sun with a run (or walk) along the Klondike River valley into historic Dawson City.
The third Yukon Energy Dempster to Dawson City Solstice Race includes a marathon and 40 km team relay (2-5 people/team)  for runners as well as a half marathon,  10 km and 5 km for runners and walkers. All of the events will be held in the morning allowing you to enjoy the midnight sun well into the evening. The event will wrap up with dinner and live entertainment in Dawson City’s Waterfront Park, located on the Yukon River. Make a weekend of it and take in all that Dawson City has to offer.

More information can be found at https://www.rundawson.org/ 

Jun
17
Mon
International Association of Fire Fighters Western Canadian Conference
Jun 17 – Jun 20 all-day

Whitehorse, YT
80 delegates

Jun
20
Thu
D2D Motorcycle Ride (Not a Rally!)
Jun 20 @ 10:00 am – Jun 21 @ 11:00 pm

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The Dust 2 Dawson Motorcycle Ride (Not a Rally!) is an annual event which invites motorcycle enthusiasts from across the world to get together and celebrate in Dawson City.
Since 1992, old friends and new have been getting together over a common bond: motorcycles. The D2D weekend consists of motorcycle games on unpaved streets of Dawson, a poker run in the historic goldfields, and a banquet full of delicious food, crisp Canadian beer, and a whole lot of fun!
Because Dawson City is located at the junction of three iconic highways: the Top of the World/Taylor Highways, the North Klondike Highway and the Dempster Highway, you’ll have plenty of options to do some epic riding.
More information coming soon!
Whether this is your first ride or your 27th, we hope to see you in 2019!

Jun
21
Fri
National Indigenous Peoples Day
Jun 21 – Jun 22 all-day

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Everyone is welcome to come celebrate National Indigenous Peoples Day in Dawson City.  This free event features Live Music, Food, Dancing and fun for everybody!
Hosted at the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, which celebrates the heritage and culture of the Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in.

Jun
22
Sat
Midnight Sun Golf Tournament
Jun 22 – Jun 23 all-day

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Come golf under the midnight sun at the Dawson City Golf Course!
Teams of five (must include at least one woman) are invited to in our annual best-ball tournament (use the best shot of all five players) to decide who’s the best nighttime golfing team. Luckily the sun will still be shining and the fun will be flowing.
Registration includes dinner, registration and chance at awesome prizes!
Contact the Dawson City Golf Course to Register.

Jun
24
Mon
St-Jean Baptiste Celebrations
Jun 24 – Jun 25 all-day

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A celebration of Yukon’s Francophone culture!
The Francophone summer festival is back with many activities for young and old. Come dance and spend a memorable evening in Dawson on June 24.
Activities include francophone music, food specials, face painting and fun for the entire family!
La fête francophone de l’été est de retour avec de nombreuses activités pour petits et grands. Venez danser et passer une soirée mémorable à Dawson le 24 juin.

Jun
26
Wed
Yukon River Quest
Jun 26 – Jun 30 all-day

The longest annual paddling race in the world starts in Whitehorse and finishes in Dawson City, featuring solo and tandem canoes and kayaks, stand up paddle boards, 4-person C4 canoes, and the big voyageurs heading down the Yukon River during our own “Race to the Midnight Sun”. See more at www.yukonriverquest.com

Yukon River Quest- Dawson Leg
Jun 26 @ 12:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm

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The longest canoe and kayak race in the world finishes in Dawson City! Touted as “the race to the midnight sun,” the Yukon River Quest challenges canoeists and kayakers from around the world to test their endurance on a race from Whitehorse to Dawson City. Paddling the mighty Yukon River day and night for 715 km (444 mi), competitors range from larger groups in voyageur canoes to lone kayakers. Greet the weary competitors as they finish their long race. Volunteers are always needed!

Jun
28
Fri
40th Annual KPMA BBQ & Dance
Jun 28 – Jun 29 all-day

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The 40th Annual KPMA Barbeque and Dance is being held on Friday June 28, 2019.  Come up for the Canada Day long weekend and celebrate in style at this awesome event!  
The McLean Girls are back in action for this very momentous occasion, along with their pro backing band all the way from Nashville.  This is going to be a show you don’t want to miss!  
More details to come closer to the big day.

Jul
6
Sat
Yukon Gold Panning Championships
Jul 6 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

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Panners of all skills and ages are invited to join this event that is based on a combination of efficiency and speed.  This open competition celebrates Yukon’s heritage as well as the mining industry that still thrives today!
7 categories are run through the day and there’s sure to be one that suits your ability level. Skill levels range from those who have never held a gold pan in their hands to those who make a living mining.  From beginner to professional, each category rewards a first, second and third place- all participants get to keep all the gold they find! Check out the last year’s schedule here to get an idea of the timing, and don’t miss out on the exhibitions planned between panning!
How the event works:

Panners are given an equal amount of dirt in a container (usually a pan or bucket’s worth).
Each container of dirt contains Five (5) to Twelve (12) gold flakes- as small as a grinded piece of pepper!
Each participant is given the same amount of flakes per categories.
Each participant is not told and does not know the amount of flakes in their category.
Panners pan out their container until they find gold (hopefully).
Gold is transferred to a vial.
Vial is shown to a scrutineer.
Scrutineer and panner confirm amount of gold
For each piece of gold missing from original container of dirt, panner is penalized three minutes
Winners of categories are determined by final time (Final time is a combination of time completed container and penalty minutes added)

Jul
19
Fri
Dawson City Music Festival
Jul 19 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 21 @ 11:59 pm

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Since 1979 this event has grown from a weekend barbeque in a field into the centerpiece of the Yukon summer.  Despite its humble beginnings, it has turned into an all-consuming event in our community.  It is one of the most anticipated events in the north, and sets a standard for excellence in programming.
DCMF consistently receives coverage in the national and international media, from the Toronto Star to the San Francisco Post-Examiner; from Saturday Night Magazine to The Walrus: from CBC Radio to Exclaim! Magazine.
The latest Canadian version of the board game Trivial Pursuit includes a question about the moniker given to the festival by Vancouver’s Georgia Straight, “Canada’s tiny, perfect festival.”
Come join us in celebrating DCMF’s 41st festival under the Midnight Sun!

Jul
20
Sat
Air North Midnight Dome Race
Jul 20 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

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Do you have what it takes to run up our 3000 ft Midnight Dome?   If you think you do, join other  running, jogging, and walking enthusiasts for an experience of a lifetime!
The race kick-starts outside the historic Palace Grand Theatre and follows an unpaved route through a picturesque subdivision. Here, the steady incline transforms into a challenging upward spiral, as participants climb their way to one of the town’s highest peaks.
This unique event is not for everyone ~ are you UP for it?

Aug
2
Fri
Lichen & Fungi Weekend
Aug 2 – Aug 5 all-day

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Come discover all the amazing fungi growing in the Park and learn all the impressive facts about lichen! Yukon Parks and Friends of the Dempster with the assistance of the Yukon Arts Fun will be offering free guided hikes, talks and workshops about all things lichen and fungi.

Aug
4
Sun
Yukon River Trail Marathon
Aug 4 all-day

Marathon, 1/2 marathon, 4-person relay on trails.

Aug
12
Mon
Canadian Institute of Theatre Technology National Conference & Trade Show
Aug 12 – Aug 18 all-day

400 delegates, Whitehorse, YT

Aug
15
Thu
Discovery Day Celebrations
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm

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A weekend of special events celebrating Dawson City including exhibitions, arts & crafts fair, 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.
Today, Dawson City celebrates our rich and unique history with a weekend festival known as Discovery Days. From family-friendly events such as crafts, face painting and a sampling of the Diamond Tooth Gerties’ Can Can dancers show, to writing competitions, walking tours, an arts festival and a golf tournament, there’s barely enough hours in the day to do and see everything!
View last year’s Discovery Days schedule to get an idea of the events!

Authors on Eighth
Aug 15 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm

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The Authors on Eighth Walking Tour and Writing Contest is funded annually by the Writers Trust of Canada. Writers and book lovers of all ages are welcome to join us for this FREE event!

Writing Contest- Opens in June 2019
Authors on Eighth Writing Contest is a celebration of writers Jack London, Pierre Berton, Robert Service and Dick North. Submissions are judged by a panel including the Berton Writer’s Retreat writer in residence and a local judge. Prizes include gold nuggets and Klondike books.
Enter a  piece of poetry or prose under 2500 words: Theme TBD
– Email your submission to KVA@Dawson.net, including your full name, pen name, Address, Telephone Number. Please fix your submission in a Word document format attached to the email (no .pdfs). Do not include your name in your word document. Maximum one entry per person
It is FREE to enter the contest. Selected entries are published in the Klondike Sun during the following year. Winners are announced at the Authors on Eighth Walking Tour, August 15, 2019.

Walking Tour- August 15- 1pm
The walking tour invites you to experience Dawson City through the eyes of literary greats Jack London, Robert Service, Dick North and Pierre Berton.  Participants learn about the colourful and captivating pasts of these authors while visiting their historic homes with costume clad interpreters.
The tour commences at the Jack London Museum, proceeds to Parks Canada’s Robert Service Cabin and concludes on the lawn of the Berton House, which houses Writers in Residence year-round.  Refreshments are provided at the end of the tour, and the winners of the writing contest are announced!
Stay tuned for the theme of the annual writing contest.  Two winners will each receive a gold nugget and Klondike book prize pack.  All submissions will be published in the Klondike Sun.  Writers interested in submitting an original poem or short story can do by contacting kva@dawson.net
For more details contact the Klondike Visitors Association at 867-993-5575 or kva@dawson.net.

Yukon Riverside Arts Festival
Aug 15 @ 7:00 pm – Aug 18 @ 10:00 pm

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The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival takes place in many venues around Dawson City, including the open-air Riverside Park & Gazebo. The festival aims to provide an accessible environment for community members and visitors to interact directly with the arts and explore their creativity. A wide range of events, including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, public art, live music, an art market and more includes artists practicing traditional and non-traditional contemporary art from the Yukon and abroad. Many festival events are free of charge.

Aug
16
Fri
Discovery Days Fastball Tournament
Aug 16 – Aug 19 all-day

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Gear up and get the whole family ready for a weekend of fun and fastball!
Teams from all over the North are welcome at the annual Discovery Days Fastball Tournament. Throughout the weekend, in addition to some quality fastball, fans and players can enjoy a concession, beer garden, lawn games, world-class heckling, and a home-run derby!  
Registration is open now! 
For more information or to register your team, contact Spruce at 867-993-5375

Aug
18
Sun
Dawson City Mud Bog
Aug 18 – Aug 19 all-day

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Head to the North End of Dawson City to watch monster trucks and other souped-up vehicles race through giant mud pits!  This annual Dawson City tradition will have you on your feet cheering your favourite vehicles on.  Bring your camping chairs or blankets and find the spot with the best view.  
This event is family friendly, and there will be a BBQ style concession.  Stay tuned for more details!

Sep
1
Sun
Great Klondike International Outhouse Race
Sep 1 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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Teams of five costume their outhouse as well as themselves and run a course that involves physical challenges, hilarity and some serious racing!  A Dawson tradition since the 1970’s, the Outhouse Race began as a serious race 5km race between distance runners.  Nowadays, all ages and running abilities are invited to participate in this fun-filled afternoon.
The “outhouses” used, are not typical outhouses, but are wheeled metal structures that resemble outdoor latrines.  They are outfitted with rickshaw-like bars to aid with pushing through the streets. Outhouses are available through the Klondike Visitors Association and can be rented for the day.
Teams and their outhouse dress up in a theme and are run by a judging panel where they give their best team cheer for the crowd. Judges assess teams based on their creativity, design, theme and team spirit.
Some great themes from the past years include: “Farts Canada” (a Parks Canada team), “The Smell of the Yukon” (a play on the popular Robert Service poem),  and “Dumped at the Altar” (a team of crying wedding clad runners).
After judging has completed, teams line up and the race is on. Teams follow a predetermined route which may involve some obstacles, scavenging, but definitely involve some speed defying outhouses.
We invite you to come out and watch, or better yet, run in this hilarious and exciting afternoon!

Sep
9
Mon
Canadian Construction Association – Fall Board Meeting
Sep 9 – Sep 13 all-day

Whitehorse, YT
100 delegates
Westmark Hotel & Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre

Sep
18
Wed
7th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium
Sep 18 – Sep 23 all-day

300 delegates, Whitehorse, YT
http://www.adventuretherapycanada.com/journal/2019/1/19/cats-7-september-19-21-whitehorse-yukon.html

7th Canadian Adventure Therapy Symposium
Sep 18 – Sep 23 all-day

300 delegates, Whitehorse, YT
http://www.adventuretherapycanada.com/journal/2019/1/19/cats-7-september-19-21-whitehorse-yukon.html

Sep
24
Tue
School Sport Canada AGM
Sep 24 – Sep 28 all-day

30 delegates, Westmark, Whitehorse, YT

Aug
11
Tue
Thermal Insulation Association of Canada – 58th Annual Conference
Aug 11 – Aug 15 all-day

Whitehorse, YT, 100 delegates

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