Special Events 2013
© CTC / F. Mueller
Dawson City knows how to host a party! The gold rush of ’96 might be long past, but the spirit and enthusiasm for a good party endures! Every year this happening town hosts a long list of unique and unforgettable events. Those listed on this page are the Klondike National Historic Site’s tiny slice of the party-cake! For a complete list of exciting local events throughout the year, please visit the Klondike Visitors Association website.
Doors Open Dawson | Commissioner's Tea | Strange Things Written | Print Symposium
Doors Open Dawson
© CTC / F. Mueller
Saturday, May 18th, 11am-4pm
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.
© Parks Canada
Saturday, June 8th, 2 - 4pm
Location: Commissioner’s Residence – Front street south of Church St.
Admission by donation, proceeds support the Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire.
A tradition for over 20 years, this elegant tea on the grounds of the stately Commissioner's Residence is hosted annually by Parks Canada and the Dawson Chapter of the IODE. Sip tea served by elegantly costumed ladies and gentlemen and experience a slice of a bygone era.
Strange Things Written
© Up Here
Up Here Magazine’s 2013 Robert Service poetry contest
There are strange things written in the midnight sun, and we want to read all about them! Pen a ballad set in the North, and make it rollicking, rhyming, haunting or heroic – so long as it captures the style and spirit of the beloved bard of the Yukon, Robert Service. The contest is open to all, and the winning poems will be published in an upcoming issue of Up Here.
FIRST PRIZE: $750 SECOND PRIZE: $250
POEMS MUST BE RECEIVED BY JULY 1, 2013
For more details, visit Up Here's website.
August 16th to 19th (Discovery Day Weekend)
Location: Dawson Daily News building – 3rd Ave.
This weekend-long open studio project represents a collaboration between established writers and visual artists with emerging artists to self-publish text-based artworks. This marriage of Dawson's history, taking place inside the Dawson Daily News building, showcases Dawson’s unique literary history, print culture and contemporary art and literature – all of which are a big part of life in Dawson today.
For details visit the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture website.