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 | Print and Publishing Festival | Commissioner's Tea | Canada Day | Dawson City Music Festival | Discovery Days

Doors Open Dawson - Free!

Doors Open Dawson

Saturday, May 18

Celebrate the launch of the season by exploring behind the scenes in Dawson’s historic buildings! 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. Details at the Visitor Information Centre on Front St.

Dawson Daily News Print and Publishing Festival

May 30 to June 2

This exciting week of events is the highlight of Parks Canada’s partnership with the Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture. Join in for a week of events celebrating printmaking, literature, publishing and heritage.

Commissioner's Tea

Commissioner's Tea

Saturday, June 1

Location: Commissioner’s Residence – Front street south of Church St.
Admission by donation, proceeds support the IODE, Dawson City Chapter.

Dress up for a fun filled afternoon tea at the Commissioner’s Residence! And don’t miss the Commissioner's Ball - dinner and dancing at the Palace Grand. Put on by the Commissioner's Office. For details visit: Commissioner of Yukon.

Canada Day

Canada Day festivities

Monday, July 1

Parade, food and activities! The parade starts on Front St. at 11 am on Monday July 1. Details at the Visitor Information Centre on Front St. or at Klondike Visitor Association.


Dawson City Music Festival at the Palace Grand Theatre

July 18 to 27

The Klondike National Historic Sites are proud to partner with the Dawson City Music Festival to host a spectacular line up of music in the North’s most iconic theatre. This tiny, perfect festival is over 40 years old! It’s a third as old as the Palace Grand itself!

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Discovery Days

Discovery Day activities

August 15th - 19th

Four days of fun!  Featuring the Authors on 8th Eight Walking Tour to Robert Service’s cabin, among others, and the parade on Saturday at noon on Front St. Details at the Visitor Information Centre on Front St. or at Klondike Visitor Association.