The hottest happenings
It would be hard to find a week without a festival in the summer in the Northwest Territories. From funky celebrations to music and arts festivals, the NWT is in full get-together mode celebrating warm weather and long days and visitors are invited to join in!
INUVIALUIT DAY CELEBRATIONS
Inuvik, June 5
Celebrations feature drum dancing and music.
ARCTIC IMAGE FESTIVAL
Inuvik, June 8 - 10
Here you will see the beauty of the Arctic come alive through photographs of this amazing part of the world.
Ulukhaktok, June 15 - 17
Celebrate the return of the kingalik (king eider duck) with traditional events such as tea-boiling, duck plucking, fish filleting. Outings with families to greet the ducks, square dancing, traditional events and contests, seal skinning, traditional dress, outdoor events, feasts, bike races, relay races and a scavenger hunt.
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY
Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details.
CANADIAN NORTH MIDNIGHT SUN GOLF CLASSIC
Yellowknife, mid June 22 - 23
A long-standing highlight of the summer season. Tee off under the sun at midnight. Banquets and pro workshops. Lots of prizes.
Yellowknife, June 23
Live entertainment will include music and storytelling. Several dignitaries will speak about Yellowknife history and the importance of the barges. Cost of the event is $25.
Inuvik, Saturdays mid-June through early September
Promoting local growers, artisans, crafters and bakers. Held in Jim Koe Park.
YELLOWKNIFE FARMERS MARKET
Tuesday evenings early June through early September
Open 5:15 to 7:15 pm on Tuesdays at Somba K’e Civic Plaza
TROOPER - IN CONCERT
Norman Wells, June 23
CANADA DAY AND SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL
Aklavik, June 29 - July 2
ANNUAL OPEN SKY FESTIVAL
Fort Simpson, June 30th
Annual multidisciplinary arts festival. A range of art forms including story telling, moose hair tufting, theatre, modern dance, traditional fiddling and new media screenings. Workshops are available for audience participation.
National holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details.
INUVIK - TUKTOYAKTUK HIGHWAY GRAND OPENING
Tuktoyaktuk, July 6 - 9
Celebrations and Northern Games
ANNUAL FLY FISHING DERBY
Great Slave Lake, July 7-9
Hosted at Trout Rock Lodge, come try your hand at flyfishing at one of the most beautiful locations around. Contests, flyfishing lessons, shore lunches and more!
BILLY JOSS OPEN GOLF TOURNAMENT
Ulukhaktok, July 13 - 15
Each summer the Billy Joss Open Golf Tournament is held to raise funds for literacy programs in the north. The three-day tournament includes both day and night golfing under the 24-hour sun.
GREAT NORTHERN ARTS FESTIVAL
Inuvik, July 13 - 22
This annual event occurs in mid-July and lasts for ten days. The festival features up to 80 visual artists and 40 performers from across the north who gather each summer in Inuvik to celebrate the diversity that is Canada’s North. There are Inuit, Inuvialuit, Gwich’in, Dene, Metis and other First Nations, as well as non-Aboriginal artists and artisans.
INUVIK'S 60th ANNIVERSARY CELBRATIONS
Inuvik, July 20 - 22
Featuring food, dancing, a retrospective photo exhibit, gaes, music and much more.
FOLK ON THE ROCKS
Yellowknife, July 20-22
Yellowknife’s own music festival takes the stage at Long Lake for a weekend of fine northern and international music, specialty food and arts and crafts.
PARKS DAY AT THE PINGOS
Tuktoyaktuk, July 21
An opportunity to participate in one of hundreds of unique and fun events taking place at parks and sites from coast to coast to coast. Events take place in several NWT communities. Contact local town offices for details.
LAND OF THE PINGOS MUSIC FESTIVAL
Tuktoyaktuk, July 27- 29
Music festival featuring local performers, jigging contest and cookout.
OLD TOWN RAMBLE & RIDE
Yellowknife, August 3-6
An eco-friendly festival that brings together Old Town merchants, artists and musicians. Event highlights old town’s uniqueness to tourists and Yellowknifers alike. Activities for the whole family!
SLAVE RIVER PADDLEFEST
Fort Smith, August 3-6
Fort Smith Paddling Club invites you to join the paddling community for the festivities! Guided river trips on flat water and whitewater for all skill levels, flat water and canoe picnic and canoe race (tandem canoe and voyageur canoe), raft rides, double whitewater kayak rides with a pro, guided hikes, feasts, Aboriginal games, prizes and more.
THEBACHA & WOOD BUFFALO DARK SKY FESTIVAL
Wood Buffalo National Park - Fort Smith, August 23 - 26
Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society invites you to come check out the amazing night sky!
Norman Wells, August 25
ANNUAL TRADITIONAL HANDGAMES TOURNAMENT
Tulita, September 1 - 3
Annual Traditional Men’s Handgame Tournament takes place at the beginning of September during the Labour Day weekend. Over 200 people gather in Tulita to watch the exciting Traditional games with over 30 teams participating.
Aklavik, September 1 - 3
YELLOWKNIFE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) consists of film screenings with workshops, artist talks and discussions.
MIDNIGHT SUN FLOAT PLANE FLY IN
Yellowknife, July 6-9, 2019
Many types of aircraft dock in Old town for this event. Come down and view these aviation wonders. Many events and activities to take part in, including lakeside dining, a fly past, entertainers and more.