The two-day weekend event (plus the Friday opening gala Warm the Rocks) has grown into one of Canada's top summertime music and cultural festivals.
One of Yellowknife's special gems. This 297 seat theatre is the only fully-equipped live performance theatre in the NWT. The Northern Arts and Cultural Centre is a non-profit charitable organization hosting fine performances for over 30 years. Check website for upcoming performances.
Phone: (867) 766-6101
On the shores of Frame Lake in front of City Hall, this grassy park is Yellowknife's favourite gathering place. In summer, musical performances are common at the waterfront ampitheatre, and various attractions – the museum, the visitor centre, Firewood Studio, a towering drum-dance sculpture, etc. – are close by.
On the flats at the southwestern end of Fort Simpson Island, for centuries Dene gathered at this site during their seasonal rounds to allocate land use, arrange marriages, resolve disputes, hold puberty rites, undertake ceremonies of healing and thanksgiving, and trade goods and knowledge. The site remains important to the local Liidlii Kue Dene, who renew their ongoing connection to the place with seasonal celebrations at the Drum Circle.