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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!
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.
Salt River First Nations Treaty Land Entitlement Days Celebration
Fort Smith, June 21 - mid-June
Visitors welcome at this annual event! All events free to the public.There will be a traditional men's hand game tournament which goes throughout the event, and live entertainment (Presley, Perkins, Lewis & Cash impersonators) on Saturday, June 23.
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY
Territorial holiday with events in all communities. Contact town offices for details.
CANADIAN NORTH MIDNIGHT SUN GOLF CLASSIC
Yellowknife, mid June 21 - 22, 2019
A long-standing highlight of the summer season. Tee off under the sun at midnight. Banquets and pro workshops. Lots of prizes.
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
CANADA DAY AND SPRING MUSIC FESTIVAL
Aklavik, June end of June
ANNUAL OPEN SKY FESTIVAL
Fort Simpson, end of June
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.
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.
ANNUAL FLY FISHING DERBY
Great Slave Lake, mid-July
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, third week of July
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 12 - 21, 2019
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.
FOLK ON THE ROCKS
Yellowknife, July 12-14, 2019
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
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
Music festival featuring local performers, jigging contest and cookout.
OLD TOWN RAMBLE & RIDE
Yellowknife, August 2-4, 2019
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 2-5, 2019
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 22 - 25, 2019
Thebacha and Wood Buffalo Astronomical Society invites you to come check out the amazing night sky!
Norman Wells, August
ANNUAL TRADITIONAL HANDGAMES TOURNAMENT
Tulita, early September
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.
YELLOWKNIFE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Yellowknife International Film Festival (YKIFF) consists of film screenings with workshops, artist talks and discussions.