Whether you are a regular visitor, a national park traveler or virtual explorer, Grand Canyon National Park hopes that you are inspired to experience and connect with a park that has inspired 100 years of stewardship and will continue to delight visitors and stewards for another 100 years!

Come, be inspired, and Go Grand.

Every Grand Canyon experience is its own grand adventure-and in 2019, it's bigger than ever. Join canyoneers from around the world in celebrating Grand Canyon National Park's centennial anniversary with special events and programs.


MAR 22

When I Worked for Fred Harvey

7:00 pm Shrine of the Ages


APR 20

Earth Day and FREE Entrance to National Parks


MAY 3

Michael F. Blake: Author of “The Cowboy President”

Michael F. Blake, historian, author and makeup artist, details the American West and the Making of Theodore Roosevelt and how the land, the people and the Western code of honor had an enormous impact on Theodore.


MAY 18-19

Pete McBride Presentation

Award-winning photographer Pete McBride hiked the entire 750 miles of Grand Canyon from the Colorado River to the canyon rim. McBride captured the majesty of Grand Canyon with his stunning photographs and powerful essays.


MAY 20

Powell Memorial Plaque Dedication

In 1969 (150 years ago), John Wesley Powell along with nine other men, took on a daring three-month exploration of the Colorado River, which produced detailed maps of the River’s route through the Grand Canyon. Visit the Powell Time Traveler Exhibit at the National Geographic Visitor Center. Life size replica of Powell boats on display.


JUN 22

Grand Canyon Music Festival Sunset Performance

(Separate event from annual Music Festival on Aug. 3 - Sept. 7)

Performance of Bent Michael David’s “Guardians of the Grand Canyon”, performed by Havasupai Guardians of the Canyon at Mather Visitor Center, which kicks off Grand Canyon National Park Centennial Celebrations and Star Party events.


JUN 22-29

Centennial Summer Fest including Star Party

Due to dark skies and clean air, Grand Canyon offers one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States. Amateur astronomers from across the country volunteer their expertise and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing.


JUL 4

Independence Day Celebration and Parade


JUL 16-17

Living History: John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt

Muir was one of the earliest advocates of the national park idea. Muir’s three-night camping trip with President Theodore Roosevelt in 1903 could be considered the most significant camping trip in conservation history. Learn more about these two advocates of protecting our National Parks.


AUG 8-9

North Rim Native American Heritage Days

This event celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau, the Arizona Strip and the Grand Canyon.


AUG 23 → SEP 7

Grand Canyon Music Festival

Celebrate 36 years of outstanding artists and commissions of new music inspired by Grand Canyon. Visit website at grandcanyonmusicfest.org for special centennial performances.


AUG 25

FREE Entrance to National Parks


SEP 7-15

Celebration of Art

Art plays a critical role in the appreciation of our national parks. Artists are invited to paint “en plein air” (outside on location) for a week at Grand Canyon. The works produced during this week are shown at the historic Kolb Studio in an Exhibition and Sale that takes place over four months.


SEP 21

Grand Canyon Railway 30th Anniversary

Ride a historic steam locomotive (a rare sight in the 21st Century) from Williams to Grand Canyon. Steam train rides also available the first Saturday of each month. The train made it’s first journey to Grand Canyon on September 17, 1901 transporting visitors for $3.95 per train ride (replacing the $15.00 eight-hour stagecoach ride from Flagstaff). Operations ceased in July 1969 due to popularity of automobiles and relauched on September 21, 1989.


SEP 28

Bike Your Park Day: FREE Entrance to National Parks

The National Park Service and Adventure Cycling team up for the Bike Your Park Day. Celebrate our public lands by joining thousands around the U.S. to explore your park by bicycle.


OCT 31

Trunk or Treat



NOV 9-10

Native American Heritage Celebration

Special presentations and demostrations recognizing the many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices made by America’s first people. Learn about the history and culture of the various tribes that settled in the Grand Canyon area.


NOV 11

Veteran’s Day: FREE Entrance to National Parks


More Information on 100th Anniversary Celebration

2019 Park Events

Visit this link for more details on these events and additional events happening in 2019. (updating in progress.)