Go Grand in 2019!
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.
Teddy Roosevelt: The Man in the Arena
Presentation on President Theodore Roosevelt’s enthusiasm and strong interest in preserving the land for public use. Teddy Roosevelt first visited Grand Canyon in 1903 and said:
The Grand Canyon fills me with awe. It is beyond comparison–beyond description; absolutely unparalleled through-out the world...Let this great wonder remain as it now is. Do nothing to mar its grandeur, sublimity and loveliness. You cannot improve on it. But what you can do is to keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as the one great sight which every American should see.
Grand Canyon’s 100th Birthday!
Founders Day celebration with cake, concert and cultural demonstrations. Ride the historic Grand Canyon Railway steam train from Williams to Grand Canyon.
Grand Canyon was designated a national park in February 26, 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson signed the Grand Canyon National Park Act. The Grand Canyon has continued to capture the heart and instill awe in visitors. Whether hiking a corridor trail, taking a stroll on the rim or enjoying the landscape from an overlook, it continues to provide a space for all visitors to connect with the outdoors.
Earth Day and FREE Entrance to National Parks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Independence Day Celebration and Parade
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.
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.
FREE Entrance to National Parks
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.
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.
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.
Trunk or Treat
Grand Canyon Chamber Half Marathon
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.
Veteran’s Day: FREE Entrance to National Parks
2019 Park Events
Visit this link for more details on these events and additional events happening in 2019. (updating in progress.)