Grand Canyon Events Guide

Grand Canyon Events

Every year, Grand Canyon National Park hosts numerous special events that serve to enhance visitor's connection to the beautiful landscapes and powerful stories of the people of the canyon. Art events like the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art and Grand Canyon Music Festival will leave you feeling inspired, while Native American Heritage Days and Echoes from the Canyon will help you understand how people survived and thrived in the depths of the canyon long before you. Most events are free and open to the public, so if you'd like to attend you can plan your trip dates around the events that interest you. Read the guide below to learn more about Grand Canyon events you can enjoy on your vacation.

Grand Canyon Guru is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Thanks.

List of Grand Canyon Events

Grand Canyon Star Party

The Grand Canyon Star Party is held every summer on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Amateur Astronomers set-up telescopes to enjoy the beautiful Arizona night skies at the Yavapai Observation Station and visitors are welcome to come and enjoy the event free of charge. Get current dates and learn more about the Grand Canyon Star Party.

Grand Canyon Music Festival

The Grand Canyon Music Festival was started in 1985 and is one of Grand Canyon’s favorite and longest running events.  The Grand Canyon Music Festival takes place every year in August and September near the South Rim at the Shrine of the Ages where you can see world class musicians at a very inspiring destination. Get current dates and learn more about the Grand Canyon Music Festival

Celebration of Arts

The Grand Canyon has always inspired artist and for a week every September, artists travel to on the Grand Canyon's South Rim during the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art to create plein air art while visitors watch their process and learn more about what inspires them. The event also offers free art demonstrations and all pieces created during the Celebration of Art are then sold at Kolb Studio with proceeds going toward funding a permanent art venue on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.  Get current dates and learn more about the Grand Canyon Celebration of the Arts

Native American Heritage Days

Native American tribes have called the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas of the Colorado Plateau home since time in memorial. Every November at the Shrine of the Ages, Grand Canyon's Native American Heritage Days spotlight each Tribes contributions and unique cultural heritage through their art and songs. Get current dates and learn more about the Native American Heritage Days

Echoes from the Canyon

The Grand Canyon is not only full of natural history, but human history as well. Every July on the South Rim, the National Park Service's Echoes from the Canyon program brings history to life for park visitors as park rangers become characters from the past to share the stories of those who made the canyon tourist experience what you see today. Get current dates and learn more about the Echoes from the Canyon Program

Grand Canyon Trip Coaching

Professional Trip Planning

Need help planning your canyon trip? Hire our professional travel advisors or trip coaches.
Grand Canyon Rafting

Top Rated Adventure

Get below the rim. Grand Canyon rafting tours are one of our top picks to add adventure to your vacation.

Grand Canyon Events Photo Gallery

Get Grand Canyon ready

Small Group Grand Canyon Tours

Small Group Adventures

Have the Grand Canyon Guru find the perfect small group tour for your Grand Canyon adventure.

Self-Drive Grand Canyon Tours

Self-Drive Tour Design

Work with our Professional Trip Designers to create a custom Self-Drive Grand Canyon vacation.

DIY Grand Canyon Tour

DIY Adventure Planning

Have our Professional Trip Coaches answer your questions and help you plan a better adventure.

Private Grand Canyon Tours

Custom Private Tour Design

Have our Destination Experts design a hand-crafted private tour for a fully guided Grand Canyon experience.

adventure awaits

Download our free guide to the best of the Grand Canyon

Get the guide