Festivals & Gatherings
As Yukon First Nations people, we have a rich culture.
A culture that's kept alive by sharing our many songs, dances and drumming, and our beautiful art & crafts. We welcome you to our world-class gatherings and festivals where you will experience our warm hospitality and cultural traditions.
Indigenous Peoples Day | Moosehide Gathering | Mayo Arts Festival | Haa Ḵusteey Celebration | Adäka Cultural Festival | Blue Feather Music Festival | Dákų̀ nän tsʼèddhyèt Dance Festival

Indigenous Peoples Day

Multiple Locations

Dates, Location & Contact:
June 21
Multiple communities across Yukon
Held annually on the solstice (June 21), Indigenous Peoples day is a Canada-wide event that recognizes and celebrates the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of Aboriginal peoples across Canada.

Everyone is invited to be a part of this national celebration to enjoy live music, artist demonstrations, traditional food, special ceremonies and much more.

National Aboriginal Day is celebrated in communities across Yukon including:

Teslin: Teslin Tlingit Heritage Centre
Whitehorse: Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre
Haines Junction: Da kų "Our House" Cultural Centre
Carcross: Carcross Commons
Mayo: Location varies every year
Carmacks: Location varies every year
Dawson City: Dänoja Zho Cultural Centre

Moosehide Gathering

Dawson City

Dates, Location & Contact:
July 2022
Moosehide Village (3 Km from Dawson)
Phone: (867) 993-7100 ext. 205
Email: info@moosehidegathering.ca
Website: trondek.ca
Launched in 1993, Moosehide Gathering is an inclusive event that congregates people from Canada, Alaska and international visitors to share and celebrate Hän traditions and culture.

The three-day festival is held every second year at the heritage site of Moosehide village, downriver 3 kilometers from Dawson City. Everyone is invited to enjoy live performances, dancing, drumming and singing, guest speakers, arts and craft, feasts and more.

Guests are invited to camp for free at Moosehide Village. Regular boat transportation is available for free from Dawson.

Mayo Arts Festival


Dates, Location & Contact:
July 1, 2021
Galena Park
Phone: (867) 996-2317
Email: mayo@northwestel.net
Blog: mayoarts.wordpress.com
The Mayo Arts Festival showcases artists and musicians that are from or have ties to the Silver Trail Area. This includes Stewart Crossing, Keno City, Elsa, and Mayo, Yukon. This is a homegrown festival offering cultural arts and craft demonstrations, sales and provides an outlet for amateur talented artists and musicians. Since its inception in 2002, the arts have truly flourished in this area. Admission is free and you’re invited to join and enjoy arts and music at Galena Park on the banks of the Stewart River.

Haa Ḵusteey Celebration


Dates, Location & Contact:
Haa Ḵusteey is a biennial gathering that brings families, Elders, artists, friends and visitors together to share and celebrate Tlingit culture. The three-day celebration includes art workshops, cultural demonstrations, storytelling, traditional canoe events, live performances, an artist’s market, a kid’s zone, and public feast every evening followed by traditional drumming and dancing. Everyone is welcome and the event is free of admission.

Adäka Cultural Festival


Dates, Location & Contact:
June 25 - July 1, 2021
Kwanlin Dun Cultural Centre
Phone: (867) 667-7698
Email: info@adakafestival.ca
Website: adakafestival.ca
Launched in 2011, the Adäka Cultural Festival is a spectacular gathering that includes over 200 artists and performers from all 14 First Nations along with national and international International guest artists. For 7 days, participating artists share their creativity and their culture with audiences from around the world.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 2021 festival will be a Yukon-wide community-focused gathering, bringing Yukon First Nations safely together in person and virtually. The festival will celebrate communities and the power of knowledge, wisdom and resiliency.

The festival features a vibrant schedule of events that includes traditional and contemporary music, dance, drumming, storytelling, film screenings, daily artist demonstrations, art and traditional craft workshops, cultural presentations, an art gallery and more.

Blue Feather Music Festival


Dates, Location & Contact:
November 2021
Yukon Arts Centre
Email: info@bluefeathermusic.ca
Website: bluefeathermusic.ca
Established in 2000, The Blue Feather Music Festival aims to inspire, encourage, and support our young people to develop the gifts the Creator has given them through music and the arts. The Blue Feather is a symbol of hope.

This weekend festival takes place in November of each year at the Yukon Arts Centre featuring Indigenous performers from around the world.

Dákų̀ nän tsʼèddhyèt Dance Festival (Our House is Waking Up the Land)

Haines Junction

Dates, Location & Contact:
June 4 - June 6, 2021
Da Kų Cultural Centre
Email: kreid@cafn.ca
Website: cafn.ca/event/da-ku-nan-tsetthet-celebration/all/
A Celebration of Indigenous drumming and dance! Champagne and Aishihik First Nations will host an Indigenous Dance Festival in early June 2021. Dance groups from across Yukon, Northern British Columbia and Alaska have joined in previous years. Workshops devoted to drumming, protocols, song creation, regalia, sustaining a dance group and more will be part of this event.