Province/Territory: Yukon Territory

Jamming under the Midnight Sun

  • 35 years of Dawson City Music Festivals
  • 03 days of Canadian music
  • 22 hours of Midnight Sun every day

Immerse yourself in an unpretentious, three-day music festival that takes over the entire Yukon town of Dawson City. Northern bands rule, but southern Canadian heroes are there too, jamming in vintage log houses or heritage gold-rush buildings. Stroll the wooden boardwalks of this National Historic Site, following the rhythms of an Inuit throat singer improvising with a rapper. Hear the beat of folk and country bands drifting from a church or 19th century wild-west theatre. Drop into a saloon for a local brew and find yourself in the middle of a foot-stomping Celtic kitchen party. Finish the night mingling with musicians and dancing under July’s midnight sun.

Why you should visit
  • Listening to top-class folk, rock, reggae and kid’s tunes in churches, saloons and the 1899 Palace Grand Theatre.
  • Discovering great Northern musical talent as well as big name Canadian artists.
  • Hearing music in the air on a stroll down the wooden boardwalks of a real Gold Rush town that is a National Historic Site.
  • Dancing to country and world-beat music under the Midnight Sun.
  • Getting up close and personal with performers during a casual, unpretentious festival.

Weather

Visitor information
When to go
  • The festival is held for over a three-day weekend every summer in mid-July starting on the Friday.
Need to know
  • Though there are many hotels and B&Bs in Dawson City, the entire town fills during the festival. Book accommodation as soon as possible.
  • Commercial and government campgrounds are located in and around Dawson City with space for tents, campers, and recreational vehicles.
  • Music venues are within walking distance of one another. Parking can be difficult. Plan on leaving your vehicle at your accommodation and strolling to the festival.
Getting Here