Special Event Calendar

Earth Day Poster
Celebrate Earth Day
Saturday, April 18
Kevin Fedarko Presentation
Shrine of the Ages
7:30 pm
Listen as author Kevin Fedarko talks about his book, The Emerald Mile, which looks at Colorado River travel and an epic 1983 river trip some call, "The Fastest ride in history through the heart of the Grand Canyon."

Sunday, April 19
Earth Day Festival
Grand Canyon Visitor Center
10 am–2 pm

Join Grand Canyon National Park and its partners with special exhibitions and unique interactive activities to celebrate the environment and all nature has to offer.

View of Grand Canyon from Mather Point just as the stars are beginning to come out. Photo Courtesy of  Tyler Nordgren, University of Redlands.

Starry sky over Grand Canyon from Mather Point.

Tyler Nordgren, University of Redlands.

Grand Canyon Star Party
June 13–20, 2015

For eight days in June, park visitors explore the wonders of the night sky on Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim with the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association and on the North Rim with the Saguaro Astronomy Club of Phoenix.

Amateur astronomers from across the country volunteer their expertise and offer free nightly astronomy programs and telescope viewing.

Grand Canyon is one of the best night sky observing sites in the United States because of its dark skies and clean air.

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Collage of 6 Artists doing "Plen Air on the Rim" September 8-12, 2012

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art: "Plen Air on the Rim" September 12-18, 2015 -Exhibit at Kolb Studio: September 20, 2015 - January 18, 2016

Paintings on display in exhibit

Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibit

2015 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
September 12, 2015 - January 18, 2016

Hosted each year by the Grand Canyon Association, the Grand Canyon Celebration of Art is an annual event that includes 6 days of art related events followed by a 3 month long exhibition in Kolb Studio on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

The exhibit will open with a reception on Sunday, September 20, 2015 from 12 noon to 2 pm, which was free and open to the public.

The Celebration of Art will feature over 25 artists from around the country who will engage in a plein air competition and exhibition. Park visitors have the opportunity to watch the artists paint as they seek to represent the shifting light and shadow, amazing land forms, and vibrant colors of this vast landscape.


Each artist brings a completed studio piece with them and then spends a number of days creating more artwork on the South Rim, on the North Rim, at Phantom Ranch and at Indian Garden during the Plein Air at the Canyon Event.

At the end of the week, on Saturday, September 19, 2015, the Quick Draw Event takes place in the historic district of Grand Canyon Village. During the auction that immediately follows the Quick Draw event, park residents and visitors will have the opportunity to bid on the paintings that they watched being created that morning, and to bring a piece of Grand Canyon home.

Proceeds from this event support the goal of funding an art venue at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. This permanent home will ensure that future generations of park visitors will be able to view the stunning art collection in the Grand Canyon National Park Museum and Grand Canyon Association Collections.

For more information about the 2015 Celebration of Art visit:

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