Special Event Calendar

Desert View Watchtower with Colorado River beyond

Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series

Desert View Watchtower: 9 am–4 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, August 23–25
Mike Tucson
Zuni carver
Jonathan Nez
Navajo weaver

Saturday & Sunday, August 27-28
Florence Riggs
Navajo weaver
Michelle Silver
Navajo clothing designer

Learn more about this program
Desert View Watchtower, where the cultural demonstrations are held, is located 25 miles (41 km) east of Grand Canyon Village on Highway 64/Desert View Drive.


Sunset panorama of Grand Canyon with a rainbow as seen from Mather Point. Superimposed letters read: Grand Canyon Music Festival - 33 Season - Weekends, August 25 to September 10
Learn more about the 2016 Grand Canyon Music Festival by clicking on the photo above: http://grandcanyonmusicfest.org/
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All Aboard Grand Canyon! Celebrate Parks, Trains & People August 24-28, 2016

August 25–28 - 9 am. - 6 pm - Experience the Grand Canyon and enjoy complimentary park admission. - Explore the Amtrak Exhibit Train! Take a free self-guided tour of the company’s past, present and future and collect a special National Park Service passport stamp exclusively designed for the celebration. Visit blog.amtrak.com/2016/06/all-aboard-america-exhibit-train-... for details. -Meet with representatives from Arizona attractions.

August 25 – Founders Day
- 1 pm. Each year on August 25, the National Park Service celebrates its birthday and EVERYONE is invited to join the party! Attend a Founders Day & 100th National Park Service anniversary commemorative kickoff celebration at the Grand Canyon Depot.

August 24-27 - 9:30 a.m. Special steam-engine excursions between Williams, AZ – Grand Canyon Depot. For details visit: www.thetrain.com/special-events/nps100/ Join Amtrak, the National Park Service, Trails & Rails, Texas A&M University Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Sciences and the Grand Canyon Railway for a Founders Day Celebration at the Grand Canyon Depot.
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Grand Canyon Celebration of Art: "Plen Air on the Rim" September 10-16, 2016 - Exhibit at Kolb Studio: Sept. 16, 2016 - Jan. 16, 2017
Paintings on display in exhibit
Grand Canyon Celebration of Art Exhibit

2016 Grand Canyon Celebration of Art
Fri. September 10 through Sun. September 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 8th Annual Celebration of Art will feature over 25 artists from around the country who engaged in a plein air competition and exhibition.


Every September, park visitors and residents have an opportunity to watch artists paint Grand Canyon 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, 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 have the opportunity to bid on the paintings that they watched being created that morning, and to bring a piece of Grand Canyon home.

The 2016 Exhibit and Sale runs through the holidays, through Monday, January 16, 2017.

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 information about the upcoming 2016 Celebration of Art visit:


Plein Air Painting at Grand Canyon

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Each September, a group of artists gather at Grand Canyon National Park for the Celebration of Art presented by Grand Canyon Association. Proceeds from the event go toward a fund to establish a permanent art venue at Grand Canyon. Visitors may watch and learn from the Plein Air painters. (Video from Grand Canyon a Journey of Wonder)

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Grand Canyon, AZ 86023


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