Special Programs

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Yosemite Forum: Typically second Tuesday of every month

The Yosemite Forum is a free interactive lecture series designed to bring evolving knowledge of the Sierra Nevada to the public and the park. All programs are offered virtually, and some are also held in person in Yosemite Valley. View the schedule for 2024.

Parsons Memorial Lodge Summer Series: Saturdays and Sundays, July 29 to August 20, 2023

Join us at Parsons Memorial Lodge in Tuolumne Meadows this summer! Enjoy FREE talks and music by artists, poets, writers and scientists. View the schedule of programs for 2023.

Yosemite Visions: August 19–25, 2023

Celebrate art in Yosemite with a glimpse into how this amazing place has inspired artists in the past. Look for art-themed drop-in programs throughout the park and create your own Yosemite-inspired masterpiece with hands-on activities. For event times and locations, stop by a visitor center.

Obata Art Weekend: August 25–27, 2023

Join us in celebrating Chiura Obata's art, impact, and connection to Yosemite. In line with Obata’s philosophy, this event strives to highlight how both art and nature can help sustain us physically and emotionally and grow in understanding and appreciation for ourselves, our neighbors, and natural spaces. The event includes guest speakers, such as Kimi Hill (Family Historian of Obata’s family), artist workshops, demos, and other programs. Thanks to Yosemite Conservancy donors for their generous support of this event.

All are welcome at this event! Art workshops have limited space; register in advance. Drop in for all talks and presentations; no registration is required. Browse the calendar below for a full schedule.

Annual Yosemite Facelift: September 20–24, 2023

In partnership with the Yosemite Climbing Association, the National Park Service puts on this five-day event each September, in celebration of National Public Lands Day. In 2019, over 2,000 volunteers cleaned up 16,429 pounds of debris from the park. The 2020 event was a virtual celebration, challenging participants to Act Local in their own communities. Learn more about the event on the YCA website.

Stars Over Yosemite 2023

Programs are cancelled for the 2023 season. We hope to resume them in 2024.

Special Event Calendar

Browse the schedule of upcoming programs on the calendar below. Click on a program for more information.


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Last updated: March 28, 2024

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