Dawson's people are an energetic and enthusiastic bunch as much of what Dawson has to offer is thanks to many volunteer hours. For this reason if you have a talent or an inspiration for a community course or sport or event, it can happen! From gumboots to ball gowns, anything goes!

Odd Ball Millennium Party


New Years Eve Odd Ball. January at the Arts Centre

Double Bobby Dinner. January. An evening of readings and food (including haggis) to celebrate the birthdays of poets Robert Service and Robert Burns.

Commercial Curling Bonspiel. January

Valentines Ball at Diamond Tooth Gerties. February

Centennial Ball. February

Yukon Quest Stopover. February

Old Timers International Hockey Tournament. February

Thaw Di Gras: Winter carnival mid March with chilli cook off, dog sled and skijouring races, skidoo races, axe throw, chain saw toss, rolling pin toss, belt sander races, log sawing competition, dog pull, etc. Fireworks display. A family event with many activities for both adults and kids.



International Dome Race

Lip Sync. Mid March. An opportunity for locals to become music and stage stars at Diamond Tooth Gerties. Complete with props and costumes. Attended by about 350 locals and followed by a dance and casino.

Percy deWolfe Memorial Sled Dog Race. March

Winter Weekend Casinos for locals at Diamond
Tooth Gerties.
Feb and March

International Short Film Festival. April

Grease Monkeys car tune-up and emergency repair courses for women put on by the Womenís Shelter. April and September

Dawson City International Gold Show. May

Klondike Gold Slo-Pitch Tournament. May

Kluane to Chilkat International Bicycle Relay. June www.kcibr.org

Yukon River Quest Canoe Race. June. The longest endurance marathon canoe race in the world.
700 km from Whitehorse to Dawson taking
3-5 days. www.polarcom.com/~riverquest

Percy DeWolfe Race

Commissioners Tea and Commissioners Ball. June Formal Turn of the Century garb at the Palace Grand Theatre.

Canada Day Celebration and Teddy Bear Picnic: July

Yukon Gold Panning Championships: July - (Winner goes to the World Gold Panning Championships held in a different country every year!)

Dawson City Music Festival. July

Dome Race. July

Dawson City Dog Fair:  August - Sponsored by the local Humane Society. A weekend event including dog obedience shows, fetching contests, dog-wash and other family activities for dogs and their owners!

Commissioner's Tea

Horticultural Fair: August

Discovery Days. August. A weekend to celebrate the discovery of gold in the Klondike in 1898. Complete with parade, canoe races, demolition derby, gold panning, family street dances, face painting and many other family and adult activities.

Yukon Arts Festival. August

Moose Hide Gathering. August, every other year.
First Nations traditional dance, games, story
telling and feasts at Moose Hide which is the traditional First Nations village and retreat and
just a short boat ride down the Yukon River. First Nations representatives from the Yukon, NWT
and Alaska. Free boat shuttle service all weekend
and everyone welcome (First Nations people
and non)

Klondike Mixed Slow Pitch Tournament. August

Klondike Road Relay. September. www.sportyukon.com/klondikeRoadRelay/default.php

International Outhouse Race: September

Discovery Day Parade


Caribou migration viewing: October. Porcupine caribou (in the thousands) cross the Dempster Highway on their annual migration. Ususally one week where hunting is banned to protect the herd and allow people to watch and photograph the migration.

Cabin Fever: October, November. Course on how to survive without electricity in a cabin. i.e. how to fix a generator, chain saw and skidoo maintenance, etc. Put on by women, for women. Sponsored by the Women's Shelter

Christmas Craft Fair and Christmas Baazaar
and many community Christmas Open Houses and Carol Sings in November and December. Dawson is a great place to be at Christmas! It is a winter wonderland of snow and ice fog and Christmas lights on almost every house. Many community gatherings for good food and conversation. Santa even rides through town on a fire truck! All the churches get together to put on a Christmas Eve candlelight service with lots of singing and a slide show of the local kids re-enacting the Christmas Story. And most importantly, NO MALLS! Christmas in Dawson is a community event rather than a commercial event.

Other local courses: hunting and trapping, first aid and cpr.



Talent Night and Casino: September. A chance to strut your stuff on the stage of Diamond Tooth Gerties. Amaze your neighbours with your hidden talents! Prizes!

Annual Dart Tournament: September. Diamond Tooth Gerties

Volunteer Appreciation Night and Casino. September.

Museum Auction: September. Fund raiser for the Dawson City Museum. Auction of local art, helicopter rides and ethnic suppers for 6 prepared in your own home, just to name a few of the more popular items!