Centennial Activities at the Grand Canyon

March Mapping the Grand Canyon February 28-March 1, 2019 | 8:00 AM ASU | Tempe, AZ  "Mapping Grand Canyon" is a full two-day program of map-ba

March

Mapping the Grand Canyon
February 28-March 1, 2019 | 8:00 AM
ASU | Tempe, AZ 

“Mapping Grand Canyon” is a full two-day program of map-based story-telling, transdisciplinary analysis, state-of-the-art geospatial and cartographic demonstrations, engaging hands-on activities, and open community dialogue. This event is free and open to all. For more information visit, lib.asu.edu/mapping-grand-canyon-conference.

Tucson Symphony Present “Grand Canyon State”
March 2-3, 2019 | 4:00 PM, 2:00 PM
Tucson Music Hall | Tucson, AZ

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of Grand Canyon National Park. The Tucson Symphony presents a spectacular film of Arizona’s greatest natural treasure played to Grofé’s brilliant score. For more information please visit, www.tucsonsymphony.org/event/grand-canyon-state/all.

Outreach Event: AZ Game and Fish Outdoor Expo
March 30-31 2019
Ben Avery Shooting Range | Phoenix, AZ

Stop by the Grand Canyon National Park booth at the AZ Game and Fish Outdoor Expo to get park updates, trip planning, and general information about Grand Canyon. Meet with a Grand Canyon park ranger and plan your trip this centennial year!

A close up shot of six people as they raise their right hand as they are sworn in as United States Citizens during a naturalization ceremony.
Citizens raise their right hand as they are sworn in as United States Citizens during a naturalization ceremony.

NPS/Isabella Robbins

April

Grand Canyon: 100 Years of Stories
April 16, 2019 | 7-8:30 PM
Crescent Ballroom | Phoenix, AZ

Over the past 100 years, the National Park Service efforts have garnered thousands of stories, and Grand Canyon Conservancy is here to celebrate that heritage with five storytellers who will share a true, first-person story of adventure, conservation, and community in Grand Canyon. Learn more and purchase tickets.

NPS Fee-Free Day
National Park Week
April 20, 2019
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Come experience the grandest of national parks! In honor of the first day of National Park Week and National Junior Day, Grand Canyon National Park will join National Parks around the country in providing visitors free entrance to Grand Canyon. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone. To see a list of all fee-free days in 2019 and for more information visit www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.

Earth Day Celebration
April 20, 2019 | 10 – 2 PM
Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza | Grand Canyon, AZ

Grand Canyon National Park will celebrate the 49th Anniversary of Earth Day with demonstrations, games, information on local and national environmental initiatives, and much more. All Earth Day activities are free of charge and open to the public.

Geoscience Symposium
April 18-20, 2019
Shrine of the Ages | Grand Canyon, AZ 

Grand Canyon is one of the world’s iconic geologic laboratories and has long–served as a centerpiece for geoscience education and science literacy. This symposium honors 100 years of geoscience education at Grand Canyon National Park and 150 years of Grand Canyon geology. The objective is to provide an update on research progress and on innovations in geoscience education that have taken place at Grand Canyon to promote a next century of geologic research and outreach in this iconic region. The symposium is open to the public as well as the geoscience community. For more information contact Karl Karlstrom at kek1@unm.edu.

Preventative Search and Rescue (PSAR) Symposium
April 21-23, 2019
Shrine of the Ages | Grand Canyon, AZ 

Learn about the very important work Grand Canyon PSAR rangers do on a daily basis to ensure visitors to Grand Canyon National Park have a fun and safe visit. More details to come.

Outreach Event: Gathering of the Nations PowWow
April 25-27, 2019
Tingley Coliseum | Albuquerque, NM 

Stop by the Grand Canyon National Park booth to learn about to get park updates, trip planning, and general information about Grand Canyon. Meet with a Grand Canyon park ranger and plan your trip this centennial year!

A volunteer stands speaking to a group of visitors with a large brown raptor perched on the volunteer's arm as she speaks.
A volunteer with a raptor speaks to a group of visitors during Wildlife Day.

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May

The Cowboy President Evening Program, Michael Blake
May 3, 2019
McKee Amphitheater | Grand Canyon, AZ 

Two-Emmy winner and historian Michael F. Blake will take you on a ride to learn all about the conservation president, Theodore Roosevelt. Come about the important role President Roosevelt played in helping create Grand Canyon National Park. This evening program is free and open to the public.

Railroad Day and Transcontinental Sesquicentennial
May 10, 2019
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Come learn about the important role the railroad played in Grand Canyon history on the 150th anniversary of the transcontinental railroad. This event is free and open to the public.

Grand Gathering
May 17-19, 2019
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

The Annual Grand Gathering is a Grand Canyon Conservancy supporters-only event that provides behind-the-scenes views of the park’s hidden treasures while offering an opportunity to meet the people who make Grand Canyon one of the world’s most treasured parks. Learn more at www.grandcanyon.org.

Pete McBride presentation “Grand Canyon: Between River and Rim”
May 19, 2019
Shrine of the Ages | Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 

Award-winning photographer Pete McBride, named Adventurer of the Year by National Geographic in 2016, tells the story of his 750-plus-mile hike through the entire length of America’s iconic national park in THE GRAND CANYON: BETWEEN RIVER AND RIM(published by Grand Canyon Conservancy). This event is free and open to the public.

Powell Sesquicentennial Memorial Plaque Dedication
May 19, 2019 | 1:00 PM
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 

A commemorative event celebrating the 150th anniversary of John Wesley Powell’s famous 1869 expedition that marked the first significant geo-scientific survey of the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon. This event is free and open to the public.

John W. Powell Evening Program, Michael Blake
May 20, 2019
McKee Amphitheater | Grand Canyon, AZ 

Two-Emmy winner and historian Michael F. Blake will take you on a ride to learn all about the John W. Powell and his adventure through Grand Canyon. This evening program is free and open to the public.

Grand Canyon Wildlife Day
May 31-June 1
Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza | Grand Canyon, AZ

Stop by and meet some of Arizona’s grandest critters! This event provides opportunities for visitors to learn about the work of wildlife biologist and the unique wildlife that inhabit the Grand Canyon area. This event is free and open to the public.

Red lights illuminate a large telescope. People gather around the telescope, trying to look through.
For eight days every June, park visitors and residents explore the wonders of the night sky of Grand Canyon National Park. Visitors look through one of the many telescopes brought by volunteers.

NPS/Michael Quinn

June

AZ State Parks Family Campout
June 20-23, 2019
Mather Campground | Grand Canyon, AZ 

No camping experience? No problem! Join AZ State Parks staff and learn everything you need to know about camping and experience all the fun of being in the outdoors. Registration required, visit www.azstateparks.com for more information.

Junior Ranger Day
June 22, 2019 | 10- 4 PM
Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza | Grand Canyon, AZ

The Junior Ranger Program is a great way to explore national parks, get some cool swag, and maybe even a replica of a ranger hat! You’ll also learn why national parks matter and how you can be a part of the team that helps keep parks healthy. We don’t care what age you are–just come to “explore, learn, and protect” your national parks and become an official Grand Canyon Junior Ranger. This event is free and open to the public.

Centennial Summerfest
June 22-29, 2019 | 9 AM – 5 PM
Grand Canyon Visitor Center Plaza | Grand Canyon, AZ

Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating its centennial with a summer festival bringing together park partners to showcase everything Arizona has to offer. Stop by the visitor center plaza to explore Arizona food and brews, see cultural demonstrations by tribes native to the canyon, and participate in fun activities that teach you more about this grand canyon! This event is free and open to the public.

Grand Canyon Centennial Star Party
June 22-29, 2019 | 7 PM
Grand Canyon Visitor Center | Grand Canyon, AZ

For eight days in June, park visitors and residents 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 will volunteer their telescopes and their expertise. Free slide programs will be offered, and numerous telescopes will be pointed at planets, star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies at night and the sun by day. This event is free and open to the public.

July

John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt Evening Program
July 16-17, 2019
McKee Amphitheater | Grand Canyon, AZ

Come by and learn about two of the most important historical figures in park service history and learn about their trip to the Grand Canyon. This event is free and open to the public.

Outreach Event: Fourth of July Parade
July 4, 2019 | 11 AM
Flagstaff, AZ 

Stop by to watch Grand Canyon National Park rangers and Grand Canyon Conservancy staff join over 100 floats, livestock, dancers, a marching band and much more as they parade down the streets of downtown Flagstaff. This event is free and open to the public.

July 4, 2019 | 3 PM
Tusayan, AZ

If you’re visiting the park in the afternoon come join by the Tusayan’s 4th of July parade and celebration. Stop by for food, music, raffles and more! This event is free and open to the public.

Dishchii' Bikoh' Apache Group from Cibecue, Arizona, demonstrates the Apache Crown Dance. He is wearing a three pronged head piece that is white with yellow, blue, green, and black embellishments. His head is completely covered with cloth while his upper
Dishchii’ Bikoh’ Apache Group from Cibecue, Arizona, demonstrates the Apache Crown Dance during Native American Heritage Days.

NPS/Erin Whittaker

August

Native American Heritage Days
August 8-9, 2019
North Rim | Grand Canyon, AZ 

This event celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau, the Arizona Strip, and the Grand Canyon. Stop by for special programs by tribal members and non-tribal members on a variety of subjects, ranging from ethno-botany to American Indian flute playing and dance. Programmed activities will take place in various locations throughout the North Rim developed area. This event is free and open to the public.

Fee Free Day, NPS Founder’s Day
August 25, 2019
Grand Canyon National Park | Grand Canyon, AZ

Come experience the grandest of national parks! In honor of the National Park Service Founder’s Day, Grand Canyon National Park will join National Parks around the country in providing visitors free entrance to Grand Canyon. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone. To see a list of all fee-free days in 2019 and for more information visit www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.

Outreach Event: Coconino County Fair
August 30- September 2, 2019 | 10 AM
Fort Tuthill County Park | Flagstaff 

Stop by the National Park Service booth to get updates, trip planning and general information about AZ National Parks like Grand Canyon. Meet with a ranger and plan your trip to a national park!

September

Outreach Event: Coconino County Fair
August 30- September 2, 2019 | 10 AM
Fort Tuthill County Park | Flagstaff

Stop by the National Park Service booth to get updates, trip planning and general information about AZ National Parks like Grand Canyon. Meet with a ranger and plan your trip to a national park!

11th Annual Celebration of Art
September 7- 15, 2019
South Rim | Grand Canyon, AZ 

Celebration of Art is a wonderful tradition at Grand Canyon National Park, providing a vibrant experience for visitors, a venue for artists inspired by the canyon, and a successful fundraiser to benefit a dedicated art venue at the South Rim. Learn more. This event is free and open to the public.

Naturalization Ceremony
September 28, 2019
Mather Point | Grand Canyon, AZ 

Grand Canyon National Park and the US Citizenship and Immigration Services Phoenix field office will be hosting a naturalization ceremony at Grand Canyon to welcome our newest citizens. On this day, select individuals will hear these words, “raise your right hand for the oath of citizenship.” This event is free and open to the public.

NPS Fee Free-Day, Public Lands Day 
September 28, 2019
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ 

Come experience the grandest of national parks! In honor of the National Public Lands Day, Grand Canyon National Park will join National Parks around the country in providing visitors free entrance to Grand Canyon. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone. To see a list of all fee-free days in 2019 and for more information visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.htm.

October

Of Time, Wind, and the River, Centennial Performance
October 12-13, 2019

NAU Ardrey Auditorium | Flagstafff, AZ 
In honor of Grand Canyon’s 100th Anniversary, the US Field Army Band and West Point Glee Club will be performing a piece by Dr. Hubert Bird that highlights the uniqueness of Grand Canyon National Park. More details to come.

Fall Sustainability Fair
October 12, 2019
Grand Canyon Visitor Center | Grand Canyon, AZ

Stop by the Grand Canyon Visitor Center for family friendly activities to learn about all the ways you can travel green and help preserve and protect Grand Canyon. This event is free and open to the public.

November

Picture Yourself Here: Public Lands for All
November 5-7, 2019
Shrine of the Ages | Grand Canyon, AZ

In honor of its centennial, Grand Canyon National Park will host an inclusivity training November 5-7, 2019 at the South Rim titled Picture Yourself Here: Public Lands for All. Join us for workshops, presentations and field trips designed to identify how public lands can be inclusive for all. More details to come.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration
November 9-10 | Cultural Demonstrators 9 AM- 4 PM | Evening Program 7 PM 

Grand Canyon Visitor Center | Grand Canyon, AZ 
Grand Canyon National Park will host a Native American Heritage Celebration with special presentations and demonstrations recognizing the many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices made by America’s first people. Grand Canyon National Park’s extensive Native American histories make it an ideal place for the public to learn about, acknowledge, and appreciate Native American culture. This event is free and open to the public.

NPS Fee-Free Day, Veteran’s Day
November 11, 2019
Grand Canyon National Park, AZ

Come experience the grandest of national parks! In honor of the Veteran’s Day, Grand Canyon National Park will join National Parks around the country in providing visitors free entrance to Grand Canyon. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, our National Park System has something for everyone. To see a list of all fee-free days in 2019 and for more information visit www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/fee-free-parks.

Information courtesy of the Grand Canyon National Park Service

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