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Photo above: Grand Canyon photo from the National Park Service. Grand Canyon is a legacy park, around since the National Park Service origination date of August 25, 1916, but technically within the Agriculture Department until 1933. Right: Just one spectacular scene from Yellowstone National Park, the oldest National Park.


National Park Service 100th Anniversary

  • Grand Canyon 100th Events

    Grand Canyon National Park will be finalizing their 2016 events in the coming weeks. Stop back for more info on added events. For now, they have three 2016 Centennial events announced that they consider part of the National Park Service's 100th Anniversary celebrations.

    2016 Events

    February 26, 2016 - Kaibab Paiute Dark Skies Presentation
    Time: TBD.
    Location: Grand Canyon South Rim, Mather Amphitheater.
    Event: Learn about the Kaibab Paiute night sky from Cultural Director Charley Bulletts. This event is outside- dress warmly!

    April 15, 2016 - Tales from a Downriver Campfire
    Time: 7:00 to 8:45 pm.
    Location: Crescent Moon Theater, Kanab, Utah.
    Event: "Tales from a Downriver Campfire" is a night celebrating Grand Canyon river running through stories (both tall and true), short films, and poetry. This year's theme will be "Life Changing Moments in the Grand Canyon." Come hear incredible stories of three individuals, including a founding editor of Outside magazine, and how Grand Canyon changed their lives.

    May 5-6, 2016 - Living History Performance of Teddy Roosevelt
    Time: TBD.
    Location: Grand Canyon South Rim.
    Event: This special program is a living history portrayal of the 26th President of the United States as performed by Joe Wiegand.

    May 14, 2016 - Amazing Earthfest Parade of Parks
    Time: 10:00 to 11:30 am.
    Location: Kanab, Utah.
    Event: Celebrate Grand Canyon and other national parks near Kanab, UT, as well as amazing landscapes and diverse beauty of the area by enjoying one of Kanab's most exciting festivals.

    May 29-30; June 18-19,25; July 2,16-17,23,30-31; August 13, 20; September 3,10,17 - Centennial Science Speaker Series
    Time: Various.
    Location: North Rim.
    Event: Join scientists, researchers, authors, park staff and more for a Centennial Science Speaker Series this summer on Grand Canyon's North Rim. These free events will feature speakers such as filmmaker Peter McBride, authors Craig Childs and Kevin Fedarko, Navajo archaeologist Jason Nez, geologist Christa Sadler, and park staff. The speakers will share their research and stories about Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.

    June 4, 2016 - Fred Harvey Presentation
    Time: TDB.
    Location: Grand Canyon South Rim, Shrine of Ages Auditorium.
    Event: Join Stephen Fried, author of Appetite for America, as he discusses his book and research about Fred Harvey a "talented visionary who saw the need for quality hotels and restaurants for weary travelers making their way West."

    June 4-11, 2016 - Star Party
    Time: TDB.
    Location: Grand Canyon South and North Rims.
    Event: 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.

    July 9-10, 2016 - North Rim Western Arts Days
    Time: 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Location: North Rim Visitor Center and Lodge area.
    Event: On the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Western Arts Days celebrates the unique culture that defines Grand Canyon, Northern Arizona, and Southern Utah.

    August 11-12, 2016 - North Rim Native American Days
    Time: 12:00 to 9:00 p.m.
    Location: North Rim.
    Event: The National Park Service invites the public to the annual Native American Heritage Days on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

    August 25, 2016 - Grand Canyon Music Festival
    Time: Various.
    Location: Desert View and Shrine of the Ages.
    Event: Traditional Hopi musicians will premiere Puhutawi, a fusion of Hopi traditional music with contemporary chamber music. Also held on August 26, September 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 with various artists.

    August 25-28, 2016 - Amtrak Trails & Rails Exhibit
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    Location: Grand Canyon Train Depot.
    Event: Come aboard for a free self-guided tour through Amtrak's past, present and future. For the youngest rail fans, stop off at Chuggington Depot, featuring toy train and coloring tables.

    September 10-11, 2016 - Talking Birds Radio
    Time: TBD.
    Location: Grand Canyon South Rim.
    Event: In addition to the National Park Service Centennial, we will also be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Condor Reintroduction and the 100th Anniversary of the Migratory Bird Treaty. To celebrate all of these significant milestones we are hosting a weekend full of birding activities. A part of Boston's public radio, Talkin' Birds is a live and interactive radio show about wild birds and beauty of nature. The show will broadcast live on September 11 from the South Rim and feature expert guests and contests for prizes.

    September 10-16, 2016 - Celebration of Art
    Time: Various.
    Location: Grand Canyon National Park.
    Event: Hosted each year by 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.

    September 24, 2016 - Arizona Republic Storytellers Project
    Time: Various.
    Location: Grand Canyon South Rim.
    Event: Arizona Republic Storytellers project is coming to Grand Canyon National Park as part of the National Park Service Centennial celebration. "Stories of Adventures in the Outdoors" will feature stories about life at one of the most visited national parks in the country.

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