The Yukon Riverside Arts Festival takes place in many venues around Dawson City on Discovery Days weekend, including the open-air Riverside Park & Gazebo.
The festival aims to provide an accessible environment for community members and visitors to interact directly with the arts and explore their creativity.
A wide range of events, including exhibitions, workshops, lectures, public art, live music, an art market and more includes artists practicing traditional and non-traditional contemporary art from the Yukon and abroad. Many festival events are free of charge.
In 1896, prospectors found gold in a creek near Dawson City, triggering a stampede to the Klondike. Bolstered by dreams and heartened by stories of riches, thousands of miners struggled across Chilkoot Pass and floated the Yukon River to Dawson City. Soon a rollicking frontier town, Dawson filled up with desperate prospectors, shrewd entrepreneurs, Mounties and dancehall girls. Today, Dawson City is a lively place bursting with heritage sites and attractions. You’ll feel the grit, heartache and golden dreams of the Klondike Gold Rush when you reach this authentic frontier town.