The Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular places in the state of Arizona. And the United States. As well as the world. There’s never been a bad time to visit nearby Yavapai Lodge and its comfortable, pet-friendly accommodations located right inside Grand Canyon National Park, just an easy, quarter-mile walk to the South Rim.
But if you like being a part of significant moments, 2019 is the perfect time to experience the Grand Canyon. On February 26, 2019, Grand Canyon National Park marked its first 100 years. This landmark is recognized by a year’s worth of cool activities and celebrations.
Now if you forget your own anniversary, you’re going to hear about it from your significant other. The Grand Canyon has feelings, too. Come out with your family to see it.
There are oodles of anniversary events taking place this year. Here are some month-by-month highlights so you can plan your visit accordingly.
Harlan Tanney presentation, “The Weight of Water”
May 19, 2019
Shrine of the Ages | Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
Join us for a special screening of The Weight of Water, a film that follows blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer’s journey on a kayak down the Colorado River. Directed by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Brown, The Weight of Water is an adventure documentary that highlights the elusive state that so many of us seek – to be engaged in the present moment. This event is free and open to the public.
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.
June 29, 2019 | 10 AM – 4 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 spectacular setting. This event is free and open to the public.
John Muir and Teddy Roosevelt Evening Program
July 16-17, 2019
McKee Amphitheater | Grand Canyon, AZ
Learn about two of the most important historical figures in park service history. Hear about their consequential trip to the Grand Canyon. This event is free and open to the public.
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 ethnobotany 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.
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. This event is free and open to the public.
Of Time, Wind, and the River, Centennial Performance
October 12-13, 2019
NAU Ardrey Auditorium | Flagstaff, AZ
In honor of the Grand Canyon’s 100th anniversary, the US Field Army Band and West Point Glee Club will be performing an original piece by late composer Hubert Bird that highlights the uniqueness of Grand Canyon National Park.
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.
2019 is a big year for anniversaries. This July 20 is the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, while November 9 marks the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
The 100th year of the Grand Canyon is right up there, too. Find time to pay a visit to one of the most unique landscapes on the planet in 2019.