Yellowknife Arts and Culture Scene

Yellowknife has a booming and thriving arts scene thanks to the gorgeous landscape and rich culture. When visiting Yellowknife take some time to explore and enjoy the local arts community while learning something new.

Yellowknife’s small but active cultural scene is responsible for a busy year-long schedule of music, visual arts, and performances throughout the city, including a host of regular festivals and events. 

The City of Yellowknife, which has a collection of local art you can see on the walls of City Hall, has a fairly comprehensive registry of local arts groups and initiatives. The arts community is very welcoming to newcomers and the diverse landscape of Yellowknife residents brings with it a unique and exciting arts scene.

Interested in arts and culture in Yellowknife? Here are a few of our favorite things to check out. For more information or ideas, talk to our friendly front desk staff during your visit!

Snowking Festival

A one-of-a-kind month-long festival that takes place in and around a castle built entirely out of snow and ice on Yellowknife Bay every March, the Snowking event features eclectic programming with musical acts, art exhibits, children’s theatre, and much more.

Down to Earth Gallery

Down to Earth Gallery proudly features beautiful masterpieces made by local artists. Spend your day viewing lovely paintings that will surely pique your interest. Inside the gallery, you will see other local crafts such as beautifully designed jewelry. They even have art kits you can take home to enjoy during your own do-it-yourself art session.

Yellowknife Farmers Market

The local farmers Market is held in Somba K’e Park, and includes the work of local artisans and artists.

Yellowknife International Film Festival

YIFF brings circumpolar and relevant independent cinema to the city every year, providing an opportunity for Northern filmmakers to celebrate their work, and in partnership with the NWT Professional Media Association provides professional development and valuable networking events that have seen professional relationships grow into important mentors, collaborators, and contacts in the national community.

As you walk through the town you will find little plaques that highlight Yellowknife’s early history, and our arts and crafts are readily available in local galleries. As always ask our front desk for more information about the Yellowknife Arts and Culture scene.


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