Frequently Asked Questions

About The Festival

When is the festival?

The 2016 Dawson City Music Festival will take place July 22nd to 24th, 2016.

I bought my ticket, now what?

Great question. Bring the receipt you received via email after purchasing your ticket (or at least a valid form of ID) to our Info Booth on the festival grounds at Minto Park. The wonderful volunteer crew will magically turn your e-ticket into weekend pass wristbands which allow you access to the numerous DCMF venues.

The Info Booth opens at 10 AM on Friday the 22nd at Minto Park, and is open throughout the festival.

Does my ticket guarantee access to everything?

Your weekend pass guarantees admission to all of our programming, subject to legal capacity. Come early to ensure you get a good seat!

Our indoor venues include the Mainstage Tent in Minto Park, the Klondike Institute of Art & Culture (KIAC), and St. Paul’s Anglican Church. Our outdoor venues are the Front Street Gazebo, the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, and the Beer Garden Stage in Minto Park which features emerging artists.

All of our venues are within a few minutes’ walking distance from each other.

What if I bought a ticket but I want to sell it/it's a gift for a friend?

Not to worry! Upon ticket purchase you will receive an email with a link to “update” your ticket details if you wish. By clicking the link, you can change the name and email address associated with that ticket so that someone aside from you (the original buyer) will be able to get into the Festival. If you wish to keep the ticket a surprise, you can change the name only and leave it assigned to your email address. Please note that once you change the assigned email address, the new ticket holder will receive an email confirmation and you no longer have possession of the ticket.

This means that you can buy more than one ticket and give them to your friends, hassle-free!

How do I get to the festival site once I'm in Dawson City?

The festival takes place at multiple venues in Dawson City. All of our venues are in easy walking distance of one another, and are conveniently very close to Dawson’s many hotels, B&Bs, campgrounds, RV Parks, restaurants, shops, tourist attractions, and other amenities.

Our Mainstage, beer gardens, and vendors area are located at Minto Park on 5th Avenue.

How does volunteering work?

Volunteers are the priceless lifeblood of the DCMF! Please check out our Volunteer page for more information and to sign up. Thank you in advance!

In order to receive a weekend pass, volunteers must work a minimum of 15 hours. For 5 hours of work, volunteers receive a pass for Friday OR Sunday, and for 10 hours worked, passes for Friday AND Sunday are received.

While many of our volunteers need to be 19+, youth ages 12-18 are encouraged to volunteer as well!

What is the schedule of events?

It’s a busy, fast-paced, whirlwind of a weekend! Good thing you can pick up a festival program at the Info Booth in Minto Park while getting your wristbands! Closer to the festival, the schedule will also be published here on our website, so stay tuned.

The festival kicks off with a free concert at the Gazebo on Front Street on Friday afternoon. Following that, the action heads to the Mainstage Tent which offers concerts in the evenings as well as workshops and concerts in the afternoons.

Daytime programming and evening concerts are also on offer at the KIAC Ballroom and St. Paul’s Church. Additional daytime concerts are also programmed at the Front Street Gazebo and the Dänojà Zho Cultural Centre, and our Beer Garden stage features emerging artists on Saturday and Sunday in the early evening.

And of course we offer free Saturday programming at the Mainstage Tent including KidsFest and our annual Yukon Girls Rock Camp Showcase.

Are there specific activities for kids?

For many families, DCMF’s KidsFest is the highlight of the weekend! It features world-renowned children’s performers, craft workshops, instrument-making, face-painting, and more! A weekend pass is not required for KidsFest as it’s free to the public.

There is also a playground located right beside the Minto Park festival grounds, and we’re proud to offer a Family Tent on the festival grounds as a resource, which offers a convenient spot for diaper changes, some basic supplies, and a place to meet other tiny festival-goers!

All of DCMF’s daytime programming is very family-friendly. Technically all the evening programming is as well, but the festival site a little busy and noisier in the evenings. Feel free to borrow a pair of our noise-reducing headphones for children and toddlers from the Info Booth at Minto Park.

Children 12 and under are admitted free of charge to all festival venues, provided they are accompanied and supervised by a weekend pass holder. Minors are not permitted to enter the festival beer gardens, however in the Mainstage Tent we do provide bar service to those who are 19+. This allows parents to enjoy a beverage while enjoying a performance with kids in tow!

Can I buy food/drinks at the festival?

A variety of culinary delights will be on offer from fabulous food vendors on the festival grounds in Minto Park. A wide variety of carnivorous and vegetarian/vegan fare will be available throughout the weekend, along with coffee to perk you up after those late festival nights and other refreshing beverages to keep you going. (And don’t forget, there’s also a variety of great local restaurants located just a few blocks from the festival grounds!)

Feel free to bring your own food and water bottles, but please remember that no outside alcohol is permitted on site. Bags and backpacks will be checked upon entry to festival grounds.

You must be 19+ to enter the beer gardens.

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, but pets of any kind are not allowed on the festival grounds, with the exception of service animals. For reasons of health and safety, we also ask that you do not tie up your dog anywhere in Minto Park during festival weekend. Keep your furry friends safe at home, out of the heat, and well-watered!

Are there any ATM machines on the festival site?

No, but the nearest ATM is just steps away! Located at the corner of 2nd & Queen, the CIBC bank offers a 24 hour ATM, and there are also several machines within the surrounding businesses. The DCMF merch booth accepts credit and debit cards, but our beer gardens are cash only. Some vendors may accept credit and debit, but bringing cash is always a good idea.

Can I take photos and video?

Festival patrons are welcome to take photos, however if you are disrupting other patrons, you will be asked to stop.

It is important that you respect other audience members and the artists by using discretion while shooting photos or video.

Photos must be for personal use only. If an artist has requested that no photos be taken of them, security volunteers may alert you.

We have a media policy in place for professional media. Patrons who appear to be taking photos for commercial use may be asked to cease by festival staff if they are not previously approved and accredited media personnel.

About Dawson City

How do I get to Dawson City?

By Air:
Air North offers service to Dawson City from Whitehorse, Inuvik, and Old Crow, plus direct flights to Whitehorse from Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, and Ottawa. Air Canada also offers direct flights to Whitehorse from Vancouver.

By Road:
There are three different routes to Dawson City: the Klondike Highway (from Whitehorse), the Dempster Highway (from Inuvik, NWT), and the Top of the World Highway (from Tok, Alaska). Bring a camera and a spare tire or two…

By Husky Bus: The Husky Bus operates during the summer and offers regular trips back and forth between Dawson and Whitehorse.

By River: Every year, a handful of adventurous festival-goers make their way to Dawson City by paddling the Yukon River. We’re proud to offer a canoe package with Up North Adventures that includes your festival weekend pass – check out our blog for more info!

Where can I stay?

Accommodations in Dawson City are often at capacity during the festival weekend. People wishing to rent rooms in hotels and B&Bs should do so well in advance.

There are also a number of commercial and government campgrounds located both in and around Dawson City that offer space for tents, campers, and recreational vehicles.

Please see our Accommodations page for more information.

Where can I park?

We encourage festival-goers to leave their cars wherever they’re staying for the weekend and walk or bike between venues and around town. We recommend locking up bikes at all times when not in use.

There is no designated parking area at the main festival site in Minto Park, but there is parking available at various places across town. There are no parking meters in Dawson.