More than just a pretty face: one-of-a-kind Grand Canyon events

There’s more to the Grand Canyon than dramatic scenery, breathtaking views, and endless amounts of memorable things to see. The Grand Canyon also happens to be home to a number of fascinating things to do. Enjoy awe-inspiring concerts during the Grand Canyon Music Festival. View works of art of some of the best landscape painters in the country at the Annual Grand Canyon Celebration of Art. Run the challenging but beautiful Grand Canyon Half Marathon. Or explore the wonders of the night sky like you’ve never seen them at the Grand Canyon Star Party. The Grand Hotel is happy to be your home-away-from-home as you take in all the Grand Canyon area has to offer.

Steam Train to the Grand Canyon

Saturday September 6th, 2014

On the First Saturday of every Summer month, Grand Canyon Railway rolls out their historic steam locomotive, No. 4960. You can ride between Williams, AZ to the Grand Canyon behind a piece of American history! The Train departs Williams at 9:30am on Saturday September 6. For tickets and more information, visit All Aboard!

Grand Canyon Music Festival

Friday August 22nd, 2014 - Saturday September 6th, 2014

In 1982, inspired by the writings of Willa Cather, GCMF founders Robert Bonfiglio and Clare Hoffman set off – with harmonica and flute tucked into their backpacks – for a five day, rim-to-rim-to-rim Grand Canyon hike. On day two of their hike, Ranger Joe Quiroz discovered Clare playing her flute in the washed out trunk of a tree, and asked if she and Robert would consider playing a concert that night. They did. That intimate concert, for rangers Joe Quiroz and Gale Burack, in the ranger’s cabin at Cottonwood Campgrounds, was the inspiration for the Grand Canyon Music Festival. Encouraged by the local community and businesses, the inaugural season took place in September 1983 and has grown from three concerts to nine concerts that span a 3-week period. For a schedule of concerts and other events, visit