Riverside Park Sites

The Riverside Park in Dawson City is the site that gives our festival its name. Running alongside the shore of the Yukon River, this park is a hub for summertime activities and recreation for our community, and it has been the main location of YRAF festivities since its beginnings. We are very grateful to be able to hold our festival in these grounds and would like to thank the City of Dawson for their continued support through the years!


Demonstration Tent

One of the many highlights of the Yukon Riverside Arts Festival is the Demonstration Tent, located along the dyke in the centre of the festival grounds. The Demo Tent features artists and artisans from all over the Yukon (and beyond!) who offer hands-on demonstrations of their crafts, skills, and mediums, inviting the public to participate, learn and create. From blacksmithing forge to spinning wool from angora rabbits, this year’s offer was sure to offer something for everyone!

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Demo Tent – Yukon Wool

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman.

Demo Tent – Yukon Wool

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman.

Demo Tent – Yukon Wool-3

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Yukon Wool

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Yukon Wool

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Yukon Wool

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Yukon Wool-8

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Ink Blot Drawing

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Ink Blot Drawing

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct-5

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct-3

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct-2

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Silicone Mold Making

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Silicone Mold Making

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Silicone Mold Making

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Silicone Mold Making

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Silicone Mold Making

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Spoon Carving

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Spoon Carving

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Spoon Carving

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Spoon Carving

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Spoon Carving

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Spoon Carving

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Spoon Carving

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Body Casting

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Body Casting

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Body Casting

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Body Casting

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Egg Art

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Egg Art

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Egg Art

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Egg Art

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Egg Art

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Egg Art

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Flint Knapping

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Flint Knapping

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Ink Blot Drawing

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Ink Blot Drawing

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Ink Blot Drawing

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Ink Blot Drawing

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Ink Blot Drawing

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demonstrating Artists

  • Spinning Wool From Angora Rabbits
    with Jess Sellers
  • Body Plaster Casting
    with Adonika Clarke
  • Flint knapping
    with Kent Pigott
  • Silicone Mold Making
    with Donna Griffard
  • Egg Art: Pysanky and Natural Dye
    with Jasmina Majcenić
  • Drawing Magical Beasts with Ink Blots
    with Coco Nielsen
  • Blacksmithing
    with Yukonstruct
  • Leatherworking
    with Yukonstruct
  • Wooden Spoon Carving
    with Bill Donaldson

Kids Activities

Every year, YRAF offers art related activities and entertainment geared for children at our Kids Tent, free of charge and open to all. Youth are encouraged to explore their creativity and experiment freely with different techniques and materials. A variety of facilitators teach the children different methods of creative expression while engaging their attention through play and fun!

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Kids Tent

Kids Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Kids Tent

Kids Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Kids Tent

Kids Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Kids Tent

Kids Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Kids Tent

Kids Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Kids Tent

Kids Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Kids Tent

Kids Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Hän Ghả Chukėt Träätätsey Riverside Artist Market

On Saturday and Sunday of Arts Fest, our Artist Market featured an array of local artists and artisans selling their goods at the Picnic Shelter on Riverside Park. YRAF aims to support local artists and makers by providing an opportunity for displaying and selling their art, craft and handmade goods during the busy weekend. Visitors are delighted to be able to purchase unique goods and original art, handmade by our talented local artists, thereby supporting and strengthening the economy of arts in Dawson City.

Participating Artists

kitdottir – Karen Thomas
LMM Photography – Lisa Mandeville
Lunar Lixirs – Lue Maxwell
Natasha Henderson Art
Nico De Repentigny
Nugget Designs by Eva

Palma Berger
Peach Moon DIY – Mo Knight
Philomène Ceramics
Remi Dean
Ramon Joseph Santos
SPITfire Creations – Jasmine Kaytor

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Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Artist Market

Artist Market, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Workshops & More

YRAF always welcomes an opportunity to help facilitate workshops and other interactive learning experiences. There are so many talented and skilled folk in our territory who are also great teachers, and each year there is a new offer of things to learn and make.
This year our workshops included:

  • Blacksmith Railroad Tie Workshop
  • Blacksmith Coat Hook Workshop
  • Leather Wallet Making Workshop

    Hosted by Yukonstruct
  • Virtual Reality Paragliding and Virtual Reality Paragliding for Youth

    Hosted by Fly Yukon Paragliding Inc.
  • Quillwork on Birch Workshop

    Hosted by celebrated Yukon artist Faye Chamberlain
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Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain, at Yukon School of Visual Art. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain, at Yukon School of Visual Art. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain, at Yukon School of Visual Art. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain, at Yukon School of Visual Art. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain, at Yukon School of Visual Art. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain, at Yukon School of Visual Art. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain

Quillwork on Birch Workshop with Faye Chamberlain, at Yukon School of Visual Art. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Virtual Reality Paragliding with Fly Yukon

June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Virtual Reality Paragliding with Fly Yukon

June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Virtual Reality Paragliding with Fly Yukon

June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Virtual Reality Paragliding with Fly Yukon

June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Miriam Behman

Virtual Reality Paragliding with Fly Yukon

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct-5

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct-3

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Leatherwork with Yukonstruct-2

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.

Demo Tent – Blacksmithing with Yukonstruct

Demonstration Tent, Riverside Park. June 2022, Dawson City. Photography by Melissa Naef.


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