Community Events for 2016

For more information about these events please call the Nunavut Tourism Info Line
at 1-866-686-2888 (North America) or 1-800-491-7910 (outside of North America).


The 2016 Alianait Arts Festival takes place in Iqaluit, Nunavut, from June 30 to July 3, 2016. These arctic days have 24-hour sunlight, a time of great celebration! Alianait sets the spotlight on Inuit and other circum-polar artists while bringing together exciting world-class musicians, circus acrobats, dancers, storytellers, actors, filmmakers and visual artists from across the globe. Alianait!! Come celebrate with us!

Toonik Tyme

One of Nunavut’s biggest Festivals held in the capital, Iqaluit. A four day festival falling on the Easter Weekend packed with activities throughout the town, ice, land and to another community. Spring – that time of the year when the sun returns to the Arctic, the bitter cold surrenders and the days start getting longer. Since 1965, residents of Iqaluit have been celebrating it with Toonik Tyme – fun filled days of games, music, competition, and feasting. From games such as golf, hockey to skidoo races, fishing derby, iglu building contests, bannock making contests, sliding parties, skating, performances, skiing and so much more! No matter who you are, you’ll find lots to see and do during Toonik Tyme.

Pakallak Tyme

Activities for all ages and interests! Friendly competition in Canada’s high north located in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. The festival is during the end of April. The festival brings our community together during the beautiful spring time by playing games, challenges, races or just to watch. Activities including; Iglu build-ing, kids carnival, community feasts, elders games, fear factor, skating, square dance, dog sledding, and snowmobile races! Join us with laughs, games and fun!

Omingmak Frolics

Located in beautiful Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, the Omingmak Frolics is held in mid-May. This unique and fun-filled festival includes snowmobile races, ice carving competitions, dog sledding, talent shows, and community feasts! There’s something for everyone to enjoy so join us and celebrate!

Pang Fest

 The second edition of Pang Fest will take place from June 24-26, 2016. This year, the Pangnirtung music festival will present Inuit bands from across Nunavut, Greenland and Ottawa.

The two headliners are Greenlandic Naneruaq who will play their first show in Canada as a full-band; and Ottawa-based Twin Flames made of Quaqtaq-raised singer/song-writer Jaaji Okpik, his partner, Metis singer-songwriter Chelsey June and their 4 musicians. Jaaji is the winner of the Indigenous Language Album at the Indigenous music awards 2015.

A second band from Greenland will be sharing the charter booked by Pang Fest: Inuk, the 4-piece band acclaimed at Aqpik Jam last summer.

Finally an emerging trio composed of three young musicians coming from each region of Nunavut: singer/songwriters Daniel Kolola (Iqaluit) and Calvin Pameolik (Arviat) and accomplished 18 years old fiddler Gustin Adjun

(Kulgluktuq) who just recently released his fist album « Gusting Winds ».    

 Nunavut Day

Celebrating Canada’s newest territory in every community in Nunavut, July 9 holds the date. Join all of Nunavut with activities, feasts, performances, and games to celebrate the beautiful and pristine Nunavut!Its fun for all ages with activities ranging from kid’s games, singing performances, BBQ, games, and coun-try food markets.


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