Yosemite National Park is open year-round, but the events and activities in, and around the park, change with the seasons. From festivals and activities, to days you can get into the park free, we have your complete guide to the happenings in Yosemite National Park, as well as in nearby gateway towns.

A family camping in a national park

Calendar of Free Entrance Days to National Parks

Parks that usually charge an entrance fee will be free on several days during the year. Check our list of dates for this year.

Yosemite's Horsetail Fall in February when the setting sun hits the falling water

Firefall in Yosemite Valley Mid to Late-February

Weather permitting, as the sun sets the Horsetail Fall waterfall lights up a firefall down El Capitan. Learn about the history and today's natural effect.

Christmas performance at the Golden Chain Theatre in Oakhurst, CA. Photo by Brian Wilkinson courtesy of Yosemite Sierra

Holiday Celebrations and Events in Yosemite Country

Seasonal wine tastings, live theater, Father Christmas events, and holiday parades in the greater Yosemite Park area.

Yosemite Valley Visitor Center

Ranger Programs in Yosemite Park

Top off your Yosemite vacation by listening to a ranger chat about wild black bears, or joining a guided wildflower walk or snowshoe trip.