Motorbike show joins 2019’s Festival on Franklin

An NWT Riders Association image shows bikes taking part in the 2017 Midnight Sun Show and Shine
An NWT Riders Association image shows bikes taking part in the 2017 Midnight Sun Show and Shine. Photo: Samantha Stuart

This month, Yellowknife’s Festival on Franklin will have the Midnight Sun Show and Shine as a next-door neighbour.

The NWT Riders Association’s show, bringing together some of the territory’s best-looking bikes, cars, and trucks, is relocating to better tie up with the downtown Franklin Avenue festival.

From 5pm till 10pm on Thursday, June 20, the street will be blocked off in Yellowknife’s downtown core for the usual mix of stalls, games, snacks, and performances, brought to you by a range of local businesses and organizations.

This year, the festival will be complemented by the Show and Shine – beginning at the intersection of 49 Street, then running past TD Bank toward Old Town.



At 10pm, Midnight Sun attendees can depart on the association’s annual midnight ride out of the city.

“The Midnight Sun Show and Shine – and ride – is always on June 20. This year the stars have aligned and Festival on Franklin is the same night,” said NWT Riders Association president Robin Weber, “so we’ll both be taking over Franklin Avenue for an evening of festivities.”

Proceeds from this year’s Show and Shine go toward the NWT SPCA’s programs, said Weber.

Meanwhile, Cabin Radio will return to Festival on Franklin with its dunk tank for a second, soggy year of soakings.

Territorial government ministers, regular MLAs, and the Mayor of Yellowknife are among those confirmed for dunk tank appearances.

You’ll also be able to get a first look at this summer’s all-new Cabin Radio merchandise line-up, with hoodies and tees available in new colours and designs. Stay tuned for more info.