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Some special entertainment begs a trip to the Grand Canyon around Labor Day. A whim that began in 1984 is now an annual event in September at the Grand Canyon's South Rim. The Grand Canyon Music Festival takes place for three weeks, with the kick-off on Labor Day weekend each year.
The Festival concentrates on chamber music, but always throws in some alternative musicians too, just for variety. Musicians give nine concerts during the three-week run, and different groups play each year so no two year's are ever the same.
Musicians and founders Robert Bonfiglio and Clare Hoffman began the music festival after hiking through the canyon and imagining world-class entertainment during the summer evenings under the stars. With the support of NPS, the first festival took place in 1984 at the Shrine of the Ages. It was greeted with such enthusiasm Bonfiglio and Hoffman began preparing entertainment for the following year. Today, the festival is required trip for many fans.