The annual Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial has occurred generally during the second week in August each year since 1922! This event, held at Red Rock Park just east of Gallup, provides our visitors an opportunity to immerse themselves in Native American arts, music, cultures, dance, traditions and cuisine. Ceremonial, as it is known throughout the Southwest, is a special time when indigenous peoples from throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico travel to Gallup, N.M. to share the best of their creative and performing talents and diverse heritages with the rest of the world, and also reunite with other indigenous groups.
This event invites a complete experience of indigeonus Native American culture spanning the entire North American continent, including tribal ceremonial dances, a contest pow-wow, indoor and outdoor arts and crafts markets, all Indian rodeo, a world class juried art show, opportunities to buy authentic Native American art and jewelry, free parades, Native American foods, a Ceremonial Queen contest, and crafts demonstrations - all in one location at one time.
The Ceremonial Office is located at 206 W. Coal Avenue in downtown Gallup; the parades, which feature many of the dance groups take place in downtown Gallup as well, and are free to the public. The general fee at Red Rock Park (just east of Gallup) is $10 for access to all the exhibits and the Pow Wow; the nightly dances have varied fees from year to year - generally very reasonable for the quality of experience, and the Rodeo fee is $10.