Prescott Office of Tourism - July Newsletter

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott Office of Tourism

July 2011

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Best Fest 

AZ Centennial Best Fest logo

Arizona celebrates its Statehood Centennial in February 2012, and

the Arizona Best Fest is a series of festivals to be held in each of Arizona's Territorial Capitals (Prescott, Tucson and Phoenix) that will present the state's diverse and vibrant culture, honor the past and celebrate the future.


Prescott will host the first of three Best Fest celebrations from September 16-18.  


Click here to learn more about what's in store for the Prescott Best Fest.   


The "Best of Arizona" will feature the many wineries, micro-breweries, locally renowned restaurants, top chefs, foods, arts and merchandise crafted right here in Arizona.


The Centennial Commission is working with existing festivals and events throughout the state, requesting they bring their "best of" to this once-in-a-lifetime series of Centennial festivals that, when combined, will create the largest and most educational festival in Arizona history. Click here to learn more about the Arizona Centennial at the state level; click here for more Prescott-focused information regarding the Centennial.  



Golf in Prescott

Prescott, Arizona, with its temperate climate and stunning scenery, makes for an excellent golf getaway.


Antelope Hills Golf Course features two public, championship 18-hole courses, as well as fine dining at the adjoining Manzanita Grille restaurant. 


Following is a list of golf tournaments currently being held at Antelope Hills. Please call their Pro Shop for more details at 928-777-1890.

July 16
Ping Golf League

July 16 & 17
49th Annual Outhouse Open

July 17
Arizona Golf Guild Outing

July 23
Knights of Columbus Benefit

July 24
Augusta Ranch Men's Club

July 29
Legler Family Golf Tournament  

July 30 & 31
55th Annual Smoki Tournament - Open to the public

August 1 & 2
State Junior Championships

August 6
Chino Valley Chamber

August 16
Senior Olympics

August 20
Valley Golfers League

September 5
Patriot Day - Open to the public

September 7 & 8
PGA Senior Championship of Arizona

September 10
Silent Witness Benefit 

Farmers Market 

Prescott Farmers Market

Join us each Saturday in the Yavapai College parking lot (1100 E. Sheldon St.) from 7:30 am until noon for fresh, quality produce from local farmers as well as salsa, honey, local meat, farmer's cheese, tamales, baked goods, hand-made soap, fresh herbs, cut flowers, and more!  


Come meet the folks who grow your food in a lively community atmosphere that's fun for the whole family!


The Prescott Farmers Market accepts FMNP cupons (WIC), food stamps (EBT/SNAP), and credit and debit cards. Seeking local growers, musicians and volunteers.


The Farmers Market runs through October 29. Visit the Prescott Farmers Market website for more information.

Photo Contest

Photo Contest Coming Soon! 


We will soon be announcing the Visit Prescott Photo Contest. We're looking for your best photographs of Prescott. The grand prize winner will receive an overnight stay for two at the Marriott SpringHill Suites and a $50 gift certificate to The Palace Restaurant & Saloon. Stay tuned for details!

Arizona Aircraft Expo3rd Annual Arizona Aircraft Expo 


Arizona's leading aircraft dealers are working together to create the 3rd Annual Arizona Aircraft Expo at Legend Aviation (2020 Clubhouse Dr.) on Friday & Saturday, July 15 & 16, where the latest models of general aviation aircraft will be on display at one venue. Three separate events are scheduled to take place over the remainder of the year where prospective buyers can see the newest aircraft from Cessna, Hawker Beechcraft, Piper, TBM and more.


These free events will also provide the opportunity to speak with representatives from NationAir Insurance, AirFleet Capital, Aviation Tax Consultants, and Airport Property Specialists on the details of aircraft ownership. Attendees can pre-register at

Hawaiian Luau2nd Annual Hawaiian Luau 


The Old Firehouse Plaza (220 W. Goodwin St.) hosts this charity benefit on Saturday, July 16, with 100% of the proceeds going to the Prescott Firefighter Charities.


Enjoy sand volleyball tournaments, fire dancing performances by Pyroklectic, Firehouse Kitchen Island Tiki Bars, and an Island Pig Roast by the Firehouse Kitchen. The Luau goes all day, from 10 am to 10 pm.


10 am - Sand Volleyball Tournament begins

2 pm - Island Shop Hop Tour

3 pm - Live bands begin 

4 pm - Luau Tiki bars open

8 & 10 pm - PyroKlectic Fire Dancers

Smoki Rug AuctionSmoki Museum Summer Rug & Indian Art Auction 


The Smoki Museum (147 N. Arizona Ave.) welcomes you to their annual Summer Rug & Indian Art Auction on Friday July 22 & Saturday July 23


On Friday, over 200 pieces of Indian art will be up for auction, including pottery, baskets, katsina dolls, paintings, and other items. Preview 1-4:30 pm, auction at 5 pm.

On Saturday, over 300 Navajo Rugs including Granado Red, Teec Nos Pos, Storm Pattern, Two Grey Hills and more will be up for auction. Preview 10 am to 12:30 pm, auction begins at 1 pm.

Shootout on Whiskey Row6th Annual Shootout on Whiskey Row  


The Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies proudly present the 6th Annual Shootout on Whiskey Row, Saturday and Sunday, July 23 & 24. This annual re-enactment competition, costume competition and vendor showcase continues to attract more and more people each year.

There is no cost for the public to attend.

The Shootout will be held on Cortez Street in downtown Prescott. Please join the Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies and multiple other re-enactment groups from throughout the southwest for two days of entertainment and just plain fun.

Sharlot Hall Museum8th Annual Western History Symposium  


A variety of programs about the Old West, including historic Prescott and the Arizona Territory, will be held at Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurely St.) and the Hotel St. Michael (205 W. Gurley St.) as part of the 8th Annual Western History Symposium on Saturday, August 6.   


The Symposium presentations about the Old West and the Arizona Territory are free and open to the public, although seating at the Museum is limited. The Symposium includes five presentations at the Museum's Lawler Exhibit Center. An additional presentation will take place at the St. Michael Hotel in downtown Prescott at 7:30 p.m. The complete lineup of presentations is available on the Sharlot Hall Museum website.


This popular event, which attracts authors, historians, educators and Western buffs to Prescott, is co-sponsored by the Prescott Corral of the Westerners and Sharlot Hall Museum. For more information, please call Fred Veil at 928-443- 5580.

Prescott Antique Auto ClubPrescott Antique Auto Club 37th Annual Car Show & Swap Meet  


Come on out to Watson Lake Park (3101 Watson Lake Rd.) on Saturday and Sunday, August 6 and 7, for the Prescott Antique Auto Club Show & Swap Meet.


You will find cars for sale, food vendors, T-shirt sales, water sales and old farm and mining machinery exhibit. Call 928-778-5386 for more information.


Click here to view a flyer for the event.

Cowboy Capital PBRCowboy Capital Professional Bull Riding  


Cowboy Capital Pro Bull Riding at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds (840 Rodeo Dr.) on Saturday, August 13 will feature 40 of the top bull riders in the sport, matched against 40 of the rankest bulls.


Featuring announcer Rob Smets, a five-time World Champion bullfighter, known as The Kamikaze Kid. Also featuring World Champion bullfighter Mike Matt and top ranked bullfighter Quirt Hunt.


Tickets ($16 - $26) can be purchased from their website or by calling 866-407-6336 or 928-445-4320.


After the Cowboy Capital Bull Riding, join the cowboys at the Windsock Lounge (1385 Iron Springs Road) and dance the night away--at no charge--to the music of Latigo.

Mountain Artists Guild61st Annual Mountain Artists Guild Summer Festival of Fine Art & Crafts  


In the traditions of the City of Prescott's long standing history of arts and culture, this Mountain Artists Guild event has become an integral marketplace for participating artists to display and sell their works. Join us on Courthouse Plaza (120 S. Cortez St.) on Saturday and Sunday, August 13 & 14.

Art patrons come from near and far in search of original artworks to decorate their homes, workplace, or as unique one-of-a-kind gifts.

Over 10,000 festival attendees come to partake in this artful weekend event.  Festival attendees include many of the local residents as well as the influx of summer residents with second homes located here in Prescott. 

This is also peak tourist season where many patrons come here to escape the heat in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area to find cooler temperatures and participate in the many activities available here.

The Festival features up to 140 juried Fine Art & Fine Craft participants showcasing and selling their exquisite works.

Artisans present unique, one-of-a-kind, hand-made creations offering visitors a distinctive shopping experience. Including: Ceramics, Mixed media, Fiber Art, Glass, Paper, Photography, Gourds, Drawing, Sculpture, Jewelry, Wood, Metal Sculpture, Baskets, Batiks, Stone, and Painting. Admission is free. Learn more by visiting the website.

Upcoming Eventsstate map

Following is just a sampling of the many great, year-round events taking place in the Prescott area. To see a complete calendar of events, please click here.



July 15

Zoo by Moontlight

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, 8:00 to 9:30 pm

1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott


July 16

The AMAZ Radio All Star Revue

Highlands Center for Natural History, 7:00 pm

1375 S. Walker Rd., Prescott


July 21 - August 24

Anne Legge - Art in Wood

Arts Prescott Gallery

134 S. Montezuma St.


July 22

4th Friday Art Walk

Various Prescott locations


July 22

Phippen Museum Grand Opening Celebration

Phippen Museum of Western Art

4701 Hwy. 89 N.


July 23

Live at the Elks!

Elks Opera House

117 E. Gurley St., Prescott

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For information, please call 800-266-7534.