Prescott Office of Tourism - August Newsletter

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott Office of Tourism

August 2011

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Rubicon Outdoors

Rubicon Outdoors provides guided outdoor adventure tours in the Prescott area, including biking, hiking and rock climbing.  


If you desire a more leisurely pace, Rubicon has several vineyard and brewery tours. You can even go camping in style--Rubicon will provide the camping equipment and will even set it up and break it down for you.  


Click here to view a selection of Prescott area adventures offered by Rubicon.  


Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary


Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, formerly known as Heritage Park Zoo, is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native and exotic animals. The sanctuary provides a source of recreation, education and entertainment for all ages.  


With the mission of "Conservation through Education," Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary provides a unique and up-close experience with animals visitors may see nowhere else.


Animals at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary all have a story and lesson to teach. Most are incapacitated and rescued from the wild or from inappropriate captive situations.  


At the sanctuary, the animals are respectfully displayed in natural habitats intended to educate the public on a variety of topics. Additional educational services are provided to Northern Arizona such as outreaches and guided tours of the facilities.


Open seven days a week, 9 am to 5 pm. Adults $8, Seniors $7, Kids $5. Call 928-778-4242 or visit their website for more information.  



Prescott Outdoors


Prescott Outdoors 

Craving the solitude and relaxation of paddling a canoe or kayak? Looking for affordable, convenient outdoor recreation that the whole family will enjoy? Have out-of-town guests to entertain? Or are you an avid birder continuing your quest for new and exciting migratory habitats?  


Look no further than your own backyard. Escape the heat of the city and play amongst the pines and granite boulders of Watson and Goldwater Lakes.

Prescott Outdoors is the exclusive boat rental concession for the City of Prescott. Their canoes and kayaks are conveniently located at the boat ramps of Watson and Goldwater Lakes.


For more information and pricing, call 928-925-1410 or visit their website



Prescott Center for the Arts 


Prescott Center for the Arts 

The Prescott Fine Arts Association (208 N. Marina St.) is undergoing a name change, and as of September will henceforth be known as the Prescott Center for the Arts (PCA).


Prescott's oldest and largest community theater and visual art gallery. Now in its 42nd season, PCA produces six Main Stage Productions, two Family Theater Productions, six Concerts, a variety of Special Presentations and six Juried Gallery Exhibits.  


Additionally, PCA's Education Program has classes, for all ages, in theatre arts and visual arts as well as unique programs such as, the Young Playwrights Festival, Youth Scholarship Program, Summer Youth Theatre Program, Teen Summer Stock Ensemble and Team Tech.  


For more information about what PCA has to offer both on stage and behind the scenes, visit their website.


Following are some of the upcoming stage productions at the Prescott Center for the Arts:   


A New You 

Sep. 16 & 17


The Miracle Worker 

Oct. 13-15 & 20-22


A Christmas Carol 

Dec. 1-3, 8 & 10


The Sunshine Boys 

Jan. 12-14 & 19-21



Feb. 23-25, March 1-3 & 8-10


The 39 Steps 

Apr. 12-14 & 19-21


The Nightingale 

May 11 & 12



Jun. 14-16, 21-23 & 28-30

Photo ContestPhoto Contest Coming Soon! 


The Visit Prescott Photo Contest launches August 23 on our Facebook page, and we're looking for your best photographs of Prescott. Grand prize winner receives an overnight stay for two at the Marriott SpringHill Suites and a $50 gift certificate to The Palace Restaurant & Saloon. Contest runs through November 23--winner announced December 5.

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Elks Opera House Roundup


The magnificently restored Elks Opera House, which opened in 1905, hosts several upcoming performances worthy of your attention and patronage.


You may purchase tickets at the Elks Opera House Box Office (117 E. Gurley) on Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 am to 2 pm, or by calling  




Remember the King: Celebrating the Music of Elvis Presley

Tuesday Aug. 16, 7:00 pm

Purchase tickets online 

Starring Robert Shaw and The Lonely Street Band. This one-of-a-kind concert production celebrates the best known tunes from those three phases of Elvis' career with authentic costumes and top-notch musicians. Don't miss the one salute to Elvis that has it all, your chance to "Remember The King!"


Live at the Elks with Authority Zero

Saturday Aug. 27, 7:00 pm

Purchase tickets online 

Authority Zero, a group out of Mesa, Arizona, has become a nationally known act and is currently traveling around the world.  However, they found time to stop in their home state for a sit down interview with "Live at the Elks" host, CB5.  They'll be letting their fans know about their new music and be performing a set from their past and present catalog as well as a few new soon to be hits not yet heard here.


Juni Fisher in Concert

Sunday Aug. 28, 4:00 pm

Purchase tickets online 

Juni has a personal history steeped in the West and is a true cowgirl at heart! She has been referred to as the West's Best Cowgirl Balladeer and has won the Wrangler Award from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2009--a landmark win because Fisher is the first woman in the history of the Wrangler awards for Music to win the "Outstanding Western Album" category.  


Acker logoAcker on the Plaza 


August 20 will see Prescott Courthouse Plaza play host to ten hours of fantastic, live music. 


The J.S. Acker Music Park Association is a non-profit organization established for the advancement of musical culture in the community and to fulfill the wishes of Prescott's benefactor, James S. Acker, in "the promotion of the performing arts, particularly for children".

This musical day is a primary fundraising activity for performing arts scholarships for local youth. The event is organized by volunteers, performed by volunteers and supported by volunteers.

For donation and volunteering information,
click here.    


Women in SongWomen in Song: An Evening Under the Stars  


Gather at the Highlands Center for Natural History amphitheater for this special concert from the Folk Sessions series on August 20, with performances by Celia, Rita Cantu and special guests. Hosted by Alexa MacDonald.  


Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Center's indoor Hall. For more information and tickets, visit the Folk Sessions website.  


Highlands Center for Natural History - 1375 S. Walker Rd. - 928-776-9550. 


Prescott Jazz Society11th Annual Prescott Jazz Summit   


The 11th annual Prescott Jazz Summit is a three-day festival featuring prominent nationally and internationally acclaimed jazz musicians from around the country performing in five concerts throughout downtown Prescott, August 26-28.

Concert tickets can be purchased online at the Prescott Jazz Summit website or at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce (117 W. Goodwin) and Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley). For more information, call 928-830-2463.


Friday, August 26

12:00pm: Free jazz concert at Courthouse Plaza at the Gazebo

5:00 to 7:00pm:  Meet and mingle with the musicians at a reception at Monks Restaurant

7:30pm: Concert with dancing at the Elks Opera House


Saturday, August 27

1:00 to 3:30pm: Concert with dancing at Hotel St. Michael

7:30pm: Gala concert at Ruth Street Theatre featuring the Festival All Star Big Band and renowned musicians with "A Tribute to the Great Big Bands"


Sunday, August 28

10:00am to 3:00pm: Jazz Brunch followed by an afternoon concert at the Hassayampa Inn


The Prescott High School Jazz Ensemble will kick off one of the evening concerts.


Stacey Earle & Mark StuartThe Folk Sessions: Stacey Earle & Mark Stuart    


A show not to miss, Stacey and Mark reach back and grab songs of the past, then fast  forward to present and into the future. Stacey and Mark are each veteran "Dukes" (of Steve Earle and the Dukes), with Stacey being Steve Earl's sister.


August 28 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. In case of rain, the concert will be held in the Center's indoor Hall. For more information and tickets, visit the Folk Sessions website.

Highlands Center for Natural History - 1375 S. Walker Rd. - 928-776-9550.


Pow Wow

5th Annual "Elders Embracing Youth" Pow Wow


Watson Lake Park hosts this annual gathering September 2-4. The Prescott Pow Wow Committee's mission is to provide socio-cultural opportunities that bridge the inter-generational relationships between Native Youth and Elders.


The "Elders Embracing Youth" Pow Wow provides a positive venue to support that mission. This was only possible because of thoughtful donations from individuals, tribes, businesses and organizations.


Concert on Friday Sep. 2 with special guest Jay Begaye. Free camping/showers for drummers, dancers and vendors.


Open to the public, no admission fee. Absolutely no drugs or alcohol on premises.


For vendor information, call 928-776-4521 or email  Visit the Pow Wow website or Facebook page for more information.  


Smoki MuseumBizarre Bazaar 


Visit the Smoki Museum on September 3 for the annual Bizarre Bazaar, a fun and wacky fundraiser for the Museum. Volunteers, members and friends bring by their unwanted items, (everything but clothing, shoes, large furniture and non-working items!!) and sell them in a one-day, super-sized "yard sale" inside the Pueblo.  

All proceeds benefit the Smoki Museum! There usually is a large selection of books (most on Indian life and culture), as well as craft items, baked goods, and fun stuff. A must-attend for those yard sale/garage sale junkies!

Smoki Museum - 147 N. Arizona Ave. - 928-445-1230. 


AZ Centennial Best Fest logoPrescott Best Fest


This three-day festival covers downtown Prescott September 16-18 and will honor Arizona's diverse and vibrant culture, featuring the "Best of Arizona" through sundry activities such as Arts and Crafts, an American Indian Village, military flyovers and performances by Arizona entertainers.


In addition, the festival will promote "Local First Arizona" and feature the many wineries and micro breweries, locally renowned restaurants, top chefs, foods, and merchandise crafted right here in Arizona. The Centennial Commission will be working with existing festivals and events requesting that they bring their "best" to these festivals.


Click here to learn more about what's going on--and where--during the Best Fest. Also be sure to visit the Prescott Daily Courier's excellent microsite dedicated to the Centennial and Best Fest.

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.



thru October 30 

Free Downtown Walking Tours

Prescott Chamber of Commerce

Every Friday-Sunday, 10 am 

117 W. Goodwin St., Prescott


thru October 16 

Native Myths & Legends II

Phippen Museum of Western Art

4701 Hwy. 89 North, Prescott


thru September 30 

Guided Summer Mural Tours

Prescott Chamber of Commerce

Every Friday & Saturday, 11 am & 2 pm 

117 W. Goodwin St., Prescott 


August 19 - September 14 

New Works by James Todd

Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery

228 N. Alarcon St., Prescott 


August 25 - September 21 

The Pottery of Sandy & David Terry

Arts Prescott Gallery 

134 N. Montezuma St., Prescott 


September 11 

9-11 Commemoration

Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 3-5 pm 

120 S. Cortez St., Prescott 


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For information, please call 800-266-7534.