Prescott Office of Tourism - September News

Prescott, Arizona

Prescott Office of Tourism

September 2011

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  Guided Summer Mural Tours


Mural Tour   

The Mural Mice of the Prescott Downtown Mural Project will be conducting mural tours all summer long. Guided walking tours depart from the Prescott Chamber of Commerce (117 W. Goodwin St.) at 11 am and 2 pm every Friday and Saturday, through September 30.


 View Prescott's colorful history written on the walls and learn about the living cultures that make this community great. Featured attractions include the "Granite Creek Watershed Mural", the "Beyond Words" mural at Prescott Public Library, and "Art for All," Prescott's art history mural on Granite Street.


For more information, contact the Prescott Chamber of Commerce at 928-445-2000.



Free Downtown Walking Tours


Downtown Walking Tour


Lace up your comfy shoes, grab your water bottle and take a stroll back in history with the Prescott Chamber of Commerce on its 2011 Walking Tours.


Running through October 30, one of nine guides will set out at 10:00 am each Friday, Saturday and Sunday from the Visitor Information Center at 117 W. Goodwin Street. The center, managed by the Prescott Chamber of Commerce, is the city's officially designated tourism location for the state of Arizona.


Volunteers conduct the Walking Tours from their starting point outside the Chamber office as long as the weather co-operates and there are no special events that weekend on the Courthouse Square.


Reservations for the free (donations appreciated) Walking Tours are requested for parties of eight or more. Special tours can be arranged with Chamber officials at cost of $2 per person, which is donated to the Visitor Information Center to support local tourism.


Questions about the Walking Tours can be directed to the Chamber volunteers at 928-445-2000 or by stopping by the Visitor Information Center. A complete schedule of the tours also is available online at




WAR in Concert 


WAR in Concert     

Freewheeling WAR mixed rock, jazz, and soul influences into a spicy stew throughout the '70s, resulting in a series of R&B and pop hits sporting funky melodies and politically aware messages.


WAR takes the stage at Tim's Toyota Center in Prescott Valley on Saturday, September 24 at 7:30 pm.  


Formed in Long Beach in 1969, the large combo initially served as rocker Eric Burdon's group, backing the ex-Animal on his 1970 million-seller "Spill the Wine." Bidding Burdon adieu, the band signed with United Artists in 1971 and enjoyed its first smash the next year with "Slippin' into Darkness." Tapping into a sizzling, horn-fueled rock/soul synthesis, "The World Is a Ghetto," "The Cisco Kid" and "Why Can't We Be Friends?" all went gold during the mid-'70s. Despite numerous personnel and label changes, WAR remained eminent throughout the '80s.


In the early '90s, WAR experienced a revival, partially due to the fact that all of their albums were reissued. But the group was also acknowledged as a primary influence on contemporary R&B and hip-hop. WAR returned to recording in 1994 capitalize on their new-found popularity.


Click here for information and tickets. 




4th Annual Prescott Area Artists' Studio Tour  


Studio Tour 

This is a juried and self-guided tour of art and the artists who create it, at work in their respective studios. The tour runs from September 30 through October 2, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Meet the artists and watch them working in their studio. More than 50 artists in 23 locations
throughout Prescott, Prescott Valley and Chino Valley. Artists work in ceramics, painting, glass,
jewelry, photography, sculpture, wood, mixed media and more.

Call 928-708-9207 or click here for more information.

Photo Contest

Visit Prescott Photo Contest  


The Visit Prescott Photo Contest launched on August 23 on our Facebook page, and we're looking for your best photographs of Prescott.

Enter now to win a grand prize of an overnight stay for two at the Marriott SpringHill Suites and a $50 gift certificate to The Palace Restaurant & Saloon. The contest runs through November 23--winner announced December 5.

CLICK HERE to enter now!.

AZ Centennial Best Fest logoArizona Best Fest   

Arizona celebrates its 100th birthday on February 14, 2012. But before that, a host of parties across the state will take place to commemorate the forthcoming centennial, and Prescott is first on the list.

From September 16 to 18, nine square blocks of downtown Prescott will be turned into the biggest traveling "Arizona Museum" in history. This free family event features food, fun and entertainment! Jordin Sparks, Wayne Newtown, The Tubes and more. Free park and ride will be available to and from the event! 

Enjoy wine and beer tastings, costumed historical re-creationists, a special Centennial film festival, arts show, the Arizona Cowboy Poets at Yavapai College Performance Hall and more.

Learn more about what's taking place in Prescott during Best Fest by clicking here.

See the commercial for the Best Fest here:



Highlands Center for Natural HistoryHighlands Center for
Natural History  


Prescott's Highlands Center for Natural History (1375 S. Walker Rd.) is a non-profit science and ecological education organization that helps children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land.  


Following are some upcoming events at the Highlands Center which aim to accomplish those goals.


Naturalist Field Days
Thru Sep. 28  

Explore nature with volunteer naturalists on Wednesdays and Saturdays in September. Adults and kids are welcome. Please come prepared with warm layers, water and comfortable walking shoes. Two departure times of 8:00 and 10:30 am. Free. September 3, 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 24 & 28.


Grow Native! Plant Sale & Educational Festival

Sep. 10 - 9:00 am to 2:00 pm 

Largest selection of native plants, vendor fair and workshops. Support the Highlands Center programs and complete your fall gardening in one weekend!

This popular sale happens twice a year, the first full weekend in May and the second weekend in September. The Highlands Center carries a wide variety of regional native plants, and host educational presentations throughout the day. Check their website periodically for updated information. 


Audubon Bird Walk

Sep. 10 - 8:00 am

Experience the stunning amount of avian life we have here in Prescott with an Audubon Bird Walk. Free.


Take a Hike! Hiking Spree Kickoff
Sep. 24 - 9:30 am
Twelve exciting new trails to explore! Hike 8 and you could win a gift card to Manzanita Outdoor and earn a collectible medallion and stick! Check their website for details. Free.


Insights Into the Outdoors: Bug Man
Sep. 30 - 6:00 pm
University of Arizona bug man, Carl Olson, provides some fascinating insights into the wonderful world of insects. Free.   


To learn more about the events and activities at the Highlands Center, or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, visit their website


Shash the American Black BearBreakfast with the Bear  

Join Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park Rd.) on Saturday, September 10 from 9:00 to 10:30 am for Breakfast with the Bear. Enjoy a continental breakfast; learn about Shash, the Sanctuary's American Black Bear; view bear artifacts; and do a craft all while he is being fed a special breakfast treat.

Pre-registration is required. The cost is $20 for Sanctuary members and $25 for non-members.  

Each paying adult may bring one child 12 or under for free! Children must be accompanied by an adult. For registration and more information about Breakfast with the Bear, please call 928-778-4242, visit their website or stop by their gift shop for a brochure. 


Prescott Center for the Arts

Prescott Center for the Arts Presents "Love Letters"


Written by A.R. Gurney and performed by JP Perpich and Joanne Robertson, the play centers on just two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III.


Two performances of the play will take place at 2:00 and 7:30 pm on Saturday, September 10.


Using the epistolary form sometimes found in novels, they sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards - in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats - that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.


Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama.


Don Edwards - Arizona Cowboy Poets

Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering


The Arizona Cowboy Poets will be giving their annual performance at the Elks Opera House (117 E. Gurely St.) and at Yavapai College (1100 E. Sheldon St.) from September 15-17, during the Arizona Best Fest.


Don Edwards kicks off the Gathering at the historic Elks Opera House on Thursday, September 15 at 7:00 pm, accompanied by a handful of guest performers in a two-hour presentation.

Tickets are $27 and can be obtained by visiting the Elks Opera House Box Office Tue-Fri from 10 am to 2 pm. You may also call 928-777-1370 or purchase them online.

During the day on Friday, September 16 and Saturday, September 17, there will be concurrent sessions featuring cowboy poets and musicians from around the state of Arizona, along with guest perfomers from other states. A full schedule can be found in the centerfold of the program, which will be available at the mercantile located inside the Yavapai College Performance Hall on campus.

The Friday night performance (September 16, 7:00 pm) at Yavapai College Performance Hall features Bill Snow, Jr. along with Canadian Eli Barsi in her first visit to Prescott. They will be joined by four poets and singers to round out the two-hour show. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online.

The Saturday night performance (September 17, 7:00 pm) at Yavapai College Performance Hall features The Desert Sons from Tucson, AZ. This quartet has been a part of the Gathering in Prescott for 23 years, and bring with them the fabulous harmony of the Sons of the Pioneers and many of the old songs from that era. They'll throw in a few new ones written by their lead singer, Buck Ryberg and other contemporary cowboy entertainers. They will be joined by five poets and singers for this exciting night show. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased online.

Learn more about the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering by clicking here, and by visiting their website.


shootout on whiskey row

Prescott Western Heritage Days 


The annual Western Heritage Days will take place during the Centennial Best Fest, September 16-18, in downtown Prescott at the "Western Village" stage on Montezuma Street, between Gurley and Goodwin.

The Prescott Western Heritage Foundation, Inc., in partnership with The Prescott Regulators & Their Shady Ladies, Inc., have joined forces to create Prescott Western Heritage Days, an event that showcases Prescott and Yavapai County from 1864 until 1912. This period represents the time from when Prescott became the first territorial capital until Arizona became the 48th state.

Prescott Western Heritage Days will host the largest gathering of re-enactors in Arizona and will be a part of the Best Fest's "Western Village", located on world famous Whiskey Row.

Click here to learn more about Prescott Western Heritage Days, or visit their website


SHM sign"Building A State in Apache Land" 


With the state Centennial approaching, what better way to connect with Arizona's history than to get to know "the Father of Arizona," Charles Debrille Poston?   


Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley St.) provides that opportunity from September 16-24 when it presents "Building a State in Apache Land," an original play that tells the captivating story of the eccentric Mr. Poston.  


Friday, September 16, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 17, 2 pm and 7:30 pm
Thursday, September 22, 6:30 pm
Friday, September 23, 7:30 pm
Saturday, September 24, 2 pm and 7:30 pm.    


Call 928-445-3122 for tickets and information. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Museum members) in advance and $14 at the door; seating is limited. Click here to learn more about this play. 


CorvetteHistoric Prescott All Corvette Car Show 


Prescott's downtown tree-lined Courthouse Plaza hosts the All Corvette Car Show on Saturday, September 24 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. Cars will be on display along Cortez, Goodwin and Montezuma streets around Courthouse Plaza.

There will be vendors, raffles, a DJ and live radio broadcast, including at least three awards in all six classes, and an additional six specialty awards. New this year is a "Kids Zone" on the southeast corner of Montezuma and Goodwin Streets (empty lot).

Special appearance by the Shinoda C4 Corvette that appeared at the 100th anniversary 2011 Indy 500 this last May.  

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.



September 11  

Empty Bowls

Prescott Courthouse Plaza 

10:00 am to 1:00 pm 

120 S. Cortez St., Prescott


September 11  

9/11 Commemoration

Prescott Courthouse Plaza 

3:00 to 5:00 pm

120 S. Cortez St., Prescott 


September 23  

Riders in the Sky

Yavapai College Performance Hall, 7:30 pm  

1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott   


September 24 

The Viola!

Prescott Center for the Arts, 7:30 pm 

208 N. Marina St., Prescott 


September 25 

Antiques on the Square

Prescott Courthouse Plaza

9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

120 S. Cortez St., Prescott 



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For information, please call 800-266-7534.