Prescott Office of Tourism - October News

Prescott Office of Tourism

October 2011

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We have recently undertaken a mobile conversion of our website, so now mobile devices such as smartphones, pads and tablets can access information such as the events calendar, where to eat, where to sleep and maps to our many trail heads.


You can view the mobile site on your home computer by going to or by scanning the QR code above with your mobile device. 



Whiskey Off-Road Bike Race Video 



 Epic Rides, producers of the annual Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike Race, has put together a stunning video of last year's race.


The video features some great biking action, interviews with race participants and spectators, local merchants and of course that gorgeous natural beauty of Prescott


Click here to watch the video.


The Whiskey Off-Road returns next April and will feature a $30,000 grand prize, one of the largest in the nation for mountain biking. 




Prescott Film Festival  



The Prescott Film Festival takes place at various locations around Prescott, November 2-6.    

This year the festival expands to five days with more ground-breaking independent films, more innovative free workshops, more fascinating guest filmmakers, more fantastic parties and fun surprises.  There will be a fabulous opening night party, a wine tasting, and most important of all, a raft of great independent films.

Films will screen Wednesday through Sunday at various downtown Prescott locations. There will be inventive comedies, courageous dramas, provocative documentaries, inspiring Native American Films and, in honor of Arizona's Centennial, a special category just for Arizona filmmakers! Join us for a wonderful time in beautiful Prescott Arizona this fall!  It's going to be a marvelous party, and everyone is invited.   

Tickets go on sale October 10--visit their website for more information and to purchase tickets.


The Film Festival is not just for adults, either: the Prescott Public Library and the Friends of the Prescott Public Library have come together with the Prescott Film Festival to present a free day filled with independent children's films.


Join us on Saturday, November 5 for "Independent Films for Independent Kids" from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm with a one hour break for lunch at 12 pm. Films will be shown in the Founder's Suite at the library (215 E. Goodwin St.) in downtown Prescott.   




Weekly Events Videos   



In addition to our online calendar of events, you can now watch videos featuring selected upcoming events which are produced and uploaded every other week.

Just visit our website's "Upcoming Events" page and click the link to watch the video at the top of that page.    



We've been busy in recent weeks, adding photos of outdoor excursions and special events to our Flickr account.

Be sure to have a look, and remember that we're looking for your best photos of Prescott as part of our Visit Prescott Photo Contest. Click here to submit your entry.

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 toThe Palace Restaurant & Saloon. CLICK HERE to enter now 

Naturalist Field Days

The Highlands Center for Natural History (1375 S. Walker Rd.) offers free, guided area hikes led by volunteer naturalists every Wednesday and Friday in October. Adults and kids are welcome. Please come prepared with water, comfortable walking shoes and layers. There are two departure times of 8:00 and 10:30 am.

Effective dates are October 5, 8, 12, 15, 19, 22, 26 & 29.


Breakfast with the Wolves


Join Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park Rd.) and enjoy Breakfast with the wolves "Tasai" and "Imado" from 9:00 to 10:30 am on Saturday, October 8.   


The program includes entry to the zoo; a continental breakfast; wolf artifacts; and a craft, all while interacting with the keepers as they feed the wolves.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve your space or for more information, please call 928-778-4242.  


22nd Annual High Country Rod Run


Enjoy a magnificent selection of cars on Courthouse Plaza, Saturday October 8 from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. 


Open to 1972 and older American rods, customs and classics.


Awards presented at the end of the show at 2:00 pm.

For information, contact Frank Mayo (623-533-7839) or Dave Eagleburger (480-985-6792). Get your registration form online


Prescott Center for the Arts Presents "The Miracle Worker"


Join us at the Prescott Center for the Arts (208 N. Marina St.), October 13-22, for the true story of Helen Keller and Annie Sullivan's gripping battle to overcome impossible obstacles and the struggle to communicate.  As a young girl, Helen is stricken with scarlet fever, leaving her blind, mute and deaf leaving her unable to communicate.   


Frustrated and desperate, she flies into uncontrollable rages and tantrums, terrifying her family.  The gifted teacher, Annie Sullivan arrives to help Helen understand the world she's isolated from, freeing Helen from her internal prison. Visit their website to learn about the special dinner theatre package deal with Murphy's Restaurant and to purchase tickets. 


By William Gibson. Directed by Cathy Miller Hahn. 


October 13-15 & 20-22: 7:30 pm 

October 16 & 22: 2 pm  


The Wonderschlautt Festival 


You are invited to partake in three action-packed days of cycling events for all skill levels at the Wonderschlautt Festival on October 14-16 at the

Park Plaza Liquor & Deli (402 W. Goodwin St.).


and additional information.


Prescott Oktoberfest  


This year, supplement your craving for Oktoberfest with a bit of the Old West as Prescott celebrates this beer and brat holiday on October 15 along Gurley Street (between Montezuma and Cortez) in front of the Prescott Brewing Company at Bashford Courts.

There will be more than 30 different beers to sample and enjoy. Tasting is from noon to 5 pm, with live music from 5 to 10 pm. Los Guys of Phoenix performs at 6 pm and Prescott's own Filabusta takes the stage at 8 pm.

In addition to beer, enjoy bratwurst and hot dogs as well as pizza from Mama Eddas and samosas by Safari Samosas. 


Historic Women of Prescott Walking Tour    


The Arizona Women's Heritage Trail (AWHT) presents its inaugural "Historic Women of Prescott Walking Tour" on October 15.

The tour will begin in front of the Prescott mural at the Granite Street Parking Garage, on Granite just south of Gurley. The walking tour will take approximately one hour, ending at the last historic site, Sharlot Hall Museum, where a reception will be held. 

There is no charge for the tour or the reception, although parking fees may apply.  
Maps of the Historic Women of Prescott Walking Tour will be available at several locations in Prescott, including the Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley St.) and the Chamber of Commerce (117 W. Goodwin St.), among other locations. Additionally, the map is accessible in October on the AWHT website.   


Ronstadt Generations 


Ronstadt Generations performs at the Elks Opera House (117 E. Gurley) on October 16 at 2:00 pm. This musical ensemble represents the multi-cultural roots America was founded upon. Dating back five generations in North America, Michael J. Ronstadt, younger brother of Linda Ronstadt, continues the family tradition with his two sons, Michael G. and Petie, along with John Hisle, referred to fondly as his adopted son.  

These four voices--all multi-instrumentalists and solo artists in their own right--bring to life a repertoire that reaches back to the end of the 19th century while continually looking ahead into the 21st, with a rich innovation of original material alongside traditional Southwestern and Mexican songs.   


The Official Blues Brothers Revue   


"It's 106 miles to Chicago, we got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it's dark... and we're wearing sunglasses."


John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd started something big with their signature characters, The Blues Brothers, during the heyday of Saturday Night Live.


Now more than 30 years later, the characters of Jake and Elwood Blues have succeeded in getting the band back together and they will be performing October 21 at the

Yavapai College Performance Hall (1100 E. Sheldon St.). 


"It's got a cop motor, a 440 cubic inch plant, it's got cop tires, cop suspension, cop shocks. It's a model made before catalytic converters so it'll run good on regular gas. What do you say, is it the new Bluesmobile or what?" 


Halloween in Prescott       

This October, Prescott invites you to take part in a host of ghoulishly delightful haunts and horrors to celebrate Halloween.

From seeking out restless, roaming revenants to costume contests to hearing about Prescott's history from those (long dead) citizens who lived it, Prescott has activities and events for adults and kids alike.

Halloween comes but once a year, so muster your courage and plan your trek to Prescott for the fall.

Click here to see what's going on in Prescott for Halloween. 

Upcoming Events


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.



October 8 & 9  

20th Annual Fall Fest in the Park

Prescott Courthouse Plaza 

9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

120 S. Cortez St., Prescott


October 8   

Poco & Pure Prairie League

Yavapai College Performance Hall  

7:30 pm

1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott 


October 9   

The Return of Gypsy Soul

Prescott Center for the Arts

7:30 pm 

208 N. Marina St., Prescott   


October 16 

Old Firehouse Plaza

8:00 am

220 W. Goodwin St., Prescott 


October 22  

TR3 Duathlon

Pioneer Park

1200 Commerce Dr., Prescott 





For information, please call 800-266-7534.