Prescott Office of Tourism - April 2012 News



Prescott Office of Tourism Newsletter

April 2012

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Prescott Golf Specials

Several of our hotels and bed & breakfasts are running a special golf package with Antelope Hills (1 Perkins Dr.), which features two championship 18-hole courses.

Visit our Lodging Specials page to see participating properties and package details. Most golf specials run April through October.  


"George & The Cowboy Artists"

This special exhibit at the Phippen Museum of Western Art (4701 Hwy. 89 N.) runs through April 22 and  features the works of George Phippen and the Cowboy
Artists of America.


"Jazz at the Museum"

The Rob Ratner Jazz Band performs a "Bebop Jazz" program at Sharlot Hall Museum's Blue Rose Theater, (415 W. Gurley St.) on April 1 at 2:30 pm. Tickets are $10 ($8 for Museum members) in advance and $14 at the door. Call 928-445-3122 for tickets and information; seating is limited.


"Byway of Arizona"
Music Series 

Flagstaff's Tony Norris presents his fireside stories and music at Sharlot Hall Museum (415 W. Gurley St.) on April 7 at 7:30 pm.

"He's one part favorite uncle, one part history teacher, and one part camp storyteller," notes Darcy Falk, founder of Flagstaff Children's Museum.

Tickets are $10 ($8 for Museum members) in advance and $14 at the door. Call
928-445-3122 for tickets and information; seating is limited.


Audubon Bird Walk 


Explore avian life in the Prescott area during this free birding event at the Highlands Center for Natural History (1375 S. Walker Rd.) on April 14 at 8:00 am. 


Smoki Museum
Wine Tasting 


This super fun event on April 21 features the best parings of wine and food! $60 per person at the Wyndham Garden Hotel (4499 Hwy. 69) in Prescott, 6:00 pm. Call for menu and event details. Fundraiser for the Smoki Museum.

Call the Smoki for reservations: 928-445-1230.


Free Admission to the Zoo  


Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary offers FREE admission to the Zoo (1403 Heritage Park Rd.) on April 28. Come visit their 150+ residents, experience interactive animal encounters, meet some animals up-close, jump in the bounce house provided by Freedom Station and get wet while playing on the
splash pad at NO CHARGE.

Concessions will be available. This is a great time to bring your family and
experience our local zoo.


Pioneering Women Artists

Phippen Museum of Western Art


"Pioneering Women Artists: Arizona's Historical Women Artists (1905-1945)", currently showing at the Phippen Museum of Western Art (4701 Hwy. 89 N.), is an Arizona Legacy Project featuring some of the early women pioneers of fine art. Runs through July 8. 


4th Friday Art Walk


Undertake a self-guided tour starting at 5:00 pm on April 27 through some of downtown Prescott's premiere  

galleries and experience a magical mystery tour of art. Pick up your Art Walk map  

at the Prescott Chamber of Commerce (117 W. Goodwin St.) or online.

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 Following is a sample of events taking place in Prescott during the coming month. For a more comprehensive calendar of events, as well as information about lodging, dining, outdoor adventure, shopping and more, please visit our website at


Naturalist Field Days

April 4-28

Highlands Center for Natural History, 7:30 & 9:00 am

1375 S. Walker Rd., Prescott

Explore nature with volunteer naturalists on Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7:30 and 9:00 am. Adults and children welcome. Please come prepared with water, comfortable walking shoes and layers. FREE!

Effective dates: April 4,7, 11, 14, 18, 21, 25 and 28.


"Piano Man"

April 7

Elks Opera House, 7:00 pm

117 E. Gurley St., Prescott 


Two true Superstars, Billy Joel and Elton John, come to life in this multimedia tribute starring Terry Davies. Backed by his amazing 9-piece band, you'll be singing, standing, laughing and crying as you witness in sights and sounds, the amazing music and memories created by Billy and Elton, two of the most successful artists in the history of rock and roll.

You may purchase tickets by calling the Box Office at 928-777-1370, or by visiting their website. Box Office hours are Tue-Fri from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm.  


4th Annual Eggstravaganza

April 8

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary  

1403 Heritage Park Rd., Prescott


Grab the kids and head on over to Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary for their Fourth Annual Eggstravaganza and become an animal "Egg"spert!  

Gates will open at 10:00 am on Sunday, April 8.  It's an egg hunt like no other starting at 11:00 am with three different age groups! Animals will receive their own special Easter Egg hunt.

There will be hot dogs, chips, snacks and beverages available. This event is FREE with paid admission, $8.00/adult, $7.00/senior, $5.00/children 3-12, under 3 is free. Members admission is FREE.


Prescott Film FestivalPrescott Film Festival Screening 

April 11

Yavapai College Performance Hall, 7:00 pm 

1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott


This fascinating documentary from Canada looks towards outer space and asks the question, "Is Star Wars happening now?" Interviews include several key US military personnel, Noam Chomsky, and actor Martin Sheen.

The US Department of Defense's public relations office decided to grant the filmmaker and his crew access to the locations they requested. It was the first time most of the Air Force Space Command bases have been filmed by a civilian crew. Tickets available at the door: $7 general admission; $5 seniors, students and Yavapai College staff.



The 39 Steps

April 12-21

Prescott Center for the Arts

208 N. Marina St., Prescott


The play's concept calls for the entirety of the 1935 adventure film The 39 Steps to be performed nearly verbatim onstage, but with a cast of four. One actor plays the hero, Richard Hannay, an actress plays the three women with whom he has romantic entanglements, and two other actors play every other character in the show: heroes, villains, men, women, children and even the occasional inanimate object.

This often requires lightning fast quick changes and occasionally for them to play multiple characters at once. Thus the film's serious spy story is played mainly for laughs, and the script is full of allusions to (and puns on the titles of) other Alfred Hitchcock films, including Rear Window, Psycho and North by Northwest.

April 12-14 & 19-21: 7:30 pm
April 15 & 21: 2:00 pm


Mata Ortiz Show & Sale

April 14 & 15

Smoki Museum, 10:00 am

147 N. Arizona Ave., Prescott


Mata Ortiz Show & Sale featuring Lucy Mora and Lorenso Bugarini. Starting at 10:00 am on April 14 in the Smoki Pueblo, see how Mata Ortiz pottery is made: from clay work, to design, and even a firing in the afternoon. Pottery will be available for purchase in the Trading Post at incredibly low prices.


Chalk it Up! Prescott

April 21 & 22

Foothills Bank Plaza
, 10:00 am

201 N. Montezuma St., Prescott


Last year, more than 900 artists created some fantastic art, drawing more than 1,000 spectators to watch them work.

This free, family-friendly event is intended to cultivate and support the creativity in people of all ages and abilities. Participants get their own four-foot by four-foot space and a box of 12 pastel chalks for their creation (you may supply your own chalk as well, but only if it is water-based).

If you are the ambitious sort and would like a larger space in which to unleash your muse, then call Sharon at 928-308-8762 (or email to preregister. Everyone is welcome. 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. 


Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike Race

April 27-29

Various Prescott locations

The challenging course, festival atmosphere and superb organization of "the Whiskey" attract a large number of riders, supporters and spectators. This year the popular bike race offers a $30,000 cash purse. Online and snail-mail registration forms can be found at

Amateur athletes and kids will enjoy their choice of graduated distance options including a 15 Proof, 25 Proof, 50 Proof or 2 Proof kids course (1 proof = 1 mile). All events will start and finish in the center of downtown Prescott on Whiskey Row (the 100 block of South Montezuma Street).

Back by popular demand--after a year's hiatus--are Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers to headline the live entertainment. With style edges from reggae to mariachi, you'll want to kick off your shoes and dance on the Courthouse Plaza lawn with a few thousand happy rockers. Just bring two canned goods for donation to the Yavapai County Food Bank and enjoy the beer gardens provided by New Belgium Brewing.

In addition to the mountain bike 'happenings', event attendees will have 3 awesome days of opportunity to soak up mountain bike culture amongst downtown Prescott's fine establishments including a large assortment of locally owned and operated bars, breweries, coffee shops, restaurants, art galleries, flowing streams, elm tree canopies and the sprawling Courthouse Plaza lawn.