News from City of Prescott Office of Tourism






Free Downtown Walking Tours

Undertake free, guided historic walking tours of downtown Prescott every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October 26 at 10:00 am. Just meet outside the Chamber of Commerce (117 W. Goodwin Street) 10-15 minutes before 10

for your tour.


Walking tours are not conducted when there are special events on Courthouse Plaza. Visit the Chamber of Commerce website under "Community Calendar" for walking tour details.


"Hopi Summer"

Smoki Museum

Based On the Book by Carolyn O'Bagy Davis, this exhibit features Hopi pottery and memorabilia reflecting the Hopi community in the 1920's.

The book describes a trip by an Eastern family to the Hopi mesas in 1927 and an amazing friendship that family developed with a Hopi family.  

The exhibit includes several photographs that depict the struggles of travel at that time,  as well as features of the Hopi community.

The book, Hopi Summer, was selected in 2011 by OneBookAz as the book Arizonans have chosen as the one they want to read. Many of the items in the exhibit are on loan from Wesleyan University.


"Centennial Canvas"

SHM sign

"Centennial Canvas: Paintings by Prescott Artists" is Sharlot Hall Museum's exhibition and sale of new paintings by 10 prominent Prescott artists that capture the beauty and culture of the Prescott area.

The exhibit is being held in conjunction with Arizona's centennial celebration. Visit the Museum at 415 W. Gurley Street--this exhibition runs through September 9. 

Prescott Office of Tourism


This is a special newsletter of the City of Prescott Office of Tourism, highlighting the upcoming annual Prescott Film Festival (August 1-8) and offering a selection of other area events taking place during that time.



Prescott Film Festival

August 1-8

Yavapai College
1100 E. Sheldon St.


The Prescott Film Festival is packed with fantastic films, workshops and guest filmmakers
this year.

Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Blake will conduct a workshop at the Prescott Public Library (215 E. Goodwin Street) on Saturday morning, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.  

The film festival will salute Arizona's Centennial this year at the Festival's annual wine tasting. Enjoy a screening of the classic film Dances with Wolves. Michael Blake wrote the book on which the film is based in Bisbee, Arizona, along with the screenplay for which he won an Academy Award. To further link the book, film and Arizona, the Prescott Film Festival will feature wines from Cochise County at the wine tasting; Arizona Stronghold and Lawrence Dunham.  

This year the Prescott Film Festival will screen over 80 films from August 1-8 on the campus of Yavapai College (1100 E. Sheldon Street). The college boasts an 1,100 seat theatre newly remodeled with a 10,000 lumen projector and Dolby Surround Sound.  

Additional rooms have been upgraded and are ready for audiences to enjoy first class entertainment in comfortable and convenient surrounding. Take advantage of free, all-day parking lots and theaters within walking distance of each other. Box lunches, along with classic movie treats, will be available at the snack bar.  

Many guest filmmakers are scheduled to attend the screenings of their films and there will be Q & A sessions after each film when the filmmakers are present.  

Stunt Man Joe Pronto promises a fun and informative workshop as he talks about his experiences in Hollywood. Mr. Pronto did stunts for films from The French Connection to Blazing Saddles.

To buy tickets and passes, visit the festival website at Find the films you want to see and click on the yellow "Buy Tickets" link. Alternately, you may call the Festival Box Office at 928-458-7209 or head over to the Festival Box Office (Building 15, behind the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center). The Box Office is open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Saturday starting July 19


Prescott Film Festival Workshops

August 1-5

Various locations


The Prescott Film Festival features seven FREE workshops this year on topics such as improvisation and stunt work. Following is a complete schedule of the workshops

Joe Pronto Presents: The Life and Times of a Hollywood Stuntman
August 1, 3-5 pm
Yavapai College
Building 15 Room 209

Sam Ingraffia & Doug Burch Present: To Don't List; 10 Things Not to Do While Making an Independent Film
August 2, 3-5 pm
Yavapai College
Building 15, Room 209

Sam Ingraffia & Doug Burch Present: From Script Development to Film Distribution
August 3, 3-5 pm
Yavapai College
Building 15, Room 209

Dances with Wolves Academy Award® Winning Screenwriter Michael Blake  
August 4, 10 am-12 noon
Prescott Public Library
Founder's Suite A & B

Sean Kapera Presents: IMPROV; Improvisational Acting and Theatre Games 
August 4, 2-4 pm
Yavapai College
Building 15, Room 209

Sean Kapera Presents: SAG-AFTRA: Working with Professional Performers; Yeah, It's Possible!  
August 5, 12-1:30 pm
Yavapai College
Building 15, Room 209

Vince Duque Presents: Hollywood: Easy to Get In; Hard to Stay In
August 5, 2-4 pm
Yavapai College
Building 15, Room 209 


Downtown Summer Concert Series

Thru September 5

Prescott Courthouse Plaza
120 S. Cortez St.


Enjoy free, live entertainment every Tuesday through Friday (and some Saturdays), June 1
through September 5.

Jazz every Tuesday, movies every other Wednesday, Prescott Karaoke Idol every Thursday, and
various bands on Fridays and Saturdays.

August 1 - Movies in the Park: "Yours, Mine and Ours"
August 2 - Prescott Karaoke Idol
August 3 - Rhythm Guild (rock/blues/jazz)
August 7 - Jazz a la Mode (jazz)
August 8 - Lynx Creek Cloggers


Zoo By Moonlight

Thru September 30

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
1403 Heritage Park Rd.
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary


It's a full moon at the zoo--come out for a howling good time. Bring your flashlight or buy
one there for Zoo by Moonlight at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary. Come see their
nocturnal residents out and about. Special admission prices: Members $3, non-members $5,
under 3 is always FREE.

For more information call 928-778-4242 x16 or visit the Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary website.

Additional dates:
August 31
September 30


"History Meets Hollywood"

August 4

Hassayampa Inn, 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
122 E. Gurley St.


Some moments are meant to be golden. The spotlight shines brightly for a very special
afternoon at Prescott's historic Hassayampa Inn. Enjoy the ambiance of the hotel's lobby
where early silver screen star Tom Mix rode his horse up the grand staircase.

Lunch, then immerse yourself in an engaging forum as historians illuminate how Arizona's Western heritage influenced the development of early Hollywood Western cinema.

Hosted by Bob Boze Bell and Julie Ann Ream.

Featruing a no host lunch and bar, discusssion panels, book signings, silent auction, raffle prizes, and Hollywood and Yavapai County film memorabilia.

Additional guest appearances by Michael Blake (screenwriter, Dances with Wolves), Tantoo Cardinal (Medicine Woman, Dances with Wolves), Marshall Trimble (Arizona Official State Historian) and additional VIP guests to be announced.

To learn more, email or visit their website.