Prescott Office of Tourism - October 2012 Newsletter



Prescott Office of Tourism Newsletter

October 2012

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Packages & Specials

What's better than getting away from the hustle and bustle to a gorgeous mile-high mountain retreat?
Taking advantage of cost discounts, of course!

We've got several lodging packages and specials on our website, incorporating elements from golf to shopping to family fun, you'll be sure to find something to suit your tastes and pocketbook. Go there now to begin planning your next trip to Prescott! 


Annual Tourism Summit

Arizona Office of Tourism Director Sherry Henry and
Deputy Director Mark Stanton join the staff of the City of Prescott Office of Tourism at the Hassayampa Inn's Marina Ballroom (122 E. Gurley Street) for a breakfast meeting on October 23 at 8:30 am to discuss the efforts undertaken to market the area to tourists.

Space is limited. Please RSVP with your payment of $15.00 per person to: City of Prescott, Office of Tourism, 201 S. Cortez, Prescott, AZ 86303. Payment by check only to "City of Prescott". RSVP and payment must be received no later than October 19, 2012.


Naturalist Field Days

Highlands Center for Natural History

Explore nature with volunteer naturalists on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Highlands Center for Natural History (1375 S. Walker Road) at 10:00 am.
Adults and children welcome. Please come prepared with water, comfortable walking shoes and layers. Free!

Effective dates: October 3, 6, 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 27 and 31.. 


Woody Guthrie
Tribute Concert

Sharlot Hall Museum kicks off its 34th Annual Folk Music Festival with a special concert to pay tribute to one of folk music's true heroes, Woody Guthrie. Enjoy performances from a wide variety of musicians and groups, including D-Squared, Women In Song, DB Reilly, Parker Anderson, Joe Bethancourt, Gail Steiger, and Soul Creek with Terry Berrett.

Tickets are just $15 and can be purchased by calling 928-777-1367 or by going online


Prescott Oktoberfest  


Experience over 50 craft beers while listening to the best bands in Arizona during the Prescott Oktoberfest on October 6 on Gurley Street in front of Prescott Brewing Company at Bashford Courts. $15.00 entry fee gets you a commemorative glass and six sampling tickets.

Additional tickets can be purchased for $1.00 each. Brats and beer served from 12:00 to 8:00 pm. Bands play at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00 pm.  


High Country Rod Run  

The 23rd annual Prescott High Country Rod Run Car Show is open to 1972 and older American rods, customs and classic cars and trucks.

Join us on Prescott Courthouse Plaza on October 6 from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm. There will be door prizes, 50/50 and awards plus lots of antique shops and restaurants. Fun for the whole family.. 


Breakfast with the Wolf

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary


Enjoy a Continental breakfast at Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary (1403 Heritage Park Road) on October 13 from 9:00 to 10:30 am, while the Sanctuary's keepers feed Imado the wolf, share interesting facts and artifacts, and conclude the program with a craft.

Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members. Pre-registration is required--call 928-778-4242 to reserve your space.   


21st Annual FallFest in the
Park Arts & Crafts Show 

Prescott Courthouse Plaza

Two days of treasure hunting are in store during the FallFest in the Park Arts & Crafts Show on Prescott Courthouse Plaza on October 13 & 14.  More than 100 vendors will be on hand, showing and selling fine art, jewelry, food and much more. Call 928-445-2000 for more information. 


Wonderschlautt Festival

Don't miss the 2012 Wonderschlautt Festival on October 19 & 20 at Park Plaza Liquor & Deli (402 W. Goodwin Street). What is Wonderschlautt? In a nutshell, an event for mountain bike riders put on by mountain bikers with mountain biking in mind.

The Wonderschlautt is an event that celebrates the many aspects of mountain biking and cycling culture in general. The goal is to create a festival with this in mind and find a way to gather as many like-minded people as possible and have a great time in the cool pines of Prescott, Arizona.

With options ranging from the monster Wonderschlautt Epic itself to rides designed for kids... there will be something for every skill level and interest.

As long as you enjoy two knobby tires rolling beneath you there is no better place to be than the Wonderschlautt this October.

And remember, There are ZERO fees to participate in ANY rides scheduled for the Wonderschluatt Festival.


Halloween Happening 

Highlands Center for Natural History

Celebrate Fall at the Highlands Center for Natural History (1375 S. Walker Road) on October 26 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. Enjoy arts, live animals, fire-side fables,   treats, and cool stations. $5 adults, $2 kids under 13. Call 928-776-9550 for more information. 


"Shadows of the Mesa" 

Phippen Museum of Western Art

This new exhibit at the Phippen Museum of Western Art (4701 Hwy. 89 North) opens October 27 and runs through February 3. The works displayed explore the many famous artists  who visited Kayenta during the early 20th century through their paintings, illustrations, and photography. 

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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


"Rabbit Hole"

October 4-13
Prescott Center for the Arts

208 N. Marina St., Prescott 


In this heartwarming, heart-wrenching and often humorous story, Becca and Howie Corbett have everything a family could want, until a life-shattering accident turns their world upside down, leaving the couple drifting perilously apart. "Rabbit Hole" charts their bittersweet search for comfort in the darkest of places and for a path that will lead them back into the light of day. Winner of the 2007 Pulitzer Prize. Adult content.

By David Lindsay-Abaire. Directed by Jean Lippincott.

October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 & 13 - 7:30 pm
October 7 & 13 - 2:00 pm

For tickets, call 928-445-3286 or purchase them online.


National Circus of the
People's Republic of China 

October 5
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, 7:30 pm
1100 E. Sheldon St., Prescott


Direct from Beijing, the National Circus of the People's Republic of China, performing "Cirque Chinois," was founded in 1953, making it one of the longest running and most distinguished circus troupes in China. The National Circus of the People's Republic of China is especially acclaimed in China, merging centuries of Chinese acrobatic tradition with the best of the modern circus experience.

For tickets, call 877-928-4253 or purchase them online.


5th Annual Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour 

October 5-7

Various Prescott area locations    


Visit artists doing what they do best: creating! The 5th Annual Prescott Area Artists' Studio Tour October 5, 6, and 7 provides a unique opportunity to see masters of a wide range of artistic techniques including wheel-thrown and hand-built ceramics, woodworking, painting, jewelry making, mixed media, sculpture, fiber art and glass demonstrate their skill.

Join the more than 60 participating artists each day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm at 32 locations in Prescott and Chino Valley, some at their own studios and others joining with other artists at host studios.

Additional non-juried artists will be working at the Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery, the Prescott Center for the Arts, the Prescott College Art Gallery at Sam Hill Warehouse, The Art Store and The Smoki Museum.

Brochures with maps are available at Mountain Artists Guild & Gallery, where work by each of the tour's juried artists will be on display. Mountain Artists Guild Gallery is located at 228 N. Alarcon Street in Prescott. For more information, call the Guild at 928-445-2510 or visit where you'll find an interactive map with printable directions from your location.


Prescott's Great Outdoors - Outdoor Recreation Festival & Expo

October 6 & 7
Watson Lake Park
3101 Watson Lake Rd., Prescott

This event is designed to highlight the many outdoor and water-based recreational opportunities, organizations, retailers, equipment, and resources in the Prescott area.

This two-day event is two-fold: the expo component is designed to expose participants to the latest equipment for enjoying the outdoors, while the festival component includes a large educational emphasis.

Prescott's Great Outdoors is a family-oriented event with music, food, vendors, clinics and demonstrations, recreational activities, and displays. Various musical artists will also add to the festival component. 


34th Annual Folk Music Festival

October 6 & 7
Sharlot Hall Museum

415 W. Gurley St., Prescott


The grounds at Sharlot Hall Museum will be trilling with the sound of guitars, mandolins, banjos and fiddles on Saturday and Sunday, October 6 and 7, as we welcome the 34th Annual Folk Music Festival. Four stages (the Sharlot Hall Museum Theater, Gazebo, Amphitheater and Showcase Stage) will host these esteemed artists from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday.

This year, Prescott's own rising star Bix Glidden will perform, backed up by Sharlot Hall Museum friend Jerry Johnson. Well-known artists that will appear over the weekend include Joe Bethancourt, the Mexican Beaded Lizard Band featuring Andy Hurlbut and Lon Austin, D-Squared, Sandy Hathaway, JC and Laney, Prescott's own Brad Newman, Tom Agostino (of the Folk Sessions), and many more.

The Museum Store will be the central location for bands selling CD's, so stop by during the Festival. A number of workshops are planned, including gospel singing, individual instruments, Arizona homegrown music and others.

Admission to the Folk Music Festival is $7.50 per person and $5 per Museum member (attendees under age 18 get in free) for each day of attendance.

For more information about this year's Folk Music Festival, please contact Terry Berrett at 928-445-3122, or visit the Museum website



October 7
Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 10:00 am

120 S. Cortez St., Prescott


Have your four-legged friend bring you down to Prescott's Dogtoberfest and Pet Adopt-A-Thon Sunday, October 7 (10:00 am to 4:00 pm) on Prescott Courthouse Plaza. Guaranteed a doggone great time for all!

Start off with the Blessing of the Dogs at 10:15 am.

Going on all day: demonstrations, training classes, caricature drawings, dog adoptions, canine good citizenship certification, over 30 non-profits and dog rescue organizations, t-shirts to bling for you and your pet, low-cost micro chipping & vaccinations, pet photos, pet tags and more.

Doggie pit stop:
Rotate the Tread-Nail Trims
Degreasing- Ear Cleanings
Air Pressure Check - Pet Weigh

Plus a lot of free stuff for "your best friend"

Contests with great prizes! $10 entry fee - each addtional $5. Entries receive a Dogtoberfest tote bag.


Juni Fisher in Concert

October 20
Elks Opera House, 7:00 am

117 E. Gurley St., Prescott


Juni Fisher is a Cowgirl Balladeer extraordinaire who's unique style of music, storytelling and joyful spirit infuses the listener with an experience to be remembered. She is an avid horsewoman and her music is filled with delightful anecdotes, old western history and the joy horses can bring into one's life.
Congratulations Juni! Western Music Association three-time Winner 2011:
*    Entertainer of the Year
*    Album of the Year: "Let 'er Go, Let 'er Buck, Let 'er Fly"
*    Song of the Year: "Yakima"
Ticket prices range from $15 to $40. To purchase tickets online click here () or call the box office at 928-777-1366.

VIP Seating with exclusive BACKSTAGE PASSES extra--call Elizabeth at 928-713-7627 for VIP and backstage pass details.

Learn more about Juni Fisher on her website at


Prescott Ghost Talk 

October 26 & 27
Prescott Center for the Arts

208 N. Marina St., Prescott


Learn about some of the harrowing spectres that haunt the Prescott area--from the ghosts themselves! Prescott Ghost Talk: where Arizona legends come alive! Directed by Cason Murphy. All tickets $12.00.

Two shows nightly, at 6:00 and 7:30 pm. For tickets, call 928-445-3286 or purchase them online.


Prescott Pumpkin Patch & Carnival 

October 27
Prescott Courthouse Plaza, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

120 S. Cortez St., Prescott


Calling all ghosts and goblins (and their parents) to the Prescott Pumpkin Patch & Carnival. Not to worry-no spells or potions-just a safe and fun place to take the kids (and parents).

For a cost of $5 you will get a Halloween backpack to decorate and fill with crafts, candy and prizes, plus an all-day wrist band to ride the rides and play in the inflatables.

At 11:30 am sharp, enter into the spooktacular costume contests with prizes for scariest, funniest & Best Homemade costumes (ages 0-5, 6-9, and 10-13).

At 2:30 pm, pets are invited to put on your favorite costume and win prizes too! Then Start practicing for the screaming contest with howling good prizes going to the winners!

Try out the famous coffin cakewalk with all kinds of sweet treats, and don't forget to pick your pumpkin from The Great Pumpkin Patch.

For more information call 928-777-1349.