There are many interesting and fun things to do in Prescott and surrounds. Below is just a sampling of some of them but there is much, much more on the cities/town’s websites. Be sure to click on the links below to see them all and to get more information on all the events you won’t want to miss.
- CITY OF PRESCOTT EVENTS
- CHINO VALLEY EVENTS
- PRESCOTT VALLEY EVENTS
- CITIZENS WATER ADVOCACY GROUP (CWAG)
- Links to More Events
- Williamson Valley Fire District Pancake Breakfasts
Watters Garden Center Classes
Every Sat. 9:30 am
Prescott Center for the Arts
New productions every month
For information and tickets: 445-3286 www.pca-az-net
Summer Farmers Market – YRMC Pendleton Parking Lot
Saturdays 7:30 to noon, May 5 through October 28
Historic Downtown Walking Tours
Fri, Sat, Sun at 10am May 5 thru Oct 28
Meet in front of the Prescott Chamber
Visitors’ Information Center
Call ahead to confirm at 445-2000
Prescott’s 4th Friday Art Walks
4th Friday of each month
Verde Canyon Railroad
(Ales on Rails, Starlight Tours, Sedona Tours and More)
2018 Schedule Details
‘Tis Art Gallery (Call for seasonal hours)
New monthly exhibits! 775-0223 www.tisartgallery.com
Granite Creek Vineyards
Sat. Noon (live music)
Sun. 10am – brunch
www.Granite Creek Vineyards.com
Steam Saturday with Grand Canyon Railway
Many Great Packages, one Incredible Ride!
Schedule info: 888-484-7245 www.TheTrain.com
Afternoon Tea – Hassayampa Inn Peacock Room
4th Sunday of each month, 2:00-4:00pm
Reservations required – 777-9563
Heritage Park Zoo
Winter Hours until April 30
Programs and Outreach Classes for children, teens
778-4242 – www.HeritageParkZoo.com
Prescott Public Library
Various Programs for everyone!
Bronzesmith Foundry Tours
Every Thursday, 11:00am
Ice Skating at Prescott Valley Event Center
See website for open skate schedule
Mortimer Farm Park (farm rides, petting zoo, picnic area,
parties and more). Info at: www.MortimerFarmAz.com
Throughout the Month of June:
Summer Nature Camps: Highlands Center, 776-9550
Summer Zoo Camps, Heritage Park Zoo, 778-4242
9th Annual Prescott Film Festival – showings all week!
YC Performing Arts Center; www.PrescottFilmFestival.com
National Get Outdoors Day
Free admission in Prescott National Forest from sunrise to
Sunset: Information: www.fs.usda.gov/Prescott
IMPORTANT! – We are now in Stage 2 Fire Restrictions and about to go into
Stage 3 – Be sure you check before you go to make sure the
Forest is open to the public.
Breakfast with the Animals: Mule Deer/Pronghorn
9:00am; 778-4242 www.HeritageParkZoo.com
Territorial Days Arts & Crafts Show
Sat. 9:00am-5:00pm, Sun. 9:00am-4:00pm
Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza
Shakespeare in the Pines – The Highlands Center
6:00pm – 9:00pm, 5th Annual Fundraiser
Beat the Heat Softball Fast Pitch Invitational
Location & schedule: www.ArizonaNSA.com/tournaments
Prescott Summer Sectional Bridge Tournament
10:00am – 6:00pm, Adult Center of Prescott
Berry Festival at Mortimer Farms
More information: www.mortimerFarmsAZ.com
Love the One You’re With
Elks Theatre &Performing Arts Center – 7:00pm
37th Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival
Sat. 10:00am-6:00pm and Concert & Dance 7:00pm
Sun. 11.00am-3:00pm and Raffle Drawing 3:00pm
Goodwin Street in front of the Prescott Chamber Visitor
Information Center; FREE Family friendly event!
Lots of info: www.PrescottBluegrassFestival.com
Happy Hearts Rodeo for Exceptional Children
7:30pm; Rodeo Grounds
Zoo by Moonlight at Heritage Park Zoo
Ticket info: www.HeritageParkZoo.com
June 28 – 7/4
130th Annual World’s Oldest Rodeo!
Daily events at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds
Schedule and info: www.WorldsOldestRodeo.com
Rodeo Dance in BMO Harris parking lot
Kiwanis Kiddie Parade
9:00am; Downtown Prescott
Nashville Gold – Elks Theater & Performing Arts Center
7:00pm, www.PrescottElksTheater.com, 777-1370
Prescott Frontier Days Rodeo Parade
9:00am, Downtown Prescott
June 30 – July 1
Prescott Frontier Days Arts & Crafts Show
9:00am – 5:00pm; Downtown Prescott
Name: Anthesis – 7th Annual Run/Walk
Date: June 9, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM PDT
7th Annual Run/Walk Power of the Flower
Benefits programs for individuals with [dis]abilities
5K at 8:00 AM (Timed Race)
1K at 9:00 AM
Pre-Event: $25.00 age 13+ ($35.00 on site)
Pre-Event: $15.00 up to age 12 ($25.00 on site)
1101 W. McKinley Avenue
Register, Sponsor and/or Form a Team at: www.anthesis.us
To sponsor and/or from a team, please contact Ines Short at (909) 624-3555 ext. 239 or email@example.com
To volunteer, please contact Sebastian Morales at (909) 624-3555 ext. 268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit https://ChinoValleyChamberofCommerce.com for more activities
The Gadabouts, Music & Entertainment
Friday, June 29, 2018
On June 29th at the Prescott Valley Public Library join in welcoming the Gadabouts. They will be taking the stage in the Crystal Room at 3pm and entertaining us with country, folk, bluegrass, old-time mountain music and novelty songs. Billye, Jim, Steve, Bill and Harvey have been entertaining for years and the variety of instruments will astound and amaze you! This program is FREE and suitable for all ages. No registration required; for more information call 928-759-3040
Library Crystal Room
7401 E. Civic Circle
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314
Visit www.pvaz.net for more activities
Friday, March 2, 2018
12:00 noon-1:15 – U of Arizona’s Water Resources Research Center (WRRC) hosts a Brown Bag Seminar presented by Salt River Project. The speakers will be Steven Nebiker, Vice President, HydroLogics, and Tim Skarupa, Senior Analyst in Water Rights and Contracts group, SRP. HydroLogics uses water resources modeling tools to facilitate planning, operations, and conflict resolution on the scale of single-reservoir systems all the way up to large multi-state river basins. The conjunctive management of surface and groundwater resources at SRP has historically created a very reliable and sustainable supply of water for SRP’s shareholders and customers. Surface water stored in the reservoirs and the availability of groundwater to augment surface water is key to maintaining this reliable and consistent water supply vital to sustain life and the economic vitality of the Valley and the Phoenix metropolitan area. The management of these water sources has evolved over time to address uncertainty while meeting customer needs. This was done by looking at the past historical and paleo tree ring record and applying those findings to future uncertainty using the Reservoir Planning Model developed by HydroLogics for SRP. For more information please see the WRRC website, and to register for the webinar, please CLICK HERE . Meeting location: WRRC, Sol Resnick Meeting Room, 350 N. Campbell Avenue, Tucson.
Monday, March 5, 2018
7:00-8:30 p.m. – The Natural History Institute is hosting a presentation by Bill Throop, Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont. His PhD at Brown University focused on philosophy of science. He has published numerous articles on ethics and ecological restoration and edited the first book on the topic. He has served on the editorial boards of Restoration Ecology and Environmental Ethics. He is currently working on a book project titled: Flourishing amid the Age of Climate Change – Finding the Heart of Sustainability. The practice of ecological restoration engages us in deliberation about who we should be in relation to evolving systems. Throop argues that the moral reasons for ecological restoration should make us wary of abandoning the traditional aims of restoration goal-setting. For more info, contact email@example.com, or 928-863-3232. Location: The Natural History Institute, 126 N. Marina Street.
Saturday, March 10, 2018
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – CWAG monthly meeting. Presentation: “Interactive Discussion on a Pumped Storage Energy Solution for Our Area.” Could using water to store energy and generate electricity work to our region’s advantage? The public is invited to take part in an interactive discussion on a pumped storage energy solution for our area with Brian Studenka and Andrew Jamieson of ITC Holdings Corp. and ITC consultant Don Pool, who will discuss and seek input on using energy storage technology as an approach to the region’s growing energy needs. Southwest states including Arizona are moving to adopt large-scale solar and wind energy to supplement other forms of energy generation to meet ambitious energy goals. This changing generation mix is creating concerns over future energy supply and grid reliability in a region already experiencing rapid population growth and increasing energy demands. Studenka, Jamieson, and Pool will describe how using water from the Big Chino aquifer to store energy and generate electricity could work to our region’s advantage. More info at www.cwagaz.org . Location: Granite Peak Unitarian Universalist Davis Hall, 882 Sunset Avenue, Prescott (2 blocks behind True Value).
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
>12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. – WRRC Brown Bag – Hidden Water: The Fresh Water Pozos of the Gran Desierto. Speaker: Dr. Ben Wilder, Director, Desert Laboratory on Tumamoc Hill. The Gran Desierto region of the Sonoran Desert is the largest extent of sand dunes in North America. An array of freshwater springs, or pozos, punctuate the salt flats where the dunes meet the sea. Unresolved in origin, and essential to countless species, their waters rise up inextricably out of the dunes. This transdisciplinary collaboration between a botanist, hydrologist, and artist seeks to document the origin of the pozos water, determine how long it has resided below the dunes, and show how the pozo’s and the riparian vegetation they support has changed through time. Likewise, the project, a part of the Next Generation Sonoran Desert Researchers 6&6 art-science collaboration (nextgensd6and6.com) will document this wide range of dependent themes as part of the 6&6 art show at the UA Museum of Art opening in January 2019. From the traditional salt pilgrimage of the Tohono O’odham people, to nesting raptors, generations of cottonwood trees, and the future of water in the binational Sonoran Desert desert, these springs are central to the larger story of how humanity interacts with water in the arid west. LOCATION: WRRC Sol Resnick Conference Room (350 N. Campbell Ave.) Tucson. To register for the webinar click HERE
Saturday, March 17, 2018
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. – Friends of the Verde River presents the 6th annual Verde River Runoff. This 5- and 10-mile kayak, canoe, and stand-up boarder race is a popular event that draws novice and seasoned paddlers alike. There will be an after-party and awards ceremony held in conjunction with the Camp Verde Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival. Proceeds go to conservation efforts for the threatened Verde River and for outdoor recreation in the Verde Valley. See more information, including registration fees and a link to register online, at https://verderiver.org/verde-river-runoff-2018/ .
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Annual Conference of U of Arizona’s WRRC (Water Resources Research Center). This year’s topic: The Business of Water. The conference will explore the many facets of this topic, focusing on key questions such as: How will water exchanges, transfers, and market-based transactions figure into our water future? What is the role of the private sector, including public-private partnerships? What factors and forces influence what we pay for water. For information and updates over the next month, visit https://wrrc.arizona.edu/news/wrrc-conference-2018-business-water . Location: the U of Arizona Student Union, Tucson.
The video of CWAG’s February 10 program presented by Walt Anderson, “Granite Dells: A Threatened Community Resource,” is available at http://cwagaz.org/resources/video-archive/276-2018-02-10 .
CWAG Committees are where the action is; pitching in is a great way to expand your knowledge about our water issues. Please consider participating in a committee:
* If you have technical or financial analysis interest or skills, you can help the Science Committee as we assess the range of alternatives to groundwater pumping. Contact Peter Kroopnick at firstname.lastname@example.org Meetings: 4th Wednesday of month, 3 PM.
* If you are interested in educating the public and our decision-makers about water issues, join our Education Committee and help develop training and communication materials. Contact Ed Wolfe at email@example.com Meeting: first Wednesday of the month, 3:30 PM.
* Help us ensure that CWAG positions and policies are on track! Members are encouraged to join our Policy Committee, now meeting regularly on the first Monday of the month from 4-6 PM at the GPUU Davis Hall. For more info, contact Gary Beverly at firstname.lastname@example.org
* If you have an interest in reaching out and delivering science-based communications, or if you have experience with managing email lists, a CRM or keeping an office organized, we can use your help! Please consider joining our Outreach Committee. Contact Gordon Bond at email@example.com Meeting: TBD.
The Friends of the Verde River announces the launch of their new website! Visit at www.verderiver.org
The video of CWAG’s September 9 program, “CWAG Answers Your Water Questions,” is available at http://cwagaz.org/resources/video-archive/269-2017-09-09 .You can view past CWAG meeting presentations on our website at http://www.cwagaz.org/videos .
ELKS OPERA HOUSE http://prescottelkstheater.com/
Williamson Valley Fire District sponsors a pancake breakfast on the last Sunday of each month from 8 to 10 am at the fire station on Williamson Valley Road at Hootenanny Hollar. The breakfasts feature regular and cinnamon pancakes, eggs to order and omelets with different ingredients, both pork and turkey bacon, coffee and juice. All this is available for a voluntary donation to support the firefighters.