Prescott Attractions & Entertainment Facilities
At the core of downtown rests the picturesque, tree-lined Yavapai County Courthouse. Surrounding the courthouse is a wide range of bustling restaurants, shops, galleries and antique stores. The grassy layout around the courthouse plaza serves as a host to various events and art shows during summer weekends from Mother’s Day through Labor Day. Prescott is known as Arizona’s “Christmas City” and the lighting of the downtown courthouse is a major holiday attraction. In addition, every year on the second Friday of December, the Acker Music Festival in downtown Prescott offers a fun time for families and individuals alike.
Once upon a time, Whiskey Row (the 100 block of South Montezuma Street in Prescott) was a hotbed of social activity where dusty cowboys could enjoy a drink, some amiable company or a card game. Indeed, Whiskey Row was so named for the more than 40 saloons that populated that area of downtown. Today, whiskey Row is still a vibrant center of activity in downtown Prescott, and while the number of saloons has decreased greatly from a century ago, you’ll be at no loss to find a great place to eat, to view exemplary works of art, or to simply cool your heels and people-watch.
World’s Oldest Rodeo / Since 1888
7/1/13 – 7/7/13: 126th Annual World’s Oldest Rodeo. Includes rodeo perfomances, parades, activities and more.
Whiskey Off-Road Bike Race
4/26/13 – 4/28/13
After 9 years of developing the ultimate mountain bike event weekend, Epic Rides, the City of Prescott and the Prescott National Forest cooperatively host an annual 3 day celebration during the final weekend of April each year. While riding the Whiskey course, mountain bikers of all skill levels will enjoy a brief stay and steep climb on the pavement while making their way out to the endless single-track offerings located in Prescott National Forest.
Prescott – Arizona’s Christmas City
Prescott was designated “Arizona’s Christmas City” by Governor Rose Mofford in the late 1980s. Holiday festivities get underway in late November leading up to three signature events: the heavily attended Annual Christmas Parade, followed by the Annual Courthouse Lighting ceremony, with caroling and a reading of the Christmas story; and the Acker Musical Showcase, a night of incredible eclectic music. Walk into almost any downtown store and catch blues, big band, folk, steel drum, and pop performances. The event is free to the public.
Highlands Center for Natural History
1375 Walker Road, Prescott, AZ
The Highlands Center helps children and adults discover the wonders of nature and become wise caretakers of the land. Through day camps, family programs, school programs, field studies, lectures, workshops, and other activities we reach over 10,000 children and adults each year.
Prescott National Forest
Prescott National Forest, comprised of about 1.25 million acres, is a haven for summer visitors seeking relief from the hot weather of the desert. They flock to the forest to camp, fish, picnic, hike and ride. The main recreation season generally runs from May to October. More and more people recreate on the Prescott National Forest every year. To meeting the increasing needs of these visitors and to deliver quality recreation opportunities, there are modest fees charged at campgrounds, rental cabins, high-impact recreation areas and at day-use sites that have certain facilities.
750 Whipple St., Prescott, AZ
Some of the many features of the Y are: a 1420 square foot fitness and wellness center, a complete line of training equipment, 1000 square foot group cycling room, aerobics studio, outdoor running track, full size gymnasium, six lane lap pool, activity pool, certified personal trainers, child watch while you workout and so much more. There is also on-site preschool, and on-site after school childcare.
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary
403 Heritage Park Road, Prescott, AZ
Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary, formerly known as Heritage Park Zoo, is a non-profit wildlife sanctuary, dedicated to the conservation and protection of native andexotic animals. The sanctuary has many opportunities for visitors including a covered picnic pavilion, a children’s playground, andlarge, naturally landscaped enclosures for the animals with paths that allow visitorsthe opportunity to get an up-close and personal view of them.
Online resources for the most up-to-date events
Prescott Chamber of Commerce:
City of Prescott:
Prescott Downtown Partnership:
Prescott Frontier Days:
Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, Prescott: