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We don’t know about anyone else, but we’re sitting here thinking, “How is it already September?!”
In the blink of an eye summer has come and gone, taking Prescott’s most event-filled months along with it. From the art shows and showcases that went on every weekend, to the many festivals and Fourth of July week-long bash, our little town will become a little less busy as we settle down into these Fall and Winter months… or so one might think!
Though we might be sad to see the warm summer months and cooling monsoons come to an end (and what a great monsoon season it was!), the city of Prescott does not skip a beat as we jump straight into the autumn festivities, and the months that many call “the most wonderful time of the year!”
“Arizona’s Christmas City,” a title we have more than earned with our surplus of events, decorations, and Christmas feel. However, we don’t just do Christmas well; we take the entire seasons of Fall and winter, making them a celebration for everyone! When do we start off this amazingly festive and fun season? THIS WEEKEND! Below is a list of just a few of the major events going on in Prescott, Arizona from now till 2019 and we cannot wait!
Oktoberfest: September 22, 2018
This Saturday, September 22, from 5pm to 10pm, enjoy this 21 and up event at Mile High Middle School.
120 beers on tap, a fireworks show, Hensley select German beer and craft beers, craft breweries, wineries, live music by Zeitz Sister City Oom Pah Pah Band and Funk Frequency, food vendors (including JJ’s Louisiana BBQ, Safari Samosas, Smokehouse BBQ, Round-Up Mini-Donut Truck, Gringo Taco Truck, and Zeitz Sister City Pretzels), brauts, Prescott Brewing Company, a toast by the Mayor, and so much more!
This is an event for adults you don’t want to miss!
Buy Tickets Here while they are on Pre-Sale, or buy them at the event the day off.
Online Pre-Sale: $30 for 10 Sample Tickets
Day of Event: $40 for 10 Sample Tickets
VIP (Online Only Limited to 300 Tickets): $50
Includes 20 Sample Tickets, Early Entry from 4pm-5pm
Mortimer Farms Pumpkin Festival (Dewey, AZ): September 28 – October 28th, 2018
“Get excited for the fall season with us as we celebrate our annual Pumpkin Fest & Corn Maze Sept. 28th - Oct.28th in Dewey, AZ. This huge festival's centerpiece is a 15-acre Pumpkin Patch & 15-acre Corn Maze! Fun for the whole family includes ‘A-MAIZE-ing’ attractions, games, farm activities, live entertainment, barn dance, and much more!”
For more information and an in depth look at the festivities, you can visit Mortimer Farms website by clicking here.
Event Hours are September 28th – October 28th, 2018:
Sunday 9am t0 6pm
Columbus Day 9am t0 6pm
FallFest In The Park Arts and Crafts Show: October 6-7, 2018
Starting October 6th at 9am, enjoy Prescott’s LAST show of the season with over 100 vendors under the fall canopy of American Elm trees at Prescott’s Historic Courthouse Plaza. The event will end October 7th at 5pm.
The Great Prescott Pumpkin Patch October 27th
For an entry fee of just $5, you and your family can enjoy this in-town pumpkin patch!
With loads of pumpkins, candy, scream and costume contests, pumpkin carving stations, carnival games, crafts, food vendors, and more, you will all have a blast at this Halloween festival. Also, a portion of the proceeds goes to benefit the Boy Scouts of America.
Saturday, October 27th, from 11-2pm at Mile High Middle School.
Time of Events
11:00am Opening of Event
11:30am 4 and under Costume Contest
12:00pm 5-8 years old Costume Contest
12:30pm 9-12 years old Costume Contest
1:00pm Scream Contest
1:30pm Family Costume Contest & Pumpkin Carving Contest
Halloween: October 31st
Now, obviously this isn’t a city run Holiday, but everyone in Prescott knows that on Halloween, Mount Vernon is the place to be!
On Halloween, the most historic street in Prescott closes down and becomes a river of costumes, candy, and all around fun. People are handing out hot cocoa and apple cider, kids are running around dressed as princess and ninjas and the latest costumes, and it is family fun for all ages. You won’t want to miss out on this Prescott tradition!
Veterans Day Parade: November 10, 2018
Saturday, November 10, 2018 10:30-2:00
10:30am Opening Ceremony
11:00am Parade begins
The 2018 Veterans Day parade will be held in Downtown Prescott on Saturday, November 10, 2018. This year’s theme is Honoring Hometown Heroes: Remembering World War 1.
Opening ceremonies will take place on the main stage at the intersection of Cortez St and Union St. The parade route will be Cortez St to Goodwin St, west to Montezuma (Whiskey Row) and end at Willis St
Participation is free to all participants.
To apply, click here.
For more information, please call Michelle Stacy-Schroeder, City of Prescott Recreation Services at 928-777-1552 or email at email@example.com
Thanksgiving: November 22, 2018
Though there’s not really a celebration or event surrounding Thanksgiving in our town, it always deserves to be mentioned.
A time for family and friends, eating good food and being thankful for everything we have been blessed with, it’s a time for us to pause from our busy lives and just be. Be in the moment, be with our loved ones, enjoy each other’s company, and be grateful for all we have. In advance, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
36th Annual Prescott Chamber Christmas Parade: December 1, 2018
Join us as we kick off the holiday season with Prescott’s annual Christmas parade! Bring your blankets and chairs, family and friends, and enjoy!
After the parade, stick around for shopping, eating, and a picture with Santa & Mrs. Claus.
The parade begins at 1pm and ends around 3pm.
64th Annual Yavapai County Courthouse Christmas Lighting: December 1, 2018
Join us for “Arizona’s Christmas City’s” premiere event, the 64th Annual Yavapai County Courthouse Christmas Lighting Ceremony!
Musical groups perform at 5pm and the lighting ceremony begins at 6pm
30th Annual Acker Music Night 12/7
Date: Friday, December 7, 2018
Time: 5:30pm to 8:30pm
One of our absolute favorite events in Prescott is Acker Night! This long standing family tradition combines participating downtown businesses with the support of hardworking musicians who donate their time and talents. Walk around from building to building and enjoy the beautiful downtown area lit up by Christmas lights, the amazing bands and singers, the hot cocoa and treats at nearly every corner and shop, the dancing, and the overall cheer on this night in our little Christmas community.
The goal of the musicians and volunteers involved is to keep the music alive and thriving for the youth of Prescott. Funds raised on Acker Night provide scholarships for music lessons, instruments and local youth performing arts programs.
For more information on this and how this tradition came to be, click here.
We pray you have a very Merry Christmas with your friends and family this year, cherishing each other and the reason for the holiday season!
New Years Eve 12/31
HAPPY NEW YEAR! Goodbye 2018 and hello 2019!
For more information on all of these events and more, visit City of Prescott events page here: