Prescott is notorious for its rich Wild West history, and the city’s summer events certainly reflect that. The perfectly warm weather allows visitors and locals to get out and enjoy annual events that celebrate history, music and the outdoors.
Here are a few we are marking our calendars for:
Downtown Summer Concert Series
Starting June 4 and ending September 5, Courthouse Plaza will be turned into an entertainment venue featuring movies and live music. The free series will take place Tuesdays through Fridays, and on some Saturdays. Each Tuesday will feature jazz music, movies will be shown Wednesdays, and Thursdays will be Prescott’s very own Karaoke Idol. Fridays and Saturdays the Courthouse Plaza come to life with rock, blues and country concerts.
32nd Annual Prescott Bluegrass Festival
On Saturday, June 22, The twangy sounds of old-timey bluegrass will fill the air of the Courthouse Plaza for its 32nd year. Bluegrass lovers and those unfamiliar with the genre can enjoy everything from modern to traditional music and local to national acts, for a full bluegrass experience.
The event is free and is the only free bluegrass festival of its caliber in the Western U.S.
World’s Oldest Rodeo
Since 1888 (that’s 126 years!), the Frontier Days Rodeo has been wowing spectators. The daring cowboys and clowns face-off with angry bulls for a competition of the top athletes in rodeo. From July 1-7, the show will take place at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds for all to see.
Prescott Frontier Days Parade
Head downtown for a parade of cowboys and floats on Saturday, July 6 at 9 a.m. The parade, centered around the theme “Champions – Past and Present,” features cowboys and cowgirls, vintage cars, community floats, marching bands and more. So grab a spot on the street and enjoy the sights!
Prescott Indian Art Market
For those looking to spruce up their dwellings, the Prescott Indian Art Market, where Talking Rock is a sponsor, on Saturday, July 13 and Sunday, July 14 is the perfect place to pick up a few pieces. Painters, potters, weavers and jewelry-makers from all over Arizona will be present to display their works of art at the Sharlot Hall Museum. Guests will also be able to experience cultural presentations, arts and crafts demonstrations and musical performances. The event costs $3 for museum members, $5 for non-member and children under 18 are free.