Come to Prescott in September! The temps have cooled off, the evening skies are star-strung and cool. Here are a few of the great things happening in and around Prescott, “Everybody’s Hometown” in September.
Nothing says ‘Hometown’ like a county fair! The 2016 Yavapai County Fair returns to its traditional location at the Prescott Rodeo Grounds Thursday Sept. 8 through Sunday Sept 11. 928-379-6056 or www.yavapaifair.com for more information on the 2016 Yavapai County Fair.
The Prescott Healing Fields of Northern Arizona opens on Friday Sept 9th and activities and ceremonies continue through Friday Sept 15, including a free Patriotic Concert by the Prescott Pops Symphony at 2:15 pm on Sunday Sept 11. More information at Facebook.com/Prescott Valley Healing Fields of Northern Arizona.
Prescott’s theater talent takes center stage for two musicals in September. “Little Women” at Yavapai College Performing Arts Center, Sept 9 & 10 (928-776-2000 www.ycpac.com) and “The Addams Family, a new musical comedy” at the Prescott Center for the Arts, Sept 8-16 (928-445-3286, www.pca-az.net. Hometown theater at its best!
Food vendors and food trucks are the stars for the Prescott Urban Eats and Drinks festival on Sept 10 from 12 noon- 7pm at Prescott’s Mile HIgh Middle School football field. This is a benefit event for Phoenix Children’s Miracle Network. 928-499-9646 for more info about the Prescott Urban Eats and Drinks Festival.
Also on September 10th, the Highlands Center for Natural History Center kicks off its 2016 “Hiking Spree. Complete 8 of the 12 designated trails in and around Prescott between Sept 10 and December and qualify to enter to win a gift card from “The Hike Shack”. Contact the Highlands Center for Natural History at 928-776-9550 for more information about their annual “Hiking Spree”.
Antiques on the Square on Sunday Sept 18 features more than 70 vendors offering antiques and collectibles. Admission and parking are free for this Courthouse Plaza event from 8am to 4pm. Sponsored by the Thumb Butte Questers, 100% of the profits from Antiques on the Square are donated to local historic preservation projects. Call 928-443-8909 to learn more about Antiques on the Square.
For the athletic road-biker, the 54 mile Skull Valley Loop Challenge 2016 starts and ends at the Courthouse Plaza also on Sunday Sept 18. Hundreds of cyclists ride through town, into the National Forest, down the hill to Skull Valley and Wilhoit, then climb back up to Prescott. Contact the organizer, Prescott Alternative Transportation at 928-710-4044 for more info!
The following weekend, the 10th annual Prescott Pow Wow returns to Watson Lake (adjacent to Point of Rocks RV Campground), Sept 23-25. The public is welcome to this intertribal gathering of dancing, music, art and food. Admission is free; there is a $5 parking fee, good for the whole weekend.For more information about this powerful and empowering renewal of traditions: 928-499-5907 or www.prescottpowwow.org.
Downtown Prescott is busy that weekend as well. Prescott OktoberFest features food, music and beers at the Mile High Middle School football field. The Prescott Food Truck Festival that was cancelled in August due to weather is now scheduled to coincide with Oktoberfest for one combined event. 928-499-9646 or www.PrescottEvents.net for more information.
The 10th anniversary Historic Prescott Corvette Show on Sept 23 & 24 shows off vintage and new Corvettes, including the 2016 650 horsepower Z06. No admission to view these power cars parked around the Courthouse Plaza. Call 928-830-7452 or www.prescottvettesette.org for more info.
Prescott isn’t just about history! The Yavapai College campus challenges you to the YC Pokemon Invitational on Sat Sept 24 from 10am to 2pm. Capture and train Pokemon, find elusive species, fill out your Pokedex card and support your team. Parking and admission are free. www.yc.edu or 928-776-2188 for more Pokemon information.
The Groom Creek Classic Run, Sat Sept 24, is one of the most scenic and challenging running races in Arizona. Runners can choose from a variety of distances. Want to take the challenge? 928-778-6519 or www.gcffa.org/run/ for more information on the Groom Creek Clasic Run.
For your “Hometown” experience, call 928-445-9018 to make reservations at Point of Rocks RV Campground. See you in September!