One of the best parts of 2021 has been the return of so many of our great Special Events here in Prescott. As we’ve begun to return to a sense of normalcy, and venturing out to enjoy local restaurants and shops, we’ve also starting seeing many more friendly faces at events in the community. Children are back in school and the days are beginning to feel a bit crisper each morning which means that we’ll be welcoming changing leaves and fall soon enough as well. With the changing of the seasons, we’ll also see many of our favorite fall special events return as well as a number of new and first time events for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.
The fall special event season kicks off with Faire on the Square, a longtime favorite arts and crafts show Labor Day Weekend in the Courthouse Plaza. Then, the Summer Concert Series will wind down with shows on September 7, 9 and 10.
We will welcome the return of the Yavapai County Fair, September 9-12 at the Rodeo Grounds. This year will also mark the 9th Annual HopeFest Arizona on September 11, which also happens to be the 20th anniversary of the 911 tragedy. HopeFest will feature community outreach, live music, resources and connections for our veterans, military, first responders and the vulnerable of Yavapai County. Empty Bowls event returns September 12 on the Courthouse Plaza.
Watson Lake hosts the Highland Games September 25-26, and the Prescott Vette Sette takes over downtown with their all Covette car show on September 25. Fallfest art show takes place October 2-3 on the Courthouse Plaza. Some favorties return this year including Dancing for the Stars on October 2, Dogtoberfest October 3 and the Big Sting Country Music Festival October 15-16 at Watson Lake. The Prescott Plein Air outdoor art festival takes place October 21. We will welcome a new event, the Whiskey Row Wine Festival, October 23 at Mile High Middle School.
For those that want to burn a few calories while enjoying the great outdoors and fall temperatures, there are also a number of fitness focused special events over the coming weeks including the Thundercat Mountain Bike Race on September 18, Whiskey Row Marathon on October 9, the AZ High School Cycling Race October 9-10, Prescott 6’er Bike Race October 16, and the Halloween Kids 5k October 27. There is truly something for everyone this fall, and all of these events lead us into my personal favorite time of year here in Prescott our welcoming and festive holiday season.
To learn about upcoming events like these, and more, there are a few great resources for you to search: The City of Prescott Website at Prescott-az.gov/events, and the Prescott Chamber of Commerce website at Prescott.org.