The Prescott Fine Arts Association sponsors an art gallery and gift shop plus a program of plays, musicals, concerts, and family theater in the 1895 Sacred Heart Church at the corner of Marina and Willis Streets. The gallery and gift shop are open noon-4 p.m. Sun. and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tues.-Sat.; shows change about every six weeks. The box office (208 N. Marina St., 928/445-3286, www.pfaa.net, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat.) is next door.
Yavapai College (1100 E. Sheldon St., 928/445-7300, www.yc.edu) presents a variety of plays, concerts, and other events in Performance Hall, on the left as you enter the campus. Yavapai College Art Gallery (in the same building, 928/776-2031, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Mon.-Sat.) puts on exhibits by college, community, and national artists; new shows appear about every six weeks. Walk around Performance Hall to see contemporary art in the Sculpture Garden.
In April, hundreds of amateur artists converge for street painting in Chalk
It Up! Prescott (www.prescottchalkart.com).
There's something happening every summer night on the Courthouse Plaza (928/777-1122)—could be a concert, dance, or speech.
Softball fans can catch a game in summer—Prescott bills itself as the Softball Capital of the World; contact Parks and Recreation (928/777-1557, http://www.cityofprescott.net/services/parks/).
Horses race May–Sept. at Yavapai Downs (10401 Hwy. 89A, 928/775-8000 Prescott Valley, 602/257-9233 Phoenix, www.yavapaidownsatpv.com). From Prescott, head north on AZ 89, then turn right 8.5 miles on AZ 89A; from Prescott Valley, turn north on Glassford Hill Road, then right on AZ 89A.
On Memorial Day weekend, Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale brings about 160 artists to Courthouse Plaza. Prescott Off Street Festival has arts and crafts nearby on the same weekend.
Three events run on the first weekend of June: Sharlot Hall Folk Arts Fair celebrates pioneer skills with costumed participants demonstrating woodworking, spinning, weaving, churning, and cowboy cooking. Prescott Valley Days features a parade, carnival, horse racing, car show, games, entertainment, and dancing. Down-home musicians pick and sing for the Bluegrass Festival.
In mid-June, Territorial Days presents an arts and crafts show.
Around the July Fourth holiday, Frontier Days (800/358-1888, www.worldsoldestrodeo.com) draws spectators from all over Arizona and beyond for the "World's Oldest Rodeo," in which cowboys have pitted themselves against livestock since 1888. You can also see a huge parade, western art show, entertainment, dances, and fireworks. Events begin in late June and last nearly a week; the parade runs about two hours and is held on a Saturday.
On the second full weekend in July, Sharlot Hall Museum hosts the Indian Art Market with a variety of art, dances, and demonstrations.
On the third weekend of August, the Arizona Cowboy Poets Gathering (928/776-2000 ticket office, www.azcowboypoets.org) celebrates the stories and songs of the cowboy life.
On the third Saturday in September, Sharlot Hall Museum Book Festival brings a wide variety of authors to town. Also in September, look for the Faire on the Square Arts & Crafts Show and the Yavapai County Fair.
The first weekend of October sees both the Folk Music Festival and the Fallfest in the Park Arts & Crafts Show.
The year winds up with Arizona's Christmas City events, including the Courthouse Christmas Lighting and Christmas Parade on the first Saturday in December, followed by the Acker Musical Showcase on the following Friday evening.
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