It's A Wacky & Wild, Incredible, Eventful Weekend

06 October 2012  
You won't believe how much is happening this weekend. 

This weekend in Prescott is so busy, it's almost like a second Best Fest. A little bit of learning, a lot of good causes, and all of it great fun!

Walk for MS

First of all, are you a walker? If so, you're in luck, because Saturday's the day for walking and raising money for a great cause. What's the great cause, you ask? You pick: Walk MS - to help support the effort to eradicate Multiple Sclerosis. Funds raised by this event will be put towards direct services, programs and research. Did you know that over 8,000 Arizonans suffer from MS?

Registration for the walk goes from 8-9 am and the actual walk starts at 9:30. It takes place at Yavapai College and is a one mile course that meanders through the campus. Here's the website: AZA FY2013 Prescott Walk MS.

Walk to end Alzheimer's

Walk up registration is just fine for those of you that forgot to take care of that. It's a 3 mile course starting at the Prescott Downtown Courthouse Plaza and winds through the nearby neighborhoods. They do warn the terrain is not exactly even, so be prepared for hills and gradients.

It's a family and pet friendly event, so your dogs are welcome to join you on the course. You can even register your four-legged friend, and raise extra bucks that way!

Website: Walk to End Alzheimer's

What Else To Do Besides Walking?

In the meantime, while everyone is walking for their cause, the Arizona Street Rod Association is holding it's annual High Country Rod Run on Saturday.

Watson Lake Park: The Prescott Great Outdoors Recreation Festival and Expo

Out at Watson Lake Park, the "Prescott Great Outdoors - Outdoor Recreation Festival and Expo" is taking place on Saturday and Sunday. It's an event which is "...designed to highlight the many outdoor and water-based recreational opportunites, organizations, retailers, equipment and resources in the Prescott area," according to the City of Prescott website.

Hours: Saturday from 9 AM to 7 PM; Sunday 9 AM to 5 PM.

Sharlot Hall: The 34th Annual Folk Music Festival

Wait, there's more! The Prescott Great Outdoors is cross promoting the 34th Annual Folk Music Festival, which is said to be Arizon's Oldest Folk Music Festival. There will be four stages of music - The Sharlot Hall Museum Theater, the Gazebo, the Amphitheater and the Showcase Stage, so no matter where you go, you'll be hearing fiddlers, guitars and more.

According to the Sharlot Hall website, "This year, Prescott's own rising star Bix Glidden will perform, backed up by Sharlot Hall Museum friend Jerry Johnson. Well-known artists that will appear over the weekend include Joe Bethancourt, the Mexican Beaded Lizard Band featuring Andy Hurlbut and Lon Austin, D-Squared, Sandy Hathaway, JC and Laney, Prescott's own Brad Newman, Tom Agostino (of the Folk Sessions), and many more."

But, that's not all, because there will be food, crafts and a whole lot more going on.

Sharlot Hall Folk Music Festival Flyer | Schedule of performances and workshops | Program, Artist Bios and a Map

Admission: $7.50 per person, and $5 per Museum member. See the website for a note to dog owners.

Downtown Prescott on Gurley Street: Prescott Oktoberfest

Back to downtown, the Prescott Oktoberfest will take place with over 50 craft beers.This is on Gurley Street right in front of the Prescott Brewing Company at Bashford Courts, of course. $15 gets you a commemorative glass and six sampling tickets; additional tickets are $1 each.

Brats and beer is from noon - 7 pm; bands play at 1:00, 3:00 and 5:00.

Hotel Vendome: Performance on the Porch - Silver Thread Trio

On Saturday from noon - 1:30 whisk yourself over to another folk group at the Hotel Vendome on Cortez Street. A light lunch will also be available.

Courthouse Steps: Hometown Auction and Business Expo

The Prescott Chamber of Commerce will be holding both a live and a silent auction to benefit the Annual Christmas Courthouse Lighting. What are they auctioning you ask? Well, take a look at the Auction List.

Phippen Museum: Ken Rowe's Nature of the Beast

Want to learn more about capturing animals in art? Ken Rowe, a renowned wildlife artist will be discussing the "Nature of the Beast" at 1:00 PM. See the Phippen Museum website.

Chino Valley, Granite Creek Vineyards: October Music Fest

Saturday from 1-4 PM, Road One South, a Classic Rock and Blues band will be performing. See the Granite Creek Vineyards website for more information.

Chino Valley, Freeman Farms: Arizona's Premier Boutique Pumpkin Patch

Saturday - Monday (yes, that reads Monday, which is Columbus Day, remember?) you can head over to Freeman Farms for Regular and Gourmet Pumpkins, Rides, Shows, Animals, a Corn Maze, Merry-Go-Round, Petting Zoo, Food and Fun. You can purchase your tickets online, $10 per day, but the Internet price is $18 for two. The hours of operation are from 9-5.

Dewey Humboldt: Mortimer Family Farms Corn Maze

It's only $3 for ages 4-11; $7 for 12 and older. Other festival activities will cost between $3-10. There are three separate Corn Mazes for all ages to enjoy from the shortest to the tallest. Click here for more information or read the press release.

Heritage Park Zoological Sanctuary: Taste of the Wild

Back to Prescott, and you can head over to the Zoo for the Taste of the Wild event. It's a big deal, and takes place from 4-8 PM on Saturday. Food from your favorite restaurants, local wines, and an auction will all be right there nestled amongst the animals - well, not in the cages, of course!

When we say food and wine, we mean a LOT of food and wine. Here are the restaurants that are participating:

Arizona Stronghold Vineyards, Celtic Crossings Pub & Restaurant, Chef Bryan's Bistro, Cowgirl in the Kitchen, Cracker Barrel, Dancing Skeleton Jerky & Stuff, Dionysian Cellars, Dry Gulch Steakhouse, Gurley Street Coffee, Gurley Street Grill, Hassayampa Inn's Peacock Dining Room, Murphy's, Oak Creek Vineyards, The Office, Olive U Naturally, Page Springs Cellars, The Palace Restaurant & Saloon, Pleasant Valley Winery, Prescott Brewing Company, Prescott Station Grill & Bar, Roman Ristorante, Shannon's Gourmet Cheesecakes, Texas Roadhouse, Toi's Thai Kitchen

As for the auction items - everything from a Sedona Travel Package to a Bengal Tiger Package. What's that you ask? Well, check out their website for lots more information. Taste of the Wild website.

PS Of course, there will be live music to enjoy.


Well, the fun doesn't stop at midnight on Saturday. No siree. Yes, after the frenetic activities on Saturday, there's still more to do on Sunday.

Prescott Courthouse: Dogtoberfest and Pet Adopt-A-Thon

It's a Dog's world in Prescott, Arizona on Sunday from 10 AM - 4 PM. According to the City of Prescott calendar, throughout the day activities such as, "Demonstrations, Training Classes, Caricature Drawings, Dog Adoptions, Canine Good Citizenship Certification, Over 30 Non-Profits and Dog Rescue Organizations, 35+ Retailers (from food, t-shirts to bling for you and your pet ), Low-Cost Micro Chipping & Vaccinations, Pet Photos, Pet Tags," will be taking place.

We're talkin' freebies, contests, dog races and even a Blessing of the Dogs. Check out the doggie details here.

Embry Riddle: Central Arizona Concert Band

Whew! Ready to relax and enjoy some music after all that? Head out to Embry-Riddle's campus for the Central Arizona Concert Band, performing under the direction of Clydene Dechert. Starts at 3 PM, tickets cost $10 for adults, $3 for kids age 18 and under.


Lynne LaMaster