No matter where you are in Arizona, the arrival of fall brings something to celebrate. If you’re in the southern or central part of the state, it brings relief from the summer heat. Further north, you’ll experience cool evenings and breathtaking fall foliage. Wherever you are, fall is a great opportunity to enjoy the community around you, whether you’re looking for special events or just an opportunity to get out and about, there’s no better time of year. As part of our ongoing efforts to share some of our favorite activities with community members, new and old alike, here are 6 fun ways to celebrate fall here in Arizona.
Fallfest in the Park Arts & Crafts Show (Prescott, October 5th & 6th)
Taking place in the Historic Courthouse Plaza, this arts and crafts show is the last of the season. These events are an excellent way to experience everything that the Square has to offer. The show features artisans and craftsmen and women from across the region and offers juried prizes for participants. Visitors will enjoy a variety of finely crafted goods for sale as well as food options. Because these Courthouse Square events are free of charge, you’ll be free to peruse artist stalls, enjoy local restaurants, and shop throughout the Square, coming and going as you please.
41st Annual Folk Music Festival (Prescott, October 5th & 6th)
An annual tradition at Sharlot Hall Museum, the Folk Music Festival is an exciting blend of entertainment and education. This event will host talented musicians performing on multiple stages and offer educational and informational workshops. Learn about musical styles, musical history, and genre-defining musicians. With 90-plus performances taking place on 4 stages throughout the venue, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy live music. Admission is $10 for adults and children 17 and under are free, 2-day passes are also available for $15.
The Big Sting (Prescott, October 10th – 13th)
This country music camp-out takes place every year at Watson Lake campground. Visitors from all over the state come to Prescott for a weekend full of live music and camping under the stars. From daytime visitors coming for just a day, to VIP lakeside campers staying for the weekend, The Big Sting offers a variety of ways for you to enjoy the festival. Camping and parking can fill up fast, so we recommend you visit their website for more information and to buy tickets in advance.
25th Annual Fly-in and Classic Car Show and Color me Wickenburg 5k (Wickenburg, October 12th)
The Fly-in and Car Show takes place from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. and offers an array of aircraft from all over Arizona flying into Wickenburg to participate. Pilots will be available to describe their aircraft throughout the day. The Classy Classic Car Club will display over 75 classic automobiles for spectators to view and learn from car owners. This year also marks the first annual Color me Wickenburg 5k. Participants will enjoy a fun walk/run through Sunset Park where they’ll be showered in colors at various stations along the route which will end at the Fly-In and Car Show. Registration is required for the 5k which is $25 for adults 16 and over and $12 for kids 15 and under, you can find a registration link by visiting the Wickenburg website.
Everybody’s Hometown Festival (Prescott, October 19th)
This event offers rides, games, food, drink, and live music all celebrating Prescott, “Everybody’s Hometown.” The blockparty-style festival takes place over three streets in historic Downtown, each celebrating a different theme. Daytime bands and entertainment take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is complimentary for all ages. The evening concert, from 5-10 p.m. is a 21 and over show and requires tickets. Game and ride passes are available at the event, but VIP Taste of Prescott and All-Access Passes are available in advance at the festival’s website.
40th Annual Bluegrass Festival (Wickenburg, November 8th-10th)
This 3-day event takes place every year at the Everett Bowman Rodeo Grounds and features tons of live music, arts and crafts vendors, as well as food and drinks. Visitors will enjoy continuous live music, including championship-level musical competition as they explore the Rodeo Grounds. Limited covered seating is available, so the venue recommends brining folding chairs or blankets. For those interested, RV and tent camping is available for reservation. For more information about the event, including reservations and purchasing tickets, visit their website.
These are just a small sample of all the fun activities that fall has to offer for those of us here in Arizona. So whether you’re camping out to country music or partying on the Square, take some time to enjoy the fall festivities. For more information about the communities we love and the homes we build there, reach out to an Online Home Advisor today.