WESTERN FUN RIDES IN WITH THE 70th ANNUAL GOLD RUSH DAYS
Festivities begin on Thursday, February 8, with the Brown’s Amusements Family Fun Carnival opening at 4:00 p.m., in the downtown district. Joining us in Wickenburg for special concert performances is the multi-talented 3 Red Neck Tenors, Thursday, February 8th and Friday, February 9th the show starts at 7:30 p.m. sponsored by the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts. To purchase tickets only for the Webb Center concerts call 928-684-6624.
The official opening gets underway on Friday, February 9 during the Opening Ceremonies on Frontier Street at 10:00 a.m. with western entertainers, and gold rush officials kicking off the event. Friday is the only day you will be able to see beautiful classic cars on Frontier Street from 9:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
The main festival area on Valentine Street in the historic district will see exhibitors at the Wickenburg Art Club artisans’ fair, & juried fine art show at Stone Park and in the public library; at the community center you’ll find daily activities such as gold panning, arts/crafts, and food court from 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m., with the carnival running throughout the evening. Nearby at the Hassayampa River Walk & Wishing Well Park is where the free stage entertainment area is set-up for live music each day starting at 12 Noon. Additionally you will find food trucks and other activities such as telescope viewing the sky.
One of the highlights on Friday is the first show of the Desert Stagers old fashioned melodrama, held in the historic Saguaro Theatre at 7:00 p.m., $10 nightly throughout the celebration. The second concert performance at The Webb Center is again at 7:30 p.m.
The parade is on Saturday at 10:00 a.m., and one of the largest in Arizona with more than 80 entries including horses, historic wagons, classic auto’s, floats, marching bands, and youth groups. Spectators line the street as one of the largest parades in Arizona passes.
This event celebrates the town’s origins as a ranching & gold mining center in the days before there was a Phoenix. The heritage event was founded 70 years ago, and today Gold Rush Days draws tens of thousands of visitors, during the 3 ½ days of activities.