Information: 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 67 years ago, and today Gold Rush Days draws tens of thousands of visitors, during the 3 ½ days of activities. Gold Rush Days most significant recognition is from the Library of Congress, whereas Gold Rush Days is one of America’s Living Legacies. The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce is the proud producer of the celebration each year, along with partners and sponsors.
Carnival: Brown’s Amusements Family Fun Carnival opens at 4:00 p.m., in the downtown district on February 11th at 4pm thru February 14th at 6pm.
Tickets are sold at the carnival gate. A LIMITED number of discount tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce, 216 N. Frontier Street, for Carnival Patrons.
Senior Pro Rodeo: The National Senior Pro Rodeo and Open Rough Stock, Admission: $10 adults, $9 seniors, $5 students (13-17), children (5-12) $3 & under 5 are Free. Gates open at Noon. Tickets available at the Chamber office, at the gate or online (when available).
The National Senior Pro Rodeo Association selected the 2013 Gold Rush Days Rodeo as their “Rodeo of the Year”.
Gold Rush Parade: The parade is on Saturday the 13th at 10:00 a.m., and one of the largest in Arizona with over 100 entries including 1,000 horses within the entry classes, Classic Automobiles, floats, marching bands, and youth groups will also be participating.
Named #3 Parade by Arizona Edventures‘ Top Ten Parades to attend in Arizona!!
Old Fashion Melodrama: The Desert Stagers present an Old Fashioned Melodrama February 12th-14th with evening performances beginning at 7 p.m. in the historic Saguaro Theater. Tickets available at Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce office
Opening Ceremonies: The official opening gets underway on Friday, February 12 during the Opening Ceremonies on Frontier Street at 10:00 a.m. with a gunslinger-stuntman Joey Dillon, and gold rush officials kicking off the event.
Classic Car Show: Friday is the only day you will be able to see beautiful classic cars on Frontier Street from 9am -3 p.m.
Artisan Fair: The main festival area on Valentine Street in the historic district will see 150 exhibitors at the Wickenburg Art Club artisan fair, & juried art show, family fun carnival, free stage entertainment, gold panning, 150 arts/crafts, and much more from 10:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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