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    One of the great things about Sharlot Hall Museum is that we hold a number of Annual Festivals on our lovely, garden-like grounds in addition to our historic buildings, permanent exhibits and collections.  Four of these are long running annual festivals, and we also have been known to hold multiple special events.

    Specific information can be obtained by clicking on the specific festivals below. Festivals are a wonderful time to visit the museum - we hope to see you there!

    Remember that if you choose to become a Museum Member during one of our Festival events, we will credit your festival admission price towards the membership.  What an excellent time to join... and to enjoy the Museum, its grounds and its special activities!

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    Prescott Indian Art Market - July 8 & 9, 2017

    20th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market 

    For almost two decades, the Prescott Indian Art Market has presented some of the finest native American art in the Southwest. Get ready to celebrate the Market's 20th anniversary!

    It's Two Days...
    of spectacular works of Indian art
    on the four-acre Museum campus.

    Backdrop for the Indian Art Market is the cool gardens of Sharlot Hall Museum.  Comfortably warm temperatures and a steady stream of art enthusiasts enjoy viewing (and buying) exquisite wood and stone carvings, distinctive ceramics… sculptures in stone, leather, and ceramic… gorgeous paintings in acrylics, oil, watercolor… hand-woven baskets, blankets and clothing… distinctive jewelry and much, much more.  Juried artists present traditional and contemporary artwork making PIAM one of the Southwest's premier Indian-art markets.

    The featured artist for this 20th Annual Indian Art Market is Diné Navajo artist Virgil J. Nez. His distinct style and brillian use of color acrylics have intrigued art enthusiasts around the nation for his contemporary presentation of traditional values.  "It all starts with the canvas," says Nez, who has been an exhibitor at PIAM for almost every year since its beginnings.

    If you're a native American Indian artist interested in exhibiting at the 20th Annual Prescott Indian Art Market, click here to read instructions on how to participate in the juried show.  If you're a devotee and art enthusiast of beautiful native art, SAVE THE DATE: JULY 8-9


    Folk Music Festival - October 7 & 8, 2017

    FMF-39-logoSharlot-Hall-Museum-FolkMusicFestival1In 2017 we celebrate the 39th Annual Folk Music Festival at Sharlot Hall Museum. This is Arizona's longest-running folk music festival and features musicians performing on four stages.  This premier event includes educational and informative workshops on musical history, musical styles and iconic musicians.

    There are plenty of opportunities to jam on our beautiful grounds - the porch on the historic Territorial Governor's Mansion has proven to be a popular venue year after year.  If you are a musician, be sure to bring your instrument - all levels are welcome.

    Throughout the two-day event, workshops on a wide range of musical subjects will be conducted by the performers and group members.

    What: 39th Annual Folk Music Festival at Sharlot Hall Museum

    When: Saturday, Oct 7, 2017 - 10 am to 4 pm
                Sunday, Oct 8, 2017 - 10 am to 4 pm
    Where: Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza

    Admission: $15 two-day pass;  $10 daily, general admission;  $8 for Museum members; youth 17 and under are FREE.


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    Frontier Christmas - December 2, 2017

    FrontierXmas-logo2Sharlot-Hall-Museum-Frontier-ChristmasTake a voyage back to a Christmas long ago, before things became so hectic and commercial. We celebrate Christmas as it was back when Prescott was the Territorial Capital of Arizona. Luminaries line the sidewalks and historical figures such as Judge Howard tell the story of what the first Christmas was like as he sits in the Fort Misery cabin - the oldest cabin in Arizona. Our fabulous Living History volunteers will be in the other historic buildings in period costumes while interpreting what life was like back in the territorial past.

    Homemade holiday cookies and hot cider will be served and there will be various forms of entertainment. We start the proceedings right after the Christmas Tree lighting ceremony on Prescott's Courthouse Plaza, so watch the lighting and then make the short walk two blocks west on Gurley Street to the Museum where you will be transported back in time to Territorial Arizona. Admission is only $5 for those 18 and over, and is free for Museum Members and those 17 and under. Hours are from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. And yes, the Museum Gift Shop in the Victorian Bashford House will be open for all your last minute Christmas shopping needs!

    Sharlot-Hall-Frontier-Christmas-0164What: Sharlot Hall Museum Annual Frontier Christmas featuring music, refreshments, cookies by a roaring fire, shopping, and living history re-enactments of holiday celebrations during Arizona’s territorial days.

    When: Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017, 6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. immediately following the Courthouse Lighting

    Where: Sharlot Hall Museum, 415 W. Gurley St., two blocks west of the Courthouse Plaza

    Admission: Free for Museum members; $5 for non-members, 17 and under free

    For more information about Sharlot Hall Museum’s Frontier Christmas, call the Museum at 928-445-3122.


    Folk Arts Fair - June 2 & 3, 2018

    FAF dutchoven biscuits 2 LRSharlot Hall Museum’s Folk Arts Fair will transport visitors to a simpler time when the “Village of Traditions” returns to the shade-covered Museum campus on the weekend of June 2-3 for the 45th straight year.

    Sharlot-Hall-Museum-FAF-cornhusk-galsThe Museum grounds will be transformed into a traditional 19th century Arizona village featuring themed districts and emphasizing education, demonstrations and hands-on experiences.

    Participate in the arts and skills essential to the lives of territorial Arizonans.  Watch sheep shearing and then see it spun into yarn and woven into garments.  Discover basket weaving, blacksmithing demonstrations, and folk music performances as you discover a simpler time in Arizona.

    Children can experience crafts of yester-year with hands-on activities, and everyone will savor fresh popcorn and Dutch-oven baked biscuits with freshly churned butter.  Enjoy the crafts, trades and amusements of the past - a bygone era re-created! - as well as good ol' fashioned FUN!

    Daily admission is $10 for adults 18 and over, $8 for Museum members, and free for those 17 and under. The Fair is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


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