What's Happening in Wickenburg, AZ, this Month?

What's Happening in Wickenburg, AZ, this Month?
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Visit Wickenburg in Maricopa County, Arizona, if you want to experience the wild west in its very essence.

Wickenburg is an absolute paradise in the middle of the desert, with over 300 sunny days a year and an abundance of fun things to do.

Every town resident may feel their inner cowboy stirring because of the community's seamless blending of the old and new.

The community also boasts events throughout the year, but February is extraordinary because it is when Gold Rush Days, celebrating the town's past as a ranching and mining powerhouse in Arizona, takes place.

As the largest annual event in Wickenburg, it draws tens of thousands of people.

Check out what's happening in Wickenburg, Arizona, in February:

February 9 (7:30-9:30 pm) – Neal McCoy at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

The career of country music's dazzling showman Neal McCoy began in 1993, when the lead songs from his debut album, No Doubt About It, went to #1 on the charts.

The patriotic Texan has been making music for 30 years, releasing 15 studio albums and 34 singles, seven of which reached the Top Ten.

McCoy's high-energy performance included several of his hit singles, including "You Gotta Love That," "Billy Has His Beer Goggles On," and "The Shake."

Listen to these and more at Neal McCoy at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.

February 10-12 – 74th Annual Gold Rush Days and Senior Pro Rodeo

Wickenburg is famous for its rich past as a ranching and mining center, and every February, the town hosts its largest festival, Gold Rush Days.

The Gold Rush Days celebration has been going strong for seventy-four years now.

The festival kicks off on February 10 through a ceremony on Frontier Street at 10:00 am.

The 74th Annual Gold Rush Days and Senior Pro Rodeo features family-friendly events attracting tens of thousands of attendees.

The Library of Congress has designated Gold Rush Days as one of America's Local Legacies, the highest honor bestowed upon such an event.

The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce, in conjunction with other community organizations, hosts this annual event.

Weekend-long Events:


Brown's Amusements Family Fun Carnival is a must-see at Gold Rush Days. The carnival kicks out in the central business area at 4:00 pm on Thursday, February 8, and continues until 6:00 pm on Sunday, February 12. Fun rides and carnival activities will be available for guests of all ages. Carnival goers can get discounted tickets from the Visitor Center (216 N. Frontier Street) in minimal quantities. At the carnival, you may also purchase admission tickets.

Artisan Fair

During the Artisan Fair, much of the action occurs on Valentine Street, between the Wickenburg Public Library and Wickenburg Community Center. The Wickenburg Art Club hosts this juried art show and artisan fair. There will also be gold panning, a carnival, and over a hundred different arts and crafts booths to peruse. The main festival grounds will be available to the public from Friday at 9 am until Sunday at 5 pm.

February 10, 2023 – Gold Rush Days Kick Off

Classic Car Show

This one-day event features traditional and antique vehicles owned by local car enthusiasts.

February 11-12, 2023 – Rodeo Fun and Parade

Senior Pro Rodeo

Spectators may see cowboys and cowgirls compete in bull riding, bronc riding, barrel racing, and other events. National Senior Pro Rodeo and Open Rough Stock is a two-day event (February 11-February 12). Gates open at noon. Seating in the grandstand is limited. Feel free to bring lawn chairs. The National Senior Pro Rodeo Association has picked the 2022 Gold Rush Days Rodeo as "Rodeo of the Year." Purchase rodeo tickets through BAMM Tickets or the Wickenburg Visitor Center (216 N. Frontier Street). On the event day, you may buy tickets at the venue (cash-only admission).

Gold Rush Days Parade

At 10 am, you may catch a parade celebrating Gold Rush Days. Over 70 entries, including dozens of horses, make the Gold Rush procession one of the biggest in Arizona. There will also be vintage autos, marching bands, and youth organizations present. This year's parade will have the theme "Back in Gold!" Arizona Edventures selected the Gold Rush Days parade as one of the state's top 10 parades. Feel free to bring your lawn chairs and stake out prime viewing positions.

Rodeo Dance

The Humane Society of Wickenburg holds the annual rodeo dance. On Saturday, February 11, live music will fill the Wickenburg Community Center. From 6 pm to 10 pm, there will be a dance with a cash bar. This event is appropriate for people of all ages. Tickets to the dance are $12 each at the door or $10 in advance. You may get your tickets from this site. A second location to purchase tickets is the Wickenburg Visitor Center, located at 216 N. Frontier Street.

February 14 (7:30-9:30 pm) – John Pizzarelli Trio: "Dear Mr. Sinatra" at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

If you still haven't made any Valentine's Day plans, catch John Pizzarelli Trio: "Dear Mr. Sinatra” at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.

John Pizzarelli's musical love letter to his Italian-American predecessor, Frank Sinatra, is a touching tribute to the man and the music.

Pizzarelli's father, jazz guitar icon Bucky Pizzarelli, performed on several of Sinatra's classic albums, and young Pizzarelli opened for Sinatra on tour. John's accomplished jazz trio reimagines Sinatra's classic songs for a modern audience.

American Songbook favorites like "Witchcraft," "I've Got You Under My Skin," and "You Make Me Feel So Young" are sure to get you tapping your toes and snapping your fingers.

February 16-19 – February Cowgirl Weekend at Flying E Ranch

Women ages 21 and up can hop on a weekend retreat in the stunning Sonoran Desert.

Enjoy a weekend full of relaxation, horseback riding, happy hour, cowboy games, and dancing to live music during the February Cowgirl Weekend at Flying E Ranch.

The package price covers everything from housing to meals to excursions.

February 25 (7:30-9:30 pm) – Rhythm of the Dance at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts

The National Dance Company of Ireland is returning to Wickenburg with a fresh new show called Rhythm of the Dance at the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.

This two-hour-long dance and music spectacular has an abundance of impeccable talent and is on a thrilling journey through the past.

This uplifting epic relives the journey of the Irish Celts through time. With a live band of traditional musical performers, tenors, and step dancers, this lavishly dressed spectacle successfully blends the modern with the ancient.

The performance has been touring for nearly 20 years, with rave reviews and attendance of over seven million people across four continents and 57 countries.

Final Thoughts

Wickenburg, Arizona, is a fantastic spot to slow down and unwind.

There's a wide variety of activities available in Wickenburg, so everyone can find something to do here.

If you visit this community in February, you won’t be disappointed with the activities in store for you.

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