CLARKDALE, AZ TOURISM
Home to Verde Canyon Railroad
Clarkdale, Arizona’s first master-planned community, was laid out in 1914 near the site of what remains of the smelter which was built in 1910 to process ore from nearby Jerome until the mine was permanently closed in 1952. Clarkdale, a totally self-sustaining company town, was built with modern amenities of the time including residents, churches, recreational and cultural facilities, an administration center and parks. The mining and smelter sites, along with the Clarkdale Memorial Clubhouse, are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites. Today, Clarkdale hosts a number of community events including an art festival and Independence Day celebration.
Clarkdale has so much to offer: Tuzigoot National Monument, Dead Horse State Park, Sycamore Canyon Wilderness, located between Prescott and Coconino National Forests – the opportunities for hiking, biking, and enjoying nature abound.
Experience the Verde River – one of the last live, wild rivers in Arizona. Schedule a kayaking trip with one of our outfitters that can guide you down the river’s gentle rapids. Fish from the banks, or just wade into the cool, fresh water.
Experience our historic downtown. Wander our quiet streets lined with historic homes and take in the charm that is Clarkdale. From the Car Show to the Verde Valley Wine Festival to Clarktoberfest, there’s always something going on downtown
Experience our museums. The Clarkdale Historic Society Museum’s inventory of period photographs and original plans for the homes and buildings throughout town are second to none. The Arizona Copper Art museum displays a vast collection of objects crafted from copper from the dawn of time to present day.
Experience nature. Experience history. Experience Clarkdale.
2022 Town of Clarkdale Free events
Clarkdale Rocks – Gem & Mineral Show: 9/23-9/25 (Fall show), Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Clarkdale Gem & Mineral Show is sponsored by the Town of Clarkdale and hosted by the Mingus Gem & Mineral Club. This is a free rock exhibition featuring gem & mineral vendors and a free rock collection for children.
Concerts in the Park Summer Series: 6/4, 6/18, 7/9, 7/23, 8/6, 8/20, 9/10, 9/24
Concerts in the Park Summer Series serves between 500 and 800 attendees at each concert. These free concerts provide an evening of fun for all ages to enjoy. Located at Town Park Gazebo.
Old Fashioned 4th of July: 7/4
Old Fashioned 4th of July – This family event includes a Kid’s Parade and other traditional festivities to celebrate Independence Day. Located on Main Street Clarkdale and Town Park.
Back to School Movie in the Park: 8/5
A family friendly movie under the stars served up with popcorn in Town Park.
Halloween Movie in the Park: 10/28
Halloween Movie in the Park Night will include a family friendly spooky movie and popcorn in Town Park.
Halloween ‘Safe Trick or Treating’ Event: 10/31
The Halloween ‘Safe Trick or Treating’ Event includes a costume contest and safe trick or treat candy for participating houses in Upper Main St. Clarkdale. Located at Town Park and on Upper Main St.
Santa Comes to Clarkdale: 12/3
Santa Comes to Clarkdale Children of all ages can visit and take a photo with Santa while enjoying free refreshments in Town Park.
Caroling in the Park: 12/16
Caroling in Town Park welcomes all who love to sing their favorite carols to Town Park for a night of music and holiday community comradery. Hot cocoa is served.
Contact Clarkdale Parks & Recreation for more details. (928) 639-2460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow our events on Facebook under Clarkdale Events https://www.facebook.com/ClarkdaleEvents
CLARKDALE DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ALLIANCE ANNUAL SPONSORED EVENTS
Clarkdale Car Show – March 12 from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Free community event on Main Street, Historic Clarkdale. with over 100 cars lining the streets of Clarkdale. Music, food, beer. https://clarkdalecarshow.com/
Clarkdale Summer Block Parties– May 27, June 24, July 29 (last Friday of each month) from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Free community event on Main Street, Historic Clarkdale. Live music, food, drinks.
Clarktober Fest – October 1 from 1 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Clarkdale Fall Festival with vendors, live music, food, beer & wine on Main Street, Historic Clarkdale. Free event. https://clarktoberfestaz.com/
CLARKDALE HISTORICAL SOCIETY & MUSEUM EVENTS
First Friday’s Historic Presentation – First Friday of each month in the Clark Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium beginning at 10 a.m. Free community event. https://www.facebook.com/Clarkdalemuseum