Annually, the second full weekend in February.
Just head for central Wickenburg and you will find Gold Rush Days! Map.
For three action-filled days thousands of visitors and participants enjoy the multitude of activities ranging from a shoot-out on Frontier Street, a rodeo, parade, arts and crafts booths and, of course, food.
When Did Gold Rush Days Start?:
An annual event for over 57 years, this is a celebration of Wickenburg's rich western and mining heritage.
See gold panning, a mucking and drilling contest, and other activities relating to the gold fever that created the town.
Where Can I Get More Information?:
The Wickenburg Chamber of Commerce maintains an up to date website with a schedule of activities.
What Will I See?:
Enjoy our action packed photo gallery of the Wickenburg Gold Rush Days parade.
About Wickenburg's Gold Rush Days:
Each year, thousands descend on this western town to enjoy dinners, events, dances, rodeo and good old fashioned small town fun. Wickenburg has a rich history. The town of Wickenburg website provides a great summary of Wickenburg's wild west beginnings. "Henry Wickenburg came to the area in search of gold. He was rewarded with the discovery of Vulture Mine, where over $30 million in gold was found. There are still relics around the area that stand as a tribute to these early adventurers as well as a walking tour around Vulture Mine and Robsons Mining World."
What I enjoy most is the small-town atmosphere.
Have breakfast at the Cowboy Cafe and you will see what I mean. There are "real" cowboys that come to town to eat there too. The rodeo is a refreshing break from the mega-rodeos of Las Vegas and Dallas. The grounds are simple yet the sport is top notch.
Craftsmen from around the country gather under white tents to sell their wares.
If you are a fan of western memorabilia or crafts, this is the place to shop. But, remember to bring money.... there are enticing arts and crafts that you will want to buy.
If you cannot come to Wickenburg at a less crowded time, be sure and take an hour or so to tour the Desert Caballeros Western Museum. They have a wonderful collection of western art as well as a realistic historical display of Wickenburg.