Events, Tourism News and Updates From Kingman

Published by The Bee News

December 29, 2023

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Events, as well as tourism news and updates from Kingman, leave no doubt that 2023 is wrapping up with a bang, and 2024 will be a banner year in a town proclaimed to be the heart of historic Route 66.

Information provided by Kingman Office of Tourism.

December 30 – Nightmare Before New Year’s Eve Drag Show

Come on out to Black Bridge Brewery for A Nightmare Before New Year’s Eve Drag Show! There will be a $5 cover at both Entrances to the patio area. ** Proceeds made at the door will be donated to Mohave Pride 2024** 18+ w/ID to enter – 21+ w/ID to drink Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 Raffle Baskets

There will be heaters throughout on the Patio so you can enjoy the show also make sure to grab a brew from inside and yummy food from the food vendors! Our amazing Hostess for the night: Sophia De La Rosa. Music Provided by: Chris Lay

We have an amazing line up of entertainers Local and also out of town Kings and Queens. We work very hard at our arts and travel distances so please don’t forget to tip your Fabulous Entertainers! Located at 421 E Beale St. Party starts at 6pm. 

December 31 – Prohibition Party

Get ready to transport yourself back to the roaring 20s at the Prohibition Party! Dust off your flapper dresses and fedoras, because this is going to be the bee’s knees. Join us at the Red Cellar & Bistro for a night of jazz, dancing, and secret speakeasy vibes. Sip on classic cocktails, indulge in delicious bites, and let the DJ sweep you off your feet. This in-person event promises an unforgettable evening filled with vintage charm and good ol’ fashioned fun. So, mark your calendars and get ready to party like it’s 1929! Tickets $20. Food will be catered 6pm to 8pm.

Prohibition Attire Required for drink discounts. Prohibition Attire Contest!!! With Prizes!!! This is a private event and Red Cellar & Bistro Will be closed to the public. Tickets are required & Limited. 3015 Hualapai Mountain Road Kingman, AZ Call: 928.224.9533 Visit Us Online http://redcellarbistro.com  

Tickets can be purchased online or at Red Cellar & Bistro

January 1 – 23rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge

The Polar Dip is now twenty-three years old and counting with participation increasing each year. This annual event has blossomed into a widely attended event to bring in the New Year! The “Dip” is open to anyone interested in starting off their new year in a “chilling” way by braving the near-freezing waters of Centennial Pool. The event is FREE for everyone but recommend you be in good health to participate. Warm showers, hot coco, popcorn, and prizes await all participants. Spectators get to enjoy the view and cheer on the brave souls. The event will take place at exactly Noon on New Year’s Day, not a minute before or after the hour!The Dip is usually over within minutes so don’t be late!

Note: The brisk water temperatures may not be suitable for everyone. If you have a heart condition or history of heart related problems, the Polar Bear Dip may not be the activity for you to participate in. If unsure that the shock of cold water may be harmful to your health, you should consult your physician prior to participating. All plungers do so at their own risk.

For more information call the Kingman Parks and Recreation Dept. at 928.757.7919 or visit www.cityofkingman.gov.

January 13 – Dia de los Muertos Storytelling

Sounds of Kingman, Presents Zarco Guerrero, Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024, 1pm – 2:30pm

Mohave County Library, 3269 N Burbank St, Kingman, AZ 86409

Dia de Los Muertos is a highly celebrated and significant holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. It is a day when homage is paid with prayers, offerings of food and the building of altars to those who have gone before us. Join Guerrero and his unique masked characters as they celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with hilarious and moving storytelling, turning stereotypes on their heads. Among the characters making appearances are the poetry spouting “El Vato Poeta,” the flirtatious “La Comadre,” the wise “El Abuelito,” and other beloved characters that Guerrero, a prolific playwright, has created to express the humor and sadness of our lives. Guerrero’s storytelling puts life into perspective in a delightful and engaging way, helping us accept and even laugh at our most primal fears about death.

For Immediate Release

See Your Work Up High on a Billboard

City of Kingman seeks inspiring images by Photographers from around the world

Immediate Release: December 27, 2023

The Kingman Office of Tourism and Economic Development is calling on photographers worldwide to participate in the 2024 Kingman Billboard Leap-year Photo Contest throughout February 2024. The contest seeks images that showcase Kingman’s key attractions: Route 66, History, and Outdoor Recreation.

The City of Kingman will award three grant prize winners, one for each category, with the opportunity to have their winning photos displayed prominently on 48’ wide billboards along Interstate 40 and Highway 93 (Future Interstate 11). Each billboard is 48’ wide, so the images need to be large and high quality enough to fit the space. Winners in this category are eligible for a $500 prize.

The objective is to gather authentic, unaltered photographs taken by both locals and travelers in their organic Kingman experiences. This contest not only aims to feature winning images but also provides additional financial incentives for finalists. The Kingman Office of Tourism and Economic Development seeks to expand its photo library with high-quality images reflecting diverse perspectives and styles, contributing to Kingman’s visual narrative.

Join in, and capture Kingman’s essence! For contest rules, details, and to participate, visit www.choosekingman.com/photocontest.

For Media inquiries, contact: Josh Noble, Tourism Services manager, City of Kingman Office of Tourism, jnoble@cityofkingman.gov, 

928-718-2581

For Immediate Release

Lucky Couples Can Get Hitched on 66 This February

Kingman to give the biggest heart on 2024 National Giving Hearts Day

Immediate Release: December 27, 2023

Kingman, AZ: The vintage Las Vegas Boulevard Cupid’s Wedding Chapel neon will be renovated into Kingman’s newest roadside landmark in February 2024. The sign will be located 200 feet west of the famous Route 66 Drive Thru Shield, directly across Route 66 from Dunton Motors Dream Machines in Downtown Kingman.

The sign cabinet came into the possession of the late Scott Dunton, whose last name is behind the ‘D’ in the famous Mr. D’z Route 66 Diner. Dunton donated the sign to the City of Kingman before he passed earlier this year. It will be renovated to sport neon lettering with marquee lights that will read “Kingman, Heart of Historic Route 66”, a moto Kingman has boasted since 1993. The project was awarded to Legacy Signs & Iron of Kingman, AZ and sign restoration is currently underway.

Kingman will throw a special Valentine’s themed dedication between 5:30 and 7:30 on February 9, 2024, the Friday before Valentine’s Day which is also National Giving Hearts Day. The inaugural lighting ceremony will take place at sunset, approximately 6:15. But the festivities don’t end with the lighting ceremony.

“The sign has heart with an arrow going through it, and everything’s coming together just in time for Valentine’s Day! How could we not plan something around that?” said Katie Barthlow of the Kingman Office of Tourism.

In a nod to the sign’s symbolic heart and arrow, event planners have arranged for up to three lucky couples to tie the knot Vegas-style, officiated by none other than a Las Vegas Elvis-inspired master of ceremonies.

If you and your significant other have yet to say “I do,” possess a compelling love story, and envision making February 9 a day to remember, the Kingman Office of Tourism invites you to reach out at kbarthlow@cityofkingman.gov with “Get Hitched on 66” in the subject line. Self-nominations are being accepted through January 2024, exclusively from the couples themselves. Those selected will need to arrange and purchase their wedding certificates through the Mohave County Superior Court.

For additional details, visit www.ExploreKingman.com/GetHitchedOn66 or call 928-718-2583. Your journey to matrimonial bliss on Route 66 awaits!

Media Contacts: Kingman Office of Tourism

Josh Noble, Tourism Services Manager

jnoble@cityofkingman.gov

928-718-2581

Katie Barthlow, Tourism Events & Social media

kbarthlow@cityofkingman.gov

928-718-2583

For Immediate Release

Author, humorist, historian and lecturer Jim Hinckley, creator of the Jim Hinckley’s America network, has announced development of a new video series, In Search of Lost Highways, that will be added to the YouTube channel. In this series Hinckley will provide a virtual tour of historic roads and trails such as the Mohave Prescott Road, National Old Trails Road, Stockton Hill Road, U.S. 466, and Mojave Road.

Hinckley recently assisted Kingman Main Street with development of a narrated, self guided historic district walking tour. Phase one is 38 points of interest including historic sites, sites associated with the city’s Hollywood and celebrity connection, and public art displays.

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