Kingman Area Events and Tourism Notes

Published by The Bee News

January 13, 2024

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Discover Kingman! Aside from a diverse array of events, Kingman offers attractions ranging from an award winning distillery and narrated self guided historic district walking tour to miles of picturesque urban trails and live music.

From the Kingman Office of Tourism:

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.

January 18 – Comedian Ben Bailey – Comedian Ben Bailey performing live at Beale Celebrations on Thursday, January 18th at 7pm. Located at 201 N 4th St. Purchase tickets at https://bealestreettheater.com/ He drove the smash hit series “Cash Cab” (still in syndication around the world) for over 550 episodes, earning multiple Daytime Emmy Awards. Prior to becoming “the Cash Cab guy,” he performed at The Comedy Store in LA, in clubs across NYC and at major comedy festivals around the world. Bailey starred in two specials for Comedy Central. He released “Road Rage and Accidental Ornithology” in 2011; and “Ben Bailey: Live and Uncensored” in 2016.

January 27 – 34th Annual Oatman Bed Races – Forget the Indy 500, Daytona 500, and the Kentucky Derby. For sheer drama and athletic prowess exhibited while wearing pajamas, nothing tops the Oatman Bed Races. Five-person teams, with four pushers and one sheet jockey, propel beds through Oatman’s main drag at breakneck speeds. No wagering, please. Let’s keep the sport pure. This annual event takes place on January 27th at 1pm. But festivities rock this gold mining town/wild burrow hangout from 10am to 4pm. Costumes and pajamas are strongly encouraged because that’s how Oatman rolls! If you and four amigos have the right stuff, the entry fee for the bed races is $50. Per team and beds are provided. You can even sign up the day of the event before noon. And don’t worry, officials will clear Oatman’s beloved burros off the street before the race begins. No admission fee for spectators. www.oatmanchamberofcommerce.com. Sign-ups start at 11:30am.  $50 per team entry. 5-person teams, 18+ yrs old only. Many prizes and raffles.

Additional events and news:

  • “The City of Kingman’s vision to revitalize downtown Kingman is set to begin its third and final phase on Beale Street! The Kingman Downtown Streetscape Project has been under construction since July 2023, and similar types of projects have greatly benefited other Arizona downtown areas.”
  • Kingman is about to unveil it’s newest roadside gem. Mark your calendars for a special Valentine’s-themed dedication event on February 9, 2024 – the Friday before Valentine’s Day! But we’re not stopping with the lighting ceremony. In a nod to the sign’s symbolic heart and arrow, up to three lucky couples can get hitched Vegas-style, officiated by none other than a Las Vegas Elvis-inspired master of ceremonies!Self-nominations are being accepted through January 2024, exclusively from the couples themselves. So if you and your significant other have yet to say “I do,” possess a compelling love story, and envision making February 9th a day to remember, we you to reach out at kbarthlow@cityofkingman.gov with “Get Hitched on 66” in the subject line. READ MORE AT: https://www.explorekingman.com/gethitchedon66
  • KING-CON SPRING BREAK 2024, March 15 and 16, Beale Celebrations, Kingman – Kids under 10 are free, General Admission is $9.99, and we again are offering a limited number of VIP passes that allow you early admission, a custom lanyards/badge, and now a official King-Con T-Shirt for that one price.
  • Saturday, March 16, 1:00, Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce, 309 E. Beale Street, Sounds of Kingman presents Dawn of the Great American Road Trip, a program by author, historian and humorist Jim HInckley of the Jim HInckley’s America network.

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