Let’s Get Excited About Kingman

Published by The Bee News

April 12, 2024

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Let’s get excited about Kingman! In coming weeks there are a diverse array of events scheduled that will add some zip to a Kingman, Arizona visit or a Route 66 adventure.

April 17, at 6:00 PM –  a reception for muralist Ray Harvey or Ray Harvey Art, and the unveiling of his first mural in Arizona, will take place at Mudd on 66, 217 E Andy Devine Avenue (Route 66), Kingman, Arizona. Harvey is a critically acclaimed muralist that has been a featured artist for the Missouri Arts Council. He is known as the patriotic muralist and a current project is a series of public art displays that has resulted in Concordia, Missouri being labeled as the states “Patriotic Mural City.” After completing 26 large public murals in Hannibal’s historic business district, he was given the key to the city. The Kingman Proud mural to be unveiled on Wednesday evening was completed in the style of classic large letter linen postcards of the 1940s and 1950s. The uniquely colorful American styling of blocky, three-dimensional letters packed with illustrations of scenic or local sights was developed by Curt Teich in 1931. This will be the first of two murals being created in Kingman by Harvey. Even before completion, the mural was already proving to be a popular photo stop for Route 66 travelers. While working on the project Harvey recently noted, “today I think we only spoke to a few English-speaking American citizens. Two from Czechoslovakia, one from French Polynesia and this cool guy from Milan, Corrado! Fun to talk to and excited as could be to be traveling on Route 66 in Arizona.” The reception will provide visitors and residents with an opportunity to experience the excitement of the renaissance that is transforming the historic business district in Kingman.

Here is event information provided by the Kingman Office of Tourism.

April 11 – Sundowner Saloon Comedy Night – Sundowner Saloon Comedy Night Thursday April 11th from 7pm to 8:30pm, With National Touring Comedian Peter Sers and Special Guest Erik Lewin, Come Experience an evening of laughter at The Sundowner Saloon. $10 Tickets include admission to the event + a can of The BUZZ Honey Lager brewed with local Kingman honey. Karaoke Time After the show with Off Key Karaoke from 8:30pm-12pm Every Thursday! Brought to you by Papa Murphy’s Take N Bake Pizza & LA Sounds Entertainment Located At 4400 Stockton Hill Rd. Kingman Arizona Visit Us Online https://sundownersaloon.com 

April 12 – Drive-In Movie Night – Drive-In Movie Nights have become popular and those in attendance have raved about them. If you haven’t been to one that the Parks & Recreation Department has hosted, now is your chance. You can sit in the comfort of your vehicle and enjoy time spent with family or friends. Movies will take place downtown at Southside Park in the lower parking lot near field #2. Concessions will be available. Featured movie will be Batman. Date: Friday, April 12 Time: Arrivals may begin at 5:30 p.m. Featured Movie will begin at dark Age: All Ages Cost: By cash donation Location: Southside Park 

April 13 – Collector Show – Buy ~ Sell ~ Trade Presented by Invest-iblez. A large collection of sports and other trading cards, memorabilia, comics, Funko Pops, Pokemon, as well as on-sight appraisals for your own collectibles. 10am to 8pm. Located at 301 N 1st St. For more info, contact Shane Petersen at 928.323.4609.

April 13 – Day of Caring Cleanup Event – Come join the 300+ individuals and groups in picking up litter in our community! Gloves, safety vests, trash grabbers, bags, and maps will be provided at registration location. To pre-register, call 928.855.6333 or visit www.rcuw.org/dayofcaring. Registration 8am. Cleanup 8am – 11am. River Cities United Way Office, 2202 Hualapai Mountain Road.

April 13 – Day of Caring Downtown Cleanup – Join us for Kingman’s annual Day of Caring! We’re organizing a downtown cleanup and would love for you to join us. Meet us at Locomotive Park from 8am to 11am.Register here: https://www.rcuw.org/dayofcaring/ Area of cleanup: Downtown. Organization participating with: Kingman Main Street. 

April 13 – Street Eats on 66 – Join us for our 3rd annual Street Eats on 66 food truck event. On Saturday, April 13th, we will do our part to drive hunger out of Kingman! Stop by Lewis Kingman Park on Historic Route 66 and enjoy a variety of Food, Live Music, Face Painting, Beer Garden and much more! Admission is $5. Kids under 10 are FREE! 100% of the admission goes to local charities Located at 2201 E Andy Devine Ave. 

April 13 & 14 – PRCA Rodeo Two days of Pro-Rodeo action for the whole family to enjoy! Come and enjoy the upcoming PRCA Rodeo located at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. The Kingsmen again will keep the ticket prices low – Adults (17yrs – 64yrs) $15.00 Child (7yrs – 16yrs) $10.00 Children (6yrs and younger) free I.D. may be required. The “Kingsmen” are a group of local businessmen dedicated to the preservation of our area’s ranching and rodeo western heritage. For more information contact: kingsmenrodeo@yahoo.com Or visit the Andy Devine Days Rodeo website at: https://kingsmenrodeo.org/

April 13 & 20 – Kingman Farmers Market at Thunder-Rode – We have been providing our community with fresh, local seasonal produce and supporting Kingman’s local artists and craftspeople through every season for several years. We also support our local bands who are known to entertain the market crowds. The Kingman Farmers Market, located in the Thunder-Rode Event Center, 102 E Beale St. The Kingman Farmers Market will take place every Saturday in the Thunder-Rode Event Center as long as weather is permitting. Spring, Fall, and Winter hours are 9am-1pm. Summer hours are 8am-Noon. 

April 14 – Think Spring Market – Pitchfork Market now at Metcalfe Park! Free entry. Fresh produce by DD Farms. Over 80 merchants! Grand opening – Buddy’s Breakfast and Burgers food truck! Ice cream treats! Gorgeous Designs art classes. Live music! Baked goods, coffee, tea, cheese curds, honey, candy, dry rubs, eggs, sauces, soups, nuts, pet treats, arts, crafts, jewelry, bath/body, health/wellness, collectables, books, and more! 9am – 3pm. 315 W Beale St. www.pitchforkmarketevents.com 

April 18 – 21 – Spring Carnival – Free parking & admission! Beer garden, live bands, and more! Family friendly! Carnival rides! Located at Mohave County Fairgrounds, 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd. www.desertcanyonevents.com Thursday, April 18: 4pm – 10pm Friday, April 19: 12pm – 10pm Saturday, April 20: 10am – 10pm Sunday, April 21: 10am – 4pm

April 20 – Chillin’ on Beale – Bring your car down for a fun time. Classics, customs, creatives, motorcycles, EVs, you name it! Cruise on down to Beale Street for music, good food, and down-home Kingman atmosphere! Events begin at 3pm and ends at 6pm. April’s theme is Classic Car Kick-Off. Free and open to the public – vehicle spots open. Contact Gene Kirkham at 714.488.1843 for more information.

April 20 & 21 – Spring Home & Garden Expo – Kingman Community & surrounding areas – come out and join the fun, along with over 70 vendors from near and far. Bring the family and friends for some shopping at the Mohave County Spring Home & Garden Expo at the Mohave County Fairgrounds. 2600 Fairgrounds Blvd. 702.373.7694. www.desertcanyonevents.com Saturday, 10am – 6pm Sunday, 10am – 4pm

April 20 & 27 – Kingman’s Market in the Park –Join us for Kingman’s Market in the Park! Located at Lewis Kingman Park, 2201 E Andy Devine Ave. Here you’ll find an array of products including baked goods, local produce, clothing, hand-made arts & crafts, and so much more! 8am to 12pm.

April 25 – 28 – Route 66 Bike Week – Join us once again, as we pay a two (and three) wheel tribute to the Mother Road! Route 66 Bike Week stretches from Needles, CA to Seligman, AZ, providing over 300 miles (round trip) of fun, adventure and nostalgia. Follow along in the footsteps of the filming locations from the iconic movie Easy Rider. Participate in our Route 66 Scavenger Hunt including many FREE RAFFLES and a CASH PRIZE. Head back to “Rally Central” (Saddle Sore Ranch) as often as you’d like for live music, contests, games, shenanigans, vendors, bike shows, rat rods, optional onsite camping, nightly campfire parties and more. Grab your free scavenger hunt sheet at the Saddle Sore Ranch anytime during the event. Completed sheets must be turned in by 5pm on Saturday. Wristband required at Saddle Sore Ranch after 6pm daily. 21 and up only, after 6pm, at the Saddle Sore Ranch. https://saddlesoreranch.com/

April 26 & 27 – 4th Annual Missing the Run Event – Live entertainment, food trucks, vendors, and more! Located at Mother Road Harley-Davidson, 2501 E Beverly Ave. 11am to 3pm.

April 26 – 28 – Thunder-Rode Bike Fest – 3 Full Days of Bikes, Beauties, and Bands.  Shop our 40+ Vendor Street Market.  See Miss Kylee and watch her crown the new Miss Thunder-Rode during the 2024 Miss Thunder-Rode Search. Get your ROCK ON with live music all 3 days.  Fill your stomach will the best food and drinks. FREE admittance for the entire weekend. Clean restroom, free ice/water, tent with misters, air-conditioned shop, games, bike contest, and motorcycle revelry! 102 E. Beale Street, Kingman, AZ – Across from Locomotive Park and behind Mr. D’z Famous Diner on Route 66 in Historic Downtown Kingman, AZ. Proceeds from alcohol sales benefit the American Legion Post, which supports veterans and other charities throughout Kingman and Mohave County all year long.

April 27 – Mohave Community Orchestra Spring Concert – Come listen to the Mohave Community Orchestra perform our Spring Concert! College Park Community Center 1990 Jagerson Ave. Suggested donation:$5 individual $10 family

Other items of note.

April 14, 7:00 AM – This week on Coffee With Jim, the Podbean based podcast from Jim Hinckley’s America. Lights. Camera. Action. On today’s episode with visit with Bobby Hockaday of Film Tucumcari a non-profit organization focusing on the enhancement of Tucumcari’s cultural and economic landscape and Quay County through media production. We will also be talking about the Tucumcari Film Festival scheduled for April 26th and 27th. Come joini us for another shared adventure from Jim Hinckley’s America.

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