Family Events

Cottonwood Parks and Recreation sponsors many community and special events throughout the year. Different events are geared toward children, families or adults. Many of these events are free or at a minimal cost. Check out the information below and see what fun the City of Cottonwood and Parks and Recreation provides you.

Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt

Cottonwood's Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt is held yearly the Saturday before Easter. Children ages 1 month to 8 years gather at Riverfront Park with their baskets or bags to search for candy and prize filled eggs. The Cottonwood Youth Advisory Commission has been known to bring the Easter Bunny with them for hugs and pictures. The Hunt begins at 10:00 am, but arrive early as parking spots fill quickly. This is a free event.

Missoula Children's Theatre

The 2017 Cottonwood Residency is Cinderella. Auditions are Monday, June 12. Show up to register at 9:45 am for auditions that begin at 10:00 am. Auditions, rehearsals and the show will be at American Heritage Academy, 2030 E Cherry Street this year due to construction at the Civic Center. Tickets for the shows, Saturday, June 17 at 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm, will be available from performers and at the door. For more information see page 10 of the summer Leisure Times or email

Old Town Music and the Market
Join us at the Old Town Activity Park for 13 Thursday evenings beginning the Thursday after July Fourth. Shop locally grown fruits and vegetables, crafted and homemade items and more while listening to some of the best regional musicians around. Visit for more information.

Cottonwood Summer Cinema Series

Join us for free movies at the Old Town Activity Park and the Cottonwood Aquatics Center. Refreshments will be available for purchase at both locations. Click here for the most current movie flyer.

   Dive-In Movies at the CAC: Second Saturday of June, July and August. Gates open at 7:45 pm, movies begin at dark.
   Movies in the Park: Fourth Saturday of June and July. Seating begins at 7:00 pm, movies begin at dark.

Daddy Daughter Date Night

A special night for daughters ages 5 to 17 and their amazing dads. Held the Friday before Father's Day at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Tickets go on sale the beginning of May. Click here for more information.

Fantastic Family Fourth of July

Held each year on the Fourth of July at the Cottonwood Kid's Park adjacent to 12th Street. This family event has free hot dogs, hamburgers and watermelon, watermelon eating contests, patriotic salutes and the best pyrotechnic show in Northern Arizona. To see the most recent flyer, click here.