Family Events

4TH FLYER 2020

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.

Fantastic Family Fourth of July

Though 2020 daytime event activities have been canceled, the amazing fireworks show will be as spectacular as you’ve come to expect. Pyrotechnics are scheduled to begin at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Parking at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds will be limited and will be available on a first come, first served basis starting at 7 p.m. Guests are urged to follow physical-distancing and face-covering protocols. No alcohol will be permitted in the parking area. The Cottonwood Kids Park will be closed to visitors all day. 

This year ground shells have been replaced with aerial shells to help elevate the show and allow viewing from greater distances. Since the show has been designed to be viewed from afar, we encourage everyone to watch the fireworks from the comfort of home.

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.

Old Town Music & the Market

May and June 2020 are canceled but we hope to see you in September! Join us at the Old Town Activity Park for Thursday evenings in May, June and September. The Market isn’t held in July or August to reduce the number of probable rain-outs. Shop locally grown fruits and vegetables, handcrafted and homemade items and more while listening to some of the best regional musicians around.

Visit the Old Town Music & The Market website for more information.

Cottonwood Summer Cinema Series

2020 showings are canceled. 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. 

2020 showings are canceled. 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/Club House: Last Saturday of June and July. Seating begins at 7 pm, movies begin at dark.

Daddy Daughter Date Night

2020 EVENT IS CANCELED 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.

Missoula Children’s Theatre

2020 EVENT IS CANCELED The 2020 Cottonwood Residency is Jack and the Beanstalk. Auditions are Monday, June 22. Show up to register at 9:45 am for auditions that begin at 10 am. Auditions, rehearsals and the show will be back at the newly renovated (and air conditioned!) Cottonwood Community Club House (Cottonwood Civic Center) located at:
805 N Main Street
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Tickets for the shows, Saturday, June 27 at 3 pm and 7 pm, will be available from performers and at the door. For more information email Robin Babbitt.

Fall Carnival

Princesses, dragons, ghosts and ghouls! Join us Halloween night at the Old Town Activity Park. Lots of candy and fun games. 

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Celebrate the New Year with the City of Cottonwood’s New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Cottonwood Recreation Center. Free for everyone! From 6 pm to 10 pm on December 31, 2019 we will have swimming, holiday movies and popcorn, hot cocoa, family games and more! Then join us in the gymnasium to watch the Time Square Ball Drop along with sparkling cider and our own balloon drop celebration. This is a fun, family friendly and free celebration event!

Old Fashioned Easter Egg Hunt - 2020 EVENT IS CANCELED

2020 EVENT IS CANCELED 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 am, but arrive early as parking spots fill quickly. This is a free event.