Established in 1998, Tsunami on the Square is a free, all-ages, outdoor performing arts and culture festival in Prescott, Arizona. Our mission is to build community through the human tradition of live performance culture.
Named for “the natural event least likely to occur in the high desert,” Tsunami on the Square takes place annually on the third weekend in June on Prescott’s downtown Courthouse Plaza. The Festival is now in its 13th year.
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Tsunami’s programming draws on modern and global dance forms, performance art, music, outdoor theater, and circus arts.
Besides the main festival, Tsunami on the Square produces a number of other events, including Circus Camp for Kids and “Flourish Before the Flood” – a site specific, outdoor performance occurring the week before the main festival. Tsunami also works in partnership with Arizona artists and arts organizations to create cultural and educational events around Prescott. Tsunami On The Square is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and all donations are tax deductable.
Tsunami on the Square Traditions
- Live performances on both a main stage ( fourteen hours total programming over two days) and a children’s stage (seven hours programming, on the Festival’s main day).
- Exceptional local and regional performance groups, with an eye towards drawing national and international level talent as opportunity arises.
- A parade featuring all performers to open Saturday’s festival .
- “Skitmercials”: short, often comic, live, theatrical advertisements between acts on the Main Stage–sponsored by local businesses and non-profits.
- Circus Camp: a four-day series of visual and performing arts workshops for kids mentored by professional artists and performers