What is Acker Night?

This is a FREE downtown event for everyone. The streets in downtown Prescott are closed and the businesses open their doors for a few hours for this wonderful evening event.
The Christmas lights are gleaming and music fills the air for this special time.
All the "tips for Scholarships" donations go to Yavapai County school age children for music lessons to those that may not otherwise get that chance. Depending on how much is donated year to year, we also donate to our school district's music department since the arts are the first to get budget cuts. We also with donations permitting, have repaired local school music departments, sent special musicians and groups on to bigger competitions and have purchased or given instruments for those in need.
generally are able to give over 50 scholarships for the arts per year.
Acker Night is an evening that participating downtown businesses partner with local and national musical talent to bring you a fulfilled evening of music, food, and fun during the Christmas season.

All donation "tips for scholarships" bags are located in each of the participating businesses in front of the performers for you to donate.  Also look for the musician’s poster located on the door of each participating business.
This event is ran solely by local volunteers that believe this is a worthy cause for our local children.
If you have any questions, please contact us directly through the "contact us" tab above.



Where does your donation go?

What we accomplish depends on the donations year to year.

Acker Night donations .....
2021 - 
47 scholarships
 for private lessons were awarded.         
          $5000. to each school district. $
15,000. total. 
           2 pianos donated to Prescott High School
2020 cancelled

2019 - 53 scholarships for private lessons were awarded.
         $5000. to each school district. $15,000. total.

Donations are accepted year-round. Go to our Contact us page for information.


Along with being a fun, family friendly tradition, Acker Night combines participating downtown businesses with the support of hardworking musicians who donate their time and talents.  Their mutual goal is to keep music alive and thriving for the youth of Prescott.
Funds raised on Acker Night provide scholarships for music lessons, instruments and local youth performing arts programs..

The J.S. Acker Music Park Association ​is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 organization.

Volunteers for the events are always welcome, including students.