Yuma, Arizona Events

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Known as the ‘Gateway to the Great Southwest’, Yuma is located between Tucson and San Diego, and borders Mexico. Listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the ‘Sunniest Place on Earth’, Yuma is a popular destination that features the Colorado River, Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, Yuma Territorial Prison, Quartermaster Depot, a charming historic downtown district, and much more.
From shows, expos, and art and entertainment, to family-friendly festivals that celebrate Yuma’s rich southwestern history, cultural traditions, there’s always happening in Yuma! Make your travel plans now around one of this southwest city’s favorite annual events! Please note, events are subject to change.

For up-to-date event information call City of Yuma Parks & Rec. (928) 373-5200, Yuma Art Center & Historic Theatre (928) 373-5202, or Yuma Civic Center (928) 373-5040, or visit www.YumaAZ.gov.


 

ON-GOING EVENTS:

Entertainment at Yuma Landing Bar & Grill: Tuesday Night Trivia at 7pm, Wine Wednesdays at 5pm, Karaoke on Wednesdays at 7pm, Live Music / DJ on Friday nights at 7pm. Tel: (928) 782-7427, www.yumalanding.com.

 

Thursdays at The Theatre: Held Sept. 7, Oct. 5, Nov. 2, Dec. 7. Enjoy Thursdays at the Historic Yuma Theatre with the AWC Foundation. Film starts at 7:00pm and is screened in the Historic Yuma Theatre, in downtown Yuma. $5 admission ($2.50 for AWC/NAU students with ID).


SPECIAL EVENTS IN YUMA:

Sept. 6: Yuma Community Job & Education Fair: 9 am – 1 pm. Yuma Civic Center

Sept. 15: 2017 Fiestas Patrias Street Fair Celebration: Celebrate Mexico’s Independence Day with an artistic and culturally immersive free community event during the Fiestas Patrias Street Fair at the Yuma Civic Center, from 5pm-10pm.

Sept. 30: Yuma County Chamber of Commerce Business Showcase: A one-stop-shop where the community may visit more than 60 local business vendors and support Yuma business. Free admission. 9am-2pm, Yuma Civic Center.

 

Oct. 7: YumaCon: Celebrate the pop cultural arts and embrace your fandom at the Yuma Civic Center! Cosplay your favorite character, play video games, learn professional zombie make up, dance to Korean pop music, and talk with special guest groups and cosplay judges. Tel: (928) 373-5200.

Oct. 13: Tribute of The Muses 2017: The biggest night of the year at the Yuma Art Center! Now in its 17th year this annual award ceremony and black tie soiree honors an outstanding member of Yuma’s arts community who has shown exemplary devotion and excellence in the arts. Also presented is the Helios Award which honors an up and coming voice in the arts community.

Oct. 21: 5th Annual Rio de Cerveza Brew Fest: Come to Desert Sun Stadium to sample some of the best beers crafted by local, regional, and national breweries!  Enjoy food, music, and brews under the night lights set against the backdrop of amazing Yuma fall evening. 

Oct. 28-29: Rocky Horror Picture Show: The cult classic screens in the Historic Yuma Theatre just in time for Halloween!

Nov. 4: Corn Festival: Join the City of Somerton on Main Street for a celebration of amazing maize!  Enjoy an array of delicious corn food items, carnival rides & attractions, corn on the cob eating contests, silent auctions, a 50/50 raffle, live entertainment, and more! Tel: (928)722-7337.

Nov. 4: Children’s Festival of the Arts:
Take a stroll down Main Street and enjoy a day of entertainment, music, and demonstrations by local artists.  The event also features a number of booths provided by various community organizations with art projects that children can make and take home.  Additionally, an exhibition of outstanding youth art work will be on display at the Yuma Art Center.

Nov. 17: North End Art Walk: Held in Historic Downtown Yuma with another fun and eclectic evening of the best of local Yuma artists as they exhibit their works in a variety of mediums including: painting, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry…and more!  Listen to local music groups playing on the street while participating businesses offer tasty treats to those strolling by. Meet the businesses, meet the artists!  Tel: (928) 373-5202 

Nov. 17-19: 27th Annual Colorado River Crossing Balloon Festival: Mass ascensions every morning at sunrise from the West Wetlands Park give you a breathtaking glimpse of these creative balloons.  Admission to morning launch is a canned food donation. Balloon Glow at Desert Sun Stadium on Saturday evening. Tethered balloons glow brightly as their burners are fired to choreographed music. The admission to the glow is $2 per person and canned food donation to benefit the less fortunate in Yuma County. www.crcballoons.com.

Nov. 25: 32nd Annual Holiday Pageant & Tower Lighting: Head over to Desert Sun Stadium for this Yuma tradition that ushers in the holiday season with a pageant that culminates with the lighting of the Yuma Friendship Tower. Music and dancing accompany choirs for the event that starts at dusk. 

Nov. 30: Sports Turf, Tree & Landscape Expo: Held at the Yuma Civic Center, open to the public and geared toward anyone wanting to learn more about the latest technologies and strategies for turf, trees, plants, and lawn care. 

Dec. 1: Annual Kammann Sausage Fry: Join the Yuma Rotary Club for their Annual Kammann Sausage Fry fundraiser at the Yuma Civic Center. This community tradition that has provided entertainment and good food for nearly 60 years.  $10 per ticket, includes dinner (consisting of Walt Kammann sausage, beans, coleslaw, salsa, dinner roll and also a beverage), and there will be dessert items for purchase.  Take-out is also available and there is a drive-thru line for standard dinners. And don’t miss out on the sausage eating contest – winner will take home a $1000 prize!

Dec. 2: City of Yuma’s Military Appreciation Day:
Held from 10am– 5pm on Madison Avenue in Yuma’s Historic Downtown.  Join us as we salute active military personnel, military veterans and their families. Visit the military displays lining Madison Avenue, hear special guest speakers at the Sanguinetti House Museum and Gardens, enjoy live performances, food, shopping, kids activities and more.

Dec. 2: El Toro Bowl: Watch two of the very best NJCAA football teams in the nation collide for pride on the field of Veterans Memorial Stadium!

Dec. 9: Holiday Art Bazaar: Located in the galleries of the Yuma Art Center, the Holiday Art Bazaar features area artists who will have unique giftables and custom artwork available for purchase.

Dec. 9: 15th Annual Dorothy Young Memorial Electric Light Parade: Yuma’s favorite holiday tradition celebrates “Your Favorite Christmas Movie! This free to watch family event features marching bands, floats and vehicles decorated with beautiful Christmas lights.

Dec. 12: Christmas with the Rat Pack:
Holiday music never had it so good as when it was being crooned by legendary “Rat Pack” members Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. Historic Yuma Theatre.


Dec. 16: Somerton Tamale Festival:
Presented by El Diabilito ASU Alumni Club, this Woodstock of tamale events sees more than 30,000 people descend on the city of Somerton to sample tamales of all varieties; from traditional beef and chicken to pork, turkey, corn, and spinach tamales. There are even sweet tamales filled with pineapple, peach and strawberry. Tel: 928-388-4837

Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Family Fun Night! If you’re looking for a fun, family-friendly and safe place to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your little ones, head to the Yuma Civic Center!

 

 

 

 


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