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 IN YUMA:

Yuma Territory Live Steamers:
Come to Riverside Park and enjoy a ride on a 1/8 scale railroad, while appreciating the history and importance that railroads have contributed to the development of our country. Rides to the public offered every 2nd and 4th weekend from October through May.  Info: (928) 782-1988

2018 World Adventurers Travelogues: Jan. 9: Stan Walsh’s ‘Around the World on a String’; Jan. 23: Doug Jones ‘Cruising the Orient on the Queen Elizabeth 2’; Feb. 6: Dale Johnson’s ‘Return to Sweden’; Feb. 20: John Holod’s ‘Easter Canadian Adventure, the Maritimes & Newfoundland’. 6pm, Yuma Civic Center. Tel: (928) 373-5040.

Feb. 3-25: Arizona Winter League: 100 baseball players from around the world compete for a pro contract! Ray Kroc Sports Complex. Info: JuDee Butler at (360) 515-6624

Jan. 9 – Feb. 20: 34th Annual Senior Games: Over 25 events scheduled to encourage persons 50 years of age and older to continue fitness opportunities and to compete and interact with peers. Tel: (928) 373-5200.

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



SPECIAL EVENTS, SHOWS & FESTIVALS IN YUMA:

 

Jan. 6: New Year Canoe Trip: A quick trip down river is a great way to start 2018. 12pm, West Wetlands Park. Info: City of Yuma Parks & Rec, (928) 373-5200

 

Jan. 6: Diamond Rocks: Known the world over for his incredible tribute to Neil Diamond, Barrie Cunningham has spent most of his life entertaining in showrooms, concert halls, and on major cruise lines. He brings the magic of Neil Diamond to the stage with his incredible look and precise vocals. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Jan. 6: Prison to Prison Bike Ride: The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #24 bike ride leaving the Yuma Territorial Prison. Info: (928) 920-8482

 

Jan. 9: Good Rockin’ Live: This live concert event pays tribute to the birth of rock and roll and the music legends that Sun Records helped propel to stardom. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

 

Jan. 10: Female Country All Stars: This show brings a dynamic collection of the most beloved female country songs of the 60’s & 70’s from legends like Tanya Tucker, Barbara Mandrell, Patsy Cline, Connie Smith, Jan Howard and many more for a night of fun music featuring Nashville recording artist Paige Danner. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Jan. 12-13: Desert Lily Quilters Quilt Show: Vintage Quilt exhibit, quilts and wearable art displays, a country store, certified quilt appraiser, and more than 26 vendors. Yuma Civic Center. Info: (928) 342-2339

 

Jan. 12-13: Annual Wood Carving Expo: See the work of local and visiting woodcarvers, and visit vendors who will be selling everything from wood and tools, to magazines with woodcarving information, and see demonstrations. Yuma Readiness & Community Center. Tel: 928-373-5245

 

Jan. 13: Art in the Park: An alfresco fine arts festival in Yuma’s scenic Gateway Park. Features local and regional artists alongside the banks of the meandering Colorado River.  Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the park and partake in a mimosa or glass of wine while you peruse a wide variety of art displays and chat with artists. Tel: 928-373-5202

 

Jan. 16: Man in Black: Celebrate the life and music of Johnny Cash with this critically acclaimed concert production featuring the most popular songs from his nearly 50 year career. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

 

Jan. 19: Adventures in Parrotdise: Barrie has been performing Buffett’s music for almost as long as Buffett himself. He takes the show goer on a musical tour through an ‘ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFETT,” singing all the “songs you know by heart” like Come Monday, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes, and the national anthem of all Parrot Heads, Margaritaville. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

 

Jan. 19-20: Yuma Home & Garden Show: Since 1995, over 300 displays with everything you’ll need for the home including home improvement, decorating, design and much more. Yuma Civic Center. Tel: (800) 690-1993.

Jan. 20: Volksmarch 2018 & German Fest: Enjoy the scenic view through the East Wetlands Park along the Colorado River. Stick around for the Das Bratwurst Haus German Fest on Madison going on from 11 am – 2 pm too! Tel: (928) 373-5200

Jan. 20: New Shanghai Circus: The company of 25 represents some of the finest gymnasts and acrobats from China including many who have received gold, silver, and bronze medals in China’s national competitions. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Jan. 20-21: Senior Softball Tournament: Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex. Tel: (928) 373-5200

 

Jan. 20-21: Civil War Days: Civil War Days brings history to life at the Colorado River State Historic Park (formerly Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park) with two reenactment battles each day of the event. Re-enactment groups from around the West converge for an old-school encampment and mock battles on the grassy grounds of the park.  (Note: no Civil War battles were waged in Yuma).

 

Jan. 24: Wayne Newton Tribute Show: Rusty Davis is Wayne Newton. Multi-instrumentalist and singer, Rusty brings his Las Vegas show to Yuma in this one night only performance of all the classic songs and swagger of the man himself. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

 

Jan. 25: Scottish Burns Supper: Robert Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is celebrated worldwide. Join the Yuma Civic Center as we dine and entertain you with a traditional ‘Burns Supper’. A customary four course Scottish feast, a ‘Toast to the Lassies’ with ‘the water of life’ Scotch Whiskey, excerpt readings of Burns poetry and special presentation from our very own Yuma United Firefighters Pipes & Drums Ensemble will fill the evening’s festivities. Four course dinner, toast and entertainment are all included in the ticket price. A cash bar will be available. See www.YumaAZ.gov     

 

Jan. 26-28: Anderson’s Americana Indian Art & Jewelry Sale: Gold and silver jewelry with more than 200 pieces of Southwestern Indian pottery, Hopi Kachinas, Navajo rugs, art, sandpaintings, Eskimo arts and crafts and so much more await the avid shopper. Yuma Civic Center.

 

Jan. 27: 16th Annual Dining With The Dead: The Colorado River Riders at the Pioneer Cemetery. Tel: (928) 247-3923 or (928) 247-3924

Jan. 27: 9th Annual Territorial Marathon & Half Marathon:
Whether you are a beginner, a novice or a pro, come to Cocopah Casino to attempt your best time in this Boston Marathon qualifier. This event features a full and a half marathon on a certified course in South Yuma County. Yumamarathon.com.

 

Jan. 27: Yuma Medjool Date Festival: The City of Yuma’s Heritage Festivals invites you to join us at the annual Yuma Medjool Date Festival.  This festival celebrates the wonderful and tasty date, grown right here in the desert Southwest!  Enjoy a fabulous array of delicious food and drink, live music, demonstrations, and more! Tel: 928-373-5028


Jan. 30: A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival:
Randy Linder is recognized as one of the nations premier tributes to John Fogerty. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Jan. 31: Piano Men – Generations: Celebrate the musical influences of Billy Joel and Sir Elton John, brought to you by the amazing Father and Son team of Terry & Nick Davies. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Feb. 2-4: Two Rivers Renaissance Faire: Merchants and live entrtainmnt at the Yuma County Fairgrounds. 

Feb. 3: Yard Sale: Trash to treasures! Buy or sell, let go or buy up treasures at Yuma’s Largest Ever Yard Sale. Desert Sun Stadium. Tel: (928) 373-5040

Feb. 3: “Fantastic” February Canoe Trip: Explore the Colorado River; bring binoculars and lunch. This special 4 hour float puts in at the “Bruce Church” access. Info: City of Yuma Parks & Rec, (928) 373-5200

Feb. 3: That’s Country Round 2: Hear hits from Johnny Cash, Garth Brooks, Willie Nelson, Crystal Gayle, Brooks & Dunn, Dolly and more. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Feb. 6: Class of ’68: A salute to the Billboard top songs from 50 years ago features chart toppers from 1968 such as, “I Say a Little Prayer”, “Born to Be Wild,” “Dance to the Music,” “Hey Jude” and “Honey.” 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Feb. 8: Blues Brothers Tribute: Direct from Las Vegas, this Blues Brothers Tribute is packed with high energy, comedy, audience participation, and great music from a full Blues band. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Feb. 9: Mardi Gras on Main: Join Fort Yuma Rotary for their annual Mardi Gras party in Historic Downtown Yuma and have fun for a good cause!  Proceeds from this event benefit the community.

Feb. 9-10: Mountain Shadows Artists Association Annual Art Show: Foothills Library. Info: 928-210-4170

Feb. 9-11: Yuma Square & Round Dance Festival: A long-time Yuma tradition, this event brings dancers from throughout the Western states for down-home dancin’ with callers and cuers from around the region.  Info: 928.782.0844.

Feb. 10: Romantic Classics: Join the Yuma Civic Orchestra, String Ambassadors, Young String Ambassadors, and the Twinklers at the Historic Yuma Theatre to serenade your sweetie with a collection of romantic themed music. Tel: (928) 366-7913

Feb. 11: Family Golf Clinics: In this clinic you will play traditional golf on the Par 3 course. 1-3pm, Desert Hills Par-3 Golf Course. Tel: (928) 373-5220

Feb. 14-17: The Games Afoot:
Yuma Art Center presents a dinner theatre production of “The Games Afoot ” by Ken Ludwig. Directed by Theatre Fellow Ann Wilkinson. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Feb. 17: Boogie, Brews & Blues Festival: Enjoy a full-day of live music along the Colorado River in Gateway Park! Plus, food trucks, craft brews, merchandise, memorabilia and more!  www.Robb-BowerPresents.com.

Feb. 17: Hank Days Celebration Car Show & BBQ: Join the Yuma Foothills Rotary Club for a celebration of community spirit.  This annual event, will begin with a parade down Foothills Boulevard and ends with a BBQ and Car show.  Tel: 928-305-5085.

Feb. 22-24: Yuma Art Symposium: Demonstrations, lectures and slide presentations given by both internationally recognized and emerging artists who have demonstrated unusual talent. Info: 928-782-1934

Feb. 23-24: What’s Growing in Yuma Festival: highlights the fruits, vegetables, (and more), being grown right here in the desert southwest!  This family-friendly event will feature live entertainment, demonstrations, and activities.  Main Street in Historic Downtown Yuma. Tel: 928-373-5028.

Feb. 27: The Orbison Years – The awesome Orbison style and vocal range is truly captured by Mark Barnett as he performs the classic hits like Only The Lonely, Crying, Pretty Woman, In Dreams, Running Scared, Blue Angel, You Got It, Blue Bayou, and more. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Feb. 28: Michael Hargis: Touring and entertaining thousands around the world, and performing with stars like Chubby Checker, The Drifters, and The Oak Ridge Boys, he will have you singing along to all the Oldies, Love Ballads, and Country Classics you grew up with. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

Mar. 1-4: Midnight at the Oasis: The Southwest’s premier Classic Car show and Nostalgia Festival.  Spanning 4 baseball fields at the Ray Kroc Baseball Complex (Desert Sun Stadium), more than 1,000 classic cars with over a million stories are on display for you to enjoy. Info: 928-343-1715

Mar. 2: 12th Annual ARTRAILS: The Mountain Shadows Artists Association invites the public to attend ARTRAILS, a free and self-guided studio tour which has grown with each passing year.  Info: 928-210-4170

Mar. 3: Sunset Canoe Trip: Come and experience a breathtaking Sonoran Desert Sunset as it sets over the Colorado River. Info: City of Yuma Parks & Rec, (928) 373-5200

Mar. 7: The United States Navy Band Sea Chanters: As the official chorus of the United States Navy, and one of five performing units of the United States Navy Band, the Sea Chanters promote the Navy’s proud heritage of the sea. Free concert at 7pm, Yuma Civic Center. Tel: (928) 373-5040

Mar. 9: Elvis Tribute Concert:
Scot Bruce returns to recreate the electrifying musical excitement of the King in a concert that benefits the Yuma Council for CASA, Inc. 7pm, Yuma Civic Center. Tel: (928) 373-5040

Mar. 13: The Day The Music Died: Concert celebrating the lives and music of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, and Dion and The Belmonts. 7pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202

 

 

 


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