From visual and performing arts to fairs, festivals and parades, sports events and expos, there’s always something happening in Yuma.
Below are some of the upcoming events to enjoy during your Yuma visit or vacation. Don’t forget we have live music and sports events showing at the Yuma Landing Bar & Grill.
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.
Nov. 11: Turkey Trot: 5 K /10 K Fun Run & Walk. 7am-8am, Gateway Park
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: December “Discover” Canoe Trip – Come and discover the vast eco-system of today’s Colorado River. 12pm, West Wetlands Park. Info: City of Yuma Parks & Rec,
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. 7: Thursdays at The Theatre: Film “The Teacher” 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).
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. 9-10: 2017 Wooden Bat Tournament – 8am, Pacific Avenue Athletic Complex on 8th Street.
Dec. 10: An Irish Christmas – Features an award-winning cast of Irish dancers led by World Champion Dancers Scott Doherty (Riverdance, Lord of the Dance, Rockin’ Road to Dublin), and Tyler Schwartz (Magic of the Dance, Gaelforce Dance, Celtic Fyre), as well as Connor Reider and Emily MacConnell in a memorable night that parkles with the charm and magic that only this festive time of year can bring. 2pm, Historic Yuma Theatre. Tel: (928) 373-5202
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. Tel: (928) 373-5202
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.
Dec. 16: Reindeer Roundup 5K / 10K Fun Run & Walk: 8:15am. Join family, friends and your community the morning December 16 for a quick run, jog or walk through West Wetlands Park.
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!
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. 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: 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. Live demonstrations of various carving techniques will also be done throughout the two days. Held at Yuma Readiness & Community Center.
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. 20-21: 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: 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. www.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. 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