Entertainment Magazine: Arizona: Yuma: Events: 2011

Yuma, Arizona 2011 events calendars

The Yuma, AZ Calendar of Events provides information about major activities happening around Yuma County. Links lead to Yuma event sponsors and partners web sites.

Some Yuma events in 2011 are sponsored by Yuma Visitors Bureau. More than 16 festivals and events, along with a new agritourism program to showcase its multi-billion-dollar farming industry will be featured by the Yuma Visitors Bureau in 2011.

Yuma Daily Events Guides

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Day by Day 2011 Yuma, AZ Events


February 2011 in Yuma


February 2, 2011: S’Wunderful at the Historic Yuma Theatre. Part of the Heritage Festivals Concert Series, 7 pm, http://www.yumaheritage.com

February 4-6, 2011: Two Rivers Renaissance Faire at West Wetlands Park. Celebrates the music, food, and fun of the olde world village marketplace. $10 at the gate; kids 6-12 and active military $5; www.tworiversfaire.com

Friday, February 11, 2011: Brad Zinn in The Great Comedians at Historic Yuma Theatre. A one man play, presented by Equity Lifestyle Properties, 928-373-5202 or http://www.yumaaz.gov/events

February 11-13, 2011: Yuma River Daze - Yuma Crossing Day on February 12, 2011. It was the Colorado River – and the natural crossing here in Yuma – that brought this area to life and shaped its history.  Area museums celebrate Yuma Crossing Day with special activities, while Yuma River Daze is a good, old-fashioned arts and crafts festival that features a variety of vendors. Held at the Historic North End. More info, www.visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071.

February 11-13, 2011: Silver Spur Rodeo at the Yuma County Fairgrounds. The Yuma Jaycees are proud to have brought this unique American sport to southwestern Arizona for the last 64 years. This PRCA-sanctioned rodeo draws top cowboys and cowgirls from around the Turquoise Circuit and beyond.  In addition to the rodeo performances, there’s a parade Saturday morning and rodeo dances Friday and Saturday. More info, http://yumajaycees.org/rodeo.html, (928) 344-5451.

February 11-13, 2011: Yuma Square Dance Festival at the Yuma Civic Center. Another long-time Yuma tradition, this event brings dancers from throughout the Western states for down-home dancin’ and socializin’ with favorite callers and cuers from around the region. More info, http://ysrda.weebly.com/2011-festival.html, 928-782-0844.

February 12, 2011: Silver Spur Rodeo Parade. Silver Spur Rodeo Parade – 928-726-4420 or http://yumajaycees.org

February 20, 2011: In the Mood at Historic Yuma Theatre. Part of the Heritage Festivals Concert Series, 3 pm, http://www.yumaheritage.com

February 25, 2011: Mardi Gras on Main Street on Main Street. Hosted by Ft. Yuma Rotary, offers the traditional flavors, sounds and sights of New Orleans...Beignets, sounds of carnival, wearing of the beads and much more, benefit, 928-446-6308

March 2011


March 4-6, 2011: Midnight at the Oasis held at the Ray Kroc Baseball Complex. The Southwest's premier classic car and nostalgia festival is sponsored by the Caballeros de Yuma.  Featuring 1,000 classic cars, this festival also includes a smorgasbord of regional food from local nonprofits, vendors from all around the West, rides for the kids, old-time rock and roll concerts Friday and Saturday night – and to kick off the festivities, a cruise of classic cars through the streets of Yuma. More info, http://www.midnightattheoasis.net, 928-343-1715.

March 11-13, 2011: Yuma Lettuce Days at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. Arizona has long been known for citrus and cotton – but the fertile lands here at the Colorado River’s delta are lush and green all winter, serving as the nation’s salad bowl.  This annual festival celebrates Yuma’s booming agriculture industry, and has been rescheduled this year to follow the Yuma Fresh Vegetable Growers Association’s Southwest Ag Summit.  Also new for 2011, the culinary component for the festival will be vastly expanded, with celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations and more. More info, www.visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071.

March 26, 2011: Marine Corps Air Station Yuma 49th Annual Air Show at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma. Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, currently the busiest in the Corps, traces its roots to the early days of aviation.  This is one of the largest air shows in the Southwest, drawing more than 40,000 to view military and civilian aircraft on the ground and aloft.  For 2011 specifics, check website after December. More info, www.yumaairshow.com, 928-269-3327.

April 2011


April 2 3:10 to Yuma Celebration held at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Celebrate the first anniversary of Yumans stepping forward to “save the prison” for the second time – in this case from closing its doors because of the state’s budget shortfalls.  This will mark a full year of operation by Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area, which has since finished major renovations and improvements to the prison museum and the prison grounds. More info, www.historicyumaprison.com, 928-783-4771.

April 13-16 Yuma Birding & Nature Festival. Pivot Point Conference Center and various area locations. Because of its location along the Colorado River flyway, and its unique mix of desert, mountain and riparian habitat, the Yuma area is home – or vacation spot – to more than 400 species of birds.  This annual festival sponsored by the Yuma Visitors Bureau provides a great introduction to the wide variety of outdoor adventures available in the area and in 2011 will feature photography seminars and field trips by the Friends of Arizona Highways. www.yumabirding.com, www.visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071.

April 16 / ARTbeat 4 held at the Yuma Art Center Historic North End. This will be the fourth year for this free, outdoor, juried show that’s been recognized as one of Arizona’s outstanding arts events.  Enjoy an eclectic mix of recognized and emerging local, regional and international artists working in a wide variety of mediums, from pottery to painting and sculpture. More info, www.yumaaz.gov/4745.htm, 373-5202

Past Yuma Events:

January 7-9, 2011: Petsapalooza Fest at the Historic North End. Partnering with the Humane Society Yuma and Planned Pethood, the Yuma Visitors Bureau presents this animal-themed festival with pet-related vendors.  Watch precocious pups compete in the 9th Annual Dog Talent Show.  Plus, Popovich Comedy Pet Show at Historic Yuma Theatre at 2 & 7 p.m. Jan. 7. More info, www.visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071.

January 8-9, 2011: Gathering of the Gunfighters at the Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park. Each January, Old West re-enactment groups from around the Southwest ride into town for this annual showdown.  But instead of hot lead, what’s flying is fightin’ words – and acting!  Groups are judged by their skits and whether their get-ups, gear and firearms match the 1876-1909 time period.  And though they didn’t really have shootouts in the middle of the prison, the historic setting adds flavor to the fun. More info, www.historicyumaprison.com, 928-783-4771

January 21-23, 2011: Spirit of Yuma Military Festival hed at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park & Historic North End. Because of its long relationship with the armed forces – back to the days of Fort Yuma and the Yuma Quartermaster Depot – ours has long been known as a “military-friendly town.” This new Yuma Visitors Bureau event honors veterans and active-duty service members, and celebrates Yuma’s relationship with its modern-day bases, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma and U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground.  Up and coming country music star (and former Marine) Stephen Cochran performs Jan. 22. More info, www.visityuma.com, 1-800-293-0071, 928-783-0071

January 29, 2011: Yuma Territorial Marathon and Half-Marathon event held at the Cocopah Casino & Resort. This certified race is the perfect choice to set your own personal record because it’s a flat, low-altitude, out-and-back course from the host hotel/casino – and January weather in Yuma is usually sunny but cool.  Avoid the crowds, run in Yuma – and qualify for Boston!
More info, www.yumamarathon.com, 928-343-1715.

January 29-30, 2011: Civil War Days at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park. True, there were no Civil War battles waged around Yuma, Arizona – but the Quartermaster Depot was an active Union Army post during those years and a strategic point of defense because of the importance of the river crossing and trails to California.  Re-enactment groups from around the West will converge for an old-school encampment and mock battles on the grassy grounds of the park. More info, www.yumaheritage.com, 928-373-5198.

Yuma events in 2012 will be published in late fall 2011.



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