This is the time of year when Lake Havasu City literally has something going on every weekend. You like fireworks, but don’t want to wait until July 4th? You say you’re a fan of bluegrass? Love to go off-road? We’ve got you covered. February and March are some of the busiest months of the year. Fasten your seatbelts and place those tray tables in a full upright position.
• Vintage Trailer Campout, Feb. 2 to 5, 2017
In 1954 Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz made a hit movie during the run of the TV classic “I Love Lucy” called “The Long, Long Trailer.” Best scene was when Lucy was trying to cook dinner while Desi was driving a long mountain road. You might just see a similar trailer during the Vintage Trailer Campout.
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• Enjoy the Best at Winterfest, Feb. 11 to 12, 2017
The 2017 32nd Annual Winterfest is an official event of the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce attracting over 30,000 attendees over the weekend. There are demonstrations, entertainment, children’s events, and lots of friendly folks along with more than 200 vendors from around the U.S.. Come enjoy informative displays of new products and services in more than 400 booths. Shop, browse, relax, and enjoy Lake Havasu City’s unique culture. It’s all happening on Upper McCulloch Blvd. There’s easy access to free parking along Swanson and Mesquite Avenues.
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• Strike Up the Band: The Commanders Jazz Ensemble Performs Feb. 15, 2017
The United States Air Force Band of the Golden West is the only active duty Air Force band west of the Rockies. Comprised of about 60 talented and versatile Airmen-musicians stationed in the San Francisco Bay area at Travis Air Force Base, the Commanders Jazz Ensemble performs for civilian communities throughout the west.
Hear this energetic group of highly trained professional musicians, formed from 18 Airmen, as they deliver the full gamut of jazz music – traditional jazz, cool, bop, swing, Broadway favorites, and patriotic music. A typical evening with The Commanders includes favorites from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Woody Herman, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie. They will appear on Wed., Feb. 15, 2017 at The Aquatic Center on 100 Park Ave.
• Boom, Boom, Boom: 28th Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show, Feb. 16 to 19, 2017
Close your eyes and you’ll think it’s the Fourth of July in Lake Havasu – just not as hot. Actually, Feb. 16 to 17 is when the fireworks industry comes to the city to test their latest and greatest pyrotechnic displays, an event held in Lake Havasu City since 1990. Visitors arrive from around the globe to ooh and ahhh. Our lakeside haven is heaven for pyro enthusiasts as they celebrate the theme for 2017: Paint the Sky.
Fireworks start 5 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. nightly (except Sunday, ending at 10 p.m.). Best viewing is the sky above SARA Park. There will also be a Beer Garden at the Rodeo Grounds as part of fund-raising efforts on behalf of local children.
Learn more at: www.golakehavasu.com
• Be a Cool Cat at the 9th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, Feb. 17 to 19, 2017
Ever wonder how terms like daddy-o, hep, knuckle sandwich and kookie made it into American slang? It all dates back to the 1950s rockabilly era, one of the earliest styles of rock and roll music. Don’t be a drag …. no one likes a wet rag. Come celebrate your coolness by attending the 9th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, Feb. 17 to 19, 2017.
See the huge Car & Motorcycle Show with over 800 cars and motorcycles on display, the Vendor Village, the largest Vintage Pin Up Pageant West of the Mississippi (including our favorite, the Little Greaser Award), and 30 live bands in three days. The event will be located at Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor 4)
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• Put a Little Bluegrass Into Your Life at the 15th Annual Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach, March 3 to 5, 2017
Life is truly good with bluegrass music. The three-day Lake Havasu “Bluegrass on the Beach” Music Festival, returning for the 15th year, continues to be recognized throughout the bluegrass community as a top notch, well-run event and a “don’t miss” festival in the southwest.
Featured bands include:
Larry Stephenson Band, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, The Bluegrass Brothers, The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys, Marty Warburton & Home Girls, Bluegrass ETC, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, The Boxcars, The Kevin Prater Band, and Old Blue Band.
Another crowd favorite is The U.S. Navy Bluegrass Band, stationed at the Naval Shipyard in Washington, D.C. This will be the band’s first appearance in the southwest since performing at the 2012 Lake Havasu Bluegrass on the Beach Festival. They will be performing Friday, March 3 (3:35 pm ~ 4:35 pm) and Saturday, March 4 (5:10 p.m. ~ 6:30 p.m.). In addition, selected band members will conduct band workshops both Friday (12:35 p.m.) and Saturday (1:30 p.m.).
Insiders tell us the band’s professionalism, high energy, great music and superb musicianship is unlike any other. It is not uncommon for the band to receive two to three encores.
There are jam sessions on and off stage, so don’t be shy about bringing your favorite instrument and joining in. Events include workshops, arts and crafts, great food and beer, and more. For your shopping pleasure, there will be an assortment of craft, music, arts, jewelry and T-shirt vendors.
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• Watch the Daring Young Men and Woman on the Flying Trapeze at the Hobie-McCulloch Cup, Mar. 10 to 12, 2017
You think powerboat racing is exciting? Try flying a trapeze on a Hobie Cat going 20 mph or more. Only this is no circus trapeze; it’s a thin steel cable that sailors use to hang out over the upwind hull, sometimes just a few feet off the water.
The Hobie Cat is a small sailing catamaran manufactured by the Hobie Cat Company. On Mar. 10 to 12, 2017, they’ll be flying lots of traps when the Hobie-McCulloch Cup comes to the lake. This event is open to all multihull catamaran sailors, however only current members of HCANA (Hobie Class Association of North America) are eligible to race in the regatta. Membership applications are available at the event.
Competitors travel here from across the Western U.S. for the event, which is the first of the 2017 Hobie Division 2 Regatta schedule. Races will take place in the waters north of the island, from Windsor Beach, Lot 4. Spectators are welcome to watch from the water or the beach as the beautiful multi-colored sails race on the blue waters of Lake Havasu.
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• Find Hidden Treasure at the 11th Annual Geocache Desert Bash, Mar. 11, 2017
Well, just like we all thought, Pokemon Go has come and, well, gone. But geocaching lives on, especially in Lake Havasu City.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.
Mar. 11 is the 11th Annual Geo-cache Desert Bash treasure hunt with music, cactus walk, presentations and food in Cattail Cove State Park, 15 miles south of the city. This year there will be over 20 geocache sites to locate along various trails and the Lake Havasu shoreline; there are even a few geocache sites dedicated to the wheelchair-bound.
Participants enter coordinates into their units and attempt to find a hidden container filled with small trinkets. Individuals are placed in a group based on their experience level, and follow an assigned leader. Beginners are welcome as there are numerous volunteers with GPS experience to help them. Each participant signs their name and date on a small logbook inside the geocache and returns the geocache book to its original position.
Following the treasure hunt, prizes will be raffled and a grand prize of a Garmin GPS unit will be given away at noon. Geocache Desert Bash runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• Hear Them Roar at the World Off-Road Championship Series: ATV/SXS Weekends, Mar. 17 to 19, 24 to 26, 2017
The WORCS series (www.worcsracing.com) returns to Lake Havasu City for two weekends of speed, skill, and flying gobs of dirt. WORCS was established in 2001 to identify the best amateur and professional off-road riders in the U.S., on both motorcycles and ATVs. These riders converge at Crazy Horse Campgrounds for some high-speed, mud-slinging action.
The first weekend (Mar. 17 to 19) features ATV & SXS; on Mar. 24 to 26, motorcycles will come roaring in. There will be a special UTV Expo for those in the market to do a little off-roading in their own side-by-side vehicle. Entrance to the Expo is included in the price of admission.
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