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Forget about April showers. The sun is shining and temps are warming up in Yuma, Arizona with a whole slew of events and activities on the calendar ...
World of Outlaws — Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines! The World of Outlaws Craftsman Sprint Car Series returns to Cocopah Speedway for one night only, April 7. Watch winged spring cars and modifieds take to the three-eighths mile dirt oval for wheel-to-wheel racing action in the Yuma Valley Showdown. Times and ticket prices are pending. Check CocopahSpeedway.com for the latest details. Also, catch Rounds 6, 7, and 8 of the Cocopah Speedway Racing Series on April 1, 15, and 29 with gates opening at 5 p.m. and racing at 7.
Historic Colorado River Walking Tour — This is no April Fool's joke, a river runs through Yuma! Head to Riverside Park to meet up with Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area docent Kevin Stoleson for a brief walking tour, learning about the past, present, and future of Colorado River. No sign-up is required. The tour takes place on April 1 at 2:00 p.m. and includes a guided hike to the Herb Guenther Overlook within the Yuma East Wetlands. For more details, contact Tammy Snook at 928-317-0332.
Yuma County Fair — As an ag community, Yuma does the County Fair right. From April 4-9, enjoy carnival rides, fair food, drinks, concerts, 4-H and FFA livestock competitions, and so much more out at Yuma County Fairgrounds. The fair kicks off with $2 admission Tuesday. Admission Wednesday through Sunday is $6 for ages 13 and older, and $4 between ages 6 and 12. For more fair details, including a complete schedule of events, visit YumaFair.com.
Historic Yuma Walking Tour — Yuma's history is as rich as the farmland soil that surrounds the city. Lace up your sneakers and get ready for a casual, feet-friendly walking tour of Yuma's downtown district with expert guide Steve Cook, April 4 at 10 a.m. Meet at the Sanguinetti House Museum for the start of your tour. Cost is $15 per person and includes general admission into the Sanguinetti House Museum. Advance reservations are required. Call 928-782-1842 for more information and to save your spot.
Terri Clark at The Q — Canadian country music artist Terri Clark stops in at the Quechan Casino Resort's Pipa Event Center for a live performance on April 7, before heading to Nashville's Grand Ole Opry. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased online. Doors open at 4 p.m. with the show starting at 5. This event is for ages 21 and older only.
Village Jazz Series — April marks the final month of the Village Jazz Series season at the Yuma Palms Regional Center. Take a lawn chair or blanket out to the open-air shopping center for two hours (6 to 8 p.m.) of jazz performed by some of the region's top artists. On April 6, local jazz legend Jimmy Caves takes the stage, followed by Jason & Elle on April 13, Cibola High School and All-City jazz bands on April 20, and Yuma Jazz Company and Friends to cap things off on April 27. For more information, visit YumaJazz.com.
Tunes & Tacos Festival — Mmm ... tacos. Named a 'Top Community Event' by the Arizona Parks & Recreation Association in 2016, Tunes & Tacos is back for two days of deliciousness! Kick off your weekend with the People’s Choice Salsa Queen Competition & Kick Off Party on Friday, April 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Yuma Civic Center. This event has no charge for admission and includes a free bag of chips for salsa sampling and a complimentary tequila tasting! Then, chase it with a full day at the Tunes & Tacos festival on Saturday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. at Desert Sun Stadium. $1 admission includes unlimited access to carnival rides, all-day concerts, and the custom car and motorcycle show. Grub out on tasty tacos from more than 40 different vendors from throughout the desert southwest, and an assortment of ice-cold adult beverages. The night concludes with performance by '80s freestyle pop artist Lisa Lisa. For more information, click over to TunesandTacos.com.
Penitentiary Pint Fest — On April 15 from 3 to 7 p.m., cold craft brews and live music take over the lawn at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park in this annual event hosted by Fort Yuma Rotary. Tickets are available online at $35 per person ($10 for designated drivers), or pay $45 per person at the gate. All Fort Yuma Rotary event profits are supplemented by member donations to support health and literacy projects in Yuma and around the world.
The Troubadour Experience — Fans of country music will be taken back to the George Strait era, with favorites like "Ocean Front Property" performed by The Troubadour Experience tribute band at Cocopah Casino, April 15 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online for $15 per person, $20 at the door. This event is for ages 21 and older only.
Yuma Prison Run — No need for running shoes ... it isn't that kind of 'run'. Hosted by Norwalk MC, the 56th annual Yuma Prison Run is a motorcycle event from April 21 to 23 at the Yuma County Fairgrounds. Live music, food, games, and a procession to the Yuma Territorial Prison make up the weekend's activities. All are welcome to attend. For more information, visit YumaPrisonRun.com.
ARTbeat 10 — The desert southwest is a region flourishing with fascinating artwork from artists with various backgrounds and talents. ARTbeat 10 celebrates those skills on Main Street in Historic Downtown Yuma, April 22 from 4 to 9 p.m. Paintings certainly aren't all you'll see here; ogle sculptures, photography, woodwork, glass, ceramics, jewelry, fiber arts and mixed media. This event is free to the public and is juried show with awards for 'Best in Show', 'Rising Star', 'Best Presentation', and more. Would you like to show off your works? Complete and submit this application.
Generation Idol — Alright, Idol-maniacs ... here's a chance to relive the '80s, Idol style! Generation Idol from Los Angeles has been dubbed "the next best thing to Idol" and will be performing all the artists' hits on April 22, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. at the Cocopah Casino. Get $15 tickets per person when you purchase online, or pay $20 at the door. This event is for ages 21 and older only.
Looking for more of the smaller events taking place in Yuma throughout April and beyond? Check out our comprehensive event calendar here at VisitYuma.com!
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