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The heat is on, and so is August's list of things to do in Yuma! See what we have marked on our calendar as we begin the mad dash toward fall ...
August 5 & 19 — The 2016 Lutes' Summer Jazz Series winds down with its final two performances in August. On the 5th, trombonist Ernie Ortega takes the stage and, on the 19th, vocalist, pianist, Navy veteran and local legend Jimmy Caves closes out the series in Historic Downtown's staple eatery. Music starts at 7 p.m., but arrive early to stake your spot with a bite to eat and an ice cold drink. More information at YumaJazz.com.
Photo from Frontera United Facebook Page
August 6 — Yuma's own semi-pro soccer team looks to cap off its inaugural summer season in the United Premier Soccer League with a win at home against Irvine, California's OC Crew. Catch the action at Desert Sun Stadium, beginning at 7:30 p.m. General admission is just $5 with premium seating available for $10. Children 12 and younger are free. More information at FronteraUnited.com.
August 19 — Arizona's summer heat should come as no surprise, especially in the Sunniest City on Earth. And rather than hiding behind window shades, City of Yuma Heritage Festivals invites you to its annual Celebrate the Heat on Yuma's Main Street Block Party! Packed with fun for the entire family, including the Hot Summer Night Car Show, live entertainment, a Kids Cool Zone, free watermelon slices, and vendor booths, Main Street in Historic Downtown will be the place to be, no matter how high the temperature climbs. The celebration starts at 6 p.m.; more information at the City of Yuma Facebook page.
August 19 — Keep the party going with live music at Cocopah's Wild River Family Entertainment Center. Playing Spanish rock, cumbias, and norteñas, Los Salgado Band will have you dancing all night along. Need more reason to attend? There is no cover charge for this event! For more information, visit the Cocopah Wild River Facebook page.
August 21 & 28 — Don't let the dog days of summer make for lazy Sundays. Yuma's Main Squeeze hosts Art in the Vineyard — an artsy afternoon with friends. $39.50 per person covers all supplies, a glass of wine and appetizers! Class sizes are limited, so be sure to make your reservations today by calling 928-247-9338. More information at YumasMainSqueeze.com.
August 27 — Even Yuma's four-legged, canine friends are welcome to get in on the August fun! The City of Yuma's 4th annual Woof Splash Expo opens up Kennedy Pool to the pups from 8 to 11 a.m. In addition to the chance for a swim, vendors will be on hand to provide pet related services and information. Cost is just $1 per dog. More details available at YumaAZ.gov.
Photo from Prison Hill Brewing Company Facebook Page
August 27 — Yuma's one and only craft brewery turns two this month and, to celebrate, Prison Hill Brewing Company is hosting a party with live music and an assortment specialty beers, including a new anniversary ale! With a name that pays homage to the Yuma Territorial Prison, this locally owned and operated beer and food joint is a must see, and what a better time to visit? More information at the Prison Hill Brewing Facebook page.
August 27 — The birthday festivities continue as The Kress Ultra Lounge celebrates its third year as Yuma's premiere night club. Spanning two stories — including the open-air rooftop — and three areas of music mixed by live DJs, The Kress is an exciting place to hang out with the locals or to meet up with friends. Call 928-750-2551 and ask about VIP and bottle service. More information at TheKress.com.
August 28 — Yuma Trap & Skeet Club's Annual Turkey Shoot at Adair Park precedes the early dove hunt season which runs from September 1 through the 15. For more information, call 928-941-2240 or email Info@TASYuma.com.
Of course, if you are looking for more summer fun in Yuma, many attractions and activities are open throughout the month. Get caught up with our Travelers' Guide to Keeping Cool in Yuma for more adventure under the sun. Planning your mid-year vacation, but not quite sure how Yuma stacks up to nearby travel destinations? Read our Make Yuma a part of your Summer Getaway blog article to find big city thrills in the Gateway of the Great Southwest.
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