Springtime in Yuma still promises the great weather Yuma is known for, with average daily temps of 86 degrees (nighttime lows rarely dip below 55 degrees) and the daily sunshine which gives this southwestern gem the title of “sunniest place on earth,” according to the World Meteorological Society, but it also promises some great festivals and things to do this time of year. If you’re Yuma-bound, or still enjoying your winter respite, take a look at these highlights:
A spring highlight of the Yuma Art Center is ARTbeat 12, a fine arts festival scheduled for April 20. This juried show presents art in all types of media created by local, national and international artists.
Get ready for a county fair with southwestern flair at the 67th Annual Yuma County Fair, set for April 2 through April 7. Six days of fun are on tap with live music and concerts, livestock exhibits and demonstrations, a Midway chock full of carnival rides and some of the best of the west when it comes to food – past food offerings have included lobster fettucine, street tacos, Old West cinnamon rolls and deep-fried watermelon. Wednesday is the Demolition Derby. This year’s theme is “Yuma Pride, County Wide.” For admission prices and fair times, visit www.yumafair.com/details.
The Tunes and Tacos Festival is one of Yuma’s largest events, drawing more than 15,000 people annually who are seeking tasty tacos and live music. This two-day festival, set for April 12 and 13, will be held at the Desert Sun Stadium from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. Visitors can expect live entertainment, competitive eating contests, a vendor fair, and of course, taco tastings. There will also be competitions with local chefs vying for the titles of Yuma’s Taco King and Salsa Queen. For more information visit www.tunesandtacos.com.
If you haven’t done so already this season, you’d better get in line for a ride on Yuma’s mini-railway, the Yuma Territory Live Steamers, the 7 ½ inch-gauge railroad. The season will end in May so hop aboard and ride along the 5,000 feet of track and learn about the history of America’s steam railroads. For the public ride schedule, visit www.yumalivesteamers.org.
And don’t forget to enjoy some jazz during the 2019 Village Jazz Series which runs every Thursday evening, through April 25, at the Village Area of the Yuma Palms Regional Center. These events are free and open to the public – just bring a chair and enjoy music al fresco!
Or, if you’re looking for a good date, visit Martha’s Gardens Date Farm and enjoy a tour and learn all about delicious Medjool dates. During April, the farm is offering two tours daily, Monday through Friday, at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Stop in the farm’s store and pick up some chocolate covered dates – aren’t they the best kind? To book a tour, visit www.marthasgardens.com.