When we think about February, the national Presidents Day holiday — this year scheduled for February 19 — comes to mind. But what really sets our hearts aflutter is Valentine’s Day on February 14. Nothing says “Be My Valentine” quite like taking your loved one to Lake Havasu City for one or more of our only-in-Lake-Havasu-City special events. We have a few in mind. Thank you for asking.
- Vintage Trailer Camp-Out, February 1-4, 2018
One of our favorite scenes in the 1954 film The Long, Long Trailer has comic legend Lucille Ball attempting to cook dinner while her husband, played by Desi Arnaz, drives up a mountain road. Needless to say, the dinner is ruined as the 1953 36-foot Redman “New Moon” travel trailer rocks and rolls. Hilarious. During the Vintage Trailer Camp-out, you’ll be reminded of RVs from days gone by.
The Camp-Out is open to all non-participants and the general public both Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with a $3-per-person entry fee. Come see it at Lake Havasu State Park, 699 London Bridge Road. Learn more at:
- Winterfest, February 10-11, 2018
Now here’s a favorite February event loved by locals and visitors alike. Over 200 vendors from across the US invite everyone to shop, browse, relax, and enjoy Lake Havasu City’s unique culture. Organized by the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce, Winterfest is in its 33rd year and attracts over 30,000 people during the weekend.
The action takes place along the Downtown Havasu District (Main Street), McCulloch Blvd.
Learn more at: https://golakehavasu.com/event/winterfest/
- Chili Cookoff, February 10, 2018
The Lake Havasu International Chili Society is inviting chili and salsa chefs to compete in the 7th Annual Chili Cookoff on February 10, 2018. You’re invited to see these red-hot chili “preppers” in action.
Ah, chili. Some say it’s actually good for your health. Chilis contain up to seven times the vitamin C level of an orange and have a range of health benefits, including fighting sinus congestion, aiding digestion, and helping to relieve migraines and muscle, joint and nerve pain. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, folic acid and potassium. Now about that afterburn? Well that’s another matter entirely. You’re on your own.
The Chili Cookoff is a fully-sanctioned International Chili Society event with three categories consisting of true Texas red chili (no beans or fillers), chili verde, and salsa; all of which will be judged by a selected panel of judges.
Tasting kits are available to the public for only $6, available from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., or until the chili is gone.
For more details, go to: https://golakehavasu.com/event/lake-havasu-chili-cookoff/
- 29th Annual Western Winter Blast Pyrotechnics Show, February 15-18, 2018
Here’s a quiz: what do the words Chrysanthemum, Willow, Diadem, Palm, Crossette, Horsetail, and Ring all have in common? They’re all names of fireworks, the kind you’re likely to see in Lake Havasu on February 15-18, 2018.
Why wait for the Fourth of July? A visit to Lake Havasu City during President’s Day weekend is not complete without experiencing Western Pyrotechnic Association’s and Lake Havasu City’s remarkable fireworks display. New memories with family and friends will be created as the clear desert sky morphs into a spectacular kaleidoscope of colors in honor of the 29th anniversary of Winter Blast.
Fireworks erupt 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. nightly, Thursday to Sunday (Sunday’s show ends at 10 p.m.) and can best be seen from SARA Park.
Here’s a good tip: leave your pets at home and turn those car alarms off. The fireworks can scare animals and will set car alarms off all night long.
Learn more details at: https://golakehavasu.com/event/western-winter-blast-pyrotechnics-show/
- 10th Annual Lake Havasu City Rockabilly Reunion, February 16-18, 2018
To the uninitiated rockabilly is the forerunner to rock ‘n’ roll. In fact, rockabilly is one of the earliest styles of rock ‘n’ roll music, dating back to the early 1950s in the US, especially the South. As a genre it blends the sound of Western musical styles such as country with that of rhythm and blues, leading to what is considered “classic” rock and roll.
Learn more by attending the 10th Annual Lake Havasu Rockabilly Reunion, February 16-18, 2018, on the banks of Lake Havasu at Lake Havasu State Park. The event includes a 1950’s-themed car and motorcycle show, and what’s being called the largest music festival rockabilly event in the state of Arizona. So big, in fact, it’s sanctioned by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame based in — where else — Nashville.
The event includes a vendor village, a vintage pin-up pageant, food court, celebrity appearances, 30 live bands on two stages with lots of headliner bands over the three days, and raffles for some great prizes.
Learn more at: https: //golakehavasu.com/event/lake-havasu-city-rockabilly-reunion/
- 2018 Hot Products IJSBA Mark Hahn Memorial 300, Feb. 24
A record number of personal watercraft (PWC) teams from around the globe will descend on Lake Havasu City on February 24 for the 2018 Hot Products IJSBA Mark Hahn Memorial Havasu 300 Mile National Team Endurance Race, presented by Yamaha.
The competition will allow first-time racers as well as veterans to compete at their own levels in the grueling 300-mile endurance competition. Race entries from last year’s event included competitors from Portugal, Japan, Canada, Chile, Germany, Indonesia, France, Slovakia, Belgium, Australia and Russia. The teams will be competing against each other while trying to break the 300-mile record of 4 hours 46 minutes and 13 seconds set by the 2016 Mark Hahn Memorial Overall winners, Pastorello and Botti of Team Kawasaki France.
The 10-mile course will pit all the teams against the wind, rough water, and long runs that this event has become synonymous with. In addition, teams will also be required to make fuel stops (without spilling fuel we might add) and make rider changes several times during the race, all while modifying their race strategies as the race progresses.
Open to spectators, the action centers around the Crazy Horse Campground main beach.
Learn more at: https://golakehavasu.com/event/hot-products-ijsba-mark-hahn-memorial-300/
- 3rd Annual Spring Fling Desert Poker Run, Feb. 23-24, 2018
According to the current movie Molly’s Game, “poker isn’t a game of chance. Poker’s a game of skill.” But that’s just Hollywood talking. We can confirm that poker, when combined with assorted vehicles, is also a whole lot of fun.
This year, a new desert course is opening up for all trucks, OHVs, buggys, and 4x4s participating in the 3rd Annual Spring Fling Desert Poker Run. The event schedule includes the Friday night Theme Night Costume & Welcome Party, and the Saturday morning Poker Run on a self-paced course that offers spectacular scenic views of Lake Havasu. Along the way, explore bat caves, abandoned mines, mountains, valleys and other features. The course includes several alternative routes along the way for those with 4-wheel drive who are seeking a little more challenge; it rejoins the main 2-wheel drive route.
Don’t miss the opportunity to test drive the Yamaha yxz1000r manual and paddle shift models. Saturday night is the after party with live music and a beach bonfire, which is open to all. Headquarters is across Lake Havasu at Havasu Landing Resort and Casino in Havasu Lake, CA.
For more information, view: https://golakehavasu.com/event/3rd-annual-spring-fling-desert-poker-run/
- 7th Annual Line Dance on the Bridge, February 25, 2018
If you Google “line dancing,” the definition is pretty dry:
A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows, all facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time.
That description doesn’t do it justice. In fact, it’s a lot more than the Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey, and the one we all love to hate: the Macarena.
On February 25, fun lovers join together for two short dances – Electric Slide and Cupid Shuffle – on the historic London Bridge, and then gather under the bridge for two more hours of dancing.
This is a charitable fundraising event. Proceeds help fund low-cost health-screening programs, support groups, and health education in Lake Havasu City. Don’t worry about dodging traffic: the London Bridge will be closed for 30 minutes starting at 2:30 p.m., but open to some fancy footwork.
For links to online registration, downloadable forms, and dance instruction videos, view:
Learn more at: https://golakehavasu.com/event/line-dance-on-the-bridge/