When it gets chilly out and you start to hanker for the ability to stand outdoors without your runny nose freezing, there’s one place that will satiate your need for heat.
Lake Havasu, Arizona affords a line-up of warm weather events to thaw even the most miserable frostbitten traveler. Check out what’s happening in the next several months:
• Buses By The Bridge (Jan. 14-16, Windsor State Park) – The London Bridge Bullis Vintage Volkswagen Bus Show and Camp Out returns for another groovy year of camping, food, free tacos and very slow drag races.
• Havasu Island Balloon Festival & Fair (Jan. 21-23, Island Golf Course at Nautical Beachfront Resort) – Hot air balloonists will gather in Lake Havasu City along with paragliders and artists for a celebration of the real power of hot air.
• Havasu Pocket Cruisers Convention (Feb. 14-21, around Lake Havasu) – Find over 110 sailors with their pocket-sized sailboats on trailers in the desert, heading to the desert for Sail Havasu.
• Winterblast Pyrotechnics Convention (Feb. 17-20, Sara Park) – Free nightly firework displays and choreographed pyrotechnic shows are scheduled during this trade show that attracts fireworks professionals from throughout the west.
• Lake Havasu Rock-a-billy Reunion (Feb. 18-20, Windsor 4 at Havasu State Park) – Join 20,000 other fans for live Rockabilly entertainment, a pre-’68 vintage car and motorcycle show, pin-up girl contest, swap meet, beer garden, carnival, vendor village, giveaways, and a 1950s hair salon and barber.
• 2nd Annual HAV-A-BBQ (Feb. 25-26, Windsor 4 at Havasu State Park) – HAVA BBQ London Bridge Style is the largest BBQ championship in Arizona, open to BBQ teams across the U.S. and sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. This year, organizers expect nearly 100 teams and 150 certified judges vying for $14,000 in prize money. Over 10,000 attendees are expected.
• Bluegrass on the Beach (Mar. 4-6, 2011, Windsor 4 at Havasu State Park) – With almost a dozen nationally touring bands from throughout the U.S., Bluegrass on the Beach is considered one of the top 15 events of the year in Arizona according to Arizona Highways magazine.
Lake Havasu City, three hours driving time from Phoenix, 2-1/4 hours south of Las Vegas and 4 to 5 from the Los Angeles region, attracts 750,000 visitors a year thanks to its dry, desert weather, more than 300 sunny days a year, a range of restaurants and lodging, and a boatload of special events.