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Nov. 15, 2019

Lake Havasu Grand Prix 2019


Lake Havasu Grand Prix at Crazy Horse Campgrounds

Lake Havasu Grand Prix

In Havasu, we enjoy playing on land as well as the lake. Anything outdoors pretty much strikes our fancy. After all, with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, who wants to stay indoors for long? Our city is encircled with literally thousands of acres of bare BLM land. It begs to be explored. The Lake Havasu Grand Prix 2019 takes offroading to the extreme with two days of dirt track racing among this dry, desert land.


  • What: Lake Havasu Grand Prix 2019
  • Where: Crazy Horse Campgrounds - Maps & Directions
  • When: Nov 16th, 8 am to 5 pm, Nov 17th, 7:30 am to 3:30 pm

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The Lake Havasu Grand Prix pits riders of motorcycles, quads, and UTVs against each other for bragging rights and prizes. Mini-bikes start the schedule on Saturday morning. UTV 570cc starts off the racing on Sunday. But both days finish with all UTVs. In between, enjoy racing between Pee Wee bikes and quads, mini-quads, big bikes, big quads, and trikes. 



A few rules before you attend. No riding in the pits or campgrounds. Anyone caught doing so no matter their age will be disqualified. Anyone riding a motorized vehicle must wear a helmet. Pets allowed but only on a leash. Keep kids and bicycles away from the racecourse. If you wish to fly a drone to capture the action, you must obtain permission from AZOP beforehand. All spectators must stay at least 25 feet away from the course at all times. Take any trash you or your group creates with you when you leave. Let's keep our land safe and clean for others to enjoy.

Lake Havasu Grand Prix

Get your adrenaline pumping this weekend. Cheer on your favorite riders as they race through the desert sand surrounding Lake Havasu City. It's fun that the entire family can enjoy together.


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Nov. 14, 2019

Lake Havasu Sand Water & RV Expo


8th Annual Sand, Water & RV Expo Back in Lake Havasu for 2019

Lake Havasu Sand, Water & RV Expo

While the Autumn chill and snow has begun to settle into other parts of the country, Lake Havasu City still enjoys highs in the upper-80s. That's why things like the Side x Side Poker Run and IJSBA World Finals can take place so late in the year here. Even so, our weather starts to cool off pretty soon too. So, it's a great time to get deals on your outdoor toys. And the 2019 Lake Havasu Sand, Water & RV Expo offers up some amazing deals for all who attend.


  • What: 2019 Lake Havasu Sand, Water & RV Expo
  • Where: Windsor 3 at Lake Havasu State Park (behind Hampton Inn) - Maps & Directions
  • When: November 16th, 9 am to 5 pm & November 17th, 9 am to 3 pm
  • Admission: $5/person ages 7+, FREE/kids ages 6 & under

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Claiming to be the "Biggest and best outdoor recreation and motorsports expo in the southwest", last year's expo brought more than 8000 people to see what the 130 vendors on-site had to offer. This year, it could exceed that record-breaking amount (if you can believe it). Whether you're looking for an ATV, 4x4, toy hauler, RV, fifth wheel, powerboat, pontoon, sand buggy, golf cart or any other outdoor toy you can think of, you'll find someone willing to wheel and deal with you at the Lake Havasu Sand, Water & RV Expo. But there's so much more to this expo than that.



Join the Expo Poker Run for free. Pick up cards around the venue to create your winning hand. All you have to do is sign up at Danny's Marketplace while you're at the park. Do you like to paddleboard or kayak? Join the Paddlefest. There's a bass fishing tournament from your kayak and paddlefest poker run on Saturday. And Sunday offers a morning eclipse class with a fun paddle race to the London Bridge. Check-in for the paddlefest takes place on Friday at Windsor 4. And, on Saturday, everyone's invited to participate in the cornhole tournament for fun and prizes. Singles and doubles welcome. Just sign up that morning on the greenbelt to join in.

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As a tribute to our brave soldiers, a portion of each ticket sold will be donated to Paralyzed Veterans of America. Additionally, some of the proceeds from ticket sales will also benefit Kids Corner Enrichment, a children's charity that focuses on outdoor recreation as a source for children's health (something we in Havasu strongly believe in and encourage). Representatives from both charities will be on-site throughout Expo weekend. Please give what you can.


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Oct. 30, 2019

DHPFFA Side x Side Poker Run


The Desert Hills Professional Firefighters Association 1st Annual SXS Poker Run

Desert Hills SXS Poker Run

Lake Havasu City plays host to several poker runs throughout the year, both on and off the lake. Cooler temperatures make it a little more comfortable to traverse the desert landscape surrounding our fair city. The Desert Hills Professional Firefighters Association (DHPFFA) wanted to get in on the poker run fun. So, this year, they decided to put together their very first Lake Havasu Side x Side Poker Run.


  • What: DHPFFA Side x Side Poker Run 2019
  • Start/Finish Line: Anderson Toyota (6510 Showplace - Maps & Directions)
  • When: Saturday, November 2nd, 7 am

DHPFFA SxS Poker Run


Poker run participants meet up at Anderson Toyota at 7 am for a driver's meeting. The race takes off at 8 am. Everyone heads out along designated desert trails to Topock 66. Once there, grab yourself some lunch (provided with your $100 admission fee). Then, head back to Anderson Toyota. Pick up your poker cards along the way. Turn in your hand at the finish line to be considered for one of the cash prizes. Total miles along the course: 50.

Desert Hills poker run

Don't own a side-by-side of your own but still want to be a part of the action? Show up at Anderson Toyota on Saturday to send off the racers in style. Or meet up with them at Topock 66 at noon to enjoy some lunch with them. Come back to Anderson Toyota in the afternoon to greet them when they arrive back and party with them before the prizes are handed out.

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To keep their first poker run manageable, the DHPFFA limited participants to 150 spots. So, if you want to be a part of the action, you'll need to purchase your tickets right now.

Visit www.eventbrite.com/e/desert-hills-pffa-1st-annual-side-x-side-poker-run-tickets-71570008823 to secure your position today.

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Proceeds raised from the Lake Havasu Side x Side Poker Run help fund the purchase of a rescue side x side vehicle as well as other technical rescue equipment, training, and supporting local charities. Please support our local firefighters and all that they do. Sign up to be a part of their very first Side x Side Poker Run.


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Oct. 23, 2019

Lake Havasu Gun Show 2019


Lake Havasu Collectibles and Firearm Show

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The second amendment guarantees the right of the American people to "keep and bear arms". Some people own a gun for protection. Others use them to hunt. Some collect them, like baseball cards, stamps or coins. The 2019 Lake Havasu Collectibles and Firearms Show provides something for every category of gun owner.


  • What: 2019 Lake Havasu Collectibles and Firearms
  • Where: LHC Aquatic Center - Maps & Directions
  • When: October 26th to 27th, 9 am to 5 pm
  • Admission: $8 per day for adults, $12 for a weekend pass (Sat & Sun only), Free for kids 17 & under


The Lake Havasu Collectibles and Firearms Show includes private and professional vendors. You'll find both modern and antique guns at the show. But that's not all. You'll also find ammunition, holsters, knives, cleaning kits, and reloading supplies...everything you could possibly need when you own a firearm. For the numismatics, check out the coins for sale. Vendors also sell leather goods and handmade jewelry. Responsible gun owners understand how important safety can be, especially in a household with little ones running around. When not in use, keep your firearms securely stored away in a gun safe or lockbox. Find a great deal on either one at the show.

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Make sure you bring a valid photo ID with you. While Arizona law does not require background checks to purchase a gun, some vendors run them as a security precaution. Typically, this takes only a few minutes. And not all vendors run background checks. But keep your ID with you just the same.

You must be at least 18 years old to legally purchase a gun from a private individual in Arizona. When purchasing a gun from a federally licensed dealer, you must be at least 21 years old.


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Oct. 16, 2019

Run to the Sun 2019


The 42nd Annual Relics and Rods Run to the Sun is Back in Lake Havasu

Run to the Sun Lake Havasu

Attention all classic car enthusiasts! The Lake Havasu Relics and Rods Car Club host their annual Run to the Sun event this week. Whether you own a classic automobile of your own or simply enjoy looking at these beauties, this is one event you won't want to miss.


  • What: Lake Havasu Relics and Rods Run to the Sun 2019
  • Where: Bridgewater Links at the London Bridge Resort - Maps & Directions
  • When: October 16th to 20th


Relics and Rods really know how to throw a party. Last year's event brought in more than 700 classic cars and trucks from all over the country. This year looks to host even more automotive devotees.

Relics and Rods Run to the Sun

Organizers reserved Wednesday, October 16th, for welcoming participants and signing up last-minute car owners in the Run to the Sun. On Thursday the 17th, visit the swap meet/car corral between 7 am and 4 pm. It's open the same times on the 18th and from 7 am to 12 pm on the 19th. Car lovers have the chance to pick up parts for their own cars or entire vehicles at the swap meet.

Run to the Sun Havasu

Take cruising to a whole new level when you participate in the Garage Tour Poker Run from 9 am to 11 am on Thursday. The top two hands win a cash prize. Increase your chances by purchasing additional hands at $5 each. Then, "ooh" and "aah" as American muscle cars, street rods, European sportsters, and more cruise down Main Street/McCulloch Blvd from 5 pm to 9 pm.

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From 8 am to 4 pm on Friday and Saturday, come to Bridgewater Links to see these gorgeous vehicles up close and in person. At the Show & Shine, classic car fans interact with classic car owners. Find out the history of each vehicle as well as what it takes to keep these babies purring. On Saturday, watch RC boats race in the pond. Organizers host a fashion show and silent auction at the London Bridge Resort Convention Center from 10 am to 12 pm on Saturday. Awards will be handed out for all drawings and contests at 4 pm on Saturday afternoon.

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Finally, the Run to the Sun ends with a parade down Main Street from Birch Square to Capri Ave at 9:30 am on Sunday. Afterward, local Cub Scout Troop #992 hosts a pancake breakfast in the parking lot of Mohave State Bank until 11 am. Please give them your support and enjoy a fabulous breakfast at the same time.

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Oct. 3, 2019

Big Boys Toys on Main 2019


Big Boys Toys on Main in Lake Havasu City

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What happens to the little boys (and girls) that played with Tonka trucks and Hot Wheels? They grow up and want to play with the real deal. Whether on land or water, you either go big or go home in Lake Havasu City. So, if you're looking for your next great adventure and need a vehicle to take you there, come to the 2019 Big Boys Toys on Main. 


  • What: Big Boys Toys on Main 2019
  • Where: Downtown Havasu (McCulloch Blvd) - Maps & Directions
  • When: Saturday, October 5th, 9 am to 4 pm
  • Admission: FREE


Classic hot rods. American muscle cars. Vintage Harleys, Indians, and Triumphs. Sandrails. ATVs. Bayliners, Mastercraft, and Chaparral. You'll even find heavy equipment will be featured here. Any toy you can imagine is featured at the Big Boys Toys on Main event. 

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McCulloch Blvd will be shut down to all motorized vehicles between Mulberry and Smoketree for this single-day event. Park along Mesquite or Swanson for free. Then hoof it over to Main St for the main event. Food and product vendors line the streets as well. Bring your credit card and stock up on the latest safety equipment and/or accessories for your big boy toys.

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Lake Havasu City is the perfect location to bring out your inner child. You have thousands of desert landscape to explore. Venture out in your toy hauler, set up camp for the day, and offroad to your heart's content. If you're more of a water-baby, the lake offers excellent fishing opportunities. Plus, the desert temperatures keep the lake warm enough for the majority of the year so that you can take your boat out to go parasailing, water skiing or simply running around on the water. Drop anchor for a picnic on the lake. If you don't feel like hauling your watercraft in and out of the water each time you want to play, rent a slip in the marina.

big boys toys on main Havasu

Whatever outdoor fun your mind can dream of, you're more than likely going to be able to do it here in Lake Havasu City. And at events like Big Boys Toys on Main 2019, you'll find just the right vehicle to make your dreams come true.


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Oct. 2, 2019

IJSBA World Finals 2019


The IJSBA World Finals Back in Lake Havasu City for 2019

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Water sports. Outside. In October? Yes! Thanks to our hot summer weather, the lake waters stay warm well into the fall season. That's one of the reasons organizations like the International Jet Sports Boating Association (IJSBA) love holding their competitions here.


  • What: IJSBA 2019 World Finals
  • Where: Crazy Horse Campgrounds - Maps & Directions
  • When: October 5th to 13th
  • For a complete schedule of race times, visit: www.ijsba.com



What do you get when you take all the fun of motocross racing, add the agility of the X-games and put it all out on the water? The IJSBA 2019 World Finals! More than 750 of the world's best personal watercraft athletes compete out on our lake. And you get to cheer them on from the sidelines absolutely free of charge.

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Riders compete in closed course racing, slalom racing, and freestyle (arguably the most popular of the three). If you plan on getting close to the action out on your boat, watch out for course signs. You won't be allowed within a certain distance of the "track" for safety reasons. Also, you might want to get there early to drop anchor. It gets a bit crowded, as you can imagine.

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Dozens of PWC vendors come to the World Finals as well each year. You'll find the latest in watercraft, equipment, safety gear, and much more. While vendor row opens on the 6th, the bulk of the vendors will be there from the 8th to the 13th. That's also when actual racing gets underway. Racers primarily set up and run practice heats from October 5th to the 8th.

For a complete schedule of race times, visit: www.ijsba.com

ijsba finals lake havasu

The Freestyle competition takes place on Saturday, October 12th in the Bridgewater Channel. Feel free to bring your lawn chair and stake out a primo spot along the channel. But come early. Again, this is one of the most popular of all World Finals events throughout the week. So, finding a good spot to view the competition can get tough if you wait too long.

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You'll never go hungry or thirsty with dozens of food vendors to choose from.

For a real VIP experience, though, come to the Craft Beer Festival on October 11th to 13th. Your $20 to $40 ticket grants you access to the special VIP grandstands to watch the competition out on the lake. Plus, you get to sample beer 12 different flavors of beer provided by vendors near (like Mudshark and Hangar 24) and far. Food vendors are mere steps away for your convenience as well. Just pick up your tickets any time at the VIP Craft Brew Gate located right next to the grandstands. Since you must be at least 21 years old to participate in the beer festival, make sure you bring a valid photo ID with you.


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Sept. 26, 2019

IJSBA Fall Round of US Freestyle Championships 2019


IJSBA Fall Round of US Freestyle Championships in Lake Havasu City AZ

IJSBA Fall Round of US Freestyle Championships


In May, PWC riders competed in the spring round of the 2019 IJSBA Freestyle Championship. This month, they're back for the fall round. Why? Weeks of triple-digit temperatures keep our lake warm enough to play and compete right up until late fall/early winter. Spectators get to watch all of the action absolutely free of charge!



From 1:30 pm to 6 pm on Saturday, September 28th, PWC riders hit the IJSBA course underneath the London Bridge

Come watch them race through the Junior Freestyle, Ladies Freestyle, the Beginner Open, the Veteran Freestyle, and the 800, 900, and 1200 Freestyle events.

You've never seen what a personal watercraft can do until you've seen it handled by a pro. Perhaps the most popular challenge for the entire day is the Hydro-Turf Best Trick competition. That takes place at 4 pm. Awards will be presented at the end of the day.

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You'll be amazed when you see these guys flip in the air, rooster tail, perform a fountain shoot through, bulldog spin, hood spin, backflip, barrel roll, scarecrow, submarine, and Kamikaze through Bridgewater Channel. If you're lucky, you may even see a Monkey Jump or two. These guys know what they're doing!

IJSBA US Freestyle Championships

Thousands of people come out to watch the freestylers in action. Organizers suggest that you get there early to scout a spot. London Bridge Beach may be the best spot to view the competition. London Bridge Resort also offers a great viewing platform but may be limited only to guests of the resort. Bring a beach chair with you to watch in comfort. Make sure you wear a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun's rays. If you decide to stay out on the lake during the competition, make sure you anchor your boat away from the marked course through Bridgewater Channel. Lake police will be patrolling the area, so heed all rules of the lake for your safety and the safety of others.

IJSBA Fall Round Freestyle Championships

It's just another day in paradise! The fall round of freestyle should whet your appetite for the IJSBA World Finals coming to Havasu in October. That's right, folks. We're about to see even more high-flying action out on the lake very soon.


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Sept. 4, 2019

Havasu Palooza 2019


Havasu Palooza Country Music Festival Back for 2019

Havasu Palooza Country Music Festival

If you like country music and you love spending time on the lake, your prayers have been answered. The 2019 Havasu Palooza Country Music Boating Fest comes to town in September. And it brings a ton of talent to our waters for one day only.


Havasu Palooza

Take a dip while you listen to fantastic country music artists perform on the 60-foot stage set up right at the water's edge! Organizers set up a barrier for swimmers to float safely while they listen to the amazing line-up in store. BYOF (bring your own float). Safety patrols roam around the lake during the concert to ensure everyone enjoys their time without any hassles. But you can also watch from the beach if you'd prefer. Just make sure you bring lawn chairs and/or a blanket for your comfort. No seating will be provided.

Havasu Palooza music 2019

Bands start playing at 11 am. This year's line-up includes Matt Farris, Brad Johnson, Drew Cooper, and Joel Maze with Southern Country. Food and boat vendors will be set up along the beach for you to visit while you're there. And public restrooms will be provided for your comfort. 

Havasu Palooza Country Music on the water

Would you rather watch the concerts from the comfort of your boat? Dock it in one of the mooring rows set up for the day. The first four rows include a safety buffer from the next one. Like regular concert seating, you can choose to dock your boat in one of these first three rows for a premium price. These VIP spots range from $100 for third-row mooring to $200 for first-row. Everything from the fourth row back is free. Or you may choose to beach your boat on the side of stage for $100. All docking fees are in addition to your regular $30 per person admission fee for the concert. Anyone with boat passes will be allowed admission to the docks beginning at 5 am.

Havasu Palooza Music Festival

Tickets are available on-line or for will-call at Rotary Park from 10 am to 6 pm on Friday, September 13th or all day on the 14th. This is a family-friendly event. However, all kids under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a ticket-paying adult. Have fun and get your tickets today!

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Aug. 23, 2019

Nautique Regatta


Southwest Nautique Regatta & Wakeboard Competition

Southwest Nautique Regatta


World-class action isn't just reserved for Lake Havasu City. (Although, there's a ton of it happening every weekend here.) The Bluewater Resort and Casino plays host to the 2019 Southwest Nautique Regatta and Wakeboard Competition sponsored by the World Wake Association. Located a short 45-minute drive, Parker's a quick getaway from the local Havasu scene if and when you need one.


  • What: 2019 Southwest Nautique Regatta & Wakeboard Competition
  • When: September 13th through 15th
  • Where: Bluewater Resort & Casino - Maps & Directions
  • Admission: Free for spectators, Free for Nautique owners
  • Contact: World Wake Association (863) 875-6929 or info@thewwa.com


Registration for the regatta and demo rides: http://www.thewwa.com/event-calendar



If you own a Nautique wake/ski boat of any year or model, the WWA invites you to participate in their annual Southwest Nautique Regatta in Parker, AZ. At the Regatta, Nautique owners receive valuable information on the maintenance, upkeep, and operation of their Nautique boat. Watch live demos of current model year boats. Sign up for your own demo ride (spaces are limited and some time slots are sold out). 

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On Friday, the organizers put together a golf tournament. Make sure you bring your clubs with you if you want to participate. You'll need to talk to the World Wake Association to find out more about the tournament, including registration requirements. Watch professional wakeboarders like Shawn Watson, Shaun Murray, Erika Lang, and Cory Teunissan compete in the Gromfest around Wake Island Saturday afternoon. If you want to get out the water yourself, sign up for the Poker Runs being held on Friday and Saturday. Fun prizes await those who turn in a winning hand!

Southwest Nautique Regatta Parker

Things wind down Saturday night with a special 80's-themed dinner for all Nautique owners. Dress up in your neon/preppy/new wave best for a fully catered dinner at the Bluewater. Awards will be handed out throughout the evening as well. And, finally, Sunday's reserved for demo rides with Nautique athletes. But only if you sign up in advance.

Nautique Regatta 2019

Bring the whole family for a day of fun. If you plan on staying overnight, contact the Bluewater Resort to make arrangements. Let them know you're with the Southwest Nautique Regatta. But make your reservations now. Rooms will fill up quickly.


Registration for the regatta and demo rides: http://www.thewwa.com/event-calendar


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