Spring Equinox, the first day of spring, arrives in mid-March. 
Spring in the high desert signals wildflowers and possible rains, 
vast birds and wildlife, and adventures galore in Cochise County.

March, April, & May Events Round-Up
With 350 migratory birds making their way through Cochise County,
it's hard to miss the call of Spring. Join us in celebrating the new Season!


April 5 (10am-6pm), April 6 (10am-7pm), & April 7 (10am-3pm) @ Willcox Community Center.  The Art League of Willcox presents the Biggest Art Show in Southeastern Arizona.  For more info or to register, visit www.willcoxartleague.com. There is still time to enter. On April 6, d emonstrations for painting and photography start at 3pm; there will be raffle tickets for a $500 Visa card; and the artists' r eception, awards, refreshments and entertainment are 3pm to 6pm.

Wild West Fest 
Ranch Rodeo Cowboys
April 26 (1pm-9pm), April 27 (9am-midnight), & April 28 (8am-noon). Looking for a true taste of the Old West and a weekend of fun? This event will take you back in time to enjoy the sights, smells and tastes of historic cooking methods of authentic 1880s-style chuck wagons, plus true ranching experiences and life in the Wild West. Contact 800-200-2272 for more information.

May 18 & 19 (11am-5pm) @ Historic Railroad Avenue Park.  Rated by Fodor's Travel as one of the  top 10 wine festivals  in North America, the Willcox Wine Country Festival is a weekend-long celebration, featuring Arizona wines from the Willcox region. Eighteen  wineries, over 70 art and craft vendors, five bands, multiple food venues will entertain more than 6,000 attendees. It is  located just steps from the Willcox Wine Trail and local vineyards. Raise your glass to an exceptional experience!

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March 2 (6:30pm-10pm) @ Kartchner Hall, St. David Schools, HWY 80, St. David. Live period music by the 4th Cavalry Regimental Band of Ft. Lowell, Arizona Territory and easy-to-learn historic dances with Prompter Jessica Lacy. Dance runs from 6:30pm to 10pm with Grand March at 7pm. Cost is $10 Adults, $5 Youth, which includes period refreshments. Period dress (1860s-1880s) preferred, not required. Contact 520-720-9440 or email for more information. We hope to see you there!

April 6 (9am-5pm) @ The Amerind Museum. Here's your chance to intimately experience this awe-inspiring region - normally closed to the public. Run or walk the scenic 5K or 10K courses in beautiful Texas Canyon. Participation in the event enables The Amerind to further its mission of fostering and promoting knowledge and understanding of Native Peoples of the Americas through research, education, and conservation. For more information, conta ct 520-586-3666.

April 20 & 21 (10am-4pm) @ Kartchner Caverns State Park. Learn about wildli fe rehabilitation and see wild animals up close with Fallen Feathers Bird Rescue. Dig for fossils with Tom Olsen. Have hands-on animal experience with the
Outside Kartchner Caverns
Huachuca Herpetological Association. Learn about ecology from local conservation groups and about geology with the Huachuca Gem and  Mineral Club . There will be special presentations, games, and activities. No rmal park entrance fees apply. Call 1-877-MY-PARKS for more information. Want a more hands-on experience? Gain a new perspective by volunteering for a cave restoration project April 20 ! Contact 520-586-4125 or email. Spaces are limited, so don't wait!

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April 6 (8am-1pm) @ Airport Park. This event will help raise funds to permanently light the "D"  on D-Hill, a symbol of Douglas and Douglas High School. The Conquer the D Run is a 5-mile desert run.  T he D-Hill Dash is a fun course with a turn-ar ound point at the end of the pavement. It is a 2.5-mile pavement course. For more information, contact 520-417-7340.

May 17-18 @ Raul Castro Park. A celebration you don't want to miss! Join Douglas for a fun, family-friendly event for all ages. The event opens with a welcome ceremony 5pm Friday at 
Fire Department in the Mattress Race
Photo: Douglas Dispatch
Raul Castro Park. Delicious food vendors, talented craft vendors, informational booths and a beer garden will be at the park both days. And don't miss the mattress races! For more information, contact 520-417-7340.

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Turkey Vulture Welcoming Parade
March 5-10. Parade (all welcome!), live vultures, kite flying, Buzzard Bash Street Party (a Bisbee Swimming Pool Fundraiser - bring your bucks!), book signing and author presentation: Citizen Science, and an evening dance party! 

April 6-7 (Gates Open 9am) @ Warren Ballpark. Hosted by the Arizona Territories Vintage Baseball League and Friends of Warren Ballpark. Teams dress in period uniforms and play by rules adopted back when Lincoln was president. Come cheer or razz your local team, the Bisbee Black Sox. Games are played all day! Tickets: $15 for both days; $10 for one day. Kids 12 and under are free with an adult ticket. Active military are free on Sunday. Tombstone Brewing Company will serve local craft beer. Contact 520-366-1455 for more information.

This monthly artwalk occurs the Second Saturday of each month in Old Bisbee. Over 30 galleries, shops, and restaurants stay open late, until 8:00 pm. Artists' receptions, live entertainment, special promotions, and a free raffle are some of the many things offered! 

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March 23-24 (Gates Open 11am) @ Wren Arena on Fort Huachuca. Presented by the College, Sierra Vista Riding Club, and Family & Morale, Welfare and Recreation. Advance tickets are $8 and can be purchased at Cochise College in Sierra Vista or Douglas, Yardley Community Center Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista Safeway, Spur Western Wear, and Ace Hardware. Tickets at the gate are $10. Admission is free for children 6 and under & active duty military with ID. 
Saturday, 3/23: Gates open 11am, Performance 1pm |  Sunday, 3/24: Cowboy Church 10am, Exceptional Rodeo 10:30am, Gates open 11am, Performance 1pm |  For more information, call 520-533-2404. 

Saturdays and Sundays, through June.  Check the schedule for some amazing performers, including Arizona's Official Balladeer, Dolan Ellis. This intimate venue is tucked into Ramsey Canyon and provides a beautiful setting to connect with Western Heritage through music. $15 adults, $6 children 17 and under. Reservations recommended and available online.

Wednesdays & Saturdays through March @ the  San Pedro House.  Join the Friends of the San Pedro for a free, 2- to 3-hour guided nature walk along the San Pedro River, one of the largest and most critical avian migratory corridors in the nation. Bird Walks are held Wednesdays at 8am and River Walks are held Saturdays at 9am.

Top of the Huachucas,
Sky Island Summit 2018
May 1-4.  Sign-up for guided trips to multiple nearby birding hot spots in southeast Arizona, offered by Southwest Wings - organizers of Arizona's oldest birding festival. 

May 25. C hallenge yourself to one, two, or three peaks - all in one day - atop the beautiful Huachuca Mountains. Registration is limited to the first 250 participants - so sign up today! 

May 25 @  Veterans Memorial Park.  Sample Arizona's best vintages, craft brews, and micro-distilled spirits. Tickets are $20 and include 10 wine sampling tickets and a souvenir glass. Additional sampling tickets available at the event. Beer sold by the glass. Food and non-alcoholic beverages also available for sale. 

May 26 @  Hoppin' Grapes (409 W. Fry Blvd., Sierra Vista).  Let the City of Sierra Vista drive you to three wineries in the Sonoita region aboard a tour bus. Final stop is the Steak Out for dinner (meal not included in registration fee.) Registration open until May 22 or sold out. Ages 21+ only. $65ea.  

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February 1-28 (9:30am-4:30pm) @ Tombstone Art Gallery. Open daily. Free Admission. Contact 520-255-3700 for more information.

From March 16 at 10am  to  March 17 at 4pm. Join us to Salute the Men and Women of the Armed Forces.  Sponsored by the Wild West Detachment Marine Corps League.  Street activities on both Saturday & Sunday. "Salute to the Troops" Parade begins on Saturday at 11am.  For more information, please contact 520-266-5266.

April 12-14.  The 'Softer Side of Tombstone' is celebrated each spring with the Rose Festival, sponsored by the  Tombstone Vigilettes Kick off the weekend under the World's Largest Rose Tree in the Rose Tree Museum Courtyard where an outstanding Tombstone High School student will be crowned Rose Queen/King.  A
World's Largest Rose Tree
(Tombstone, AZ)
pancake breakfast, old-fashioned box lunch auction, Annual Rose Parade, gun fights, Mariachi and Folklorico performances, Art in the Park, High Tea and Pet Parade all culminate with Sunday afternoon's Concert in City Park.  Money raised by the Festival has funded scholarships for students in the  Tombstone Unified School District .

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