By Jayne Hanson
River Scene Magazine
Updated 9/19/2016 10:50pm
Cooling temperatures this time of year in Lake Havasu City makes way for event season to emerge. The following is a collection of upcoming events to keep River Scene Magazine readers active and entertained while making some priceless memories with family and friends.
As always, you can find special events happening on our community events calendar as well as submit your own special event to be placed on it. Lake Havasu City Events Calendar
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23
Race of the Century – 2016 Cannonball
One hundred endurance riders – riding motorcycles that are at least 100 years old – departed Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 10 to travel 3,304 miles of America’s back roads finishing Sept. 26 in San Diego, Calif. They’re set to stop in Havasu 3:30-5p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 at Springberg-McAndrew Park on McCulloch. www.motorcyclecannonball.com
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
6th Annual Fighting Knights 5K Cross Country Fun Run
The 3.1 race loops Bridgewater Links twice. It begins 7 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Top 50 finishers receive medals. Proceeds benefit Lake Havasu High School boys and Girls Cross Country program. Cost is $20 pre-registration, $25 on race day.
National Public Lands Day Canoe & Kayak Clean Up
This volunteer opportunity helps clear trash and debris from four miles of the Havasu National Wildlife Refuge from Castle Rock Bay, in Crystal Beach, to Mesquite Bay on London Bridge Road. Lunch and shuttle back to Castle Rock provided. It begins 7:15a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24. Bring own paddle craft or use one of the donated ones on site. The free event is hosted by Friends of the Bill Williams River & Havasu National Wildlife Refuges in observance of National Public Lands Day.
2nd Annual HavaSlide Epic Event
The super slide is a 51-foot dual drop Sky Slide with four other structures. Event includes stunt show, live entertainment. Noon to 6p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, from Querio to Smoketree on McCulloch Blvd. Proceeds to benefit Norona Effect’s efforts to fund construction of a Pediatric Ambulatory Infusion Center. Early bird tickets $25 each, General admission $33. Children 5-years-old and younger free with adult admission.
SUNDAY, SEPT. 25
Gold Star Mothers Day Remembrance
This event honors mothers who’ve lost sons and daughters to combat. The candlelight ceremony is the last Sunday of each September. Event is set for 6:30-7:30pm, Sunday, Sept. 25 at Wheeler Park near the Kmart complex, free admission. www.lhcmilitarymoms.org.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28
For one night only, the traveling circus and its worldly menagerie of aerialists, acrobats, white tigers and performing elephants is here. Lake Havasu Shrine Circus is 7-9pm, Wednesday, Sept. 28 at Sara Park Raceway. Tickets range from $10-$40, doors open at 6pm.
SATURDAY, OCT 1
35TH Annual IJSBA World Finals
The weeklong event kicks off at Crazy Horse Campgrounds on the Island. Race schedules available at www.ijsba.com. The event attracts at least 500 of the world’s most daring and best personal watercraft enthusiasts to compete for the sport’s world champion title. Entrance is free. Parking fees vary.
18th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Walk
The walkers raise awareness for breast cancer. The course begins at the Aquatic Center (100 Park Ave.), moves through the English Village and through Rotary Park ending again at the Aquatic Center. The Community Health Fair immediately follows the walk and commences until noon. The event is hosted by the Cancer Association of Havasu. The event begins 7:30a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. Cost is $30, event T-shirts can be purchased onsite for an additional $15.
Havasu Art Guild Fall Expo
The Guild’s members display art for sale on the patio and community rooms of the library. Items include ceramics, jewelry, paintings, glasswork, handcrafted beads, and fiber arts. The event is 10 a.m. to 3p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Mohave County Library, in the Kmart complex.
2016 Duck Derby Ducktail Kickoff Party
The dinner event begins at 5:30pm at London Bridge Convention Center. This year’s theme is Superheroes, dress in costume. Tickets $50, proceeds benefit Western Arizona Humane Society.
Purple Light Night
Place your purple handprint on the banner to raise awareness of domestic violence issues in Havasu. The ceremony includes lighting purple lights in Havasu’s Downtown District. Event is 6:30-7:30p.m, Saturday, Oct. 1, at Springberg-McAndrew Park on McCulloch.
MONDAY, OCT. 3
The 18TH Annual Domestic Violence Awareness Luncheon
The event is set for 11a.m. – 1:30p.m., Monday, Oct. 3 at Shugrue’s Bridgeview Room. Tickets $20 advanced purchase, or $30 at the door. www.lhcinteragency.org.
TUESDAY, OCT. 4
The 10th Annual IJSBA Parade of Nations
The event is set for 7-10p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 4, beneath London Bridge to celebrate the international participants of the World Finals. Admission is free.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5
Lake Havasu Chamber of Commerce Consumer Marketplace
The event is set for 10a.m. – 7p.m. at the Lake Havasu City Aquatic Center (100 Park Ave.). It is one of Havasu’s largest showcases of local businesses and organizations. Admission is free. www.havasuchamber.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 7
Concerts in the Park Fall Series
The live entertainment series is set for 5-10p.m. each Friday in October at London Bridge Beach Stage, on the Island. It kicks off with “Kevin Jaxon & Midnight Sun”. Admission is free.
SATURDAY, OCT. 8
Denise’s Day 2nd Annual Strides for Hope Cancer Walk & Concert
The event is set for 9a.m. at Springberg-McAndrew Park on McCulloch. Live entertainment includes Matt Farris and other bands. Proceeds benefit families facing a cancer crisis. Cost is $15 per person, includes event T-shirt.
2016 IJSBA World Finals Pro Freestyle Expo
This is where the international racers put on a public exhibition in Bridgewater Channel. The event is set for 5-10p.m Saturday, Oct. 8. Admission is free.
FRIDAY, OCT. 14
Monster Bash Charity Poker Run 2016
This 9th annual event is a miniature Desert Storm speedboat event in October. The event begins 11a.m. Friday and continues through 7p.m. Saturday. Themes and costumes are encouraged. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Lake Havasu Food Bank. Cost is $250. Register at www.lakeracerllc.com.
Concerts in the Park Fall Series
The live entertainment series is set for 5-10p.m. each Friday in October at London Bridge Beach Stage, on the Island. Tonight is “Sidewynder”. Admission is free.
SATURDAY, OCT. 15
9th Annual Bridgewater Channel Underwater Cleanup
The volunteer opportunity is set for 7-11a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at London Bridge Beach near the dog park. It will focus on cleaning the south underwater area of the Channel. Participation is free.
Austin Bantam Society Annual Trophy Meet & Car Show
The event features unusual, small automobiles from the 1930s and 1940s. The show is set for 10a.m. to 3p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15 at London Bridge Beach. Admission is free. www.austinbantamsociety.com.
2016 Duck Derby Silver Anniversary Races
It’s the 25th anniversary of Western Arizona Humane Society’s rubber duck races. They’re set for 11a.m. to 2p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, beneath London Bridge. Proceeds benefit WAHS. Cost is $5 to race a duck, top prize is $1,000. Spectators admitted free.
2016 Fall Fun Fair
The event is set for 3-8p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Rotary Community Park Ball Fields. The family-fun centers on games, food and vendor booths. Proceeds benefit local school programs and nonprofits. Admission is free, game tickets are 25 cents each.
6th Annual Havasu Zombie Pub Crawl
Dress as a zombie and join the masses to invade Havasu’s most notorious watering holes. The event is 7p.m. to 2a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, Downtown McCulloch. Admission is free.
TUESDAY, OCT. 18
Lake Havasu Concert Association’s “Portraits of America: George Bugatti”
The event features pop music standards from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. It is set to begin 7:30p.m, Tuesday, Oct. 18, at the Lake Havasu Performing Arts Center, at Lake Havasu High School. Cost is $25, students with ID, and children admitted for free. www.lhcca.com.
THURSDAY, OCT. 20
39th Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun
The classic and collectible car show is set to begin Thursday and continue through Sunday at Bridgewater Links Golf Course at London Bridge Resort. The community can get a good look at many of the participating automobiles during the event’s “Cruise-In” is set for 5-9p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, on McCulloch from Acoma to Smoketree. Admission is free. www.relicsandrods.com.
FRIDAY, OCT. 21
39th Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun
The classic and collectible car show is set to begin Thursday and continue through Sunday at Bridgewater Links Golf Course at London Bridge Resort. Show & Shine at the golf course is 8a.m. to 4p.m., Friday, Oct. 21. One-day pass is $8; two-day pass is $12.
Concert in the Park Fall Series
The live entertainment series is set for 5-10p.m. each Friday in October at London Bridge Beach Stage, on the Island. Tonight is “The Blue Country Band”. Admission is free.
SATURDAY, OCT. 22
London Bridge Days Pumpkin Festival
The good time family event is set for 10a.m. to 5p.m. Sat., Oct. 22, and Sun., Oct. 22. Activities include a pumpkin patch, tractor show, fishing pond, and scarecrow competition. Event is hosted by Lake Havasu Firefighter Charities. Admission is free.
SUNDAY, OCT. 23
5th Annual “Save a Life” Domestic Violence Awareness Walk
The event is set to begin at 9a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, at Rotary Community Park; Ramada A. Cost is $20 per person. Event hosted by H.A.V.E.N.
TUESDAY, OCT. 25
A Taste of Havasu
The food-sampling event from Havasu’s finest restaurants is set for 5-9p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, at The Rodeo Grounds at SARA Park. Proceeds benefit Lake Havasu K12 Foundation. Cost is $20 in advance, $25 at the door; $10 for children 5- to 10-years-old, younger than 5 admitted free. www.k12foundation.org.
FRIDAY, OCT. 28
The Shops at Lake Havasu Annual Halloween Celebration
The family event is set for 4-6pm, Friday, Oct. 28, at The Shops. Admission is free.
Concert in the Park Fall Series
The live entertainment series is set for 5-10p.m. each Friday in October at London Bridge Beach Stage, on the Island. Tonight is “Remnants”. Admission is free.
SATURDAY, OCT. 29
45th Annual London Bridge Days Parade
The parade is a celebration of the city’s heritage and is set for 10a.m. – 12:30p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. It travels the length of McCulloch from Acoma to Capri. Admission is free.
SUNDAY, OCT. 30
Boy Scout Pancake Breakfast
The event is set for 7-10a.m., Sunday, Oct. 30, beneath London Bridge. Cost is $4 for adults; $2 for children 12 and younger.
14th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving Contest
This wacky and fun event is set for 9:30a.m. Sunday, Oct. 30. It is at Site 5 on the Island. It’s hosted by Lake Havasu Divers Association and Scuba Training & Technology. Admission is free.
Mind, Body, & Spirit Fair: Explorations in Self-Healing
The event centers on alternative and hearing products. It’s set for 10a.m. – 6p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, at Quality Inn & Suites’ Havasu Room. Admission is free. www.oneinspirit.info.
MONDAY, OCT. 31
11th Annual Main Street Halloween Fright Night
Local ghouls, goblins and ghost will haunt McCulloch from Acoma to Smoketree during this family-friendly event. Local businesses will have booths with activities and candy for the crowd. The event is 5-9p.m. Mon., Oct. 31. Admission is free.
Trunk n’ Treat
Trick-or-treating is set for 6-7:30p.m., Sunday, Oct. 31, in the London Bridge Plaza parking lot, 228 London Bridge Rd. Bounce Houses, too. Admission is free.