Tombstone Events

Tombstone EventsThe Wild West Theme is Here

Tombstone events happen on a regular basis.

Yearly events in town attract people from far & wide. Tombstone visitors love these special festivals. Locals delight in interacting with all our visitors, while they're here! We want to welcome you to our Town's special events! See Them Now>

Weekly & daily planned events are regularly organized. Tombstone locals love to entertain you! Depend on these activities when you come to town. See Them Now>

A regular monthly event you'll want to get to is Tombstone at Twilight - Read More>

Tombstone events are also planned for various holidays. See Them Now>

We'll organize Tombstone events for you! So you can plan a trip around one. Get to the Town of Tombstone, orient yourself, come in and join an event that's going on! We welcome you!

Tombstone Events - Annual Western Days

February

  • Tombstone Quilt Show - This is a month-long Tombstone event, ongoing during February. Fine Western style quilts by 5 local crafters. You can vote for your favorite! Participate in quilting classes, view quilting demonstrations, learn about Old Fashioned Quilt Turnings - and more! Get your Quilt raffle tickets - $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing on Valentines Day - February 14th. All activities at the Tombstone Art Gallery, 383 Allen Street - right behind the Visitor Center. See the Quilters Gallery: Click Here>

2018 Vigilante Days: To Be Announced

  • Vigilante Days - 3rd weekend in February: Saturday, Sunday & Monday. On the streets of Tombstone, most events on Allen Street. From 10 am to 5 pm each day. You'll enjoy historical Wild West reenactments, entertainment & "hangings" (pretend!). Hosted by the nonprofit Tombstone Vigilantes. One mock hanging is an honored chosen visitor, who gets a plaque at the end of the procedure! There's a raffle, a chili cook-off & more! All proceeds for the Vigilante's 501c3 organization go to charitable functions.

March

2018 Wild West Days: To Be Announced

  • Wild West Days - Mid-month, it's a tribute to those in the Armed Forces. The Tombstone event is sponsored by The Wild West Detachment, Marine Corps League. Entertainment along Allen Street all day on Saturday. The activity moves to Big Nose Kate's Saloon for the evening. At 4 pm, a Silent Auction, followed by a Canteen Dance from 6 - 9 pm. On Sunday a parade begins at 6th & Allen, heading West to the American Legion. 

April

2018 Rose Tree Parade & Festival, and Beer n Balls: To Be Announced

  • Rose Tree Parade & Festival - Friday Evening & Saturday at the beginning of April. Celebrate the blooming & history of the largest rose bush in the world! At 6 pm Friday, you're invited to see the Rose Queen crowned, with her court, under the Rose Tree. On Saturday other events include Mariachi music & dancing, an old fashioned lunch box auction. View the Rose Tree Parade, starting at 11 am along Allen St. Plus so much more.
  • Four Deuces Saloon Beers n' Balls - It's the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival. From 9 am to 10 pm. Unique food treats for the daring! Join in for their 6th annual Tombstone event. You'll have a rip roaring time! It's happenin' at the saloon and right in front. Plus entertainment from noon to 10 pm. Located at Allen & 3rd.

May

2018 Wyatt Earp Days: To Be Announced

  • Wyatt Earp Days - Sponsored by the tombstone Lions Club. Last weekend in May, over Memorial Day. Honors one of the famous, historic lawmen of Tombstone. The events runs from 10 am to 4 pm on Allen Street. You'll enjoy gunfights, mock hangings & Old West historic skits. Check out the chili cook-off on Sunday. Visit the Lions Club booth. Purchase T-shirts and/or tickets for their raffle. $1 each, or 6 for $5 to win a Replica Revolver. The Lions Club net proceeds are donated to Youth Groups' programs. In an Old West interest group & would like to participate - call Entertainment Chairman, Pat Kelly at (520) 457-8012.

June

2018 Buffalo Soldier Days: To Be Announced

  • Buffalo Soldier Days - Last weekend of June. Annual salute to the Buffalo Soldiers. This historical U.S. Army troop was first organized as the U.S. 10th Cavalry Regiment, out of Leavenworth KS on Sept. 21, 1866. Their nickname originated with the Native Americans. It came to apply to all African American regiments formed in 1866, after the civil war. In addition it applied to the 9th Cavalry Regiment, 24th Infantry Regiment & 25th Infantry Regiment. In this Tombstone event, educational & reenactment Buffalo Soldier groups come to town to participate. Activities are held throughout the weekend on Allen Street.

July

2018 Freedom Days: To Be Announced

  • Freedom Days! - First Saturday in July. A Celebration of the American Experience. It kicks off with a parade on Allen Street, followed by street entertainment. Watch for the wheelbarrow race, Tombstone Vigilantes and Vigilettes performances, handgun raffle, and invited dignitaries & celebrities. This Tombstone event was first organized for debut in 2017 by Gordon Anderson, owner of the Larian Motel.

August

2018 Doc Holli-Days in Tombstone: To Be Announced

  • Doc Holli-Days - A tribute to Doc Holliday, well-known historical 1880s local in Tombstone AZ! A yearly festival that will feature events along Allen Street. Watch for possible celebrities, historians & dignitaries to be invited!!

September

2018 Showdown in Tombstone: To Be Announced

  • Showdown in Tombstone - Over the Labor Day Weekend. Gunfight groups from around the country come to Tombstone to participate. Sponsored by the Tombstone Vigilantes, they're invited to stage historic gunfight reenactments along Allen Street. Other fun includes skits, parade, 1880s period clothing contest, a "hanging tree" & more! Get your authentic Vigilante T-Shirt! A raffle of a single 44 caliber pistol & display case is drawn on Monday, about 3:30 p.m. Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5.

2018 Territorial Days: To Be Announced

  • Territorial Days - A weekend in mid-month. Produced by the 501c3 group "Tombstone Forward" - the event celebrates Tombstone's military history. Local businesses contribute to sponsoring events. View historic military encampment recreations & exhibits, a nonmotorized parade, a chuck wagon competition, Territorial baseball game, bands, dancing groups & more. Plus an evening Ball at Shieffelin Hall. Activities along Allen Street. 

October

  • Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride - 5 Days in mid October. A historic horseback trail ride & tour. It traces Wyatt's vengeance posse against the Cowboys in Cochise County. He felt they were responsible for killing his brother Warren & maiming his brother Virgil. Sponsored by Great American Adventures, an organized group ride that is like no other! Phone (505) 286-4585 if interested in details.

2018 OctoBeerfest: To Be Announced

  • OctoBeerfest -  Inaugural Event this year! New yearly event. $20 admission includes a commemorative mug & two 1/2 liter fills of your brewery choice. Live music entertainment. A 2-pig roast from Puny John's BBQ & German food from Little Yeti's Bistro at additional cost. 21 and over only,  12 noon to 6 p.m. at Tombstone Brewery, 107 E. Toughnut

2017 Helldorado: Oct. 20, 21 & 22

Helldorado at 6th & AllenBill Going Into Helldorado Town!
  • Helldorado - The 3rd weekend in Oct., beginning on Friday. About the biggest Western celebration day of the year - & the most historic in Tombstone (since 1929)! Along Allen Street there's regular gunfight & historic reenactments, skits & entertainment. About 30 different Old West groups participate. Beard & mustache contest on Saturday. Parade on Sunday begins at 11 am, followed by the Cowboy Walk-Down. An 1851, 36 caliber Revolver is raffled near the end of the event. Get your tickets: on sale for $1 each or 6 for $5. Drawing held about 4 pm Sunday. We've always tried for this one - but no luck yet!

Tombstone Events - Regularly Scheduled

Tombstone at Twilight - Each month, on one Saturday evening - usually the last Saturday of the month. Shops stay open later than their unusual 5 to 6 pm.

Plus there are other cool events, such as entertainment & shows on Allen Street. Each Twilight has a theme. Here's the 2017 Schedule (subject to change):

  • January 28 - Canadian Days
  • February 25 - Sweetheart Dance / Vow Renewal
  • March 25 - Fireman's Ball / Touch a Truck / Law Enforcement
  • April 22 - Fashion Show
  • May 27 - Wyatt Earp Days / Mustache Contest
  • June 24 - Buffalo Soldiers / Military History
  • July 22 - Fiesta de los Tombstone / Mariachi Band
  • August 26 - Pack a Wagon / School Supplies
  • September 23 - Steampunk Day
  • October 28 - Halloween / SASS
  • November 25 - Santa's Workshop

Afternoon Entertainment

Entertainment at Big Nose Kate's, Tombstone AZRaleigh Jay plays weekday afternoons at Kate's

Big Nose Kate's - Raleigh Jay plays from Noon to 4:30 pm, Tues. through Thurs.

Crystal Palace - Intermittent afternoons until 4 or 5 pm. 

Four Deuces - Some Saturdays, Noon to 4 pm

Bands/Evening Music

Crystal Palace - Summers - alternating Saturdays. Otherwise, most Saturday evenings at 8 pm. Great dance floor!

Big Nose Kate's - Saturdays at 8 pm

Four Deuces - Many Saturdays, 6 - 10 pm, on their back patio.

Karaoke

Doc Holliday's Tombstone AZ KaraokeKaraoke Nite at Doc's
Big Rig Karaoke, Crystal Palace, Tombstone AZBig Rig Karaoke
Shriner's Initiation at KaraokeShriner Initiation Group at Karaoke sings "I Feel Like a Woman"

Crystal Palace - Every Friday. Alternating Saturdays in the Summer. 7 pm with Big Rig Karaoke.

Doc Holliday's - Wed. through Sun. evenings.

Johnny Ringo's - 10th St., turn North just off of Allen. Every Sunday evening.

Big Nose Kate's - Thursdays at 7 pm.

American Legion - Thursdays at 6 pm with Big Rig Karaoke.

Poker

Big Iron Shooting Gallery - Texas Hold-Em on Wed., Fri. & Sat. from 7 pm to midnight. Cash - No limit.

Doc Holliday's Saloon - Every Tuesday evening. Free Texas Hold 'Em & Cards Against Humanity. For more details call (520) 457-2247.


Tombstone Events - Holidays

Tombstone St. Patrick's Day Parade

Sponsored by the Tombstone Marine Corp League Detachment:

  • Sunday, March 18, 2018. 
  • The parade is in conjunction with the Salute to the Troops Parade.
  • You're encouraged to wear your Green - and watch along Allen Street, between the corner of 6th going West to the corner of 2nd.

Tombstone Easter Parade & Festivities

Tombstone AZ Easter ParadeThe Easter Parade gets organized.

Details have yet to be released - will be updated when they are...

  • Easter is on Sunday, April 1, 2018

Tombstone 4th of July

Presented by Tombstone Forward (501c3 organization):

  • City Park - Beginning at 9 a.m. with a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Lion's Club: Lots of fun stuff for the kids & adults!
  1. Quilt competition
  2. Face painting
  3. Games & activities for the kiddies
  4. Bouncy House
  5. Adult Horse-shoes
  6. Children's Parade from 11 am - noon (sign-up at 10 am)
  • Hot-dog lunch sponsored by the Tombstone Senior Volunteers starting at 10:30 am
  • Music in the gazebo all afternoon
  • Dusk production: fireworks display at Medigovich Field (weather permitting) - sponsored by Tombstone Volunteer Fire Dept.

Halloween in Tombstone

Tombstone HalloweenIt's Halloween!
Waitress Ilsa at Crystal PalaceIlsa celebrates Halloween
Halloween at the Crystal Palace, TombstoneCheech & Chong at the Crystal?

Details have yet to be released - will be updated when they are...

  • Halloween is on Monday, Oct. 31, 2017

Thanksgiving Day in Tombstone

  • No Tombstone events are scheduled for this day, but the day after is a popular day for visitors
  • All Tombstone businesses are closed
  • Only the Four Deuces and Johnny Ringo's are open for the afternoon & early evening

Christmas in Tombstone Events

Tombstone Christmas TreeBill's in front of the official Tombstone Christmas Tree.

Christmas Toy Drive & Tree Lighting & Holiday Decorations:

  • Toy Drive (sponsored by Tombstone Vigilettes) kicks off in front of Gunfight Palace on Nov. 25, 2017
  1. Bring a new unwrapped gift suitable for  up to 12 years of age
  • Lighting Ceremony 2017 - December 1: 6 to 8 pm
  • The official Tombstone Christmas Tree is placed in the Middle of downtown Tombstone, on Allen Street, near 5th.
  • Ceremony takes place on a Friday evening in early December
  • Decorated Houses & Businesses Judging - December 2: 10 am to 5 pm
  • Who has the best Christmas decorations?
  • The Chamber of Commerce organizes/sponsors this holiday competitions

Holiday Tour of Homes:

  • Organized by Tombstone Forward, a 501c3 organization
  • Day-long tour of historic area homes on an early Dec. Saturday
  • Inside photos not permitted, outside okay
  • Ages 13 & older, no food inside, your choice of tour route, staggered start times begin at 9 am
  • EXACT 2017 DATE, TIME & FURTHER DETAILS TO BE ANNOUNCED

Christmas Light Parade:

  • Along Allen Street about the 2nd Saturday in December
  • From 6 to 8 pm, starting at the corner of 6th Street, heading West to the corner of 3rd Street.
  • 2017 - December 9: 6 - 8 pm

Lighting of Historic Courthouse Luminaries:

  • The Tombstone Courthouse Historic Park sponsors this Luminaria lighting at dusk
  • Afterwards cookies & hot chocolate are served inside
  • The lighting is based on historic events
  • See the State Park - Courthouse Events page for more details
  • 2017 - December 9: 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Santa in the Park:

  • In the Tombstone City Park at 3rd & Allen Streets
  • A mid-month Saturday in December, Santa arrives to visit with children.
  • 2017: December 16: 5:30 - 10 pm
Santa in the Park, TombstoneThe City Park in Tombstone Arizona

Tombstone Christmas Ball:

  • Saturday evening in mid-December, usually from 7 - 10 pm
  • Organized by T. Miller Mercantile
  • Reasonable ticket prices: $10 single, $15 couple
  • EXACT 2017 DATE & TIME TO BE ANNOUNCED
  • Further details at this time, email: TombstoneChristmasBall@gmail.com

Christmas Day:

  • No Tombstone events are scheduled this day - but the whole holiday week is popular with visitors
  • All Tombstone businesses are closed
  • Only the Four Deuces and Johnny Ringo's are open for the afternoon & early evening

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