TOMBSTONE EVENTS are scheduled 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 welcome you to Tombstone's special events!
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Weekly & Daily Planned Events are regularly organized. Tombstone locals love to entertain you! Depend on these activities when you come to town.
We've organized Tombstone events for you! So you can plan a trip around one. Come into the Town of Tombstone, orient yourself, and join an event that's going on! We welcome you!
Tombstone Events Annual Western Days
Tombstone Quilt Show - This month-long Tombstone event, ongoing all February. Fine Western style quilts by local crafters. All activities at the Tombstone Art Gallery, 383 Allen Street - right next to the Visitor Center. Open daily: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. See the Quilters Gallery: Click Here>
Vigilante Days - 3rd weekend in February: Saturday & Sunday. On the streets of Tombstone, most events on Allen Street. From 10 am to 4 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! Watch for the Tombstone Vigilettes! There's a raffle, a chili cook-off & more! All proceeds for the Vigilante's 501c3 organization go to charitable functions.
2019 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.
Parade begins 11 am, starting at 6th & Allen, heading West to the American Legion. Wear your Green to celebrate for St. Patrick's Day!
2020 St. Patrick's Day - Tues., March 17
Tombstone St. Patrick's Day - Celebrate by wearing your green & your 3-leaf shamrocks! Did you know the Irish had a large part in settling Tombstone?! Join the St. Pat's party at the Crystal Palace. Get a great Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner at The Depot/Johnny Ringo's Saloon.
2020 Rose Tree Parade & Festival: To be Announced
Rose Tree Parade & Festival - Friday Evening, Saturday & Sunday 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. Other events include the Pet Parade, High Tea, Tombstone Pioneer families, Mariachi music & Folklorico dancing, auctions & raffles. View the Rose Tree Parade, starting at 11 am along Allen St. See the Pet Parade on Sunday, 11 am. Plus so much more. It's a jam-packed weekend!!
2019 Beers 'n' Balls: TBA
Four Deuces Saloon Beers n' Balls - It's the Rocky Mountain Oyster Festival. From 9 am to 9 pm. Unique food treats for the daring! Provided by local cooks - who's your favorite?? Regular food options available, too. Join in for this annual Tombstone event. You'll have a rip roaring time! It's happenin' at the saloon & right in front along fenced off 3rd Street. No cover - but 21/+ must have a wrist-band to authorize your alcohol purchase. Entertainment/dancing throughout the day. Located at Allen & 3rd.
2020 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: Wyatt Earp. 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 to win a Replica Revolver. The Lions Club net proceeds are donated to Youth Groups' programs. For any more details, call Bill at (520) 457-3511. In an Old West interest group & would like to participate - call Entertainment Chairman, Pat Kelly at (520) 457-8012.
2020 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.
Freedom Days 2020: TBA
Freedom Days! - Coordinates with Buffalo Soldier Tribute. 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. Watch for events that include invited dignitaries & celebrities. Sponsored by the Tombstone Lions Club.
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!
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, a "hanging tree" & more! Get your authentic Vigilante T-Shirt! A raffle of a single 44 caliber pistol & display case is drawn on Monday. Plus a 2-day Old West Costume Contest:
Entry Fee: $20
Registration starts Saturday morning 10:00am or pre-register - send name, address, phone number & category you're entering with your entree fee to: Sue Simons, 2741 S. Moson Rd., Sierra Vista, AZ 85650.
Categories include: Town Person Lady, Town Person Gentleman, Lady of the Night, Law Dog, Gunslinger/Cowboy, Historical Figure(Teddy Roosevelt, Annie Oakley, Buffalo Bill, China Mary, Billy The Kid, etc.), Specialty(Maid, Miner, Indian, Black Smith, Train Engineer, etc.), Child(12 & under)NO ENTREE FEE
Each category judged for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place on Saturday. Sunday for Overall Best of Show. Child category judged & awarded separately.
Open to all! For any additional info email Sue: firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 OktoBeerFest: Sept. 21
OktoBeerFest - At the Tombstone Brewing Company, 107 E. Toughnut St. Sample beers from multiple Arizona breweries. Entertainment & more. Co-sponsored by Tombstone Forward. From 1 to 6 pm.
October - Get in on This Action Month!
2019 Tombstone Wine Celebration: Oct. 5 - 6
Tombstone Wine Celebration - In the Tombstone City Park, 311 E. Allen St, corner of 3rd. Enjoy tastings from varied Cochise county wineries. Tombstone food stands will be there to satisfy your appetite. And live entertainment will add to your enjoyment. A deal at $15 per entry. It goes for 2 days, opening Saturday at 11 a.m. Then closing up on Sunday at 5 p.m.
2019 Vendetta Ride: Oct. 13 - 18
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! You can phone (505) 286-4585 if interested in more particulars.
Registration: Cost of $2,495.00 per person.
Initial Deposit: $500 per person, non-refundable deposit required
Final Payment: Due 90 days prior to ride
Later entries can pay total at registration
Start your registration & get some more details CLICK HERE>
2019 Helldorado: Oct. 18 - 20
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! Drawing held about 4 pm Sunday. We've always tried for this one - but no luck yet!
Bill Going Into Helldorado Town!
Special Event During Helldorado: Saturday, October 19, 2019
Helldorado Special Event at Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park - At 11:30 a.m., Author Mark Warren will make a presentation "What Made Wyatt Earp Tick?" Just pay the very reasonable admission to the Courthouse.
Special Tombstone Game-Play Event
2019 Doomtown Special Tombstone Event: Oct. 24 - 28
Doomtown Tombstone Worlds Event - Coming to Tombstone for a full schedule of entertaining days & nights for their players! Thurs. through Mon.!
Thursday - Four Deuces they're together at High Noon! To choose an Auction Card designer for the deck & voting for best theme. At 5 pm it's Dinner at the Crystal Palace Saloon. Watch some games or check with them there on how to get in on the action! Then over to Doc Holliday's for some casual game play at 7 pm - watch or find out how to join in such a Multi-Player Round-up!
Friday - 10 am they get a group pic at Can-Can Old Time Photos! (Dare they enter it in our Photo Contest - just in the nick of time!) They see the town until meeting up at 8 pm at Johnny Ringo's Saloon for some casual evening games
Saturday - It's the Main Event! 10 am at the American Legion. Player voting outcomes tallied to determine where the game goes from here. Then at 6pm, Twilight begins at the Legion for more action.
Sunday - 10 am at the American Legion it's the Duel. The 8 top players now compete to become the Tombstone Doomtown Marshal. Also a variant option available.
Monday - 8 am breakfast debriefing at the Old West Chuckwagon.
TTR - The yearly rendezvous is a WWHA event conducted every year in town. Focused on Tombstone's history, it's something we attend each year. We find it so valuable for research purposes, for it's critical thinking focus - their aim to seek out accuracy in history. You can attend without being WWHA members. The cost is very reasonable. The days consist of panel discussions, presentations, skits, a walking tour, a trial reenactment, a dinner (this year at Monument Ranch) & much more! Discover TTR 2019 Here>
Tombstone Events: Regularly Scheduled
Tombstone at Twilight
Sponsored by Tombstone Forward, a 501c3 Organization.
What is Tombstone at Twilight? On these special days - many businesses & attractions stay open later: until about 8 p.m. And on Allen Street all kinds of activities are also scheduled. You'll find a variety of things to do & see there.
It generally happens once a month, on a weekend day - through the summer & early autumn. Here is the schedule for 2019:
July 27, Saturday
August 24, Saturday
September 28, Saturday
October 26, Saturday
DON'T MISS IT! COME ON OVER!!
Raleigh Jay plays weekday afternoons at Big Nose Kate's
Big Nose Kate's - Raleigh Jay plays from Noon to 4:30 pm, Monday through Thursday
Crystal Palace - Intermittent afternoons until 4 or 5 pm.
Four Deuces - Some Saturdays, Noon to 4 pm
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With Sign Up - Wyatt Earp in Dodge City Timeline & Tombstone Photo Album for Download
Crystal Palace - Every Friday. Many Saturdays in the Summer, sometimes not when bands alternate. 7 pm with Big Rig Karaoke
Wyatt Earp's Oriental Saloon - Thursdays 7 p.m., TBA. Check Their FB Page for full details>
Doc Holliday's - Wednesday through Sunday 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.
Our Daughter Shannon Sings at Karaoke Nite at Doc's
Debbie's the Host at Big Rig Karaoke
Shriner Initiation Group at Karaoke sings "I Feel Like a Woman"
Crystal Palace - Summers - many alternating Saturdays. Otherwise, most Saturday evenings at 7 or 8 pm. Great dance floor - best one in the saloons in town!
Big Nose Kate's - Saturdays at 8 pm
Oriental Saloon - NEWEST option. Their bar is now open and functioning! Have a drink, check out the dance floor. Come on over to where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday played and dealt Faro. They've now started featuring bands on Saturday nights. It's the best dance floor in Tombstone!! Put on your 2-steppin' boots and come on over - For updates See the Oriental Saloon FB Page>
Four Deuces - Many Saturdays, 6 - 10 pm, on their back patio.
Doc Holliday's Saloon - Every Tuesday evening, 7 p.m. Free Texas Hold 'Em. For more details call (520) 457-2247.
Tombstone Events - Holidays
Tombstone St. Patrick's Day Parade
The Shamrock: the 3-leafed Symbol of Ireland
St. Patrick's Day Parties:
Crystal Palace Saloon - All Day
Corn Beef 'n' Cabbage Special at The Depot Steakhouse/Johnny Ringo's Saloon - Corner of Allen & 10th Streets
Sponsored by the Tombstone Marine Corp League Detachment:
The parade is in conjunction with the Salute to the Troops Parade during Wild West Days - Read More>
You're encouraged to wear your Green to this Tombstone Event - and watch along Allen Street, between the corner of 6th going West to the corner of 2nd.
Tombstone Easter Parade & Festivities
The Easter Parade gets organized.
Details have yet to be released - will be updated when they are...
Easter is on Sunday, April 12, 2020
Tombstone 4th of July
Presented by Tombstone Forward (501c3 organization):
Medigovich Field, Mountain View Road North Of Hwy 80, Tombstone, AZ
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Family Fun Day in City Park All Day Long
Vote for Your Best Choice: Red, White & Blue lap quilts displayed on the fence - the Tombstone Art Gallery quilters made them all & will donate them to the Tucson VA after the event
Kid’s Parade @ 10am: Bikes, Trikes, Wagons, Strollers! Kids - decorate yours for a prize!
Food, entertainment, family/kid-friendly activities all day long
Need more/last minute details? Call April at (520) 255-3700
BE PREPARED FOR THE FUN:
Halloween in Tombstone
Elsa celebrates Halloween
Cheech & Chong at the Crystal?
Halloween in 2019 - Thursday, October 31st!
Tombstone Trunk or Treat - 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Allen & 4th Street. Themed cars with their trunks filled with treats for the kids. Booths, games, food & fun for a safe trick or treating evening - hosted by the Tombstone Fire Department.
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
Bill's in front of the official Tombstone Christmas Tree.
Christmas Toy Drive & Tree Lighting & Holiday Decorations:
Toy Drive - 2019 To Be Announced
Tree Lighting Ceremony - Friday, November 29, 2019
The official Tombstone Christmas Tree is placed in the Middle of downtown Tombstone, on Allen Street, near 5th.
Decorated Businesses Judging - Saturday, December 7, 2019
More info to come.
2018 Winner - Tombstone Mustachery, South Side of Allen St., opposite the O.K. Corral
Holiday Tour of Homes: Saturday, December 7, 2019
Organized by Tombstone Forward, a 501c3 organization
Day-long tour of historic area homes on an early Dec. Saturday