TOMBSTONE EVENTS are scheduled regularly throughout most of the year. Events in Tombstone attract people from far & wide. Visitors love these special festivals. Locals delight in interacting with all our guests, while they're here! We welcome you to Tombstone AZ upcoming events!
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The Wild West! Come Participate!!
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Go ahead and plan a trip around one of these special Tombstone AZ upcoming events. Come into the Town of Tombstone, orient yourself, and join an event that's going on! We welcome you!
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Tombstone Events Annual Traditions / Celebrations
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>
2021 Vigilante Days: To Be Announced
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.
1st Annual St. Paul's Masked Charity Ball - A Mardi Gras Celebration! The Tombstone Cameo Ladies are hosting, sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, held at Schieffelin Hall, 4th & Fremont. Music by the Silver King Minstrels with Johnny Bones. Silent auction, plus Men’s and Women’s best mask contest. Refreshments furnished.
Doors open 6pm, for event start at 7pm, Grand March begins 7:15pm.
Tickets: $20/person (cash only please) - prepurchase at T-Miller's Mercantile, 6th & Allen OR at the door
Further details call Sunny 520-366-4005
2021 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!
2021 Vets for Vets Event: TBA
Veterans Fundraising Event - Sponsored annually by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 32-4. From 9:30 am to 5 pm at the American Legion, 225 E Allen St. $10 entry, public welcome. Live music, food, drinks, vendors, Poker Run, gun raffle & much more. All proceeds to help veterans in need. Click for More Details & Tickets>
2021 St. Patrick's Day - Wednesday, 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. Paddy's Day party at the Crystal Palace. Get a great Corn Beef & Cabbage Dinner at The Depot/Johnny Ringo's Saloon.
2020 Schieffelin Days: April 3, 4 & 5
SCHIEFFELIN DAYS RESCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER 9, 10, 11
It's the First Annual Re-institution of Founders' Day! Schieffelin Days, originally scheduled this 1st weekend in April. NOW RESCHEDULED. For all updates, be sure to check the Schieffelin Days Event Page>
2020 ROSE FESTIVAL CANCELLED THIS YEAR - DUE TO COVID-19 CONCERNS
2021 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!!
BEERS N' BALLS MAY BE RESCHEDULED IN THE FALL -
DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED
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 Beers 'n' Balls: Saturday, April 11
2020 Rib Showdown & Beer Fest: May 16
Annual BBQ Competition & Beer Festival benefiting Tombstone Forward! Multiple Arizona breweries, live music with a blend of rock, blues, country, & bluegrass.
11AM to 4PM at 107 E Toughnut St, the Tombstone Brewing Co, with Puny John's BBQ.
Ribs BBQ Competition competing for $500 1st Prize! Entry fee: $50. Email John@PunyJohnsBBQ.com for details
Free entry for all ages. Brewery Tap Room open until 7pm.
Adults: $20 at gate, get full size Tombstone Brewing Co beer stein + 2 full beer pour tickets!
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.
CANCELLED THIS YEAR
2020 Buffalo Soldier Days:June 27 & 28
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.
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: email@example.com
October - Get in on This Tombstone Action Month!
2020 Schieffelin Days: Oct. 9, 10 & 11
It's the First Annual Re-institution of Founders' Day! Schieffelin Days, sponsored by the Goodenough Mine Tour, Lilly's Tombstone Memories, & Burro Buddies. Lots of really fun events are planned! Take a Look: For kids - Stick donkey race, Face painter, geode breaking, Pin the tail on the Donkey, Petting Zoo.
For adults - Rock Drilling Contest, Miner’s Meal Race, Server’s Contest, Donkey Doodoo & Donkey Poop Scoop Contests, Silent Auction. For everyone - Mucking Contest, Tobacco Spitting Contest, Mini donkey race, Scavenger hunt, Donkey art, Donkey Education Booth. Wow! So much to do - you'll never be bored!! For all updates, be sure to check Facebook's Schieffelin Days Event Page> But right here, you can download your own copy of the whole weekend schedule - CLICK TO DOWNLOAD>
2020 Vendetta Ride: Oct. 11 thru Oct. 16
Wyatt Earp's Vendetta Ride - 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, a unique organized group ride! Phone (505) 286-4585 if interested in more particulars.
2020 Helldorado: Oct. 16, 17 & 18
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!
2020 Tombstone Territory Rendezvous: Oct. 23 - 27
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, trial reenactments and/or panels, a dinner & much more!
HALLOWEEN TRUNK 'R TREAT - It's on! The yearly special Tombstone Halloween Event! Saturday, October 31, starting at 5pm. Sponsored by the City of Tombstone Fire Department.
Kids visit vehicle "trunks" or adjacent tables decorated for Halloween to get their safe treats.
Location in town - specifics to be announced soon.
2020 Halloween Trunk or Treat: Sat. Oct. 31
If you'd like to apply to give out treats to the kiddos, watch for the Application for your own Trunk 'R Treat spot on the Fire Dept.'s FaceBook Page. If you have questions, feel free to message them at FB.
Everyone is welcome to apply for a place, but please remember you must meet these criteria for participation:
Your vehicle or table must be decorated for Halloween
All treats must be prepackaged - nothing opened
Those giving out treats must follow current CDC guidelines (find link to that on their FB page)
Tombstone Events: Regularly Scheduled
NOTE - During the COVID-19 Pandemic, some regularly scheduled events may not be so regularly scheduled, reorganized or cancelled. Check with the sponsoring business for the latest update.
Tombstone at Twilight
Sponsored by Tombstone Forward, a 501c3 Organization.
[Suspended for 2020 at this time.] 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.
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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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 - Wednesdays & Thursdays: 7 p.m. with Jim Wilson's CC Karaoke. 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 - Except summer, some Saturday evenings at 7 or 8 pm. One of the best night-out, as well as historical, saloons in town!
Big Nose Kate's - Saturdays at 8 pm
Oriental Saloon - Check out the absolutely best dance floor in town! Come on over to where Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday played and dealt Faro. They feature terrific bands Saturday nights. 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 2020 - Saturday, October 31st!
Tombstone Trunk or Treat - Watch for Details listed under October's Events. But likely: 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 Johnny Ringo's and the American Legion are open for the afternoon & early evening
Christmas in Tombstone Events
For Updated Christmas Events in Tombstone and Surrounding Areas, Our Facebook Events Page will have all of those recently updated details. [Plus any upcoming events.]