Tombstone Events

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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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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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Annual Traditions / Celebrations

February

  • 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.

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2022 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.


March

2021 Wild West Days: Postponed (seeing about reschedule later in the year)

  • 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!


2022 Vets for Vets Event: TBA

  • Veterans Fundraising Event - Sponsored annually by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association Chapter 32-4. From 9 am to 5 pm at the American Legion, 225 E. Allen Street. $20 per person entry includes your lunch. Public welcome. Live music, food, drinks, vendors, Poker Run, gun & other raffles, plus much more. All proceeds to help veterans in need. Have fun while supporting a worthy cause. For any further details visit their FB Events Page>

2022 St. Patrick's Day - Thursday, March 17: Local Traditional Meals May be Served, Check With Restaurants>

  • 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. Doc Holliday's also celebrates the tradition.



April

2022 Rose Tree Parade & Festival: TBA

  • 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!!


  • Schieffelin Days, sponsored by the Goodenough Mine Tour, Lilly's Tombstone Memories, & Burro Buddies. It's the Re-institution of Founders' Day! Lots of really fun Tombstone events are planned! Take a look:

2021 Schieffelin Days: Saturday & Sunday, April 17 & 18

  1. For kids - Donkey Noodle Race (keepsake included)
  2. For adults - Rock Drilling Contest, Pooper Scooper Contest
  3. For everyone - Rock Mucking Competition (teams of 2, free entry for kids under age 11), Mini Donkey Races (free entry for kids under age 11), Pie Eating Contest
  • And of course the main event is the Desert Donkey Dash (3, 6, and 13 miles). Wow! So much to do - you'll never be bored!! For all updates/info, be sure to check Facebook's Schieffelin Days>

2021 Beers 'n' Balls: Not Happening This Year.

  • 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.

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Bikers for Boots - April 30 Start

  • Bikers for Boots - Meet & Greet Friday, April 30. 12 Noon Scenic Ride, begins from American Legion Post 24, Allen St., Tombstone. For ALL the Even Details, see more under May's Events.

May

  • Bikers for Boots - Annual Event sponsored for American Legion Riders Post 24 Tombstone Charities. Public Welcome. Proceeds go to Warrior Healing Center. For any further info email air24pres@gmail.com - 3 days of activities:

2021 Bikers for Boots: Fri., Sat., Sun. - April 30, May 1 (Main Event) - 2nd

  1. FRIDAY, April 30 - Meet & Greet begins with scenic ride from the Allen Street American Legion Post. Later karaoke & Cornhole tournament
  2. SATURDAY, May 1 - MAIN EVENT includes Poker Run, Pub Crawl, auctions, tournaments, vendors & more. Dinner & Live music conclude the evening.
  3. SUNDAY, May 2 - Before leaving town, breakfast available for purchase from 9-10am from the Wild West Detachment MCL

2021 Rib Showdown & Beer Fest: TBA

  • Annual BBQ Competition & Beer Festival benefiting Tombstone Forward! Multiple Arizona breweries come to town for this Tombstone event. 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. 
  1. Ribs BBQ Competition competing for $500 1st Prize! Entry fee: $50. Email John@PunyJohnsBBQ.com for details
  2. Free entry for all ages. Brewery Tap Room open until 7pm.
  3. Adults: $20 at gate, get full size Tombstone Brewing Co beer stein + 2 full beer pour tickets! 
  4. $4 Beer Tickets, $2 BBQ Samples, additional tickets, food, drinks for purchase 

2021 Wyatt Earp Days: May 29 & 30 - Sat. & Sun.

  • 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.


June

2021 Buffalo Soldier Days: TBA

  • 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

  • Independence Day Celebration - Held on the 4th of July! Check the details, get info by Clicking Here: Tombstone Holidays Section.

August

2021 Doc Holli-Days in Tombstone: Aug. 14 & 15

  • 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!
  1. Here's the official website - Click for the latest updates: Doc Holli-DAYS Website
Tombstone's Annual Doc Holli-Days

September

2021 Showdown in Tombstone: Sept. 4, 5 & 6


  • 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:
  1. Entry Fee: $20
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. Each category judged for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place on Saturday. Sunday for Overall Best of Show. Child category judged & awarded separately.
  5. Open to all! For any additional info email Sue: slsimons@hotmail.com


October - Get in on This Tombstone Action Month!


2021 Vendetta Ride

  • 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.


2021 Helldorado: Friday, Saturday & Sunday - Oct. 15, 16 & 17

  • 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!
Helldorado at 6th & AllenBill Going Into Helldorado Town!

2021 Tombstone Territory Rendezvous: TBA

  • 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!


2021 Halloween Trunk or Treat: TBA

Halloween poster with a jack-o-lantern and a black catTrunk 'r Treat!
  • HALLOWEEN TRUNK 'R TREAT - The yearly special Tombstone Halloween Event for safe kids fun! Starting at 5pm. Sponsored by the City of Tombstone Fire Department.
  1. Kids visit vehicle "trunks" or adjacent tables decorated for Halloween to get their safe treats.
  2. Location in town - specifics to be announced.


Tombstone Events:
Regularly Scheduled

Afternoon Entertainment

Entertainment at Big Nose Kate's, Tombstone AZRaleigh 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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Karaoke

Doc Holliday's Tombstone AZ KaraokeOur Daughter Shannon Sings at Karaoke Nite at Doc's

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.

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Big Rig Karaoke, Crystal Palace, Tombstone AZDebbie's the Host at Big Rig Karaoke
Shriner's Initiation at KaraokeShriner Initiation Group at Karaoke sings "I Feel Like a Woman"

Bands/Evening Music

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.

Poker

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

ShamrockShamrock: 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

Tombstone AZ Easter ParadeEaster Parade Gets Organized

Details have yet to be released - will there be any type of Easter Parade in Tombstone? We'll  update if we find out anything. Meanwhile, you are always encouraged to come to town and show off you're period attire Easter finery that Sunday. And are always welcome to visit in period attire anytime!

Easter is on Sunday, April 4, 2021


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
  1. 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
  2. Kid’s Parade @ 10am: Bikes, Trikes, Wagons, Strollers! Kids - decorate yours for a prize!
  3. Food, entertainment, family/kid-friendly activities all day long
  4. Need more/last minute details? Call April at (520) 255-3700


BE PREPARED FOR THE FUN:

Halloween in Tombstone

Tombstone HalloweenIt's Halloween!
Halloween at the Crystal Palace, TombstoneCheech & Chong at the Crystal?
Waitress Elsa dressed for Halloween at Crystal PalaceElsa celebrates Halloween
  • Halloween in 2021 - Friday, October 31st!
  1. 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 at this Halloween Tombstone event. You can participate by sponsoring a "trunk" or a table. Or you can come along with your child to let them participate in the fun. Booths, games, food & fun for a safe trick or treating evening - kindly 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


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Christmas in Tombstone Events

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Tombstone Christmas TreeBill's in front of the older official Tombstone Christmas Tree.
Newest Tombstone Christmas Tree
  • Tree Lighting Ceremony - 2021: To Be Announced, at 5:30 pm.
  1. The official Tombstone Christmas Tree is placed in the Middle of downtown Tombstone, on Allen Street, near the corner of 5th.
  • Decorated Businesses Judging - Starts 2021: To Be Announced

Holiday Tour of Homes: 2021 - To Be Announced

  • 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
  • For more details - SEE us next time.

Christmas Light Parade: 2021 - To Be Announced

  • Along Allen Street in early December
  • From 6 to 8 pm, starting at the corner of 6th Street, heading West to the corner of 3rd Street, where the vision of the Courthouse Luminaries will be in view!

Lighting of Historic Courthouse Luminaries: 2021 - To Be Announced

  • The Tombstone Courthouse Historic Park sponsors this Luminaria lighting beginning at dusk, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Afterwards cookies & hot chocolate are served inside
  • The lighting is based on historic events
  • See the State Park - Courthouse Events page for more details
  • Call the courthouse to make any further inquiries: (520) 457-3311 or State Parks: (877) MY-PARKS

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Santa in the Park:

  • In the Tombstone City Park at 3rd & Allen Streets
  • Santa arrives to visit with children.
  • 2021 - To Be Announced
Santa in the Park, TombstoneThe City Park in Tombstone Arizona - Santa's Meet & Greet!

Tombstone Christmas Ball: 2021 - To Be Announced

  • Organized by T. Miller Mercantile (can purchase tickets there) for ages 16 & older
  • Reasonable ticket prices: $10 single, $15 couple
  • Held at the Historic Schieffelin Hall, Fremont Street - period dress welcome (but optional)!
  • Proceeds to the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Children's Christmas Fund
  • More details find them @TombstoneChristmasBall on Facebook

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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