andwiched between the blue - green inviting waters of Lake Havasu and the dark and rugged Mohave Mountains, the City reflects the diversity that defines its borders. Established in 1963, incorporated in 1978, Lake Havasu City is a magnet city for people from all walks of life and from every corner of the country. Drawn from the interests of a diverse population, a plethora of colorful events are planned throughout the year.
The Campbell Boat Regatta, kicks off September, followed by Laveycraft, Carrera Boat Regatta and Advantage Boat Regatta. Then over a thousand dancers will gather under the London Bridge for the Annual London Bridge Squares - Square Dance Jamboree followed by Showboat, a program with local talent performing under London Bridge.
October and November in Havasu the cooling temperatures, bright blue skies and returning "Snowbirds" signal the start if one of the busiest months on the season's calendar. The fun shifts to the cool blue waters of Lake Havasu as the Skat - Trak World Finals churn up the waters off the beach at the Nautical Inn during October. This international event is one of the world's largest jet ski competitions. Then the Annual Oktoberfest celebration, including German music and cuisine, takes place under the London Bridge.
Admirers of vintage automobiles will not want to miss the Annual Relics and Rods Run to the Sun in October. Over a thousand beautiful street rods, circa 1927 to 1960, will be on display at the London Bridge Resort Golf Course.
The Annual London Bridge Days celebration takes off the last week in October for a week of fun, music and ceremony. The festivities mark the 1971 opening of Lake Havasu's famous antique, the London Bridge. The Grande Parade will march down McCulloch Blvd. The Annual London Bridge Tournament of Bands competition is, also scheduled to coincide with the parade. The Regional Soccer Classic is November the first week in November.
Swooping over the skies of Lake Havasu, the London Bridge Seaplane Classic will take place mid November. Giant model airplanes, miniaturized to scale, will compete in races.
Throughout the year, the Lake Havasu Gem and Mineral Society sponsors shows to display rough and finished gemstones, jewelry, minerals and fossils. Their show in November will include demonstrations of lapidary work and silversmithing.
On the mesquite dappled shores of Lake Havasu in the shadow of the Chemehuevi Mountians at Sandpoint Marina hundreds of fiddle music lovers will gather mid November for the Annual Fiddlers Jamborina Festival.
December is a special month in Lake Havasu City. The London Bridge Resort and the English Village will light up the Village with over one million twinkling lights for their Festival of Lights from mid November through mid January. This, along with the beautiful lighting on the London Bridge, creates a spectacular array of lights for the holiday season. Families join together for an evening of Christmas carols while children are enchanted with a surprise visit from Santa Claus at the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, during the first week of December, in Wheeler Park. The Annual Community Children's Christmas Party at he London Bridge Shopping Center, December 6 and the Annual Boat Parade of Lights will brighten the evening during the first weekend of December.
The Annual Polar Bear Ski Run will challenge the hardiest souls usally the first weekend of January.
Thousands of "Snowbirds" set their course for Lake Havasu each fall. To show appreciation for all the goodwill and added revenue they bring to the Colorado River Area, the Lake Havasu Area Chamber of Commerce hosts a day of fun and festivity. The Snowbird Jamboree will be held mid February on Main Street - McCulloch Blvd.
Also during mid February, chili connoisseurs will put their favorite chili recipes to the test at the Lower Colorado Regional Chili Cookout and in the evening, the sky will light up with spectacular fireworks put on by pyrotechnic specialists during the Western Pyrotechnic Convention's public display at Spectator Point.
For those Snowbirds who linger through the early spring, there are plenty of exciting events still to come including: Annual Havasu Happening Car Show, and the Annual Hava - Salsa Challenge, during mid April at the Windsor Beach State Park.
Boat regattas are a popular Lake Havasu event that brings boating enthusiasts, families and friends together for fun in the sun. May opens up with the first place, followed by one of the most famous fishing derbys, the Annual Western Outdoor News Striper Derby.
June continues in the spirit of fun in the sun with the Commander Boat Regatta, Malibu Boat Regatta and Ultimate Boat Regatta.
Fourth of July Fireworks are set off on July 4 with a dazzling display Lake Havasu style. The fireworks are shot from Spectator Point on the island. Boating and beach spectators have the best view in town as the night sky is illuminated over Thompson Bay.
You can enjoy stock car racing at the Havasu Speedway at SARA Park from February through November and sailing events on the Lake throughout the year are planned by the Lake Havasu Yacht Club.
The Lake Havasu City Chamber of Commerce Annual Calendar of Events is your guide to the wide variety of events occurring yearly. For more information about these and other events, contact the Chamber of Commerce, 314 London Bridge Road, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 or call (520) 855-4115.