Various snowbird communities play host to their winter visitors with a variety of activities including annual festivals, state/provincial club meetings, day trips, fundraisers, golfing, pickleball tournaments, and volunteering.
The winter months offer all types of entertainment from symphonies to theatre, Jazz and Dixieland to Country and Folk, you name it. Festivals, parades, and art exhibits are aplenty.
Take advantage of some of the celebrations, parades, and other special activities held near your snowbird roost. Whether you’re a foodie or sports nut, you’ll find a gathering or event that will highlight your stay.
This is prime season for local festivals and annual events celebrating history and culture.
Major 2015 celebrations, festivals, and fairs in the Sunbelt include:
Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show, Quartzsite, Arizona, January 2-11
The Main Event, Quartzsite, Arizona, January 5-25
Gathering of the Gunfighters, Yuma, January 10-11
Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama, Quartzsite, Arizona, January 18-25
Chocolate Affaire, Glendale, Arizona, January 30-31
Texas Citrus Fiesta, Mission, Texas, January 31
Mardi Gras celebrations and parades in New Orleans, Mobile, and in communities from Galveston, Texas, to Pensacola, Florida, January 31-February 17
Tubac Festival of the Arts, Tubac, Arizona, February 4-8
Florida State Fair, Tampa, February 5-16
Lake Havasu Winterfest, Lake Havasu City, Arizona, February 7-8
Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace, Apache Junction, weekends February 7-March 29
Tucson Gem & Mineral Show, Tucson, Arizona, February 12-15
QIA Gold, Treasure & Craft Show, Quartzsite, February 13-15
Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival, Indio, California, February 13-22
Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Florida, February 22
La Fiesta de los Vaqueros (Tucson Rodeo), Tucson, Arizona, February 21-March 1
Florida Strawberry Festival, Plant City, February 26-March 8
Charro Days Fiesta, Brownsville, Texas, February 26-March 8
Yuma Lettuce Days, Yuma, Arizona, February 28-March 1
Sanibel Shell Show, Sanibel Island, Florida, March 3-7
Fulton Oysterfest, Fulton, Texas, March 5-8
Chandler Ostrich Festival, Chandler, Arizona, March 13-15
Dunedin Highland Games & Festival, Dunedin, Florida, March 28
Oh, what a beautiful morning’,
Oh, what a beautiful day.
I got a beautiful feelin’
Ev’rything’s goin’ my way.
Oh, what a beautiful day!
—“Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” from the musical Oklahoma
The weather and setting for seasonal festivals and fun-filled events are bound to befit Rodgers and Hammerstein’s famous lyrics.