Want to add some sizzle to your spring? Head to the world’s sunniest city for a festival that celebrates the hot and tasty in both food and music.
Yuma’s Tunes & Tacos Festival unfolds April 14 and 15 across the grassy fields of Desert Sun Stadium, with Saturday’s all-day musical menu to be headlined by 80s Latin hip-hop sensation Lisa Lisa.
You’ll be impressed by the smokin’ admission price: just $1 per person (kids 3 and younger free) with all the music and KidsZone activities – like face painting, jumpers, piñatas, carnival rides, a rock wall and more – included at no additional cost. This is a family treat that will satisfy your cravings without taking a big bite out of your wallet.
Taco cocineros (chefs) and specialty treats vendors from throughout the Yuma area, and as far away as Phoenix, have devoured the 45 available vendor spaces, so conocedores (connoisseurs) should find folded deliciousness in every style and variety imaginable. Margarita and cerveza gardens also will be in bloom to quench festival-goers’ thirst, and competitive-eating events with amazing prizes are peppered throughout the day.
Saturday’s main event runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., with live music and entertainment on two stages. In addition to Lisa Lisa, performers include Risque Band, KrookTone Classics, Paloma, Tommy Coz and the Drifters, and DJ RC. New this year, Tunes & Tacos will also include an on-site Jak’d Up Custom Bikes and Low-Riders car show.
There’s also a Friday evening appetizer, with the free People’s Choice Salsa Queen competition and kickoff party – including a tequila expo – taking place from 6 to 9 p.m. at the adjoining Yuma Civic Center.
The Tunes & Tacos Festival was named the 2016 special event of the year by Arizona Parks & Recreation Association, featured in American Airlines Flight Magazine, listed as a “Must-See” event in AAA High Roads and highlighted in Arizona Highways.
Taco ’bout a great excuse for a road trip. This is it! For more information, go to VisitYuma.com.
Plan Ahead for Other Culinary Events in 2017
Nacho itinerary for April? Save the dates now for other fun foodie adventures in Yuma:
Unwrap a visit to what Arizona travel expert Roger Naylor calls the “Woodstock of tamale events” at the 11th annual Somerton Tamale Festival on December 16, 2017. This little farming town serves up more than 85,000 tamales annually to more than 30,000 visitors, all to fund ASU scholarships for local kids. Check the VisitYuma.com calendar for updated info.
Dig into desert agriculture on a Field to Feast tour, where you get a hands-on food safety lesson by harvesting your own produce. While you get an insider’s look at the “winter vegetable capital” of America from a local grower, local culinary students turn the fresh harvest into a yummy lunch. Tours take place from January through March; find more info here.
Sup like a sultan under the stars in a date grove! For an unforgettable Date Night in the area that leads the world in Medjool date production, reserve a seat for a gourmet dinner that features “the fruit of kings” in every course. Tickets go on sale around November 1.
Dive in! Yuma’s own craft beer showcase features lots of sippable samples from around the region and across the country, plus live music and mega-sized versions of your favorite lawn and party games. Rio de Cerveza Brew Fest flows into Desert Sun Stadium on October 21.
From fall through spring, Yuma also serves up an array of farmers markets and cooking classes. Other specialties include locally grown olive oil, honey, salsa, chocolate and other confections.
To plan your fresh Arizona adventure in Yuma, go to VisitYuma.com or call toll-free at (800) 293-0071. The visitor info center is open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. MST seven days a week through the end of May; closed Mondays, June–September.
(Brought to you by the Yuma Visitors Bureau, (800) 293-0071, VisitYuma.com.)