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The most prestigious personal watercraft event in the world, the Annual IJSBA World Finals invites the best racers on the water to Lake Havasu to compete for the coveted World Championship title. In addition to the races, the dynamic Pro Freestyle Competition draws even more crowds during the weekend. The excitement on the water is free to watch and takes place October.
One of the largest car shows in the Southwest, the Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun is held in October. It features more than 800 cars and trucks from 1972 model years and earlier. The wheels start spinning with a night cruise to The Shops at Lake Havasu, where you can fuel your tank with burgers, brats and beer. The show keeps going full speed over the weekend, when gear-heads stroll along the automotive history on display around the London Bridge.
Start planning your next adventure with Mother Nature in November. Get ready to trek through the great outdoors with the help of the Annual Sand, Water & RV Expo. Showing off the hottest new off-road vehicles, trucks, ATVs, 4x4s, motorcycles, watercraft, and RVs, the Expo inspires adventurers to tear up the trails and get on the water in style. During the expo, stop by the ICS Homestyle Chili Cook-Off competition and taste the best chili Lake Havasu City has to offer.
The must-see event of the holiday season, Lake Havasu shines through the night at the Annual Festival of Lights. The Lake Havasu City Festival of Lights really brings out the Christmas spirit — bring the family for a stroll under the London Bridge along the walkway or take your boat on a night cruise through the Bridgewater Channel as over 500,000 lights set the water aglow. Admission is free but the memories you create are priceless at this event that takes place in November & December.
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Sip on some of the finest brews at the Annual Chillin'-n-Swillin' Beer Festival. Sample craft brews at this casual event before one brew master is crowned the best of show. Food and live music accompany the suds, so bring a chair and knock back a few at this event in November.
Lake Havasu City's Annual Gem and Mineral Show features display case upon display case of locally made jewelry and unusual minerals. In addition to the main event, a boutique marketplace with more than 40 vendors offers unique Christmas gifts. Try to resist the sparkle at this popular event in November.
The Annual Havasu Balloon Festival & Fair lets you see Lake Havasu from a whole new point of view. As you're lifted into the desert skies, you'll be gently carried around the Colorado River reservoir for some once-in-a-lifetime vistas. Or stay tethered to the ground for a quick up-and-down flight that offers the same amazing views. The event isn't all in the sky—back on terra firma, enjoy a kids' area with carnival rides, an arts and crafts show and Night Glow—a spectacular, orchestrated display of balloons glimmering along the horizon. Take your trip to new heights at this event in January.