Countdown to Big Tent

Quartzsite Big Tent

The busiest week of the season is here at last! The Big Tent is all setup and vendors are moving in. Customers will have to wait until Saturday to get in as the excitement builds and the strays roll in to camp in the surrounding desert. Remember to leave plenty of space between neighbors, run your generators only as much as is absolutely necessary during decent hours, keep control of your pets, and play nice. Everyone is there to have fun and enjoy the warmer temps so check the attitudes and mind your manners. Check the local radio station for cool tunes from OUR time.

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama opens this week for more shopping choices. We have both the Havasu Balloon Festival and the Blythe Bluegrass Festival for entertainment. I love them both! Since they happen at the same time, you will need to do some planning to hit both on the best days. You may also want to plan to attend the QIA PowWow. You HAM operators will also want to make time for your Quartzfest. Decisions! Decisions! We also have the wonderful annual shows put on by Paul Winer for afternoon or evening entertainment.

Oh my. So busy this week. Take it easy and don’t forget to kick back with friends this week.

Havasu Balloon FestivalBlythe Bluegrass Festival


Annual QIA Pow Wow
January 17 – January 21, 2018 QIA

Havasu Balloon Festival and Fair
January 19 – January 21, 2018 1040 Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, 171 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City 6am-9pm

Tyson Wells Sell-A-Rama
January 19 – January 28, 2018 Tyson Wells

Blythe Annual Bluegrass Music Festival
January 19 – January 21, 2018 Colorado River Fairgrounds, Blythe, CA

January 20 – January 28, 2018 1/2 mile south of I-10 on Hwy. 95 from 9 am to 5 pm

Paul Winer Show
January 21 & January 22, 2018 QIA- 2 pm & 7pm

Quartzfest Amateur Radio Operators Gathering
January 21 – January 27, 2018 Road Runner BLM near mile marker 99

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Love Bugs and Minstrels

Just a couple new events this week. In Lake Havasu City, VW buses will be gathering for their annual celebration of a hippie’s or road tripper’s best friend. Get out there and show them some love! In Quartzsite, The New Christie Minstrels are coming back again to entertain the winter folk. They are a wonderful group, not to be missed.


Buses by the Bridge
January 12 – January 14, 2018 Lake Havasu State Park, Windsor 4, 171 London Bridge Rd., Lake Havasu City

New Christie Minstrels
January 13, 2018 (two shows 2pm & 7pm) QIA Building

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Welcome to January 2018

Happy New Year! More shows/venues are opening this week and Quartzsite is filling up with more folks. It’s getting pretty busy there already as we gear up for the Big Tent this month. It’s getting exciting! We’ll top the week off with the annual Hi Jolly Daze Parade. Temps are in the lovely 70’s during the day while nights are dropping down to the 40’s. It’s good campfire weather to roast some marshmallows and talk about your latest great finds. You may prefer to hunker down inside with friends and family for some rousing games of dominoes or cards into the wee hours. Enjoy!


Author’s Fair Readers Oasis
January – February, 2018

Traders Market
January – February, 2018 Friday – Sunday Desert Gardens Show Grounds 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Annual International Gem, Mineral, & Jewelry Show
January 01 – February 28, 2018  DESERT GARDENS  I-10 (Exit 17), then east on Frontage Road

Prospectors Panorama
January 02 –February 28, 2018 35 W. Kuehn St.

Annual Quilting at the Lake
January 3 – January 8, 2018  London Bridge Resort, Lake Havasu City 9am-4pm  Classes $85/ day

Tyson Wells Rock & Gem Show
January 05 – January 14, 2018 Tyson Wells

Hi Jolly Daze Parade
January 6, 2018 Town Park 11am-1pm

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Blythe Christmas ParadeSanta Claus is coming to town or at least to Blythe, CA on December 2nd. The parade will be down Hobsonway (the main street) and is very popular so get there early to find a parking spot and a spot for your chair along the route. Some hot cocoa might also be nice to bring.

Up in Lake Havasu City they will be having the boat Parade of Lights  under London Bridge so if you happen to be in that area you might want to go have a look.


NEWS! We now have a store on our website for Quartzsite and camping shirts with more items to come. We have T-shirts for men, women, and youth in several colors. All items are sold through secure 3rd parties such as Amazon. Come check them out and find something awesome to wear to Quartzsite this year! Visit our store here.


Annual Boat Parade of Lights
December 1 – December 2, 2017 Lake Havasu-London Bridge 6:30pm

Blythe Christmas Parade
December 2, 2017 Blythe CA – Hobsonway 5 p.m

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Turkey Day, Desert Ice Skating, and Santa Are Coming!

Not kidding. There really will be ice skating in the middle of the desert and at a bridge from London no less. Quartzsite is such a magical place this time of year with such things close by. Don’t miss it!

It’s also time for Santa’s Workshop to open up to reveal all the arts and crafts his happy elves have been working on all year. While there, stop by the Chamber of Commerce on Main St. for Shop Small Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Ice Skating at the London Bridge
November 24, 2017 – January 7, 2018 London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City

Santa’s Workshop Arts & Crafts Show
November 25 – November 26, 2017 Tyson Wells Showground 9 am – 5 pm

Shop Small Saturday
November 25, 2017 Quartzsite Chamber & Tourism 8:00am – 10:00am

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Spaghetti, Sand, Water, and RVs

Hmm. Interesting combination this week! The annual fundraiser for Celia’s Rainbow Garden is this week. If you have never been to that park, you need to go! It is a lovely memorial park created in the name of a little girl who died too young. It is now home to numerous beautiful, artistic memorials. Please help support it and enjoy the spaghetti dinner.

Celia's Rainbow GardenCelia's Garden Cactus DisplayOne memorial in the garden

Up at Lake Havasu, they will be having “the Southwest’s biggest motorsports and outdoor recreation expo” with items to view and buy related to offroading, RVing, boating camping, fishing and hunting. Food, beverages, and beer will be available. Highlights this year are in-water boat demos, Paddlefest for you avid paddleboarders, kayakers, outriggers, and canoers, and Hot WheelsTM  Races for kids and adults.


Spaghetti Fundraiser for Celia’s Rainbow Gardens
November 14, 2017 QIA 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Annual Sand, Water & RV Expo
November 18 – November 19, 2017 Lake Havasu State Park, Lot 4 (Windsor Beach) 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

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Veteran’s Day This Week

Veteran’s Day is coming again. Be sure to thank them for their service and remember those who did not come home.  Along with ceremonies, we have a cookout at Gunny’s where you can also see a military museum and you can help celebrate the birth of the Marine Corps, a grand service. I am ex-Air Force myself and my son served in the Army but all the services do a great job of taking raw kids and turning them into fine men and women.


Marine Corps Birthday Ball

November 10, 2017 London Bridge Resort Convention Center, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Veteran’s Day Ceremony
November 11th, 2017 VFW 120 S. Palo Verde, Quartzsite, AZ

Gunny’s Annual Veteran’s Day Cookout
November 11th, 2017 Gunny’s RV Park & Military Museum 735 West Ocotillo Ln

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More Venues Opening This Week – Run

Quartzsite is starting to get busy with lots more folks coming in for the winter. More swap meet venues are opening up this week to accommodate them. Look for the Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair, Rice Ranch and Greasewood to open. The Rotary are sponsoring their annual Run, Walk, Rock n Roll. Walking sounds good to me but now and then I rock n roll too!

Don’t forget to hit up Silly Al’s for some great pizza before it gets too crowded in Quartzsite. They get so busy that the line to get in stretches way out the door! Trust me, their pizza is worth it.


Quartzsite Market Place Street Fair
October 31, 2017 – March 1, 2018 50 E. Kuehn St.

Rice Ranch “Yawl Come” Show
November 1, 2017 – April 1, 2018 55 E. Kuehn St.

Greasewood Swap Meet
November 2017 – April 2018

Quartzsite Rotary’s 3rd Annual: Run, Walk, Rock n Roll!
November 4, 2017 Next to Town Hall 8:00am – 11:30am

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London Bridge Is Falling Down – Not Really

Got some cool things for you to do this week. Halloween is coming so of course there will be a Halloween party to go to at the Quartzsite Community Center. London Bridge Days is this week and justifies a trip up to Lake Havasu City for something to do. Do you geocache? If not, you should start! I geocache and have found several in the Quartzsite area. Checkout the geocache meet & greet this week at the Quartzsite Chamber & Tourism Bureau on Main St.


GeoCache Meet & Greet
October 25, 2017 Quartzsite Chamber & Tourism 10:00am – 12:00pm

London Bridge Days Parade
October 28, 2017 Downtown Havasu District (Main Street), McCulloch Blvd., Lake Havasu City

Annual Halloween Party
October 28, 2017 Quartzsite Community Center 4:00pm – 8:00pm


London Bridge - Lake Havasu CityI found the geocache under a rock!

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Quartzsite Kudos

Not much new going on this week except:

40th Annual Relics & Rods Run to the Sun
October 19 – October 21, 2017 Bridgewater Links @ London Bridge Resort, 1477 Queens Bay, Lake Havasu City


I want to hand out some greatly deserved kudos to three establishments in Quartzsite.

1. Silly Al’s Pizza – The place is extremely busy and noisy. It has become so popular that you will have to wait in line to get in after giving them your name. Once you do get in, you will find a raucous crowd, especially if a football game is on the many TV screens. So why go there? The pizza is awesome! It is loaded with sauce, cheese, and great big fresh chunks of ingredients like sausage and green pepper. You can really taste each individual ingredient. It is definitely one of the best pizzas I have ever had. We had the combo pizza. I had to snap a picture quick before it was all eaten. LOL


2. McDonald’s – Now before you roll your eyes, this one is different from all the others. During the winter months, the tiny town of Quartzsite swells by thousands of temporary residents. Most restaurants I have seen would be overwhelmed but the Quartzsite McDonald’s takes it in stride and continues to operate like a well-oiled machine. The longer line still moves quickly and the food is delivered reasonably fast and hot. The manager and staff at this location make a very fine team and a great asset to Quartzsite.

3. The local radio station – One of the best things to do while in Quartzsite is turn on the radio. They play OUR songs from OUR time – the 70s and 80s. We had  a wonderful time every evening playing cards or dominoes while listening and singing to the radio. At 10 pm every night, they seem to sign off but then keep playing on so we can decide whether to go to bed… or not. 

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