Chandler’s Ostrich Festival Lore and Festivities
Posted on March 7, 2018 8:00 AM
The City of Chandler is fortunate to have many annual traditions; however none are quite as well known as the beloved annual Ostrich Festival. Festivities for the yearly spring event kick off this weekend and recalls Chandler's early ostrich ranching
The 30th Annual Ostrich Festival will be held at Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, from Friday, March 9, 2018 through Sunday, March 11, 2018. The nationally renowned festival features food, beer gardens, music, carnival rides, games, arts, crafts, and of course ostrich races. This year's event will also feature a number of attractions including a petting zoo, camel rides, Paw Patrol, the FIDO 500 Mini Dog Races, Professor Smart's Science Show, Pangaea Land of the Dinosaurs Playland, a STEM WIld Science area featuring hands-on science activities and much more.
While the event celebrates Chandler's early ostrich ranching years, a hallmark of the event has been the main stage music performances. This year the main stage will host a variety of national talent including the iconic R&B group, Kool & the Gang on Friday, March 9th; treasured country music star John Michael Montgomery will perform on Saturday, March 10th and wrapping up the weekend expect nothing but good vibrations from one of America's most influential rock bands, The Beach Boys.
A favorite festival element of the younger Ostrich Festival attendees are the carnival rides. From a Zipper ride, large Ferris Wheel, Merry-Go-Round and many more - the rides are sure to delight.
Discount admission tickets including family packs and unlimited ride wristbands are available for purchase at Bashas' Supermarkets and Food City locations across Arizona.
Parking for the Ostrich Festival is accessible off Hamilton Road or McQueen Road and Celebration at Tumbleweed Park. Parking is an additional fee; cars are $5, motorcycles are $3 and parking is cash only and for each day. Attendees have the option to participate in the Ride Share Pickup which is located on the east side of the park, entering off McQueen Road and Celebration.
Interesting facts about Chandler's Ostrich Festival and everyone's favorite flightless bird:
- The Ostrich Festival began in 1989 as a joint venture between the City of Chandler and the Chandler Chamber of Commerce in hopes to create a community based event for Chandler.
- The event was held in Downtown Chandler before expanding to the much larger Tumbleweed Park in 2004 in effort to accommodate more visitors and larger attractions.
- Over 100,000 visitors are expected to attend the 2018 festival.
- The festival was featured in the 1995 Whitney Houston film, Waiting to Exhale.
- The event was a setting for "Lover Boy", a Harlequin Romance.
- Dr. AJ Chandler owned one of the largest Ostrich herds in the valley.
- The ostrich is the largest living bird in the world.
- An ostrich can run at speeds of up to 40 mph.
- Ostrich burgers are available at the festival.
Admission to the festival for Adults - $15 + fees, Seniors/Children - $8 (Children under the age of 5 are FREE) and VIP Tickets are available for $50 for adults and $30 for kids; VIP Tickets include access to VIP Tent, one (1) meal and three (3) drink tickets.
For more information regarding any of the Ostrich Festival events, please contact the Chandler Chamber of Commerce at (480) 963-4571 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.