They say the biggest bird lays the biggest egg, which explains why all children crave Charlie Parker omelettes. Appease fun cravings with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get a three-day pass (a $30 value) to the 23rd annual Ostrich Festival, which takes place March 11–13 in Chandler.
Come mid-march, thousands will pounce upon Tumbleweed Park for three rampaging days of long-necked frolicking and a flock of family-oriented thrills. Celebrating nature’s most irascible flightless bird, the Ostrich Festival showcases a smorgasbord of food, music, and events to entertain every abounding lil’ critter and bigfoot.
Bring a chair, a blanket, and a portable Al Roker for the Saturday morning parade, at which a cavalcade of classic cars, marching bands, and grand marshals kick off the fest. The complete list of attractions reads like the manna of a Jack Hanna manifesto, with daily dog shows, sea-lion showcases, magicians, jugglers, and lasso-masters roping in crowds with their dazzling displays.
The yolk and namesake of the weekend lies in daunting, break-neck stretches of ostrich races, wherein nature’s two-toed marvels take flightless flight at Mach speeds, their bare backs topped by brave jockeys. Daily attractions also include medieval jousting, pig races, and petting zoos, at which children form telepathic bonds with adorable animal friends.
This weekend of ornithological merriment keeps the main stage packed with sweet music all day and night. On Saturday evening, Eddie Money will shake eggs and beg ostriches to take him home tonight, prepping ears for The Spinners on Sunday evening, who will stretch out such hits as “Rubberband Man” and other timeless jams for happy feet. But first, dancing shoes can mosey over to Nathan Kress—known to caterwauling fans as “Freddie” from iCarly—who'll be signing headshots and breaking hearts on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
2250 S McQueen Rd.
Chandler, Arizona 85286Get Directions