Savor Sierra Vista

Sierra Vista, Arizona | May 25-29, 2017

Enjoy a long weekend discovering Sierra Vista’s extraordinary skies and uncommon ground. Start with a trip to the Sierra Vista Farmers Market, voted one of the best in Arizona, dine at any of the local restaurants and discover why Sierra Vista has a growing reputation for authentic ethnic foods. Stargaze. Climb one, two, or three peaks in the Huachuca Mountains in the Sky Islands Summit Challenge, then relax at the Wine and Beer Festival. Enjoy food, wine and music against a backdrop of the breathtaking Huachuca Mountains. Ride, hike, or wander mountain trails. Connect and reconnect. Savor the weekend, Savor Sierra Vista.

Schedule of Events

Guided Nature Walk | Ramsey Canyon
Thursday, May 25 | 9-10:30  a.m. 

Visitors from all over the world come to see the more than 170 species of birds, 400 species of plants, and countless fauna at The Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve, surrounded by the Coronado National Forest. Click for parking information. $6 per person. Conservancy members and Cochise County residents, $3 per person. Children under 16, free.

Sierra Vista Farmers Market | Veterans Memorial Park
Thursday, May 25 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The Savor Sierra Vista activities kick off on Thursday, May 25 at the Sierra Vista Farmers Market, at Veterans’ Memorial Park, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The market includes 50 regular vendors offering local produce, a large selection of naturally raised meats, pasture raised eggs, baked goods, and many specialty products such as honey, salsa, nuts, and more. Food trucks and live music add to the friendly atmosphere.

Guest Chef Chris Fisk will give a mouth-watering cooking demonstration at noon featuring local garlic and other seasonal foods. Market co-manager Jim Jones will present a special demo at 1 p.m., showing how to make simple syrups and shrubs for cocktails. He’ll showcase a divine drink, developed just for Savor Sierra Vista, called the “Three Summits Cocktail.” Free admission.

Starlight Dinner on the Move
Friday, May 26 | 4, 5, or 6 p.m.

Experience four of Sierra Vista’s restaurants in one night during the Startlight Dinner on the Move, a progressive dinner that begins with appetizers and ends with dessert in the Botanical Garden! Enjoy wine and appetizer at Hoppin’ Grapes, soup or salad at Indochine, entree at La Casita, and coffee and dessert by Broxton’s Coffee in the Botanical Garden at the Sierra Vista Public Library. See Sierra Vista’s extraordinary skies through telescopes, thanks to the Huachuca Astronomy Club. Tickets are limited, so reserve your seats today!

Sky Islands Summit Challenge | Starting points vary
Saturday, May 27 | 5 a.m. & 8 a.m.

Challenge one, two, or three peaks in the Huachuca Mountains–all started and summited in one day! All challengers receive an awesome swag bag plus free tasting tickets for the Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival in Veterans Memorial Park. Find out more about the Challenge, routes, starting time, and Mappy Hour. $75-$125 per challenger.

San Pedro River Bird Walk | San Pedro House
Saturday, May 27 | 9-11 a.m. 

Birders and nature enthusiasts are invited to join this guided walk. The San Pedro River is regarded as one of the largest and most critical avian migratory corridors remaining in the western United States. Observe more than two dozen species on this popular walk.  Wear appropriate attire for walking and weather, and bring at least one quart of water per person. Free admission; donations are gratefully accepted.

San Pedro River Walk | San Pedro House
Saturday, May 27 | 10:30 a.m. 

Enjoy this guided walk and learn why the San Pedro River has been named as one of the Last Great Places by the Nature Conservancy. The river features some of the richest wildlife habitat in the United States and is one of the last free-flowing rivers in the Southwest. The 1.5 to 2 mile walks are on easy terrain. Dress for walking and weather, and bring at least one quart of water per person. Free admission; donations are gratefully accepted.

Guided Nature Walk | Ramsey Canyon
Saturday, May 27 | 9-10:30  a.m. 

Visitors from all over the world come to see the more than 170 species of birds, 400 species of plants, and countless fauna at The Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve, surrounded by the Coronado National Forest. Click for parking information. $6 per person. Conservancy members and Cochise County residents, $3 per person. Children under 16, free.

Wine, Beer & Spirits Festival | Veterans Memorial Park
Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Stroll past food, art, and crafts vendors, enjoy live music, and sampling vintages from 11 wineries, three craft breweries, and two craft distilleries. Learn more about the wineries, breweries, and distilleries who will be at the event. Buy sampling tickets in advance for $15 on Eventbrite or at the event for $20.  Additional sampling tickets may be purchased at the event, 4 samples for $5.  Receive a collectible wine glass with your sampling tickets! Several wine and beer vendors will stay late to serve by the pour during the Music in the Park performances. No admission to the festival area.

Music in the Park | Veterans Memorial Park
Saturday, May 27 | 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Come and enjoy live music in the Park. Beer, wine, and food will still be available for purchase. Free admission. So pull up a chair (or bring a blanket) and enjoy music by:
Jacob Acosta Band, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
B&J Experience, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
People Who Could Fly, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Ronstadt Generations | Arizona Folklore Preserve
May 27 & 28 | 2 p.m.

Continuing in the Ronstadt tradition, five generations of this famous family perform at the Folklore Preserve, home to Arizona’s Official Balladeer, Dolan Ellis, is tucked into picturesque Ramsey Canyon. Ronstadt Generations blends and stretches folk, blues, jazz and rich harmonies. Reserve your tickets, $15 adults, $6 children 17 and under.

Guided Bird Walk | Environmental Operations Park
May 28 | 7-9 a.m.

Join docents from Southeastern Arizona Bird Observatory, Huachuca Audubon Society and the Friends of the San Pedro River and explore the bird life at the EOP. Participation is limited; first come, first served. The EOP is located at 7201 E. Hwy. 90 between mileage markers 324 and 325 on the north side of the highway. Depart from viewing platform. Learn more. Free admission; donations are appreciated.

Savor Sunday | Veterans Memorial Park
May 28 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Stop by the Park an event round up, including a sports car show, food truck rally, chili cook-off, a wine and beer garden, an art exhibition, and a cooking competition where chefs will use ingredients found locally–including MREs–and transform them into incredible dishes. Free admission.

Guided Nature Walk | Ramsey Canyon
Monday, May 29 | 9-10:30  a.m. 

Visitors from all over the world come to see the more than 170 species of birds, 400 species of plants, and countless fauna at The Nature Conservancy’s Ramsey Canyon Preserve, surrounded by the Coronado National Forest. Click for parking information. $6 per person. Conservancy members and Cochise County residents, $3 per person. Children under 16, free.

Memorial Day Observance | Post Cemetery
Monday, May 29 | 11 a.m. -Noon

The public is invited to join Maj. Gen. Scott Barrier, commanding general of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, and Fort Huachuca for its annual Memorial Day Observance at the Post Cemetery, honoring those who have died on our Nation’s service. Parking at the Cemetery is limited to VIPs and handicap parking; shuttle service will be provided from the marked parking lots on Christy Avenue. See information about accessing Fort Huachuca.