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2020 Tres Rios Nature Festival takes place Feb 29-Mar 1

Bring out the family to enjoy the great outdoors on the banks of the rivers, at the 17th Annual Spring Nature Festival, presented by Avondale Toyota.
Post Date:01/14/2020

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2020 Tres Rios Nature Festival takes place February 29 through March 1

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Bring out the family to enjoy the great outdoors on the banks of the rivers, at the 17th Annual Spring Tres Rios Nature Festival in Avondale, AZ, presented by Avondale Toyota.   Nature lovers, visitors and families can look forward to another outstanding weekend long spring outdoor event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, February 29 – March 1, 2020. 

For the past seventeen years, thousands of people have descended upon the confluence of the Gila, Salt and Agua Fria rivers for the annual Tres Rios Nature Festival, a celebration of the plants, animals, ecological relationships, as well as many recreational opportunities of the area. Kid-friendly activities, educational displays, entertainment and a variety of vendors make this a great event for the entire family. Attendees will be able to see wildlife up close, go canoeing or ziplining, try a hand at stand up paddle boarding, mountain biking, archery, fish, view local birds, hike, and learn all about STEAM opportunities in the Southwest Valley.

HANDS ON EXHIBITS:  A variety of outdoor, nature and history organizations will showcase informative exhibits.  The most popular are the wildlife encounter exhibits.   Experts on these topics will be available to answer questions and tell you about their organizations.  Featured organizations include:  Sonoran Audubon, Arizona Game and Fish, AZ Herpetological Society and Arizona Audubon, to name a few. 

GO FISH!:  Chances are really good at catching the ‘Big One’.  No license required. Bring your own, or use our fishing gear. 

SPLISH & SPLASH:  Free access to canoes, kayaks and paddle boards to explore the waterways of the safe and wildlife friendly river.

BEER GARDEN:  Hang out in our beer garden located on the bridge over the river with a perfect view of the stage (21 years of age and over only).

BIRDS EYE VIEWING:  Take a try at one of the most popular hobbies in the world, bird watching! Audubon experts will provide guided tour of the local bird watching opportunities.  Some of the birds you may see include osprey, red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, and orange-crowned warblers. You may get lucky and spot one of the Bald Eagles that ventures down to the festival.

BULLS EYE:  Visit the beginner archery range and learn about shooting a bow and arrow in a safe setting, instruction provided Arizona Game and Fish.

ENTERTAINMENT:  Be entertained by folk, blue grass and country talent at the main stage throughout the weekend. Pull up a chair, or bring your own, as entertainment continues all day each day. Featured entertainment for this year’s festival include renowned local and regional acts.

FOOD:  There will be great food to tease your taste buds. Burgers, BBQ, and fry bread are some of the food options to feed the appetite that you build up participating in all of the fun outdoor activities.

STEAM:  Kids can learn and use Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), as the Tres Rios Nature Festival is excited to be a Signature Event of the Arizona SciTech Festival.

Along with great entertainment, attendees will be able to see wildlife up close, learn from the plethora of educational displays, try a new outdoor sport, and more.  The event admission is free.  Festival hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with headlining entertaining, Old Blue Band, performing along the river until sunset, 5-6:30 p.m.  The event is hosted at the Base and Meridian Wildlife Area is located adjacent to Phoenix Raceway in Avondale, five miles south of I-10 on Avondale Boulevard (7602 S. Avondale Blvd., Avondale, AZ 85323).

For more information, event schedules and entertainment updates visit or call 623-333-2400.  Like us on Facebook.

The Tres Rios Nature Festival is put on thanks to title sponsor Avondale Toyota and to Brookfield Residential Alamar Homes, SRP, REI, Crescent Crown, Sam’s Club, T-Mobile, Liberty Utilities, West Valley View Newspaper and Green Living Magazine, and coordinated in partnership with Arizona Game & Fish, Wildlife for Tomorrow, Sonoran Audubon, City of Avondale, City of Goodyear, and produced by Goosebump Events.


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