Ostrich Festival in Chandler, AZ is Back

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The Ostrich Festival is back in Chandler, AZ. After a two-year hiatus, the 32nd Annual Chandler Ostrich Festival is coming back to Chandler Arizona. From its small beginnings in 1989, The Ostrich Festival has grown to be one of the premier festivals in the Southwest, with attendance up to 350,000 for the event that now spans two weekends.

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When: March 11-13, and 17-20, 2022.

Where: Tumbleweed Park, 2250 S. McQueen Road, Chandler.

Admission: $20 per day; $15 for ages 4-12, free for age 4 and younger. Family pack is $125, which covers two adults, two children, and two unlimited ride wristbands. Unlimited ride wristbands are $35 each. Ride tickets purchased at the festival cost $1 each, and the number of tickets required for each ride varies. VIP tickets are $50-$200 and include VIP tent access, front-row access, one meal and three drinks. Parking is $10.

"The Ostrich Festival is just a small way the City of Chandler celebrates its history. Chandler used to be the home of ostrich ranching, as ranchers would raise these unique creatures for their trendy and costly plumes."

There is something for the entire family at this fun-filled event.  There will be a main stage to entertain you throughout the weekend with music.  A wide array of nationally known artists will perform on the Main Stage nightly, including artists such as Walker Hayes, Nelly, The Beach Boys, Flo Rida, and The Band Perry.  

Like any world class festival, all kinds of amazing food will be available from the traditional fair favorites to local food trucks and some of the most popular southwestern recipes.

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Longtime residents might remember the festival for its whimsical ostrich races. Ostrich races used to be a popular staple of the Chandler Ostrich Festival, but the festival has not hosted races since 2019. Instead, there will be ostrich viewing areas for everyone to get an up-close viewing of these amazing birds. Did you know that the ostrich is the fastest bird on land, and they can run up to 43.5 MPH.

The ostrich is also the only bird that has two toes on each foot. They also have no teeth and have a lifespan of up to 75 years.

A huge carnival midway will have over 50 rides for everyone who likes a thrill. Many artisans will be displaying their Arts and Crafts in booths throughout the midway as well. The kids' zone will be loaded with bouncy, pony rides, and games just for kids. 

Chandlers' rich and unusual heritage in Ostrich ranching provides the basis for a wonderful family-oriented community event.  Young and old alike can explore, relax, and enjoy the many exhibits, games, and shows.  Plan to spend some fun time this year as Chandler celebrates its unique history with this fun family friendly festival.  For more information regarding the Chandler Ostrich Festival, please call 480-963-4571, or visit their website.

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Comments (12)

Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

That is an interesting event.  I had no idea there were ostrich ranches in this country

Mar 06, 2022 02:08 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807 I would have never identified ostriches with Arizona.  I guess I have lived a very sheltered life.  😆

Mar 06, 2022 03:13 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Troy,

What an interesting event.  As a child, my parents brought an injured ostrich and nurtured it back to heart, and let it loose afterwards.  A

Mar 06, 2022 10:13 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
Your Chandler, Ahwatukee, and East Valley Realtor

Hey Ed Silva, thanks for the comment. There used to be Ostrich ranches within the City of Chandler, but now Chandler is almost fully developed. There is still an Ostrich ranch where you can feed the Ostrich, but it is halfway between Chandler and Tucson, AZ.

Mar 06, 2022 11:43 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
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George Souto, me neither, until we moved here in 1996. Then we learned about the rich history of the Ostrich right here in Chandler, Arizona.

Mar 06, 2022 11:44 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
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Thanks for commenting Ron and Alexandra Seigel. That is quite a story you have. I am not sure too many people can say they nurtured an Ostrich back to health and then set it free. I think I would be a little scared to get too close to them.

Mar 06, 2022 11:46 PM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Troy... I must admit, this is the first time I've heard of an ostrich festival... sounds like a hoot.

Mar 07, 2022 06:08 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

An Ostrich Festival sounds like such a fun event, Troy.  I'm sure Chandler folks will really enjoy it.

Mar 07, 2022 06:24 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
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Hi Nina Hollander, Broker. Yes, I am sure it is unusual, and I am sure that is part of what makes it so popular. We have quite a history with the Ostrich here in Chandler, AZ.

Mar 07, 2022 08:35 AM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
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Thanks for the comment Myrl Jeffcoat. It is a great family event for all to enjoy for sure.

Mar 07, 2022 08:35 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Hello Troy, this sounds like one heck of a shindig!  Had no idea about the ostrich's in Arizona.  Thanks for the post and trusting the event to be a big success.  Mark

Mar 12, 2022 12:00 PM
Troy Erickson AZ Realtor (602) 295-6807
HomeSmart - Chandler, AZ
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It's always a good time at the Ostrich Festival Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho. Thanks for commenting.

Mar 13, 2022 09:37 AM