Ostrich Festival 2017

Have You Ever Seen an Ostrich Race?

••• At the Ostrich Festival. © Judy Hedding

The annual Ostrich Festival (formerly referred to as the Chandler Ostrich Festival) has been recognized as one of the "Top 10 Unique Festivals in the United States" with its lanky ostriches, multiple entertainment bands and many special gift and food vendors. It is truly a unique festival, and suitable for the entire family.

Before the Festival: Mayor's Fun Run, Ostrich Festival Parade, Classic Car Show, and Public Safety Fair

These four events all take place on March 4, 2017, one week before the Ostrich Festival.

The Mayor's Fun Run (8:15 a.m.) and Youth Run (7:30 a.m.) welcomes all ages and abilities. Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. at Dr. AJ Chandler Park in downtown Chandler. Register online. The run begins at Arizona Avenue and Boston Street. The Parade follows at 10 a.m. The parade route starts at Ray Road and Arizona Avenue and proceeds south on Arizona Avenue to Chicago St. After the run, and after the parade, the Chandler Public Safety Fair and the Chandler Classic Car Show open to the public. Both of these events are free admission.

Dates and Times for the Ostrich Festival

Friday, March 10, 2017 from 2 p.m. to midnight
Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 10 a.m. to midnight
Sunday, March 12, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.


The Ostrich Festival takes place at Tumbleweed Park in Chandler. Plenty of on-site parking will be available. There is a fee per vehicle for parking, so bring cash. Get directions to the Chandler Ostrich Festival on the next page.


The Arizona Department of Transportation usually provides detailed motorist information, including any travel or road restrictions, for this event. Call 5-1-1, then *7. The call is free.

Ostrich Races

These may be the main attraction of the Ostrich Festival. There are several ostrich races over the course of the three-day festival.

Each ostrich race lasts about 45 minutes. The ostrich races are included in the price of admission.


There is something for everyone at the Ostrich Festival.  Live ostrich display and multiple stages of live entertainment are all included in admission price. The schedule should help you plan your days at the Ostrich Festival.


All concerts and performances are included in the admission charge. Concerts have some chairs as well as lawn seating. Chairs and blankets encouraged. There are several stages. The main stage headliners for 2016 are Parmalee (Friday) and Ozomatli (Sunday).

More Attractions and Shows

These shows/attractions have performances scheduled each day of the Fair: (TBA)

And More!

About 100 arts and crafts booths, and a carnival with rides and other amusements. Ever had an ostrich burger? You can try one here! The younger kids will enjoy the Kids' Area, which includes a petting zoo, pony rides, and other fun stuff.

Ostrich Festival Prices and Details

Tickets for the Ostrich Festival can be purchased at the event each day with prices ranging from $7 to $10. Children four and under are free. You can also obtain one-day, all-day unlimited ride passes for $25 in advance at Fry's.

 They are $28 at the gate. 

Have more questions?

Visit the Ostrich Festival online.

Page 2: Map and Directions to Tumbleweed Park in Chandler

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.

Tumbleweed Park is in Chandler, Arizona and is the location for several annual festivals and events including the annual Ostrich Festival and Chandler's 4th of July Festival.

The actual address of Tumbleweed Park is:

2250 S. McQueen Road
Chandler, AZ 85249

That's near the intersection of McQueen and Germann Rds.

GPS: 33.273417, -111.827281

From the North and West - Take I-10 east to the Queen Creek Rd. exit.

Turn east towards Chandler. Drive approximately 9 miles to McQueen Rd. Go north on McQueen to Germann.
Take I-10 east to the Loop 202 East (Santan), exit Arizona Avenue, south to Germann, east to McQueen.

From the East - Take Highway 60 to the Mesa Drive exit. Go south on Mesa Drive (it turns into McQueen), just south of Germann Rd.

The Arizona Railway Museum is located at Tumbleweed Park, too, in the southwest corner of the park. You can access the museum on Ryan Road, from Arizona Avenue on the west or McQueen Road on the east.

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You can see Tumbleweed Park marked on a Google map. From there you can zoom in and out, get driving directions if you need more specifics than mentioned above, and see what else is nearby.

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