The Easter Egg Hunts were initiated in 1976 by Dolly Sanchez, who was a member of the Peoria Community Action Program and Parks and Recreation Board. Because of the success of the hunts, coupled by the city’s growth, the Peoria Community Services Department was asked to help in 1983. Thus, a twenty-three year partnership has developed to improve and expand this fun-filled family event. Through the years, the Easter Egg Hunts have expanded from Varney Park, to seven neighborhood parks, and finally settling in 1994 at Peoria Sports Complex. The hunts have experienced steady growth since their conception in 1976. The Sanchez family remains an integral part of the Easter Egg Hunts and the community.
The Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt event is held annually on the Saturday before Easter. The candy hunts are divided into different age groups as well as a family scavenger hunt. The event includes entertainment, make & take crafts, carnival games, inflatables, pony rides, petting zoo and much more. Some activities have a nominal fee. Admission is free with a canned food donation(s) to benefit the St. Mary's/Westside Food Bank Alliance.
For more information on the upcoming Dolly Sanchez Memorial Easter Egg Hunt event, click here.
The City of Peoria's All American Festival is held annually on July 4th. Located in the main stadium and Mariners Practice Fields, patrons enjoy:
- Musical entertainment on multiple stages
- Kids Zone
- Water Zone
- Food Challenge
- Cornhole Tournament
There are plenty of family friendly activities and a spectacular fireworks display. Admission is $10 at the door ($7 if pre-purchased by July 3), children 12 and under are free. Parking is also free.
For more information on the upcoming July 4th All American Festival, click here.
Looking for a safe place to take the kids on Halloween? The City of Peoria hosts the Halloween Monster Bash and Balloon Illumination annually on the Saturday prior to Halloween. Held in the main stadium of Peoria Sports Complex, activities include:
- Parade of Costumes contest
- Trick or treating from lighted hot air balloons
- Carnival games
- Make-n-take crafts
- Entertainment and much more.
Admission is free with canned food donation(s) to benefit St. Mary's/Westside Food Bank Alliance.
For more information on the upcoming Halloween Monster Bash and Balloon Illumination, click here.
For information on becoming a craft and novelty vendor at community events, please contact Kelli Kincaid at Kelli.Kincaid@peoriaaz.gov.
For information on other City of Peoria Special Events, click here.