Welcome to the Gila Valley

We hope that you come to the Gila Valley to enjoy all 2 days of our film festival, but there is a lot to do throughout the Gila Valley. We have a busy weekend of activities, not to mention great places to eat and stay while you are here.

Things To Do

2022 Safford Spring Festival

1 BLOCK FROM GILA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

The Safford Spring Festival celebrates wine, art, and history, in Safford, Arizona’s beautiful Downtown.

This year’s event will take place on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, April 23.

Text 928-792-8661 for more information.

2022 Pima Heritage Days

9 Miles FROM GILA VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL

Heritage days includes a BBQ dinner Friday night at the Pima School cafeteria. $10 per plate or $7 for ages 7 and under.

The breakfast will be held Saturday morning at the WM Carter Farm Museum. Breakfast is $5 and starts at 7am. It includes pancakes, eggs, bacon and Dutch oven biscuits and gravy.

Many other events and attractions will be available Saturday as well. Quilt show, old semi truck show, steam engine demonstrations and a raffle just to name a few.

PLACES TO EAT

El Coronado Family Restaurant
El Coronado Family Restaurant

There are a lot of great places to eat in the Gila Valley, including on Main Street where the Gila Valley Film Festival is taking place. The Safford Spring Festival will have food trucks and vendors about a block away from the festival, and we will have concessions at the festival, but here are a few other places to each on Main Street in Safford:

The Main Street Bean | 401 W Main St, Safford, AZ 85546

Ginavive's Market Place | 401 W Main St, Safford, AZ 85546

El Coronado Family Restaurant | 409 W Main St, Safford, AZ 85546

Main Street Cafe | 523 W Main St, Safford, AZ 85546

El Charro | 601 W Main St, Safford, AZ 85546

Red Oven Pizzeria | 628 W Main St, Safford, AZ 85546

Jumbo's Chinese Restaurant
Jumbo's Chinese Restaurant

If you venture off of Main Street, here are a few more places that we love:

Casa Manana | 502 S 1st Ave, Safford, AZ 85546

Copper Steer Steakhouse | 1206 E U.S. Hwy 70, Safford, AZ 85546

Jumbo's Chinese Restaurant | 817 W Thatcher Blvd, Safford, AZ 85546

Jerry's Restaurant | 1612 W Thatcher Blvd, Safford, AZ 85546

R&R Pizza Express | 2646 E U.S. Hwy 70, Thatcher, AZ 85552

Toni's Kitchen Pizzarama | 3310 W Main St, Thatcher, AZ 85552

La Casita Cafe | 3338 W Main St, Thatcher, AZ 85552

Kainoa's Hawaiian Grill | 3533 US-70, Thatcher, AZ 85552

El Mesquite Taqueria | 257 W Center St, Pima, AZ 85543 (Open from 8am to 3pm)

PLACES TO STAY

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Thatcher
SpringHill Suites by Marriott Thatcher

If you are planning on sticking around for both days of the festival, here are some places to lay your head:

Best Western Desert Inn | 1391 W Thatcher Blvd, Safford, AZ 85546

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Thatcher | 2855 US-70, Thatcher, AZ 85552

Comfort Inn & Suites Thatcher - Safford | 2577 US-70, Thatcher, AZ 85552