2013 Fall Events Guide for Sedona and the Verde Valley

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
2013 Fall Events Guide

View off Terrace DeckIt’s hard to believe that fall is almost here! Before you know it Oak Creek Canyon will be filled with vibrant colors, hiking won’t just be for early mornings and Sedona will be a buzz with some very special events and hikes.

With that in mind we wanted to create an events guide to help you plan your Sedona vacation this fall. Keep in mind that September and October are very busy months in the red rocks of Sedona and the Verde River Valley, you will want to make your hotel and tour reservations early. If you would like to stay at our Sedona hotel this fall we recommend making reservations as far in advances as possible.

Sedona’s 27th Annual Moonlight Madness Event
August 31st – September 2nd, 2013moonlight-madness
Come enjoy free music, entertainment and activities for all ages, plus sidewalk sales along the sidewalks and plazas of Sedona Main Street. This free event is coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program and presented by area businesses. Bring the family for fun, food, music, and shopping!For more information please visit the Sedona Main Street Program.

Red Rose Inspiration For Animals – “Ride For Rescue”
September 8th, 2013
Registration at 9:00 am/ Take off at 11:30 am
Ride-for-RescueJoin Red Rose Inspiration For Animals for a buffet breakfast at the Olde Sedona Bar & Grill and ride to the beautiful area of Pine, AZ. Meet at the Olde Sedona Bar & Grill where all of the registered riders and passengers will get to enjoy FREE buffet breakfast and receive a coupon for a FREE slice of pie once you arrive in the beautiful town of Pine. This event will also feature raffles, vendors, and more! They ask for a $25 donation in order to register as a rider for this event, $15 for a passenger. 100% of the proceeds from this ride goes toward their Emergency Medical Fund and our Free Spray / Neuter Fund for Felines and Canines. For more information or to register for this Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration For Animals.

40th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 14th, 2013
FiestaTlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona is proud to present their 40th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill the day.Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary. Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.

Geology Hike at Red Rock State Park
September 15th, 2013 (2:00 pm)
Red Rock State ParkThe return of fall also means the opportunity to join a guided hike that focuses on the geology of the area. Hike leader Chris Weld will help you to learn why the rocks are red, where they come from, where they are going … and more. This hike includes the Eagle’s Nest Trail for a great view of the Park and surrounding area. More than a guided hike, it’s an interpretive experience for beginners as well as advanced geologist. The hike lasts two to two and a half hours. if you are interested in taking this Sedona hikes make sure to contact the park about schedule changes or reservations. Call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

Guided Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park
September 19th, 2013
Moonlight hikeThe Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at the Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is offered. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Rangers ask hikers to arrive approximately 30 minutes before starting time to insure participation. No late arrivals can be allowed and reservations are required! When you call 928-282-6907, the arrival time will be given.

Thunder Valley Rally
Cottonwood, Arizona
September 20th – 22nd, 2013
Get ready to rock and ride at the 2013 Thunder Valley Rally taking place in Old Town Cottonwood! Event features FREE concerts by Jackyl and Leon Russell. Sturgis style parking on Main, Huge Beer Garden, Top Builders, Vendors, Outrageous Poker Run through the Verde Valley Wine Country, Miss TVR Pageant, Arm Wrestling, Daily Happy Hour and a Great Charity Auction are just part of a smokin’ good time in Old Town Cottonwood. For more information please visit Thunder Valley Rally.

Slide Rock State Park Fall Festival
September 21st, 2013 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fall Fest 2Come Celebrate our Historic Heritage! Visit the 1932 Apple Packing shed for all the fun. Talks, cooking demos, bake sale, Historic apple sorter, Raffle, Restored tractors, Kid’s activities and the Verde Valley Fly Wheelers. Your State Park entrance fee gets you into this event. For more information please visit Slide Rock State Park.

Celtic Harvest Festival
Celtic Arts, Shopping, Eating and Fun for All!
September 21st, 2013
chf-logoDiscover the magic that keeps people returning to Celtic festivals year after year. Come and experience the rich traditions that Celtic folk hold dear to their hearts. Enjoy “Celtic Ways” featuring workshops on Celtic art; artisans demonstrating their craft; music and dance; food and beverage vendors. Celtic tradition always includes good food, music and libation. Enjoy a vast selection of Celtic beers, single malt Scotch, mead and wine. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Celtic Harvest Festival.

Annual Sedona Winefest
September 27th – 29th, 2013
sedona-winefest-arizona-2011The Sedona Winefest festival celebrates the wine growing industry of Arizona and will feature great wines from the Verde Valley, Prescott & the Southern Arizona Regions. The event will be located on Airport Mesa, taking advantage of the substantial parking as well as spectacular Sedona scenery. Patrons will delight in tasting wines and local food with a variety of menu items and snacks throughout the day. There will be an area for patrons to sit, sip wine and enjoy food and live music. Purchase a glass of your favorite wine and take a stroll through the Annual Juried Art Exhibition featuring original art for sale. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest. Our Sedona hotel is featuring a Sedona Winefest special, please call the Inn of Sedona at 928.282.3072 for more information.

Verde River Day
Cottonwood, Arizona
September 28th, 2013 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Celebrate the Verde River at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Some of the day’s events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed. Try pottery making by hand and take your creation home with you . For more information on this Sedona event please visit Dead Horse Ranch State Park.

Festival of American Indian Arts Show
September 28th – 29th, 2013 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Location: Camp Verde Community Center
FestivalThe Verde Valley Archaeology Center recognizes the Native American heritage of the Verde Valley with an annual American Indian Art Show for artists from throughout Arizona and the Southwest. The event promotes greater public appreciation and understanding of Southwest American Indian artistry, encourages artistic achievement in a variety of media and establishes a stronger market for American Indian art. This is a juried invitational show to ensure high quality, hand-made art. This year they will be inaugurating a new event. On September 28th, at 7:00 pm, they will host the Canyon Record Artist Showcase featuring GRAMMY-nominated Radmilla Cody and NAMA Artist of the Year Tony Duncan. For more information please visit the Festival of American Indian Arts.

23rd Annual Sedona Arts Festival
October 12th – 13th, 2013 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm)
Location: Sedona Red Rock High School
More than 125 juried artists from across the country will surround themselves with Sedona’s breathtaking red rocks and Arizona’s magnificent fall weather while showing works in ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography and wood. The Festival’s KidZone gives children 12 and under the chance to create their own masterpieces with help from local artists. Local musicians will entertain throughout the weekend. Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 60 and older and students with ID. Discount tickets are available online. Children 12 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets for this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Arts Festival. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our  Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.

Rhythm and Ribs
October 12th, 2013 (11:00 am – 10:00 pm)
Location: Cottonwood, Arizona
Tickets: $20 General Admission
Don’t miss the 8th Annual Rhythm and Ribs! Enjoy a day filled with fun, top notch entertainment, excellent food, and the chance to taste the best ribs in Arizona. This year they will be adding a Micro-Brewery section for your taste buds! Rhythm ‘n Ribs has become the flagship event for the City of Cottonwood bringing national entertainment and a world class rib competition to the Verde Valley. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Rhythm and Ribs.

Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 19th – 26th, 2013
Sedona-Plein-Air-FestivalAs with the old masters, contemporary plein-air artists paint from life in the out-of-doors (en plein air), capturing moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. Thirty award-winning artists, selected from among the best of the best, have accepted invitations to participate in this unique artistic showcase to share their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form. For more information please visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona check with the front desk to find out what events during the festival that our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle can drop you off at.

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