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Check out these events and fun Things to do in Sedona and the Verde Valley this April!
Spring is one of the most popular times to visit Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley. April brings clear blue skies, mild temperatures (perfect for a day of hiking or fly fishing), and fun activities and events. Below we have gathered information on some of our favorite April events and fun things to do in the Sedona area to help you plan the perfect time in April for you to visit Sedona. If you would like to be a guest at the Inn of Sedona this spring, make sure to make your reservations as soon as possible, our rooms are filling up fast.
Fun April Events in Sedona and the Verde Valley
04/05/13 - 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
Meet Local Artists & Tour the Galleries
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On the first Friday of each month, members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. For more information on the galleries participating and their exhibits please visit the Sedona Gallery Association.
04/06/13 - Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
2nd Annual Tlaquepaque Pet-A-Walkie - Benefiting Sedona Humane Society
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Tlaquepaque and the Humane Society of Sedona (HSS) are teaming up again this year to raise even more money for homeless pets. A celebration of our beloved pets, the event includes the not-to-be-missed pet parade extravaganza, fantastic musical entertainment, and cool kid’s activities. Compete for the “Best in Show” costume contest where everyone will have the opportunity to win prizes for various costume categories. There is a pre-registration fee of $20 per pet that guarantees an event t-shirt and bag filled with goodies for you and your pet. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
04/06/13 - 3rd Annual Old Town Blues Fest
Cost: $23 all day pass/$18 evening show only
2:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The 3rd Annual Old Town Blues Fest will be held on Saturday, April 6th. Local musicians performing include the Bill Barns Trio, Don Whitcher and the Kings of the Border, the Bresnan Blues Band and Joe Neri & Blues Dawg. Evening headliners are Bobcat Jack (aka JW Everitt) and the Alan James Band. The Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th Street and Main in Cottonwood, Arizona. For more information or to purchase tickets for this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.
04/06/13 - Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Twenty-five galleries and studios will be welcoming visitors with beautiful art, music and refreshments. From blown glass to lovely jewelry, there is a treasure to be found for everyone! From the working studios of The Old Jerome High School to the lovely pottery of Made in Jerome, the true handmade Jerome touch is everywhere. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.
04/20/13 - “Bone to Be Wild”
Motorcycle Ride to Benefit the Animals
Don’t miss The 4th Annual “Bone to be Wild” motorcycle ride to benefit the animals. What better way to show support to our animal friends in need than a ride through beautiful Sedona. The Ride begins from Olde Sedona Bar & Grill with a police escort parading through and out of Sedona for a beautiful ride experience! There will be Poker Run Stops along the way and your ride will end where it begins, at the Olde Sedona Bar & Grill, for an evening of great food and entertainment! Cost to participate is $25 Rider & $15 Passenger. All proceeds from this event will benefit the homeless animals at The Humane Society of Sedona.To register for this event or for more information please visit The Humane Society of Sedona.
04/25 – 28/13 - Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
“Finches and Flowers”
Location: Dead Horse Ranch State Park
The Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world and fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley. Celebrate nature with workshops and field trips where expert guides take visitors to the area’s birding hot spots. Make sure not to miss key note speaker David Mizejewski on April 26th, 2013. For more information visit Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival.
04/27 & 28/2013 - Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show has become a popular Sedona event to both locals and vacationers in Sedona. By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show.This event takes place in West Sedona in the front and side parking lot at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill located at 1405 W. State Highway 89 A. Saturday hours are 10:00 am – 6:00 pm & Sunday hours are 10:00 am – 5:00 pm. For more details please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals.
Fun Things to Do in Sedona and the Verde Valley
Visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park
See hundreds of animals from all over the world at Out of Africa Wildlife Park!The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. These adventures give you the opportunity to get up close to wild life in a natural habitat. With all the great attractions offered we highly suggest allowing at least four hours to experience all the Park’s adventures. Where else would you be able to kiss a giraffe, feed a Tiger, or watch people and tigers play together in a giant swimming pool? A delightful, all day African Wildlife Adventure this is a truly unique experience and just a 30 minute drive from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.
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Sedona Fly Fishing
Oak Creek offers some of the most pristine pools and secluded stretches of water in Northern Arizona. This creek along with its breathtaking red rock views, make for an unforgettable fishing adventure any time of year. Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures offers a fishing excursion of a lifetime from the red rocks of Sedona to Arizona’s White Mountains, and on to historic Lee’s Ferry. For more information please visit Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures.
Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities for visitors coming to the red rock region of Sedona, Arizona especially in the Spring. Visitors head out to explore the many trails in the Coconino National Forest, Sedona, Verde Valley and trails that explore the Mogollon Rim. They love to get out there and shake off the winter season, stretch their legs and take in the beauty of the red rocks against the crystal blue spring sky and take in all the desert flora and fauna of the area. You will find trails for beginners through more seasoned, and serious, hikers throughout Sedona, the Coconino National Forest, and the Verde Valley. If you are interested in hiking this spring and would like more information on self guided hikes visit our 2013 Guide to Hiking in Sedona, Arizona and the Surrounding Areas!
Guided Hikes at Red Rock State Park
- Guided Geology Hike
April 14th, 2013 (2:00 pm)
Spring is perfect to join an experienced guide who leads a hike focusing on the area’s geology. You will learn why the rocks are red, where they came from, where they are going, and more. The hike includes the Eagle’s Nest Trail for great views while also learning about the geology. More than a guided hike, it’s an interpretive experience for beginners as well as advanced geologists. The hike lasts approximately two hours and has a 250 feet elevation climb. For more information on this Sedona hike please call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.
- Guided Moonlight Hike
April 25th, 2013
The 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. A $5.00 per person program fee is charged at the time of the reservation. There is also a $10.00 entrance fee to the park for a car of four adults. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
Horseback Riding at the M Diamond Ranch
Horseback riding is one of Arizona’s most fun and popular outdoor activities. Your visit to the M Diamond Ranch, a 100 year old family-run cattle ranch, located just outside Sedona, may be the highlight of your vacation. The ranch offers a variety of horseback rides and a authentic “Cowboy Cookout”! To learn more please visit the M Diamond Ranch.
Adventure into the Red Rocks on a Pink Jeep Tour
Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour” is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling Two Hour adventure that leads you up, on and over the red rocks. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”. Don’t forget your camera on this One-of-a-Kind Pink Jeep Tour.
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Stroll the Galleries of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Tlaquepaque is filled with spectacular one-of-a kind art expressions in every medium from Western and eclectic bronze sculpture, functional and traditional ceramics, blown glass creations, contemporary and Southwestern fine art paintings, weaving, decorative arts, architectural décor pieces and stunning large format photography. Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village has become the place that visitors return to again and again – to look and wander, to sample and buy, to eat, drink and refresh body and soul.
Ride Aboard the Verde Canyon Railroad
Take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad, Arizona’s longest-running nature show. For 20 years Verde Canyon Railroad has provided guests with style and comfort, romance and relaxation, service and beauty. The railroad meanders through the inner sanctum of Arizona’s other “grand canyon,” where each season creates a new reason to ride. Splendid vistas and centuries-old Indian ruins are around the bend as the train pulls away from remnants of a mining era which helped establish neighboring communities.
*View our Sedona Vacation Package with Verde Canyon Railroad.