Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo and The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

face painting Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque

Visit Sedona, Arizona this Saturday for a day of family fun at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village during the Cinco de Mayo Celebration and the Great Sedona Chili Cook-off! The day will be filled with vibrant expressions of Mexican culture including folklorico dancers in dazzling costumes, phenomenal flamenco dancing from South of the Border that brings thunderous applause every time, hot Latin vibes, and the ever-popular roaming Mariachis. Mouth-watering Mexican fare from Tlaquepaque’s El Rincon Restaurante Mexicano, will be on hand as well as a special beer garden offered by Oak Creek Brewery and Grill featuring its award-winning brews. This is one of our favorite events at Tlaquepaque and if you are a guest at the Inn of Sedona you will be able to hop on our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and catch a ride to and from the event!

Cinco de Mayo Entertainment Schedule and the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

  • Gaetano Mosaico Flamenco
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm in Patio Del Norte
    These high-energy flamenco dancers give it all with passion and devotion to the art, exciting their audiences to the point of happy exhaustion just watching them perform! Backed by high-spirited musical accompaniment, you’ll want to be sure to catch one of their performances.
  • Ballet Folklorico de Colores
    11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm in Plaza de la La Fuente
    Beautiful costumes in swirls of color and charming choreography will delight audiences as these multi-aged, talented dancers express their traditional stories and folklore in dance. Look for the youngest dancers. They are beyond adorable!
  • Mariachi La Familia Rojas
    11:00 am to 3:00 pm performing throughout Tlaquepaque
    Enjoy the classic sounds and favorites by the Mariachi La Familia Rojas who will roam the streets of Tlaquepaque. This troupe clearly enjoys performing and they quickly gather crowds as they meander the property.
  • Ritmo Latino
    12:00 pm to 4:00 pm in Patio de Las Camapanas
    Tlaquepaque favorite, Ritmo Latino will be on hand with the sensuous sounds of acoustic guitar and saxophone, the sultry rhythms of Latin percussion, and the vocals of Andres Martinez. Don’t be surprised if you feel compelled to bust a move or two!
  • Maestro Drew Bennett and the Vino Rico Quartet
    3:00 pm to 5:00 pm in Patio del Norte
    The Spanish Flamenco Guitarist who is a two time Grammy Nomination Entry Artist (in 2007) in categories ‘Best New World Artist’, and ‘Best World Contemporary Album.’ Drew Bennett’s original style has roots from Spain in Andalucía with the ancient Flamenco art forms; Jaleo, Rumba’s, and the mystical Duende. As a live entertainer Maestro Bennett has a class act Quartet band ‘Vino Rico’ which combine the Spanish guitar elements with Salsa and Caribbean dance original.

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off
11:00 am to 4:00 pm in Calle Independencia
For the fifth straight year Tlaquepaque is also proud to sponsor the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off as part of the day. Last year hundreds of folks attended and it just gets more popular every year! Prep your buds and vote for the tastiest chili! Admission is $15, children under ten are free. Presented by the Rotary Club of Sedona, funds from the event support a variety of international and local service projects including Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign and the Rotary Club of Sedona’s Imagination Library.

For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

BWIS 2 Cinco de Mayo Celebration at TlaquepaqueWe appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this Weekend

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour – May 1st, 2015

Jerome Art Walk – May 2nd, 2015

Moth triptych Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this Weekend

Visit Sedona, Arizona this weekend and enjoy the creations of talented artists at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour taking place May 1st, and then on Saturday, May 2nd, head up Cleopatra hill for the Jerome Art Walk!

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook. For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. If you are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to Uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
“Cinco Celebration: A 5-year Anniversary pARTy” at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
Ken Rowe Gallery Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this WeekendJoin Rowe Fine Art Gallery for their “Cinco Celebration: A 5-year Anniversary pARTy”. Join gallery owners Ken and Monica Rowe as they celebrate Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s 5th anniversary. Gallery artists will also be on hand for the celebration, which will include light hors d’oeuvres, wine and the gallery’s signature chocolate fountain.For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Mountain Trails Gallery presents “At Work and at Play with my Horse”Mountain Trails Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this Weekend
Mountain Trails Galleries presents “At Work and at Play with my Horse” featuring ranch scenes with working horses, equine portraits and playful companion horses, war horses, Western pleasure horses, wild horses, and more are portrayed in paintings, sculpture, graphite drawings, pyrography, and photography by the gallery’s award-winning artists. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Arts Center
“Mane Attraction!”Sedona Arts Center Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this Weekend
This show will feature six award-winning artists who bring together their talents to showcase equine-themed art and other creations. Opening reception is Friday May 1st from 5:00 pm -8:00 pm. Cowboy poet Tom Weathers will be on hand to regale the audience with a poetic tribute to the horse. On Saturday May, 9th at 11:00 am the Sedona Arts Center is proud to present a talk about the significance of the horse in Navajo culture. Joe Lee, a member of the Navajo Nation, will give a talk titled “Horse: Keeper of the Wilderness, Navajo Beauty Way.” Various artist demonstrations are scheduled for the month. All events are free and open to the public. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Tony Abeyta: New Work”
Turquoise Gallery Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this WeekendTurquoise Tortoise Gallery is pleased to present their annual showcase for one of the gallery’s most accomplished artists. Tony Abeyta’s paintings are lauded by Contemporary art collectors as often as collectors of Native American art, and have great cross-over appeal; Tony Abeyta is Navajo and his heritage is a driving force behind his work yet his themes portrayed are universal. For collectors wishing to capture this newest direction of Abeyta’s ever-evolving artistry the gallery offers works such as “Moth,” a new mixed media triptych measuring 40” high and 90” wide. With a subtle palette of charcoal and walnut inks, both motion and life are presented; moths and flowers, wings and petals, light and dark.For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Goldenstein Gallery
Impressionist/ Expressionist Show
Goldenstein Gallery Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this Weekend Goldenstein Gallery in West Sedona holds its second reception for Impressionist-Expressionist as part of its dynamic three-month series celebrating different art modalities. When we think of arts most enduring and popular modalities, Impressionism and Expressionism, we don’t envision something radical. Yet in their time these movements were ground breaking and forever changed the art world. Meet visiting artist JA Gorman, Lynn Rae Lowe, Liz Wolf, Lynette Reed, Jim Romberg and other local artists.For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery on Facebook.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
Jerome Art Walk1 Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this WeekendMay 1st, 2015 (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.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle Visit the Galleries of Sedona and Jerome this WeekendDid you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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2015 May Events and Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Guided Moonlight Hike, Geology Hike, Star Party and More!

May 2015

Are you ready for a fabulous May in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Red Rock State Park is! The park has a lot in store for you and your family this month including a guided moonlight hike, a guided geology hike, a cool star party and more!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Moonlight Hike
May 3rd, 2015Moonlight hike 2015 May Events and Hike at Red Rock State Park (6:00 pm)
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 moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas.The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Reservations are required, please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee upon arrival. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Guided Geology Hike
May 10th, 2015 (1:00 pm)
Red Rock State Park 2015 May Events and Hike at Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Star Night Party at Red Rock State Park
May 15th, 2015 (7:30 pm)
RERO StarParty 2015 May Events and Hike at Red Rock State ParkCome out and enjoy the night skies with the Astronomers of Verde Valley and the Rangers of Red Rock State Park in Sedona! An introduction presentation at 7:30 pm will show current sky events and what’s “up” in the spring skies. The planets Jupiter and Venus will provide views of our near neighbors and Saturn will make a brief appearance as the viewing session ends at 10:00 pm. There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as space cookies, moon juice, and other complementary beverages.This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees. For additional information and reservations for this Sedona event please call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday Morning (8:00 am)Red Rock State Park 2 2015 May Events and Hike at Red Rock State Park
Meet up with other bird lovers at the visitors center at 8:00 am and enjoy a leisurely stroll through one of the most popular parks in Northern Arizona . Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Daily Nature Walk
Nature walks 2015 May Events and Hike at Red Rock State ParkEvery Day at 10:00 am
you can join a naturalist for a guided nature walk of one and a half to two hours. You will be introduced to the riparian ecosystem of Oak Creek and other aspects of the Park. Some of the subjects that may be discussed include plants, wildlife, geology, history, and archaeology. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

BWIS 2 2015 May Events and Hike at Red Rock State ParkWe appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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ZenProv Comedy Live at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre

Zenprov Comedy: Far Out Man!

April 25th, 2015

FarOutMan teaser ZenProv Comedy Live at the Mary D. Fisher TheatreIf you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona this weekend and love to have a good laugh, you do not want to miss a funny trip into the past when Zenprov Comedy presents “Far Out Man — A laugh back at the 60s & 70s.” This one-night only performance happens Saturday, April 25th, at 7:30 pm at the Mary Fisher Theatre in Sedona. Tickets are only $15 at the door.

“Zenprov is the best comedy troupe in Arizona,” said Mr. Patrick Schweiss, Executive Director of the Sedona International Film Festival. “People were laughing so hard their cheeks were hurting.”

If you’ve never attended one of their live performances before, Zenprov Comedy is similar to the popular improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” The troupe performs fast-paced games and scenes created in the moment—always based on audience suggestions. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is rehearsed or prepared ahead of time. Best of all, it’s never the same show twice.

One of the games has an actor reading lines from an original “Brady Bunch” TV script while the other actors must justify what is said to help the scene make sense in a totally different context, such as a job interview or working at Starbucks. Another game includes twisted version of “The Dating Game” except the bachorlettes might be Timothy Leary, Janis Joplin and Richard Nixon.

Opening for Zenprov will be special guest musician Michael Fridley, who will be performing mash-up medley of different songs from the 60s and 70s expertly woven together.

For more information or to purchase tickets to this live show please visit the Sedona International Film Festival. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this event in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle!

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle ZenProv Comedy Live at the Mary D. Fisher TheatreDid you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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Take a Fly Fishing Adventure this Summer in Sedona, AZ

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Sedona Castaway Package

Sedona Castaway 3 2 Take a Fly Fishing Adventure this Summer in Sedona, AZTake a Fly Fishing adventure this summer in Sedona, Arizona and save money at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona! Learn how to fly fish in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon with Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures, stay at our Sedona hotel and save money with our Sedona Castaway Package. Oak Creek yields great fishing year round with Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout in its pristine pools.

“During the summer months we start our trips early in the morning for two reasons, beating the heat and beating the crowds. We have more success during this time of year with dry flies, meaning the fish will take flies from the surface of the water making it more exciting.” – Victor, Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures

Bring your camera, your Arizona fishing license and your licensed guides from Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures will bring the poles and expertise. Often referred to as the smaller cousin of the Grand Canyon the beauty of Oak Creek Canyon will take your breath away. So what are you waiting for, book your Summer Sedona Castaway Package today!

Sedona Castaway Package

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • A morning of casting for 2 Adults, includes instruction, does NOT include fishing licenses, which can be purchased on line at www.az.gov/app/huntfish
  • Package is priced for 2 people – Call Concierge for additional anglers
  • Your expert guides will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • To book this package click here.
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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

Guide Moonlight Hike

May 3rd, 2015

Moonlight hike Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State ParkWe are all excited, Red Rock State Park in Sedona, Arizona has announced the return of their Guided Moonlight Hikes for the 2015 season! Get out your calenders, put a big circle around May 3rd and make your reservations for this hike as soon as possible. Sedona during the day is beautiful, Sedona by moonlight is Awesome!

This 2 1/2 hour naturalist-led interpretive moonlight hike is by far the most popular hike offered by Red Rock State Park. Enjoy the cooler temperatures of evening as you enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon. You will also have the chance to learn a great deal about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Information about Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and the riparian wildlife area is offered.

When we tell you that this is one of the most popular guided Sedona hikes, we are not kidding. Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fees upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)).

Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are nonrefundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. If you would like to learn more about Red Rock State Park and other hikes available please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona’s Vortex and Views Vacation Package

  • 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!Vortex and Views Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park
  • 2.5 hour Pink Jeep Vortex tour for 2 adults
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Your Vortex guide will pick you up at the hotel
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Learn more about our Sedona hotel
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Star Party at Tuzigoot National Monument

Star Party at Tuzigoot National Monument this Weekend!

April 18th, 2015 (7:00pm – 9:00 pm)

Tuz Star Party at Tuzigoot National MonumentIf you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this weekend, don’t miss your opportunity to attend a very special event at Tuzigoot National Monument! On Saturday, April 18th the Astronomers of the Verde Valley and Tuzigoot National Monument, located about 30 minutes from the Inn of Sedona in Clarkdale, AZ, will be hosting a “Star Party”!

Visitors can learn about the cosmos, explore the night sky through high powered telescopes, and enjoy the brilliant stars in the dark desert skies. Nights are still chilly; please wear warm clothes. They recommend that you bring a flashlight that has a red filter to make it easier for your eyes to adjust to the dark. Also, places to sit are very limited at the monument, so if you plan on staying a while, bring a collapsible chair. It will be very dark, open toed shoes are not recommended. There is no fee for this special program! For more information, you may contact Laura Varon-Burkhart at 928-567-3322 ex.221. Visit Tuzigoot National Monument on Facebook. For directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Tuzigoot National Monument click here.

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Sedona, Arizona

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Cinco de Mayo Celebration and The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

May 2nd, 2015

cinco de mayo Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Sedona, ArizonaThree weekends from now, one of the most popular Sedona events will be taking place at Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. Can you guess what it is? If you guessed the Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque, you are right! On Saturday, May 2nd, 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. Enjoy the festivities while cheering and whistling to the music of mariachi musicians, clapping to the steps of folklórico dancers and savoring the mouth-watering tastes of traditional Mexican foods at Tlaquepaque’s famed El Rincon Restaurante.

The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off twill also be taking place in the village during the celebrations. Tasting is from 11:00 am until 4:00 pm in the Calle Independencia. Tickets for tastings are just $5 for kids and $15 for adults. Organized by the Rotary Club of Sedona, proceeds will benefit Polio-Plus-Rotary International’s project to eradicate polio worldwide. Winners will be selected for the People’s Choice Award and the Judge’s Award for best flavor, consistency, aroma, and appearance. There will also be a Beer Garden sponsored by Oak Creek Brewery & Grill.

This is one of our favorite events at Tlaquepaque and if you are a guest at the Inn of Sedona you will be able to hop on our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and catch a ride to and from the event! The weekend of this event is going to be a busy one in Sedona, we highly recommend making your hotel and tour reservations ahead of time. If you would like to stay at our Sedona hotel please visit Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

For more information the Cinco de Mayo Celebration or the Sedona Chili Cook-Off please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Sedona, ArizonaDid you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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The Second Annual Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ

2nd Annual Illuminate Film Festival

The World’s Premier Film Festival for Conscious Cinema.

header 2015 The Second Annual Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZMark you calender, and make your plans to visit Sedona, Arizona for the 2nd Annual Illuminate Film Festival taking place May 27th – 31st! Illuminate is the world’s premier film festival and launching platform for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and ushering humanity forward, Illuminate showcases the best of conscious cinema to uplift, inspire, and transform. World-class immersive, soul-centered workshops, panels, and excursions complement film screenings, featuring expert practitioners and thought-leaders in consciousness, wellness, raw and organic food, spiritual practice, and sustainable living.

SOLD SOPHIA NUN 300 3 The Second Annual Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZThis festival will bring to screens 22 inspirational, thought-provoking films beginning with the Arizona premiere of the award-winning Emma Thompson-produced feature “Sold”, based on Patricia McCormick’s best-selling novel, and closing with The Pilgrim: Paulo Coehlo’s Best Story, a dramatic biopic depicting the rise of renowned Brazilian author Paulo Coelho, whose 25-year old spiritual classic The Alchemist still remains on the New York Times bestseller list.

During five days of life-affirming cinematic works that encourage audiences to ponder existence more deeply than their daily routines, audiences will experience:

  • The long-awaited Southwest premiere of the breathtaking animated feature Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
  • The landmark film Landfill Harmonic, which was featured on 60 Minutes in 2013 and had its world premiere in March at SXSW 2015.
  • Dying to Know, narrated by Robert Redford, about two conventional Harvard professors – Timothy Leary and Richard Albert .
  • iGod, a probing exploration of higher power featuring spiritual trailblazers Neale Donald Walsh, Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Alan Cohen and Barbara Marx Hubbard.
  • The world premiere of Plant Pure Nation, from the team who made food revolution blockbuster Forks Over Knives.
  • The world premiere of four films including On Meditation 2, a fascinating portrait series offering a rare glimpse into how meditation has transformed the personal and professional lives of notable figures such as hip hop mogul Russell Simmons, author Sharon Salzberg, and NBC Today Show expert Gabrielle Bernstein.

The full schedule of film screenings begins on Thursday, May 28th. A complete schedule of films, locations and times will be available mid-April at www.illuminatefilmfestival.com. Films will be screened at the Mary D. Fisher Theater, 2030 Highway 89A and the Sedona Performing Arts Center, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. Private filmmaker and industry events will take place at the Lodge at Sedona, 125 Kallof Place. For more information or to purchase passes for this Sedona event please visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com.

May is a very popular month to visit Sedona, hotels and tours book up fast. We highly suggest making your reservations as soon as possible. If you would like to stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during this event please make your reservations soon.  If you are a guests of our hotel during this event take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle, we will be more than happy to drop you off at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and the Sedona Performing Arts Center.

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

new shuttle The Second Annual Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZDid you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

2015 Heritage Program Festivals

Museum of Northern Arizona 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona

Located only 48 minutes from Sedona, the Museum of Northern Arizona offers exciting Heritage Program Festivals the will immerse you into and most of all, give you a better sense of each featured culture. Below you will find the 4 festivals scheduled for this year; I personally have attended all of these festivals every year and have truly enjoyed the environment and activities and have learned something new every time.

25th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
May 23rd – 24h, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Zuni Festival 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaThe A:shiwi or Zuni people, share Zuni language, lifeways, traditional music, and dances. Artists, performers and educators travel from Zuni, New Mexico, an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Colorado Plateau, to share their art and culture. Enjoy the Nawetsa Family Dancers who perform traditional Zuni dances, and music from the Zuni Pueblo Band. Learn about the importance of art and cultural place-names in the perpetuation of traditional identity. Meet and buy directly from Zuni artists and demonstrators. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
July 4th – 5th, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Hopi Festival 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaThe oldest Hopi show in the world and a Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, award-winning Hopi artists from the twelve Hopi villages bring the mesas to Flagstaff during this annual event. The unique work of carvers, painters, jewelers, potters, quilters, and basket and textile weavers fill the more than 65 artists’ booths. Enjoy cultural presentations, storytelling, music, and dances that fill the Museum grounds during Fourth of July weekend. Taste Hopi bread and piki baked outside in ovens. Watch Hopi pottery being shaped, painted, and traditionally fired. Walk the Museum’s Rio de Flag Nature Trail with a Hopi medicine woman. Learn about Hopi clans and clan migration, and how the tribe is working to preserve language and agricultural traditions.

66th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 1st – 2nd, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm
navajo festival 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaNavajo weavers and potters work side by side with jewelers and filmmakers during this colorful and exciting summer festival. More than 100 of the finest Diné artists display and demonstrate their innovative expressions of traditional art forms. Meet award winning painters and renowned weavers. Enjoy hoop and social dances, and traditional and modern Native music with groups like the Pollen Trail Dancers and Blackfire. Learn from cultural experts about customs and practices families are using to keep traditions strong. Explore the tribe’s intricate language with a Navajo linguist, and come to understand many ancient legends and traditions. Hike with a Navajo ethnobotanist and learn the Diné uses of local plant life.

12th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 24th – 25th, 2015 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Celebraciones de la Gente 2015 Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern ArizonaThe Museum comes to life for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, an ancient Mesoamerican holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. More than a dozen Flagstaff families create ofrendas (altars) to display in the Museum’s courtyard. Learn about Day of the Dead traditions and the role of Hispanics in northern Arizona’s history. Enjoy mariachi music, arts, and storytelling. Learn about migration and the blending of cultural traditions. A celebration of all people of Latino and Hispanic origin, this festival is a colorful and vibrant expression of community. It is created in partnership with Nuestras Raices, an organization of Flagstaff Hispanic pioneers.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. To learn more about the Heritage Program Festival or to learn more about the museum please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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