Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Memorial Day

This great nation of liberty and freedom has come at a heavy price. This weekend remember to honor all who have served in our country’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we my have our freedom. No words could ever come close to expressing our gratitude to these men and women in the military forces of the United States who have given all.

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Fun things to do this Memorial Day Weekend in the Red Rocks

May 26th – 29th, 2017

Featured Events, and Entertainment
You will find a full listing of events on our Sedona Events Page

Sedona Community Farmer’s Market
May 26th, 2017 (8:00 am – 11:30 am)
Sedona Farmers Market 2Enjoy the Sedona community Farmers Market in the creek-side parking lot of Tlaquepaque! Whether you live in Sedona or are just visiting, the farmer’s market is a great way to check out the local flavor and grab some fresh produce and breads. If you are visiting Sedona and are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off at the market and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. And if you are worried about purchasing something that requires refrigeration, all of our rooms are equipped with a refrigerator. Meet the local grower & taste the local flavor! For more information please visit the Sedona Community Farmer’s Market.

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Flash Back Fridays
Featuring Robin Miller Triomiller_robin_P10303221
May 26th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 cover, no cover with entree purchase
Sedona Sound Bites Grill invites you to take a step back into the past during Flash Back Friday’s! Enjoy the Rock & Roll from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with Robin Miller on Guitar, Troy Perkins on bass and Ed Barattini on drums. Three of Sedonas TOP musicians play all of your favorite dance tunes and let the good times roll. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Cottonwood, AZ – Earth Speak in Concert
May 26th, 2017 (7:30 pm)
Tickets: $18 advance, $20 door
Renowned musician and luthier William Eaton has conjured his music and innovative stringed instruments from the Arizona desert now for over four decades. Beyond boundary and stillness, William’s music is rooted within an indigenous past, yet expressive of a contemporary, changing, sonic landscape. Join William and the new group “Earth Speak” for a concert at Old Town Center for the Arts. Enjoy an enchanted evening of music inspired by the desert elements and wildlife. Old Town Center for the arts is located at 5th Street and Main. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
May 27th – 28th, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. The Museum of Northern Arizona is located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. Museum Admission:$12 Adult (18+), $8 Youth (10-17),Student (with ID) & American Indian (with tribal affiliation). Free (Children under 10). 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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Sedona Entertainment – Legendary Master Guitarist Esteban
May 27th, 2017 (7:00 pm)Esteban-Color-bc-3-2015
Show only tickets start at $69. Show & Dinner tickets start at $149
Sound Bites Grill is proud to announce the return of Esteban for his 2017 “Private Concert” season at Sound Bites Celebrity Show Room in beautiful Sedona, AZ. This venue is a must-see-fan favorite. Sit not five feet from Esteban and watch his fingers fly as he performs.This is an intimate dinner theater where you may enjoy a rare and unique experience of music mastery at its finest that cannot be duplicated!… The concert will take you on a musical journey with stories that inspire and ignite the passion of the soul. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
May 28th, 2017 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with 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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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
May 28th, 2017 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
meditation-CDEveryone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
Tickets: $15
May 28th, 2017 (3:00 – 5:00 pm)
It’s the annual Memorial Day weekend Jazz concert at Sedona Jazz at the Church at Saint Luke’s Church, this year with the Adam Roberts, Russell Schmidt and Chris Finet Trio creating some fabulous Bebop and Straight-ahead Jazz. A great way to start the Summer season in Sedona! St Luke’s is located on Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. All tickets are General Admission, and are available online or at the door. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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Sedona Cinema – George Takei’s ‘Allegiance
The Broadway Musical
May 29th, 2017 (4:00 pm and 7:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
Straight from the Broadway stage, the Sedona International Film Festival is thrilled to bring the groundbreaking musical George Takei’s “Allegiance” to Sedona on screen at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. It is the perfect way to honor Memorial Day and our Veterans! Filmed live on stage on Broadway, this not-to-be-missed theatrical event is inspired by the true life experience of George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes). “Allegiance” follows one family’s extraordinary journey into this untold American story. “Allegiance” is the story of the Kimura family, whose lives are upended when they and 120,000 other Japanese-Americans are forced to leave their homes following the events of Pearl Harbor. Sam Kimura seeks to prove his patriotism by fighting for his country in the war, but his sister, Kei, fiercely protests the government’s treatment of her people. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
Red Rockin’ Lodging Special
Join us in the red rocks this month and receive a special rate! Stay weekdays, Sunday through Thursday, and we’ll offer you our Red Rockin’ Special. You can save between $28 and $41 per night! Call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for this special rate when you make your reservation, it’s that simple! This special is valid for reservations made for any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from May 7th through June 15th. *This offer is valid for new reservations only and is based on availability.

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Visiting Sedona During Memorial Day Weekend

Sedona, Arizona

Helpful Tips and Ideas for  Memorial Day Weekend

Sedona, Arizona is going to be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be filling the hotels and enjoying the hiking trails, tours, galleries, and restaurants. We want to make sure that everyone who comes to visit us here in the red rocks has a wonderful weekend with their family and friends, so we have put together a few helpful hints and ideas to help you make your weekend wonderful. Have fun, enjoy the red rocks and take time out of your weekend to remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can enjoy our freedoms!

If you will be staying with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona please feel free to call our concierge (Amanda is on hand during the week and Hope will assist you on the weekend) before your visit to help you plan your time in Sedona (1.800.292.6344 ask for concierge) .

Helpful Tips & Ideas

  • Make your hotel reservations before heading to Sedona, you will be hard pressed to find a room if you wait until you get here. Our Sedona hotel has only a handful of rooms left, if you would like to stay at the Inn of Sedona please call the hotel at 800.292.6344.
  • Make sure you reserve the Sedona tours you would like to experience as soon as possible, our concierge is available to help you with tours and reservations, things are booking up quickly!
  • Parking can be challenging over the weekend, if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona take advantage of our free “About Town Shuttle” and leave the driving to us!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at Red Rock State Park where you can spread out and picnic or Dead Horse Ranch State Park for swimming and fishing. there is a Safeway and Basha’s nearby where you can pick up deli and picnic foods.
  • A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when visiting National Forest land in Red Rock Country, a high-impact recreation area. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.
  • If you are going to be enjoying some hikes this weekend make sure to bring plenty of water along with you, an energizing snack and please let other people know where you will be hiking.
  • If you are looking for restaurant that is open late, check out Olde Sedona Bar & Grill. Olde Sedona also has late night entertainment on the weekends.

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Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture in Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

27th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture

May 27th – 28th, 2017

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona over Memorial Day weekend and are interested in learning more about the history, art and culture of the Zuni people you will not want to miss the 27 Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona!

This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. The Ashiwi, or Zuni people, travel to Flagstaff from Zuni to share the Zuni language, life ways, traditional music, and dances. Zuni, New Mexico, is an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Colorado Plateau. 

Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of the Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers.

Mainstage Schedule (subject to change)

 

Saturday, May 27th

  • 9:00 am: Opening Ceremony with Fernando Cellicion
  • 10:00 am: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 11:15 am: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 12:30 pm: I*Conscious
  • 1:45 pm: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 3:00 pm: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
 

Sunday, May 28th

  • 10:00 am: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 11:15 am: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 12:30 pm: I*Consious
  • 1:45 pm: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 3:00 pm: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 4:30 pm: Closing Ceremony with Fernando Cellicion

Heritage Insights Lecture Series – Supported by the Arizona Humanities

  • 10:30 am: Emergence & Migration
    Journey with the A:shiwi (Zuni) from the Grand Canyon to “the middle place.”
  • 11:45 am: Zuni Ancestral Foods-Ali’kwi:we (Saturday only)
    Learn more about the process of making parched corn. Tasting to follow.
  • 11:45 am: Zuni Ancestral Foods-Ko’la Ma’chabe (Sunday only)
    Learn more about the process of making chili pudding. Tasting to follow.
  • 1:00 pm: A Zuni Artist Looks at Frank Hamilton Cushing
    A discussion of political cartoons by Zuni artist Phil Hughte in response to Anglo perceptions of Zuni culture.
  • 2:15 pm: The Zuni
    A cultural interpretation of 35 mm film shorts produced in 1923 by Owen Catell.
  • 3:30 pm: Stick Racers, an Olympian & Cross Country Champions (Saturday Only)
    A history of running at Zuni Pueblo including messaging, stick races, and one Zuni’s experience at the 1920 Olympics.

The Museum is located only 55 minutes from our Sedona hotel (see map below), in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Zuni Festival is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Museum admission: $12.00 Adult (18+), $8.00 Youth (10-17), Student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation), and Children under 10 are Free. For more information on this event please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona website or visit the Museum of Northern Arizona on Facebook.

Directions from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona to the Museum of Northern Arizona

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Make the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona your hub for a Sedona vacation full of art culture, outdoor activities, adventure, shopping, spiritual exploration, day trips, and travel throughout Northern Arizona. To learn more about our Sedona hotel or to take advantage of one of our Sedona Vacation Packages please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.

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Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ

Illuminate Film Festival

Now is the time to start planning your trip to Sedona, AZ to attend the 4th Annual Illuminate Film Festival taking place May 31st – June 4th, 2017. Illuminate spans five days and three venues, and will present 26 of the most compelling conscious themed films of the year. There will be evening spotlights, post-screening presentations with directors and producers, Reel Healing immersions, musical performances, a virtual reality showcase, and a Healing Lounge. The Festival opens with the free-to-the-public Launch Party and Outdoor Screening on May 31st at the Collective Sedona and will throw nightly parties for pass-holders every night of the festival.

In addition, the Festival will host a series of film industry programs – the Conscious Film Convergence, the Conscious Cinema Summit and the Conscious Cinema Accelerator – which offer workshops, networking and mentoring for those working to elevate consciousness through filmmaking.

The Festival will present its second annual Conscious Visionary Award to conscious evolution pioneer Barbara Marx Hubbard following the world premiere of American Visionary: The Story of Barbara Marx Hubbard. Another highlight in the lineup is a special program with celebrated filmmaker, author, musician and peace troubadour James Twyman.

New to the festival this year is the Luminary Living Room Series, an offering of intimate workshops with nationally renowned teachers in the mind-body-spirit realm. Teachers include renowned neuroscience and human potential expert Dr. Joe Dispenza, who will share his timeless wisdom in conjunction with a spotlight world premiere of HEAL. This year’s film lineup includes a special focus on spiritual movements and the influential leaders that sparked global awakening and self-realization. For more information, schedule of events or to purchase passes or individual film tickets please visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com.

If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona and our attending this event, take advantage our our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! We will drop you off and pick you up at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre  or the Sedona Performing Arts Center, venues of the Illuminate Film Festival.

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Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

  • 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!
  • Available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:30 pm.
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!
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Complimentary Guest Shuttle in Sedona

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Our Brand New Shuttle has Arrived!

“Let us take the hassle out of Getting around Sedona”

Great news, our brand new Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle has arrived! 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 air conditioned, pet friendly shuttle, then just call us when you are ready to return to the hotel, and we’ll come back and pick you up! Our Shuttle service includes most popular Sedona hot spots including: Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village, Mary D. Fisher Theatre (home of the Sedona International Film Festival), Uptown Sedona, Hillside Galleries, West Sedona dining and more! This free shuttle service is available to all our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:30 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating the round-a-bouts!
  • Don’t worry about having an adult beverage while you’re out!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!

How the Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle Service operates

  • Available from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:30 pm
  • Available only to guests of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
  • We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper then we’ll come back and pick you up when you call!
  • Shuttle leaves the hotel every half hour
  • Be in the lobby 5 minutes early, first come, first serve
  • Central drop off point in Uptown
  • Most other destinations are door to door service

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Mother’s Day Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Events and Fun things to do this Weekend with Mom in the Red Rocks

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May 12th – 14th, 2017

From all of us kids at the Inn of Sedona we wish our wonderful Moms and yours a very Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you all have an extra special weekend filled with love, hugs and fun with your family and friends!

If you are visiting Sedona this weekend, you will have no problem finding something to do with Mom. Below you will find a variety of events, festivals and fun things to do in the Verde Valley. To see a full listing of events taking place this weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Featured Weekend Events

12 x 12 Project and Fundraiser
Over 100 Artists Contributing
May 12th, 2017 (5:30 pm)
Free Event
12x121What do you get when you invite hundreds of extraordinary artists to create new unsigned works within a 12-inch space, and exhibit everything in support Sedona’s hometown cultural organization? Sedona Arts Center has the answer in its Annual 12x 12 Fundraiser in the historic Art Barn. The 12 x 12 Project invites artists and visual communicators from all over to create and donate a 12 by 12 inch work, which will be shown and offered at the event for $250—with proceeds going to support Sedona Arts Center’s programs and operations. Art lovers will find painting, photography, fiber, ceramic, and even sculptural works. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
May 13th, 2017 (8:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
May 13th – 14th, 2017 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rosey-crafts-showDuring your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! 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 at the parking lot of Redrock Precision Motors. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals.

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Verde Valley Wine Festival – Clarkdale, AZ
May 13th – 14th, 2017 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
One Day General Admission: $35 pre-sale/$45 day of event
Two Day General Admission – $55/VIP Experience -$125
The Verde Valley Wine Festival is Northern Arizona’s premier Wine and Culinary festival of the year, presented by Four Eight Wineworks and the non-profit organization, Made in Clarkdale. The event highlights the community of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley at large with the goal of offering the finest Arizona wineries, breweries, spirits and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products for locals and visitors to enjoy. Guest viticulture lecturers, live music from Arizona bands, and art from Made in Clarkdale artists will enhance the festival experience as well. Each day of the festival will be different to the other with new restaurants, music, artists and guests speakers showcased. This event will take place at the historic Clarkdale Town Park. For more information, or to purchase tickets to this event please visit www.verdevalleywinefestival.com.

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Sedona Entertainment – Calico The Band
May 13th, 2017 (Showtime 7:00 pm)
Tickets: $20/$25 + tax /Dinner Package: $60/$65
Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Calico the band! CALICO the band is a California band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker is shorthand for California country—as if that weren’t vividly apparent from the first moments of Under Blue Skies, the group’s resonant, accomplished sophomore album, with its musical intricacy, lyrical eloquence and timeless immediacy. The thought-provoking, tightly harmonized songs of founder/leaders Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music. for mmore informaton or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Geology Hike
May 14th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
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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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
May 14th, 2017 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
meditation-CDEveryone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Sedona Cinema – Newsies: The Musical
May 14th, 2017 (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
Straight from the Broadway stage, Arts Alliance and Disney Theatrical Productions are thrilled to bring the Tony Award-winning musical “Newsies” to Sedona when the Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. It is the perfect way to celebrate Mother’s Day with a joyous celebration of song and dance! Filmed live on stage at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood, this not-to-be-missed high energy show stars original Broadway cast members Jeremy Jordan as Jack Kelly, Kara Lindsay as Katherine, Ben Fankhauser as Davey and Andrew Keenan-Bolger as Crutchie. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment: Music by the Classics
May 14th, 2017 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
No Cover
Sound Bites is pleased to present “An Evening of Romance”. The band will play and Jeanie Carroll will sing mostly the slower, dance-able songs that many of us are familiar with from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Also included with be some great up-tempo and Latin tunes to get you moving. So, bring your dancing shoes or just come to listen to and enjoy the music. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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

Did 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 air conditioned shuttle, 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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Fun Things to do in Sedona, AZ

Fun Things to do in Sedona, AZ

We have asked our family, friends, staff and guests what their favorite things to do in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley are to help give our visitors an insider’s guide  to the red rocks. We had a lot of suggestions, and picked the ones that were suggested the most.

Below you will find the top suggestions that we believe will get you off to a good start for your visit to Sedona and the Verde Valley. Once you get here you will find your own favorites that encompass your interests and we would love to hear about it. So please, after or during your visit let us know what some of your favorite things to do in Sedona were by either filling out a comment at the end of this article or by posting on our Inn of Sedona Facebook page.

Fun Things to do in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

Hiking 
Sedona, Arizona is truly a hikers paradise! With a wealth of trails to enjoy nature and the spectacular views in red rock country, visitors head out to explore the many trails in the Coconino National Forest, Sedona, Verde Valley and trails that explore the Mogollon Rim. Check out our Sedona Hiking Guide and you will find find trails for beginners through more seasoned, and serious, hikers throughout Sedona, the Coconino National Forest, and the Verde Valley with helpful tips, links and our favorite hiking websites. We of course have a few of our favorite hikes and guest’s favorites to share with you, and I am sure you will find a few favorites of your own. Have a great time exploring!

Pink Jeep “Broken Arrow” Tour
We highly recommend taking an exciting ride through the red rocks with Pink Jeep! 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 on and over the red rocks while the magnificent canyon walls surround you. 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. If you are going to be staying at the Inn of Sedona and would like to experience this Jeep tour make sure to check out our “Sleep ‘n’ Jeep” vacation package.

Visiting Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is a perfect setting to witness gifted artisans absorbed in their work.It’s not uncommon to venture upon a well-known sculptor working on his or her latest piece right in one of the Tlaquepaque galleries. The galleries and unique shops live in harmony with its lush natural environment. The vine covered stucco walls, cobble-stoned walkways and magnificent arched entryways create an ambiance that is as impressive as the artists that grace the galleries, restaurants & shops. Tlaquepaque is also well know for their events and celebrations. Make sure to check out the villages latest addition Tlaquepaque North, located right across from the village. To learn more please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Horseback riding at the M Diamond Ranch
Horseback rides and Cowboy Cookouts
When it comes to experiencing Arizona the way of the cowboy the M Diamond Ranch is top on the list. This 100 year old family cattle ranch values its cowboy heritage and takes great joy in offering guests a taste of the lifestyle of a traditional Arizona ranch. One of their knowledgeable cowboy wranglers will take you on a guided horseback ride with breathtaking views of Sedona’s Red Rocks, the Mogollon Rim, Verde Valley and the San Francisco Peaks north of Flagstaff! They even offer a cowboy cookout that can’t be beat. For more information please visit the M Diamond Ranch.

Discover Sedona’s vortices (vortexes)
Excerpt from www.visitsedona.com
Some say Sedona’s vortex energy is so powerful that you can actually feel it and that it is powerful enough to help people take giant leaps with their spiritual development. The Native Americans believe that spiritual transformation can occur more quickly and easily in Sedona because the veils to other dimensions are thinner here. Whether or not you believe that energy vortexes actually exist, one thing is for certain, there is “something” about Sedona that has made people travel here for something more than just its incredible beauty. Although all of Sedona is considered to be a vortex, there are special spots that have been identified where the energy is more intense and where you are more likely to actually feel the energy. – www.visitsedona.com

Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures
Sedona-Flyfishing-adventures-header-1aYes, there is water in the dessert, and more importantly there is 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. The fishing season is open year round, and Oak Creek is stocked regularly. Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures offers 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. Fishing licenses is required and can be purchased on line at www.az.gov/app/huntfish. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in a fly fishing adventure make sure to check out our “Sedona Castaway” vacation package.

Visiting the Sedona Airport Mesa
The airport is located on top of a high mesa on Airport Road overlooking the red rocks of Sedona, AZ. You definitely want to make the trip up to the Sedona Airport Mesa for some of the best overall panoramic views in Sedona! Sunset is the most popular time to visit because of the way the lights and colors bounce off the red rocks. Make sure to bring your camera, you can get some amazing shots of Coffeepot rock from the look out! If you happen to go around meal time, the Mesa Grill comes highly recommended. For more information about the Sedona Airport please visit www.sedonaairport.org.

Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Out of Africa Wildlife Park locate 30 minutes from Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona is the ultimate wildlife experience! 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. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in visiting the wildlife park make sure to check out our “Out of Africa Adventure” vacation package.

Visiting National Monuments and Historical Sites
Flagstaff, the Verde River Valley and Sedona, Arizona are rich with history, from the history of the Native American Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Northern Arizona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling and well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Please visit our Ancient Ruins, Historical Sites and National Monument Guide were you  will find our top suggestions for your exploration of the past. We have arranged them by location to help you plan a day trip to each destination.

Verde Canyon Railroad
Verde Canyon RailroadKnown as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, Verde Canyon Railroad trains take you on a scenic tour along the Verde River, over bridges and old-fashioned trestles, and past crimson cliffs, red rock pinnacles and ancient Sinagua Indian ruins into the heart of spectacular Sycamore Canyon. Depending on the season, you’ll enjoy spring flowers, fall foliage, migrating waterfowl, and wintering bald and golden eagles. The Verde Canyon Railroad also offers special events throughout the year.  If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in experiencing the Verde Canyon Railroad make sure to check out our “Romancing the Rails” vacation package.

Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park
The Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park is one of the most visited spiritual sites in Sedona and was built as a gift to the community and the world. On any given day in Sedona, dozens of visitors of all faiths trek up the short winding trails to the 36 foot Amitabha Stupa and the smaller Tara Stupa for prayer, meditation, healing, and the experience of peace in a beautiful and sacred setting. The Amitabha Stupa is open every day from dawn until dusk and your visit is free of charge. (Of course, donations to support the stupa are gratefully accepted.)The Stupa is located at 2650 Pueblo Drive, off of Andante, in the heart of West Sedona.

Visiting Jerome and Cottonwood
Many of our guests who come to Sedona and have access to a vehicle highly recommend experiencing the history and fun of the Verde Valley. Jerome and Old Town Cottonwood rated high on the list from guests.

Jerome
Jerome, located 5,200 feet up on Cleopatra Hill, was once the 4th largest city in the Arizona Territory. Between the late 1880s and early 1950s Jerome was a thriving mining camp producing an amazing 3 million pounds of copper per month. Now that’s a lot of copper! You can still feel the history in Jerome today,the Jerome Historical Society has done a wonderful job in guarding and preserving many of the historical buildings. You will now find the town filled with galleries, restaurants, and wine tasting rooms. They have a very popular “Art Walk” that takes place every 1st Saturday of the month throughout the year.

Cottonwood
Shops, galleries and restaurants line Main Street and provide the backdrop for this quaint and colorful historic district. The unique Cottonwood Jail stands guard at the top of Main Street. Cottonwood is surrounded by jagged mountains on the south and west, and to the north and east by mesas and buttes. Named for the beautiful Cottonwood trees that grow along the Verde River, the town grew from a small farming community to the Verde Valley ‘s population center, called “the biggest little town in Arizona” by the late 1920s. At that time Old Town businesses supported residents and workers of the many mines that operated in nearby communities.

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A visit to Sedona can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or off road adventure, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several great packages that make it easy to plan that Sedona getaway. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

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Verde Valley Wine Festival in May

Verde Valley Wine Festival

May 13th – 14th, 2017

Don’t delay make your Mother’s Day weekend plans today to visit Sedona, Arizona and indulge your senses with the flavors and aromas of Arizona wines and culinary delights at the Verde Valley Wine Festival taking place on May 13th and 14th! The Festival takes place at the historic Clarkdale Town Park, only a 30 minute drive from Sedona, AZ!

The event highlights the community of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley at large with the goal of offering the finest Arizona wineries, breweries, spirits and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products for locals and visitors to enjoy. Guest viticulture lecturers, live music from Arizona bands, and art from Made in Clarkdale artists will enhance the festival experience as well. Each day of the festival will be different to the other with new restaurants, music, artists and guests speakers showcased.

Festivals tickets: One Day General Admission: $35 pre-sale/$45 day of event, Two Day General Admission are $55. General Admission includes admission to the VVWF; wine glass; 10 Libation tickets (attendee can purchase more on site – 10 for $10); unlimited food sampling; enjoy live music and art at event. VIP tickets are available for $125 and includes all general admission benefits; Early Admission at 11:00 am; Swag Bag; access to VIP Lounge with scheduled guest viticulture speakers; exclusive food & wine sampling in VIP Lounge; 15 Libation tickets (attendee can purchase more on site – 10 for $10). For more information or to purchase your tickets to this event please visit http://verdevalleywinefestival.com.

If you would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during this event please make your reservations as soon as possible, our hotel fills up quickly in May.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekday Hotel Special

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Red Rockin’ Lodging Special

Join us in the red rocks this month and receive a special rate! Stay weekdays, Sunday through Thursday, and we’ll offer you our Red Rockin’ Special. You can save between $28 and $41 per night! Call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for this special rate when you make your reservation, it’s that simple! This special is valid for reservations made for any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from May 7th through June 15th.
*This offer is valid for new reservations only and is based on availability.

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries May 5th, 2017

What a great weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley, especially if you love exploring the arts! This weekend kicks off with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on May 5th, 2017. And then on Saturday evening the town of Jerome will be holding their “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

Rowe Fine Art Gallery
First Friday Exhibit “Mother Nature”
May 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
In May Rowe Fine Art Gallery celebrates Mom!Ken Rowe, sculptor, and owner of Rowe Fine Art Gallery credits his mom, an amateur painter, for his love of art. He has fond memories of standing by her side while she captured the Arizona landscape on canvas. But as a gallery of wildlife and landscape artists, Rowe Fine Art Gallery wants to celebrate the mother of all mothers this month. Mother Nature, a special evening dedicated to Earth and our inspiring environment!Ken and his wife, Monica, invite everyone to stop by to pay homage to our natural world by enjoying new artwork from gallery artists. Let the gallery’s knowledgeable staff help you choose a piece of art inspired by nature to give to your favorite mom on Mother’s Day. For more information please visit www.rowegallery.com.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
First Friday Exhibit – The Luster of Bronze
May 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mountain Trails Gallery is proud to feature the intricate bronze sculpture of Scott Rogers whose work is a journey through moments in the spirited history of the Old West, along with sculptures of Native American ceremonial dancers, Wild West characters, as well as domestic and wildlife treasures by 17 award-winning sculptors. For more information please visit the Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
First Friday Exhibit – “Tony Abeyta: Underworld”
May 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is happy to welcome back the celebrated Contemporary Native American artist Tony Abeyta who unveils his latest new works. A recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and named a Living Treasure by Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Abeyta was already known for his specially commissioned paintings used as the signature images for the groundbreaking and also the grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening to meet Tony Abeyta and enjoy the rare opportunity to hear him speak about his paintings’ subjects, his techniques and creative process, and his new directions. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Andrea Smith Gallery
First Friday Exhibit Featued Artist Gala Kraftsow

May 5th – 6th, 2017
Sedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master will be unveiling her latest mosaic murals during First Friday weekend in May. An impassioned artist for more than 40 years, Gala has learned from world-renowned artists, sculptors, and mosaic artists, mastering many art mediums. In her mosaic collections, Gala has captures the essence of her travels and experiences in glass, gems, pearls, beads, stone, shells, and other objects that inspires imagination and beauty. For more information please visit the Andrea Snith Gallery on Facebook.

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Lanning Gallery
Marshall Noice: Living Color
May 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens the new exhibition “Marshall Noice: Living Color” and welcomes the engaging artist back to the gallery for an opening night 1st Friday reception! Noice gives an Artist Talk at 6:00 pm that is free and open to the public. For Marshall Noice interpreting landscapes has always been a draw even throughout his twenty-three years as a professional photographer. When he made the switch to painting, and applied the loose, expressive style he favored to the landscapes he loved, success came quickly. He now enjoys a national following for his vibrantly colored Contemporary Expressionist landscape paintings. Marshall Noice uses layer upon layer of brilliantly hued oil paints to capture the scenes that most inspire him. For more information please visit www.lanninggallery.com.

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Jerome Art Walk
May 6th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Jerome Art WalkOnce again, the magical mountain town will be hosting a night filled with art, music and refreshments galore. The Art Walk is the only night that galleries are open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Members like Nellie Bly by the Spirit Room, Patrick Lincoln in The New State Motor Company and Flux Gallery in the Old Jerome High School all bring a fresh energy to the vibrant art scene in Jerome. With 20 participating galleries and studios and many sponsoring businesses and restaurants offering specials, this is a festive night in Jerome. 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

Did 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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