Upcoming Festivals in Sedona, AZ

Upcoming Festivals and Special Events in Sedona, Arizona

2festivalsSedona Marathon, Sedona International Film Festival, Mountain Biking Festival and More!

February and March fill the red rocks of Sedona and the Verde Valley with a wide variety of Festivals and Special Events. The Sedona Marathon kick-starts the fun in February and is followed by the Sedona Yoga Festival, Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration and the Sedona International Film Festival. In March the fun begins with The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival which is followed by St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations in Sedona, the Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival in Camp Verde and the Old Town Blues Fest in Cottonwood, AZ!

Get your plans started, it’s going to be a great time to visit Sedona! Now is the time to start planning your visit; booking your rooms, scheduling your tours and making dining reservations if you want to attend any of the festivals that take place during the beginning months of 2018!  Our town will be busy during these festivals, so you don’t want to wait… everything fills up quickly! If you would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona we highly suggest making your reservations soon! Make sure to check our Hotel Specials Page, we offer a discount on your lodging for some of the festivals listed below!

13th Annual Sedona Marathon
February 3rd, 2018
Registration Fees
1416520861The Sedona Marathon Event is proud to offer four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views, and high-desert mild winter temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo. The community of Sedona features artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.

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Sedona Yoga Festival
February 8th – 11th 2018
Purchase Tickets/Passes
Deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days of yoga, music and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West. The flexible conference structure gives you an unparalleled opportunity to weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona.For more information please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration
February 14th, 2018
Tickets: $129 per person
Choclovers-rezweb_giftcard1-300x300This delectable affair is one of the most popular Verde Canyon Railroad events. It blends the rich flavors of everything sweet with magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. the confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website.

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The 24th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 24th – March 4th, 2018
Purchase Passes here
Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films! Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2016 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. For more information or to purchase passes please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Month
Event throughout Arizona in March
For those of you interested in Archaeology, the month of March is the perfect time for you to visit Arizona. There will be events taking place all over the state during Arizona Archaeology & Heritage Awareness Month, at Arizona State Parks, National Monuments, Historical sites and Arizona Museums. The popular V Bar V Archaeology Discovery Days, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and American Indian Art Show also take place during this statewide event!For more information or a list of events taking place please visit www.azstateparks.com/archy/

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Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
March 2nd – 4th, 2018
Shake off those winter blues at the 2017 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival! With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, along with a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, and great Bands! The location of the festival, Sedona’s stunning Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona, will welcome enthusiasts from across the globe for this year’s festival! For more information and to stay up to date and in the loop please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

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18th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival
March 17th – 18th, 2018 (10:00 am)
Spring Heritage is a two-day festival celebrating the springtime beauty of Northern Arizona, the Verde Valley’s rich Native American history, the largest original historic fort in Arizona, and the one-of-a-kind Wild & Scenic Verde River–the last river in Arizona to flow year-round for its entire length. This festival includes the Verde Valley’s largest wine tasting, Verde River Runoff Canoe and Kayak Race and the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair! The Festival takes place in beautiful and historic Downtown Camp Verde, AZ, at the corner of Main Street and Hollamon Street (Race launches form White Bridge River Access Point). There are no entrance fees for the festival, charges apply to wine tasting and race entries. The fun starts at 10:00 am Saturday and Sunday!This event is for all-ages, with live music, 40 vendors, and activities for kids on the Community Field, in Camp Verde’s historic downtown. There are no entrance fees for the festival, charges apply to wine tasting and race entries. For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org.

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The St. Patrick’s Run
March 17th, 2018 (8:00 am)
$30 per person price increase after Feb. 17th
In partnership with Sedona Running Company, let’s all have a blast dressing up and running a challenging 5K at Posse Grounds Park. Race begins at 8 a.m. leaving runners plenty of time to finish the course and drive to uptown Sedona for the parade. Course is child, dog, and stroller friendly so bring the whole family!All race finishers will receive a medal. Trophies will be given to age group winners as well. Timing will be provided by Run Flagstaff for this event. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation or call 928.282.7098.

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The 48th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade
March 17th, 2018 (10:30 am – 12:00 pm)
Don’t miss the 48th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade! The parade starts from Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south on Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. Parade entrants include dignitaries and civic, social, cultural and religious organizations with area businesses. The Grand Marshal will be announced soon. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation or call 928.282.7098.

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Cottonwood, AZ – Old Town Blues Fest
Joe Neri and Blues Dawg together again!
March 24th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Tickets: 20 and up
This year’s celebration of the blues will feature a reunion of the legendary Los Angeles blues band, Blues Dawg, a later version of which has been performing throughout Arizona for over a decade under the guidance of local bluesman, Joe Neri. Also preforming at the Old Town Blues Fest will be the Phoenix-based Mojo Rats. Mojo Rats, fronted by singer/guitarist Bob Vincent, blew the roof off of the Old Town Center for the Arts two years ago and are returning by popular demand. The Blues Fest will open with the Basic Blues Band, performing an actual (and rare today) pure, non-amplified acoustic blues set. This event will take place at Old Town Center for the Arts located at 5th Street & Main in Cottonwood, AZ. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.oldtowncenter.org.

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Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt
March 31st, 2018 (9:00 am – 2:00 pm)
This is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! Join us for this fun, action packed event for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors. Once you arrive, walk to the Posse Grounds Park lower softball field for entrance onto the multiuse field for games and vendors! Inflatable toys for kids, face painting, carnival rides and much more are included with the $5 admission fee for the youth attendees. Some vendors may be charging for their goods. The official egg hunt will begin at 10:00 am for children 12 years of age and younger (parents will only be allowed to search with age group 2 and under). Children will be divided by age groups and there are over 21,000 eggs waiting to be found! Children need to bring their own baskets. Limited tickets available! Don’t miss out by purchasing your tickets in advance at the Parks and Recreation office, 525 Posse Ground Road (near tennis courts) in Sedona. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 19, 2018. Tickets available at the gate for CASH ONLY purchases. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation or call 928.282.7098.

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2018 Sedona Film Festival Hotel Special

  • Valid February 23rd – March 5th, 2018
  • Save up to $40 a night, savings will vary with room type
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival!
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Sedona Film Festival” special rate
  • You will need to purchase your Sedona Film Festival passes/tickets separately at the Sedona International Film Festival website
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

National Park Service

Fee-Free Days for 2018

Come experience the national parks! On four days in 2018, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2018

  • January 15: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 21: First day of National Park Week
  • September 22: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
  • For more information about free entrance days in the national parks, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

If you are visiting Sedona, Arizona during any of these fee-free dates we would highly recommend visiting Montezuma Well and the Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde and definitely the Tuzigoot National Monument in Clardale, AZ.  It would also be the perfect time to take a day trip up to the Grand Canyon National Park and don’t forget to include some stops at the National Monuments in Flagstaff along the way. 

Day Trip to National Monuments in Flagstaff, AZ

Day Trip Note: Consider taking the Scenic Loop Drive: Sunset Crater Volcano is located along a 34 mile scenic loop road that takes you from open meadows and the beautiful Ponderosa Pine forests surrounding Sunset Crater, through Juniper grasslands and view of the Painted Desert, to the open red rock landscape of the Wupatki Basin and Wupatki National Monument. Drive time along the Loop Road is about 1 hour

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Seasonal Hours – visit website

Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they were formed. But among the dramatic geologic features, you’ll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife – life returns. People had been living here for several hundred years, at least, before the volcano erupted. Although we don’t know what they called themselves, archaeologists consider them representatives of the Sinagua culture. They were farmers, living in scattered groups adjacent to their corn fields. Their homes were pithouses, dug partially into the ground. 900 years later, Sunset Crater is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. The volcano’s red rim and the dark lava flows seem to have cooled and hardened to a jagged surface only yesterday. As plants return, so do the animals that use them for food and shelter. And so do human visitors, intrigued by this opportunity to see nature’s response to a volcanic eruption. Make sure to walk the Lava Flow Trail while you are there! For directions to this monument click here. For more information visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Seasonal Hours – visit website

Experience Walnut Canyon National Monument, once home to a vital pueblo community over 700 years ago that built their homes in shallow alcoves along the ledges of the canyon. Carved by Walnut Creek over a period of 6 million years the canyon is twenty miles long, 400 feet deep and 1/4 a mile wide. The canyon offers two trails, the Rim Trail that takes you on an easy beautiful stroll above the rim of the canyon and the Island Trail that is more strenuous and descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon! You will enjoy the scenic beauty the Rim Trail provided, but I have to tell you, if you can handle it, the Island Trail is the way to go! The Trail starts with a ramp type walkway down, then stairs taking you down further into the canyon where you will see cliff dwelling rooms along the trail with more visible across the canyon. The trail is paved making it a little easier to walk but I suggest if you have back problems, or a fear of heights, stick to the rim trail…Read More

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Wupatki National Monument
Open Daily (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)

From hunter-gatherers to farmers, herders, ranchers, and caretakers, many people have called Wupatki home. Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains. It will take about 2 hours to see five prehistoric pueblos. If you have less time, allow at least 30 minutes to visit the largest Wupatki Pueblo located behind the Visitor Center. For more information visit the Wupatki National Monument.

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All of us here at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona are looking forward to the Spring season! Along with all the great events and festivals, the weather is close to picture perfect, the town is a buzz with activity, and our guests are out hiking and biking the red rocks!

Spring in our opinion is also one of the best times to enjoy Out of Africa Park, the Verde Canyon Railroad and tours with Pink Jeep. With that in mind we wanted to highlight our most popular Spring Sedona Vacation Packages, click here to save money at the Inn of Sedona!

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Black Market Trust Band in Sedona, AZ

Black Market Trust Gypsy Jazz Band Returns to Sedona


January 13th and 14th, 2018

Visit Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend and enjoy the Gypsy Jazz Sound of The Black Market Trust Band at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill!  Combining old world romance with new world form, The Black Market Trust brings you a simple, elegant and well-defined classic sound that you will be tapping your toes to. 

The Black Market Trust combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European fire and energy of gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Through their handsome vocals and timeless melodies, the Los Angeles-based band fuses unforgettable classics with elements of pop.

Consisting of five world class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalize on their experience and pedigree to deliver a lively, crowd pleasing performance filled with some of the best songs ever written.

Merging their love of everything from The Mills Brothers to The Beach Boys, Sinatra to Lennon/McCartney, the band has arranged lead, and – part vocal harmony lines to many of the Great American Songbook standards. Be transported as they meld two distinctly different vibes- one of a gypsy campfire, the other a slick metropolitan nightclub- into a cohesive, stylish sound.

Tickets for the evening are $15 to $25 (VIP Seating). The entire dinner menu is available until 10:00 pm on Saturday and until 9:00 pm on Sunday. The venue also offers a dinner package of a 3-course pre-fixed menu for an additional charge or you may order off the regular menu. Doors open at 5:30 PM both evenings and the show begins at 7:00 pm. Not attending the concert you may sit in their main dining room or patio.  For more information or to purchase tickets please cal 928.282.2713 or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com

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2018 January “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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Sedona Arizona Marathon

13th Annual Sedona Marathon

Sedona Marathon

February 3rd, 2018

On your mark, get set, ready, GO!

It is almost that time of year again. When the red rocks of Sedona, AZ are filled with the sounds of runners pushing themselves to do better and get healthier, all while taking in the beautiful scenery of Sedona. The entire Sedona area is ready to welcome thousands of runners, as well as their families and friends, for a weekend of fierce competition and neighborly camaraderie at the 13th Annual Sedona Marathon presented by Northern Arizona Healthcare!

Register now for the 5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathon distances!The course will take participants through the scenic Coconino National Forest District, known for its magical iron-clad formations, and onto the streets of one of the most beautiful cities in the Country – a city that has most recently been named by “Good Morning America” as one of the “TOP TEN most beautiful places in America.” For more information or to register for this event please visit the Sedona Marathon Event website.

All of us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona would like to do our part in making it more affordable for the participants and their families to stay in red rock country during this event by offering our Sedona Marathon Lodging Special. This special is valid the weekend of the marathon for participants, and the spectators who come to cheer them on!

Special Lodging Rates During the 2018 Sedona Marathon
Valid February 2nd – 4th, 2018

  • Sedona MarathonReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the Sedona Marathon
  • A complimentary special marathon shuttle for early drop off the day of the race.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Marathon Special” to take advantage of this offer.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries

December 5th, 2018

Kick start your New Year off exploring the galleries of Sedona, Arizona and Jerome! Check out the artists and new exhibits during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on January 5th and the Jerome Art Walk on January 6th!

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

Lanning Gallery
Phil Lichtenhan: Nesting
January 5th, 2018
First Friday Reception: 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Artist Talk: 6:00 pm
The Lanning Gallery welcomes found object sculptor Phil Lichtenhan to its first artist reception of 2018. As our New Year begins it is fitting that nests full of eggs, and all the potential that implies, should fill the gallery. The fact that artist Phil Lichtenhan finds his materials along roadsides, railroads, and alleyways, in the city or out in the desert should fill all of us with optimism: We can indeed cobble ourselves together from whatever aspects currently fill our lives. Rebirth is always an option. Phil Lichtenhan finds materials everywhere: He is popular at construction sites for picking up discarded twisted wire ties that can be dangerous underfoot, but which make perfect ties within his art pieces. Old vineyards are excellent sources for strings of wire; Lichtenhan uses a tremendous amount of this in the body of his nests. As he notes, his materials are “the discards of our world.” For more information please visit www.lanninggallery.com.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Weaving Traditions: Escalante Rugs”
January 5th, 2018 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Turquoise Tortoise, a Bryant Nagel Gallery, opens “Weaving Traditions: Escalante Rugs” to showcase its extensive collection of heirloom quality rugs, runners and pillows from Zapotec Indian master weavers. In time to keep your home extra warm for winter, this stunning collection of Escalante Rugs offers a wide selection; each superior textile woven on an upright shuttle loom. The shearing, spinning of yarn, preparation of dyes, set-up of the loom, design and weaving represent the work of entire Zapotec families, with everyone playing a role. Each textile is identified with the name of the master weaver and each represents traditions that have sustained the Zapotec for many generations. For More information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Rowe Fine Art Gallery
“New Year, New ARTmosphere”
January 5th, 2018 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
January is all about new beginnings and renewed intentions, a sort of springtime for the soul. Refresh your surroundings with new artwork during Rowe Fine Art Gallery’s annual New Year, New ARTmosphere show! Toast 2018 with a stunning sculpture, piece of jewelry or painting like those by Montana-based artist Julie T. Chapman. Julie believes in embracing fresh beginnings: She recently began exploring an oil-painting technique that utilizes a palette knife to convey emotion and energy. “Lately, I’ve been exploring color and texture and my emotional response to the beauty of the subject matter,” says Julie. “I think the new pieces are less constrained and less representational. I will always paint realistically, but I’m now approaching it in a more emotional fashion.” For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery!

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Andrea Smith Gallery
Artist Gala Kraftsow
January 5th, 2018

Sedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master will be unveiling her latest mosaic murals. An impassioned artist for more than 40 years, Gala has learned from world-renowned artists and sculptors, mastering many art mediums and most recently, mosaics. In her latest mosaic collection, Gala has captured the essence of her travels and experiences in glass, gems, beads, stone, shells, and any other object that inspires imagination and beauty. For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery on Facebook.

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Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery
“Winter Light”
January 5th, 2018 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mountain Trails Gallery celebrates new horizons of 2018 with landscape paintings of sparkling snow in Red Rock Country, warm sunrises, and colorful sunsets by award-winning Western artists.  Also, story-telling bronze sculpture, still life paintings and figurative realism.  New bronze sculpture by Cowboy Artists of American member Dustin Payne.  Showcasing the work of National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame artist Donna Howell-Sickles. For more information please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Head up to Jerome on Saturday, January 6th!

Jerome Art Walk
January 6th, 2018 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Let the party continue the Saturday after New Year’s Eve! Once again, expect a wonderful night in Jerome. Have dinner, stroll the streets and visit the galleries, sip some wine, sample some treats, savor the art! Twenty-five galleries and studios will be open with art, music and refreshments. This free event has become a Verde Valley favorite with a shuttle that will transport you from the artist filled Old Jerome High School, up to the center of town with The Lincoln Gallery and Made in Jerome Pottery and everything in-between. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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2018  January “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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January Lodging Special for Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Save Money this January in Sedona, AZ

Happy 2018 everyone! All of us at the Inn of Sedona had a great time over the holidays with our guests and their pets in the red rocks! Since many of our guests took advantage of our December “Winter Wonderful” hotel special we have decided to extend it into January 2018! We consider it a small way to thank all our guests that helped to make our holidays warm and bright! Cheers to 2018 and we hope to see you soon in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, AZ!

2018 “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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New Year’s Weekend in Sedona, AZ

New Year’s Weekend in Sedona, AZ

December 29th – 31st, 2017

Welcome to all of our guests and visitors who will be ringing in the New Year in Sedona, Arizona! Below you will find some of the fun things to do this weekend in the red rocks, including a family fun New Year’s eve celebration at the Verde Canyon Railroad, a Magic show at the Blazing M Ranch,  “One Love” Reggae New Years Eve Party at Sound bites, a late night New Years Eve Bash at Olde Sedona and guided hikes at Red Rock State Park! 

If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle. If you are out and about celebrating on New Year’s Eve, be safe and have a designated driver. Please keep  in mind our last shuttle pick up time is a 9:30 pm.

We wish you a very Happy New Year!

Featured Weekend Events, Celebrations and Entertainment

Red Rock State Park – Daily Naturalist Hike
December 29th, 2017 (10:00 am)
Included with Park Entrance Fees
Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Our naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. Make sure your bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, and clothing appropriate for the weather. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Flash Back Fridays at Sound Bites
Featuring Robin Miller Trio
December 29th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10
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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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
December 30th, 2017 (9:00 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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Sedona Entertainment – Darius Lux Trio
Soulful/Pop, Rock and Reggae Dance Band
December 30th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10 Cover
Sedona Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Darius Lux! Combining his love of 60’s songwriting, 70’s soul, 80’s pop and 90’s hip-hop into a current mix of soulful, rock-edged pop tunes, Darius found his voice on his debut record “Arise”, took us to the streets of LA for his EP, “Time is Now” and now presents his new album, “We The Living”. Darius’ music is a statement describing how we can take control of our lives. “For each one of us, life can be full of different fears, but we have to remember that fear is a choice. When we decide we don’t want fear and we have chosen to believe in ourselves instead, we find that we begin to receive the things in life we’ve hoped for”. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Verde Canyon Railroad Rings in the New Year
December 31st, 2017 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Regular Train Fees Apply
Clarkdale, AZ
As you prepare to focus on new beginnings, fresh starts, and the exciting adventure the new year has to offer, send 2017 out in style, Railroad-style! The Verde Canyon Railroad rings in the New Year on Sunday December 31st with a fun-filled family-friendly daytime trip through its wild and scenic riparian canyon. Party hats and noisemakers will be provided for all. Continue the celebration after the train ride by joining their friends nearby at the Blazin’ M Ranch for a Magic New Year’s Eve event! For more information, or to purchase train tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
December 31st, 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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Blazin’ M Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner
December 31st, 2017
Gates open at 5:00 pm
Adults $39.95 +tax/ Seniors (65+) $34.95 +tax
Children (5-12) $19.95 +tax/ Children 4 & under-Free
Cottonwood, AZ
Mosey on over to Blazin’ M Ranch Chuckwagon Dinner Show for a festive dinner and magic show. All ages will be entertained when award-winning magician Eric Gilliam returns to the Blazin’ M for an encore performance. The former World Teen Magic Champion has performed all over the world, including England, Italy and Spain. Eric’s sleight of hand, illusions, and stage presentation are sure to amaze audiences of all ages. Don’t miss this high energy show of magic, laughter, fascination, and crowd participation. The evening features the hearty Blazin’ M Chuckwagon meal as well as courtyard activities and attractions. The Blazin M Ranch is located at Mabery Ranch Rd in Cottonwood, AZ. Tickets for this unforgettable “Family New Year’s Eve” will disappear like magic, so book the Blazin’ M New Year’s Eve Magic show at 928.634.0334 or online at blazinm.com.

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New Years Eve Party at Sound Bites
Featuring Walt Richardson and Friends
December 31st, 2017 (7:30 pm – 12:30 am)
Tickets: $75 – $125, Must be 21 years or over
Ring in the New Year in Sedona, Arizona! Join in the New Year’s Celebration celebration at Sedona’s one and only Sound Bites Grill! Start your evening off with a scrumptious Gourmet Dinner Buffet, then dance your way into the New Year with the Reggae sounds of the Walt Richardson Band! Of course there will be party favors, a balloon drop and what New Year’s celebration would be complete without a toast at midnight with the Times Square Ball Drop! Sounds pretty rocking to me! All tickets include dinner buffet, party favors, midnight toast, dancing and entertainment. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please call 928.282.2713 or visit Sound Bites Grill.

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January at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

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January 2018 Guided Hikes and Events

Red Rock State Park in beautiful Sedona, AZ is ready to get your 2018 off to a healthy and fun start! Spend the first day of the new year at Red Rock State Park and enjoy a Guided Nature Hike as part of Arizona State Park’s First Day Hikes! Learn more about the beautiful red rocks during the Guided Geology Hike taking place on January 14th, or visit the park and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park during the Guided Archaeology Hike taking place on January 21st! The park will also be offering a Ethnobotany hike on the 28th along with daily Guided Nature Walks, and Guided Bird Walks that take place every Wednesday and Saturday! Have a great time at the park and a fabulous New Year!

Red Rock State Park 1st Day Hike
January 1st, 2018 (10:00 am)
Included with park entrance fees
Start the New Year off right with a guided nature hike at Red Rock State Park! A volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Our naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture
Where Biography Meets Historical Fiction
Sedona Schnebly with Lisa Schnebly Heidinger
January 7th, 2018 (2:00 pm)
Included with regular park entrance fees
Join Red rock State Park in welcoming Lisa Schnebly Heidinger! Throughout her 35 years in newspaper, magazine and broadcasting, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger discovered that “journalism is history on the fly,” and that the past informs the present. She has honed the craft of sussing out and sharing stories in newspaper, radio, television, magazines, editorial columns and books. Lisa went into a drug tunnel, had dinner with polygamist families, walked through plane crash debris and interviewed death row inmates before taking on the truly risky pursuit of raising a family. Seating is limited and reservations required. Please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your seats. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Geology Hike
January 14th, 2018 (1:00 pm)
Included with park entrance fees
Join 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 on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Archaeology Hike
January 21st, 2018 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park: Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
January 28th, 2018 (1:00 pm)
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. Our volunteer guides explain how plant life is interconnected with indigenous cultures, pioneer settlers, people in our contemporary time and wildlife. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2.5 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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Daily Nature Walk
Every Day at 10:00 am
The program is included with the park admission
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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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (9:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
Bird 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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Special Lodging Rates During the 2018 Sedona Marathon
Valid February 2nd – 4th, 2018

  • Sedona MarathonReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the Sedona Marathon
  • A complimentary special marathon shuttle for early drop off the day of the race.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Marathon Special” to take advantage of this offer.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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New Year’s Eve Party in Sedona, AZ

“One Love” Reggae New Year’s Eve Party in Sedona, AZ

December 31st, 2017

Ring in the New Year in Sedona, Arizona! Sedona’s one and only Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present their New Year’s Eve Reggae Celebration “One Love” featuring Arizona Music Hall of Famer Walt Richardson and some special friends! 

Ticket prices range from $75 – $100 per person plus tax and gratuity. All tickets include a special dinner buffet, party favors, midnight toast, dancing and entertainment! You must be 21 years or over. Dress Your Best – Just Like They Do In Jamaica Man! Doors open at 7:30 pm! This is one of the most popular celebrations in town so make your reservations soon, call 928.282.2713. For more information pr to see their New Year’s Eve Dinner Buffet Menu please visit the Sound Bites Grill website.

About Walt Richardson

Having started as a street musician and working his way up to world tours, Richardson has always made Tempe his home base and celebrates the city in his songs as well. On his 60th birthday in 2014, Tempe declared January 18th to be Walt Richardson Day and he was inducted into Arizona’s Music and Entertainment Hall of Fame at Tempe Center for the Arts.

Richardson was also honored once more by the city of Tempe. He is the inaugural musician to be on honored with a gold plaque embedded in the sidewalk on Mill Avenue, creating Tempe’s Music Walk. Each November they add another band or musician to the walk and Richardson has the honor of being the first.

Coming from a creative family music came naturally and became a way of life for Walt. Through music he has traveled, and had the opportunity to meet great artists like Carlos Santana, Burning Spear, Taj Mahal and share the stage with bands ranging from Third World to Ziggy Marley.From backyard house parties, to coffee houses, wine bars, night clubs, and concert stages, he says “it is and incredible feeling to be able to fill the air with music and be part of its marvelous effect on people”.

Walt’s performance at Sound Bites Grill will get you on the dance floor.

If you would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during your visit to the red rocks this New Year’s Eve please make your reservations soon, we only have a few rooms left. We will also have our Complimentary “About Town Shuttle” available to our guests, but please keep in mind the last pick up run for our shuttle service is 9:45pm.

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2018 January “Winter Wonderful” hotel special at the Inn of Sedona

  • This special rate is only available for reservations made for January 5th through 25th, 2018.
  • Save $20 to $40 per night.
  • Reservations must be made by phone, directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344 and ask for the ‘Winter Wonderful’ rate.
  • Our full hot breakfast buffet and our About Town Shuttle are included.
  • Warm cider will be available in the lobby to ward off any winter chill.
  • Make your reservations now, like snow in Sedona, this offer won’t last long!
  • For more information on our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!
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Merry Christmas from Sedona, Arizona

Merry Christmas

From all of us at the Inn of Sedona, we wish you a Merry Christmas filled with laughter, joy and the love of family and friends!

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