Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Your Weekend Guide to Sedona, Arizona

July 21st – July 23rd, 2017

The weekend is here! Welcome to all our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! The forecast for this weekend shows a chance for monsoon showers but no worries, they usually don’t last long and the red rocks are even more beautiful after a washing. Make sure to have your camera at the ready, the monsoon skies offer up some of the most dramatic shots!

This weekend also offers a lot of choices for live entertainment. Kick off your weekend with some Folk Rock Blues tonight with Jeordie & Friends at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! Find all the featured entertainment and events taking place this weekend below, to see a full listing please visit our Sedona Events Page..

Remember it is summertime in the red rocks, so we highly suggest enjoying early morning and evening hikes and make sure to drink plenty of water. For a great list of hikes check out our Hikers Guide to Sedona, Arizona. If you are visiting on the spur of the moment, save money and take advantage of our Summer Hotel Special.
 Have a great weekend!

Featured Events, and Entertainment

Sedona Community Farmer’s Market
July 21st, 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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Red Rock State Park – Daily Naturalist Hike
July 21st, 2017 (9:00 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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Sedona Entertainment – Jeordie & Friends
Folk Rock Blues, Original Music
July 21st, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10 Cover Charge
Sound Bites Grill is please to present Jeordie and Friends! The best part about Jeordie, her music and the person, is that there is very little distinction between the two. Her musical contributions are a breath of fresh air to our current music culture. This is a girl who can sing, write and play her own instrument without the help of studio magic. She has the ability to please audiences young & old as a true entertainer can. Jeordie’s music gives deep & friendly advice, on a sultry rock, melodic platform. Her style is a blend of modern pop hemes and folk rock guitar. She has a catalog of music that ranges from upbeat and positive to introspective and melancholy and has the ability to create visual imagery, through her lyrics, melodies and performances. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Met Opera Summer Encore: ‘Carmen’
(from the 2009/2010 season)
July 22nd, 2017 (12:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the Met Opera’s “Carmen” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Sir Richard Eyre’s gritty production of Bizet’s steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Elīna Garanča as the ill-fated gypsy temptress. Tenor Roberto Alagna plays her desperate lover, the soldier Don José, and Teddy Tahu Rhodes is the swaggering bullfighter, Escamillo, who comes between them. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts the timeless score, which features one beloved melody after another. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison Band
July 22nd, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10 Cover Charge
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the funky blues sound of the Sir Harrison Band! Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry. Sir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He’s been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison’s guitar playing has his own unique sound. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
July 23rd, 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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Eugene Onegin: Stage Russia
July 23rd, 2017 (3:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to continue its Stage Russia series at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “Eugene Onegin” has often been referred to as an encyclopedia of 19th century Russian life. Rimas Tuminas’ reimagining unfolds in the memory and imagination of Pushkin’s characters. The images are split between past and present, between reality and imagination. A production referred to as “exuberant, indelible and arrestingly beautiful” by the New York Times, The Vakhtangov Theatre’s “Eugene Onegin”, starring the incomparable Sergey Makovetskiy in the title role, is a sumptuous work that will leave you with enough beautiful memories and images to last a lifetime. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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2017 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Stay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

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Things to do when it is Raining in Sedona, Arizona

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Having fun when it’s raining in Sedona, AZ

Monsoon season is upon us in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, AZ. While it is true Sedona can see some heavy rains during monsoon season, they very seldom last the whole day. This is the dessert, so we are happy to see the rain, but often our guests and visitors are not. Who could blame them? I would rather be out hiking in the red rocks too! The rains during monsoon season normally hit us in the afternoon or early evening, which is another reason we suggest hiking adventures in the early morning… but then what? The number #1 question we get during this season is; ‘what is there to do when it rains?’

Cinema at the Mary D, Fisher Theatre

Get out of the rain and enjoy a flick at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre! Home of the Sedona International Film Festival the theatre features independent films, award winning documentaries, live entertainment including Zenprov Comedy and more, all year long! This state-of-the-art theatre is locate at 2030 West Highway 89A. To see what’s playing and who’s performing while you are in town visit the Sedona International Film Festival online. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona, let us do the driving. We will be happy to drop you off and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

How about kicking back and enjoying some live entertainment

  • Sound Bites Grill
    Sound Bites Grill offers top quality live entertainment in Sedona. It’s a unique dining and supper club experience with amazing red rock views makes this place a local favorite for dining, music, dancing and fun! Sound bites is located at The Shops at Piñon Pointe located at 101 North State Route 89A. To see the entertainment line up please visit Sound Bites Grill.
  • Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
    Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be for late night fun featuring live bands, DJs and Karaoke! There’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out! Make sure to visit Olde Sedona Bar and Grill on Facebook to see what’s happening when your in town.
  • Vino di Sedona
    Vino di Sedona offers a wide variety of fun events such as wine tastings, live music, dance nights and much more! This lively wine bar is located at 2575 West State Rout 89A. To see what’s happening when your in town visit Vino di Sedona on Facebook.
  • Bella Vita Ristorante
    High end Italian food at a truly modest price. Bella Vita’s aesthetically classic environment provides the perfect rendezvous for a romantic date or a family outing. There is Live music on the patio every Thursday – Saturday from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm featuring talented artist such as: Adara Blake, Anthony Mazzella, and Diversity. To see their entertainment line-up please visit www.bellavitasedona.com

Like we have said before, it’s very seldom that the rain lasts more than a couple of hours. Sometimes it only hangs around for about 30 minutes. We highly suggest grabbing your camera and heading out after the rain. The red rocks are even more majestic after the washing. You might even catch a rainbow or two arching over the formations. I will have to admit, when the rain is gentle and there is no lightning in the sky you can often find me on the Red Rock Scenic Byway (SR 179) taking shots of the storm clouds over the red rocks.

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Hummingbird Festival in Sedona, AZ

Sedona Hummingbird Festival

July 28th – July 30th, 2017

Hummingbirds will be taking over the beautiful red rocks of Sedona during the Sedona Hummingbird Festival taking place July 28th – July 30th, 2017! Aimed at residents and visitors alike, the purpose of the festival is to teach about hummingbirds and work to protect the endangered species. The Festival will be headquartered at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, located at  995 Upper Red Rock Loop Rd.

Attendees come to learn about all things hummingbird. At the Performing Arts Center, there will be three days of presentations by world hummingbird experts on a variety of topics (tickets required). Take the “Birds & Blooms” Hummingbird Garden Tours (ticketed event) watch and learn as individual birds are “banded” with unique identifying anklets for scientific research, and of course make sure to spend some time at the Hummingbird Marketplace (exhibitors and vendors area), held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center (free).

If you are interested in attending this festival we highly suggest purchasing your tickets now. Events sell out quickly (see festival activities below) Children under 12 are FREE for presentations, garden tours, and banding demonstrations, when with a paying adult! For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Hummingbird Festival.

Take advantage our “Summer in Sedona” hotel special during this event and save up to $43 a night! If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona we will be more than happy to drop you off and pick you up at the Sedona Performing Arts Center in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle.

Festival Activities

  • Sedona Hummingbird FestivalPresentations:  3 days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world in the modern, air-conditioned Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC).
  • “Birds & Blooms” Hummingbird Garden Tours: Each ticket valid for two days, permitting scheduling garden visits and presentation plans so as not to miss anything! See what Birds & Blooms Magazine(Platinum level corporate sponsor) has to say about the festival – Go See Hummingbirds in Sedona!
  • Gala Banquet Celebration: A delightful highlight of the 3-day event Saturday evening, with dinner and good times, including a special slide show entitled “My Favorite Hummingbird Images” by Dr. H. Ross Hawkins.
  • Banding Demonstration:  See tiny numbered band attached to a hummingbird’s leg so that its movements can be scientifically followed!  8:00 am – 12:00 pm.
  • Exhibits (free):  The Hummingbird Marketplace (exhibitors and vendors area), held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center, with easy access to shopping opportunities for “everything hummingbird.” No admission fee!
  • Birding Trips:  Birders will have the opportunity to visit different habitats, Page Springs Fish Hatchery and Oak Creeek Canyon, with others being considered; tickets are reasonably priced, but reservations are required because of extremely limited capacity. Trips are led by the Northern Arizona Audubon Society. We have expanded the number of trips and added a new site this year. Bring your binocs, but more importantly, buy your tickets at the opening bell on April 1, 2017, at 12:00 Noon MST because they are the most sought after tickets!.

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Walt Richardson Live in Sedona, AZ

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July 15th, 2017

Visit Sedona, Arizona this coming Saturday, July 15th and catch Arizona Music Hall of Famer Walt Richardson live at Sound Bites Grill with special friends Gigi Gonaway, Drew Hall, and more! This is sure to be an amazing rock event of music and dancing at the best club in Arizona.

Influenced by Bob Marley, Carlos Santana, Cat Stevens, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan, Tempe based Walt Richardson is a self-taught musician. He started learning guitar at the age of nine. The Beatles were his early influence. He is a songwriter, storyteller, and musician. His music is derived from his own spin of Folk, Rock, Reggae, and added African and Latin influences, best called World Reggae Folk. He has quite a great story in Arizona!

Richardson’s live show kicks off at 7:00 pm and tickets are only $20 – $25! If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up from this Sedona event (last shuttle pick up is at 9:30 pm). To purchase tickets to this live performance please visit www.soundbitesgrill.com.

More 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 18 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. He will be performing with Gig Gonaway (drummer for Mariah Carey, Steve Winwood, Aretha Franklin and more), Drew Hall  (guitarist for the Cheektones, former Bid Daddy D and the Dynamites), and Marcus Weeden (bassist with Blanie Long – The Voice). For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Family Fun at the Camp Verde Cornfest

26th Annual Cornfest Celebration

July 14th – 15th, 2017

If you love corn, live music, games and family fun, you will not want to miss the 26th Annual Cornfest taking place in Camp Verde, AZ! (Camp Verde is located only 40 minutes from Sedona, AZ).

Nothing says summer like delicious fire-roasted, buttered, sweet corn. And no event in Arizona pays homage to this summertime treat like the Camp Verde Cornfest, where visitors can enjoy festivities for all ages along with all the corn you can eat or carry out by the dozen.

Cornfest will start on Friday, July 14th, from 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm and Saturday July 15th, from 10:00 am –  10:00 pm. There will be live music, corn hole tournaments with cash prizes, and great vendors at the community field, 75 W. Hollamon Street, next to Fort Verde State Historic Park. There will be plenty of fire roasted, hot buttered (if you choose) sweet corn to gnaw on, bags of corn to take home and a long list of lots of corny games and activities for the entire family.

Featured Live Entertainment

  • Friday: Dave Rice 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, Sweet Baby Ray 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
  • Saturday: Steve  Estes 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Cheap Sunglasses from 6:00 pm – 10:00pm

Also on the list of things to do: Craft fair on Saturday at the community Gym, Vintage Baseball game at the Fort Verde Historical Park, Prince & Princess contest, and free Old Time Games on the field for the kids & Water Balloon Volleyball!

Take advantage of our “Summer in Sedona Hotel Special” and save money on your lodging at the Inn of Sedona during this event.

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries

July 7th, 2017

This coming Friday is a great time to visit Sedona, Arizona, especially if you love exploring the arts! The Galleries of the red rocks will be kicking off the weekend with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on July 7th, 2017.

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
Freedom of Expression
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 7th, 2017
As our country celebrates its 241st birthday in July, Rowe Fine Art Gallery salutes one of our most cherished freedoms on July 7 with a new show, Freedom of Expression. Step into the gallery for a patriotic celebration featuring local artists and new artworks. And while you’re marveling at the art, keep in mind your personal freedom of expression. Take home a painting, sculpture or piece of jewelry that honors your own uniqueness, self-expression and exquisite taste. Sedona artist Jen Farnsworth will be at the show, and she’s passionate about expressing herself through her vibrant wildlife and landscape paintings. “I express my emotions through color,” says Jen, who is originally from northern Maine. “Whether I’m capturing the feeling of a landscape or the spirit of an animal, I do so by using bold, bright colors. It brings me great joy.” For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery!

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Andrea Smith Gallery Presents Sarah McLean
July 7th – 8th, 2017
Andrea Smith Gallery welcomes best-selling author, Sarah McLean, for a book signing event. In her latest book, Power of Attention, discover how to use simple mindfulness tools and meditation techniques to reclaim your attention and enhance your ability to be more present, self-aware, and focused. Learn how to easily tune in and become more aware of the love that lives through you. Sarah McLean will be signing copies of Power of Attention July 7th & 8th at Andrea Smith Gallery. For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery on Facebook.

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Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery
Summer Group Show 1
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 7th, 2017
Known for intricate bronze sculpture, Mountain Trails Gallery presents its “Summer Group Sculpture Show” featuring artwork by 17 figurative Western and wildlife sculptors: Mark Edward Adams, Deon Duncan, Ron Gaines, Raymond Gibby, Jim Gilmore, Walt Horton, David Lemon, Susan Kliewer, Jason Napier, Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Bryce Pettit, Gary Lee Price, Scott Rogers, Sandy Scott, Michael Trcic, and Ed Yazzi. Also new paintings by gallery artists. For more information please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Sharon Weiser: Cactus Flower”
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 7th, 2017
Clearly, the time Sharon Weiser spent in Arizona left its mark artistically as she continues to create her joyfully close-up cactus compositions. Painting in either oils or acrylics, Weiser works primarily from her own photos – cropping, replacing, repositioning or enlarging forms to expertly compose her dynamic light-filled canvases. It is bold colors, a remarkable attention to detail and a singular sense of design that makes the paintings of Sharon Weiser stand apart. Her artwork also continues to evolve as her curiosity compels her to keep experimenting with different color palettes, subjects and ideas. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery“American Experience”
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
July 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens the new exhibition “American Experience” to celebrate this 4th of July month and showcase a range of artists who capture, in myriad styles and media, all the varied facets of our remarkable country. Representational, abstract, landscape and figurative paintings as well as sculpture and glass are all highlighted. Go by and visit our cities’ urban faces, streets and bridges by Arizona artist Jonathan Howard; our deserts and meadows by national artists Gerald C. Moore and Judith Monroe; abstract works by prominent Native American artist David Johns who represents the soul of his homeland on canvas; and see stone from Virginia and Colorado formed into dynamic sculptures by Paul Braun and Kathleen Caricof.For more information please visit www.lanninggallery.com.

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2017 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Terrace ViewStay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
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4th of July Events in Sedona, Arizona

Happy Fourth of July from Sedona, AZ!

All of us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona would like to thank all of our guests and visitors for spending your 4th of July with us in the red rocks! Below you will find all of the 4th of July celebrations taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley! Have fun, be safe, and enjoy your holiday!

Firecracker Express at the Verde Canyon Railroad
Vintage Independence Day Celebration

July 4th, 2017 (Clarkdale, AZ)
Barbecue at the railroad depot: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Firecracker Express (Tickets Required): 1:00 pm
The Verde Canyon Railroad kicks off the festivities with an all-American barbecue at the railroad depot on Tuesday, July 4th prior to the 1:00 p.m. train departure of the Firecracker Express. Our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle, leads the route, its visage adorning mighty mid-century American-built locomotives. The painted eagle painted eagles will share the day with a real live version aboard the train. The Firecracker Express proudly welcomes Sonora, a rescued, educational eagle from Liberty Wildlife. Sonora, the only train-riding bald eagle in the world, will visit each open-air car throughout the journey to the delight of passengers and crew alike. For more information or to purchase tickets aboard the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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4th of July Wet Fest
Swimming Pool, Water Games and tToys
July 4th, 2017 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Free Event

Looking for something fun to do in Sedona, AZ during the day on 4th of July? Have a blast at the Sedona Community Pool located at 570 Posse Ground Road! Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks. This event is free of charge (food not included). The pool opens at 12:00 pm for free recreation swim and just outside the pool gate will be food for sale and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat. All pool rules apply and a 375 person pool maximum will be enforced. Maximum does not apply to activities outside the pool gate.

  • Parking available in the West Sedona School parking lots.
  • Water Slides, water toys, slip-n-slide.
  • All non-swimmers must be accompanied by and adult in the pool.
  • Alcohol and dogs are not permitted.

For more information please visit Sedona Parks and Recreation. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

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Fantastic Family Fourth of July
Cottonwood, AZ – July 4th, 2017
Pre -Show activities start at 4:00 pm, Fireworks at dark
Don’t miss out on all the family fun at the 18th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza taking place at the Cottonwood kid’s Park in front of the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, Arizona! The VFW Color Guard will be giving a patriotic salute to veterans. There will be Free Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, a watermelon contest and inflatable rides! Wrist Bands are $10 and individual ride tickets are $1. The Fireworks will start at 8:45 pm and parking is only $1! For more information on this amazing night of fun and fireworks please visit Cottonwood Parks and recreation.

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2017 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Terrace ViewStay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

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Summer Fun in Sedona, AZ

Enjoying the Summer Time in Sedona, AZ

By: Lisa Peters

Visiting Sedona, Arizona anytime of the year is fun, but for me, I love spending summertime with my family and friends in the red rocks of Sedona! Yes, it can get hot in the afternoon but summer is the perfect time for early morning hikes and beautiful sunset hikes. It is also a great time to enjoy the natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park, visit the wildlife at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, explore the red rocks in a Pink Jeep, and in the heat of the day I will often catch a unique film at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

As for the occasional storm that pops up, I rejoice in them, the red rocks get a good washing, making them even more beautiful, seeing the lightning in the red rocks is mind blowing, and the rainbows that are produced from the storms can’t be beat! Every now and then you will get a double rainbow arching over coffee pot rock which is just beautiful! And remember this is high dessert, rain is welcome and needed so we celebrate it! When a storm does come along it usually doesn’t last long and is followed by beauty.

Soldiers Pass Trail and Bell Rock Pathway are always high on my list for a sunset hike, especially for taking some amazing shots as the sun sets and light dances across the rocks. I know the exercise is important, but I have to admit sometimes I take more pictures than I put miles on my hiking boots! And sometime it is just too beautiful to photograph, you just have to stand there and soak it in. I also love taking my friends and family up to the airport mesa to take in the panoramic view of Sedona as the sun starts going down. As for early morning hikes, anywhere you like! I do prefer taking strolls instead of hikes in the morning, with that said my family enjoys the early morning bird walks at Red Rock State Park. However I have been know to take a morning hike at West Fork Trail, once you get past the trail-head there is plenty of shade, and if feels pretty chilly there in the morning. I would advise dressing in layers on the cooler mornings.

What about the heat of the day? The thing about Sedona and the Verde Valley is during the summer you never really know whether it’s going to be hot and sunny or whether an afternoon storm will move in! I like it both ways. On the warmer days there are a handful of fun things we like to do as a family. Out of Africa Wildlife Park, located in Camp Verde, AZ, is usually first on our list. We get there as soon as the park opens, the adults and kids in the family always have a good time visiting the wildlife. My niece is particularly fond of the park and I don’t think she could handle a visit without seeing one of the parks most popular attractions “Tiger Splash”! (of course her favorite animal in the park is the White Bengal Tiger, Chalet) I have many favorites there too, but if I had to pick, well I don’t have to pick, so I will say all of them!

When you’re looking for a day of family fun and a break from the Arizona heat, Slide Rock State Park is the place for you! Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors to the park can slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. They also have fifteen open air picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a summer family fun day!

The state-of-the-art Mary D. Fisher Theatre is also a great place to cool off during the heat of the day. The Sedona International Film Festival brings great independent films and live events to this venue all year long! From Art & Architecture in Cinema, to Shakespeare Live on the big screen, to inspirational film and thought provoking documentaries, there is always something interesting to watch.

Another place I love to cool down is in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Known as the “Art and Soul of Sedona” Tlaquepaque’s courtyards are beautiful, the galleries are extraordinary, and the shade offered by the magnificent sycamores is very welcome on a hot day! Tlaquepaque is one of my very favorite places to bring my mom. She goes goggle eyed in the galleries, some of the art in the village is just breathtaking and we always find something for her to take home as a reminder of her visit.

Pink Jeep Tours into the red rocks are also popular during the summer. Our favorite would have to be the “Broken Arrow Tour” from Pink Jeep. That never gets old. I could take that tour every week and be just as excited every time. Some of my other favorites offered by Pink Jeep are the Sedona Vortex Tour and the Scenic Rim Tour.

I hope everyone has a great summer filled with friends, family and good times. If you are going to be visiting Sedona this summer I highly suggest taking a moment to check out the vacation packages at the Inn of Sedona, and for the spur of the moment getaways check out this Summer in Sedona Hotel Special.

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Hopi Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona

84th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture

July 1st – 2nd, 2017

If you are going to be visiting us in Sedona, Arizona this coming 4th of July weekend, we highly recommend taking a day trip up to the Museum of Northern Arizona for the 84th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture.

Once again the big tent in the cool pines is going up at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Hopi people are making plans to travel to Flagstaff for the 84th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture, the oldest Hopi show in the world. A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features more than 100 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Peruse and purchase a stunning selection of jewelry, katsinas, pottery, paintings, woodworking, baskets, textiles, and more by master and emerging Hopi artisans. Enjoy traditional music, artist demos, dancing and authentic food, as well as insightful lectures and a not-to-be missed children’s activity area. Free with museum admission.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is about a 60 minute drive from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, making it perfect for a day trip (see below for directions). Festival and regular Museum admission is $12 adults (18+), $8.00 Youth (10-17), Student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation), and Children under 10 Free. For more information on the 83rd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.


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The Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona is a Pet Friendly Hotel

Pets are welcome guests at Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona! We have a number of rooms reserved for pets in every room type from our most economical to a King Room with a fireplace. There is a one-time only pet-fee of $20 + tax per pet, no matter how long your stay. This fee is non-refundable and includes complimentary items available at the front desk, including dog biscuits and pet waste bags (please clean up after your pet on walks or hiking trails)!

For the comfort and safety of all our guests as well as your beloved pet, we kindly request all owners to review the following pet guidelines prior to booking, and please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our pet policy.

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JJ Sansaverino live in Sedona, AZ

Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, AZ

If you love the sweet sound of Smooth Jazz with a mix of R&B, you will not want to miss JJ Sansaverino return to Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, AZ ! The live performance takes place on June 24th, 2017 at 7:00 pm! Tickets are $25/$35 for the show only or you have the option of the Supper Club Dinner Package the includes a 3 course dinner menu for only $65/$75! Tickets will go quickly, if you are interested in attending the performance purchase your tickets here, before they sell out!

More about JJ Sansaverino
Guitarist JJ Sansaverino is an absolutely incredible performer. He has a “take no prisoners” performance attitude and his musical style, is a mix of R&B, smooth jazz and fusion ala Santana meets Benson. He has reached millions with his music, touring the World for the last 25 years. He has worked with the best in the business in a wide range of idioms, both live and in the studio and has appeared on hundreds of recordings. Now, with the release of his sophomore album “Waiting For You” on Innervision Records, JJ puts forward a stunning selection of his original compositions, with the help of a stellar array of musicians, producers and special guests. His latest singles “Back Talk” and “Gravy Train” have topped the radio charts climbing on Billboard, Smooth Jazz.Com and Groove Jazz. JJ continues to perform with reggae legend Maxi Priest, while simultaneously touring with his own band.

Sound Bites Grill is located at the Hyatt Shops at Pinon Pointe in uptown Sedona. For more information or to purchase tickets please call 928-282-2713 or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com.

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
“Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
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