Your Weekend Guide to Sedona, Arizona
February 23rd – 25th, 2018
Will we get snow? That is the question for today! Don’t despair, snow in the red rocks is absolutely beautiful as you can see in the picture above! You will definitely want to have that camera out! While it might snow today the forecast is for sunny skies on Saturday and Sunday!
The town will be a buzz this weekend with celebrities and movie buffs as the Sedona International Film Festival kicks off on Saturday! Don’t be surprised if you see Richard Dreyfuss or Jane Alexander, they will be here in the red rocks attending the festival!
We would like to encourage our guests who are attending the festival to take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Guest Shuttle to get to and from the Sedona Performing Arts Center and the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, the main venues of the festival. Don’t worry about driving and finding parking, leave it to us!
There is some great live entertainment and other events taking place this weekend, you can find them below. To see all of the events taking place this weekend in the Verde Valley please visit our Sedona Events Page. If you are looking for a great place to watch the Olympics, catch all the action on the big screens at Olde Sedona!
Sedona Entertainment – Darius Lux Trio
Soulful/Pop, Rock and Reggae Dance Band
February 23rd, 2018 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
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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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 2018 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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Red Rock State Park – American Kestrel Project
February 24th, 2018 (10:00 am)
Included with Park Entrance Fees
American Kestrel populations are declining throughout their North American range. Join the International Raptor & Falconry Center (IRFC) at Red Rock State Park for the installation of a new kestrel nest box. This box, along with thousands of others across the country, will be used to investigate population declines. Representatives from IRFC will demonstrate box installation and conduct a formal presentation. Finley, an American Kestrel, will be in attendance, and the presentation will be followed by a guided bird walk through the park. Space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
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‘The Big Fix’ and ‘Close Encounters’: 40th Anniversary Screenings
With Richard Dreyfuss at both and the Filmmakers with “The Big Fix”.
February 24th & 25th, 2018
Tickets: $15 per film
This year’s Sedona Film Festival will celebrate the anniversary of the film’s release with Richard Dreyfuss and the filmmakers in attendance! The Screenings will take place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.
- February 24th (4:00 pm) “The Big Fix”
“The Big Fix” — the movie that starred Richard Dreyfuss as a former Berkley radical turned private detective — is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its release in 2018. Based on the novel by Roger L. Simon (who also wrote the screenplay) and directed by Jeremy Paul Kagan, the cast includes John Lithgow, F. Murray Abraham, Ron Rifkin, Susan Anspach, and Bonnie Bedalia.
- February 25th (7:00 pm) “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”
“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” just celebrated its 40th Anniversary, and the film festival is proud to bring a special screening to Sedona, hosted by the film’s star, Richard Dreyfuss! Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) witnesses an unidentified flying object, and even has a “sunburn” from its bright lights to prove it. Roy refuses to accept an explanation for what he saw and is prepared to give up his life to pursue the truth about UFOs.”Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was nominated for eight Academy Awards, winning one for Best Cinematography for Vilmos Zsigmond. A Special Achievement Academy Award was also presented to former Sedona resident, Frank Warner, for Sound Effects Editing.
For more information or to purchase tickets to this special Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.
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Sedona Entertainment – Diversity Band
February 24th, 2018 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Diversity! The dynamic band known as “Diversity” starts with a husband and wife team from Detroit , Tim & Renee Claybon relocating to Sedona 4 years ago, join by the band members, Les Paul Roque on piano, Troy Perkins on bass and Jamal Baker on drums. They have since created a vibe of hip, pop, Motown, rock & dance like no other group of musicians and singers.Tim and Renee hit the ground running they both sing lead and backing vocals so you get a rich sound that enhances their diverse style and song selection. With a very diverse repertoire the duo can perform most any style of music with authenticity. While emphasis is put on staying current with the sounds of today, Diversity incorporates the best music sounds of yesterday, Motown, Oldies, R&B, Pop, Jazz , Blues, Country & Reggae. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.
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Lifetime Achievement Honoree: Jane Alexander
February 24th, 25th & 26th, 2018
Tickets: $15 per film
Four-time Academy Award nominee Jane Alexander will be honored with the Sedona International Film Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award for 2018. She will be in Sedona to host screenings of some of her Oscar-nominated films along with Q&A discussions, meet-and-greet opportunities and more! Jane, a Tony Award winner, has performed in over a hundred plays on Broadway, off-Broadway, London and in regional theatres nationwide. She was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 1994. Her long film career includes four Academy Award nominations, for the The Great White Hope, All The President’s Men, Kramer vs. Kramer and Testament. Jane Alexander will be attending the following film screenings at the Sedona Performing Arts Center:
- “The Great White Hope” – Saturday, February 24th at 7:00 pm
- “Testament” – Sunday, February 25th at 4:00 pm
- “Kramer vs. Kramer” – Monday, February 26th at 7:15 pm
For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.
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Red Rock State Park: Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
February 25th, 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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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
- Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the festival taking place March 2nd – 4th, 2018
- 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 “Mountain Bike Festival” special rate.
- Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the Posse Grounds Park.
- To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.