Verde River Day in Cottonwood, AZ

 Enjoy a Family Fun Day on the Verde!

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September 30th, 2017

Have some outdoor family fun at Dead Horse Ranch State Park during Verde River Day taking place Saturday, September 30th, 2017. The Park is located in Cottonwood, AZ, only a short drive from Sedona (see map below). Park entrance fees will be waived for all visitors attending the event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors. The celebration will kick off at 9:00 am and go until 3:00 pm.

Some of the day’s events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed from 8:00 am – 12:00 pm. There will be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day. Including the Cottonwood Community Band, Verde Valley Voices, Dave Joslin and the Jerome Ukalele Orchestra.

Verde River Day was organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River’s distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance. The activities on Verde River Day promote preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde River’s riparian habitat. For more information on this event please visit www.verderiverday.com or call 928.634.5283

Directions from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona to Dead Horse Ranch State Park

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

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Sedona Winefest this Coming Weekend!

2017 Sedona Winefest

September 23rd – 24th, 2017

Arizona Wine, great food, live entertainment, beautiful scenery and fun is exactly what you will find at the 9th Annual Sedona Winefest taking place at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona.

Take one part Arizona wineries, add tasty Sedona cuisine, marvelous music, vendors galore, mini seminars on all things wine, toss in exciting raffle prizes, an art exhibit, and some fantastic views, and what do you get? Sedona Winefest 2017! Treat your palate to tasty food while sampling the many Arizona wines from the Northern and Southern Arizona.  Enjoy the beautiful vistas while you sip wine and savor the great food and music in the shaded courtyard seating areas. Enjoy relaxing and tasteful music playing throughout the event.

Sedona Select Car Exhibit at the Winefest ~ Sunday Only

A new feature of the Sedona Winefest for 2017 will be a special presentation of high-end, pre WWII motor cars . It’s called the Sedona Select Car Exhibit. Fifteen unique automobiles from before 1940 will be on display on Sunday, Sept 24th from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.

The automobiles are owned by private collectors who will be sharing their love and passion for the motor car with Winfest attendees. Some have rarely been seen in public display and some are one-of-a-kind motor cars. Attendees will be able to view the vehicles and chat with the owners as a special bonus with their Sunday Winefest admission.

General admission tickets are available online at the early online price of $35 and $40 at the door. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available.For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

shuttleStay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 9th Annual Sedona Winefest and receive a special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. Along with saving up to $40 a night on your stay you will also be able to enjoy the luxury and convenience of being dropped off and picked up from the event in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! So kick back, tantalize your taste buds with some amazing Arizona wines and leave the driving to us! Just call us directly at 928.282.3072 and let us know you will be attending the Winefest to receive your special rate.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Your Weekend Guide to Sedona, Arizona

September 15th – 17th, 2017

It is time for another great weekend of fun in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley! Thunder Valley Rally kicks off today, Friday, September 15th, in Cottonwood, AZ! Saturday brings a great line up of events: Sedona Airport Day (featuring  tons of exhibits including cool classic automobiles, trucks, and aircraft of all vintages; including former military, antique, home-built, and brand new aircraft), A special book signing at the Sedona Heritage Museum and a Star Party with the Astronomers of Verde Valley at Red Rock State Park! There will also be live entertainment at Sound Bites Grill and Olde Sedona this weekend! And of course, great weather for hiking and biking in the red rocks! Find all the featured entertainment and events taking place this weekend below, to see a full listing please visit our Sedona Events Page. Have a great weekend!

Thunder Valley Rally – Cottonwood, AZ
September 15th – 16th, 2017
TVR Weekend Event Pass $10
Visit Bootleg Capital of Arizona, historic Cottonwood, AZ for the 16th annual Thunder Valley Rally! Thunder Valley Rally will provide you with breathtaking rides through the Verde Valley, Bootlegging Poker Run (registration fee), Bike Show and an awesome line up of live concerts at the The Freedom Bird Entertainment Park & Campground! Beand Lineup:Santans, Whiskey Rodeo, Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band, The Mods, Mr. Skynyrd, Mogollon, and the Blue Oyster Cult! For more information or to register for the poker run please visit the Thunder Valley Rally website.

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Sedona Live Entertainment – ZAZU
Septebmer 15th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Cost: $10
Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present ZAZU! Gypsy jazz, Manouche jazz, Django jazz, Gypsy swing….call it what you will, it has then same unforgettable ingredients; infectious swing, melancholy highlights and improvisation with reckless abandon. The music of Paris in the ’30’s heavily flavored the gypsy style. ZAZU began in December of 2004 in Flagstaff with Lake and Larry Czarnecki on guitars, Steve Douglas on bass. All in the spirit of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, masters of the gypsy swing style in Paris 1930-1950. Over the years they have added Allen Ames, violin/ guitar, Devon Bridgewater, violin/trumpet, Jeff Quamo, clarinet, Joe Garcia, percussion and Stan Sorenson as guests on our CDs or live in concert. Mike Fowler and Ryan Vance joined in 2014 to round out the ‘southern’ version of ZAZU. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Sedona Airport Day
September 16th, 2017 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Free Event
Sedona Airport would like to invite everyone to enjoy this free community event, and share in Sedona’s love for aviation! Free parking and free admission! The event will feature tons of exhibits including cool classic automobiles, trucks, and aircraft of all vintages; including former military, antique, home-built, and brand new aircraft. This year Sedona Airport is excited to announce that EAA chapter 856 from Flagstaff will be bringing pilots and aircraft in to give free rides and introduce young people to aviation! EAA Young Eagles Program allows kids 8-17 years old to sign up to take a ride with a local pilot! This is also a fly-in for pilots in the southwest. Sedona Airport invites all to fly in and meet and greet the public and fellow pilots. For more information please visit www.sedonaairport.org

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Sedona Heritage Museum – Book Signing
World Premiere/The Journal of Sedona Schnebly
September 16th, 2017 (11:00 am – 3:00 pm)
The Sedona Heritage Museum is proud to host the world premiere of the latest book by Lisa Schnebly Heidinger, entitled The Journal of Sedona Schnebly. Lisa will speak on Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Museum about what she learned about her great-grandmother through this effort and then sign copies of the new book until 2 p.m. Birthday cake will be served in honor of Lisa’s father Larry’s birthday, which is on the 18th. The book, which comes in at more than 100,000 words, is a journal format, and tells the story of Sedona’s life from her early teens until her last night on earth. Lisa has been working on this project for 30 years, and says if her great-grandmother’s journals had ever been discovered, “this is what I would have wanted to find.” The Sedona Heritage Museum is located at 735 Jordan Road. For more information on this Sedona tour or to purchase please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

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Star Party at Red Rock State Park
September 16th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Cost – $5 plus park entrance fee
Come join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the late April sky. The Star Party begins with an introductory presentation on the celestial happenings in the mid-September skies followed by star viewing through some high-powered telescopes. In the evening sky, Mars and Saturn shine low in the southwest, while Mercury might be visible through the bright evening twilight. Join the party and enjoy a star-filled night sky in a natural area where stars are more visible away from the perpetual glow of the urban landscape. The astronomers will point out the North Star, the various constellations visible in the early night sky during the fall season, the Milky Way, and other less-known objects such as star clusters.This program is limited to 75 participants. A $5 per person reservation fee is required for this program, in addition to the park’s regular entry fees on the day of the program. Registration for this event begins on August 17th, 2017. Call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spots. Light refreshments (drinks,snacks) will be provided. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park – Jesse Kalu
Internationally Recognized Sedona Bamboo Flute Player
September 17th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Red Rock State park is proud to present Jesse Kalu! This heartfelt presentation includes a unique mixture of bamboo flutes, poetry, story and nature voices. Emanating through his handcrafted flutes are the wildlife calls of doves, quails, loons, hawks owl seagulls, dolphins, whales coyotes, wolf, elk, and more. He utilizes a wide variety of bamboo flutes sweeping form the soprano to bass ranges, all made by his own hand. Many praise his ability to imbue his creations with the deep connection spirit of the natural world. A $5 non-refundable program fee is required per person prior to the performance in order to reserve your seats. The parks standard park entry fee is also required on the day of the program. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Plein Air Festival
Valid October 14th – 21st, 2017

Sedona-Plein-Air-FestivalStay with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 2017 Sedona Plein Air Festival and save up to $40 dollars a night! Enjoy great views from the award winning terraced decks, free hot breakfast every morning and use of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle available to all of our guest. And you can also pick your room type! This week long festival takes place in October. All you have to do to take advantage of this special is call our hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Plein Air Festival Rate” to make your reservations. It’s that easy!

13th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 14th – 21st, 2017
Our community’s iconic creative event, Sedona Plein Air Festival is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events!Sedona Arts Center invites you along to get creative and experience over two dozen master painters in action—making their art on location in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival!For more information visit Sedona Plein Air Festival.

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Explore Sedona, Arizona this Fall

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Things to do in Sedona, Arizona this Fall

Late September, October and November are by far the most popular months to visit Sedona, AZ! The crisp air, blue skies and majestic sunrises and sunsets have visitors flocking to the red rocks to hike, bike and explore the trails and historical sites in the area. The daytime temperatures in the fall are mild, but keep in mind the early morning and late evening can be a bit chilly, so pack accordingly. If you are a first time visitor to the Verde Valley area, you may be asking what tours should I take, what attractions should I visit, and what hikes are the best this time of year. After taking suggestions from our staff, returning fall guests and our friends and family we have compiled a list of the top things to do in Sedona in the fall.

During this time of year you really want to make sure to plan ahead, tours and accommodations need to be made as far in advance as possible. As always our Concierges are here to help ensure our guests of the Inn of Sedona experience everything on their wish list. They can set up tours, make restaurant reservations, give suggestions for hiking and biking trails, pass on information about events and festivals taking place during your stay and anything else you need to make your vacation special. All you have to do is call them at 928.282.3072 before your stay. They can help you plan your activities ahead of time or you can also visit them in the Lobby once you get here!

Hiking West Fork Trail
Fall in ArizonaWhen it comes to Fall hikes in the Sedona, Arizona area an all time favorite hike would have to be the West Fork Trail in Oak Creek Canyon. Fall is the most popular time of year to take this hike when the beautiful red rocks and clear blue skies serves as the perfect backdrop for the vibrant fall foliage in Oak Creek Canyon, but there is no bad time of year to enjoy this hike. This three mile hike takes you into the beautiful Canyon and stays fairly level and near the creek. You will however benefit from wearing a good pair of hiking boots. There are tree roots that you can easily trip over if you are not paying attention to were you are walking and keep in mind that there are place where you will be crossing the stream. This is one of the most popular hikes in Arizona and can be extremely busy. I would recommend either going in the early morning or during the week…read more

Out of Africa Wildlife ParkOut of Africa wildlife Park
Out of Africa Wildlife Park locate 30 minutes from Sedona in Camp Verde, Arizona is the ultimate wildlife experience! The cooler fall temperatures really give you and your family a chance to enjoy all the fun, exciting and educational attractions at the park such as Wildlife Preserve, Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. With all the great attractions offered we highly suggest allowing at least four hours to experience all the Park’s adventures. If you will be staying at our hotel and are interested in visiting the wildlife park make sure to check out our “Out of Africa Adventure” vacation package.

Visiting National Monuments and Historical SitesMontezuma Castle National Monument 2
The Verde River Valley and Sedona area is rich with history from Native American history, especially the history of the Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Sedona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling, well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Make sure to check out our guide to Ancient Ruins, Historical Sites and National Monuments in Northern Arizona.

Pink Jeep “Broken Arrow” Tour
Pink Jeep ToursThe fall season is one of the best times to experience Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour”! This tour is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling Two Hour adventure that leads you on and over the red rocks while the magnificent canyon walls surround you. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”. Don’t forget your camera on this One-of-a-Kind Pink Jeep Tour. If you are going to be staying at the Inn of Sedona and would like to experience this Jeep tour make sure to check out our “Sleep ‘n’ Jeep” vacation package.

Hiking Bell Rock Pathway
Bell Rock Pathway 2This trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hike is one of my personal favorites in the fall. During the summer the trail get a little to warm for me but in the fall I can stay on this trail all day taking pictures and enjoying the scenery. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off of the Pathway for you and your family to explore. The Pathway is about 7 miles round trip and it is important to remember it is not a loop. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying your hike and remember you have to hike back the distance you go in. You do not have to hike the entire pathway to enjoy some great views of the red rocks.…read more

Verde Canyon Railroad – Fall Color Tour
VCR FallFrom October through November the Verde Canyon Railroad rolls through our vibrant canyon corridor on a Fall Color Tour, you’ll settle into comfortable loveseats or bistro chairs near panoramic windows as they treat you to the best show of autumn in Arizona. Seasonal specialties, expertly crafted by your bartender, reflect the seasonal splendor. The colors of fall are bursting along the Verde River with a gaudy, rowdy, eye-popping colorful flourish that reminds you that you love the season because you’re on a train. Known as Arizona’s longest-running nature show, Verde Canyon Railroad trains take you on a scenic tour along the Verde River, over bridges and old-fashioned trestles, and past crimson cliffs, red rock pinnacles and ancient Sinagua Indian ruins into the heart of spectacular Sycamore Canyon. If you will be staying at the Inn of Sedona and are interested in experiencing the Verde Canyon Railroad make sure to check out our “Romancing the Rails” vacation package.

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Sedona Winefest Hotel Special

Sedona, Arizona Winefest

Kick back, enjoy the festivities, save money, and leave the driving to us!

If you love wine, great food and live music, how about enjoying all three while taking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! Now is the time to make your plans, reserve your rooms, and purchase your tickets for the 9th Annual Sedona Winefest taking place September 23th – 24th, at the historic Posse Grounds Park!

Stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 9th Annual Sedona Winefest and receive a special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. Along with saving up to $40 a night on your stay you will also be able to enjoy the luxury and convenience of being dropped off and picked up from the event in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! So kick back, tantalize your taste buds with some amazing Arizona wines and leave the driving to us! Just call us directly at 928.282.3072 and let us know you will be attending the Winefest to receive your special rate. It’s that simple! You will need to purchase your Sedona Winefest tickets separately at the Sedona Winefest website, or if you prefer, tickets are available at the event entrance.

9th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 23rd – 24th, 2017 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Take one part Arizona wineries, add tasty Sedona cuisine, marvelous music, vendors galore, mini seminars on all things wine, toss in exciting raffle prizes, an Art Exhibit, and some fantastic views, and what do you get? Sedona Winefest 2017! Treat your palate to tasty food while sampling the many Arizona wines from the Northern and Southern Arizona. The Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Enjoy the beautiful vistas while you sip wine and savor the great food and music in our shaded courtyard seating areas. A wide variety of vendors will offer goods and services. Enjoy relaxing and tasteful music playing throughout the event. General admission tickets are available online at at the early online price of $35 and $40 at the door for $30.00. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available.For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

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Arts and Crafts Show in Sedona, AZ

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals Sedona Arts & Crafts Show

September 9th & 10th, 2017

During your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals Arts and Crafts Show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! The upcoming show will take place Saturday and Sunday, September 9th & 10th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, at the parking lot of the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill.

By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show. If you are a guest of ours at the Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop your off and pick you up at this event in our complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle.

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals holds these special arts and crafts shows in the Spring and Fall when the weather is pleasant and you can really enjoy being outside and viewing all that the Sedona artists and craftsman have to offer. Proceeds from events will go to various animal rescue organizations to help homeless, abused, neglected or nearly extinct animals. Community shelters or sanctuaries will participate in off-site adoptions at these events when possible. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals

* The mission for Red Rose Inspiration for Animals, Inc. is simple: to provide quality, affordable and professional well-organized shows with great success for the exhibitors while enhancing the lives of homeless, abused, neglected animals and animals near extinction.

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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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Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona, AZ

45th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque in Sedona, AZ

September 9th, 2017

It’s the time of year when the plazas, patios and streets of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. That’s right, the 45th  Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque will be taking place this weekend on Saturday, September 9th!

Every year visitors and locals fill up the village to enjoy the lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico! Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary! Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico.

“The artists at the Fiesta are a great expression of the diversity, artistry and spirit of the community. Abe Miller, the visionary builder of Tlaquepaque, started this tradition more than 30 years ago and Fiesta attracts people from all over the state and country.” – Wendy Lippman, Tlaquepaque General Manager and Resident Partner

This is a family fun free event. The festivities take place from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. If you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this celebration in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle. For more information on this free Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Festivities Schedule:

Tlaquepaque Village

  • David Merino
    Patio de Las Campanas: 10:00 am -12:00 pm
    Patio de Las Rosas: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Mariachi Estrellas del Pacifico
    Patio de Las Rosas: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Mosaico Flamenco
    Patio del Norte: 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Ballet Folklorico de Colores
    Plaza de La Fuente: 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, 3:00 pm
  • Eric Miller
    Patio de Las Campanas: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
  • Daruis Lux
    Patio de Las Campanas: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

    Jaleo Band
    Patio del Norte: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

    Kids Zone:
    Face Painting: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Calle Independencia
    Balloon Twisting: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Calle Independencia

Tlaquepaque North

  • Mariachi Estrellas del Pacifico: Tlaquepaque North: 2pm-3pm
  • Ritmo Latino: 11am-2pm
  • Caricatures: 11am-5pm Tlaquepaque North
  • Latino Rebel Band – 3pm-6pm

 

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Valid September 8th – 10th, 2017

  • Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 45nd Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
  • Our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona).
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072 or toll free at 800.292.5344 and ask for the “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Special offer”
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

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Labor Day Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona

Fun Things to do Labor Day Weekend
September 1st – 4th, 2017

Happy Labor Day Weekend and welcome to Sedona, Arizona! It will be a great weekend for hiking, biking, touring and if you love wildlife we highly suggest a trip to Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

There are also some fun events and live entertainment taking place in Sedona and the surrounding area that you won’t want to miss: Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries, Fee Free Days in the Red Rock Ranger District, Jerry Whagado Silversmith Demonstration at Montezuma Castle National Monument, Jerome Art Walk, Legendary Guitarist Esteban at Sound Bites, Guided Meditation and Naturalist Hikes at Red Rock State Park!

Below you will find our top picks for weekend events and entertainment, but if you wish to see a full listing of happenings please visit our Sedona Events Page. Make sure to check out our Sedona Hiking Guide before you hit the trails!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the holiday!

Red Rock State Park – Daily Naturalist Hike
Every Morning (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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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
September 1st, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Free Event
SGA 2The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. To see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

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Red Rock Ranger District – Fee Free Days
September 2nd – 4th, 2017
Each year, the Red Rock Ranger District of the Coconino National Forest waives fees associated with many recreation sites and amenities to celebrate national holidays and events. On “fee-free” days, fees are waived for all Red Rock Pass Fee Program sites including Palatki, Honanki, V Bar V heritage sites, and multiple trailheads. Please note the heritage sites are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days. View from Bear Mountain Trail, climbing to second bench areas not included in the fee waiver program are campgrounds and recreation sites managed under concession contract, including Grasshopper Point, Crescent Moon Ranch and West Fork (Call of the Canyon). For more information please visit Fee-Free Days on the Red Rock Ranger District.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Jerry Whagado Silversmith Demonstration

September 2nd, 2017 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)
Regular entrance fees apply
Montezuma Castle National Monument will host monthly demonstrations by two-time award winner of the Santa Fe Indian Market “Best in Show”, Jerry Whagado. Of Western Apache descent, Mr. Whagado was raised on the Hopi Mesas. His jewelry combines Hopi silver overlay with Apache designs and symbolism. The demonstrations will be from 10am-1pm on the first Saturday of each month, through December of 2017. His unique jewelry is for sale everyday through the park’s cooperating association, Western National Parks Association. the demonstrations will be from 10am-1pm on the first Saturday of each month, through December of 2017. For more information please visit Montezuma Castle National Monument on Facebook.

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Jerome Art Walk
September 2nd, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Jerome Art WalkOnce again, the magical mountain town will be hosting a night filled with art, music and refreshments galore. Art Walk is the only night that galleries are open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Members like Nellie Bly by the Spirit Room, Patrick Lincoln in The New State Motor Company and Flux Gallery in the Old Jerome High School all bring a fresh energy to the vibrant art scene in Jerome. With 22 participating galleries and studios and many sponsoring businesses and restaurants offering specials, this is a festive night in Jerome. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Sedona Entertainment – Esteban
Legendary Guitarist Esteban and Violinist Teresa Joy
September 2nd, 2017 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)Esteban-Color-bc-3-2015
Tickets starting at $69/VIP Dinner Package $149
Sound Bites Grill is pleases to present An Up-Close and Intimate Concert like no other, experience an evening with a master concert guitarist, a world renown violinist, one of today’s finest drummers and the hottest keyboardist in AZ! Esteban’s concerts are memorable moments of the heart, as he performs with Teresa Joy on violin, Joe Morris on drums and Raul Yanez on keys, the experience is a sensational expression of the inner soul. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
September 3rd, 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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Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Valid September 8th – 10th, 2017

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  • Our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
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  • Tesla Charger and EV-60 evCharger now available for our guests! (Complimentary for our Inn of Sedona Guest only, a fee will apply if you are not a guest of 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

September 1st, 2017

This coming weekend 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 September with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on September 1st, 2017. Then on Saturday head up Cleopatra Hill for the Jerome Art Walk. High on our list of must see exhibits this Friday would be the “Peterson Yazzie: Beauty and Balance”  at the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery!

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
“Art Attack” Featuring Dane Chinnock,
Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 1st, 2017
When you live in an area as beautiful as Sedona, you are bound to find endless inspiration in its landscape. For Prescott resident Dane Chinnock and Sedona residents Vince Fazio and Lynn Heil, that inspiration translates into ethereal landscape paintings. The three artists will debut new work at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during First Friday Evening in the Galleries. Dane has spent the last year gathering new material for his Southwest paintings. The business owner and father of three says it isn’t always easy to find the time to travel to Sedona for inspiration, but that has largely been his focus lately. Vince, who is the director of programming and operations at the Sedona Arts Center, says he’s also in the process of discovery and exploration of the landscape. Unlike Dane and Vince, Lynn Heil recently retired from his day job and is now a full-time landscape painter. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery!

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Sedona Arts Center
Fine Art Gallery Exhibition and Student Ceramics Sale
September 1st, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Join the Sedona Arts Center in celebration their Fine Art Gallery featured artists for September and take home your favorite ceramics piece at the Annual Student Ceramics Sale. In the Arts Center’s Fine Art Gallery, Christie Palmer presents her beautiful acrylic landscapes that reside on the border of abstraction contrasted with the illusionistic magic of Janet Weaver’s oils that often set still live objects into dialogue with the landscape. John Stebila’s assemblage work combines the unlikely with the outrageous to create steam punk sculptural scenarios and Chikako Myers Fused Glass jewelry sparkles with color and detail. Also Bill Belvin shows his carefully composed landscape photography. Plus, in the Historic Art Barn, 15 of the Ceramics Department’s most talented clay students will be displaying and selling their work from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Andrea Smith Gallery
Exhibition & Book Signing

September 1st, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Meet world peace artist, philosopher, peace activist and local gallery owner, Andrea Smith, as she signs copies of her very popular coloring book this First Friday weekend. Often referred to as a painter of the spirit, Andrea creates her colorful paintings in an unusual outdoor studio where the natural sunlight illuminates everything she paints. She works with a myriad of mediums, including acrylics, pastels, and watercolors. Collectors of Andrea’s work range from presidents to dignitaries to everyday art enthusiasts. For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery on Facebook.

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Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery
Nature of the West”
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 1st, 2017
Mountain Trails Gallery presents”Nature of the West”. Mountain Trails Gallery presents paintings and sculpture of eagles, owls, song birds, quail, falcons, hawks, ravens, water birds, cardinals, blue birds, hummingbirds, roadrunners, as well as elk, mustangs, bobcats, mountain lions, bears, and more by 40 leading artists from the West. For more information please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Peterson Yazzie: Beauty and Balance”
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
September 1st, 2017
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery welcomes Peterson Yazzie whose mixed media paintings and carved wood wall sculptures bring contemporary interpretations to the creation mythology, ceremonies and day-to-day life of his Navajo people. Peterson Yazzie was the first in his immediate clan to be a painter and to earn a Master’s Degree. His strong education in fine arts and his commitment to represent all aspects of his people has led to honors, awards and repeated acclaim. Peterson Yazzie embraces the Navajo idea that life is based on beauty and balance. Certain motifs appear and reappear on his canvasses: Hummingbirds, symbols of the four directions, the moon, stars and images of the two adjoining buttes that tower over his ancestral homeland are often featured.  For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery
Russ Vogt & Johnathan Harris: The Structure of Color
September 1st, 2017
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exciting new indoor/outdoor ceramic sculptures from Russ Vogt will be unveiled with the opening of “Russ Vogt & Johnathan Harris: The Structure of Color” including a three-foot high mosaic dog, a contemporary art totem of stacked circular ceramic elements entitled “Big Giant Marble” and additional tall reed sculptures that are always favorites with collectors, whether placing them in a foyer or along a garden path. The landscape paintings by Johnathan Harris that are featured capture, in unrestrained color, the emotions of each of Harris’s compelling scenes from autumn aspens to purple skies to Sonoran cacti. Linking these two artists together is their artistic absorption into the world of color. Not merely a tool for literal depiction, color brings with it a symbolic vocabulary, a visual translation of emotions. Color, in skilled artistic hands, becomes not only an element but an idea. For more information please visit www.lanninggallery.com.

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Jerome Art Walk
September 2nd, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
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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Red Rocks Music Festival in Sedona, AZ

Red Rocks Music Festival

September 8th – 10th, and 16th, 2017

Chamber music weaves its way through the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona during the 2017 Red Rocks Music Festival! There will be 4 concerts taking place in Sedona at the Sedona Sedona Creative Life Center from September 8th – 16th (See below for concert details).

The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world-acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education.To purchase tickets for these events or for more information please visit the Red Rocks Music Festival.

Sedona Concerts

  • September 8th (7:30 pm)
    Dueling Piano Divas, Andria Fennig & Ashley Snavley Works by: Barber, Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin and MacDowell
  • September 9th (7:30 pm)
    “World Music”- Balkan & Klezmer Music, including an Arizona premiere by Ante Grgin . Featuring: Nikola Djurica, clarinet, David Ehrlich and Anna Kazepides, violins, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, viola and Jan Simiz, cello.
  • September 10th (2:00 pm)
    “Classical Jewels” – Mozart Clarinet Quintet in A major, K. 581
    and Schubert Piano Quintet in A major, D.667- “Trout”
    David Ehrlich, Anna Kazepides – violins,
    Nokuthula Ngwenyama – viola, Jan Simiz – cello,
    Michael Kazepides – double bass, Teresa Ehrlich – piano,
    Nikola Djurica – clarinet.
  • September 16th (7:30 pm)
    “Tempest to the Silver Age” – World-acclaimed pianist,
    Mikhail Yanovitsky. Works by Beethoven, Schubert,
    Brahms and Scriabin.

For more information, to purchase tickets or to see a listing of concerts taking place in Phoenix please visit www.redrocksfestival.com.

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