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)
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)
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
Stay 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.