Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

National Park Service’s Birthday

 

Free Entrance Day August 25th, 2017

logo_nationalparkserviceThe National Park Service turns 101 on August 25, 2017, and everyone can take part in the celebration! National Parks are offering an Entrance Free Day on Friday, August 25th! If you are in Sedona on the 25th we would highly recommend visiting Montezuma Well and the Montezuma Castle National Monument in Camp Verde and definitely the Tuzigoot National Monument in Clardale, AZ.  It would also be the perfect time to take a day trip up to the Grand Canyon National Park and don’t forget to include some stops at the National Monuments in Flagstaff along the way.  

During 10 days of the year, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. For more information about free entrance days in the national parks, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Day Trip to National Monuments in Flagstaff, AZ

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

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th, 2017

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

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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th, 2017

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

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Wupatki National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th, 2017

Open Daily (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
From hunter-gatherers to farmers, herders, ranchers, and caretakers, many people have called Wupatki home. Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains. It will take about 2 hours to see five prehistoric pueblos. If you have less time, allow at least 30 minutes to visit the largest Wupatki Pueblo located behind the Visitor Center. For more information visit the Wupatki National Monument.

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

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

 

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Your Weekend Guide to Sedona, Arizona

August 18th – 20th, 2017

The sun will be shinning in Sedona, Arizona this weekend! It will be the perfect weather for early morning and sunset hikes in the red rocks! Just remember it is summer, please bring plenty of water on your hikes. Our top pick for a hike this weekend would be:

Red Rock Crossing – Crescent Moon Picnic Site
Rock Carins Red Rock Crossing.jpg2Red Rock Crossing is one of the most popular places to take a leisurely hike and take some great photos of Cathedral Rock. The Crescent Moon Picnic Site offers pathways that take you to the crossing where Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek meet. There are Picnic Tables, grills and well maintained restrooms. Enjoy a little water play in Oak Creek, walk the pathways and visit Buddha Beach, considered to be the site of a powerful vortex. You will find a variety of rock cairns, last time I was there I was overwhelmed by the complexity of some. To see more great hikes check out our Hikers Guide to Sedona, Arizona

Directions: Drive west from Sedona on US 89A. Just outside town, turn south on FR 216 (Upper Red Rock Loop Road). Drive about 1.5 miles and follow the signs to Red Rock Crossing. All roads except the short segment leading from Red Rock Crossing Road to the picnic area are paved.

Events and Entertainment this weekend: Sedona Family Foot Rodeo, A Live Performance of ‘Harriet Tubman’s Dream’ at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, The Sir Harrison Band at Sound Bites Grill, The Mods will be live at Olde Sedona, Guided Meditation at the McLean Meditation Institute, and of course the Nature Walks at Red Rock State Park! Find all the featured entertainment and events taking place this weekend below, to see a full listing please visit our Sedona Events Page. If you are visiting on the spur of the moment, save money and take advantage of our Summer Hotel Special.

Have a great weekend!

Sedona Family Foot Rodeo
August 18th, 2017 (4:00 pm – 7:00 pm)
Free Event
Yeehaw! Come celebrate the history of Posse Grounds Park! Did you know that Posse Grounds Park was once home to the Coconino Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo Grounds? Did you know that the Posse held weekly rodeos right where our ball fields are now located? How cool is that! Parks and Recreation invites you to join them this Friday as they celebrate the history of Posse Grounds Park with our first ever Sedona Family Foot Rodeo. Activities and Entertainment to Include: Bounce Horse Barrel Racing, Mechanical Bull Riding, Dummy Calf Roping, Inflatable Wild Cow Milking, Pony Rides, Petting Zoo, Music by the Dan and Dave Rice Band and Entertainment by the Red Rock Posse cowboys. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation website.

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Live Performance: ‘Harriet Tubman’s Dream’
August 18th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Tickets: $12
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to partner with the League of Women Voters Greater Verde Valley to present a live, staged-reading event “Harriet Tubman’s Dream” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Camilla Ross has been portraying Harriet Tubman since 2009, when “Harriet Tubman’s Dream” opened as a collaborative effort with the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s National Theatre Institute (NTI) school. In this role, Ross draws upon thirty years theatrical experience, ranging from commercials to regional theater. For example, she is the current president and co-founder of the Emerson Theater Collaborative, along with Lisa Giordano. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit The Sedona Internatioanl Film Festival.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
August 19th, 2017 (7:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison Band
August 19th, 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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Red Rock State Park – Daily Naturalist Hike
August 20th, 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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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
August 20th, 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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Red Rock State Park – Sunday Lecture Series
Conserving Arizona’s Streams and Biodiversity
in a Changing Environment

August 20th, 2017 (2:00 pm)
Tom Whitham grew up in a wholesale nursery where he developed a fascination with insects that greatly influenced his education and research interests. He received his Ph.D from the Univ. of Utah where he discovered that individual trees varied greatly in their genetic-based resistance to insects and mammals. Throughout his career, he has explored how other species ranging from soil microbes to beavers and elk, climate change, and invasive species interact with plant genetics to affect the thousands of species that depend on stream environments for their survival. Seating is limited and reservations are required, call Red Rock State Park at 928.282.6907 to reserve your seats. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Cinema – The Pirates of Penzance’
From the English National Opera
August 20th, 2017 (4:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 general public/$12.50 Film Festival members
The English National Opera’s acclaimed production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance” will debut in Sedona when The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “The Pirates of Penzance” was recorded live from the London Coliseum and broadcast to over 400 cinemas across the UK and Ireland and select cinemas worldwide. Multiple HD cameras provide unusual angles and close-up views of the action on stage and in the orchestra pit, giving a true cinematic experience for viewers. Renowned filmmaker, director and Gilbert and Sullivan aficionado Mike Leigh makes his opera directing debut with this eagerly anticipated new production of sparkling comic masterpiece “The Pirates of Penzance”. In a hilarious performance where comedy and romance combine with surprising twists and turns, this popular farcical comedy features swashbuckling pirates, flat footed policemen, razor sharp satire and memorable melodies. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit The Sedona International Film Festival.

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2017 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona 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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Bike and Brew Festival in Sedona, AZ

2017 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival

August 26th, 2017

Have you heard? The 4th Annual Sedona Bike & Brew Festival hosted by the Sedona Golf Resort will be taking place August 26th! This event combines riders from all over the country as well as locals for, quite possibly, one of the most unique races in the state! The 6 mile track will wind through fairways, off tee boxes, across sand traps, and incorporate a lot of out-of-bounds features all while climbing and descending 300 vertical feet. While that sounds daunting, there is also plenty of fun to be had. Craft breweries such as Four Peaks, Oak Creek Brewing, Oskar Blues, and Hubert’s Lemonade will be on hand pouring delicious libations. If you were used to getting chased off a golf course as a kid, now is your opportunity to ride the plush fairways without fear. Spectators are welcome to watch at no cost as well. Come one come all!

To Register, or for more information on this event, please visit the Sedona Bike & Brew Festival website. Admission for the Adult Men or Women’s division is $75 and up.

Saturday’s Schedule

  • 7:00 am – 9:00 am – Registration & Breakfast (Breakfast Buritos – Free for VIP’s)
  • 7:00 am – 8:30 am – Practice Runs
  • 9:00 am – Mens Sport Division (6 Miles)
  • 9:45 am – Ladies Sport & 13-17 Year Old Division (6 Miles)
  • 10:30 am – 7-12 Year Old Division ( 1/2 Mile)
  • 10:45 am – Mens Open Division (12 Miles)
  • 10:50 am –  6 & Under Division (300 yards)
  • 12:00 – 3:00 pm – Lunch, Music, Raffle, Drinks & The Green Jacket Presentation (Food & Drinks Free to VIP’s)

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2017 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona 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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Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Hotel Special

Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Hotel Special

It is almost time for one of our favorite events at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village! That’s right the 45th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque“, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, will be taking place on Saturday, September 9th! The village will be dressed in a festive wash of color while music and dancing bring the village alive with the spirit of old Mexico! The lively mariachis, the heart pounding beats of Flamenco dancers, and mouthwatering tastes of Mexico will fill the day with celebration, culture and fun! This is one event you do not want to miss!

If you wish to stay with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during this event take advantage of the special lodging rates we’re offering for the weekend of the Fiesta. (See lodging special below) If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona don’t worry about finding a parking place, or enjoying an adult beverage during the festival, we will do the driving! Our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event!

Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Valid September 8th – 10th, 2017

  • Fiesta del TlaquepaqueReceive 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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Magician Eric Giliam Live in Sedona, AZ

Live Entertainment in Sedona, Arizona

Put a little magic in your visit to Sedona, AZ this weekend! That’s right, the Award-winning magician and illusionist Eric Giliam will be live at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre this Saturday, August the 12th at 7:30 pm! General Admission Ticktets are only $20 dollars and can be purchased online at The Sedona International Film Festival. If you decide to come up on the spur of the moment for this event save money on your lodging with our “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special.

More About Magician Eric Gillam

Award-winning magician and illusionist Eric Giliam brings his popular, high-energy, all-ages show to Sedona! The former World Teen Magic Champion has won many awards and prizes since he started performing at age twelve, among them, the award for the most original and innovative stage act presented to him by Siegfried and Roy in Las Vegas.

Giliam’s sleight of hand, illusions, and stage presentation have taken him regularly overseas, performing on prime time TV shows in London, Rome, and most recently an exclusive show in Spain. He continues entertaining in the U.S., performing several hundred public and private stage shows every year.

The high energy show of magic, laughter, fascination and crowd participation has entertained and amazed audiences of all ages. Several of the magic routines performed are not seen in any other show. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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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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Sedona Fall Festival Hotel Specials

Sedona, Arizona

Save Money with our Fall Festival Hotel Specials

Fall is one of the most popular times to visit the red rocks of Sedona, AZ. The great weather, fall hikes and rocking festivals bring people to the red rocks in droves. We want everyone to be able to experience the fun and festivities that this time of year brings to the majestic red rocks, and save some money too! With that in mind we have created three hotel specials that will save you money on your lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the most popular festivals: Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, Sedona Winefest, and the Sedona Plein Air Festival. As an added bonus if you are intending to attend Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, or Sedona Winefest and are a guest of our hotel our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will take you to and from the festivities freeing you to enjoy some of the adult beverages while leaving the driving to us! So kick back, relax and enjoy all that Sedona has to offer this fall!

Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Valid September 8th – 10th, 2017

  • Fiesta del TlaquepaqueReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 42nd 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

45th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 9th, 2017
Free Event
The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. 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. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village.

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Winefest
Valid September 22nd – 25th, 2017

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.

8th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 23rd – 24th, 2017 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Purchase Tickets here
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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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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Fall Vacation Guide for Sedona, AZ

This Fall in Sedona, AZ

September – October, 2017

Fall is fast approaching and now is the time to start planning your Autumn vacation to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ. Along with clear blue skies, crisp cool air and the color changes in Oak Creek Canyon there are some great events and festivals to enjoy. Fiesta De Tlaquepaque, the Sedona Winefest, and the Sedona Plein Air Festival are just a few. Below you will find our top picks for events and festivals this fall.

Don’t delay, make your hotel reservations soon. Our hotel is filling up fast for September through November, as is the rest of town. Popular tours like Pink Jeep, and the “Fall Colors Tour” on the Verde Canyon Railroad need to be made in advance as well. If you are going to be staying with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona this fall we urge you to go ahead and take advantage of our complimentary Concierge Service. Amanda and Hope can help you plan tours, assist you with your dining reservations, suggest hikes and events, and offer you ideas for day trips to the surrounding areas. All you have to do is call them at 928.282.3072 or email them at Concierge@InnofSedona.com before your stay. Or if you’re more of a ‘spur of the moment’ planner you can visit them in the Lobby once you arrive! And by all means, bring your pooch with you, fall is a great time to go hiking with your dog and we LOVE our four legged guests!

Fall Event and Festival Guide

44th Annual Fiesta Del TlaquepaqueFiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 9th, 2017 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Free Event
Join the 45th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary. The lively mariachis, the heart pounding beats of Flamenco dancers, and, mouthwatering tastes of Mexico will fill the day.Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.
Sedona Event Hotel Special

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15th Annual Thunder Valley Rally – Cottonwood, AZ
September 15th – 16th, 2017
Thunder ValleyVisit 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 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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8th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 23rd – 24th, 2017
Purchase Tickets
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 please visit the Sedona Winefest.
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Verde River Day – Cottonwood, AZ
September 30th, 2017 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Park Entrance Fees Waived
Dead Horse Ranch State Park, located in Cottonwood, Arizona, will celebrate its 29th Annual Verde River Day!Verde River Day promotes preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde’s unique riparian habitat. 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 the lagoon, which will be freshly stocked with catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed. There will be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day. For more information please visit www.verderiverday.com

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Sedona Arts Festival
October 7th – 8th, 2017
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
At the gate: $12, Online in advance: $10
Children 12 and under are FREE

125 artists from across the US will be showcasing their exquisite work against Sedona’s stunning red rock backdrop. Enjoy a wide variety of artistic creations in Ceramics, Mixed Media, Fiber Art, Glass, Photography, Drawing, Sculpture. Jewelry, Wood, Metal, and Painting! This event will be taking place at Sedona Red Rock High School located at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road in West Sedona. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off and pick you up from this event in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Arts Festival.

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Ales on Rails at the Verde Canyon Railroad
Every Thursday – Sunday in October
Standard train fares apply
alesThere are parties and shindigs and then there is Oktoberfest! Of course Verde Canyon Railroad never misses out on a good time so they roll out their popular Ales on Rails every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October. The party starts at 11:00 am on the depot patio with a mouthwatering luncheon ($11) of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, all served to the rhythmic tunes of a polka serenade. A $10 logo beer glass comes with five beer tastings. The 1:00 p.m. train whistle signals the continuation of the party as it moves onto the rails with specialty beers served on board, including Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-labeled brews, crafted in Sedona by the renowned Oak Creek Brewery. For more information or to reserve you spot on the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 14th – 21st, 2017Sedona-Plein-Air-Festival
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 and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival!  The spectacular red rock scenery and temperate climate of Sedona create the perfect location for plein air painting. For more information on this Sedona event please visit www.sedonapleinairfestival.org. Save money on your lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during this event with our Sedona Event Hotel Special!

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Fall Arts & Crafts Fair
October 21st, 2017 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
The Fall Arts & Crafts Show at the Sedona Heritage Museum has always been a favorite of mine. Unique arts and crafts by local people. Jewelry, ceramics, gourd art, fine art, fiber arts, clothing & home décor, cards, woodcarvings, stained glass & glass art, birdhouses, lotions & potions, lawn art, gifts, candles and more! Be sure to check out the homemade goodies at their bake sale table, YUM! For more information please visit the Sedona Heritage Museum.

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Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park
October 21st, 2017 (9:00 am – 3:30 pm)Fall-Fest-2
Come celebrate the fall in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon at the Slide Rock State Park Fall Festival. This event is presented by Arizona State Parks, the Friends of Slide Rock and volunteers. Bring a picnic and enjoy the day with exhibits and demonstrations, wild plants of Slide Rock State Park, kid’s activities at the Junior Ranger Station, tractors and flywheelers. For more information please visit Slide Rock State Park.

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Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 1st – 22nd, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Celebrate Mexican cultural traditions at the 14th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, a lively Day of the Dead festival. Rooted in community, this weekend-long event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff’s Nuestras Raices. Don’t miss fine art and unique crafts, music and dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids. The Museum of Northern Arizona is located at 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. Museum Admission:$12 Adult (18+), $8 Youth (10-17),Student (with ID) & American Indian (with tribal affiliation). Free (Children under 10). To learn more about the Heritage Program Festival or to learn more about the museum please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries

August 4th, 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 the weekend with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on August 4th, 2017. Then on Saturday head up Cleopatra Hill for the Jerome Art Walk.

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
“Hot Spot” Featuring Kim Kori
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 4th, 2017
During the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour, visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery for Hot Spot, a special summer reception. Step inside the cool gallery for refreshments and to see the latest sculptures, paintings and jewelry from the gallery’s renowned artists. Award-winning Sedona wildlife sculptor Kim Kori has a new piece to share just in time for the sultry summer nights. Moonlight pays tribute to a small screech owl that lives in Cornville. “I had the privilege of using a beautiful little Western screech owl from Runnin’ W Wildlife Center as inspiration for this sculpture,” says Kim. “I was supposed to release the owl but Billy Harvey, the owner of Runnin’ W, discovered he was blind in one eye. Since he couldn’t be released, Billy allowed me to name him and study him in my studio. I named him – as well as the sculpture – Moonlight. He was a perfect model and this is how I pictured him at night by the light of the moon.”Kim unveiled the clay sculpture last fall, and now the finished bronze is ready for its close up. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery!

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Andrea Smith Presents Paula Nurse
August 4th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
August 5th, 2017 (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Andrea Smith Gallery welcomes Paula Nurse. Paula Nurse designs Gold and Sterling Silver jewelry with semi-precious stones and beads. Originality, design and color are uniquely characteristic of Paula’s work. She loves working with ‘high vibrational’ gemstone beads such as rubies, emeralds, tanzanite and sapphires. Each piece is an original creation designed and made in Hawaii by Paula. Her passion is to capture every facet of the beads she is working with to create a special one-of-a-kind piece.  For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery on Facebook.

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Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery
Summer Group Show II
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 4th, 2017
Mountain Trails Gallery presents its festive “Summer Group Painting Show” featuring colorful paintings by more than 40 award-winning Western artists of figurative subjects such as wildlife, still-life, landscapes, Western artifacts, historical narratives, and cultural objects, including ranching and farming life, the Grand Canyon, Native American cultures, stories of the American frontier, and more. For more information please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Embracing the Past: Vintage Jewelry”
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
August 4th, 2017
In Sedona, Arizona Turquoise Tortoise Gallery puts the spotlight on yesterday and showcases the gallery’s impressive collection of Native American jewelry from the 1970s. Included are necklaces, earrings, pins, pendants, rings and belts. Visitors can enjoy the workmanship and materials that mark the continuing traditions of Native American jewelry artists with turquoise, coral, sterling silver and more available. Highlights include a disk-bead and tab necklace of delicate green-hued all-natural turquoise from the Royston turquoise mine near Tonapah, Nevada. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Lanning Gallery“New and Novel”
August 4th, 2017
First Friday Reception 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens the new exhibition “New and Novel” to introduce works by exciting new artists and to introduce new works by current gallery artists as well. Gestural, large-scale paintings in minimalist palettes by C. Gregory Gummersall are new to the gallery by an artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally for close to forty years. Flowing abstract paintings with subtle landscape references by artist Patty Ripley are also brand new to Lanning Gallery. Several unplanned layers of thin paint usually begin one of her paintings. Also new to the gallery are several extraordinary paintings by acclaimed international abstract artist Gregory Deane and paintings by popular Impressionist painter Cynthia Reid also await gallery visitors. Delightful, yet thoroughly insightful, primitive paintings by the beloved Bill Woolway (1919-2016) are newly acquired at the gallery as well..For more information please visit www.lanninggallery.com.

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Jerome Art Walk
August 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
A warm and sultry night filled with art, music and gallery hopping is in store for you at the First Saturday Art Walk in Jerome. Visit 25 galleries and studios throughout this charming mountain town, 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 25 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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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!
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Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture

Museum of Northern Arizona

68th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture

August 5th – 6th, 2017

Spend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists at the 68th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture taking place at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, insightful heritage programs, and a variety of Navajo performances.

The museum is located in Flagstaff only 48 minutes from Sedona, AZ!  If you would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during this event, take advantage of our “Summer in Sedona” lodging special and make your reservations soon. Rooms are filling up fast!

Mainstage Performances

  • 10:00 am  Pollen Trail Dancers
    These talented troupe performs authentic dances traditionally featured at powwows.
  • 11:30 am  Sweethearts of Navajo
    The Sweethearts of Navajoland have been creating music inspired by their love of Navajo culture for over 33 years.
  • 1:00 pm  Jones Benally Family
    Guided by world-champion hoop dancer and Arizona Living Legend Jones Benally, this family has entertained audiences worldwide with a repertoire of over two dozen Navajo and Inter-Tribal dances.
  • 2:30 pm  Blackkiss
    Blackkiss was founded by Pete Sands, who grew up listening to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson while also learning the music of his culture.
  • 3:30 pm  Pollen Trail Dancers

Heritage Insights Lecture Series
Supported by Arizona Humanities

Saturday
10:45 am  Aaron White
12:15 pm The Long Walk of the Navajo People, 1864-1868 with Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
2:00 pm  Film Screening: Art of the People
3:00 pm  Traditional Navajo Weaving with Marilou Shultz

Sunday
10:45 am  Aaron White
12:15 pm Boarded Up: Social and Historical Interpretations of the American Indian Boarding School Era with Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
2:00 pm  Film Screening: Art of the People
3:00 pm  Traditional Navajo Weaving with Marilou Shultz

This Heritage Festival takes place August 5th and 6th, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm). Admission for this event: $12 adult, $8 student (w/ ID), American Indian (10+), youth (10-17), children under 10 free. Weekend Pass: $18 adult, $12 youth/student/American Indian. For more information on the Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Directions from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona to the Museum of Northern Arizona

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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!
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Sedona, AZ: Guided Moonlight Hike

Red Rock State Park: Guide Moonlight Hike

Moon in Sedona

August 7th, 2017 at 6:00 pm

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona on Monday, August 7th, don’t miss your chance to hike the red rocks during the full moon! That’s right, Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ is ready to take you out to enjoy the nighttime splendor of the red rocks with a Guided Moonlight Hike!

Sedona during the day is beautiful, Sedona by moonlight is Awesome!

This 2 1/2 hour naturalist-led interpretive moonlight hike is by far the most popular hike offered by Red Rock State Park ( make your reservations for this hike as soon as possible). Enjoy the cooler temperatures of evening as you enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon. You will also have the chance to learn a great deal about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Information about Verde Valley and park history, as well as archeology, geology, botany, and the riparian wildlife area is offered.

When we tell you that this is one of the most popular guided Sedona hikes, we are not kidding. Space is limited and reservations prior to this event are required; call (928) 282- 6907 to reserve your space as soon as possible. A $5.00 reservation fee per person is required as well as an entry fees upon arrival: 7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7-13). *Registration closes the day before the hike. No new reservations will be accepted on the day of the hike.

Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are nonrefundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing and shoes (prepare for cool nights) and bring water, a flashlight and insect spray. If you would like to learn more about Red Rock State Park and other hikes available please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Special Lodging Rates During Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Valid September 8th – 10th, 2017

  • Fiesta del TlaquepaqueReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 42nd 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

45th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 9th, 2017
Free Event
The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. 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. For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village.

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