Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Your Guide to Weekend Events, Festivals and Fun Things to do!

February 24th – 26th, 2017

sedona shot 544The weekend is here and the sun will be shining today and Saturday in the red rocks!  Besides spending some time out in the rocks you might want to catch Michael Feinstein, who will wrap up the live concerts of the Sedona International Film Festival tonight at the Sedona Performing Arts Center!

We would like to welcome all of our incoming weekend guests and thank all of the festival goers who chose our hotel for their time in Sedona, we appreciate your business and had a great time with all of our guests this week. We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and if you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle!

Featured Weekend Events

Live in Concert: Michael Feinstein
February 24th, 2017 (6:00 pm)
Tickets: $55/$45 and $100 for VIP tickets
Michael-Feinstein-teaserFive-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein will bring his Ira Gershwin Program and Great American Songbook to the Sedona International Film Festival in a special concert that celebrates Music in the Movies at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe – in addition to his appearances at iconic venues such as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House – his work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time. Please note: No phone orders will be taken because all ticket buyers must select their seats at the time of purchase. All concertgoers must have a ticket for entry. Sedona International Film Festival passes and ticket packages will not provide concert access. This is a separate-ticketed event. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
February 24th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$225/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $60/$65/$70
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
February 25th, 2017 (9:00 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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Cottonwood, AZ – Arvel Bird
Celtic Indian Flutist/Violinist in Concert
February 25th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
$18 adv, $20 door, $25 priority
Arvel BirdArvel Bird, a Native American violinist, flutist and composer is known around the world for his dramatic connection between Native American and Celtic traditions, stirring up scenes that echo from North American memory. Dubbed “Lord of the Strings” by fans and music critics, his music evokes the soul of North American history and is thoroughly entertaining, but also enlightening and humanizing. This event will take place at Old Town Center for the Arts located 5th and Main Street in Cottonwood, AZ. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Sedona Entertainment – The Black Market Trust Band
February 25th and 26th, 2017 (7:30 pm)
Supper Club Dinner Show $65, Show Only tickets $25
BMT-color-768x566Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present The Black Market Trust Band. The Black Market Trust is an American pop/vocal jazz band whose current release II combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Consisting of five world class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalizes on their experience and pedigree to deliver a sophomore album that brings a new and exciting sound to 12 tried and true classic songs. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
February 26th, 2017 (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
The program is included with the park admission
Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
February 26th, 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 the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

  • Bell Rock pathway 3Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the festival taking place March 3rd – 5th, 2017
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Mountain Bike Festival” special rate.
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the Posse Grounds Park.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.

2017 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
March 3rd – 5th, 2017
2bike festivalShake off those winter blues at the 2017 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival! With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, along with a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, and great Bands! The location of the festival, Sedona’s stunning Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona, will welcome enthusiasts from across the globe for this year’s festival! For more information and to stay up to date and in the loop please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

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Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

Camp Verde, Arizona

Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival

March 18th – 19th, 2017

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Visit Sedona, Arizona during the third weekend of March and enjoy the great weather, hike the red rocks and visit our neighbors in Camp Verde (45 minute drive from Sedona) for their 16th Annual Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival! Taste the region’s award-winning wines, race your canoe or kayak, and celebrate the rich agricultural history, as well as the rich and ancient cultural heritage of Arizona’s Verde Valley.

The Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival, includes the Verde Valley’s largest wine tasting, Verde River Runoff Canoe and Kayak Race and the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair! The Festival takes place in beautiful and historic Downtown Camp Verde, AZ, at the corner of Main Street and Hollamon Street (Race launches form White Bridge River Access Point). There are no entrance fees for the festival, charges apply to wine tasting and race entries. The fun starts at 10:00 am Saturday and Sunday!

  • Pecan and Wine Festival: Featuring wine tasting from a dozen or more of the valley’s premiere wineries along with 60+ food and craft vendors.
  • Verde Valley Archaeology Fair: Hosted by the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, this popular family event includes activities surrounding Arizona State Parks’ Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month, the International Archaeology Film Festival and the Festival of American Indian Art.
  • Verde River Runoff Canoe and Kayak Race: A ten-mile race open to competitive boaters as well as pleasure boaters.
  • Fort Verde State Historic Park is right next-door and will be sponsoring a Pecan Pie Contest and Vintage baseball.

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Directions from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona to Camp Verde, AZ

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Inn of SedonaA visit to Sedona can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or off road adventure, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several great 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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Live Shows this Week in Sedona, AZ

Sedona International Film Festival

3 Live Performances at the Sedona Performing Arts Center

February 21st, 22nd and 24th, 2017

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The Sedona International Film Festival is in full swing this week in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona. Along with great films the festival will be featuring three live shows this week at the Sedona Performing Arts Center: Peter Marshall “Cabaret Concert”,  Broadway – A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber, and  Michael Feinstein Live to close out the festival. See below for show dates, more information and ticket prices. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle to get you to and from the event venue.

Sedona Entertainment – Live Performance
Peter Marshall Cabaret Concert
February 21st, 2017 (6:00 pm)
Tickets $13
Peter-teaserThe Sedona Film Festival is proud to present a cabaret-style performance by Emmy Award winner Peter Marshall, whose broad resume includes more than 50 television, movie and Broadway credits, not to mention a 14-year stint as host of hit TV game show, The Hollywood Squares. Marshall continues to perform in concert and still loves singing with the Big Bands such as Tex Beneke and his Orchestra, the Les Brown band, and the Harry James band. His career has demonstrated a versatility and flexibility that few entertainers can match. This special event will be taking place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment – Live Performance
A Tribute to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway
February 22nd, 2017 (6:00 pm)
Tickets $13

Andrew-Lloyd-Webber-teaserThe 2017 Sedona International Film Festival will feature a mid-week salute to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway. This special evening is a musical tribute to the genius of the renowned composer, featuring selections from ten of his biggest hit shows.Terry Barber, a former member of the two-time Grammy Award winning group “Chanticleer”, sings songs that we all know and love from Broadway’s most famous shows, the music of Andrew Lloyd Webber. Barber will be accompanied by a stunning musical cast of 7 musicians plus 3 other voices. This special event will be taking place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Live in Concert: Michael Feinstein
February 24th, 2017 (6:00 pm)
Tickets: $55/$45 and $100 for VIP tickets
Michael-Feinstein-teaserFive-time Grammy nominee Michael Feinstein will bring his Ira Gershwin Program and Great American Songbook to the Sedona International Film Festival in a special concert that celebrates Music in the Movies at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Feinstein has built a dazzling career over the last three decades bringing the music of the Great American songbook to the world. From recordings that have earned him five Grammy Award nominations to his Emmy nominated PBS-TV specials, his acclaimed NPR series and concerts spanning the globe – in addition to his appearances at iconic venues such as The White House, Buckingham Palace, Hollywood Bowl, Carnegie Hall and Sydney Opera House – his work as an educator and archivist define Feinstein as one of the most important musical forces of our time. Please note: No phone orders will be taken because all ticket buyers must select their seats at the time of purchase. All concertgoers must have a ticket for entry. Sedona International Film Festival passes and ticket packages will not provide concert access. This is a separate-ticketed event. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Your Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Fun things to do, Events and Entertainment

February 17th – 20th, 2017

sedona-shot-800The weekend is here and we are all excited to see the town a buzz with excitement for the kick off of the 23rd Annual Sedona International Film Festival! We would like to take a  moment to remind our Inn of Sedona guest that are attending the festival that our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will be more than happy to drop you off and pick you up at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre and the Sedona Performing Arts Center (main venues for the film festival). 

The Sedona Festival is the main event this weekend, but there are many events taking place for all to enjoy! Below you will find our top picks for fun things to do in the red rocks this weekend, for a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page.  Have a great Weekend!

Featured Events and Live Entertainment

Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
February 17th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$225/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $60/$65/$70
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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The 23nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival2o17filmfest
February 18th – 26th, 2017
Purchase Passes here
Already recognized by filmmakers and audiences as one of the top festivals in the nation (and named the “Fest to Impress” by MovieMaker Magazine), the 2017 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! For more information or to purchase passes please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Live in Concert – Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers
February 18th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Tickets: $65/$55 and $100 for VIP tickets
Bruce-Hornsby-teaserThree-time Grammy Award-winner Bruce Hornsby will open the 2017 Sedona International Film Festival with a performance with his band The Noisemakers at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Hornsby’s work displays a creative iconoclasm that’s been a constant in the artist’s three-decade recording career. His commercial stock soared early on, when “The Way It Is”, the title track of his 1986 debut album, became one of the most popular songs on American radio. VIP tickets for the best seats at SPAC and a backstage meet-and-greet with Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers before the concert are $100. Only 50 VIP tickets will be sold. Please note: No phone orders will be taken because all ticket buyers must select their seats at the time of purchase. All concertgoers must have a ticket for entry. Sedona International Film Festival passes and ticket packages will not provide concert access. This is a separate-ticketed event. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show
Featuring Tom Tayback & The Daddy O’s
February 18th, 2017 (7:30 pm – 9:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$25/$30
Sound Bites GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present Tom Tayback & The Daddy O’s! Recalling the good old days of Sock Hops and Soda Shops with Juke Boxes playing 45 Records. Tom Tayback will guide you on this trip down Memory Lane with tributes to Rock ‘n’ Roll legends like Elvis Presley, Bill Haley, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, The Big Bopper, Little Richard, The Coasters, Fats Domino, Sam The Sham and more. Times were never better and the music was never better. You can Remember When at this show. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
February 19th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_ArchHikeRed Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
February 19th, 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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When it comes to the staff at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona there is no doubt our main priority is making sure your time in Sedona, AZ is special. Over the last year we have made some great improvements to the property: new comfortable seating with fire pits on the terraces, EV & Tesla Vehicle Charging Stations for our guests’ use with our compliments as well as new window treatments and mattresses in all our guest rooms. We have also made improvements to our Inn of Sedona Blog to better assist our concierge, and our guests, to plan their Sedona Getaway. Our goal in 2017 is to enhance your experience in the red rocks as well as your stay at our Sedona hotel. New vacation packages are coming soon and hotel improvements will continue.

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Black Market Trust Band in Sedona, AZ

Sound Bites Grill

The Black Market Trust Band

February 25th and 26th, 2017

Visit Sedona, Arizona during the last weekend of February and enjoy the Gypsy Jazz Sound of The Black Market Trust Band at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill!  You can enjoy this evening of entertainment however you like: enjoy a scrumptious dinner and purchase the Supper Club Dinner Show for only $65, or purchase show only tickets for $25!

Black Market Trust BandThe Black Market Trust is an American pop/vocal jazz band whose current release II combines the sounds of the great American crooners and vocal groups with the romantic Eastern European gypsy fire of jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt. Consisting of five world class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages and with music’s most renowned artists, The Black Market Trust capitalizes on their experience and pedigree to deliver a sophomore album that brings a new and exciting sound to 12 tried and true classic songs.

Merging their love of everything from The Mills Brothers to The Beach Boys, Sinatra to Lennon/McCartney, the band began to arrange lead and 3 part vocal harmony lines to 12 of their favorite Great American Songbook standards. Using Radaich’s emotive, light baritone as the focus and surrounding it with Netzley’s pure tenor and Irwin’s rich bottom-end, the band’s sound is a synthesis of two distinctly different vibes- one of a gypsy campfire, the other a slick metropolitan nightclub- into a cohesive, stylish sound.

For more information, or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.soundbitesgrill.com

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Mountain Bike Festival in Sedona, AZ

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

March 3rd – 5th, 2017

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Start making your plans today to visit Sedona, Arizona the first weekend of March for the 2017 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival! With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, along with a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, and great Bands!

Sedona’s stunning Posse Grounds Park, right down the street from the hotel in West Sedona, will once again welcome enthusiasts from across the globe for this year’s festival! For those of you who will be visiting the red rocks for the festival and wish to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, save money with our Sedona Mountain Bike Festival Hotel Special! You can save big and be close to the main venue! 

Sedona’s average temperature in March is 65 degrees and with over 200 miles of single-track trails, it’s the perfect biker destination. Simply put: it’s a bucket list destination people want to come ride. Featured entertainment for this year’s event are: The Naughty Bits, The Hourglass Cats, Planet Sandwich, Decker, Invincible Grins and the VeloValo Band.

Festival passes are not included with the Hotel Special, to purchase passes to this event, or for more event information, please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

  • logoBsizeReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the festival taking place March 3rd – 5th, 2017.
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the Posse Grounds Park.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Mountain Bike Festival” special rate.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Weekend Events, Entertainment, and Fun Things to do in Sedona

February 10th – 12th, 2017

IMG_0855A big welcome to all of our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! It is going to be a wonderful weekend of events and Valentine’s celebrations. We would like to remind our Inn of Sedona guests to take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle! Relax, unwind, enjoy a glass of wine and celebrate with your special someone without the worry of driving! Our shuttle will be more than happy to pick you up anywhere in Sedona proper, about a 3 mile radius, until 9:30 pm. Below you will find all of the featured events for this weekend, including Valentine celebrations. Enjoy, and have a wonderful weekend!

Weekend Featured Events

Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
February 10th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$225/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $60/$65/$70
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
February 11th, 2017 (9:00 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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Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
February 11th – 12th, 2017 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rosey-crafts-showDuring 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! 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. This event takes place at the parking lot of Redrock Precision Motors. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals.

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Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration
February 11th, 12th and 14th, 2017
Tickets: $129 per person
Choclovers-rezweb_giftcard1-300x300This delectable affair is one of the most popular Verde Canyon Railroad events. It blends the rich flavors of everything sweet with magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. the confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website.

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Sedona Entertainment – Esteban Valentines Concert
Legendary Guitarist Esteban and Violinist Teresa Joy
February 11th, 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 todays 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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Guided Geology Hike
February 12th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
February 12th, 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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Winter Serenade Concert
February 12th, 2017 (2:30 pm – 4:00 pm)
Admission: $30
Verde Valley SinfoniettaHarpist David Ice is the featured soloist in the Verde Valley Sinfonietta’s second concert of the season, “Winter Serenade”. An eclectic program of music from around the world will be guest conducted by Bill Cummings, one of three candidates for the Sinfonietta’s music director position. The concert is sponsored by Peter and Kathy Wege of Sedona. This Sedona event takes place at the Sedona Performing Arts Center located at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. For more information please visit www.vvsinfonietta.org.

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Valentines Murder Mystery “I Love you to Death”
February 12th, 2017 (5:30 pm)
Cost: $65 per person (includes 4 course dinner)
The-Days-Of-Wine-Muder-Cast-III-768x576Sound Bites Grill will be hosting another one of their popular mystery dinner shows on Sunday! “I LOVE YOU… to DEATH” is a Valentine Murder Mystery packed with comedy, music, long lost love and… a heaping dose of murder. Bursting with comedy, music and crazy mayhem, each dinner theater mystery includes a delicious three-course gourmet meal after a 5pm cocktail hour where guests get up close and personal with zany murder mystery characters. Dinner will be served as comic scenes break out, giving guests clues as to “who done it.” After dessert is served, everyone will have an opportunity to vote for whomever they think did the dirty deed. The lucky winner will be awarded a special gift by Sound Bites Grill. Shows have limited seating and sell out quickly so call to get tickets. For more information and tickets, call Sound Bites Grill at 928.282.2913 or visit www.Soundbitesgrill.com

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Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service

Did you know that the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona offers a Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle Service? That’s right, if you are a guest of our Sedona hotel we’ll do the driving for you. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper in our 12 passenger air conditioned van, then just call us and we’ll come back and pick you up! This free shuttle service is available to all of our guests from 8:00 am until last pick up at 9:45 pm.

  • Don’t worry about finding a parking spot, especially in Uptown!
  • Don’t worry about navigating after dark!
  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
  • Don’t worry about a thing, you’re on vacation!

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Upcoming Hotels Specials for Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona Hotel Specials

Sedona International Film Festival, Mountain Biking Festival and Yoga Festival

IOS-cover-4The Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona is pleased to announce three upcoming hotel specials that will save you money on your lodging during three of the most popular events taking place in Sedona, Arizona. It all starts with the Sedona International Film Festival! See below for all the details!

2017 Sedona Film Festival Hotel Special
Valid February 18th – 26th, 2017

  • 2o17filmfestSave up to $40 a night, savings will vary with room type
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the main event venues of the Sedona Film Festival!
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Sedona Film Festival” special rate
  • You will need to purchase your Sedona Film Festival passes/tickets separately at the Sedona International Film Festival website
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sedona International Film Festival
February 18th – 26th, 2017
Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center with its biggest celebration of film yet! This is the greatest celebration of the BEST in independent film from around the world!From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a cinephile’s dream … NINE DAYS and more than 160 films! For more information or to purchase tickets to the festival please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

 

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

  • logoBsizeReceive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the festival taking place March 3rd – 5th, 2017.
  • Take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle” to get you to and from the Posse Grounds Park.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes!
  • Please call the Inn of Sedona directly at 928.282.3072, or toll free at 800.292.5344, and ask for the “Mountain Bike Festival” special rate.
  • To learn more about this Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona.

2017 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
March 3rd – 5th, 2017
Shake off those winter blues at the 2017 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival! With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, along with a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, and great Bands! The location of the festival, Sedona’s stunning Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona, will welcome enthusiasts from across the globe for this year’s festival! For more information and to stay up to date and in the loop please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

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Sedona Yoga Festival Hotel Special

Sedona YogaStay with us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the Sedona Yoga Festival taking place March 9th – 12th, 2017 and save up to $40.00 a night! Just let us know you are attending the Festival, it’s that easy! Please call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Yoga Festival Rate” to make your reservations. This discounted rate is for lodging only, you will need to purchase your passes separately at the Sedona Yoga Festival website. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

Sedona Yoga Festival
March 9th – 12th, 2017
Purchase Tickets/Passes
The Sedona Yoga Festival provides the keys to unlocking your greatest transformation with a focus on yoga and the expansion of consciousness. This conference is a world class opportunity for you to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days and three nights of yoga, meditation, hiking and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West. The 5th Annual Sedona Yoga Festival will be held at a neighboring Collective Sedona and the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock. For more information please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

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Valentine’s Celebrations in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona

Valentine’s Celebrations and Fun!

February 11th – 14th, 2017

ValentinesThis Valentine’s Day weekend skip the flowers and candy hearts and treat your special someone to the beautiful scenery of Sedona, Arizona. Famous for it’s beautiful sunsets and the vibrant colors of the red rocks that surround it, Sedona is a perfect romantic getaway!

Stay at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and enjoy our award winning terraced design that offers our guests beautiful views from our promenade terraces! Take a stroll along the sunrise side as the day begins, and in the evening, stroll over to the west side to watch a spectacular sunset right from the terrace, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand.

There are also special events taking place in Sedona and the surrounding areas to help you and your special someone have one awesome, romantic, special Valentines Day weekend!

Valentine Special Events

Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration
February 11th, 12th and 14th, 2017
Tickets: $129 per person
Choclovers-rezweb_giftcard1-300x300This delectable affair is one of the most popular Verde Canyon Railroad events. It blends the rich flavors of everything sweet with magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. the confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Fruit, pretzels and marshmallows are ready to be dunked into free-flowing chocolate fountains. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website.

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Sedona Entertainment – Esteban Valentines Concert
Legendary Guitarist Esteban and Violinist Teresa Joy
February 11th, 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 todays 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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Valentines Murder Mystery “I Love you to Death”
February 12th, 2017 (5:30 pm)
Cost: $65 per person (includes 4 course dinner)
The-Days-Of-Wine-Muder-Cast-III-768x576Sound Bites Grill will be hosting another one of their popular mystery dinner shows on Sunday! “I LOVE YOU… to DEATH” is a Valentine Murder Mystery packed with comedy, music, long lost love and… a heaping dose of murder. Bursting with comedy, music and crazy mayhem, each dinner theater mystery includes a delicious three-course gourmet meal after a 5pm cocktail hour where guests get up close and personal with zany murder mystery characters. Dinner will be served as comic scenes break out, giving guests clues as to “who done it.” After dessert is served, everyone will have an opportunity to vote for whomever they think did the dirty deed. The lucky winner will be awarded a special gift by Sound Bites Grill. Shows have limited seating and sell out quickly so call to get tickets. For more information and tickets, call Sound Bites Grill at 928.282.2913 or visit www.Soundbitesgrill.com

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Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Amore Valentines Concert
February 14th, 2017 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Tickets starting at $65 AnthonyMazzella
Guitar Amore is a passionate music and dance show based on the eclectic original music of guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella. This exotic music is composed with a fusion of world influences consisting of Spanish guitar, Acoustic Finger style, Near Eastern and Celtic. Carrie KonyhasThe show also features the exciting belly dance routines and costumes of the elegant queen of Sedona dance Carrie Konyha. Do not miss the chance to see these two amazing performing artists live in a show to remember and cherish as part of your Sedona experience! Ticket price includes 3 course dinner, does not include tax & gratuity. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Vittles, Vines & Valentines – Cottonwood, AZ
February 14th – 18th, 2017
Tickets: $60++
BMR_2017_Valentine_fbMark your calendars with a big red heart and get ready for the 4th annual “Vittles, Vines and Valentines” special at the Blazin’ M Ranch! Bring your sweetie for a special Valentine’s price that includes two adult dinner and show tickets! No Valentine’s Day should be spent without chocolate and wine, so also included in the special price is a miniature Chocolate Walk featuring tasty homemade treats from Sedona Fudge. This event takes place at the Blazin’ M Ranch located at 1875 Mabery Ranch Rd in Cottonwood, AZ. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.blazinm.com.

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Take Advantage of our Year Round Mobile Hotel Special!

We appreciate the fact that you can’t always plan in advance. And we know that sometimes you’re heading to Sedona without knowing where you’ll spend the night. We think you should still get a deal, even at the last minute.

Visit our mobile site from your smart phone and you’ll see a phone icon at the bottom of the page. When you click on it you’ll find our Sedona hotel Mobile Special. Show that page to our front desk agents to receive your discount. It’s that easy!

We’re not talking about 5%, or even 10%, this is a 15% discount off our standard rate! We don’t offer this rate anywhere but from our mobile site, so even if you’re a last minute kind of person, you’re still a VIP with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Fun thing to do, Events and Live Entertainment

February 3rd – 5th, 2017

Sedona Marathon

On your Mark, Get Set, Go! That’s right, it’s Marathon weekend in the red rocks and the sun will be joining us for the race! Olde Sedona Bar and Grill will be hosting the All You Can Eat Pasta Dinner tonight for the runners, and tomorrow the post-race party will also be taking place there. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town”  shuttle. We will have a shuttle running early for the racers, so make sure to talk to the Front Desk Agent about signing up.  

The Marathon is obviously the main event this weekend, but there are plenty of other fun things to do starting tonight with Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries, and Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show live at Sound Bites Grill! Then on Saturday the Marathon kicks off at 9:00 am. It will be a great time for runners as well as spectators! There is also the Sedona Poetry Slam and the Jerome Art Walk taking place.  Below we have highlighted the featured events for the weekend. To see a full listing, please visit our Sedona Events page.

Featured Sedona Events and Entertainment

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
February 3rd, 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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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
February 3rd, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$225/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $60/$65/$70
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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12th Annual Sedona Marathon
February 4th, 2017
Registration Fees
1416520861The Sedona Marathon Event is proud to offer four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views, and high-desert mild winter temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo. The community of Sedona features artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.

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Sedona Entertainment – Sedona Poetry Slam
February 4th, 2017 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12
logo_sedonapoetryslamThe Sedona Poetry Slam hosts the Groundhog Day Recovery Slam at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre! A poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays. Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. All types of poetry are welcome on the stage, from street-wise hip-hop and narrative performance poems, to political rants and introspective confessionals. Any poem is a “slam” poem if performed in a competition. To compete in the slam, poets will need three original poems, each lasting no longer than three minutes. No props, costumes nor musical accompaniment are permitted. The poets are judged Olympics-style by five members of the audience selected at random at the beginning of the slam. Contact host Christopher Fox Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Jerome Art Walk
February 4th, 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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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
February 5th, 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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