Events, Festivals and Fun Things to do
April 28th – 30th, 2017
The sun will be shining in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona this weekend! No rain in sight and highs in the low to mid 70’s makes this a great weekend to hike, bike and to enjoy all the outdoor events taking place this weekend in Sedona and the Verde Valley! Featured events this weekend include the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival, Sedona Open Studios Tour, Red Rose Inspiration for Animals Sedona Arts & Crafts Show, and the Star Party at Red Rock State Park
Below you will find more information on featured weekend events. To see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page. Have a great weekend!
Featured Weekend Hike
Bell Rock Pathway
This trail takes you on a scenic journey of the red rocks with panoramic views that can’t be beat. This hiking trail is marked as easy to moderate and there are other paths and trails that lead off the Pathway for you and your family to explore. The Pathway is about 7 miles round trip and it is important to remember it is not a loop. Keep that in mind while you are enjoying your hike and remember you have to hike back the distance you go in. You do not have to hike the entire pathway to enjoy some great views of the red rocks. As soon as you walk the first 10-15 minutes you will be close enough to feel the energy of Bell Rock and get some great views!
Directions: From the junction of Routes 89A and 179 in Sedona, take 179 south 3.6 miles to a paved turnout and trailhead parking on the left (east) at milepost 309.8 for the South trailhead, .2 miles south of the entrance to the United Methodist Church for the North trailhead. Visit our Bell Rock Pathway Photo Album.
Featured Events and Entertainment in Sedona, AZ
Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival
April 27th – 30th, 2017
The Verde Valley is home to many species of birds and normally at the festival over a 100 species of birds are seen including herons, cardinals, tanagers, warblers, hawks and egrets to only name a few. The festival celebrates nature with workshops and field trips where expert guides take visitors to the area’s birding hot spots. There will also be plenty of vendors and exhibitors on hand and activities for families and friends to enjoy. The Festival has been attracting hundreds of birders to the Verde River Valley for over 10 years now and due to the popularity of this event we highly recommend that you register as soon as possible (registration opens up on January 29th) The tours and events will fill up quickly! To register for the festival or for more information please visit the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival.
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Sedona Open Studios Tour
April 28th – 30th, 2017 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Free Self Guided Tour
SVAC’s Annual Open Studios Art Tour is an annual celebration of the arts and artists in the greater Verde Valley. This non-profit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists and gain a first-hand view of their creative processes. The event is funded entirely by artist participation fees and community support. The weekend event is a free, self-guided tour allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily work spaces. There will be over 40 studios participating, working in a variety of mediums, such as: ceramics, painting, fiber, photography, jewelry, watercolors, and sculpture. For more information and map of participating studios please visit www.sedonaartistscoalition.org
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Sedona Poetry Slam
April 28th, 2017 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12
The Sedona Poetry Slam takes the stage 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. All poets get three minutes per round to entertain and inspire the audience with their creativity. Contact host Christopher Fox Graham at email@example.com to sign up to slam early by Friday, March 31st, or arrive at the door by 7:00 pm to sign up the day of the slam. For more information on this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.
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Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
April 29th – 30th, 2017 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
During your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! 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 the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. For more information on the Sedona event please visit Red Rose Inspiration for Animals.
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Star Party at Red Rock State Park
April 29th, 2017 (7:30 pm)
Come join the Astronomers of Verde Valley as they present the celestial happenings of the late April sky. A 4-day-old Moon located in the constellation of Orion, the Hunter will not interfere with the many clusters and galaxies in the skies overhead. The Ghost of Jupiter will be due south with the planet Jupiter and its Galilean Moons not far away in the constellation of Virgo. Virgo is also host to galaxy clusters easily seen in telescopes. Several little known constellations such as Lynx, the Cat; Hydra, the Water Snake; Corvus, the Crow; Crater, the Chalice; Canes Venatici, the Hunting Dogs and many more will be visible under the dark skies at the park. This program is limited to 75 participants. A $5 per person reservation fee is required for this program, in addition to the park’s regular entry fees on the day of the program. Call 928.282-6907 to reserve your spots. Light refreshments (drinks,snacks) will be provided.
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Sedona Entertainment – Legendary Master Guitarist Esteban
April 29th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Show only tickets start at $69. Show & Dinner tickets start at $149
Sound Bites Grill is proud to announce the return of Esteban for his 2017 “Private Concert” season at Sound Bites Celebrity Show Room in beautiful Sedona, AZ. This venue is a must-see-fan favorite. Sit not five feet from Esteban and watch his fingers fly as he performs.This is an intimate dinner theater where you may enjoy a rare and unique experience of music mastery at its finest that cannot be duplicated!… The concert will take you on a musical journey with stories that inspire and ignite the passion of the soul. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.
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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
April 30th, 2017 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
Everyone 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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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!