2016 Bike and Brew Festival in Sedona, AZ

2016 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival

August 26th – 27th, 2016

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Have you heard? The 2016 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival hosted by the Sedona Golf Resort will be taking place this Friday and Saturday, August 26th and 27th! This is not your typical Mountain Bike race course, this one takes place on a golf course! There are divisions for every member of the family to join in on the fun, so yes make sure to sign up your kids! This is a great event to get the whole family out there exercising, spending time together and having some fun in the red rocks! Not a rider? That’s ok, have fun spectating at no charge

The 2016 event will kick off Friday August 26th with rider registration and then a leisurely group ride so that the racers can see the track for the first time. The 6-mile track will take the riders over all 18 holes, 400 feet of elevation change, 90 acres of fairways, tee boxes, cart paths, natural and man made features. Afterwards, riders can voluntarily participate in a short track race near the Clubhouse while spectators cheer them on.  Additionally, the Juniper Bar & Grille, (Sedona Golf Resort’s restaurant) will be hosting dinner along with music and of course Cold Beer.

Races will start August 27th at 8:00AM.  All levels will be shotgun start. Open Division will complete two consecutive laps, Sport & Junior will be one lap.  Racing will conclude with an awards ceremony, music, food, drink and a Raffle with tons of swag benefiting the Red Rock Trail Fund.  All riders are required to wear a helmet and sign a waiver. 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.

Friday Schedule

  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Registration
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Group Ride / Scout the Course
  • 5:00 pm – Ladies Short Track Race – (20 minutes + 2 laps) (GA $10 additional – VIP Included)
  • 5:30 pm – Mens Short Track Race – (30 minutes + 2 laps) (GA $10 additional – VIP Included)
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Evening Festivities: Music, Beer, Cornhole (GA Food = $15 additional – VIP Included)

Saturday Schedule

  • 8:00 am – Junior Division 12 – 7 Years Old (Approx 1/2 Mile)
  • Followed by- Junior Division 6 & Under (Approx 300 Yards)
  • Followed by – Junior Division 13 – 17 Years Old (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Men’s SPORT Division (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Women’s SPORT Division (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Men’s OPEN Division (2 Laps)
  • Followed by Awards Ceremony / Party

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Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

This weekend in Sedona, Arizona

August 19th – 21st, 2016

sedona shot 608To all our weekend guests and visitors, welcome to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! The forecast is looking pretty good with highs in the low 80’s and a slight chance of monsoon activity in the afternoons. This would be a great weekend to do some early morning hikes, visit our friends at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, or enjoy some live entertainment! The Verde Canyon Railroad will also be having their popular Starlight Tour this weekend. Below you will find our top picks for events, entertainment and fun things to do in Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley! If you love the Olympics like we do, you can catch all the action on the big screens at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. Have a great weekend!

Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
August 19th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $15/$20/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $55/$60/$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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Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Open 7 Days  a Week
Admission Prices/ Purchase Tickets
Out of AfricaVisit the Wildlife Preserve where large land predators like Lions and Panthers prowl majestically in their natural habitat. The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. Enjoy the “walk-a-bout” tour and take the educational Tram. Experience the Serengeti Safari, traveling on a two-story Hummer or a Mercedes Unimog, to see other animals from the African Plains up close and personal. Even feed a Giraffe right from your Safari vehicle! A delightful, all day African Wildlife Adventure this is a truly unique experience and just a 30 minute drive from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. To learn more about the park please visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

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Sedona Poetry Slam
August 20th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12
Sedona-Poetry-SlamSlam poets will assemble for the Sedona Poetry Slam on Saturday to choose Sedona’s representative for the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam. Poets are invited to compete at the first slam of the 2016-17 season, which kicks off at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize. Contact host Christopher Fox Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam. Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. While many people may think of poetry as dull and laborious, a poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays. All types of poetry are welcome on the stage, from street-wise hip-hop and narrative performance poems, to political rants and introspective confessionals. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Alice Tatum Supper Club Show
August 20th, 2016
Cost: Supper Club Dinner Show $65
Show Only* tickets $25 (minimum $15 food & beverage spend per person)
Sound-Bites-GrillAlice Tatum has been a fixture in the Phoenix music scene for 30 years. She is an award winning and critically acclaimed singer who is always on the ‘must have’ list for events needing the finest in musical entertainment.As performer, Alice has played along side such greats as; Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson. She has also worked with producer giant Don Costa as well as entertainers Flip Wilson, Paul Anka and most recently, her summer concert series at the Hilton, with Merv Griffin. As a recording artist her discography is expansive. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Starlight Tour on The Verde Canyon Railroad
August 20th, 2016 (Clarkdale, AZ)
Coach Class $64.95 First Class 89.95
moonlight-ride-artwork1-150x150This Saturday Night Starlight Ride offers a very unique perspective of the Verde Canyon…under the moon and stars! It’s not just the stars that come out to play in Verde Canyon. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies. As the sun slips behind distant mountains, cool air sweeps through the Canyon signaling the resident wildlife to begin their nightly rounds. The Canyon comes alive with the luminous glow of moon-kissed skies on Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular Saturday Starlight Tours. For more information of to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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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 2016 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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Star Party in Sedona, AZ

Red Rock State Park

Enjoy a star filled night at Red Rock State Park’s “Star Party”

August 27th, 2016

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If love gazing in to the beautiful night sky and are going to be visiting the red rocks of Sedona, AZ on August 27th, you will not want to miss the Star Party at Red Rock State Park! Sedona has been accredited as the 8th International Dark Sky City in the World! Our stars shine brightly in the night sky and astronomers and star gazers flock to Sedona every year to relax, unwind, discover and dream under a blanket of stars. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn more about the universe and enjoy a very special evening of stargazing!

Star Party at Red Rock State Park
August 27th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Come out and enjoy the night skies at Red Rock State Park with the Astronomers of Verde Valley. The Star Party begins with an introductory presentation on the celestial happenings in the late summer skies. The Summer Milky Way rides high in the sky with its plethora of clusters, globulars, nebulae and stellar clouds. Planetary nebulae (exploded stars) dot the sky thru the stream of stars in the Milky Way. Constellations like Cygnus the Swan, Sagittarius the Archer and Scorpius the Scorpion will join the smaller constellations of Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, Vulpecula the Fox and Lyra the Harp. The Red Planet, Mars, will be at the edge of Scorpius as Saturn rides above in the 13th Zodiacal constellation of Ophiuchus. This program will require a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees. For additional information and reservations for this Sedona event please call 928.282.6907 or visit Red Rock State Park.

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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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Fiesta del Tlaquepaque Hotel Special

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Save Money on your lodging during the 2016 Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

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It is almost time for one of our favorite events at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village! That’s right the 44th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque“, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, will be taking place on Saturday, September 10th! 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 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 for those over 21 enjoy 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 9th – 11th, 2016Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

  • Receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the weekend of the 44th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
  • Our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from this event.
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast featuring fresh pancakes and yogurt parfaits!
  • 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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Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

Sedona, AZ

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

August 12th – 14th, 2016

Sedona Shots 312The weekend is here and the red rocks of Sedona, AZ are calling your name! The weekend weather forecast is looking pretty good with mostly sunny skies and highs in the mid 90’s. This would be a great weekend for early morning hikes and visiting the galleries around Sedona. Or take a scenic jaunt down to the The Collective Sedona in the Village of Oak Creek for their Second Saturday Art Walk. For your evening, taking in some live entertainment at Sound Bites Grill is always a great choice! Of course if you love the Olympics, like we do, you can kick back with your favorite beverage and catch all the weekend action on the big screens at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. Go Team USA!

Featured Events and Entertainment

Sedona Cinema: ‘When Elephants Were Young’
August 12th – 16th, 2016
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival members
When-Elephants-teaserThe Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present ‘When Elephants Were Young’ at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. William Shatner narrates this story of a young man and his young elephant living together in Thailand. Their tender bond reveals a complex relationship, where elephants live with humans, even though they are wild animals. While the lens never strays from its focus of preserving this magnificent creature from extinction, it also portrays the paradoxes of elephants in captivity, dismantling common beliefs about the relationship between human and elephant. Twenty-six-year-old Wok has been caring for Nong Mai since she was three. Nong Mai is one of 35 captive elephants in Wok’s village in northeastern Thailand. Here, the traditions of elephant keeping have been passed down from generation to generation — but now they’re quickly fading. Wok is Nong Mai’s mahout, her keeper. They are inseparable. They play together. They bathe together. And they beg together. For more information, showtimes 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
August 12th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $15/$20/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $55/$60/$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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Free Live Entertainment and Sports Bar
2016 Olympic Coverage on the Big Screens!

August 12th – 14th, 2016
Olde Sedona Bar & GrillWhen you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! With live bands, DJs and Karaoke, and sports on the 7 big screen TVs all the time, there’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Visit Olde Sedona on Facebook.
August 12th – Godfood (9:00 pm)
August 13th – DJ Pablo (9:00 pm)
August 14th – All Star Karaoke (9:00 pm)

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
August 13th, 2016 (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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The Collective Sedona Second Saturday Art Walk
August 13th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 9:00 pm) Village of Oak Creek
tcsThe Collective Sedona will be launching the Second Saturday Art Walk, a celebration of local art, music and culinary concepts. Second Saturday will feature artwork on display and for sale from local artists and galleries such as Bearcloud, Zona Gallery, and Sedona Arts Center. The event will also feature a rotation of monthly artist showcases, live art demonstrations and live music. Guests can get a taste of The Collective Sedona with sample dishes and beverages from the venue’s top dining spots. For more information please visit The Collective Sedona website.

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Sedona Entertainment – “Neil Diamond” Tribute ShowSound-Bites-Grill
August 13th, 2016 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Supper Club Dinner Show $75, Show Only* tickets $35
Eddie Diamond and the AZ Diamonds perform a tribute to “Neil Diamond” at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! Eddie’s uncanny vocal impersonation of this iconic superstar has taken his tribute act to theaters across the country as well as casino’s,resorts, fundraisers,festivals,and numerous corporate events. Close your eyes and you might swear that it’s Neil Diamond himself performing on stage. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
August 14th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
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Part of the Cool Summer Jazz series, it’s the unique sounds of Floote Prints, with flutists Joe Corral and Mike Crotty, double bassist Dwight Kilian, percussionist Ryan Anthony and pianist Armand Boatman at Saint Luke’s Church – the prettiest and best Chamber Jazz venue in Northern Arizona.. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online and at the door. Saint Luke’s Church is located at On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. For more information please visit Jazz at the Church.

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“The Days Of Wine & Murder” Murder Mystery Dinner
August 14th, 2016 (6:00pm, Doors open at 5:30pm)
$65 per person (includes 4 course dinner)
The-Days-Of-Wine-Muder-Cast-III-768x576Enjoy an evening filled with fun, fine dining, excellent wine, good company, and a cold bloodied killer at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! Cheri Chardonnay has a HUGE announcement about a new wine that will revolutionize the industry. Joining Cheri is her ex-husband, rich and snobby wine connoisseur Jacque B. Nimble, Marilyn Merlot, a stripper best known for jumping out of cakes, and Al Catraz, an ex-con with singing pipes to die for. But when one of them is suddenly murdered….Seating is limited, call 928.282.2713 or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com and make your reservations today.

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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, AZ: Guided Moonlight Hike

Red Rock State Park: Guide Moonlight Hike

August 18th, 2016 (6:00 pm)

Moon in Sedona

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona on Thursday, August 18th, 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 is required as well as an entry fees upon arrival: 7.00 per adult (14 and up) $4.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6)).

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 9th – 11th, 2016

  • 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

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2016 Fall Vacation Guide for Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Autumn Vacations in Sedona, Arizona

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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 Joanie 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 De TlaquepaqueFiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 10th, 2016 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Free Event
Join the 44th 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. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Sedona Hotel Special

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15th Annual Thunder Valley Rally – Cottonwood, AZ
September 16th – 17th, 2016
Thunder ValleyVisit Bootleg Capital of Arizona, historic Cottonwood, AZ for the 15th annual Thunder Valley Rally!Thunder Valley Rally will provide you with breathtaking rides through the Verde Valley, Bootlegging Poker Run (registration fee), “Lucky Penny” Bike Show and an awesome line up of free live concerts! Street parking for motorcycles is only $10 and includes entrance to the concert area. Don’t have a bike? No problem. Main concert area entrance is a mere $5 starting each day at 5 p.m. for the national acts. For more information or to register for the poker run please visit the Thunder Valley Rally website.

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8th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 24th – 25th, 2016 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
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The Eighth Annual Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Surrounded by green grass and the views of Sedona’s red rocks, the event will be held in an all-weather “circus-sized” tent for all attendees to enjoy a community-like setting. The Winefest is designed to introduce wine lovers with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, many from the Northern Arizona including the Verde Valley. The event also includes cuisine from local food vendors, music by local talented musicians, a variety of vendors, an inspiring art exhibition by Plein-Air artists, and free wine education seminars. General admission tickets are available online at at the early online price of $25 and 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. Sedona Hotel Special

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Sedona Arts Festival
October 8th – 9th, 2016
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
Sedona Arts Festival125 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, Friday, Saturday and 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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Red Rocks Oktoberfest
October 22nd, 2016 (4:00 – 9:00 pm)
Ticket prices to be announced.
RROFThe Rotary Club of the Sedona Red Rocks is hosting the Red Rocks Oktoberfest on at the Posse Grounds Park. This traditional German celebration of the harvest season features 10+ local brewers showcasing their finest beers. This event moved locations to the park to allow for a longer event, more people, better views, parking, food, etc! A portion of all proceeds benefit the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks. Come for the beer and German food and enjoy yourself at this charity event! For more information visit the Sedona Red Rocks Oktoberfest on Facebook. Sedona Hotel Special

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Weekend Events, Entertainment and Fun Things to do!

August 5th – 7th, 2016

Rain or shine

Entertainment, art, live music and cooler temperatures are what Sedona, Arizona has in store for you this weekend! If you love art you will not want to miss Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in Galleries starting at 5:00 pm. We would like to highly suggest making it a point to visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery featuring a new exhibition that puts a spotlight on “Summertime Art! Later that night you will not want to miss the Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician Jackie Venson sizzling up the stage at Sound Bites Grill at 7:00 pm. For even more late night fun Brother to Brother will be live at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill at 9:00 pm!

Saturday kicks off the Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff and the Jerome Art Walk will be taking place. There is a slight chance for some monsoon activity over the weekend, so if you decide to go hiking into the red rocks we suggest you keep a eye on the skies. The red rocks are beautiful after a storm, keep your cameras on the ready! Below you will find our top picks for events and entertainment this weekend. If you decided to come up from Southern Arizona for a weekend getaway and wish to stay at our hotel take advantage of our Inn of Sedona Mobile Hotel Special. Have a great weekend!

Featured Events

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
August 5th, 2016SGA 2
The 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. What a perfect event to find that special Valentine’s Day gift! 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: Jackie Venson Trio
August 5th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Cost: $15
Jackie VensonJoin Sound Bites Grill in welcoming Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician Jackie Venson. It is legend that a blistering Jackie Venson guitar solo knocked Pluto straight out of planetary existence. Venson’s “…astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace…” (Austin American Statesman, June 2014) has been compared to the likes of Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and fellow Austin native Gary Clark, Jr. Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to the raw and gritty blues. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 6th – 7th 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)2011Navajo0086med
Spend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, musical performances, insightful heritage programs, and the pageantry of hoop and social dances. 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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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show
August 6th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$25/$30
Sound Bites GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the “Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show” featuring 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. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Jerome Art Walk
August 6th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Jerome Art WalkOnce again, the magical mountain town will be hosting a night filled with art, music and refreshments galore. Art Walk is the only night that galleries are open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Members like Nellie Bly by the Spirit Room, Patrick Lincoln in The New State Motor Company and Flux Gallery in the Old Jerome High School all bring a fresh energy to the vibrant art scene in Jerome. With 22 participating galleries and studios and many sponsoring businesses and restaurants offering specials, this is a festive night in Jerome. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk.

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Sedona Cinema: ‘Romeo and Juliet’
Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company’s
August 7th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival membersRomeo-teaser
The first season of the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live continues an exceptional series of plays broadcast to cinemas from London’s Garrick Theatre. The Sedona International Film Festival hosts the big screen premiere at its Mary D. Fisher Theatre. The Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company Live cinema season presents a new vision of Shakespeare’s heartbreaking tale of forbidden love — “Romeo and Juliet”. Branagh and his creative team present a modern passionate version of the classic tragedy. A longstanding feud between Verona’s Montague and Capulet families brings about devastating consequences for two young lovers caught in the conflict….For more information, or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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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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August Gallery Exhibits in Jerome and Sedona, AZ

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour  August 5th , 2016

Jerome Art Walk August 6th, 2016

Desert-Garden-18Kick off your weekend exploring the dynamic galleries of Sedona, AZ during the 1st Friday Gallery Tour! We would like to highly suggest making it a point to visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery featuring a new exhibition that puts a spotlight on “Summertime Art! On Saturday evening continue your exploration of the arts on Cleopatra Hill at the “Jerome Art Walk”. Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during Sedona’s 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

Sedona Arts Center
“Blowin’ In The Wind”
August 5th – 30th, 2016
Opening Reception August 5th (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
sedona arts centerIt’s the monsoon season in Arizona, and Sedona Arts Center’s upcoming exhibition pays tribute to this special time of year. “Monsoon season is a magical time in Northern Arizona, with cloud formations, afternoon rains, and dramatic lightning displays above our red rocks. The gallery artists have taken that as an inspiration, and the August exhibition is both a celebration of local talent as well as our landscape and environment.” says Cyndi Thau, the Arts Center’s new Gallery Director. “We invite the public to stop by, learn about the wonderful creative people in our midst, and meet them at the opening night reception.” For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Lanning Gallery
“Art Furniture by Sticks”
August 5th – August 14th, 2016
Opening Reception August 5th (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Sticks-STK381-mirror
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens a new exhibition to showcase Sticks, the top-quality art furniture created by a unique group of talented and creative American artisans. Founded in 1992 by artist Sarah Grant, Sticks received early national acclaim and the company grew more and more as collectors discovered its heartfelt designs of quirky exuberance. With over 100 artisans now employed at Sticks, each one is still assured by Grant that their greatest asset is to be themselves, to unapologetically not take themselves too seriously. And this is the message collectors love to take home on a piece of Sticks art furniture to make part of their daily lives.For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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“Monsoon Madness” at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
August 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
TimelessRowe Fine Art Gallery’s distinguished painters are inspired by the desert Southwest’s landscape and wildlife, both of which rely on the renewing rains of summer’s monsoons. This month, Rowe Gallery celebrates the return of the summer storms with Monsoon Madness, a show that highlights new works by gallery painters. “As an Arizona native, this is one of my favorite times of the year,” says gallery co-owner Monica Rowe. “There’s nothing quite like the sensory experience of a summer storm – the billowing clouds, a flash of lightning, the sound of a clap of thunder and the smell of wet sage and chaparral. Our painters have a way of capturing all four seasons of the desert Southwest, so this show seemed like the perfect tribute to the drama of art and nature.” For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“Friends of a Feather!”
Opening Reception August 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Goldenstein Gallery
In this wonder-filled time of summer explore the grace, beauty and humor of our extraordinary feathered friends of the sky throughout August. You are invited to join the Goldenstein Gallery as they kick off Friends of a Feather! Enjoy inspired works in a variety of styles by gallery artists including Mike Medow, Patricia Griffin, Jourdan Dern, Liz Wolf, Jacqueline Jackson, LauRha Frankfort, Ben Wright and acclaimed visiting sculptor and painter Lucius Upshaw. The opening reception will also feature the music of Adam Smith. Mingle with local artists and stroll in our sculpture garden and Enjoy Your Life!For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery.

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Mountain Trails Galleries
“Summer Group Show II”
Opening Reception August 5th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Canyon-Sunrise-WS-Jennings-48x36-WEB
Mountain Trails Gallery is pleased to present “Summer Group Show II”! Featuring paintings by more than 40 artists working in oil, acrylic, graphite, and mixed media that express the beauty of the Western landscape including Sedona and the Grand Canyon, Western figurative scenes that include Native American and ranching life, as well as wildlife, Western historical still-lifes and action scenes. Also featured are Western and wildlife bronze sculpture by 17 award-winning artists.For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Summertime Art”
August 5th – 14th 2016
Opening Reception on August 5th (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The Turquoise Tortoise Gallery offers a new exhibition that puts a spotlight on “Summertime Art,” works that capture all the disparate elements of heat and relaxation, nature and play. Butterflies take their place in this summer exhibition as well with unique designs from Davida Lister, of the highly regarded Lister family led by David and Alice Lister whose work is always prominently featured at Turquoise Tortoise Gallery. A spectacular butterfly necklace of New Kingman turquoise and spiny oyster shell on sterling silver is the centerpiece of a collection that includes earrings, a pendant, ring and cuff. Summertime is always the right time to wear turquoise and the gallery has a tremendous variety of pieces. Artist Sharon Weiser perfectly captures the joys of Arizona summers in her oil on canvas paintings of cactus compositions. In each painting cacti become joyfully colorful with every shade the artist’s eyes see augmented to enrich her engaging palette… For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
August 6th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Jerome Art Walk
Once 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 on Facebook.

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Jackie Venson Live in Sedona, Arizona

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Singer Songwriter “Jackie Venson” Live

August 5th, 2016

maxresdefault-1-500x281If you are going to be visiting Sedona, AZ on Friday, August the 5th, and love Indie Blues you will not want to miss the Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician Jackie Venson sizzling up the stage at Sound Bites Grill! She will be performing as a trio in the Sound Bites Grill Celebrity Show Room and tickets are only $10 in advance and $15 at the door! The show kicks off at 7:00 pm so make your plans today and call 928.282.2713 to purchase your tickets or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com. I know I am not going to miss it!

It is legend that a blistering Jackie Venson guitar solo knocked Pluto straight out of planetary …

Jackie Venson is well known for her blues guitar with her gorgeous, smoky voice. In June her band had the opportunity to perform on Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history, one of the most exciting and successful music festivals in the United States, and an award-winning concert venue.

Venson’s “…astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace…” (Austin American Statesman, June 2014) has been compared to the likes of Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and fellow Austin native Gary Clark, Jr. Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to the raw and gritty blues.

Enthralled with music since the age of 8, this young singer/songwriter/musician instantly captures your attention with a vibrant musical soul and passionate control of her instruments that reach far beyond her tender age. As she mindfully blends Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul and more, with her introspective lyrics, the message is clear. When you’re listening to Jackie you hear the “Truth in Music”.

In recognition of her dedication to her craft, Bestfan.com said “Venson is no dilettante, wannabe performer, however a real staple of what a musician can achieve when they put in their 10,000 hours for both musical schooling, and late night pub sessions for practical honing.”

Her live performances revisits what makes music so powerful: emotion and passion. She thrives without the flash, instead favoring a clean sound, genuine soul, and meaningful connection with her audience. Music is not only what Venson does – but also defines who she is and reminds her where she wants to be: performing.

Having finished her second tour of Europe and the recent declaration of “Jackie Venson Day” (May 21st) in the “Live Music Capital of the World” Austin, TX, and her performance on Austin City Limits on June 22nd there’s no doubt she has every reason to lead the way with the trademark smile that accompanies her magnificent musicianship.

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