Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Memorial Day

This great nation of liberty and freedom has come at a heavy price. This weekend remember to honor all who have served in our country’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we my have our freedom. No words could ever come close to expressing our gratitude to these men and women in the military forces of the United States who have given all.

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Fun things to do this Memorial Day Weekend in the Red Rocks

May 28th – 30th, 2016

Sedona, Arizona is going to be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be filling the hotels and enjoying the hiking trails, tours, galleries, and restaurants. We want to make sure that everyone who comes to visit us here in the red rocks has a wonderful weekend with their family and friends, so we have put together a list of events to enjoy and some some helpful tips for visiting the red rocks this weekend. You will find a full listing of events on our Sedona Events Page.

Featured Events

Monarch Conservation Day
May 28th, 2016
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_MonarchConservationDayCome enjoy Red Rock State Park’s newly unveiled butterfly garden that has been developed to provide resources that attract butterflies and moths, with an emphasis on Monarchs. In this habitat, visitors will be able to learn about the ecology of these beautiful creatures and observe a variety of free flying butterflies.

As a certified Monarch Waystation, Red Rock State Park seeks to provide shelter and resources for the conservation of the Monarch butterfly. In addition, butterflies will be raised at the park as they become available, with butterfly releases throughout the season. The public can call the park to see if any releases are scheduled in June. A volunteer will be available to discuss gardening for butterflies from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. A free butterfly themed kids activity will be available at 11:00 am. and 2:00 pm. In the park’s theater we will be playing “Flight of the Butterflies” a program by Nova, all day on a loop. Information on butterflies local to the Sedona area will be available for visitors who would like to go on a butterfly scavenger hunt on the park’s hiking trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Verde Valley Wine Consortium Festival & Symposium
May 28th, 2016 (11:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Admission: General Admission $30 Students $15
VVWSThe 2016 Verde Valley Wine Festival and Symposium will be hosted by Sedona Center of Yavapai College and will include guest speakers who are industry leaders, speaking on topics pertaining to this years theme “the Fruits of our Labor”. This year the Grand Arizona Wine Tasting & Peoples Choice Wine Competition will feature wineries from the Verde Valley and Southern Arizona who will share their stories and many of their amazing wines. Enjoy the afternoon tasting wines, touring the beautiful Sedona Center, visiting with other wine enthusiasts, eating food prepared by select Food Truck sponsors and speaking with wine industry experts. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Valley Wine Consortium website.

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Tuzigoot Star Party Star Party and Solar Viewing
Special Guest Speaker Ken Zoll (Clarkdale, AZ)
May 28th, 2016 (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
TuzThe National Park Service and The Astronomers of the Verde Valley would like to invite the public to Tuzigoot National Monument to explore the skies. The star party will begin at 8:00pm with a presentation on Southern Sinagua Astronomy with Ken Zoll of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Telescopes will be open for public viewing from 8:30-10:00 pm. Arts and crafts activities will also be provided for our young astronomers. Night time activities are FREE! For a safe and fun evening, we advise that visitors wear close toed shoes and bring flashlights with a red filter. Also, if you would like to sit with us a while and enjoy the night sky, camp chairs are recommended. Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, AZ. For additional information, call 928.634.5564 or visit www.nps.gov/tuzi.

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Zuni Heritage Festival (Flagstaff, AZ)
May 28th – 29th, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Museum Admission:$12 Adult (18+), $8 Youth (10-17),
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The Museum of Northern Arizona is pleased to host the Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture. Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers. This event is presented in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. For more information please visit The Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Spring Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale
May 28th – 29th, 2016
Admission:$3.00 Adults/ Children under the age of 12 are free
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The Annual Spring Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale will be held at the Sedona Red Rock High School at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona, Arizona. Vendors from across the region will be offering unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, beads, fossils, findings and cutting material at competitive prices. Many of their artisans have created original jewelry designs, and our gem and mineral vendors will have specimens on display in both the rough and cut-and-polished states. An hourly raffle will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show, and food will be available for purchase as well. This is a fun and educational experience the entire family will enjoy. For more information please visit www.facebook.com/CKMProductionsLLC

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Sounds of Healing Concert
May 28th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Tickets: $20.00 in Advance; $25.00 at the door
Sounds healingSedona AZ (May 20, 2016) – Performers Peter Sterling, Three Trees, Katherine LaTorraca, Valerie Sanjali Irons and Susie Brighten will star in “The Sounds of Healing Concert,” a special evening of music, songs, words, sound vibration and stories of journeys to healing and transformation through the powerful expressions of sound at the Sedona Creative Life Center. The concert is a benefit for The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Creative Life Center.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
May 29th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
Tickets are $15
steveSandnerPopupPictureIt’s Memorial Day Weekend, and the Steve Sandner Quartet presents an afternoon of fabulous Jazz at Saint Luke’s Church – the prettiest and best Chamber Jazz venue in Northern Arizona. Pianist Steve Sandner brings with him saxophonist Brian Sanders, double bassist Steve Douglas and percussionist Ron James, presenting some swinging and classic jazz to a packed and appreciative audience. Saint Luke’s Chruch is located at On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online and “at the door.” For more information please visit Jazz at the Church.

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Memorial Day Changing of the Flags Ceremony
May 30th, 2016 (10:00 am)
ShowImageThere will be a changing of the flags ceremony provided by the Sedona Marine Corps League at the Sedona Military Service Park on Monday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. This event will include guest speakers, live singing of the National Anthem and more. Hosted by the Sedona Marine Corps League. All are welcome.The Sedona Military Service Park is located within the Jack Jamesen Memorial Park at 25 Northview Road. For more information, please visit the Sedona Military Service Park.

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Helpful Tips

  • Hiking SedonaMake your hotel reservations before heading to Sedona, you will be hard pressed to find a room if you wait until you get here. Our Sedona hotel has only a handful of rooms left, if you would like to stay at the Inn of Sedona please call the hotel at 800.292.6344.
  • If you are going to be enjoying some hikes this weekend make sure to bring plenty of water along with you, an energizing snack and please let other people know where you will be hiking.
  • Parking can be challenging over the weekend, if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona take advantage of our free “About Town Sedona Shuttle” and leave the driving to us!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at Red Rock State Park where you can spread out and picnic. There is a Safeway and Basha’s nearby where you can pick up deli and picnic foods.
  • A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when visiting National Forest land in Red Rock Country, a high-impact recreation area. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.
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Pink Jeep Adventure in Sedona, AZ

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Save Money and Explore Sedona with Pink Jeep!

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Save money this summer on your lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona with our “Sleep ‘n’ Jeep” Vacation Package and explore the red rocks of Sedona, AZ with Pink Jeep Tours! 

Our Sleep n’ Jeep Package combines accommodations at our hotel with Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour”! This Sedona tour is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling two hour adventure that leads you up, on and over the red rocks. You’ll be awestruck by the natural splendor and thrilled as your guide expertly navigates you down “The Road of No Return”.

Sleep ‘n’ Jeep Sedona Vacation Package

  • 2 Days / 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Thrilling Two Hour Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour for Two Adults 
  • Please call our concierge at 800.292.6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Complimentary door to door shuttle
  • FREE full hot breakfast buffet
  • Book this package
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Summer Archaeology Film Fest in Arizona

2016 Summer Archaeology Film Fest

2016 Archaeology Film Festival

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley this Summer and are interested in archaeology and film, you will definitely want to check out the 2016 Summer Archaeology Film Fest. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is pleased to present a summer of free archaeology films on Friday evenings at 6:30 pm in June, July and August in Sedona and Camp Verde.The Sedona films are shown at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. The Camp Verde films are shown in the Learning Center at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street. If would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the Summer months visit our Sedona Hotel Specials page and take advantage of our “Summer in Sedona” lodging special.

Archaeology Fest film line-up

  • Chocolate Pathway to the Gods
    Sedona Showing on June 10th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on June 17th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    chac_moon-goddess_chocolateChocolate: Pathway to the Gods explores the 3,500 year-old history of this divine substance through ritual and obsession. From Mayan kings who were buried with it, to urban professionals who bathe in it, the film begins in ancient Mesoamerica and journeys throughout time to Europe’s finest chocolate houses where chocolate is still revered as one of mankind’s highest expressions of decadence. Archeological and anthropological revelations expose the sacred realm of cacao and give the viewer a whole new perspective on chocolate.
  • Killer Whale and Crocodile
    Sedona Showing on June 24th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on July 1st, 2016KillerWhale
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    In Killer Whale and Crocodile carvers from two of the world’s great carving traditions come together. A First Nations carver from Canada travels into the jungles of Papua New Guinea and a New Guinea carver travels to urban Canada. Together, they share each other’s cultures and learn about the myths and legends that inform their individual artistic styles.
  • Sign on the Stone: The Unknown Sahara of the People With No Name
    Sedona Showing on July 8th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on July 15th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    SignOnTheStoneThe Sign on the Stone: The Unknown Sahara of the People With No Name tells the story of how 12,000 years ago, after a period of extreme drought, the rain returned and life began to slowly sprout in the central Sahara. The first communities formed, culturally accomplished and able to define their identity not only through the mere physical survival but also to elevate their daily lives and primitive need to the complex level of pictorial expression. Through their cave paintings the shelters that gave them refuge became the place of abode and conservation of a culture.
  • Agave Is Life
    Sedona Showing on July 22nd, 2016Camp Verde Showing on July 29th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    MayahuelLaudAgave Is Life unveils the 10,000 year-old story of mankind’s symbiotic relationship with the agave plant. Once a critical resource for survival among hunter and gatherers living in the arid regions of the American Southwest and Mexico, we learn how agave later became embedded in myth, religion, art, and culture. For these indigenous peoples, it was truly a gift from the gods. Portions were filmed in the Verde Valley.
  • Secrets of the Pyramid of Djoser
    Sedona Showing on August 5th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on August 12th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.

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    Secrets of the Pyramid of Djoser follows Latvian scientists, archaeologists, radar and photogrammetry specialists and others, banded together to create a unique technology for exploring archaeological sites. In the oldest stone building in the world the scientific expedition discovered new underground rooms and a network of gallerie, forcing a reevaluation of previous assumptions about the role and function of pyramids.

  • Stone Age Masters: The Magdalenian Masters
    Sedona Showing on August 19th, 2016
    Camp Verde Showing on August 26th, 2016
    Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
    magdalenianStone Age Masters: The Magdalenian Masters tells the story of the Magdalenians – ancestors that settled in large areas of Europe between 18,000 and 10,000 years B.C. Their art was amazingly developed. The sculpted bas-relief of the Roc-aux-Sorciers site in southwestern France is proof that a golden age of prehistory did actually exist. This film reveals the Lascaux cave, a showcase that suggests that the Stone Age may well have had its share of “Michelangelos.”

For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Terrace ViewStay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Fun things to do in the Red Rocks this Weekend

May 20th – 22nd, 2016 

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What a beautiful weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona! Sunshine and a high of 78° today, 75° Saturday and 67° on Sunday! Being out and about exploring the red rocks is definitely highly suggested!  Hiking is high on the list of fun things to this weekend especially since Red Rock State Park will be having both their Guided Moonlight Hike and their Guided Ethnobotany Hike this weekend! If you love history and historic homes then you will want to make sure to take a day trip up to Jerome for their 51st Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour. And if your looking for some live music tonight to kick start your weekend The Sorrell Park Band will be live at Sound Bites Grill and Einsteins Missing Sons will be live at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill! 

Below you will find our top picks for events this weekend, to see a full listing please visit our Sedona Events Page. We hope everyone has a great weekend and a big thank you to all of our guests who chose our hotel for their weekend getaway!

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Sedona Entertainment: Sorrell Park Band
May 20th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
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Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the Sorrell Park Band! Nicki & Kyle are a Phoenix based music duo. They can be seen performing locally and touring as solo acts, duo and/or with a full band. Both singer/songwriters perform an eclectic mix of covers and originals. Kyle’s amazing vocals and guitar loops pair nicely with Nicki’s smooth sound and harmonies. With amazing versatility, Nicki & Kyle offer something for everybody and are sure thing for musical entertainment! For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
Free Live Entertainment and Sports Bar
May 20th – May 22nd, 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.
May 20th – Einsteins Missing Sons (9:00 pm)
May 21st – DJ Soulece (9:00 pm)
May 22nd – All Star Karaoke (9:00 pm)

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51st Annual Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour
May 21st – 2nd, 2016 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Tickets: $20 adults/$10 Children

Miners-ShackThe longest running home tour in Arizona boasts never-before seen historic and significant homes in this guided tour through the mile high town’s back streets. The Miner’s Shack at Casa Colibri will be shown. The tour takes visitors to The Gulch area of Jerome for the first time. Please note, the tour is NOT handicapped accessible. Tickets will be sold online as well as the day of the event. For more information, visit www.jeromechamber.com.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
May 21st, 2016 (5:30 pm)
Reservation fee $5 plus park admission fee (see below)
Moonlight hikeThe Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hike at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information, is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as an entry fee 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 non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Visit the Red Rock State Park website.

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Sedona Entertainment: Melanie
May 21st – 22nd, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets starting at $30
melanie+hires2Sound Bites Grill is please to present Melanie! Melanie, who became the voice of an era in one magical instant onstage at Woodstock, has been putting the pieces in order. Pieces of a career, scattered by the winds of experience and assembled again by the force of love into the most personal and brilliant moments of her musical journey. Melanie is poised to enlighten new generations about what it means to sing with both passion and eloquence, to write at once with intelligence and emotion, and to inspire through song… and nobody does this better than Melanie…For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
May 22nd, 2016 (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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Save Money this Summer in Sedona, AZ

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Save Money with our 2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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Summertime in Sedona, Arizona brings out the monsoon skies, beautiful sunrises and warm nights filled with romance as the sun sets on the red rocks. Summer also brings out one of our hottest hotel deals of the year! That’s right, it is time once again to offer our “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special that can save you up to $43 a night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona!  Check out some of the events taking place in the red rocks this summer on our Sedona Events Page.

2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

  • Terrace ViewStay between June 5th and August 27th and save $22 to $43 per night. (July 1st through July 4th not included. Savings vary by room type and date of stay. All room types included, based on availability. Not combinable with other offers or discounts.)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel – 928.282.3072
  • Use Promo code “Summer in Sedona” to receive your special rate!
  • Make sure to enjoy all the benefits of staying at our Sedona hotel! We offer our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and a free full hot breakfast to get your day started off on the right foot!
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona
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Melanie Live in Sedona, AZ

Sound Bites Grill: Melanie & Her “Brand New Key”

May 21st – 22nd, 2016

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If you are going to be visiting Sedona, AZ this coming weekend you will not want to miss your chance to see Melanie, who became the voice of an era in one magical instant onstage at Woodstock, Live at Sound Bites Grill. There will be two shows over the weekend, and tickets will sell out quickly. On both days the two hour show will start at 7:00 pm, the doors open at 5:30 pm. Ticket Prices start as low as $30 Call 928.282.2713 to reserve a table in the intimate Celebrity Lounge or visit Sound Bites Grill to for more information or to purchase tickets (Dinner Packages Available). If you wish to stay at the Inn of Sedona during this event, make your reservations soon, we only have a few rooms left for the weekend.

More about Melanie

Melanie is the voice of her generation of Baby Boomers who grew up during the Kennedy and King assassinations, the Civil Rights movement, race riots, the Vietnam war, Watergate, and Days of Rage on college campuses. In the summer of 1969, two events defined those rocky times: American men were the first people to walk on the face of the moon and the Woodstock Music & Art Fair, a three day music festival, allowed a legion of young musicians to sing protest songs as well as songs calling for peace, unity, and love.

At Woodstock, magic happened one morning. As the sun rose over the sleepy vale, rain began to fall. Melanie stepped gracefully onto the stage. Through her performance, she gave voice to the aims of that generation: the desire to make the world a better place than what they had found. Melanie, whose song “Beautiful People” about caring for (and about) those around us, became the beloved anthem of this “Summer of Love.” As Melanie’s her song echoed across the quiet valley, the concert attendees honored her raising their candles and cigarette lighters in a glorious ballet of dancing light.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Fun things to do in the Red Rocks this Weekend

May 13th – 15th, 2016

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What a beautiful weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona! Sunshine and a high of 86° today, 81° Saturday and 77° on Sunday! To go along with the beautiful days there are some fun events taking place in Sedona and the Verde Valley.

Tonight enjoy live entertainment at Sound Bites Grill when Jeordi hits the main stage and Brother to Brother will be live at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. Wake up early on Saturday and enjoy a bird walk at Red Rock State Park, followed by National Train Day celebrations at the Verde Canyon Railroad, or visit Jerome State Historic Park for the 100th anniversary of the mansion. On Sunday learn more about the archaeology of the area with a guided hike at Red Rock State Park, and personally I believe I will be spending some of this beautiful weekend at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, it has been a while since I have been to Tiger Splash!

Below you will find our top picks for events this weekend, to see a full listing please visit our Sedona Events Page. We hope everyone has a great weekend and a big thank you to all of our guests who chose our hotel for their weekend getaway!

Sedona Entertainment: Jeordie
May 13th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Tickets: $10
JeordieSound Bites Grill is pleased to present Jeordie! This is a girl who can sing, write and play her own instrument without the help of studio magic. She has the ability to please audiences young & old as a true entertainer can. Jeordie’s music gives deep & friendly advice, on a sultry rock, melodic platform. Her style is a blend of modern pop themes and folk rock guitar. She has a catalog of music that ranges from upbeat and positive to introspective and melancholy and has the ability to create visual imagery, through her lyrics, melodies and performances. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
May 14th, 2016 (8:00 am)
Walks are included with park entrance fees
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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National Train Day Celebration (Clarkdale, AZ)
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On National Train Day, Verde Canyon Railroad applauds the important history of American railroads with an entertaining and educational event at their Clarkdale depot. Explore our outdoor storyboards and take a tour of the John Bell Museum. Liberty Wildlife will be sharing rescued educational birds with all guests at the depot, as well as on board the train. A delicious BBQ ribs and chicken luncheon will be available for purchase on the patio in addition to many refreshing beverage options. For more information please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Tiger Splash at Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Included with General Admission to the Park
Showtime: 1:15 pm. daily. We recommended you arrive at the park 30 minutes before any show.

2010-09-11_0856_OOA_Chalet-in-Water_700x4671You’ve never seen anything like this before! Witness one or more Bengal and Siberian tigers interact in a predator-and-play relationship, romping and splashing in a large pool as they play with their care takers and various colorful toys. Tiger Splash™ has become renowned worldwide for its unique approach to interacting with wild-by-nature tigers in an aquatic play land. With all the running, diving, and playing displayed during Tiger Splash™, it’s easy to forget that all of this action is achieved without training or rehearsal. While the shows might be unpredictable in nature, you’re always guaranteed to have a thrilling and unforgettable experience. For more information please visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

Jerome State Historic Park’s Anniversary
May 14th, 2016 (8:30 am – 4:45 pm)
Douglas MansionThe Douglas Mansion has been an eye-catching landmark in Jerome since 1916. Built by James “Rawhide” Douglas above his Little Daisy Mine at a cost of $150,000. It was donated by his sons, James and Lewis Douglas, and opened as the 5th Arizona State Park on October 16th, 1965. It’s the 100th anniversary of the mansion and its 50th anniversary as a State Park. Come explore the museum, listen to guest speakers and local musicians, and visit with rock and mineral traders. For more information please visit Jerome State Historic Park.

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella LIVE in Concert
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
May 14th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets are only $15 in advance or $20 at the door
Anthony MazzellaGuitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be returning to the beautiful Mary Fisher Theater for the fourth time after SOLD OUT, standing-room-only performances last fall. He will be performing a new concert of original music as only Mazzella can deliver. Ranked one of the best guitarists in the world, Anthony Mazzella is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the guitar who began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. If you are a fan of guitar music do not miss this world-class virtuoso! Be sure to watch some of Mazzella’s video’s on YouTube or his website www.anthonymazzella.com and get your tickets soon! For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
May 15th, 2016 (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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Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ

Illuminate Film Festival

June 1st – 5th, 2016

Illuminate Film Festival

Now is the time to start planning your trip to Sedona, AZ to attend the Illuminate Film Festival taking place the first week of June. Illuminate is the world’s premier film festival and launching platform for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and ushering humanity forward, Illuminate showcases the best of conscious cinema to uplift, inspire, and transform.The Festival features 22 Conscious Films, World Premieres, Experiential & Educational Programming and more!

The Illuminate launch party takes place on June 1st at The Collective Sedona  (formerly Tequa Plaza in the VOC), the launch party is free and open to the community. All-access passes for the festival can be purchased online for $444, Convergence Passes to all panels, conversations, three film screenings and admission to parties and receptions Friday through Sunday are $249, and Individual tickets ranging from $11-$40 will be sold based on availability.  To purchase passes please visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com. If you are planning to stay at the Best Western Plus inn of Sedona during the festival call our hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and let the agent know you are attending the festival to receive a 15% discount on your entire stay at our hotel during the event.

More About the Illuminate Film Festival
Building on the momentum that propelled the Illuminate Film Festival into the Huffington Post’s prestigious Top 24 Film Festivals to Revitalize Your Soul in 2016, the third annual 22-film mind-body-spirit festival, June 1-5 in Sedona, will feature at least five world premieres, two sneak peeks and newly added focuses on family film, episodic television and web content, and a line-up of films under the theme, Social Issues, Conscious Solutions.

“In just three short years, we’re proud to have become an industry leader in the conscious cinema movement,” said Illuminate Film Festival Executive Director Danette Wolpert.  “After all, the power of story is arguably the single-most affecting tool we have at our fingertips to shape the human experience.  Filmmakers, now on the frontier of a global conscious shift, are speaking with their cameras, and Illuminate provides these brilliant visionary filmmakers of our time a vehicle to enlighten our world.”

Following the launch of five world and five U.S. or Southwest premieres in 2015 and appearances by more than 40 of the nation’s top veteran filmmakers, producers, actors, distributors, writers and strategists, the 2016 Illuminate Film Festival will feature the Festival world premieres of:

  • Mantra – Sounds Into Silence, about the revolution underway in world Kirtan, yoga’s call-and-response form of devotional music. Sneak peek clips of the film will be followed by a Q&A and live concert with world-renowned Kirtan artist Jai Uttal.
  • Tree Story, a series of mini-documentaries dedicated to our relationship with humanity’s oldest living companions.
  • Planting Seeds of Mindfulness, an animated mixed-media family film narrative starring Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh and featuring music by Tina Turner.
  • The Connected Universe, the first film selected for the new on-demand partnership between Indiegogo and Vimeo, revealing Nassim Haramein’s new vision of the science behind the interconnection of all things in the universe, and
  • Love Sweat and Tears, a new documentary on menopause and women’s health featuring Joan Rivers in one of her final appearances, Jenny McCarthy and Michael Beckwith.

 “We’re adding three new festival sections this year to meet growing demand – one for families interested in imparting mindful wisdom to their children; a second reflecting the exciting expansion of conscious content into serialized television and episodic web series; and a third that explores the rich and untapped intersection of humanitarian or social issues and modalities offering conscious solutions,” said Illuminate Film Festival Managing Director Morgan Richmond.  One increasingly pressing social issue, the well-being of our veterans, will be brought to light in Thank You For Your Service, a gripping documentary about four Iraq War veterans struggling with PTSD who explore the healing aspects of meditation, native ceremony and equine therapy.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit www.illuminatefilmfestival.com.

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Sedona, AZ: Anthony Mazzella Live

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!

Anthony Mazzella Live at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre

May 14th, 2016 at 7:00 pm

Anthony MazzellaGuitar Wizard Anthony Mazzella will be returning to the beautiful Mary Fisher Theater for the fourth time on Saturday, May 14th, at 7:00 pm after SOLD OUT, standing-room-only performances last fall. He will be performing a new concert of original music as only Mazzella can deliver. Tickets are only $15 in advance or $20 at the door, don’t wait to long to purchase tickets, this event will be sold out before you know it!

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona and wish to attend this event, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up at the event venue. For More information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

More about Anthony Mazzella

Anthony Mazzella is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso of the guitar who began his performance career as a concert guitarist in New York City. He quickly built up a strong following performing in most every live music club in Manhattan including: The Bitter End, CBGB’s, Cat Club, Cafe Wah, Birdland etc. Mazzella then landed a headlining spot at the BLUE NOTE NYC just one year after street performing in front of it and spent the following years touring colleges & universities all over the USA. He then went on to performing on stages all over the world as a solo artist and as the concert guitarist for world music master Omar Faruk Tekbilek.

Mazzella began studying music on the violin at age five. He then proceeded to learn the rudiments of music on piano until falling in love with the guitar at age thirteen. Throughout his adolescence he studied with several private guitar teachers, but Mazzella attributes the greater part of his education to ear training. His influences are many, but none more profound than the music and techniques of guitar masters such as Michael Hedges, Pat Metheny, Carlos Montoya, Pepe Romero, William Ackerman, Eddie Van Halen, Andres Segovia and countless others. In the nineties Anthony shared his musical insights by teaching at Knopf Music (where he once took guitar lessons), as a private instructor, and at the Long Island School for Music and Arts. Mazzella was also one of the few chosen understudies of world-renowned guitar master Stanley Jordan. Visit Anthony Mazzella on Facebook

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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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Mother’s Day Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Events and Fun things to do this Weekend with Mom in the Red Rocks

May 6th – 8th, 2016

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From all of us kids at the Inn of Sedona we wish our wonderful Moms and yours a very Happy Mother’s Day! We hope you all have an extra special weekend filled with love, hugs and fun with your family and friends!

If you are visiting Sedona this weekend, you will have no problem finding something to do with Mom. Below you will find a variety of events, festivals and fun things to do in the Verde Valley. To see a full listing of events taking place this weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Featured Weekend Events

Forget Me Not Fundraiser at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
May 6th, 2016 (4:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mother-Nurture-WebWhat happens to injured or ill wildlife in Arizona? Many animals wind up at rescue and rehabilitation organizations such as Runnin’ W Wildlife Center in Cornville and Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center in Scottsdale. Bronze wildlife sculptor and gallery owner Ken Rowe has worked closely with both nonprofits. Rowe Fine Art Gallery will host Forget Me Not, a fundraiser benefiting the two organizations. Representatives from Runnin’ W and SWCC will be on hand to answer questions. Animal ambassadors from both centers will greet art lovers during the show. Ken has created a sculpture especially for the occasion, and it will make its debut at the fundraiser. Also titled Forget Me Not, the bronze depicts a bobcat kitten surrounded by delicate forget-me-not flowers. Five of these sculptures will be available for purchase during the event with all proceeds benefiting Runnin’ W and SWCC. For more information please visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
May 6th, 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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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
May 7th, 2016 (8:00 am)
Walks are included with park entrance fees
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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Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque
May 7th, 2016 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)Cinco-TLaq
FREE EVENT
Immerse yourself in a colorful Fiesta saluting a rich heritage at Tlaquepaque. Enjoy the festivities while cheering and whistling to the music of mariachi musicians, clapping to the steps of Folklorico dancers and savoring traditional Mexican food. Stop in and be a judge at the Great Sedona Chili Cook- Off. This is a can’t miss family fun event! For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

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Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
May 7th – 8th, 2016 (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. If you are a guest of ours at the Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop your off and pick you up at this event in our complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle. This event takes place at the parking lot of the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill located at 1405 West State Route Highway 89A. For more information please visit www.redroseinspiration.org.

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Jerome Art Walk
May 7th, 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 Entertainment: Music by the Classics
Special Brunch Menu from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Treat mom to a Jazz Quartet and Dinner at Sound Bites Grill (6:00 pm)

May 8th, 2016 Jeanie Carrol
Sound Bites is pleased to present “Music By The Classics”. The band will play and Jeanie Carroll will sing mostly the slower, dance-able songs that many of us are familiar with from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. The jazz band features Eric Williams, Jeanie Carroll, Ed Jones and George Bein. So, bring your dancing shoes or just come to listen to and enjoy the music. If you prefer brunch with mom Sound Bites will be offering a special Brunch menu from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm as well. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Geology Hike
May 8th, 2016 (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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Guided Meditation at The McLean Meditation Institute
With Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
May 8th, 2016 (2:00 pm – 2:45 pm)
$5 donation
meditation-CDDuring the 45-minute program, simple meditation guidance is given–each week a different meditation is offered such as a Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, 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. The McLean Meditation Institute is located at 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information on this event or to see a full calendar of events please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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