2016 Fall Vacation Guide for Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Autumn Vacations in Sedona, Arizona
Updated on September 7th, 2016

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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 Del 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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Verde River Day – Cottonwood, AZ
September 24th, 2016 (8:00 am – 3:00 pm)
Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood will celebrate its 28th annual Verde River Day! Arizona State Parks has waived park entrance fees for all visitors attending the event. All of the activities are at no cost, thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors. Some of the day’s events include a climbing wall, organized canoe and kayak rides, sand castle building, and nature-based exhibits. Guests of all ages are welcome to fish in the lagoon that is loaded with hundreds of pounds of catfish. Poles, bait and tackle are provided for all ages. No fishing license is needed. There will be a wide range of entertainment throughout the day.Verde River Day was organized in 1988 to promote awareness of the Verde River’s distinctive riparian habitat, where 85 percent of all wildlife in the area looks for sustenance. For more information please visit www.verderiverday.com

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Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park
October 8th, 2016 (9:00 am)Fall-Fest-2
Celebrate the beauty of fall at the Slide Rock State Park “Fall Festival”. Enjoy an apple cider press, blacksmithing, The Verde Valley Fly Wheelers displaying tractors and old engines, kiddie tractor pull, USFS and Smoky the bear, Adobe Mountain Raptors, quilt displays, 4-H and you can build your own scarecrow!For more information please visit Slide Rock State Park.

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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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12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 15th – 22nd, 2016Sedona-Plein-Air-Festival
This October the Sedona Arts Center presents a week-long celebration of Sedona’s extraordinary beauty as seen through the eyes and talent of 30 of the finest painters in the country. “En Plein Air”, a French term that translates to “in the open air”, describes paintings that have been created outdoors rather than in a studio. The spectacular red rock scenery and temperate climate of Sedona create the perfect location for plein air painting. The week long festival will feature these painters all over town,on the streets, trail-heads, creeks and vistas, capturing the beauty of the Sedona area on canvas. For more information on this Sedona event please visit www.sedonapleinairfestival.org. Save money on your lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during this event with our Sedona Plein Air Festival special!

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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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