Events, Entertainment and Fun Things to do this Labor Day Weekend
September 2nd – 5th, 2016
Happy Labor Day Weekend and welcome to Sedona, Arizona! The weather for the weekend is looking really good! Saturday through Monday should have highs in the low 80’s and clear skies. It will be a great weekend for hiking, biking, touring and if you love wildlife we highly suggest a trip to Out of Africa Wildlife Park. There are also some fun events and live entertainment taking place in Sedona and the surrounding area that you won’t want to miss: Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries, Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show, Red Rock Music Festival, Jerome Art Walk, “End of Summer Blowout” at The Collective Sedona and more! Below you will find our top picks for weekend events and entertainment, but if you wish to see a full listing of happenings please visit our Sedona Events Page. Have a great weekend and enjoy the holiday!
Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
September 2nd, 2016
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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Rowe Fine Art Gallery Presents “Into the Wild”
September 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Get into the spirit of the wild – experience the excitement of a quick draw with wildlife sculptor, Ken Rowe. Join Ken from 5:30 pm -7:00 pm for a live demonstration as he sculpts “en plein air” and shares the creative process of how he strives to bring life to his art. Demonstration will be held just outside the gallery in the Patio de las Campanas courtyard at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. For more information please visit www.rowegallery.com.
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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
September 2nd, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $15/$20/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $55/$60/$70
Legends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.
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Red Rock Music Festival: Sedona Concerts
September 3rd – 4th, 2016
General Admission is $28 per person, per concert
Festival Special- $75 Buy all three concerts and Save!
The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world-acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education. Sedona Concerts will take place at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd in Sedona. See Concert Schedule below, for more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.redrocksmusicfestival.com
- September 3rd (7:30 pm) – Romantic Journey, Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Ehrlich – violins, Katharina Kang – viola, Thomas Landschoot – cello and Teresa Ehrlich – piano, performing four romantic pieces, Op. 75 by A. Dvorák and Piano Quintet, Op. 1 in C minor by E.V. Dohnányi. An Arizona premiere, Sonoran Storm, for solo viola by Nokuthula Ngwenyama, performed by the composer.
- September 4th (3:00 pm) – Dvorák’s Masterworks. String Quintet No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 and Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81. David Ehrlich, Katherine McLin – violins, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Katharina Kang – violas, Jan Simiz – cello and Teresa Ehrlich – piano.
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End of Summer Blowout – Oak Creek Village, AZ
September 3rd, 2016 (11:00 am – 8:00 pm)
The Collective Sedona, formally known as Tequa Plaza, located in Oak Creek Village will be having an end of summer Labor Day Weekend celebration! “The End of Summer Blowout” will feature a cornhole tournament, kids’ zone, live music, farmers market, and a beer garden. For more information please visit www.thecollectivesedona.com.
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Jerome Art Walk
September 3rd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
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.
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Sedona Cinema: ‘Richard III’
From Almeida Theatre
September 4th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
Tickets: $15 Public/$12.50 Film Festival members
The Almeida will broadcast Rupert Goold’s production of “Richard III”, starring Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret, to cinemas around the world, including the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona. Almeida Theatre Live will give worldwide audiences the opportunity to see plays from the stage at the Almeida’s London home for the first time. War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard — vicious in war, despised in peacetime — awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.
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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.