Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Fun Things to do, Events and Festivals this Weekend

October 21st – 23rd, 2016

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We welcome all of our weekend guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! Along with the great weather this weekend there are a variety of events taking place including the Plein Air Festival, Ales on Rails at the Verde Canyon Railroad, Red Rock Artists Open Studios Tour, Red Rocks Oktoberfest, Fall Arts and Craft Fair at the Sedona Heritage Museum and more! Below you will find the featured events taking place this weekend, to see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events PageEnjoy the beautiful weather and have a great weekend!

Featured Weekend Events

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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Ales on Rails at the Verde Canyon Railroad
October 20th – 23rd, 2016
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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Sedona, Cinema:The Rocky Horror Picture Show
October 21st, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival membersrockyhorror-teaserx
Just in time for Halloween! “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, the outrageous cultural phenomenon that has been a hit with movie lovers for nearly four decades, returns to the big screen in Sedona, AZ! The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the return one-night-only engagement at the festival’s Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Feel free to dress in costume if you wis, and come dance, sing along and do the time warp with other Rocky Horror fans! Relive Richard O’Brien’s sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music — a “sensual daydream to treasure forever” — starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick and Academy Award-winner Susan Sarandon. For more information 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
October 21st, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$225/$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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Fall Arts and Craft Fair
October 22nd, 2016 (9:00 am – 3:00 pm)
fallThe Sedona Heritage Museum is proud to present their Fall Arts and Crafts Fair. Unique arts and crafts by local people. Jewelry, ceramics, gourd art, fine art, fiber arts, clothing & home décor, cards, woodcarvings, stained glass & glass art, birdhouses, lotions & potions, lawn art, gifts, candles and more! They will also be having a bake sale to benefit the Museum. The museum is locate at 735 Jordan Road. For more information please visit www.sedonamuseum.org.

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Red Rock Artists Open Studios Tour
Self Guided Tour
October 22nd – 23rd, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
RRAOSTDon’t miss the Red Rock Artists second annual Open Studios Tour! This free event will feature 28 professional artists in Sedona and Cornville who are opening their private studios to show their latest work. There will be a wide variety of mediums including: glass, ceramics, painting, mixed media, fiber, photography, digital art, jewelry, watercolor and metal sculpture. It is a wonderful opportunity to see inside working studios to gain a deeper understanding of the creative process. Maps and informative brochures will be available in a number of Sedona area businesses and hotels. For more information on this Sedona event please visit www.redrockartists.com.

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Red Rocks Oktoberfest
October 22nd, 2016 (4:00 – 9:00 pm)
Tickets are $25 an up
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.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
October 23rd (1:00 pm)EthnoBotanyHike
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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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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Rocky Horror Picture Show in Sedona, AZ

Sedona International Film Festival

Rocky Horror Picture Show

October 21st, 2016 (7:00 pm)

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Are you ready to have some early Halloween “Rocky Horror” fun in the red rocks of Sedona, AZ? Just in time for Halloween: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show”, the outrageous cultural phenomenon that has been a hit with movie lovers for nearly four decades, returns to the big screen at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre on Friday, October 21st at 7:00 pm!

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the return one-night-only engagement! Tickets are only $12, or $9 for Film Festival members. Feel free to dress in costume and come dance, sing along and do the time warp with other Rocky Horror fans! For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle will drop you off and pick you up from the theatre for the first showing at 7:00 pm.

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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.

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  • Don’t worry about having a glass of wine with dinner!
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Sedona, Arizona: Open Studio Tour

Red Rock Artists Open Studio Tour

October 22nd – 23rd, 2016

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This upcoming weekend in Sedona, Arizona the Red Rock Artists have something special for all the art lovers visiting!

Starting on Saturday October 22nd, the wonderful artists that make up the Red Rock Artist group invite you into their workplace during the “Open Studio Tour” to share their latest work in a wide variety of media, such as: painting, glass, ceramics, fiber, photography, jewelry, watercolor, and sculpture! This is a free self guided tour from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm on both Saturday and Sunday giving you the perfect opportunity to meet and talk with twenty artists in their working studios, and maybe find that unique gift you have been looking for!

Participating artist are located in Sedona, Village of Oak Creek, Cottonwood and Cornville. to see a full listing of artists and a map for the tour please visit the Red Rock Artists website. If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona you can stop by our concierge or front desk and pick up a copy of the map.

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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, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Events, Entertainment and Fun Things to do this Weekend!

Sedona Shots 312The weekend is here and we are looking forward to some great weather and fun events taking place in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! The weather forecast for the weekend is a high of 77° and a low of 60°, perfect for hiking, biking, exploring and enjoying the Plein Air Festival that kicks off on Saturday. Below you will find our top picks for events, entertainment and festivals taking place this weekend! For a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events page. Have a great weekend!

Featured Events

Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
October 14th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$225/$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 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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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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17th Annual Rock, Gem and Jewelry Show
October 15th, 2016 (10:00 am)fagate
$3 for Adults, Kids under 12 are free
Don’t miss the 17th ANnual Rock, Game and Jewelry Show taking place at Sedona Red Rock High School. The show will feature over 40 vendors and jewelry artist. There will be displays of rocks and minerals from all over Arizona and the world. Red Rock High School is located at SR 89A and Upper Red Rock Loop Road, if you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona we will drop you off and pick you up from this event in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle, available to all of our guests.

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Red Rock State Park
Sedona Guided Full Moon Hike
October 15th, 2016 (5:00 pm)
Moonlight hikeThis will be the last Full Moon Hike for the year at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, this hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while learning about the natural history of Sedona. The hike lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. A non-refundable $5.00 program fee per person is required to reserve your spot in the hike in addition to the regular entrance fees on the day of the hike. Participants are encouraged to arrive at the park approximately 30 minutes before the hike starting time to ensure participation. Children under 12 are discouraged from participating and children under seven are not permitted. Wear suitable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Bring water and a flashlight. Reservations are limited, so call early to reserve your spots (928.282-6907).

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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show
October 15th, 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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Gamblin The Plein Air Palette
Free Sedona Plein Air Festival Event
October 16th, 2016 (10:00 am – 12:00 pm0
Sedona-Plein-Air-Festival event 2Enjoy this free presentation on color space, pigment history, and color palettes sponsored by Gamblin Artists Colors. The free session includes an afternoon plein air workshop taught by Scott Gellatly, artist and Product Manager for Gamblin. Tap into his knowledge of technical issues and expertise in oil colors and palettes. This event will take place at the Sedona Arts Center located at 15 Art Barn Road. For more information on this event please visit www.sedonapleinairfestival.org.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
October 16, 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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Featured November Vacation Package – Out of Africa Adventure

  • Out of Africa1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two Queen Beds on the Second Floor
  • 20% off this Upgraded room with direct access to our Promenade Terraces
  • Two Adult Tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • FREE full hot breakfast
  • Book this Package

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Save money this November in Sedona, AZ

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Highlighted November Vacation Packages

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It’s almost November, a perfect time to visit the red rocks of Sedona, AZ and save money on your lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona! The weather is amazing, warm days paired with cool nights, and early November is a great time to explore the red rocks with Pink Jeep as well as the perfect time to enjoy the wildlife at Out of Africa Wildlife Park! With that in mind, our featured November Vacation Packages are our “Sleep n’ Jeep Package” that features the Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour and our “Out of Africa Wildlife Adventure Package” that includes two adult admissions to our favorite wildlife park! Both packages will save you 20% or more on your Sedona adventure, so we invite you to experience Sedona in November.

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  • sleepjeepSR_2010_205x1501 1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona,
    with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two Queen Beds on the Second Floor
  • 20% off this Upgraded room with direct access to our Promenade Terraces
  • Thrilling Two Hour Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour for Two Adults
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • Complimentary door to door shuttle
  • Complimentary Full Hot Breakfast Buffet
  • Book this Sedona Package

This jeep tour is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. This fun-filled two hour adventure leads you up, on and over the red rocks in a iconic, custom-built, open-air pink Jeep® Wrangler!. You’ll be awestruck by the views from Submarine Rock or Chicken Point and definitely excited as you go around Mushroom Rock and descend down the Road of No Return! This truly is what we consider a must have experience in Sedona. All of us here have taken this tour numerous times, it is always fun, exciting and we learn or see something new every time! So, what are you waiting for, make your travel plans for your spring vacation to Sedona today and take advantage of this adventure package!

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Out of Africa Adventure

  • Out of Africa1 Night at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, with additional nights available at a great rate!
  • Two Queen Beds on the Second Floor
  • 20% off this Upgraded room with direct access to our Promenade Terraces
  • Two Adult Tickets to Out of Africa Wildlife Park
  • Package is priced for TWO ADULTS. Please call concierge at 800-292-6344 to add children or extra adults.
  • FREE full hot breakfast
  • Book this Package

For those of you who may not know, Out of Africa Wildlife Park is not a zoo, it is a place like no other, were you can see hundreds of animals from all over the world in their natural habitat along with wonderful and exciting educational attractions that get you up close and learning about the wonderful animals that live there. Out of Africa is known for their commitment to wildlife and serves as a safe haven for the animals they have rescued over the years. As you can tell we are really big fans of Out of Africa Wildlife park, which is why we are so proud to be able to offer you this Sedona Vacation Package! If you would like to see some of our pictures of Out of Africa Wildlife Park click here.

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2016 Sedona Plein Air Festival

Sedona, Arizona

12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival

October 15th – 22nd, 2016

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Art lovers will be flocking to Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend to experience over two dozen master painters in action in the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! The Sedona Plein Air Festival returns for a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events from October 15th to 22nd, 2016!.

“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. These incredibly talented artists are coming to the Sedona area from all over the United States to spend seven days painting en plein air, and to share their incredible talent and unique experiences with this challenging art form.

The Sedona Art Center is pleased to present the Sedona Plein Air Festival opening reception,free and open to all, on Saturday, October 15th at 7:00 pm at the Art Center. Most of the events during the festival are free, you will find a listing of these event below. For a full listing of events and workshops please visit www.sedonapleinairfestival.com.

Sedona Plein Air Festival Events

  • Opening Wine Reception
    October 15th, at 7:00 pm
    The Sedona Arts Center welcomes all to the opening reception in honor of their invited artists. View their work, learn more about their creative process, and add some wonderful pictures to your collection. This event takes place in the historic Art Barn.
  • Artists Paint in Sedona Area
    October 16th – 21st
    Fine plein air painting in action, as our invited artists spread out around town and create new works inspired by local landscapes and vistas. Fresh Sedona works can then be viewed in the Arts Center’s Special Exhibitions Gallery and Theatre Studio. Check the schedule for individual artist demonstrations, mini workshops, paint outs, and creative excursions.
  • Gamblin The Plein Air Palette
    October 16th, from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Enjoy this free presentation on color space, pigment history, and color palettes sponsored by Gamblin Artists Colors. The free session includes an afternoon plein air workshop taught by Scott Gellatly, artist and Product Manager for Gamblin. Tap into his knowledge of technical issues and expertise in oil colors and palettes. This event will take place at the Sedona Arts Center located at 15 Art Barn Road.
  • Creekside Paint Out At L’Auberge
    October 19th, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Always a favorite of the festival, the Creekside Paint Out returns to L’Auberge de Sedona, and the public is invited to watch artists as they depict the singular scenery. The location includes still and moving water, reflections, sycamores and ducks and stunning settings along Oak Creek. At noon, awards will be presented to the artists and the works created at the event will be available for sale immediately following. Park in the Arts Center lot and take the free Red Rock Trolley from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.
  • Plein Air Keynote with Lori Putnam
    October 19th, 7:00 pm
    This free and open to the public keynote speech by acclaimed artist Lori Putnam will take place at the Art Barn. Her presentation includes digital images and talk about her growth and development as a plein air painter—from obscurity to a national reputation and unique individual style. Recognized for her expressive brushwork, intelligent composition, and superb use of color, the Nashville native paints small to medium-sized works en plein air and creates large paintings in her studio.
  • Paint out at Seven Canyons Resort
    October 20th, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    The public is invited to beautiful Seven Canyons Resort, a new Plein Air Festival sponsor, to watch artists paint the afternoon and evening light as it carves it’s way through majestic red rock profiles. A rare jewel surrounded by protected national forest land, Seven Canyons is a local scenic treasure that spans 200 stunningly beautiful acres. Artists will explore panoramic vistas from the Clubhouse, water features on the golf course, and views from beautiful Rachel’s Knoll. An awards ceremony and wine reception will follow at 4:00 pm on the event lawn.
  • Plein Air Party and Awards Presentation
    October 21st 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    Don’t miss the final award night and visiting artist reception at the Historic Art Barn. This is the ‘big event’ the artists have been waiting for! Fine wine, hors d’oeuvre and fine art. Festival Awards will be presented throughout the evening recognizing the most impressive work created during the week—including Best of Show and merit awards by Festival Judge Lori Putnam, Artist’s Choice Award, Collectors Choice by ballot and Sedona Arts Center Awards.
  • Main Street Paint Out
    October 22nd, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
    The last hurrah! The Main Street Paint Out, held in collaboration with the Main Street Sedona Program, is one of the Plein Air Festivals most popular events. Don’t miss the final opportunity to become acquainted with the artists and observe them in action on the streets of Uptown Sedona (on Highway 89A from the Arts Center to Pink Jeep Café). Final event sales take place from 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm.

If you are interested in learning more about all the events taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley during October, please visit our Sedona events page!

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Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Weekend Events, Festivals, Entertainment and Fun Things to do!

October 7th – 9th, 2016

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A big welcome to all of our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona!  You have picked an awesome weekend to visit! From Live Entertainment, to the First Friday Gallery Tours, from the Sedona Arts Festival, to the Fall Festival at Slide Rock State Park, there is definitely something fun for everyone in your family to enjoy! If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona and are planning on attending the Sedona Arts Festival, leave the driving to us and take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! Have a great weekend!

Featured Weekend Events

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
October 7th, 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: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
October 7th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$225/$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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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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Fort Verde Days (Camp Verde, AZ)
October 8th – 9th, 2016 (All Day)Fort Verde
Fort Verde State Historic Park celebrates Fort Verde Days with a flag-raising and lowering ceremony, living history presentations with the Buffalo Soldiers and Indian Wars period re-enactors, special presentations, a fashion show, cavalry drills and a vintage baseball game. Catch a glimpse of the past, while celebrating Fort Verde Days. For more information please visit Fort Verde State Historic Park.

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Sedona Geology Hike
October 9th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Included with the park entrance fee

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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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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October Gallery Exhibits in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona

First Friday Gallery Tour October 7th , 2016

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Fall is here, the weather is cooling and this coming Friday is the perfect time to explore the dynamic galleries of Sedona, AZ during 1st Friday in the Galleries! We would like to highly suggest making it a point to visit the Mountain Trails Gallery in Tlaquepaque for their “Birds of a Feather” exhibition, and make sure not to miss the “13th Annual Cowboys and Indians Show” at the Goldenstein Gallery! 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
“Strength, Beauty & Form”
October 7th – November 1st, 2016
Open Reception: October 7th, (5:00 – 8:00 pm)
sedona arts centerThis month, Sedona Arts Center features an intriguing collection of artists who combine Strength, Beauty & Form to create their hand-built works of art. Materials range from ceramic to wood—metal to stone with various fibers and glass included to complete the 3-dimensional forms. Featured Artists: Joanne Hiscox (Mixed Media), Art Hiscox (Mixed Media), Mariann Leahy (Ceramic), Jeff Perkings (Ceramic), Komala Rohde (Jewelry) and special guest artist Artist Carl Dalio, who has a feature wall in the lobby! For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Lanning Gallery
“30th Anniversary Celebration”
October 7th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
agito-gregory-deane-agito-mixed-mediaLanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona marks its 30th Anniversary with a special celebration that opens with a reception during 1st Friday! his milestone comes after decades of hard work and rewarding adventures on the part of owner Peggy Lanning, under whose guidance the gallery has grown in both square footage and reputation, a reputation that now extends to both national and international collectors. The Classic and Contemporary gallery represents over fifty artists, from established international artists such as Alfred Rogoway (1900-1990), Gregory Deane, Hans Schiebold and David Johns; to gifted mid-career artists such as Randall LaGro and Marshall Noice; to artists such as Jonathan Howard, a Contemporary Urban artist fast making a notable name for himself in the art world. For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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Rowe Fine Art Gallery Presents “The Lively Palette”
October 7th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Ken Rowe GalleryLarisa Aukon has a message she wants to convey with her colorful paintings. “It’s always about beauty,” she says. “The visual language might change, but the message stays the same. To me, the world is beautiful, and this is what I want to share.” Larisa will debut as many as 10 new oil paintings featuring landscapes and horses during her one-woman show, The Lively Palette, at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. On Saturday, October 8th, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Larisa will be back in the gallery demonstrating her painting techniques. For more information please visit www.rowegallery.com.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“13th Annual Cowboys and Indians Show!”
Opening Reception October 7th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
phase-one-blanketThe Goldenstein Gallery is pleased to present their “13th Annual Cowboys and Indians Show” Their annual celebration of the American West has received international acclaim including being featured multiple years in the collected Cowboys and Indians Magazine. Showcasing internationally renowned contemporary Native American and Western Artists, it is deeply rooted in tradition yet flourishes with new innovative styles that capture the imaginations of today. Throughout October there are 3 Receptions for Artists and 9 visiting & local Artists-in Residence: 13th Annual Cowboys & Indians Show 10/7, the Wood, Metal, Glass & Clay artist’s reception on 10/14, and Paint me with Color artist’s reception 10/21. For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery.

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Mountain Trails Gallery: Birds of A Feather
October 7th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
cardinal-pair-joe-garcia-web-eventMountain Trails Gallery welcomes you to their exhibit “Birds of a Feather” featuring paintings by Adele Earnshaw and Joe Garcia, along with wildlife paintings by Allison Leigh Smith, Amy Lay, Jennifer O’Cualain, and Edward Aldrich; wildlife sculpture by Bryce Pettit, Jason Napier, Raymond Gibby, Michael Trcic, Susan Kliewer, Vic Payne, Dustin Payne, Mark Edward Adams, Ron Gaines, and Jim Gilmore. New wildlife watercolor and oil paintings as well as bronze sculpture featuring eagles, owls, song birds, quail, falcons, hawks, ravens, water birds, cardinals, blue birds, hummingbirds, roadrunners, as well as elk, mustangs, bobcats, mountain lions, bears, and more. For more information please visit www.mountaintrails.com

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“45th Anniversary Celebration”
Opening Reception on October 7th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
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Forty-five years ago Turquoise Tortoise Gallery began in Glendale, Arizona as a six-foot long counter on a raised area under a gazebo inside a floral shop. For two years. The business did so well that its next home was a 1000-foot space nearby that truly allowed the gallery to grow. As a gallery of Native American art, it grew in size and reputation before relocating to Sedona, Arizona in 1981 where it has flourished, becoming a destination art gallery that anchors the heart of Sedona’s Gallery District. Years in the art world has offered the gallery unique opportunities to watch artists grow in talent and stature.

International artist Tony Abeyta, now fifty, was a teenager when he walked into Turquoise Tortoise Gallery and laid his work out on the floor for owner Peggy Lanning to see. She chose to represent him immediately, despite his youth and has watched Abeyta’s audience grow dramatically as he produces ever more complex work that continues to be strongly influenced by his Navajo heritage….. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Andrea Smith Gallery Presents Gala Kraftsow
October 7th, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
October 8th, 2016 (12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Andrea SMith GallerySedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master will be unveiling her latest mosaic murals. An impassioned artist for more than 40 years, Gala has learned from world-renowned artists and sculptors, mastering many art mediums and most recently, mosaics. In her latest mosaic collection, Gala has captured the essence of her travels and experiences in glass, gems, beads, stone, shells, and any other object that inspires imagination and beauty. For more information visit the Andrea Smith Gallery on Facebook.

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Special Lodging Rates During the Sedona Plein Air Festival
Valid October 15th – 22nd, 2016

Sedona-Plein-Air-FestivalStay with us at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona during the 2016 Sedona Plein Air Festival and save up to $40 dollars a night! Enjoy great views from the award winning terraced decks, free hot breakfast every morning and use of our Complimentary “About Town” shuttle available to all of our guest. And you can also pick your room type! This week long festival takes place in October. All you have to do to take advantage of this special is call our hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for the “Plein Air Festival Rate” to make your reservations. It’s that easy!

12th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 15th – 22nd 2016
Plein Air Festival is a celebration of Sedona’s extraordinary beauty as seen through the eyes of 30 of the finest plein air painters in the country. 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. “En pleinair,” French for “in the open air,” is a spontaneous art form with artists creating outdoors, responding to the immediacy of the moment and reflecting the excitement of the changing light, weather conditions and deepening shadows on canvas. For more information visit Sedona Plein Air Festival.

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Sedona, AZ Events: Sedona Arts Festival

Sedona Arts Festival

October 8th – 9th, 2016

Sedona Arts Festival

One of our favorite festivals of the year is upon us! The Sedona Arts Festival kicks off this Saturday at the Sedona Red Rock High School! Why is it one of our favorite’s you ask? It’s simple, 125 artists from across the US will be showcasing their exquisite work in a variety of mediums including Ceramics, Mixed Media, Fiber Art, Glass, Photography, Drawing,Sculpture, Jewelry, Wood, Metal, and Painting! This is seriously one of the best gatherings of talented artists!

There will also be live music both days of the festival including four time Grammy nominee William Eaton!  There is also a popular KidZone presented by the Verde River Valley Nature Organization The VRVNO KidZone is all about creative fun and inspiration, using tried and true hands-on activities.  Bring a t-shirt to paint, print and shag for yourself or just join in the shared creative spirit. Festival Hours: Saturday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Featured Artists: Mario Castellanos Gonzales And Reina Ramirez

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The animal wood carvings that are the couple’s trademark, portray a wonderful sense of movement and curiosity. Their painting style is at the top of their field and reflects an expert level of shading, using a banded design format often featuring symbolism central to the Zapotec Indian culture of Oaxaca. Mario and Reina’s pieces are eye catching works of art that are notable both for their actual carving and for their cheerful painted designs.  Mario loves to carve all types of animals, constantly experimenting with something new, but his favorite subject continues to be the iguana. Mario loves the lizard figures for the degree of difficulty in the curving and coiled tails. He says that the different types of lizards and their differing positions give him goals to achieve in the advancement of his skills and he thoroughly enjoys winding the coiled tails to the best of his ability in different styles. As a result Mario first became famous for his amazing iguanas, but ALL of his work is artistic, original, well thought out, and full of intricacy.

Entertainment  Schedule

  • Saturday
    10:00 am –  William Eaton
    11:30 am – Rick Cyge
    1:00 pm – William Eaton Ensemble (William Eaton, Claudia Tulip, Susannah Martin)
    3:00 pm – Meadowlark (Rick Cyge, Lynn Trombetta)
  • Sunday
    10:00 am William Eaton
    11:00 am – Rick Cyge
    12:00 pm – Allen Ames
    12:30 pm – Meadowlark (Rick Cyge, Lynn Trombetta, Steve Douglas, Allen Ames )
    2:00 pm – William Eaton Ensemble (William Eaton, Claudia Tulip, Susannah Martin)

Tickets are only $12 at the gate and Children 12 and under are free!
Why are you paying to shop? The Sedona Arts Festival is the primary fundraiser to support art education in the greater Sedona area. To date, the Sedona Arts Festival has donated nearly $300,000 in scholarship and arts education funding.

If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona leave the driving to us and take advantage of our Complimentary Shuttle that will drop you off and pick you up from this event! To learn more about the festival please visit the Sedona Arts Festival website or visit the Sedona Arts Festival on Facebook!

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

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

September 30th – October 2nd, 2016

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We welcome all of our weekend guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! There are a variety of events taking place in Sedona and the Verde Valley this weekend including the Sedona Arts and Crafts Show, the Jerome Art Walk, the Razing Arizona Comedy Tour at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill, Sedona Canned and more! If you are interested in taking in some fall hikes during your stay and want to find the biggest boom of color visit Fall Colors in the Coconino for the latest updates on fall foliage. No matter what you decide to do, have a great time and enjoy your red rock adventure!

Featured Weekend Events & Entertainment

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
October 1st, 2016 (8:00 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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Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
October 1st – 2nd, 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 Redrock Precision Motors. For more information please visit www.redroseinspiration.org.

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Jerome Art Walk
October 1st, 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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Cottonwood, AZ: Micki Free CD Release Concert
Grammy® & 5 Time Native American Award Winnermicki-free
October 1st, 2016 (7:00 pm)
$20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority
The Old Town Center for the Arts is the location for Micki Free’s CD release event for his latest Native American Fluted CD The Native American Flute as Therapy. Micki will be performing in full regalia, and will be performing at OTCA before departing on his 2016-2017 World Tour. Old Town Center for the Arts is located at 5th and Main Street in Cottonwood, AZ. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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Razing Arizona Comedy Tour at Olde Sedona
October 1st, 2016 (8:00 pm)razing-arizona
Tickets: $10
Don’t miss the Razing Arizona Comedy Tour at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill! These are some of Arizona’s best comics bringing hardcore comeday to the red rocks of Sedona. Featured comics are Charlie Speez, Kristofer Royer, David Delgado, and Autumn Garza. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.razingaz.com or call Olde Sedona at 938.282.5670. Learn more about Olde Sedona Bar and Grill.

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Sedona Canned
Calle Independencia, Tlaquepaque
5 Charities, 4 Chefs, 3 Judges, 2 Eliminations, 1 Winner
October 2nd, 2016 (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Tickets: $20
final-canned-logoFour chefs will be chosen to compete cooking on BBQ grills. The chefs have no idea what they will be cooking, but are allowed to bring one cooler of pantry items with them. In the first round an appetizer needs to be created using the chosen mystery basket ingredients. The chefs have to transform these items into a dish worthy of serving to the judges! After tasting the food and much deliberation, the judges will decide which chefs will move on to the second round. Two chefs will be eliminated and the last two chefs will compete with different basket ingredients to create a fantastic entrée. The dishes will be judged on taste, creativity and presentation by our celebrity judges: Chef Ron Moler from Reds, Chef Chris Dobrowolski from Schoolhouse and Jet Foley from RIOT. Spectators pay $15 in advance or $20 at the door to attend and must also bring a can of food to be donated to the Sedona Food Bank. Each chef competing in the event will represent a different local charity, 4 charities in all. For more information please visit www.cannedsedona.com.

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