Family Fun at the Camp Verde Cornfest

25th Annual Cornfest Celebration

July 15th – 16th, 2016

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If you love corn, live music, hot air balloons, games and family fun, you will not want to miss the 25th Annual Cornfest taking place in Camp Verde, AZ! (Camp Verde is located only 40 minutes from Sedona, AZ).

For the past 25 years the Camp Verde Cornfest has celebrated the annual sweet corn crop produced on the banks of the Verde River by Hauser Farms. But the Cornfest has always been much more than that. It is a celebration of families and of summer. It is also a celebration of Camp Verde’s rich agricultural history and a celebration of what makes life in a small town so special.

Festivities will take place in downtown Camp Verde from 3:00 pm to 10:00 pm on Friday July 15th and from 9:00 am to 10:00 pm on Saturday July 16th. There will be plenty of fire roasted, hot buttered (if you choose) sweet corn to gnaw on, bags of corn to take home and a long list of lots of corny games and activities for the entire family.

Also on the list of things to do are hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), a craft fair in the Parks and Recreation building, vendors of all kinds, food, music, a beer garden and Corn Hole Competitions for cash Prizes! In addition to the Cornfest the Fort Verde State Historic Park,located next door, will be featuring a “Vintage Baseball Game at 12:00 pm on Saturday. Park entrance fees are: Adults $7, Youth 7-13 $4  Under 6 Free.

A shuttle will be run from the old ALCO building at the Bashas Shopping Center  from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm, please park in the area directly in front of the ALCO building. For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org

Directions from the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona to Camp Verde Cornfest

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Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

Sedona, AZ

Events, Entertainment and Fun Things to do this Weekend

July 8th – 10th, 2016

Sedona Scenery

The weekend is here and the sun is ready to shine on the red rocks for you! The forecast this weekend is really looking good, especially for early morning and sunset hikes or a swim at Slide Rock State Park. The sky should stay clear and the highs are around 93°. Just remember this is monsoon season, so even though rain is not in the forecast there is always a chance for a short pop up storm. We hope everyone enjoys their visit, please remember to drink plenty of water! Below you will find featured events and entertainment taking place over you stay.

Summer Archaeology Film Fest
Sign on the Stone: The Unknown Sahara of the People With No Name

July 8th, 2016 (Sedona Showing)Summer Film Fest Poster
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
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. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

  • 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.

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
July 8th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $15/$20/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $55/$60/$70
Anthony-Mazzella-posterLegends Of Guitar is a tribute show to famous guitar players and their music. The show features world renowned guitar virtuoso Anthony Mazzella who plays it all live. Legends Of Guitar reaches a very broad audience given the diversity of artists it pays tribute to. People love guitar music and are fanatical about the bands they play in. This show features the technical skills of the greatest guitarists and the music from some of the biggest bands. This live event will take place at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
July 9th, 2016 (7:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Entertainment – Elvis Presley Tribute Show
July 9th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets start at $25, reservations required
Chance ElvisIf you are a Elvis fan you will not want to miss Chance Tinder and Kentucky Rain at Sound Bites Grill for their Elvis Presley Tribute Show! Chance is more than your everyday Elvis Tribute Artist. He’s an accomplished actor, recreating a legendary character. Chance’s secret is believing that it’s not always the voice, that plays the most important part, but it’s knowing exactly how to become the man himself on that stage!For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Ancient Indian Cultures of Northern Arizona
Video Presentation in the Theater at Red Rock State Park
July 10th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Included with the park admission
AncientIndianCulturesVideoPresentationRed Rock State Park invites you to watch a very interesting video presentation about Native American archeological sites in Northern Arizona. These sites contain the cultural legacy of a fascinating prehistoric Indian people who first settled here nearly 1,500 years ago. Learn about the settlements they built, how their culture flourished, and the sophisticated structures and artifacts that reveal much about their lives. Today, you can almost see their culture evolve, from the farmlands of Sunset Crater, to the sprawling settlements of Wupatki, and the spectacular cliff dwellings at Montezuma Castle. Hike into Walnut Canyon and explore Tuzigoot, looming over the landscape in the fertile Verde Valley. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Guided Meditation with Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
July 10th, 2016 (2:00 pm – 2:45 pm)
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. $5 donation. The McLean Meditation Institute is located at 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road), For more information, or to see more of the events and programs offered please visit www.mcleanmeditation.com.

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2016 “Summer in Sedona” Hotel Special

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Summer Fun in Sedona, AZ

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Enjoying the Summer Time in Sedona, AZ

summer sedonaVisiting Sedona, Arizona anytime of the year is fun, but for me, I love spending summertime with my family and friends in the red rocks of Sedona! Yes, it can get hot in the afternoon but summer is the perfect time for early morning hikes and beautiful sunset hikes. It is also a great time to enjoy the natural water slide at Slide Rock State Park, visit the wildlife at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, explore the red rocks in a Pink Jeep, and in the heat of the day I will often catch a unique film at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre.

As for the occasional storm that pops up, I rejoice in them, the red rocks get a good washing, making them even more beautiful, seeing the lightning in the red rocks is mind blowing, and the rainbows that are produced from the storms can’t be beat! Every now and then you will get a double rainbow arching over coffee pot rock which is just beautiful! And remember this is high dessert, rain is welcome and needed so we celebrate it! When a storm does come along it usually doesn’t last long and is followed by beauty.

Soldiers Pass Trail and Bell Rock Pathway are always high on my list for a sunset hike, especially for taking some amazing shots as the sun sets and light dances across the rocks. I know the exercise is important, but I have to admit sometimes I take more pictures than I put miles on my hiking boots! And sometime it is just too beautiful to photograph, you just have to stand there and soak it in. I also love taking my friends and family up to the airport mesa to take in the panoramic view of Sedona as the sun starts going down. As for early morning hikes, anywhere you like! I do prefer taking strolls instead of hikes in the morning, with that said my family enjoys the early morning bird walks at Red Rock State Park.

What about the heat of the day? The thing about Sedona and the Verde Valley is during the summer you never really know whether it’s going to be hot and sunny or whether an afternoon storm will move in! I like it both ways. On the warmer days there are a handful of fun things we like to do as a family. Out of Africa Wildlife Park, located in Camp Verde, AZ, is usually first on our list. We get there as soon as the park opens, the adults and kids in the family always have a good time visiting the wildlife. My niece is particularly fond of the park and I don’t think she could handle a visit without seeing one of the parks most popular attractions “Tiger Splash”! (of course her favorite animal in the park is the White Bengal Tiger, Chalet) I have many favorites there too, but if I had to pick, well I don’t have to pick, so I will say all of them!

When you’re looking for a day of family fun and a break from the Arizona heat, Slide Rock State Park is the place for you! Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors to the park can slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. They also have fifteen open air picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a summer family fun day!

The state-of-the-art Mary D. Fisher Theatre is also a great place to cool off during the heat of the day. The Sedona International Film Festival brings great independent films and live events to this venue all year long! From Art & Architecture in Cinema, to Shakespeare Live on the big screen, to inspirational film and thought provoking documentaries, there is always something interesting to watch.

Another place I love to cool down is in the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Known as the “Art and Soul of Sedona” Tlaquepaque’s courtyards are beautiful, the galleries are extraordinary, and the shade offered by the magnificent sycamores is very welcome on a hot day! Tlaquepaque is one of my very favorite places to bring my mom. She goes goggle eyed in the galleries, some of the art in the village is just breathtaking and we always find something for her to take home as a reminder of her visit.

Pink Jeep Tours into the red rocks are also popular during the summer. Our favorite would have to be the “Broken Arrow Tour” from Pink Jeep. That never gets old. I could take that tour every week and be just as excited every time. Some of my other favorites offered by Pink Jeep are the Sedona Vortex Tour and the Scenic Rim Tour.

I hope everyone has a great summer filled with friends, family and good times. If you are going to be visiting Sedona this summer I highly suggest taking a moment to check out the vacation packages at the Inn of Sedona, and for the spur of the moment getaways check out their Mobile Special!

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Sedona, AZ: Dog’s Day Out in the Park

Sedona Parks and Recreation

Fifth Annual Dog’s Day in the Park

July 16th, 2015

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Everyone who knows us at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona knows how much we love our four legged guests. They really brighten our day when they visit us! Most of the people in Sedona and the Verde Valley feel the same way and with that in mind Sedona Parks and Recreation will be hosting their 5th annual Dog’s Day Out in the Park on July 16th! So, if you’re visiting Sedona, AZ on this special day and are staying with us at the Inn of Sedona, jump on our complimentary About Town Shuttle for a ride to and from the park, (yes, your pets are always welcome to ride), and join in this free event celebrating your special pooch!

Dog’s Day in the Park
July 16th, 2016 (7:00 am – 9:00 am)
The city of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites all animal lovers and dog owners to support their fifth annual, A Dog’s Day Out in the Park. This pet friendly event is being held on the multi-use field at Posse Grounds Park. This event is free for those interested in playing with their dogs on the beautiful grass field. Let them help you pamper your pooch with fun doggy stations. There will be free dog nail trimming, dog baths, dog brushing, and free dog licensing (with proof of rabies vaccination). There will be an “Off Leash” fenced in area with a kiddie pool for the dogs to play in as well. Bring a ball and have some fun with your dog. Parks and Recreation will be handing out free dog leashes to the first 50 dogs through the gate! Enjoy the green grass and pet friendly exhibitors with goodies for sale.

“This event is a great excuse to pamper your pet while playing in the park,” said recreation and aquatics supervisor, Elizabeth Ginsberg. We encourage all friendly owners and their well-behaved dogs to be a part of this day. All breeds are welcome. Please have dogs on leashes when arriving”

For more information please contact Parks and Recreation at 928-282-7098 or 928-203-5077 or online at www.SedonaAz.gov/Parks.

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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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Sedona, AZ: 4th of July Weekend Guide

4th Of July Weekend in Northern Arizona

Fun Things to do in Clarkdale, Cottonwood, Flagstaff, Jerome and Sedona, AZ

July 1st – 4th, 2016

4th of julyA big welcome to all our guests enjoying the red rocks of Sedona, AZ over the 4th of July weekend! I just have one questions for everybody, are you ready to have some fun? Well we are! From laser shows, water rides, live entertainment, and gallery tours in Sedona; to Fireworks in Cottonwood; the Art Walk in Jerome and don’t forget the 82nd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture in Flagstaff. We are ready to rock out the holiday! Below you will find all the featured events taking place in the Sedona area. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona make sure to take advantage of our complimentary “About Town” Shuttle to get you to and from the Sedona Laser Show and the 4th of July Wet Fest. We hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. Have fun, enjoy the events and be safe! If you are over 21 and enjoying some adult libations over the holiday please make sure to have a designated driver.

Featured Events and Entertainment

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
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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: Darius Lux TrioDarius
July 1st, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
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Don’t miss the Darius Lux Trio at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! This is an new ensemble of three outstanding artist coming together with some of the best soulful blues/pop/rock music to grace the stage at SBG. When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the world for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was embarking on. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer came back as a free-thinker and inspirational lyricist. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Vintage Independence Day Celebration
July 2nd, 2016 (Clarkdale, AZ)
Verde Canyon RailroadVerde Canyon Railroad kicks off the weekend festivities with an all-American barbecue at the railroad depot on Saturday, July 2nd prior to the 1:00 p.m. train departure of the Firecracker Express. Our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle, leads the route, its visage adorning mighty mid-century American-built locomotives. That Saturday the painted eagles will share the day with a real live version aboard the train. The Firecracker Express proudly welcomes Sonora, a rescued, educational eagle from Liberty Wildlife. Sonora, the only train-riding bald eagle in the world, will visit each open-air car throughout the journey to the delight of passengers and crew alike. For more information or to purchase tickets aboard the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Jerome Art Walk
July 2nd, 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: Esteban 2016
July 2nd – 3rd, 2016 (7:00 pm)
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Don’t miss Esteban along with Teresa Joy on violin, Raul Yanez on keys and Joe Morris on drums at Sedona Sound Bites Grill. Legendary flamenco/classical guitarist Esteban mesmerizes audiences with his stunning and passionate style of Spanish Guitar that is influenced by New Age, great love songs and Latin pop. Esteban’s concerts are memorable moments of the heart, as he performs with his daughter Teresa Joy on violin and his band, the experience is a sensational expression of the inner soul. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ)

July 2nd – 3rd, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
HopiFest2013A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features more than 80 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Peruse and purchase a stunning selection of jewelry, katsinas, pottery, paintings, woodworking, baskets, textiles, and more by master and emerging Hopi artisans. Enjoy traditional music, artist demos, dancing and authentic food, as well as insightful lectures and a not-to-be missed children’s activity area. Free with museum admission. For more information please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Flagstaff Art in the Park
July 2nnd – 4th, 2016
Cost:Free entry
Art Park“Flagstaff Art in the Park” are arts and crafts festivals that feature tightly juried one-of-a-kind fine art and fine crafts designed and shown by the artists. These shows take place over the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends in Wheeler Park in Downtown Flagstaff; a beautiful tree shaded, grassy venue across the street from City Hall and on the main thoroughfare to the Grand Canyon. In addition to nearly one hundred artists from across the Southwest, these shows feature nonstop live music throughout the three days. There is also a New Wine Garden featuring Six AZ Vineyards! For more information please visit Flagstaff Art in the Park on Facebook.

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4th of July Wet Fest
Swimming Pool, Water Rides, Food and Music
July 4th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Free Event

Looking for something fun to do in Sedona, AZ during the day on 4th of July? Have a blast at Posse Ground Park! Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks. This event is free of charge (food not included). The pool opens at 1:00 pm for free recreation swim and just outside the pool gate will be food for sale and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat. All pool rules apply and a 375 person pool maximum will be enforced. Maximum does not apply to activities outside the pool gate.

  • Parking available in the West Sedona School parking lots.
  • Water Slides, water toys, slip-n-slide.
  • All non-swimmers must be accompanied by and adult in the pool.
  • Alcohol and dogs are not permitted.

For more information please visit Sedona Parks and Recreation. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

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4th of July Indoor Laser Light Show
July 4th, 2016 (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
sedona laser light showSpend your 4th of July “day” at the Laser Light Show and still have time to drive to your favorite fireworks show at night. A patriotic themed laser light show will begin at the top of each hour in the Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School. Each show is 25 minutes in duration. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

  • Four convenient Laser Show times at the top of every hour. 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to enter facility and be seated before show begins.
  • Spectators will not be allowed in late.

For more information please visit Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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17th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza
July 4th, 2016 (Cottonwood, AZ)
Pre-show activities start at 4:00 pm, Fireworks (8:45 pm)
fireworks-3Don’t miss out on all the family fun at the 17th Annual Independence Day Fireworks Extravaganza taking place at the Cottonwood kid’s Park in front of the Verde Valley Fairgrounds in Cottonwood, Arizona! The VFW Color Guard will be giving a patriotic salute to veterans. There will be Free Hot Dogs and Hamburgers, a watermelon contest and inflatable rides! Wrist Bands are $10 and individual ride tickets are $1. The Fireworks will start at 8:45 pm and parking is only $1! For more information on this amazing night of fun and fireworks please visit Cottonwood Parks and recreation.

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July Sedona and Jerome Gallery Exhibits

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour July 1st , 2016

Jerome Art Walk July 2nd, 2016

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Kick off your 4th of July weekend exploring the dynamic galleries of Sedona, AZ during the 1st Friday Gallery Tour! We would like to highly suggest making it a point to visit the Mountain Trails Gallery for their exhibit “Summer Group Show 1” featuring spectacular new and vibrant artwork  by 17 figurative Western and wildlife sculptors! Then on Saturday evening continue your exploration of the arts on Cleopatra Hill at  the “Jerome Art Walk”. Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour, to see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

For your convenience, the Sedona Trolley provides free transportation to venture from art gallery to art gallery. If you are staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, we also offer our guest free shuttle service to uptown Sedona and the Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village. All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries Exhibits

Sedona Arts Center
“Of the Earth”
sedona arts centerJuly 1st – August 2nd, 2016
Opening Reception July 1st (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Sedona Arts Center’s July Exhibition, Of the Earth features over 35 local artists presenting works created using materials from the Earth or celebrating the Earth. Includes paintings, jewelry, fiber art, ceramics and so much more.For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Lanning Gallery
“Experience of Nature: The Art of Judith Monroe”
July 1st – July 10th, 2016
Opening Reception July 1st (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Judith-Monroe-JDM30-Evening-Glow-(CathedralRock)Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens a new exhibition to showcase the unique techniques of artist Judith Monroe as she creates mixed media landscapes that literally bring nature onto her canvas. Judith Monroe worked as a photographer then a graphic artist before taking a couple of years off to have her children. But the distance from her artistic energy finally, in no uncertain terms, called her back. Monroe returned to the darkroom and, feeling that color films weren’t conveying what she felt and remembered from each scene of nature she strove to present, she began hand-coloring her photos, capturing the feelings of each place and the emotions she had felt there. The traditional hand-coloring process led Judith Monroe to add visual layers to her photographs right in the darkroom with photograms (placing objects directly onto the surface of photographic paper then exposing it to light), she began mixing media onto the photographs using watercolors and pencils. This led to her current technique of coating a black and white print with an acrylic medium which, as it dries, pulls the ink out of the paper. The images on this transparent film are now the base of her mixed media paintings. For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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 “Red Hot” at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
July 1st, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Aint-No-Mountain-High-EnoughThings are going to get hot, hot, hot at Rowe Fine Art Gallery in July! The gallery will focus on its esteemed sculptors and jewelers during “Red Hot”. And while the art and the outdoor temperatures – might be sizzling, the gallery will be a cool respite for art lovers to chill out for the evening. Some of the West’s best traditional and contemporary southwestern sculptors and jewelers are represented by Rowe Fine Art Gallery, and art lovers will have the exciting opportunity to see some brand-new pieces during this event. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“Freedom Show”
July 1st – 31st, 2016
Opening Reception July 1st, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
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  Goldenstein Gallery in West Sedona celebrates the unbounded imagination of their artists with Freedom.” A stirring exhibition that celebrates the independent spirit and style of their gallery artists, “Freedom” features inspiring array of work that is full of color, motion and a fresh yet sophisticated sensibility. Enjoy ice cream and apple pie as you stroll in the sculpture garden. For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery.

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Mountain Trails Galleries
“Summer Group Show 1”
Opening Reception July 1st, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The-Poser3-James-Napier-WEB-EVENTMountain Trails Gallery in Sedona is alive with spectacular new and vibrant artwork featuring sculpture by 17 figurative Western and wildlife sculptors including Jason Napier’s colorful patined duck “The Poser”, Gary Lee Price’s garden size park bench “Einstein”, Bryce Pettit’s roadrunner “Sedona Speedster”, Susan Kliewer’s Hopi Koshares “More Mischief”, and Michael Trcic’s mountain lion “South Rim Sentinel”. Also featuring paintings by more than 40 artists including new wildlife paintings by Joe Garcia, desert landscapes by William Scott Jennings and Grand Canyon paintings by Marcia Molnar. For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Fusion Folk Art: Gregory Lomayesva”
July 1st, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
WinkingDancerTurquoise Tortoise Gallery features Gregory Lomayesva’shand-carved folk-craft figures and masks, distinctive Pop-Art inspired translations of kachinas and mudheads.The background of cutting edge artist Gregory Lomayesva is a unique one that gives him singular insight into the cultural touchstones he draws from: His mother was a well-known Hispanic Santera from a family of seven artists working as sculptors, tinsmiths, retablo painters and colcha stitchers; his father, a Hopi, made his artistic mark as a wood carver and jewelry designer. Gregory Lomayesva grew up in the relatively urban environment of Santa Fe, New Mexico, its busy atmosphere contrasting with the remote quiet of his rich family roots. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
July 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Jerome Art Walk
First Saturday Jerome Art Walk celebrates the Fourth of July weekend in artistic style as galleries and studios open the doors for an evening of summertime enchantment on July 2nd. From the lively Old Jerome High School to Made in Jerome Pottery at the other end of town, delightful surprises abound in this artist colony high on Cleopatra Hill. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk on Facebook.

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Hopi Festival in Flagstaff, Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

83rd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture

July 2nd – 3rd, 2016

Hopi-FestivalIf you are going to be visiting us in Sedona, Arizona this coming 4th of July weekend, we highly recommend taking a day trip up to the Museum of Northern Arizona for the 83rd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture.

Once again the big tent in the cool pines is going up at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Hopi people are making plans to travel to Flagstaff for the 83rd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture, the oldest Hopi show in the world. A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features more than 80 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Peruse and purchase a stunning selection of jewelry, katsinas, pottery, paintings, woodworking, baskets, textiles, and more by master and emerging Hopi artisans. Enjoy traditional music, artist demos, dancing and authentic food, as well as insightful lectures and a not-to-be missed children’s activity area. Free with museum admission.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is about a 60 minute drive from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, making it perfect for a day trip (see below for directions). Festival and regular Museum admission is $12 adults (18+), $8.00 Youth (10-17), Student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation), and Children under 10 Free. For more information on the 83rd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.


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Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special
Valid for stays over July 1st – 5th, 2016

  • Inn of SedonaStay at our Sedona hotel a minimum of three nights between July 1st – July 5th, and save $110 OR MORE on your lodging. (All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel by July 1st, 2015 – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344
  • Use Promo code “Rocking 4th” to receive your special rate!
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Complimentary shuttle to 4th of July Concert and Laser Show and 4th of July Wet Fest!
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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Fun things to do events and entertainment this weekend in Sedona, AZ

2sedona shot 501Welcome to Sedona, AZ! It is definitely a summer weekend in the red rocks with highs in the mid 90s° today and tomorrow and a high of 100° on Sunday. Keeping that in mind, we highly suggest exploring and hiking the red rocks in the morning and evening hours. Maybe take a dip at Slide Rock State Park, or a cooler hike at West Fork Trail. Below you will find live entertainment and events taking place this weekend, we have included some interesting cinema choices showing at the Mary D. Fisher theater that you might enjoy during the hotter hours of the day, including a special showing of San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’.

Featured Weekend Events, Entertainment and Cinema

Sedona Cinema: ‘A Hologram for the King’
Starring Tom Hanks
June 24th – 29th, 2016
Tickets are $12, or $9 for Film Festival membersHologram-teaser
The Sedona International Film Festival is please to present ‘A Hologram for the King’ at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. In recession-ravaged 2010, American businessman Alan Clay (Tom Hanks), broke, depressed and freshly divorced, arrives in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia to close what he hopes will be the deal of a lifetime. His mission: sell a state-of-the-art holographic teleconferencing system to the Saudi government. Adrift and alone in an unfamiliar land, Alan befriends taxi driver Yousef (Alexander Black), who chauffeurs him through the desert to the “King’s Metropolis of Economy and Trade,” a surreal ghost town of vacant skyscrapers and half-completed construction projects. For more information, showtimes or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Summer Archaeology Film Fest
Killer Whale and Crocodile(Sedona Showing)

June 24th, 2016Summer Film Fest Poster
Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
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. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Center.

  • KillerWhaleIn 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.

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Sedona Entertainment: Alice Tatum Band
June 24th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Tickets: $15
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the Alice Tatum Band! Alice Tatum has been a fixture in the Phoenix music scene for 30 years. She is an award winning and critically acclaimed singer who is always on the ‘must have’ list for events needing the finest in musical entertainment. As a performer, Alice has played along side such greats as; Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
June 25th, 2016 (7:00 am)
The program is included with the park admission
HOME_653Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Met Live Opera Encore:’Tosca’
June 25th, 2016 (1:00 pm)Tosca_teaser2
Tickets are $15 general admission, or $12.50 for Film Festival members
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the Met Opera’s “Tosca” showing at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “Tosca” — Puccini’s enduring favorite, starring an exceptional trio of singing actors in the leading roles — features acclaimed American soprano Patricia Racette as the ultimate diva, Floria Tosca, in Luc Bondy’s production. French tenor Roberto Alagna sings Tosca’s lover, the painter Cavaradossi, and Georgian baritone George Gagnidze is the corrupt, lustful Scarpia. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison Band
June 25th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$12 Cover Charge
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the funky blues sound of the Sir Harrison Band! Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry. Sir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He’s been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison’s guitar playing has his own unique sound. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
June 26th, 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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Guided Meditation with Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
June 26th, 2016 (2:00 pm – 2:45 pm)
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. $5 donation. The McLean Meditation Institute is located at 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road), For more information, or to see more of the events and programs offered please visit www.mcleanmeditation.com.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
June 26th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
Tickets are $15
BriceWinstonIt’s Cool Summer Jazz in Sedona, with the Brice Winston Trio – Brice on saxophone, pianist Nick Manson and double bassist Chris Finet. It will be a Sunday afternoon of hot jazz in the beauty and coolness of the red rocks of Sedona, at Saint Luke’s Church – absolutely the prettiest and best Chamber Jazz venue in Northern Arizona.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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San Francisco Ballet’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’
Great American Dance SeriesRomeo-and-Juliet_teaser
June 26th, 2016 (4:00 pm)
Tickets are $15, or $12.50 for Film Festival members
San Francisco Ballet’s glorious production of “Romeo & Juliet”, choreographed by company Artistic Director and Principal Choreographer Helgi Tomasson, will be screened in cinemas nationwide and at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona as part of the Lincoln Center at the Movies: Great American Dance series. As America’s oldest professional ballet company, San Francisco Ballet has enjoyed a long and rich tradition of artistic “firsts” since its founding in 1933, including performing the first American productions of “Swan Lake” and “Nutcracker”, as well as the first 20th-century American “Coppélia”. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special
Valid for stays over July 1st – 5th, 2016

  • Inn of SedonaStay at our Sedona hotel a minimum of three nights between July 1st – July 5th, and save $110 OR MORE on your lodging. (All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel by July 1st, 2015 – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344
  • Use Promo code “Rocking 4th” to receive your special rate!
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Complimentary shuttle to 4th of July Concert and Laser Show and 4th of July Wet Fest!
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Sedona, AZ: 4th of July Hotel Special

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Save Money with our 4th of July Hotel Special

4th of julyDon’t delay, make your plans today to visit Sedona, Arizona over the 4th of July weekend! Save money on your lodging at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona with our Rockin’ 4th of July Hotel Special! Stay a minimum of three nights between July 1st – 5th, 2016 and save $110 or more! To take advantage of this special you must make your reservations by phone directly with the hotel by calling 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344! This special also includes complimentary shuttle service to the 4th of July Wet Fest and the Indoor Laser Light Show. Please see below for more information on our hotel special and the main events taking place on Monday, the 4th! To see all the events that take place over the holiday weekend please visit our Sedona Events Page.

Rockin’ Sedona Independence Day Weekend Special
Valid for stays over July 1st – 5th, 2016

  • Inn of SedonaStay at our Sedona hotel a minimum of three nights between July 1st – July 5th, and save $110 OR MORE on your lodging. (All room types included, based on availability)
  • Must make reservations by phone directly with the hotel by July 1st, 2015 – 928.282.3072 or 800.292.6344
  • Use Promo code “Rocking 4th” to receive your special rate!
  • Full Hot Breakfast Buffet each morning
  • Complimentary shuttle to 4th of July Concert and Laser Show and 4th of July Wet Fest!

4th of July Wet Fest
Swimming Pool, Water Rides, Food and Music
July 4th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Free Event

Looking for something fun to do in Sedona, AZ during the day on 4th of July? Have a blast at Posse Ground Park! Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks. This event is free of charge (food not included). The pool opens at 1:00 pm for free recreation swim and just outside the pool gate will be food for sale and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat. All pool rules apply and a 375 person pool maximum will be enforced. Maximum does not apply to activities outside the pool gate.

  • Parking available in the West Sedona School parking lots.
  • Water Slides, water toys, slip-n-slide.
  • All non-swimmers must be accompanied by and adult in the pool.
  • Alcohol and dogs are not permitted.

For more information please visit Sedona Parks and Recreation. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

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4th of July Indoor Laser Light Show
July 4th, 2016 (12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
sedona laser light showSpend your 4th of July “day” at the Laser Light Show and still have time to drive to your favorite fireworks show at night. A patriotic themed laser light show will begin at the top of each hour in the Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School. Each show is 25 minutes in duration. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

  • Four convenient Laser Show times at the top of every hour. 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to enter facility and be seated before show begins.
  • Spectators will not be allowed in late.

For more information please visit Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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Beat the Heat at Slide Rock State Park

Sedona, AZ: Slide Rock State Park

The Perfect Spot to Cool Off in the Red Rocks!

Slide Rock State ParkWhen you are looking for a day of family fun and a break from the Arizona heat during your Sedona summer vacation, Slide Rock State Park is the place for you! Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historic apple farm located in the beautiful Oak Creek Canyon. Visitors to the park can slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. They also have fifteen open air picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for a summer family fun day! It is important to remember that your picnic should be packed with the knowledge that charcoal fires are permitted in designated grills only. No wood fires allowed in grills. Propane grills and stoves are allowed, so cold cuts and salad would be a great way to go.

Slide Rock State Park also offers hiking trails. These are short trails that include a nature trail. Our favorite trail happens to be the Pendely Homestead Trail an easy 0.25 mile paved trail. This trail will take you through part of the historic Pendley Homestead and features some of the original apple orchards, Pendley Homestead house, tourist cabins, apple packing barn, various farming implements that were used historically in the homestead, a new orchard of semi-dwarf apple trees, and spectacular views of the canyon walls of Oak Creek Canyon. To learn more about the trails and park please visit Slide Rock State Park.


Here is a rare look at Slide Rock without a soul in sight by Mike’s Road Trip.
Take a tour of the famous Slide Rock State Park in Oak Creek Canyon – Sedona, Arizona.
You can see pictures and get more information by visiting: Mike’s Road Trip.

Hours of Operation & Fees

  • May 23rd – September 1st
  • Open 8:00 am to 7:00 pm, last entry at 6:30 pm
  • Credit Cards Preferred, Cash payment requires exact change
  • Monday – Thursday admission is $20.00 per vehicle (for up to 4 adults: an adult is anyone 14 years of age or older; each additional adult/bycycle is $3.00)
  • Friday – Sunday and Holidays admission is $30.00 per vehicle (for up to 4 adults: an adult is anyone 14 years of age or older; each additional adult/bicycle is $3.00)

Tips

  • Before visiting the park please review these Park Rules.
  • During summer months Slide Rock experiences extremely high visitation. The parking lot will typically fill up from late morning through early afternoon. A long wait to enter the park may occur, especially on weekends and holidays. When the park reaches capacity a Parking Lot Full sign will be posted at the park’s point of entry. During times of high visitation access to the park is only available from the southbound turn lane. If and when the southbound turn lane fills and begins to encroach the highway, access to the park will be temporarily unavailable.
  • Water Quality Hotline
    Current conditions are available by calling (602) 542-0202 after 9 am the day you intend on coming to the park.
  • Pets must be kept on a leash & attended to at all times and Pets are not permitted in the Slide Rock swim area and can not to be left in a vehicle.
  • Include sun screen, sunglasses, water(no glass containers permitted), protein snack and a first aid kit in your backpack.
  • Anytime you go off hiking in the Red Rocks it is important to let other know where you are going.

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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!
  • Learn More about the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

 

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