Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour

Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries May 5th, 2017

What a great weekend to visit Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley, especially if you love exploring the arts! This weekend kicks off with an exploration of art at Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour on May 5th, 2017. And then on Saturday evening the town of Jerome will be holding their “Art Walk”.

Below you will find a few of the exhibits and receptions taking place during the 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

Rowe Fine Art Gallery
First Friday Exhibit “Mother Nature”
May 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
In May Rowe Fine Art Gallery celebrates Mom!Ken Rowe, sculptor, and owner of Rowe Fine Art Gallery credits his mom, an amateur painter, for his love of art. He has fond memories of standing by her side while she captured the Arizona landscape on canvas. But as a gallery of wildlife and landscape artists, Rowe Fine Art Gallery wants to celebrate the mother of all mothers this month. Mother Nature, a special evening dedicated to Earth and our inspiring environment!Ken and his wife, Monica, invite everyone to stop by to pay homage to our natural world by enjoying new artwork from gallery artists. Let the gallery’s knowledgeable staff help you choose a piece of art inspired by nature to give to your favorite mom on Mother’s Day. For more information please visit www.rowegallery.com.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
First Friday Exhibit – The Luster of Bronze
May 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Mountain Trails Gallery is proud to feature the intricate bronze sculpture of Scott Rogers whose work is a journey through moments in the spirited history of the Old West, along with sculptures of Native American ceremonial dancers, Wild West characters, as well as domestic and wildlife treasures by 17 award-winning sculptors. For more information please visit the Sedona Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
First Friday Exhibit – “Tony Abeyta: Underworld”
May 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery is happy to welcome back the celebrated Contemporary Native American artist Tony Abeyta who unveils his latest new works. A recipient of the New Mexico Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts and named a Living Treasure by Santa Fe’s Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, Abeyta was already known for his specially commissioned paintings used as the signature images for the groundbreaking and also the grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening to meet Tony Abeyta and enjoy the rare opportunity to hear him speak about his paintings’ subjects, his techniques and creative process, and his new directions. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Andrea Smith Gallery
First Friday Exhibit Featued Artist Gala Kraftsow

May 5th – 6th, 2017
Sedona artist, Gala Kraftsow, a Renaissance painter, sculptor, and mosaic master will be unveiling her latest mosaic murals during First Friday weekend in May. An impassioned artist for more than 40 years, Gala has learned from world-renowned artists, sculptors, and mosaic artists, mastering many art mediums. In her mosaic collections, Gala has captures the essence of her travels and experiences in glass, gems, pearls, beads, stone, shells, and other objects that inspires imagination and beauty. For more information please visit the Andrea Snith Gallery on Facebook.

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Lanning Gallery
Marshall Noice: Living Color
May 5th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens the new exhibition “Marshall Noice: Living Color” and welcomes the engaging artist back to the gallery for an opening night 1st Friday reception! Noice gives an Artist Talk at 6:00 pm that is free and open to the public. For Marshall Noice interpreting landscapes has always been a draw even throughout his twenty-three years as a professional photographer. When he made the switch to painting, and applied the loose, expressive style he favored to the landscapes he loved, success came quickly. He now enjoys a national following for his vibrantly colored Contemporary Expressionist landscape paintings. Marshall Noice uses layer upon layer of brilliantly hued oil paints to capture the scenes that most inspire him. For more information please visit www.lanninggallery.com.

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Jerome Art Walk
May 6th, 2017 (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. The 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 20 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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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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Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Sedona, AZ

 

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Celebration 

The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off

Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Visit the red rocks of Sedona, AZ this coming weekend and enjoy one of our favorite events of the year! That’s right, the Cinco de Mayo Celebration and Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village takes place this Saturday on May 6th! 

The Courtyards of Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village come to life with the vibrant expressions of Mexican culture including folklorico dancers in dazzling costumes, phenomenal flamenco dancing from South of the Border that brings thunderous applause every time, hot Latin vibes, and the ever-popular roaming Mariachis. This is a Family Fun FREE Event. You will find the events line up below, for more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

If you wish to stay at the Inn of Sedona during this event please book your rooms as soon as possible, we only have a few left! If you are a guest at the Inn of Sedona you will be able to hop on our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle and catch a ride to and from the event! !

Cinco de Mayo Celebration

Tlaquepaque North:

  • Mariachi Familia Rojas 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Eric Miller 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
  • Anthony Mazzella and the Old Souls 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Patio Del Norte:

  • Gaetano Frankel of Mosaico Flamenco 10:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • Mariachi Familia Rojas 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
  • Jaleo Band 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Patio de La Fuente:

  • Ballet Folklorico La Paloma Internacional 10:30 am, 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm

Patio de Las Campanas:

  • David Merino 10:00 am to 11:30 am
  • Ritmo Latino 11:30 am to 4:30 pm
  • Patio de Las Rosas: Mariachi Familia Rojas 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

There will be free Face Painting for the kids and Free Pinata Breaking in our Patio de Las Campanas 11:30 am, 2:30 pm. and 4:30 pm

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7th Annual Great Chili Cook-Off
May 6th, 2017 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
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For the 7th straight year Tlaquepaque is proud to sponsor the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off! Last year hundreds of folks attended and it just gets more popular every year! Organized by the RotaryClub of Sedona, proceeds fund Imagination Library which provides free age-appropriate books to young children in the greater Sedona area, as well as the Rotary’s End Polio Now effort. Winners will be selected for the People’s Choice Award and the Judge’s Award for best flavor, consistency, aroma, and appearance. Beer Garden sponsored by Oak Creek Brewery & Grill. For more information please visit www.sedonarotary.org.

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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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May Hikes at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ

Guided Hikes in May

May is a beautiful time of year to visit the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! Sun filled days, crystal blue skies and an abundance of flora and fauna this time of year makes for the perfect time to go and explore the red rocks. Taking advantage of the guided hikes offered by Red Rock State Park in May is the best way to learn more about the area’s red rock formations, plant and animal life and archaeology from their knowledgeable staff and volunteers. Below you will find what the park has to offer this month. Get on those hiking boots and explore!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (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.

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Guided Nature Walk
Every morning at 10:00 am
Program is included with the park admission
Every morning a volunteer naturalist leads a guided nature walk informing visitors about the different life zones of Red Rock State Park. The subjects discussed on this walk include geology, wildlife, history, archaeology, and plant life. Their naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. This guided walk is included with park entrance fees. No reservations required. Make sure your bring comfortable hiking shoes, plenty of water, and clothing appropriate for the weather.

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Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike
May 10th, 2017 (6:00 pm)
$5.00 reservation fee and regular park entry fees
moonlightMoonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Registration for this hike is required, call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Registration closes the day before the hike. No new reservations will be accepted on the day of the hike.

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Guided Geology Hike
May 14th, 2017 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State ParkJoin Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
May 21st, 2017 (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.

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Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike
May 28th, 2017 (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 on any of the guided hikes listed above please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona’s Vortex and Views
Delve into the spiritual side of the Sedona landscape and its rich ethereal history with this magical mystical ride hosted by Pink Jeep Tours. Visit one of the area’s incredible energy centers – the Airport Mesa Vortex Site – to take in the twisted trees and interpret the site in your own way. This guided tour also includes a sojourn to the Mystic Vista and a short hike for breath-taking views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

  • Pink Jeep Tours Sedona ArizonaOne night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • 2.5-hour Pink Jeep Vortex Tour for two adults (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4 p.m.) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay.
  • To book this package, please call the hotel directly at 928-282-3072 or email concierge@innofsedona.com

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SVAC’s Open Studios Tour in Sedona, AZ

SVAC Sedona and Verde Valley Open Studios Tour

April 28th – 30th, 2017

Make your plans today to visit the artists in Sedona, AZ during the SVAC’s Open Studios Tour taking place the last weekend of April! There will be over 40 studios participating, working in a variety of mediums, such as: ceramics, painting, fiber, photography, jewelry, watercolors, and sculpture.

This free, self-guided event is an annual celebration of the arts and artists in the greater Verde Valley. This non-profit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists and gain a first-hand view of their creative processes. The event is funded entirely by artist participation fees and community support. The weekend event is a free, self-guided tour allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily work spaces. To see a full listing of participating artists please visit www.sedonaartistscoalition.org or visit the SVAC on Facebook. The event runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily!

Brochures will be widely available around Sedona and the Verde Valley. They can be found in most of the Sedona Hotels and the Wine Tasting Rooms in Old Town Cottonwood. If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona, please stop by the front desk or the concierges desk to pick up yours.

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sedona shot 308When it comes to the staff at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona there is no doubt our main priority is making sure your time in Sedona, AZ is special. Over the last two year we have made some great improvements to the property: new comfortable seating with fire pits on the terraces, EV & Tesla Vehicle Charging Stations for our guests’ use with our compliments as well as new window treatments, carpets, and mattresses in all our guest rooms. We have also made improvements to our website and our Inn of Sedona Blog to better assist our concierge, and our guests, to plan their Sedona Getaway. Our goal in 2017 is to enhance your experience in the red rocks as well as your stay at our Sedona hotel. New vacation packages are coming soon and hotel improvements will continue.

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Earth Day Celebrations in Sedona, AZ

Earth Day Celebrations

April 22nd, 2017

Join all of us in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley as we embrace Earth Day. On April 22nd, 2017 people around the world will celebrate the day and show support for environmental protection. Events are designed to be both fun and educational, encouraging people to pay attention to our planet’s needs and give us ideas of things each of us can do to protect our planet such as recycling, solar power, planting trees and others. Below you will find the Earth Day Celebration taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley.

Earth Day Celebration at Red Rock State Park
April 22nd, 2017 (10:00 am – 3:00 pm)Red Rock State Park
You’re invited to celebrate Earth Day at Red Rock State Park! They will have all sorts of activities, including:

  • Nature hikes
  • The H2Olympics
  • Info Exhibits
  • Crafts
  • Special Guests
  • Art Showcase

Special Event Park Admission:$7 for ages 14 & up,$2 for ages 7 – 14, Free for children 6 and under. for more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Earth Day Arts Fest – Camp Verde
April 22nd, 2017 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Let’s put the “Verde” in Camp Verde and Go GREEN! Bring your friends to celebrate Camp Verde’s first Earth Day Arts Fest! This is a SciTech and Verde Valley Arts Festival event for families, students, artsy & outdoorsy folk. This event will take place at Rezzonico Park off of Montezuma Castle Highway, next to the new library, 130 Black Bridge Road, Camp Verde.
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  • 1:00 – 1:30 Arbor Day Tree Planting w/ Live Music & Poetry
  • 1:30 – 5:00 Live Music by local musician Ray Reeves
  • 1:30 – 3:30 Kayak Clinic (20 min workshop = $10 cash)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 Magic Show by local Magician Bret Fox
  • 3:00 – 4:00 “Trashy” Fashion Show by Leslie Fox
  • 3:30 – 5:00 Cartoon workshop by The Janimal
  • 4:30 – 5:00 Announce Upcycled Art Contest Winners

For more information please visit www.visitcampverde.com.

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Earth Day Peace Festival
April 22nd, 2017 (12:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Sedona Mago Retreat is hosting a complimentary Earth Day Peace Festival, Prayer Ceremony and Floating Candle Ceremony.  Guests can drive to the retreat center, which is located at 3500 E Bill Gray Road or a shuttle service will be provided to and from their Information House at 695 N Bill Gray Road, at the corner of Bill Gray Rd. (761) and 89A. People can come for the entire event, for the afternoon, or for the evening prayer ceremony. Participation is Complementary – Lunch, Dinner & Shuttle are included. Reservations are required: To RSVP, call the Welcome Center at 928.204.3391. For more information and a timeline of events please click here.

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Cottonwood, AZ – Old Town Arts Festival
April 22nd, 2017 (10:00 am – 9:00 pm)
The Verde Valley’s inaugural arts festival celebrating Earth Day will include a host of fun, family friendly activities, entertainment, art, food, wine and so much more. For all the details, locations and happenings visit www.oldtownartsfest.com.

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Cottonwood, AZ – Ken Koshio & Kenzoo
Celebration of the Earth
April 22nd, 2017 (7:00 pm)
Tickets: $20 adv, $22 door, $25 priority
Ken-KoshioThe theme of this unique and inspiring show is “Celebration of the Earth” as the art forms of music intertwine to celebrate and experience the diversity of cultures. Since ancient times, Taiko rhythms have set the heartbeat in motion, expressing the melodies and pulse of mother earth. Ken Koshio is a world class Japanese Taiko drummer. Taiko is a Japanese style of percussion, which combines music, movement and spirit. Ken pushes the boundaries of Taiko through various collaborations, creating a totally authentic and unique style of music. It is truly an amazing and powerful production and the most exciting performance. This event will take place at Old Town Center for the Arts located 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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At the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona we are putting our best foot forward to make our Sedona hotel more environmentally friendly! We are proud to be Bronze level GreenLeaders in the TripAdvisor Green Leaders program, which helps travelers plan greener trips by identifying environmentally-friendly accommodations across the U.S.

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Jackie Venson Live in Sedona, Arizona

Sound Bites Grill in Sedona, AZ

Singer Songwriter “Jackie Venson” Live

maxresdefault-1-500x281April 22nd and 23rd, 2017

Guess who is returning to Sedona, AZ? That’s right, one of our favorite performers of all time, Jackie Venson!  Trust me, if you love Indie Blues you will not want to miss the Austin-based singer, songwriter, and musician Jackie Venson sizzling up the stage at Sound Bites Grill! She will be performing in the Sound Bites Grill Celebrity Show Room on April 22nd and 23rd from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm.  Tickets start at $25, Dinner Packages are also available and start at $65. Tickets are going to sell quickly, so make your plans today and call 928.282.2713 to purchase your tickets or visit www.soundbitesgrill.com. I know I am not going to miss it!

It is legend that a blistering Jackie Venson guitar solo knocked Pluto straight out of planetary …

Jackie Venson is well known for her blues guitar with her gorgeous, smoky voice. In June her band had the opportunity to perform on Austin City Limits, the longest running music series in American television history, one of the most exciting and successful music festivals in the United States, and an award-winning concert venue.

Venson’s “…astonishing mix of raw soul, superb musicianship and laid back grace…” (Austin American Statesman, June 2014) has been compared to the likes of Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and fellow Austin native Gary Clark, Jr. Originally a classical pianist, Jackie picked up the guitar, shortly after graduating from Berklee College of Music, and made the giant leap from the tradition of classical music to the raw and gritty blues.

Enthralled with music since the age of 8, this young singer/songwriter/musician instantly captures your attention with a vibrant musical soul and passionate control of her instruments that reach far beyond her tender age. As she mindfully blends Blues, Rock, R&B, Soul and more, with her introspective lyrics, the message is clear. When you’re listening to Jackie you hear the “Truth in Music”.

In recognition of her dedication to her craft, Bestfan.com said “Venson is no dilettante, wannabe performer, however a real staple of what a musician can achieve when they put in their 10,000 hours for both musical schooling, and late night pub sessions for practical honing.”

Her live performances revisits what makes music so powerful: emotion and passion. She thrives without the flash, instead favoring a clean sound, genuine soul, and meaningful connection with her audience. Music is not only what Venson does – but also defines who she is and reminds her where she wants to be: performing.

Having finished her second tour of Europe and the recent declaration of “Jackie Venson Day” (May 21st) in the “Live Music Capital of the World” Austin, TX, and her performance on Austin City Limits on June 22nd there’s no doubt she has every reason to lead the way with the trademark smile that accompanies her magnificent musicianship.

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sleep and Jeep Package

A hugely popular four-wheel drive tour through the red rocks of Arizona, the Broken Arrow Tour offers a guided trip down “The Road of No Return” for a one-of-a-kind Pink Jeep experience. This two-hour excursion includes direct shuttle pick-up and drop-off right at our hotel. Don’t forget your camera!
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Easter Weekend in Sedona, AZ

 Sedona, Arizona

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Fun Things to do, Events and Entertainment

April 14th – 16th, 2017

It is going to be a beautiful sunny Easter weekend in Sedona, AZ ! If you are going to be visiting the red rocks over the holiday with the kids and are looking for some family fun with the Easter Bunny, there are two events taking place that the Easter Bunny is sure to attend! The Celebration of Spring: Carnival and Egg Hunt taking place at Posse Grounds Park on Saturday, April 15th,  and the Verde Canyon Railroad’s Easter Bunny Express in Clarkdale on the 16th! Sound Bites Grill will will also be offering a delicious brunch taking place  from 11:30 am to 3:00 pm with Phil Rossi on the Baby Grand Piano from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm!  Below you will find the highlighted Easter events taking place, and other fun things to do this weekend in the red rocks! Happy Easter and Have a Great Weekend!

Featured Events

Flash Back Fridays
Featuring Robin Miller Triomiller_robin_P10303221
April 14th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 cover, no cover with entree purchase
Sedona Sound Bites Grill invites you to take a step back into the past during Flash Back Friday’s! Enjoy the Rock & Roll from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with Robin Miller on Guitar, Troy Perkins on bass and Ed Barattini on drums. Three of Sedonas TOP musicians play all of your favorite dance tunes and let the good times roll. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill!

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Sedona Celebration of Spring
Carnival and Egg Hunt
Admission: $5
April 15th, 2017 (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)
Sedona Carnival and Egg HuntThis is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! This is a fun, action packed event for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors. Once you arrive, walk to the Posse Grounds Park lower softball field for entrance onto the multiuse field for games and vendors! Inflatable toys for kids, face painting, carnival rides and much more are included with the $5 admission fee for the youth attendees. Some vendors may be charging for their goods. The official egg hunt will begin at 10:00 am for children 12 years of age and younger (parents will only be allowed to search with age group 2 and under). Children will be divided by age groups and there are over 10,000 eggs waiting to be found! This Event takes place at the Multi-use Field at Posse Grounds Park. Children need to bring their own baskets. Egg hunts will be divided into four age groups: 0-2, 3-5, 6-8 and NEW THIS YEAR 9-12! For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

Celebration of Tween
April 15th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
Admission: $5
City of SedonaWith the rides all set up for Saturdays Celebration of Spring event, we thought why not invite the bigger kids to play on Saturday afternoon! Children ages 10-14 (5-8 grade) are invited to play at this event. Super Slide, Silver Streak, Sea Dragon and Tip Top for them to enjoy. Looking for more? Try out the inflatable indoor laser tag! This Event takes place at the Multi-use Field at Posse Grounds Park. Avoid lines by purchasing your tickets in advance at the Parks and Recreation office, 525 Posse Ground Road (near tennis courts) in Sedona. Tickets go on sale Monday, April 3, 2017. Tickets will be available at the gate for CASH ONLY purchases. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

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National Park Week – Free Weekends
April 15th – 16th, 2017
Free Admission
logo_nationalparkserviceNational Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks! Below you will find the National Parks and Monuments participating in Flagstaff and the Verde Valley! Grand Canyon

Tuziggot National Monument – Cottonwood, AZ
Montezuma Castle or Montezuma Well – Camp Verde, AZ
Grand Canyon National Park
Wupatki National Monument – Flagstaff, AZ
Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument – Flagstaff, AZ

For more information or to see find the National Parks in you area please visit the National Park Service Website.

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Zenprov Comedy Live Show
‘Mercury in Retrograde!’
April 15th, 2017 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale, $15 at the door
This Easter weekend, dive into astrology and all things psychic with Zenprov Comedy’s one-night only, completely improvised comedy show “Mercury in Retrograde!” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “So what’s ‘Mercury in retrograde’? A few times a year, the orbits of the Earth and Mercury do this weird dance where Mercury appears to go backwards in the sky as the Earth passes it, which is referred to as ‘going retrograde’,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “For astrologers, it’s a chaotic time when communication breaks down, relationships fall apart, and most electronics seem cursed. So, yeah, I can’t think of more fertile ground for spontaneous comedy.” For more information or to purchase tickets to this live Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show
April 15th, 2017 (7:30 pm – 9:30 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$25/$35
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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Verde Canyon Railroad – Clarkdale AZ
Easter Bunny Express
April 16th, 2017
Event begins at 11:00 am Train departs at 1:00 pm
Ticket Prices
Easter_bunny_trainThe Black-tailed Jackrabbit, a Verde Canyon native, may be one of the largest hares in North America but he’s got nothing on Verde Canyon Railroad’s other resident rabbit, the Easter Bunny. On Sunday, April 16, depot guests enjoy hugs, candy and photo-ops with the mischievous hare. The fun continues on board as the winner of the jellybean counting contest is awarded a giant jar of candies to take along on the ride. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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Easter Brunch at Sound Bites
April 16th, 2017 (11:30 – 3:00 pm)
$45 per person, 12 & under $22.50
Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present the special Easter brunch featuring a Carving and Egg Station, Seafood Station, Salad Station, Cheese and Fruit Station, and a dessert Station. They will also have live music featuring Phil Rossi on the Baby Grand Piano from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm. For more information, or to make reservations please call 928.282.2713 or visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
April 16th, 2017 (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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Sedona Jazz at the Church: Easter Sunday Concert
April 16th, 2017 (3:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Tickets: $15
The Anderson Trio performs on Easter Sunday afternoon, with twins Peter and Will Anderson and guitarist Adam Mozinia, bringing some fabulous music with them to celebrate an afternoon of toe-tapping music and mirth for all in attendance. Based in New York City and all three Julliard graduates, it’s the third year for the trio swinging into this lovely chamber jazz venue, Saint Luke’s Church. Purchase tickets online, to get in early and have the best seats available! You will be able to purchase tickets at the door as well starting at 2:40 pm. Saint Luke’s Church is located on Highway 179 between the Back O’ Beyond and Chapel Road roundabouts. For moe information or to purchase tickets please visit Sedona Jazz at the Church.

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Celebrate National Park Week in April

National Park Week

Entrance Fee – Free Weekends

April 15th – 16th and April 22nd – 23rd, 2017

Each spring, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation invite everyone to celebrate National Park Week. This year, from April 15th – 23rd, you are invited to celebrate all that America’s more than 400 national parks have to offer.  During this special week there will be entrance fee-free weekends: April 15th- 16th and April 22nd – 23rd, 2017. From diverse wildlife and iconic landscapes, to vibrant culture and rich history, The National Park System has something for everyone.

National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks! Below you will find the National Parks and Monuments participating in Flagstaff and the Verde Valley!

For more information or to find the National Parks in you area please visit www.nationalparks.org/national-park-week.

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Explore Sedona with Pink Jeep

Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

 Pink Jeep Adventure Packages

If you are planning a trip to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ , we highly recommend taking an exciting ride through the red rocks with Pink Jeep! In fact we are so pleased with our guests’ experiences with this tour company that we have not just one but three vacation packages that will save you money on your lodging at the Inn of Sedona and includes an excursion with the ever popular Pink Jeep Tours. You have a choice! Our Sleep N’ Jeep package that includes the “Broken Arrow Tour”, by far their most popular excursion; the “Vortex and Views” package that will introduce you to one of Sedona’s popular attractions, a vortex; and last but not least our “Grand Canyon Experience” package, a day long narrated Grand Canyon Tour in a Pink Jeep Luxury Coach.

Sleep n’ Jeep
Pink Jeep’s famous “Broken Arrow Tour” is by far the most popular four-wheel drive tour in the Southwest. Excitement abounds on this fun-filled four-wheeling Two Hour Adventure that leads you up, on and over the red rocks.

  • One night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • Two-hour Pink Jeep Broken Arrow Tour for two adults (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4 p.m.) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay.
  • To book this package, please call the hotel directly at 928-282-3072 or email concierge@innofsedona.com

Sedona’s Vortex and Views
Delve into the spiritual side of the Sedona landscape and its rich ethereal history with this magical mystical ride hosted by Pink Jeep Tours. Visit one of the area’s incredible energy centers – the Airport Mesa Vortex Site – to take in the twisted trees and interpret the site in your own way. This guided tour also includes a sojourn to the Mystic Vista and a short hike for breath-taking views of Cockscomb, Doe Mesa, Bear Mountain, Boynton Canyon, Thunder Mountain, Courthouse Butte, Bell Rock and Cathedral Rock.

  • One night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • 2.5-hour Pink Jeep Vortex Tour for two adults (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • Complimentary pick-up and drop-off at the hotel.
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4 p.m.) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay.
  • To book this package, please call the hotel directly at 928-282-3072 or email concierge@innofsedona.com

Grand Canyon Experience Tour
Climb aboard the Pink Jeep Tour for an education and exhilarating day-long adventure through one of the seven wonders of the world! Look out onto stunning canyon vistas from several vantage points along the Grand Canyon’s South Rim with departures direct from our hotel.

  • One night stay in a Two-Queen Room on the second floor with direct access to the Promenade Terrace. For more details or to upgrade your room, please contact us directly.
  • A day-long narrated Grand Canyon Tour in a luxury coach for two adults (please call us to add children or extra adults).
  • Complimentary door to door shuttle
  • This packages must be booked seven days in advance; cancellations must be made 72 hours before your scheduled check-in time (4 p.m.) to avoid a charge equal to one-night’s stay.
  • To book this package, please call the hotel directly at 928-282-3072 or email concierge@innofsedona.com

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Terrace View

The BEST WESTERN PLUS Inn of Sedona showcases all that Sedona has to offer. The hotel’s award-winning terraced design takes full advantage of its hilltop location with promenade decks all around that allow our guests to enjoy 360 degree red rock views without leaving the hotel. Take a stroll along the sunrise side as the day begins, and take in the views as you have your breakfast. In the evening, stroll over to the west side to watch a spectacular sunset right from the deck, perhaps with a glass of wine in hand. What are you waiting for, make your reservations today!

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April Gallery Exhibits in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, AZ

 First Friday Gallery Tour April 7th , 2017

Visit Sedona, Arizona this coming Friday, April the 7th, and explore the arts with First Friday Evening in the Galleries! Meet the artists, while enjoying refreshments,  live music and painting! The Voila Tour will be participating in the event and the “Celebration of Landscape Painting” is under way! 

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 First Friday Evening in the Galleries

Rowe Fine Art Gallery
Humor Me: Joshua’s Tobey’s Art with Attitude
April 7th 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
April 8th, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Sculpture, first and foremost, is about shape and form.” This mantra was Joshua Tobey’s first lesson in art education. He learned it at a very young age from his father and mentor, renowned western sculptor Gene Tobey, who instilled in Joshua an innate desire to pursue a career as an artist. Joshua will discuss his father’s influence and debut his newest impressionistic wildlife sculptures at Rowe Fine Art Gallery during Humor Me: Joshua’s Tobey’s Art with Attitude. During his Sedona appearance, Joshua will debut his first-ever sculpture featuring a skunk. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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Andrea Smith Gallery – French Plein Air Inspired Patricia Barthe
Exhibition and Live Demonstration
April 7th – 8th, 2017

Andrea SMith GalleryAndrea Smith Gallery exhibits the work of local artist, Patricia Barthe, who will giving a live painting demonstration during Tlaquepaque’s Taste of Provence event this month. Barthe is a native New Yorker and poet who was awestruck by the myriad of colors and impressions the Sedona sky and landscape had to offer, transporting her to an experience beyond words. Her style is impressionistic, with the French artistic influences of Monet and Degas in terms of color scheme and Cezanne in terms of brushstrokes. Meet Patricia Barthe at Andrea Smith Gallery during Frist Friday, April 7th (5:00 pm -8:00 pm) and see her live painting demonstration on Saturday April 8th (2:00 pm -7:00  pm. For more information please visit the Andrea Smith Gallery.

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Mountain Trails Gallery
Canyons and Vistas of the West
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Join Mountain Trails Gallery for their exhibit Canyons and Vistas of the West during Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries. Featuring landscape paintings of the mountains, forests, canyons and vistas of the West including the Grand Canyon, the Red Rock Country of Arizona and Utah, Native American scenes, wildlife, cowgirls, cowboys, ranch life, the natural environment, and more. Plein air artists Betty Carr, Bill Cramer, Joshua Been, Susie Hyer, Marcia Molnar, Gregory Stocks, and Howard Carr are also featured. For more information please visit Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Voila Tour at “Sedona First Friday”
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

  • Voila twitterSedona Arts Center – Live Music, Painting, Wine
  • Kuivato Glass Gallery – Crafts live creation
  • Renée Taylor Gallery – Live Painting, Wine

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Celebration of Landscape Painting
First Friday Event
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Meet the artists, share in French Wine and hors d’oeuvres in the Theatre Studio and explore all the galleries at the Sedona Arts Center. Sedona Arts Center welcomes the art-loving public to a celebration of landscape painting in Sedona, represented by a diverse group of fourteen contemporary artists who will create new works from the local environment. The Celebration of Landscape Painting exhibition will be on display in the Arts Center’s Historic Art Barn and will showcase both studio and plein air work.  For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Lanning Gallery
“Rolling Hills and Rounded Earth:
The Art of Slava TCH and Bob Smith”
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens the new exhibition “Rolling Hills and Rounded Earth: The Art of Slava TCH and Bob Smith” and welcomes both artists to the gallery for an opening night 1st Friday reception. Neo-primitivism may best define the rich encaustic landscapes by Russian artist Slava TCH. The places he depicts seem at once both mythical and sacramental. TCH, who grew up as Viatcheslav Tchstiline in Russia, received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ukrainian Academy of Arts. The experience achieved by Bob Smith continues to be evident in each stunning vessel he creates. Whether saggar-fired vessels with their silky surfaces or raku with bright surfaces that capture the red rock tones of our area, Bob Smith excels in these complicated, and always unpredictable, techniques. For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
“Stan Natchez: Symbols of Power”
April 7th, 2017 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Turquoise Tortoise Gallery welcomes back the esteemed Native American artist Stan Natchez and unveils his latest NEW WORKS. With a commitment to producing thought-provoking art, Stan Natchez combines Neo-Pop sensibilities with traditional two-dimensional “ledger art” style to make visual statements both varied and profound. Natchez feels strongly about communicating contemporary Native American philosophy that has been purged of any romantic or stereotypical idealism. Stop by Turquoise Tortoise Gallery on 1st Friday evening to meet Stan Natchez and enjoy the rare opportunity to hear him speak on his paintings’ subjects, his viewpoints and techniques. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona

Sleep and Jeep Package

A hugely popular four-wheel drive tour through the red rocks of Arizona, the Broken Arrow Tour offers a guided trip down “The Road of No Return” for a one-of-a-kind Pink Jeep experience. This two-hour excursion includes direct shuttle pick-up and drop-off right at our hotel. Don’t forget your camera!
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