Sedona, Arizona and Verde Valley Guide to a great weekend!
March 18th – 20th, 2016
Wow, it is going to be a beautiful, sunny, event filled weekend in the red rocks of Sedona and the Verde Valley! And I must say a perfect weekend for hiking in the red rocks with a high of 75° on both Saturday and Sunday! If you are a guest of the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona this weekend make sure to take some time and relax on our terraces while soaking in the sun and the views!
My hiking picks for the weekend would have to be Soldier Pass for an early morning wake up hike, close to our hotel and challenging enough to feel like you got a work out in while enjoying the scenery! West Fork Trail would be a great hike for the afternoon, and if you are looking for a late evening hike I would suggest Bell Rock Pathway. With that said, we all have our own favorite hikes so check out our 2016 Sedona Hiking Guide to find the right hike for you. Oh, I almost forgot, if you are into archaeology, Red Rock State Park will be having their guided geology hike on Sunday the 20th.
Along with great hiking opportunities this weekend there is a well rounded choice of events and entertainment in Sedona but if you are visiting and have your own mode of transportation I would highly suggest taking a day trip to the town of Camp Verde on Saturday or Sunday! The Pecan and Wine Festival, Verde River Runoff Race, Archaeology Fair and Indian Art Show will all take place there this weekend!
Featured Events and Entertainment in Sedona and Camp Verde, AZ
These are our top picks for the weekend, if you would like to see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page. Have a great weekend!
Sedona Entertainment: Darius Lux Trio
March 18th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
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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Zenprov Comedy Live Show: ‘Laugh Potion #9
March 19th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show
Need a double-dose of comedy shot directly into your funny bone? Join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “Laugh Potion #9” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona. “Laughter is the best medicine,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “It’s been proven to boost the immune system and produce endorphins 100 times more powerful than painkillers. That’s why we’re calling this show ‘Laugh Potion #9.’ If we all could just laugh more, we’d hurt less.” Besides performing a whole batch of brand new short-form improvised games, the troupe will also perform a long-form “Armondo” that uses true stories and monologues from an audience member about a camping trip or a family vacation as inspiration for improvised games and scenes. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.
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Spring Heritage Pecan and Wine Festival
March 19th & 20th, 2016
The Town of Camp Verde, its sponsors and its partners, are pleased to announce that the 2016 Spring Heritage Pecan & Wine Festival will take place in downtown Camp Verde. The Festival is actually a handful of events rolled into one: Camp Verde Pecan & Wine Festival, Verde Valley Archaeology Fair, Verde River Runoff canoe and kayak race, and a host of activities surrounding Arizona State Parks Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Admission to all events is free. Charges will apply for wine tasting and race participants. There is a $12 charge for wine tasting that includes six tasting tickets along with a wine glass that is yours to keep.For more information please visit www.campverdepromotions.org.
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Verde Valley Archaeology Fair & American Indian Art Show
March 19th – 20th, 2016
Experience the excitement of archaeology with dozens of hands-on activities, several films throughout the two days of the show, presentations about the American West and especially Arizona, and special programs. The Fair includes the annual American Indian Art Show with artists from Hopi, Navajo land, Zuni and several New Mexico pueblo communities. Artists will demonstrate their medium and have their work available for sale. The Art Show is in the Community Center with the archaeology exhibits.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Fair and International Archaeology Film Festival are held during Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month in March. their events have been recognized as a “Premier Signature Event” of the Arizona SciTech Festival. These events are part of the Camp Verde’s Spring Heritage, Pecan and Wine Festival held next to our events. For more information please visit the Verde Valley Archaeology Fair.
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Verde River Runoff
March 19th, 2016
Registration: $50 per participant.
The Verde River Runoff will once again host their very popular river event during the Pecan & Wine Festival. There is a 5 and 10 Mile Canoe/Kayak race with a new stand-up board category this year. Experience a beautiful stretch of the Verde River from White Bridge, Camp Verde to Beasley Flats! Join the Awards and After-Party at the Pecan and Wine Festival behind the Camp Verde Community Center, 395 S Main Street, Camp Verde, AZ. All proceeds benefit the conservation and outdoor recreation in and on the Verde River Valley. With multiple categories for entry, the Verde River Runoff is a great river run for a variety of experienced paddlers. VRRO is made possible through a Special Use Permit from the Prescott National Forest District. For more information or to register for this event please visit Verde River Runoff 2016.
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Guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park
March 20th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
The program is included with the park admission
Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennium. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Now for the first time, filling a gap in the natural and cultural interpretation programs, an archaeology hike will add this experience for park visitors. 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. And we will explore ideas of other cultures who 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. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
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Sedona Entertainment Music by the Classics
March 20th, 2016 (6:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Sound Bites is pleased to present “An Evening of Romance”. The band will play and Jeanie Carroll will sing mostly the slower, dance-able songs that many of us are familiar with from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Also included with be some great up-tempo and Latin tunes to get you moving. So, bring your dancing shoes or just come to listen to and enjoy the music. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sedona Sound Bites Grill.
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When it comes to the staff at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona there is no doubt our main priority is making sure your time in Sedona, AZ is special. Over the last year we have made some great improvements to the property: new comfortable seating with fire pits on the terraces, EV & Tesla Vehicle Charging Stations for our guests’ use with our compliments as well as new window treatments and mattresses in all our guest rooms. We have also made improvements to our Inn of Sedona Blog to better assist our concierge, and our guests, to plan their Sedona Getaway. Our goal in 2016 is to enhance your experience in the red rocks as well as your stay at our Sedona hotel. New vacation packages are coming soon and hotel improvements will continue.