Sedona, AZ: Fiesta del Tlaquepaque this Weekend

Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

September 9th – 11th, 2016

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The weekend is here and the charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque in Sedona, Arizona will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico this Saturday, September 10th, for the 44th Annual Fiesta Del Tlaquepaque! This Free Sedona event is a guest favorite and if you are staying at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona we will be more than happy to drop you off and pick you up from this family fun fiesta in our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle. Below you will information on Fiesta del Tlaquepaque along with other fun things to do this weekend in Sedona. Have a great weekend!

44th Annual Fiesta De Tlaquepaque Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
September 10th, 2016 (10:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Free Event
Join the 44th annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” a celebration of Mexican Independence Day! Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary. The lively mariachis, the heart pounding beats of Flamenco dancers, and, mouthwatering tastes of Mexico will fill the day. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

  • Fiesta del TlaquepaquePatio de Norte: Gaetano Mosaico Flamenco 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
  • Ritmo Latino 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Le Fuente: Ballet Folklorico de Colores 10:00 am , 12:00 pm and 2:00 pm
  • Jaleo Band 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Patio de Las Campanas: David Merino 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Eric Miller 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • We will have Free Face Painting and a Balloon Twisting artist for the kids.
  • Patio de Las Rosas: Mariachi La Familia Rojas 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
  • Tlaquepaque North: Mariachi La Familia Rojas 10:00 am to 12:00 pm
  • Johnny Hot Shot 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm & 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
  • David Merino 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Jeremy Drysdale will be doing caricature drawings 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Pump House Urban Eatery: Latino Rebel Band 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
September 9th, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Tickets Starting at $20
Dinner & Show Packages Available
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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Olde Sedona Bar and Grill
Free Live Entertainment and Sports Bar
September 9th – 11th, 2016
Olde Sedona Bar & GrillWhen you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! With live bands, DJs and Karaoke, and sports on the 7 big screen TVs all the time, there’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue. Visit Olde Sedona on Facebook.
September 9th – The Rudy Boy Experiment Live (9:00 pm)
September 10th – DJ Ill.Ego (9:00 pm)
September 11th – NFL Football on the big screens all day and All Star Karaoke after the games.

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Sedona Arts & Crafts Show
Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
September 10th – 11th, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Rosey-crafts-showDuring your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show. If you are a guest of ours at the Inn of Sedona, we will be more than happy to drop your off and pick you up at this event in our complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle. This event takes place at the parking lot of Redrock Precision Motors. For more information please visit www.redroseinspiration.org.

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Sedona Live Entertainment: Zenprov Comedy
‘Make America Zen Again!’
September 10th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the showZenAmericateaser
Is the election year getting you down? Join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “Make America Zen Again!” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater. “Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican, we can all agree on one thing: this year has been anything but Zen for America,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov. “We felt it was high time we brought back some great laughs, good vibrations, and positive comedy to our little corner of the Republic.” Similar to the improvised TV show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”, Zenprov Comedy performs fast-paced, spontaneous comedic scenes created in the moment—always based on audience suggestions and hands-on participation with the actors. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.ZenprovComedy.com.

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2016 Updated Fall Vacation Guide for Sedona, AZ

Fall in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley

fallWe have just finished updating our 2016 Fall Vacation Guide for Sedona, AZ.  Find all the fun events and festivals taking place in Sedona and the Verde Valley from September to November here. Have a great vacation and we hope to see you soon.

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September At Red Rock State Park

Sedona, Arizona

2016 September Guided Hikes and Events at Red Rock State Park

Red Rock State Park

The summer months have come to an end and fall is moving in to the majestic red rocks of Sedona, AZ. This month Red Rock State Park will be offering a Guided Moonlight hike followed by time with the Astronomers of the Verde Valley for moon viewing. They are also hosting a wonderful event that follows the Monarch Migrations through Red Rock State Park. As always their Wednesday and Saturday Bird Walks and their daily Guided Nature Walks will also be taking place. Have a wonderful September and enjoy your time exploring the beauty of Sedona, Arizona at Red Rock State Park!

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
Every Wednesday and Saturday (8:00 am)
Included with park entrance fees

Bird 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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Daily Nature Walk
Every Day at 9:00 am in September
Included with park entrance fees

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, archeology, and plant life. The naturalists welcome questions during the walk, enhancing the learning experience. For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park
Guided Sedona Full Moon Hike
September 16th, 2016 (5:30 pm)
$5.00 reservation fee in addition to the regular entrance fees
Led by a naturalist, this hike gives participants the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while learning about Sedona. A knowledgeable guide will provide interpretive information on topics such as park history, archaeology, geology, botany, and local wildlife. The hike lasts 2 – 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to ensure participation. Children under 12 are discouraged from participating and children 7 and under are not permitted on this hike. Wear suitable clothing and closed toed shoes, bring water, and a flashlight. Reservations are limited, so call early to reserve your spots 928.282.6907. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.
The Astronomers of Verde Valley will set up their telescopes for a moon viewing at the conclusion of the hike.

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Following the Monarch Migration
Red Rock State Park with Gail Morris
September 25th, 2016 (9:00 am)
Every Fall Monarch butterflies undergo a rigorous, long-range migration to their overwintering sites in Mexico and California. Late September is the time they typically move through our state and hopefully a fair number will pass through Red Rock State Park. Join Gail Morris, Coordinator of the Southwest Monarch Study, Monarch Watch Conservation Specialist, and Vice Chair of the Monarch Butterfly Fund, for a morning of butterfly netting and tagging. Tagging Monarchs allows the Southwest Monarch Study to increase the public knowledge of migratory patterns and determine the destination of Monarch butterflies that pass through our area. This program is an outdoor event so please be ready to be outdoors – hats, closed-toed shoes, water, sunblock, and binoculars are encouraged. This program is included with park entrance fees or a valid Flagstaff Festival of Science Passport.
However, space is limited, so call to reserve your spots at 928.282-6907.
For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Red Rock State Park Sunday Lecture
Nature & Technology: Friends or Foes?
September 25th, 2016 (1:00 pm)
Program Included with Park Fees
What gets in the way of people spending time in nature? One of the answers we hear repeatedly is technology. Screens, phones, gadgets and games are reputed by many as an impediment to people connecting with the natural world. However, it may not be the technology in itself, but how technology is used that is responsible for the disconnect. In fact, technology actually might be a great resource as we carve out time to connect with the natural world. This interactive discussion will explore the relationship between technology and nature and give you an opportunity to discuss your own experiences with how the two complement and interfere with one another. Dr. Houchard is a professor of Philosophy in the Public Interest at Northern Arizona University and a co-owner of the Sedona Philosophy Experience (SPEX), an Arizona Benefit Corporation. However, seating is limited and reservations are required 928.282-6907. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Labor Day Weekend in Sedona, AZ

Sedona, Arizona

Events, Entertainment and Fun Things to do this Labor Day Weekend

September 2nd – 5th, 2016

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Happy Labor Day Weekend and welcome to Sedona, Arizona! The weather for the weekend is looking really good! Saturday through Monday should have highs in the low 80’s and clear skies. It will be a great weekend for hiking, biking, touring and if you love wildlife we highly suggest a trip to Out of Africa Wildlife Park. There are also some fun events and live entertainment taking place in Sedona and the surrounding area that you won’t want to miss: Sedona’s First Friday Evening in the Galleries, Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show, Red Rock Music Festival, Jerome Art Walk, “End of Summer Blowout” at The Collective Sedona and more! Below you will find our top picks for weekend events and entertainment, but if you wish to see a full listing of happenings please visit our Sedona Events Page. Have a great weekend and enjoy the holiday!

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
September 2nd, 2016SGA 2
The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. What a perfect event to find that special Valentine’s Day gift! All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm. To see a full listing of participating galleries please visit the Sedona Gallery Association on Facebook.

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Rowe Fine Art Gallery Presents “Into the Wild”Highborn-Bronze-by-Ken-Rowe-200x300
September 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Get into the spirit of the wild – experience the excitement of a quick draw with wildlife sculptor, Ken Rowe. Join Ken from 5:30 pm -7:00 pm for a live demonstration as he sculpts “en plein air” and shares the creative process of how he strives to bring life to his art. Demonstration will be held just outside the gallery in the Patio de las Campanas courtyard at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. For more information please visit www.rowegallery.com.

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Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
September 2nd, 2016 (7:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $15/$20/$30
Dinner & Show Package: $55/$60/$70
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 Music Festival: Sedona Concerts
September 3rd – 4th, 2016
General Admission is $28 per person, per concert
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Violinist Shmuel Ashkenasi

The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world-acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education. Sedona Concerts will take place at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd in Sedona. See Concert Schedule below, for more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.redrocksmusicfestival.com

  • September 3rd (7:30 pm) – Romantic Journey, Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Ehrlich – violins, Katharina Kang – viola, Thomas Landschoot – cello and Teresa Ehrlich – piano, performing four romantic pieces, Op. 75 by A. Dvorák and Piano Quintet, Op. 1 in C minor by E.V. Dohnányi. An Arizona premiere, Sonoran Storm, for solo viola by Nokuthula Ngwenyama, performed by the composer.
  • September 4th (3:00 pm) – Dvorák’s Masterworks. String Quintet No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 and Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81. David Ehrlich, Katherine McLin – violins, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Katharina Kang – violas, Jan Simiz – cello and Teresa Ehrlich – piano.

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End of Summer Blowout – Oak Creek Village, AZ
September 3rd, 2016 (11:00 am – 8:00 pm)events
Free Event
The Collective Sedona, formally known as Tequa Plaza, located in Oak Creek Village will be having an end of summer Labor Day Weekend celebration! “The End of Summer Blowout” will feature a cornhole tournament, kids’ zone, live music, farmers market, and a beer garden. For more information please visit www.thecollectivesedona.com.

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Jerome Art Walk
September 3rd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
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 Cinema: ‘Richard III’
From Almeida Theatre
September 4th, 2016 (3:00 pm)Richard-teaser
Tickets: $15 Public/$12.50 Film Festival members
The Almeida will broadcast Rupert Goold’s production of “Richard III”, starring Ralph Fiennes as Shakespeare’s most notorious villain and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Margaret, to cinemas around the world, including the Mary D. Fisher Theatre in Sedona. Almeida Theatre Live will give worldwide audiences the opportunity to see plays from the stage at the Almeida’s London home for the first time. War-torn England is reeling after years of bitter conflict. King Edward is ailing, and as political unrest begins to stir once more, Edward’s brother Richard — vicious in war, despised in peacetime — awaits the opportunity to seize his brother’s crown. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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September Gallery Exhibits in Sedona, AZ

Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour September 2nd , 2016

Jerome Art Walk September 3rd, 2016

Baring-Creek-900pixKick off your Labor Day 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 Rowe Fine Art Gallery in Tlaquepaque where you will have chance to sit down and watch Ken sculpt an animal from start to finish in just 90 minutes 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
“Razzmatazz!”
September 1st – October 4th, 2016
Opening Reception September 2nd (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
sedona arts centerFrom festive watercolors to vibrantly colored pastels, the September show at Sedona Arts Center will definitely grab your attention. The public is invited to Razzmatazz, an exhibition on view in the Art Center’s Uptown gallery. from September 2nd through October 4th. The show begins with a public reception on September 2nd from 5:oo pm to 8:00 pm, as part of the First Friday in the Galleries program, where works by Lanie Widmar (Watercolor), Gale Craig (Mixed Media), Susan Pitcairn (Oil, Pastel), Joan Roberts (Jewelry), Karl Williams (Ceramics) will be featured. For more information please visit the Sedona Arts Center.

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Lanning Gallery
“Loving the Land”
September 2nd – September 11th, 2016Marshall-Noice-Deep-Blue-Pool-oil-on-canvas
Opening Reception September 2nd (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
The Lanning Gallery in Sedona, Arizona opens a new exhibition that puts the focus on landscapes and on a variety of distinctive styles that interpret the natural world around us. The exhibition includes hyper-Realism, Impressionism, Expressionism, and other-worldly impressions of landscape. Oils, acrylics and mixed media are represented. The Contemporary trees portrayed by artist Anna Pales are painted in acrylic on panel then built up with rich layers of resin, giving each a high-gloss finish; powdered gold-leaf is sometimes added to further heighten her images’ ethereal nature. To “portray nature’s endless beauty through its simplicity” is Pales’s continuing goal. For more information please visit the Lanning Gallery.

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“Into the Wild” at Rowe Fine Art Gallery
September 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Ken-Rowe-sculpt-liveGuests will have the opportunity to sit down and watch Ken sculpt an animal from start to finish in just 90 minutes, giving collectors the rare opportunity to see a sculpture created from just a block of clay. During the process, Ken will answer questions and discuss his techniques. In the nearby gallery, Ken’s sculptures will be exhibited, and wine and appetizers will be served from 5 to 8 p.m. The evening is part of the Sedona Gallery Association’s 1st Friday Gallery Tour. Ken says the pressure will be enormous, and he relishes it. Demonstration will be held just outside the gallery in the Patio de las Campanas courtyard at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. For more information please visit Rowe Fine Art Gallery.

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Goldenstein Gallery
“The Current”
Opening Reception September 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Goldenstein Gallery
Join the Goldenstein Gallery this September for “The Current” Show, an exhibition that celebrates a stunning array of art from award winning gallery artists who have captivated and inspired collectors from around the globe. Their amazing talent features art that is full of color, motion, and a fresh sensibility that is fun yet sophisticated. Some of the artists highlighted are deeply rooted in tradition, while other artists flourish with new styles capturing the imaginations of today. Representing over 50 diverse artists, primarily local and regional, the gallery is a multi-faceted celebration of independent vision. For more information please visit the Goldenstein Gallery.

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Mountain Trails Galleries
“Sedona Treasures, World Treasure”
Opening Reception September 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Sparkling-Celebration-Venice-Itly-12x9-Betty-Carr-newWEBA special feature exhibition “World Treasures: Betty Carr in Italy” brings a group of paintings inspired by the artist’s recent trip to the Cinque Terre region, a series of small fishing villages including Riomaggiore, Manarola, Vernazza, Camogli and Portofino that run along Italy’s rugged north western coastal region. Carr explored and painted the steeply terraced cliffs with colorful storied houses, harbor villages, historic castles and churches of the region. Come enjoy lively conversation with our artists and see a group of outstanding paintings as well as sculpture during First Friday at Mountain Trails Gallery in Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village in Sedona! For more information on this event please visit the Mountain Trails Gallery.

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Turquoise Tortoise Gallery
Mariann Leahy Clay Art
Ancient Motifs, Contemporary Style

Opening Reception on September 2nd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
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Ancient myths and symbols provide endless inspiration to artist Mariann Leahy. “As a clay artist, I celebrate symbols combining human and animal motifs,” she explains. “These symbols show the emergence and mystery of life’s energy.” The stories portrayed in Leahy’s art pieces have been researched and influenced from the rich cultural traditions and ruins in the Southwest. Her symbols of horses, ravens and deer or human hands, spirals, and other symbols are drawn with glaze onto fired mica-rich clay that she has formed into wall hangings, platters and bowls. Each piece is then painted with many coats of glazes that come alive in brilliant colors during a second firing process…. For more information please visit the Turquoise Tortoise Gallery.

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Jerome Art Walk
Arizona’s Art Destination
September 3rd, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)Jerome Art Walk
Once again, the magical mountain town will be hosting a night filled with art, music and refreshments galore. Art Walk is the only night that galleries are open from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Members like Nellie Bly by the Spirit Room, Patrick Lincoln in The New State Motor Company and Flux Gallery in the Old Jerome High School all bring a fresh energy to the vibrant art scene in Jerome. With 22 participating galleries and studios and many sponsoring businesses and restaurants offering specials, this is a festive night in Jerome. A free shuttle runs throughout the town during the event. For more information please visit the Jerome Art Walk on Facebook.

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2016 Sedona Winefest Hotel Special

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Kick back, enjoy the festivities, save money, and leave the driving to us!

2sedona winefestIf you love wine, great food and live music, how about enjoying all three while taking in the beautiful red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! Now is the time to make your plans, reserve your rooms, and purchase your tickets for the 8th Annual Sedona Winefest taking place September 24th – 25th, at the historic Posse Grounds Park!

Stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during the 8th Annual Sedona Winefest and receive a special lodging rate at our Sedona hotel. Along with saving up to $40 a night on your stay you will also be able to enjoy the luxury and convenience of being dropped off and picked up from the event in our Complimentary “About Town” Shuttle! So kick back, tantalize your taste buds with some amazing Arizona wines and leave the driving to us! Just call us directly at 928.282.3072 and let us know you will be attending the Winefest to receive your special rate. It’s that simple! You will need to purchase your Sedona Winefest tickets separately at the Sedona Winefest website, or if you prefer, tickets are available at the event entrance.

8th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 24th – 25th, 2016 (11:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Purchase Tickets here
The Eighth Annual Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. Surrounded by green grass and the views of Sedona’s red rocks, the event will be held in an all-weather “circus-sized” tent for all attendees to enjoy a community-like setting. The Winefest is designed to introduce wine lovers with a variety of fine wines from Arizona wineries, many from the Northern Arizona including the Verde Valley. The event also includes cuisine from local food vendors, music by local talented musicians, a variety of vendors, an inspiring art exhibition by Plein-Air artists, and free wine education seminars. General admission tickets are available online at the early online price of $25 and at the door for $30.00. General admission includes an etched commemorative glass and eight tasting tickets. Additional wine tasting tickets are also available. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

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Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

This Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Events, Live Entertainment and Fun Things to do

August 26th – 28th, 2016

2sedona shot 501To all our weekend guests and visitors; welcome to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! You have picked a great weekend to visit the red rocks. There are a lot of events, activities and entertainment to choose from this weekend: Sedona Bike and Brew, Sedona Street Arts Festival, Star Party at Red Rock State Park, Red Rock Music Festival and more! To top if off, the forecast is looking pretty good with highs in the low 80’s and a slight chance of monsoon activity in the afternoons. Have a great weekend and enjoy your stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona!

Featured Event and Entertainment

Sedona Bike and Brew
August 26th – 27th, 2016
Registration $75 and up, Free for Spectators
bike and brewThis 3rd year event is believed to be the first of its kind, a Mountain Bike Race that is hosted on a Golf Course. The 2016 event will kick off Friday August 26th with rider registration and then a leisurely group ride so that the racers can see the track for the first time. The 6-mile track will take the riders over all 18 holes, 400 feet of elevation change, 90 acres of fairways, tee boxes, cart paths, natural and man-made features. Afterwards, riders can voluntarily participate in a short track race near the Clubhouse while spectators cheer them on. Additionally, the Juniper Bar & Grille, (Sedona Golf Resort’s restaurant) will be hosting dinner along with music and of course Cold Beer. For more information or to register for this Sedona event please visit www.sedonagolfresort.com/race.

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Sedona Entertainment: Carly and The Universe
August 26th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
Cover Charge $10Sound-Bites-Grill
Join Sound Bites Grill in welcoming Carly and The Universe an Indie Pop Band “On Tour” from Los Angeles, CA. This hot little soul-pop outfit has just hit the Los Angeles scene. They’ve got just the right amount of that classic soul, and a perfect splash of that special something new, to get those feet moving from here til kingdom come. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Sedona Street Arts Festival
August 27th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 6:00 pm)
The Sedona Street Arts Festival is a new festival celebrating and showcasing street arts.
The third in their summer series will again bring you:music,art, hip-hop dance, skateboarding, and
poetry. This free inter-generational event suitable for the whole family. Some of those you will meet there

  • aug-street-arts-poster-final-8-17-16_1_origMusic: Ben Steezy of Gone Green Records and DJ Craig Eagle, Sierra Bliss & Jay Thompson of Cat & Mouse, Sara Mireille, Tony Vega and Alo Moniz.
  • Artists: Eric Moorcroft, Donna Bonavito and add your work to a series of skateboard-themed panels.
    Live Performance Arts: hip-hop dancers the Sacred G’s.
  • Oncore Skate & Snow: Best Trick Contests at the Posse Grounds Skate Park from 2-6 p.m. during the festival. The skateboard competition is open to everyone, so bring your board!
  • Food and Drink: Tamaliza, Chocolatree, and Java Love Cafe Coffee Roasters

This event will be taking place Sedona Posse Grounds Hub, for more information please visit www.sedonahub.org

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Red Rock State Park
STAR Party with Verde Valley Astronomers
August 27th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
$5 Reservation Fee
Astronomy EventCome out and enjoy the night skies at Red Rock State Park with the Astronomers of Verde Valley. The STAR Party begins with an introductory presentation on the celestial happenings in the late summer skies. The Summer Milky Way rides high in the sky with its plethora of clusters, globulars, nebulae and stellar clouds. Planetary nebulae (exploded stars) dot the sky thru the stream of stars in the Milky Way. Constellations like Cygnus the Swan, Sagittarius the Archer and Scorpius the Scorpion will join the smaller constellations of Delphinus the Dolphin, Sagitta the Arrow, Vulpecula the Fox and Lyra the Harp. The Red Planet, Mars, will be at the edge of Scorpius as Saturn rides above in the 13th Zodiacal constellation of Ophiuchus. A $5 non-refundable reservation fee is required, please call 928.282.6907 to make reservations, for more information on this Sedona event please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Sedona Entertainment – Elvis Presley Tribute Show
August 27th, 20116 (7:00 pm)
Tickets start at $25, Reservations RequiredChance Elvis
If 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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Red Rock Music Festival: Sedona Concerts
August 27th, September 3rd – 4th, 2016Red Rock Music
General Admission is $28 per person, per concert
Festival Special- $75 Buy all three concerts and Save!
The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world-acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education. Sedona Concerts will take place at the Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd in Sedona. See Concert Schedule below, for more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit www.redrocksmusicfestival.com

  • August 27th (7:30 pm) – Music From Five Centuries with Elmira Darvarova – violin and Howard Wall – french-horn. A US premiere by Stephen Brown, four Arizona premieres, Bach, Mozart & more
  • September 3rd (7:30 pm) – Romantic Journey, Shmuel Ashkenasi, David Ehrlich – violins, Katharina Kang – viola, Thomas Landschoot – cello and Teresa Ehrlich – piano, performing four romantic pieces, Op. 75 by A. Dvorák and Piano Quintet, Op. 1 in C minor by E.V. Dohnányi. An Arizona premiere, Sonoran Storm, for solo viola by Nokuthula Ngwenyama, performed by the composer.
  • September 4th (3:00 pm) – Dvorák’s Masterworks. String Quintet No. 3 in E flat Major, Op. 97 and Piano Quintet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 81. David Ehrlich, Katherine McLin – violins, Nokuthula Ngwenyama, Katharina Kang – violas, Jan Simiz – cello and Teresa Ehrlich – piano.

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Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

National Park Service Celebrates 100 Years!

Free Entrance Days from August 25th – 28th

Grand Canyon National Park

logo_nationalparkserviceThe National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! National Parks are offering Entrance Free Days from August 25th – 28th as part of their 100th birthday! If you are visiting the Sedona area during these dates it would be the perfect time to take a day trip up to the Grand Canyon National Park and don’t forget to include some stops at the National Monuments in Flagstaff along the way.

To celebrate the National Park Service’s centennial year, the NPS will offer 16 entrance fee-free days in this year (16 in ’16). The remaining fee-free days will occur September 24 for National Public Lands Day, and November 11 in honor of Veterans Day. For more information about free entrance days in the national parks, visit www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

Flagstaff, AZ

Day Trip Note: Consider taking the Scenic Loop Drive: Sunset Crater Volcano is located along a 34 mile scenic loop road that takes you from open meadows and the beautiful Ponderosa pine forests surrounding Sunset Crater, through Juniper grasslands and view of the Painted Desert, to the open red rock landscape of the Wupatki Basin and Wupatki National Monument. Drive time along the Loop Road is about 1 hour

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th – 28th, 2016

Seasonal Hours – visit website
Fees: Ages 16 and up $5.00 / Under 16 Free
Directions

Sunset Crater Volcano was born in a series of eruptions sometime between 1040 and 1100. Powerful explosions profoundly affected the lives of local people and forever changed the landscape and ecology of the area. Lava flows and cinders still look as fresh and rugged as the day they were formed. But among the dramatic geologic features, you’ll find trees, wildflowers, and signs of wildlife – life returns. People had been living here for several hundred years, at least, before the volcano erupted. Although we don’t know what they called themselves, archaeologists consider them representatives of the Sinagua culture. They were farmers, living in scattered groups adjacent to their corn fields. Their homes were pithouses, dug partially into the ground. 900 years later, Sunset Crater is still the youngest volcano on the Colorado Plateau. The volcano’s red rim and the dark lava flows seem to have cooled and hardened to a jagged surface only yesterday. As plants return, so do the animals that use them for food and shelter. And so do human visitors, intrigued by this opportunity to see nature’s response to a volcanic eruption. Make sure to walk the Lava Flow Trail while you are there! For directions to this monument click here. For more information visit Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.

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Walnut Canyon National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th – 28th, 2016

Seasonal Hours – visit website
Fees:$5
Directions

Experience Walnut Canyon National Monument, once home to a vital pueblo community over 700 years ago that built their homes in shallow alcoves along the ledges of the canyon. Carved by Walnut Creek over a period of 6 million years the canyon is twenty miles long, 400 feet deep and 1/4 a mile wide. The canyon offers two trails, the Rim Trail that takes you on an easy beautiful stroll above the rim of the canyon and the Island Trail that is more strenuous and descends 185 vertical feet into the canyon! You will enjoy the scenic beauty the Rim Trail provided, but I have to tell you, if you can handle it, the Island Trail is the way to go! The Trail starts with a ramp type walkway down, then stairs taking you down further into the canyon where you will see cliff dwelling rooms along the trail with more visible across the canyon. The trail is paved making it a little easier to walk but I suggest if you have back problems, or a fear of heights, stick to the rim trail…Read More

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Wupatki National Monument
Free Entrance August 25th – 28th, 2016

Open Daily (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM)
Fees: Ages 16 and up $5.00 / Under 16 Free
Directions

From hunter-gatherers to farmers, herders, ranchers, and caretakers, many people have called Wupatki home. Less than 800 years ago, Wupatki Pueblo was the largest pueblo around. It flourished for a time as a meeting place of different cultures. Yet this was one of the warmest and driest places on the Colorado Plateau, offering little obvious food, water, or comfort. The builders of Wupatki and nearby pueblos have moved on, but their legacy remains. It will take about 2 hours to see five prehistoric pueblos. If you have less time, allow at least 30 minutes to visit the largest Wupatki Pueblo located behind the Visitor Center. For more information visit the Wupatki National Monument.

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All of us here at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona are looking forward to the Fall season! Along with all the great events and festivals, the weather is close to picture perfect, the town is a buzz with activity, and our guests are out hiking and biking the red rocks!

Fall, in our opinion is also one of the best times to enjoy Out of Africa Park, the Verde Canyon Railroad and tours with Pink Jeep. With that in mind we wanted to highlight our most popular Fall Sedona Vacation Packages, click here to save money at the Inn of Sedona!

 

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2016 Bike and Brew Festival in Sedona, AZ

2016 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival

August 26th – 27th, 2016

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Have you heard? The 2016 Sedona Bike & Brew Festival hosted by the Sedona Golf Resort will be taking place this Friday and Saturday, August 26th and 27th! This is not your typical Mountain Bike race course, this one takes place on a golf course! There are divisions for every member of the family to join in on the fun, so yes make sure to sign up your kids! This is a great event to get the whole family out there exercising, spending time together and having some fun in the red rocks! Not a rider? That’s ok, have fun spectating at no charge

The 2016 event will kick off Friday August 26th with rider registration and then a leisurely group ride so that the racers can see the track for the first time. The 6-mile track will take the riders over all 18 holes, 400 feet of elevation change, 90 acres of fairways, tee boxes, cart paths, natural and man made features. Afterwards, riders can voluntarily participate in a short track race near the Clubhouse while spectators cheer them on.  Additionally, the Juniper Bar & Grille, (Sedona Golf Resort’s restaurant) will be hosting dinner along with music and of course Cold Beer.

Races will start August 27th at 8:00AM.  All levels will be shotgun start. Open Division will complete two consecutive laps, Sport & Junior will be one lap.  Racing will conclude with an awards ceremony, music, food, drink and a Raffle with tons of swag benefiting the Red Rock Trail Fund.  All riders are required to wear a helmet and sign a waiver. To Register, or for more information on this event, please visit the Sedona Bike & Brew Festival website. Admission for the Adult Men or Women’s division is $75 and up.

Friday Schedule

  • 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Registration
  • 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – Group Ride / Scout the Course
  • 5:00 pm – Ladies Short Track Race – (20 minutes + 2 laps) (GA $10 additional – VIP Included)
  • 5:30 pm – Mens Short Track Race – (30 minutes + 2 laps) (GA $10 additional – VIP Included)
  • 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Evening Festivities: Music, Beer, Cornhole (GA Food = $15 additional – VIP Included)

Saturday Schedule

  • 8:00 am – Junior Division 12 – 7 Years Old (Approx 1/2 Mile)
  • Followed by- Junior Division 6 & Under (Approx 300 Yards)
  • Followed by – Junior Division 13 – 17 Years Old (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Men’s SPORT Division (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Women’s SPORT Division (1 Lap)
  • Followed by – Men’s OPEN Division (2 Laps)
  • Followed by Awards Ceremony / Party

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Sedona, AZ Weekend Guide

This weekend in Sedona, Arizona

August 19th – 21st, 2016

sedona shot 608To all our weekend guests and visitors, welcome to the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! The forecast is looking pretty good with highs in the low 80’s and a slight chance of monsoon activity in the afternoons. This would be a great weekend to do some early morning hikes, visit our friends at Out of Africa Wildlife Park, or enjoy some live entertainment! The Verde Canyon Railroad will also be having their popular Starlight Tour this weekend. Below you will find our top picks for events, entertainment and fun things to do in Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley! If you love the Olympics like we do, you can catch all the action on the big screens at Olde Sedona Bar and Grill. Have a great weekend!

Sedona Entertainment: Anthony Mazzella’s Guitar Legends Show
August 19th, 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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Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Open 7 Days  a Week
Admission Prices/ Purchase Tickets
Out of AfricaVisit the Wildlife Preserve where large land predators like Lions and Panthers prowl majestically in their natural habitat. The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. Enjoy the “walk-a-bout” tour and take the educational Tram. Experience the Serengeti Safari, traveling on a two-story Hummer or a Mercedes Unimog, to see other animals from the African Plains up close and personal. Even feed a Giraffe right from your Safari vehicle! A delightful, all day African Wildlife Adventure this is a truly unique experience and just a 30 minute drive from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona. To learn more about the park please visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

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Sedona Poetry Slam
August 20th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12
Sedona-Poetry-SlamSlam poets will assemble for the Sedona Poetry Slam on Saturday to choose Sedona’s representative for the 2016 Individual World Poetry Slam. Poets are invited to compete at the first slam of the 2016-17 season, which kicks off at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. All poets are welcome to compete for the $75 grand prize and $25 second-place prize. Contact host Christopher Fox Graham at foxthepoet@yahoo.com to sign up to slam. Slam poetry is an art form that allows written page poets to share their work alongside theatrical performers, hip-hop artists and lyricists. While many people may think of poetry as dull and laborious, a poetry slam is like a series of high-energy, three-minute one-person plays. All types of poetry are welcome on the stage, from street-wise hip-hop and narrative performance poems, to political rants and introspective confessionals. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Alice Tatum Supper Club Show
August 20th, 2016
Cost: Supper Club Dinner Show $65
Show Only* tickets $25 (minimum $15 food & beverage spend per person)
Sound-Bites-GrillAlice 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 performer, Alice has played along side such greats as; Michael McDonald, Tom Scott, The Righteous Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Alice Cooper and Nancy Wilson. She has also worked with producer giant Don Costa as well as entertainers Flip Wilson, Paul Anka and most recently, her summer concert series at the Hilton, with Merv Griffin. As a recording artist her discography is expansive. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Starlight Tour on The Verde Canyon Railroad
August 20th, 2016 (Clarkdale, AZ)
Coach Class $64.95 First Class 89.95
moonlight-ride-artwork1-150x150This Saturday Night Starlight Ride offers a very unique perspective of the Verde Canyon…under the moon and stars! It’s not just the stars that come out to play in Verde Canyon. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies. As the sun slips behind distant mountains, cool air sweeps through the Canyon signaling the resident wildlife to begin their nightly rounds. The Canyon comes alive with the luminous glow of moon-kissed skies on Verde Canyon Railroad’s popular Saturday Starlight Tours. For more information of to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

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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.

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