Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Memorial Day

This great nation of liberty and freedom has come at a heavy price. This weekend remember to honor all who have served in our country’s armed forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice so that we my have our freedom. No words could ever come close to expressing our gratitude to these men and women in the military forces of the United States who have given all.

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Fun things to do this Memorial Day Weekend in the Red Rocks

May 28th – 30th, 2016

Sedona, Arizona is going to be very busy this Memorial Day weekend. Visitors will be filling the hotels and enjoying the hiking trails, tours, galleries, and restaurants. We want to make sure that everyone who comes to visit us here in the red rocks has a wonderful weekend with their family and friends, so we have put together a list of events to enjoy and some some helpful tips for visiting the red rocks this weekend. You will find a full listing of events on our Sedona Events Page.

Featured Events

Monarch Conservation Day
May 28th, 2016
The program is included with the park admission
RERO_MonarchConservationDayCome enjoy Red Rock State Park’s newly unveiled butterfly garden that has been developed to provide resources that attract butterflies and moths, with an emphasis on Monarchs. In this habitat, visitors will be able to learn about the ecology of these beautiful creatures and observe a variety of free flying butterflies.

As a certified Monarch Waystation, Red Rock State Park seeks to provide shelter and resources for the conservation of the Monarch butterfly. In addition, butterflies will be raised at the park as they become available, with butterfly releases throughout the season. The public can call the park to see if any releases are scheduled in June. A volunteer will be available to discuss gardening for butterflies from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm. A free butterfly themed kids activity will be available at 11:00 am. and 2:00 pm. In the park’s theater we will be playing “Flight of the Butterflies” a program by Nova, all day on a loop. Information on butterflies local to the Sedona area will be available for visitors who would like to go on a butterfly scavenger hunt on the park’s hiking trails. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Verde Valley Wine Consortium Festival & Symposium
May 28th, 2016 (11:00 am – 6:00 pm)
Admission: General Admission $30 Students $15
VVWSThe 2016 Verde Valley Wine Festival and Symposium will be hosted by Sedona Center of Yavapai College and will include guest speakers who are industry leaders, speaking on topics pertaining to this years theme “the Fruits of our Labor”. This year the Grand Arizona Wine Tasting & Peoples Choice Wine Competition will feature wineries from the Verde Valley and Southern Arizona who will share their stories and many of their amazing wines. Enjoy the afternoon tasting wines, touring the beautiful Sedona Center, visiting with other wine enthusiasts, eating food prepared by select Food Truck sponsors and speaking with wine industry experts. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Valley Wine Consortium website.

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Tuzigoot Star Party Star Party and Solar Viewing
Special Guest Speaker Ken Zoll (Clarkdale, AZ)
May 28th, 2016 (8:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
TuzThe National Park Service and The Astronomers of the Verde Valley would like to invite the public to Tuzigoot National Monument to explore the skies. The star party will begin at 8:00pm with a presentation on Southern Sinagua Astronomy with Ken Zoll of the Verde Valley Archaeology Center. Telescopes will be open for public viewing from 8:30-10:00 pm. Arts and crafts activities will also be provided for our young astronomers. Night time activities are FREE! For a safe and fun evening, we advise that visitors wear close toed shoes and bring flashlights with a red filter. Also, if you would like to sit with us a while and enjoy the night sky, camp chairs are recommended. Tuzigoot National Monument is located at 25 Tuzigoot Road, Clarkdale, AZ. For additional information, call 928.634.5564 or visit

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Zuni Heritage Festival (Flagstaff, AZ)
May 28th – 29th, 2016 (10:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Museum Admission:$12 Adult (18+), $8 Youth (10-17),
2009ZuniFestivalStudent (with ID) & American Indian (with tribal affiliation). Free (Children under 10)
The Museum of Northern Arizona is pleased to host the Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture. Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers. This event is presented in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. For more information please visit The Museum of Northern Arizona.

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Spring Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale
May 28th – 29th, 2016
Admission:$3.00 Adults/ Children under the age of 12 are free
Saturday (10:00 am – 5:00 pm), Sunday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)fagate
The Annual Spring Mineral and Jewelry Expo and Sale will be held at the Sedona Red Rock High School at 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road in Sedona, Arizona. Vendors from across the region will be offering unique and interesting mineral specimens, crystals, gemstones, jewelry, beads, fossils, findings and cutting material at competitive prices. Many of their artisans have created original jewelry designs, and our gem and mineral vendors will have specimens on display in both the rough and cut-and-polished states. An hourly raffle will be held for a chance to win one of many beautiful prizes to be offered throughout the show, and food will be available for purchase as well. This is a fun and educational experience the entire family will enjoy. For more information please visit

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Sounds of Healing Concert
May 28th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Tickets: $20.00 in Advance; $25.00 at the door
Sounds healingSedona AZ (May 20, 2016) – Performers Peter Sterling, Three Trees, Katherine LaTorraca, Valerie Sanjali Irons and Susie Brighten will star in “The Sounds of Healing Concert,” a special evening of music, songs, words, sound vibration and stories of journeys to healing and transformation through the powerful expressions of sound at the Sedona Creative Life Center. The concert is a benefit for The Mental Health Coalition Verde Valley. For more information or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Creative Life Center.

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Sedona Jazz at the Church
May 29th, 2016 (3:00 pm)
Tickets are $15
steveSandnerPopupPictureIt’s Memorial Day Weekend, and the Steve Sandner Quartet presents an afternoon of fabulous Jazz at Saint Luke’s Church – the prettiest and best Chamber Jazz venue in Northern Arizona. Pianist Steve Sandner brings with him saxophonist Brian Sanders, double bassist Steve Douglas and percussionist Ron James, presenting some swinging and classic jazz to a packed and appreciative audience. Saint Luke’s Chruch is located at On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”. Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online and “at the door.” For more information please visit Jazz at the Church.

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Memorial Day Changing of the Flags Ceremony
May 30th, 2016 (10:00 am)
ShowImageThere will be a changing of the flags ceremony provided by the Sedona Marine Corps League at the Sedona Military Service Park on Monday, May 30 at 10:00 a.m. This event will include guest speakers, live singing of the National Anthem and more. Hosted by the Sedona Marine Corps League. All are welcome.The Sedona Military Service Park is located within the Jack Jamesen Memorial Park at 25 Northview Road. For more information, please visit the Sedona Military Service Park.

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Helpful Tips

  • Hiking SedonaMake your hotel reservations before heading to Sedona, you will be hard pressed to find a room if you wait until you get here. Our Sedona hotel has only a handful of rooms left, if you would like to stay at the Inn of Sedona please call the hotel at 800.292.6344.
  • If you are going to be enjoying some hikes this weekend make sure to bring plenty of water along with you, an energizing snack and please let other people know where you will be hiking.
  • Parking can be challenging over the weekend, if you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona take advantage of our free “About Town Sedona Shuttle” and leave the driving to us!
  • Enjoy the outdoors at Red Rock State Park where you can spread out and picnic. There is a Safeway and Basha’s nearby where you can pick up deli and picnic foods.
  • A Red Rock Pass (or America The Beautiful Interagency Pass, Golden Age or Golden Access) is required when visiting National Forest land in Red Rock Country, a high-impact recreation area. The pass must be displayed in the windshield of the vehicle.
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