Sedona, Arizona Weekend Guide

Sedona, Arizona

Events, Festivals and Fun Things to do

May 19th – 21st, 2017

Looks like along with some fun events we have some great weather for hiking and biking this weekend in the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! The high today will be 70° followed by 78° on Saturday and 83° on Sunday! If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona take advantage of our complimentary air conditioned, pet friendly “About Town” Shuttle. We’ll take you anywhere within Sedona proper!

Below you will find all the live entertainment and events taking place this weekend, along with this weekend’s featured hike. To  see a full listing of events please visit our Sedona Events Page. If you are planning on getting in some hiking this weekend please visit our Sedona Hiking Guide for hiking suggestions and tips. Have a great weekend!

Featured Weekend Hike

Boynton Canyon Trail
IMG_1209Boynton Canyon Trail is perfect for a morning hike. The Trail is 2.5 miles with a 400 foot gain in elevation. Because this is one of the more popular trails, I prefer this hike in the early morning. Often in the morning you will hear the sweet sound of the flute during this hike. This will put you at the Boynton Canyon Vista Trail (rated as easy to moderate with many rock steps up to the saddle of the vista), you will have to gauge this for yourself. If you continue on the Boynton Canyon trail you will be treated to some wonderful views, and some shade along the way. Keep an eye out for the area’s plentiful wildlife which includes a variety of lizards, songbirds, and I have heard, but not seen white tail deer. You will be skirting along the Enchantment resort during this hike. The Enchantment is a private resort, access is prohibited. You will also come across Deadmans Pass Trail that is a connector trail between the Long Canyon Trail and the Boynton Canyon Trail.

Directions: Take Dry Creek Road at the southwest end of town. Turn north (right) on Dry Creek Road and follow the signs to Boynton Canyon. You’ll find a parking lot and the trailhead just outside the entrance to the Enchantment Resort.

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Featured Events and Entertainment in Sedona, AZ

Sedona Cinema – “Born in China”
May 19th – 23rd, 2017
Tickets: $12 general public/$9 Film Festival members
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the Sedona premiere of DisneyNature’s “Born in China” showcasing the magic and mystery of China’s exotic wildlife showing at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Narrated by John Krasinski, “Born in China” takes audiences on an epic and exciting journey into the wilds of China where few people have ever ventured. “The film shows an authentic side of nature in China that global audiences haven’t seen before,” says director Lu Chuan. “These animals are metaphors. They give birth, like we do. They do their best to raise their cubs, like we do. They succeed and they fail. Their drive to do what is best for their families resonates with all of us.” For more information, showtimes, or to purchase tickets to this Sedona event please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Sedona Entertainment – Sir Harrison Band
May 19th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$10 Cover Charge
Sound-Bites-GrillSound Bites Grill is pleased to present the funky blues sound of the Sir Harrison Band! Harrison Begay was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona, is full blooded Navajo (Dine’). His passion for blues music and the guitar have been the driving force in his quest for artistry. Sir Harrison’s music and stage performance has attracted a broad audience. His guitar playing is straight from the soul. He’s been compared to Albert Collins, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Cray, but Sir Harrison’s guitar playing has his own unique sound. For more information on this Sedona event please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk
May 20th, 2017 (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.For more information on this Sedona hike please visit Red Rock State Park.

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Jerome Historic Home and Building Tour
May 20th – 21st, 2017
Tickets: Adults $20/$10 kids/children under 3 free
Not Handicapped accessible

The Jerome Chamber of Commerce is pleased to present its yearly exploration of the back streets of this historic mining town with the 52nd Annual Home and Building Tour. Visitors may have wondered about the large building on Hill Street on the way up to the Grand Hotel. The owners of the Clubhouse will open their doors for a preview of this amazing structure. Originally a hospital, in 1928 the mining company decided to create a clubhouse for employees and residents of Jerome and Clarkdale. There was a modern library, ballroom, meeting rooms, kitchen, ladies lounge and cloakroom. The building is about to be renovated into beautiful condos and guests will have a tour of the spaces before their transformation. Six more homes are on the tour including a charming small house on The Boardwalk. Park out at the 300 level and a bus will bring you to town for your tickets. The Tour starts with ticket sales at Spook Hall on Hull Avenue. For more information or to purchase your tickets on line please visit www.jeromechamber.com.

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Graffiti Gold 50’s & 60’s Rock and Roll Show
May 20th, 2017 (7:00 pm – 9:00 pm)
Show Only Tickets: $20/$25/$30
Sound 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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Cottonwood, AZ – 12th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert
May 20th, 2017 (7:00 pm)
$20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority
Joe_NeriBob Dylan turns 76 on May 24th and he’ll be celebrated in song and spirit at the 12th Annual Bob Dylan Birthday Concert at the Old Town Center for the Arts in Cottonwood. No, Bob may not be there, but this year’s program once again features some of the best musicians in the area. And of course, concert series founder, Joe Neri, who shares the same birthday as Dylan. This year’s “Bob Bash” features Larry & Leslie Latour, Tyler Barrett, William Eaton, Tim Young, Gary Simpkins and Mike McReynolds, all performing acoustically. Local poet, Gary Every, will speak about the Nobel Prize. As is tradition, the popular Mystery Tramps, the electric band of Joe Neri, Gregg Gould, Hutch Hutchinson and Matt Fabritz, will rock the house. For more information or to purchase tickets to this event please visit Old Town Center for the Arts.

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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. For more information please visit Red Rock State Park.

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McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
May 21st, 2017 (2:00 pm – 3:00 pm)
meditation-CDEveryone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona
Red Rockin’ Lodging Special
Join us in the red rocks this month and receive a special rate! Stay weekdays, Sunday through Thursday, and we’ll offer you our Red Rockin’ Special. You can save between $28 and $41 per night! Call the hotel directly at 928.282.3072 and ask for this special rate when you make your reservation, it’s that simple! This special is valid for reservations made for any Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from May 7th through June 15th. *This offer is valid for new reservations only and is based on availability.

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