A big welcome to all our guests and visitors to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona! The town is abuzz with activities and events, there are a lot of fun things to choose from. The Plein Air Festival, Taste of the Verde Valley, Ales on the Rails, International Archaeology Day, Relay for Life, and the Sedona Gem and Mineral show all take place this weekend! Below you will find a brief description of these events and helpful links. You can visit our Sedona Events page to see all the live entertainment happening this weekend as well.
If you are a guest of the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona, take advantage of our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona shuttle to take you to the heart of Sedona, and if you need any assistance to help with your planning please stop by and chat with our concierge! Our front desk agents are also extremely knowledgeable and are happy to help. Have a great weekend!
Things to do this Weekend in Sedona, AZ and the Verde Valley
11th Annual Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 17th – 24th, 2015
In addition to the ongoing theme of the magical Sedona landscape a special addition of figurative painting will be explored at this year’s Sedona Plein Air Festival!Experience a “Speakeasy Salon” with a complete stage/bar/jazz night club environment created in the historical “Theatre Studio” of the Art Barn at the Sedona Arts Center. While 15 of the nation’s best plein air painters will be working in the landscape and exhibiting in the Special Exhibition Gallery all week long another group of nationally known figurative painters will be working during the day painting from models in the adjacent Speakeasy Salon. For a full schedule of events, purchase tickets for workshops or for more information please visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival.
- The Main Street Pain Out
October 17th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)
Join artists all along Main Street as they paint out in the open air (en plein air) all along Main Street in Uptown, Sedona. Sponsored by Sedona Main Street, Gamblin Oils and Guerrilla Painter, you’ll be able to watch artists from start to finish during this ‘quick-draw’ from 1 to 4 pm. Then at 4:30, meet in front of the Sedona Arts Center to see which images will win the Gamblin Oils and Guerilla Painter awards! See a painting you love? You’ll be able to buy it and take it home, too! For more information on this event please visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival.
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Relay For Life of Sedona
October 17th, 2015 (2:00 pm – 8:00 pm)
Relay for Life is a life-changing fundraising event for the American Cancer Society that help communities across the globe fight back against cancer. During a Relay event participants and survivors Celebrate what they’ve overcome, Remember people lost to the disease and those still battling, and Fight Back by taking action against this disease that has taken too much. Come be a part of this community event to end cancer! For more information, donation or to participate in this Sedona event please click here.
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Annual Sedona Gem & Mineral Show
October 17th – 18th, 2015
Admission: $3 for adults, children free
More than 40 vendors will be participating in this year’s event. Many artist have created special jewelry designs and many rock gem and mineral vendors are returning with their specimens in both the rough and polished states. . The will also be hourly raffles throughout both days. This event will take place at the Sedona Red Rock High School (Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm). For more information please visit www.sedonagemandmineral.org.
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Ales on Rails at the Verde Canyon Railroad
October 15th – 18th, 2015
The amber glow of the autumn season is matched by the rich ales, lagers and stouts of Verde Canyon Railroad’s Ales on Rails taking place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October! The party starts at 11:00 am with a hearty luncheon on the patio. A festive selection of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, are served up to the tune of a rollicking polka serenade. The 1:00pm train horn signals the continuation of the party as it moves onto the rails, with specialty beers available aboard the train including Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-labeled brews, crafted locally by the renowned Oak Creek Brewery. For more information or to purchase your tickets aboard the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.
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Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum
International Archaeology Day (Camp Verde, Arizona)
October 17th, 2015
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is a collaborating organization with the Archaeological Institute of America to present a day of lectures, movies and demonstrations. This year the Center will mark the day with “Everything Mesoamerican” activities. These films, lectures and demonstrations are all FREE. The Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Museum are located in Camp Verde, AZ, only a 40 minute drive from Sedona. Information on these events are available at the Centers website, www.vvarchcenter.org or by calling 928-567-0066.
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Fourth Annual Taste of the Verde Valley
October 17th, 2015 (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
It’s the Fourth Annual Taste of the Verde Valley, the Annual Wine Harvest Celebration, at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel’s Stargazer Pavilion! Taste why the The Verde Valley has become a major player in the wine industry. Back this year are the popular Painted Wine Barrel Auction, featuring a number of barrels painted and embellished by local artists. The money raised by the Auction goes to Verde Valley Humane Society and Yavapai County Big Brothers and Big Sisters. There will be delicious food provided by their new Executive Chef and his staff. $25 gets you five tickets for wine and food servings. Additional tickets can be purchased. For more information please visit Taste of the Verde Valley.