Your Weekend Guide to Sedona, AZ

Things to do this weekend in Sedona, AZ

April 15th – 17th, 2016

Sedona Shot 309TGIF! What a wonderful weekend to be visiting the red rocks of Sedona, AZ! The forecast is showing a high of 60°on Saturday and 66° on Sunday. National Park Week kick off on Saturday, making this the perfect weekend to visit the National Parks and Monuments in the area! Also taking place this weekend: Piano on the Rocks International Festival, a guided Archaeology Hike at Red Rock State Park, and a variety of live entertainment and other events!

Featured Weekend Events and Festivals
See a full schedule of events on our Sedona Events Page

Piano on the Rocks International Festival in Sedona
April 15th – 17th, 2016
Prices Below
Piano on the RocksThis first Piano on the Rocks International Festival, “From Paris to Sedona”, celebrates great music by French composers and composers who lived in Paris. Piano on the Rocks will present masterpieces by Franck, Debussy, Ravel, Poulenc, Chopin, Liszt, Thalberg and others. The Festival will open at the Church of the Red Rocks under a beautiful sunset. The subsequent two concerts will be held at the Sedona Creative Life Center. These three concerts will feature international pianists: Sandrine Erdely-Sayo, and Helene Tysman, laureate of the Warsaw International Chopin Piano Competition. The concerts also feature Dr. Carl Schmidt, musicologist; Elizabeth Peña, narrator and member of the Duo MusicAleph and Dr. Barbara Di Toro, soprano, who will sing the Hymn To Sedona.

  • Friday, April 15th, 5:00 P.M. free Church of the Red Rocks
  • Saturday, April 16th, 7:00 P.M. $15 Creative Life Center
  • Sunday, April 17th, 7:00 P.M. 7:00 $15 Creative Life Center
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Sedona Entertainment: Darius Lux TrioDarius
April 15th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)
$8 Cover
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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National Park week
April 16th – 24th, 2016
Free Admission
National Park Week is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks! Below you will find the National Parks and Monuments participating in Flagstaff and the Verde Valley! Grand Canyon

  • Tuziggot National Monument – Cottonwood, AZ
  • Montezuma Castle or Montezuma Well – Camp Verde, AZ
  • Grand Canyon National Park
  • Wupatki National Monument – Flagstaff, AZ
  • Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument – Flagstaff, AZ

For more information or to see find the National Parks in you area please visit the National Park Service Website.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Celebrating Art in the Park
April 16th, 2016 (11:00 am)
Fee Waived for National Park Week
Montezuma Castle National Monument 1Dr. Patin will lead a discussion that will focus on how the country’s national parks and monuments have helped visitors deepen their understanding of nature, American history, past cultures and environments, creating an American collective imagination and national identity. These visual landscapes, according to Dr. Patin, have aided in building community across America and have created emotional connections over many generations. NPS employees and volunteers will also present an informal art show of their works from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Montezuma Castle National Monument is located three miles off Interstate 17, exit 289 east, 2800 Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde, AZ. For more information please visit Montezuma Castle National Monument on Facebook.

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Leroy Miller Trio & The Grant Ferguson Band
April 16th, 2016 (7:00 – 10:00 pm)
Entry Fee $15
grantferguson1-778x1024LA Blues Sensation “Leroy Miller Trio” & Propulsive, Melodic Rock Powerhouse “Grant Ferguson Band” will be taking center stage at Sound Bites Grill! Leroy has toured all over the world as a supporting act for bands such as Aerosmith and the Dave Mathews Band. He has played venues ranging from The Whiskey A Go-Go in Hollywood to Webster Hall in Manhattan as well as arenas like the PNC Bank Arts Center in NJ and the Molsen Amphitheater in Toronto Canada. Propulsive, melodic rock guitar in the hands of Grant Ferguson is a powerful reminder of the instrument’s glory days. Influenced by some of the great axe masters: Jeff Beck, Gary Moore, The Edge and others, Ferguson is pushing his all-instrumental sound toward a new rock vision. For more information please visit Sound Bites Grill.

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Zenprov Comedy Live Show: ‘Laugh-A-Tax’
April 16th, 2016 (7:30 pm)
Tickets are $12 pre-sale and $15 the day of the show
Laugh-a-TAX-teaser (1)Make sure you get your taxes finished so you can join Zenprov Comedy for their one-night only completely improvised show “Laugh-A-Tax” at the Mary D. Fisher Theater in Sedona. “In real life, there’s nothing funny about getting audited by the IRS,” said Derek Dujardin, director of Zenprov Comedy. “But on stage, there’s plenty of humor to be found.” 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. Unlike sketch or standup comedy, nothing is scripted or rehearsed ahead of time. It’s completely spontaneous and never the same show twice. For more information or to purchase tickets to this night of laughter please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

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Montezuma Castle National Monument
Rod Timanus Book Signing
April 17th, 2016 (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)
Fee Waived for National Park Week
Rod TimanusAuthor and illustrator Rod Timanus will sign copies of his book on Montezuma Castle in an event co-sponsored by Western National Parks Association. Mr. Timanus has published numerous books on the history of the American West and in 2014 he released his Acadia Publishing edition of “Montezuma Castle National Monument”. The author will present a talk on this book starting at 11:00 am. Montezuma Castle National Monument is located three miles off Interstate 17, exit 289 east, 2800 Montezuma Castle Road, Camp Verde, AZ. For more information please visit Montezuma Castle National Monument on Facebook.

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Guided Meditation at The McLean Meditation Institute
With Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors
April 17th, 2016 (2:00 pm – 2:45 pm)
$5 donation
meditation-CDDuring the 45-minute program, simple meditation guidance is given–each week a different meditation is offered such as a Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, 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. The McLean Meditation Institute is located at 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona. For more information on this event or to see a full calendar of events please visit the McLean Meditation Institute.

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Guided Archaeology Hike
April 17th, 2016 (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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Inn of SedonaA visit to Sedona can be anything you want to make it. Whether you’re interested in ancient cultures or hiking, wild animals or off road adventure, Sedona has something to offer. To save our guests time and money we’ve put together several great packages that make it easy to plan that Sedona getaway. To learn more about our Sedona hotel please visit the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona

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