ANNUAL EVENTS IN SEDONA
No matter when you visit Sedona, you’ll find exciting happenings from art to music to culture. Enjoy a wide range of outdoor events like the Sedona Marathon and Mountain Bike Festival, celebrate the arts with the Sedona Plein Air Festival and the Sedona Arts Festival, and celebrate the unique, such as the Sedona Yoga Festival and Sedona Hummingbird Festival. Browse a list of signature Sedona events through 2016 below.
2017 SIGNATURE SEDONA EVENTS
SEDONA VEGFEST – January 14-15
A two-day celebration of everything veg, with something for everyone from the committed vegan to the simply veg-curious. World-renowned speakers provide education and inspiration on the medical, ethical, and environmental benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet and lifestyle, celebrity chefs share their secrets of WFBP food preparation, and dozens of exhibits showcase the latest foods, products, services, and information for WFPB living.
SEDONA MARATHON – February 4
The 12th Annual Sedona Marathon Event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The Sedona Marathon Event will feature four distances sure to take your breath away: 5K, 10K, Half, and Full Marathon. This scenic race attracts athletes from around the globe to enjoy Sedona’s red rocks up close and personal. “If the scenery doesn’t take your breath away, the hills will!”
SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – February 18-26
The greatest celebration of the best in independent film from around the world, right here in Sedona. From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a cinephile’s dream … NINE DAYS and more than 160 films!
SEDONA MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL – March 3-5
The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is 3-day mountain bike celebration that will include a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, great Bands for (2) nights and a whole lotta sweet RED SINGLETRACK!
SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL – March 9-12
Deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days of yoga, music and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West. The flexible conference structure gives you an unparalleled opportunity to weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona.
47th ANNUAL ST. PATRICK’S PARADE & FESTIVAL – March 11
Saturday, March 11 along Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. Free event presented by Sedona Main Street Program, NAU Parks and Recreation Program, Sedona Green Team. 46thAnnual Parade starts at 10:30 a.m; free festival follows until 3:00 p.m.
CELEBRATION OF TWEEN – April 14
No little kids, just tweens on Friday night! Carnival rides, food for sale and fun with your friends. Children ages 10-14 (5-9 grade) are invited to play at this event. Rock wall, inflatable obstacles and rides will be turned on for them to enjoy from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m.
CELEBRATION OF SPRING – April 15
This is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! Join us April 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for this fun, action packed event for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors. Inflatable toys for kids, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides, duck races and much more are included with the admission fee for the youth attendees. $5 for children 12 and younger.
SEDONA OPEN STUDIOS TOUR – April 28-30
The 14th Annual Open Studios Tour takes place April 28 -30 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. each day. This is an opportunity to visit with artists in their own work environments and gain a deeper understanding of the creative process. The wonderful event is free.
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION AT TLAQUEPAQUE – May 6
Immerse yourself in a colorful Fiesta saluting a rich heritage on Saturday, May 6, at Tlaquepaque. Enjoy the festivities while cheering and whistling to the music of mariachi musicians, clapping to the steps of Folklorico dancers and savoring traditional Mexican food.
GREAT SEDONA CHILI COOK-OFF – May 6
The Rotary Club of Sedona’s annual fundraiser, The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off is on the Saturday of the Cinco de Mayo weekend at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off are used for local and international Rotary Club of Sedona Projects, including the Imagination Library.
ILLUMINATE Film Festival – May 31 – June 4
The world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and pushing humanity forward, ILLUMINATE is a landmark destination event and centerpiece for conscious content. Our mission is to expand human consciousness through cinema.
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INDOOR PATRIOTIC LASER LIGHT SHOW – July 4
On July 4 at the Sedona Performing Arts Center, on 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road a free 20 minute laser light show will occur at 12:00, 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and 4:00 p.m. Event is sponsored by Diamond Resorts International and the City of Sedona Parks & Recreation Department.
A DOG’S DAY OUT IN THE PARK – July 15
The City of Sedona Parks and Recreation Department cordially invites all animal lovers and dog owners to support our pet-friendly event, A Dog’s Day Out in the Park. This event is being held Saturday, July 16 from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on the multi-use field at Posse Grounds Park. This event is free for those interested in playing with their dogs on the beautiful grass field.
SEDONA’S 12th ANNUAL NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY CELEBRATION – July 21-22
This celebration takes place in Uptown Sedona on Saturday, July 23 from 10:00 a.m – 8:00 p.m. Enjoy “cowboy going’s on”: gunfights, roping, action shooting, re-enactments, musical revue, storytelling, poetry, costume contest. Free event presented by Sedona Main Street Program, Red Rock Posse and area businesses.
SEDONA HUMMINGBIRD FESTIVAL – July 28-30
The Hummingbird Society proudly announces its fifth annual hummingbird festival, where attendees can learn about hummingbirds from professionals, such as scientists, photographers, gardeners, banders, rehabilitators and more, and see thousands of hummingbirds of 5-7 species during peak migration, as well as witness the banding and release of hummingbirds.
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43rd ANNUAL FIESTA DE TLAQUEPAQUE – September 9
We are pleased to announce our 43rd annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” a celebration of Mexican Independence Day; Saturday, September 10. Continuing a long tradition of fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment for young and old, this year’s Fiesta promises to be extraordinary. Arts and crafts exhibits will abound offering a glimpse into the traditional and present artistry of Mexico.
SEDONA WINEFEST – September 23-24
The 8th Annual Sedona Winefest for 2016 will be held on September 24 and 25 at Sedona’s scenic Posse Grounds Park and will feature over 20 wineries from Arizona, wine-oriented vendors, entertainment and food.
SEDONA ARTS FESTIVAL – October 7-8
Held on the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School – A favorite in the Southwest, the festival showcases 126 juried artists, the Gourmet Gallery, an international guest artist, and KidZone, as well as great music, food, and raffle prizes. Admission supports arts education in our community.
SEDONA MAIN STREET PAINT OUT – October 21
Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. See thirty nationally recognized Plein Air Artists along sidewalks and plazas in Uptown, each completing a painting in 3 hours. Free event sponsored by Sedona Main Street Program and presented with Sedona Arts Center.
PUMPKIN SPLASH – October 21
Bring your bathing suit and join your friends at the best pumpkin patch in Sedona. On October 17 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Sedona Community Pool will be home to pumpkins ready for the picking. Out of the water that is! This unique event is fun for all ages. Pumpkin Splash is limited to the first 300 people. Everyone entering the pool facility, adults and children alike, must pay a $4 entry fee. This entry fee includes a pumpkin to take home.
FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR – October 22
This show is an old-fashioned, small town arts & crafts show with lunch and a bake sale at the Sedona Heritage Museum. All items are hand-made. The artist or craftsman can tell you how they make their pieces, where they find their unusual materials or what inspires them. Many vendors only do this show making their items unusual & uncommon. Find a large variety of offerings including fine art, ceramics, woodcarvings, jewelry, home and garden decor, baskets, gourd art, wearable art, greeting cards and gifts galore.
SEDONA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL – October 14-21
Contemporary Plein-Air Artists paint from life in the out-of-doors capturing moments in time that reflect the ever-changing colors, light and shadows, temperature and shifting elements. Paint-Outs, Exhibition, Gallery, Sale, Events. 928-282-3809
RED ROCKS OKTOBERFEST – October 21
The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks presents this Autumn craft beer festival on October 22 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Posse Grounds Park. 12+ craft breweries, wine, food, music and FUN! Wear your lederhosen or dirndl and join the crowds – all proceeds raised fund scholarships for Sedona kids.
JOIN THE MURAL MARIGOLD PROJECT FOR DIA DE LOS MUERTOS – October 24
Join us in our 5th year as we create another incredible public mural in the Calle Independencia where visitors and community members can honor the loss of loved ones in their lives and connect with one another though art and public expression. All week the public is invited to paint on the mural.
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION AT TLAQUEPAQUE – October 28
Join us in the courtyards of Tlaquepaque on Saturday, October 29, to make an offering at the Celebration of Dia de los Muertos. Music, food and beautiful altars will be on view starting at 2:00 p.m. Watch fire dancers and visit our thematic face painting booth. Costumes are encouraged. Ofrenda or Offering, in the traditional Mexican celebration of Día de los Muertos, is created to remember the dead and to honor ancestors.
ANNUAL SAFE & FUN TRICK OR TREAT – October 31
Uptown Sedona is held Saturday, October 31 from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Merchants welcome ghouls and ghosts at storefronts for treats! Free event coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program for a howling good time.
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HOLIDAY CENTRAL SEDONA – December 1-31
Sedona transforms into a red rock winter wonderland for the entire month of December with events, festivals, and entertainment sure to enchant everyone. Discover the perfect destination for families and friends to celebrate the holiday season, make memories and create new traditions – all in the most beautiful place on Earth.
FESTIVAL OF TREES AT TLAQUEPAQUE – December 1-3
This premiere holiday event at Tlaquepaque begins on Thursday, December 1. Area artists and galleries will have Art inspired trees. The trees all have different themes and incorporate different materials. Kick off your holiday season with a beautiful themed tree already pre-decorated. The trees will be on display and up for silent auction on Calle Independencia. Proceeds benefiting Toys for Tots, Marines Helping Marines.
TREE LIGHTING & SANTA VISIT – December 1
Friday, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Canyon Breeze Plaza in Uptown. Enjoy the Tree-lighting, entertainment and Santa visits with children. Free event presented by Sedona Main Street Program, Sedona Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau and City of Sedona.
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA – December 2
Sedona Parks and Recreation is pleased to bring to you for the seventh year running, our Breakfast with Santa event. After breakfast, children can enjoy making winter crafts, as well as sitting on Santa’s lap. Parents, don’t forget to bring your camera! This event is free, so come for the pancakes (and more), come for the crafts and most of all, come to see Santa Claus! At the Sedona Teen Center located in Posse Grounds Park. Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
THE NUTCRACKER – December 2-3
The Phoenix Ballet and Sedona Chamber Ballet will present breathtaking performances of The Nutcracker on December 3rd and 4th at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a Nutcracker production with professional sets, costumes and, most importantly, internationally acclaimed, award winning dancers.
THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS – THE LIGHTING OF 6,000 LUMINARIAS – December 9
Saturday, December 10, from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. This one day event – A cherished tradition which involves the lighting of six thousand luminarias in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways at 5:00 p.m. Specially designated Luminarias honoring cancer survivors can be purchased in advance for $10.00 by calling (928) 282-4838.
CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK – December 9
Enjoy Christmas in the Park, a free annual open house from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. including Sedona Heritage Museum admission, afternoon concert, hot apple cider, cookies, apple sorter demos and make & take cornhusk ornaments. On the National Register of Historic Places, the museum’s buildings will be decorated in vintage holiday decor. Meet the tumbleweed ‘snowman’, Sedona old-timers and descendants of pioneer families. Visit with local authors signing their books and don’t miss the Museum Shop’s annual sale.
HOLIDAY SWEET STROLL – December 16
Discover unique gifts, enjoy sparkling lights, strolling carolers at the Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque. The retailers will open their doors and celebrate the holidays with sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and discount offers. Featuring some of the best boutiques, galleries and restaurants in Sedona, you are sure to find some special presents for those on your gift list.