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Tlaquepaque Hosts the 3rd Annual Marigold Mural Project and Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

Marigold Mural Project – Friday October 28th through Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration – Saturday November 1st and Sunday, November 2nd, 2014


Photo by Wib Middleton

Marigold Mural Project

Join in the creation of a third incredible public mural at Tlaquepaque to honor the loss of loved ones in your lives and connect with one another though art and public expression. All week the public is invited to paint on the mural. The murals from the last two years will be on display to give you some ideas and inspiration! This is a happy and colorful celebration where death takes on a lively, friendly expression. People participate because they love it, feel moved and because they feel it is important.

Tlaq Dia de Los Muertos 2013

Photo by Wib Middleton

Dia de Los Muertos Celebration

Everyone is invited to return to Tlaquepaque on Friday and Saturday evening for the final celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. Music, food and beautiful altars will be on view starting at 4:30 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. A special spot in the home is customarily selected to put photographs, flowers, decorations, lit candles and the favorite food and drink of those who have passed away. This act of preparing an altar of offerings to the dead helps transform grief into acceptance.

In Arizona, the making of portable Ofrendas to be displayed for exhibition has become a form of contemporary cultural expression. Expand your knowledge of Día de los Muertos through the beauty and creativity of Ofrenda installations by joining us and making any personal offering for those special friends, family members or even special pets that might be missed. 

These events are free to the public. For more information, visit or call 928.282.4838

2014 Sedona Arts Festival This Weekend!


Saturday October 11th 9am-5pm
Sunday October 12th 10am-4pm

More than 125 juried artists from across the country will surround themselves with Sedona’s breathtaking red rocks and Arizona’s magnificent fall weather while showing works in ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, wood, and more.

The Sedona Arts Festival promotes Sedona as a leading art destination in the Southwst and raises funds to support art education in the greater Sedona area. To date, the Sedona Arts Festival has donated over $250,000 in scholarship and arts education funding.

The interactive KidZone is a safe and creative environment for kids 12 and under to create their own masterpiece. This year, Sedona Recycles is turning the KidZone into an art studio! Sedona Recycles will be there to teach our youngest guests how to turn everyday items in our lives into treasured works of art!

Admission is $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 60 and older and students with ID. Discount tickets are available online. Children 12 and under are free. For more information or to purchase tickets for this Sedona event please visit the Sedona Arts Festival.

Verde Canyon Railroad Presents Raptor and Wildlife Presentations

VCRRCome see and learn about raptors and other native Sedona wildlife at the Verde Canyon Railroad Depot before your train ride. A great event for nature lovers of all ages. Schedule your train ride on October 4th, November 1st or December 6th 2014 and handlers will be at the depot presenting a variety of raptors and native “critters”. They will answer your questions and pose for photos during the depot patio presentation. Presentations are all open to the public and are from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.

Liberty Wildlife on Verde Canyon RailroadBy partnering with Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife, Verde Canyon Railroad provides visitors the opportunity to see majestic owls and wild raptors up close and personal. Liberty Wildlife shares the beauty of a rescued bald eagle, our nation’s noble bird, with visitors to the depot on select Saturdays throughout the year. Get up close to Sonora, the only bald eagle in the world that regularly enjoys a train ride.

6th Annual Sedona Winefest 2014 – September 27 and 28

Sedona Winefest 2014Showcasing Verde Valley and Arizona Wines

The Sixth Annual Sedona Winefest, presented by Sedona Pines Resort, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 27th and 28th from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Sedona Airport Vista. The Winefest is designed to awaken the senses with a variety of fine wines from many Arizona wineries, with special emphasis on wines from the Verde Valley. The event also includes tasty cuisine, delightful music by talented musicians, an art exhibition presented by the Sedona Arts Center, and features an exclusive Premium Wine Area.

General admission tickets are available online at at the Early Bird rate of $20.00 for Saturday and $15.00 for Sunday. These same tickets will be available at the door for $25.00 and $20.00 respectively. On Sunday, seniors, students and veterans will be able to buy general admission tickets at the door for $15.00. The general admission includes an etched commemorative glass and six tasting tickets. The Early Bird pricing online for the VIP Premium Tasting Area is $40.00. These tickets are limited in number. If still available, Premium tickets are $45.00 at the door. Each Premium admission includes a stemmed, etched commemorative glass, four premium and four regular tasting tickets.

SedonaWinefest2014-WomenIn addition to the tastings, the wineries will be offering wine by the glass, bottle or case. Extra tasting tickets will also be available for purchase. The Winefest also features a line up of delicious and inviting selection of food to complement the wines. Throughout the tasting area there are also displays of goods and services, plus an opportunity to win prizes at a raffle held hourly.

The Sedona Winefest weekend will delight experienced and novice wine enthusiasts with wine education presentations by experts in the industry on such topics as how wine is made, pairing wine with chocolate and with food, and the difference the wine glass can make in your tasting experience. This year, The Sedona Arts Center is presenting a special exhibition focusing on Plein Air painting with a wine and vineyard theme, as a preview for the their Plein Air Festival to be held October 18th to 25th, 2014.

SedonaWinefest2014-JavelinaLeap.The VIP Premium Tasting Area serves top tier Arizona wines which are not available in the General Admission area. It includes a special outdoor seating area, an exclusive Art Exhibit presented by the Sedona Arts Center, and small bites from Chef Chris Smith of Seed Restaurant.

The Sedona Winefest has become a fall tradition in Sedona, celebrating the burgeoning Arizona wine industry, and has grown from an attendance of 700 in 2009 to close to 3,000 guests in 2013. The wine industry in Arizona has blossomed to produce award winning wines and has experienced robust growth.

Sedona Winefest is made possible by presenting sponsor, Sedona Pines Resort, as well as its other major sponsors: the City of Sedona, Sedona Chamber of Commerce, the Sedona Airport, Verve Tents & Events, Sterling Financial Services, and Elizabeth A McFarland, Attorney at Law.

More information and ticket sales can be found on the website:

Sedona Celtic Harvest Festival 2014

Sedona Celtic Harvest FestivalMaking the Red Rocks Ring on Saturday September 20th 2014.

Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of our Celtic heritage.

Let us share with you our rich culture and history. Shop with our merchandise vendors for everything from Celtic souvenirs to the finest products imported from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Eat drink and be merry in our Celtic food court. Enjoy crafts and activities in the special children’s area.

Celtic Harvest Festival 2014Discover the magic that keeps people returning to Celtic festivals year after year. Come and experience the rich traditions that we Celtic folk hold dear to our hearts. Enjoy “Celtic Ways” featuring workshops on Celtic art; artisans demonstrating their craft; music and dance; food and beverage vendors. Celtic tradition always includes good food, music and libation. Enjoy a vast selection of Celtic beers, single malt Scotch, mead and wine. Make new friends and greet old ones.

The festival runs from 9:30 AM tp 5:30 PM at the Verde Valley School in the Village of Oak Creek. The day will be packed with music, entertainment on 2 different stages, Celtic athletics,  and other events. Check the festival website for details and to buy tickets. It’s going to be a day of great fun for everyone!

Ales on Rails – Oktoberfest 2014 on the Verde Canyon Railroad

Verde Canyon Railroad - Ales on Rails


There are parties and shindigs and then there is Oktoberfest, the grandest, most tuba-intensive bashes of them all. Of course Verde Canyon Railroad never misses out on a good time so they roll out their popular Ales on Rails starting at 11 a.m. every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October.

Saying good-bye to summer should not be done quietly. The party starts at 11:00 a.m. on the depot patio with a mouthwatering luncheon of German sausages, sauerkraut, potato salad, pretzels and strudel, all served to the rhythmic tunes of a polka serenade. The 1:00 p.m. train whistle signals the continuation of the party as it moves onto the rails with specialty beers served onboard, including Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-labeled brews, crafted in Sedona by the renowned Oak Creek Brewery.

Of course it wouldn’t be a true German celebration without a wide selection of flavorful beers and once again Verde Canyon Railroad delivers the finest. We showcase local rich-crafted ales, lagers, porters and stouts; an array of flavors to match the pageantry of color that awaits in the Canyon.

When: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday starting at 11am all October
Starting: Thursday October 2nd at 11am
$10 logo beer glass comes with five beer tastings
Over 15 different brews to sample
Ending: Sunday, October 26th
Standard train fares apply and lunch is sold separately.

Learn more and book your Ales on Rails Fall Color Tour now!

41st Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, Saturday September 13th

 TlaquepaqueWorld-class Music, Art Demos, Flamenco, Folk Dance and Kid Zone Fun!

September in Sedona is sublime, with cooler days, brilliant blue skies and starry nights. It also signals the beginning of some of the most popular and beloved fiestas and festivals at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Kicking the season off in grand style is Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, a celebration of arts and culture like no other, going stronger than ever after 41 years! Admission is free.

Tlaquepaque - Lisa Danielle

Photo by Wib Middleton

Set aside Saturday, September 13th 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and experience outstanding world-class musical entertainment, over-the-top flamenco, Mexican folk dancers in shimmering costumes, serenades by roving Mariachi, savory Mexican dishes, free balloon twisting and fabulous face painting in the fun-filled Kid Zone.

And if that isn’t enough, many of Tlaquepaque’s stellar artists will be in the courtyards creating their latest pieces in real-time. Don’t be shy, they love to talk about their work and it’s a rare opportunity to spend some time with these gifted and passionate artists. And of course browsing over 47 boutique shops and galleries is an adventure in discovery. And when hunger strikes you have four excellent restaurants to keep you well fed and happy! Consider parking in the Uptown municipal parking lot and taking the free trolley service to and from Tlaquepaque.

Musical Entertainment Line-up

Tlaquepaque - Mariachis

Photo by Wib Middleton

Mosaico Flamenco, a huge favorite every year, lead by local popular singer/guitarist Gaetano and his band, will perform flamenco pieces from Spain and South America. Mosaico’s seasoned flamenco dancers perform with zeal and passion to thunderous applause. 10:30 to 2:00 pm in Plaza de la Fuente.

Esteban, notably one of the iconic flamenco guitarists in the world and now Sedona resident, accompanied by violinist Teresa Joy, are a musical phenomenon. Get ready for high-energy, uncorked passion as these two trade musical volleys and blend their sounds perfectly. 10:30 to 1:00 pm in Patio del las Campanas

Ballet Folklorico, a traditional dance troupe of all ages (the youngsters are adorable), in shimmering, vibrant costumes, delight spectators year after year. The dances represent stories and traditions passed on from generation to generation from the villages of Old Mexico. Be sure to catch one of the shows! 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm Plaza de la Fuente.

Check out Tlaquepaque favorite Ritmo Latino featuring the sensuous sounds of acoustic guitar, the romance of the saxophone, the sultry rhythms of Latin percussion and beautiful vocals of Andres Martinez, 1:30 to 4:30 pm, Patio de las Campanas.

Jaleo Band rocks! Directed by Colombian duo Alvaro and Camilo Moreno, with an ensemble of seven additional musicians, Jaleo offers big-sound performances and a true melding of Latin and South American musical traditions, expressed in the rhythmic melodies of salsa, cha-cha, Latin jazz, merengue and cumbia. 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Patio del Norte.
Mariachi La Familia Rojas, all heart and with lots of soul, will be roaming the streets and patios of Tlaquepaque playing Old Mexico favorites.

Plus, fabulous face painting and cool balloon twisting for kids in the Kid Zone and world-class artists demonstrations in the Courtyards.

Home to 47 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 41st year, is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona, Arizona. It is open daily at 10:00 am. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit:

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