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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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September in Sedona – A Month of Great Festivals and Events

September is a big month on Sedona for major events and things to do. Here are the 7 of the most popular events going on in September, and there are a few more as well. Check them out below. Click on the links or go to our Events Calendar page for more details.

Make your travel plans now. It’s going to be a real fun month in Sedona!

Rythm and RibsAZ Rhythm & Ribs Country Music Festival
September 5th and 6th, 2014 at the Cottonwood Kids Park
2 days of fun with a championship rib competition, a micro-brewery beer garden, and great country music.


41st Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque
Mariachis Fiesta 2010 LRSaturday, September 13th, 2014
“Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” is a celebration of Mexican Independence Day. The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, tastes, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico.

Thunder Valley RallyThunder Valley Rally
September 19th – 21st, 2014
Join the Thunder Valley Rally in historic Old Town Cottonwood (the Bootleg Capital of Arizona) for 3 days of great entertainment and shows, a Miss TVR pageant, bike shows, and breathtaking rides through the Verde Valley.

Celtic FestivalCeltic Harvest Festival
September 20th, 2014
Share the magically rich Celtic culture and history. Shop with 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.

Sedona PRIDE Festival 2014The Annual Sedona – Verde Valley PRIDE Festival
September 25th – 28th 2014
This year’s Sedona/Verde Valley PRIDE Festival is gearing up to be the biggest yet! You are welcome to come join the PRIDE family for a weekend of fun, education, and to show your support for equality! Events include parties, a brunch with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a pool party, a fashion show fundraiser, garden tours, guided meditations and more, including the festival itself on Saturday, September 27th!

Sedona Winefest 2014Annual Sedona Wine Festival
September 27 & 28 2014
Enjoy scrumptious Sedona cuisine, live music, vendors galore, and an exclusive Premium Wine Area, while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic red rocks from the top of Sedona, at the Sedona Airport. Tickets are available now.

Verde_River_51Verde River Day
September 28th 2014
Plan a day of family fun on September 28th from 9 AM to 3 PM and attend the 25th annual Verde River Day at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. This is a perfect fun event to enjoy as a family! Park fees are waived for the day and all the activities are free thanks to the many exhibitors and sponsors. Non-profit food vendors will be cooking up a pancake breakfast, Indian Fry bread, hot dogs and hamburgers for nominal fees.

Red Rocks Music Festival – August 28 – 31, 2014

Red Rocks Music Festival 2014“Extraordinary Classical Chamber and Operatic Music in Phoenix and Sedona”

The Red Rocks Music Festival educates, engages and challenges audiences through a unique collaboration of musicians from leading Arizona performing arts organizations and world acclaimed artists. An integral part of the Festival’s mission is education. Master classes and workshops enable young musicians to learn skills from master musicians. The festival provides outreach educational music programs that inspire students to appreciate and continue their interest in the arts.

Arizona Opera Center, 1636 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004


Red Rocks Music Festival 2014 1Featuring David Ehrlich, violin; Rami Solomonow, viola; Thomas Landschoot, cello; Teresa Ehrlich, piano
Thursday, August 28, 7:30 pm, with Works by C. Franck and G.Faure’
Tickets: $28 (S&H included)


Red Rocks Music Festival 2014 2Featuring Ariana Wyatt, Soprano, Adam Margulies, Baritone (from the movie “The Bohemian”), David Ehrlich, violin; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violin; Rami Solomonow, viola; Jan Simiz, cello; Teresa Ehrlich, piano
Friday, August 29, 7:30 pm with works by Mozart, G. Puccini, C. Gounod, J. Massenet, O. Golijov, G. Verdi and H. Villa-Lobos
Tickets: $28 (S&H included)

 FESTIVAL SPECIAL! Buy tickets to both Arizona Opera Center concerts (August 28 and 29) for $48 (S&H included)

Sedona Creative Life Center 333 Schnebly Hill Rd., Sedona, AZ 86336


Red Rocks Music Festival 2014 3Featuring Ariana Wyatt, Soprano, Adam Margulies, Baritone (from the movie “The Bohemian”) David Ehrlich, violin; Nokuthula Ngwenyama, violin; Rami Solomonow, viola; Jan Simiz, cello; Teresa Ehrlich, piano
Saturday, August 30, 7:30 pm with Works by Mozart, Dvorak, G. Puccini, G. Verdi, C. Gounod, O. Golijov, and H. Villa-Lobos
Tickets: $28 (S&H included)

Red Rocks Music Festival 2014 4Featuring David Ehrlich, violin, Rami Solomonow, viola; Thomas Landschoot, cello and Teresa Ehrlich, piano
Sunday, August 31, 3:00 pm with works by C. Franck and G. Faure’
Tickets: $28 (S&H included)

 FESTIVAL SPECIAL! Buy tickets to both Sedona Creative Life Center concerts (August 30 and 31) for $48 (S&H included)!


For tickets and more information call 877.733.7257 or visit

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village – Let the Festival Season Begin!


Tlaquepaque is a Sedona destination not to be missed.

Tlaquepaque, possibly Sedona’s most loved attraction, is a gorgeous destination in the heart of Sedona that offers some of the city’s best shopping, numerous art galleries, and excellent dining in several different restaurants, all in one location. But even more than that, Tlaquepaque is known for celebrations and festivals that draw people from far and wide.

Fiesta del Tlaquepaque

Fiesta de la TlaquepaqueThe fall festival season begins with the 41st annual “Fiesta del Tlaquepaque,” a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, on Saturday, September 13th, 2014. The charming plazas, patios, and streets of Tlaquepaque will be dressed in a festive wash of color, music, and dancing in the spirit of old Mexico. The lively mariachis, the heart-pounding rhythms and beats of Flamenco dancers, and the mouth-watering tastes of Mexico will fill the day.

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. “The artists at the Fiesta are a great expression of the diversity, artistry and spirit of the community,” said Wendy Lippman, Tlaquepaque General Manager and Resident Partner. “Abe Miller, the visionary builder of Tlaquepaque, started this tradition more than 30 years ago and Fiesta attracts people from all over the state and country.”

Festivities Schedule:

  • Mosaico Flamenco will perform in Patio Del Norte from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm.
  • Jaleo Band will perform in Patio Del Norte from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
  • Ballet Folklorico de Colores will perform in Plaza De La Fuente at 11:00 am, 1:00 pm, and 3:00 pm.
  • Ritmo Latino will perform in Patio De Las Campanas from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm.
  • Mariachi La Familia Rojas will roam the streets of Tlaquepaque from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm and also from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm.

There will be free face painting and Balloon Twisting for children and adults in the Calle Independencia from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Parking is available at Tlaquepaque and also at the Uptown municipal parking lot with continuous service to and from the Fiesta from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Luminarias, fountain.1.LrUpcoming Festivals and Celebrations

From September through the holidays, Tlaquepaque will host several more celebrations that you will want to participate in. Here’s a short list of what is coming:

  • September 21st – International Peace Day, Peace by Piece Event 
  • October 28th – November 1st – The Marigold Mural Project for Dia De Los Muertos
  • November 1st – 2nd – Dia de Los Muertos Celebration at Tlaquepaque
  • December 4th – 6th – Festival of Trees at Tlaquepaque 
  • December 13th – Festival of Lights – The lighting of 6,000 Luminarias
  • December 19th – 20th – Holiday Sweet Stroll at Tlaquepaque

You can find more details on all of these events in the Tlaqupaque events calendar, and we will be publishing the details here as well. But, whenever you are coming to Sedona, don’t pass up the chance to visit Tlaquepaque, Sedona’s most treasured destination!