Plan your trip to Sedona around one of these 8 major events happening in the next 3 months in Sedona and you’ll be sure to have a great time!
The Sedona Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the 2015 Sedona Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K on Saturday, January 31, 2015. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views and high-desert temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event.
For more information visit the Sedona Marathon.
Join an expected 1400+ yoga practitioners in Sedona from February 5th - 8th (plus pre and post conferences), the undisputed spiritual capital of the West. Deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days of yoga, music and energy work. The SYF2015 Conference Schedule is READY! Get your tickets and be among the first to preregister for workshops, kirtan, land hikes, classes and more…
Weekend Passes and Saturday Day Pass sales will begin on January 1, 2015. If SYF is not sold to capacity then a limited number of Friday and Sunday Day Passes will also be available. No single ticket workshops will be available. 10% of all revenue is donated to the Give Back Yoga Foundation Make your adventure count, awaken your yoga in Sedona!
All the details are available at SedonaYogaFestival.com.
The 21st annual Sedona International Film Festival will feature 160 documentaries, features, shorts, Academy Award nominees and specialty films over nine days with a special tribute celebrating the 100th birthday of director and actor Orson Welles, Feb. 21-March 1.
Highlighting this year’s festival will be a series of screenings and retrospectives of Welles’ work coordinated by his daughter, Beatrice, who lives in Sedona. She will be joined by renowned film critic and family friend Jeffrey Lyons. The full schedule of films, workshops, panel discussions and events will be announced early in 2015.
Established among the nation’s most sought-after independent film festivals by filmmakers, the nine-day Sedona International Film Festival brings more than 10,000 film lovers to Sedona’s world-famous red rocks. Among the celebrities who have already committed to attending the festival are director John Waters (Hairspray, Serial Mom); Ed Asner, Chris Lemmon (son of Jack Lemmon), and Tab Hunter. The Festival opens Friday, Feb. 20 with a concert by The Larry Dunn Orchestra performing the music of Earth, Wind & Fire. Films will run all day beginning Saturday, Feb. 21 on four screens at Sedona Harkins 6, the Mary D. Fisher Theater, and the Sedona Performing Arts Center.
Advanced-sale passes are on sale now. Priority Pass holders will be able to select the films they want to see beginning at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2. Visit the Film Festival website for detailed information on passes, costs, and film selection dates, or call the Festival box office at (928) 282-1177.
The Sedona MTB Festival is 3-day mountain bike celebration in Sedona, Arizona that will include a Main Expo/Festival area at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village. Dubbed as the "Sedona Singletrack Celebration" - this is a festival to celebrate the immense network of singletrack in Sedona, share the trails with group rides, party, and raise money for advocacy!
For complete festival information and registration, visit the festival website.
The 45th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival will be held on Saturday, March 14th along Jordan Road in Uptown Sedona. This Free to attend parade & festival begins at 10:30 a.m. from Jordan Historical Park and proceeds south on Jordan Road to Mesquite Avenue. Parade entrants include dignitaries and civic, social, cultural and religious organizations along with area businesses. The Festival begins immediately following the parade, featuring live entertainment, free children’s and family activities, food booths and a Beer Garden until 3 p.m. The festivities are presented by Sedona Main Street Program, NAU Parks and Recreation Management Program and the Sedona Green Team. Additional information will be available on Facebook or the Sedona Main Street website.
There are many many things to do, experience, and explore in Sedona whenever you visit, but some of them are particularly appropriate over the Christmas holiday. Here are our favorites and recommendations for activities that just might put your holiday time here “over the top”.
From the staff at Sedona-Arizona-Vacations.com, Merry Christmas and have a Cool Yule!
Tinsel Town at Posse Grounds Park is a beautiful walk through holiday light display that is free to the public. You’ll view amazing holiday light displays brought to you by local businesses and organizations! Tinsel Town is open from 6:00 – 9:00pm December 18-21st and then again from December 25-28th. It is a great before-dinner or after-dinner family activity especially for the kid in you, no matter what your real age is!
Hiking is a year-round favorite activity in Sedona and the Verde Valley all year round. Even if you’ve never hiked before, do it while you are in Sedona. Pick a nice easy hike, especially if your family or group spans a wide age range. Our favorite easy hike is Bell Rock Pathway but we also recommend a visit to Red Rock State Park, a Sedona Treasure, where you can choose from many easy self-guided hikes or some lead by park rangers or volunteers.
Nourish your spiritual side at Sedona’s two most popular spiritual sites, the world famous Chapel of the Holy Cross and the Buddhist Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park. While the Chapel of the Holy Cross is a part of Saint John Vianney Catholic Parish and the Amitabha Stupa was built by a Buddhist organization, both attractions welcome visitors of all faiths and cultures. They are both profound locations for prayer, meditation, and reflection and they are both free to visit.
We like the dinner and stage show at the Blazin M Ranch because it is good clean all-American family entertainment at its best, and the chuckwagon supper is great, as well. During the Christmas season, their holiday show is just extra special…imagine what a holiday hootenanny might be like! You’ll sing along, laugh, be moved, and probably chuckle all the way home. Its a great evening out with fun activities before supper, a great meal, and a hilarious stage show all rolled into one.
Really. Sedona is different when you don’t have pavement under your feet. There are lots of choices for touring Sedona’s red rocks. Jeep tours are the most popular, and Pink Jeep Tours is the leading company, known for their wide selection of tours and stellar customer service. If you want to get a little more “down and dirty”, drive an ATV into Sedona’s back country on a guided tour with Arizona ATV Adventures, the only guided ATV tour in the area. Don’t worry if you haven’t driven an ATV before, the nice folks at will train you before you ride out on one of their ATVs. And let us not forget Sedona’s famous energy vortexes. If you are visiting Sedona for spiritual, metaphysical, and healing reasons go to my favorite vortex tour company, Sedona Red Rock Tours. Last but not least, you can’t go wrong with horseback riding in the old west. we recommend the M Diamond Ranch, where you can even combine your horseback ride with a Cowboy Cookout steak dinner.
Take a ride on the Verde Canyon Railroad, Arizona’s longest-running nature show. The railroad meanders through the inner sanctum of Arizona’s other “grand canyon,” where each season creates a new reason to ride. Splendid vistas and centuries-old Indian ruins are around the bend as the train pulls away from remnants of a mining era which helped establish neighboring communities. Make sure to spend some time out in their open air cars and witness the abundant wildlife in the area including the American Bald Eagle.
Into art? Take a day to explore the amazing galleries in Sedona. When it comes to exploring the world of art in Sedona, the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is the place to be. Originally conceived as an artist community, Tlaquepaque is a perfect setting to witness gifted artisans absorbed in their work. It’s not uncommon to venture upon a well-known sculptor working on his or her latest piece right in one of the Tlaquepaque galleries.
If I were coming to Sedona for vacation, I would go to a spa or schedule a massage for the first day. There is no better way to leave the big city stresses behind. My wife’s favorite spas are the Spa at Sedona Rouge and the Sedona New Day Spa. She loves them both equally. If you want just a massage, I can tell you that we have become regulars at Uptown Massage. I have had many massages there and they have all been excellent. If you start your vacation off with a spa visit or a massage, it will make the rest of your vacation oh so nice.
Wupatki National Monument
Just for you, because you will be visiting Sedona over the holidays, we have put together a list of our favorite Sedona special offers and deals that you’ll want to know about while you are here. They include lodging, spa visits and massages, entertainment, art, shopping, activities, and dining. They are listed in no particular order, so why don’t you browse through them all! And oh, by the way, if you are looking for things to do in Sedona over the holidays, check out our Sedona Calendar of Events while you are here.
Have a wonderful holiday season!
After the back-to-back Festival of Trees and Festival of Lights, it’s time to motor on over for one last holiday bash, the Second Annual Holiday Sweet Stroll on December 20th from 3:00 to 7:00 pm.
Come for non-stop entertainment— festive seasonal music and song, Dickens carolers, delectable sweets in the boutique shops and galleries, and the sweetest holiday deals in town! Admission is free and discounts abound on purchased items in the shops.
Tlaquepaque’s walkways and courtyards will be transformed into a festive display of holiday wonder. And for children and the young at heart, where else will you find a life-size snow globe, or visits from the Snow Queen and Ice Princess of “Frozen” fame or the lovely Cinderella? Princess lessons, story time, singing, and lots of photo ops will make this a special time for everyone. So write out your holiday lists, peruse the shops, enjoy the deals, savor some sweet confections, and be of good cheer!
Holiday Sweet Stroll Entertainment Line-Up
Meadowlark: 4 to 7:00 pm in Patio del Norte; Steve Sanders Trio 4 to 7:00 pm in Patio de la Fuente; Guitarist Gabriel Ayala 5 to 7:00 pm in the Tlaquepaque Chapel; Storybook Princesses: 3-5:00 pm, balloon artist-Lollipop: 3-6:00 pm, life-size Snow Globe: 3-7:00 pm; DiVom: 5-7:00 pm in Patio de las Campanas; and Strolling Dickens Carolers: 3-7:00 pm in Patio de las Rosas:
Sweet Stroll offerings by Tlaquepaque’s shops, galleries and restaurants:
Feliz Navidad will be offering bizcochitos, a traditional cookie from the Southwest. Vom Fass Sedona will be demonstrating and preparing traditional egg nog with yummy liquors. Tlaquepaque Toy Town has 10% off every purchase. Eisenart innovations will have homemade chocolate dipped pretzel sticks and rum balls on hand with 10% off all purchases. Andrea Smith Gallery will be serving up Maui macadamia nuts covered with chocolate and caramel, and if you mention a sweet deal you’ll get a 20% discount. lnner Eye Gallery will have gourmet chocolates from around the world for all their customers and guests. Environmental Realists will be handing out delicious Lindt Lindor chocolates. Adorn collection will be serving up chocolate hazelnut bars and a 10% discount on all wine-themed items. Eclectic Image Gallery will be offering sweets to eat…and a sweet deal—half price on mini and mini me photos. Come in to Sedona Music Boxes for delicious cocomels. Oak Creek Brewery & Grill will be preparing free crepes with cherries jubilee and ice cream…wow! Red Rock Candle has a peppermint candle for each visitor! Mountain Trails Gallery will be serving candy and holiday cookies. Caravana Jewelry will be offering hot apple cider, chocolates and a 15% discount on all purchases! Carré d’Artistes promises that for every painting sold they will give away a standard ebony or ivory frame… no substitutions. Panara is offering candy canes and 10% off everything in the store. Nectar has sweet deals on holiday gifts and cookies. Rowe Gallery will be serving hot chocolate. Enjoy great holiday sweets at La Fuente Gallery! Kuivato Glass Gallery has 15% off any item, served up with delicious chocolates. At Esteban’s, enjoy lovely holiday chocolates. Bella will be offering Belgian chocchicks, cookies and sparkling cider. Echo of the Dreamer will be serving cookies. Bennali Outdoor Gear has 15% off of everything in the store and sweets galore! Renee Taylor will offer champagne and cookies. Honshin Fine Art will be serving Mayan hot chocolate, organic nuts and dried fruit, with special gifts for kids. Natural Wonders will have candy canes and 10% off of everything in the store. Sylvie & Bruno will be serving sweets and 20% off on jewelry, except consignment.
Wendy Lippman, legacy co-owner of Tlaquepaque, founded by visionary Abe Miller who established the arts village 41 years ago, offers this: ”May all your holiday celebrations be safe and may you have a prosperous and healthy New Year from all of us at Tlaquepaque.”
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is an Arizona and Southwest treasure and for 41 years has delighted visitors the world over. Located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona, AZ., The Art and Soul of Sedona, Tlaquepaque, is the home to 45 world-class shops, galleries and four premiere restaurants. For more information, please contact Tlaquepaque at (928) 282-4838 or visit: www.tlaq.com, and shop online at www.shoptlaq.com.
Tlaquepaque’s Festival of Lights has been a beloved signature Sedona event for over 40 years. If you have never seen the beautiful arts and crafts village awash in 6000 golden luminarias from every courtyard, balcony, walkway and parapet, then you must… on Saturday, December 13th!
Spend the day and enjoy a fabulous holiday entertainment line-up throughout Tlaquepaque including: traditional holiday music in the Chapel and courtyards, sweet steel drums, jazz and Latin beats, sublime fusion flute renditions, a stunning violinist, a tabernacle choir, and for tons of laughs, an outrageous Vaudevillian act! Free hot cider, a visit from Santa and his elves, as traditional Christmas carols are sung, and then starting at 5:00 sharp (at the tolling of the bell tower), light your own luminaria and watch Tlaquepaque transform into a Festival of Lights!
Then be sure to stick around for more holiday favorites, cool and hot jazz and Latin ensembles and the inspiring heart-pounding vocal performances from Ron Tolson’s River of Life Tabernacle Choir. This is family-friendly fun at its best and there is something for everyone to bring forth the holiday spirit. Admission is free. Trolley service is available to Tlaquepaque from the Uptown municipal parking lot with continuous round-trip service from 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm. And in the spirit of giving during this holiday season please consider bringing an unwrapped toy for the Toys for Tots program that distributes toys to kids locally.
A very moving and poignant aspect to the Festival is the sponsoring of a luminaria honoring a loved one lost to cancer or someone who is fighting the disease. Each person that sponsors a luminaria can write a message of hope or remembrance, placing the lit luminaria around the fountain in Patio del Norte. “For just $10 you can make a difference fighting cancer,” says Wendy Lippman, resident partner and general manager of Tlaquepaque. “We all have someone in our lives who been affected by this disease. It’s an opportunity to stop and pay tribute to them.” Proceeds support the American Cancer Society, and luminarias can be purchased on site or in advance for $10.00 by calling (928) 282-4838.
11:00 – 2:00 pm: Get in the holiday mood with phenom vocalist Ron Tolson (River of Life Choir master) and pianist Bryan Pace singing traditional holiday music in the Tlaquepaque Chapel. Seating is limited and the space is breathtaking!
2:30 – 4:30 pm: Award-winning flutist Sherry Finzer can do anything with her instrument. Known for her bold musical style, she brings together a new fusion sound blending New Age, Latin, and classical music. The Tlaquepaque Chapel.
3:00 – 5:30 pm: Gather the kids for a visit from Santa and his elves! Bring your camera or whip out your phone for those not-to-be-missed moments with Santa. And enjoy all the traditional Christmas carols and holiday favorites sung by Sedona’s dynamic duo, Tom and Shondra. Patio del Norte.
3:00 – 5:30 pm: Enjoy the get-down sounds of Ritmo Latino, featuring the vocals of Andres Martinez, acoustic guitar, saxophone and Latin percussion. These guys rock and love what they do. Patio de las Campanas.
4:00 – 8:00 pm: Paul McDermand, usually bedecked in a Hawaiian shirt, will bring the island holiday vibe to you, Caribbean-style. It’s amazing what he can do on his steel drums, marimba and more. Check him out in the courtyard next to Secret Garden. Patio de las Rosas.
5:00 – 7:00 pm: From classical to hip hop and lots in between, this gifted, award-winning violinist and composer, Jonathan Levingston, is making his Tlaquepaque debut and is sure to enchant and delight his audience. The Tlaquepaque Chapel.
5:30 -7:30 pm: A perennial Festival of Lights tradition is the powerful and moving performance by Phoenix-based River of Life Tabernacle Choir, directed by Ron Tolson. This thunderous, high-energy choir comes straight from the heart. If you have never seen them don’t miss this! They will rock your world with inspired song, seasonal hymns and holiday favorites! Plaza de la Fuente.
6:00 – 8:00 pm: Check out the Swingtips… hailed as one of the hottest nostalgia pop/swing acts to emerge, their highly-entertaining, over-the-top, interactive shows gets everyone on their feet and dancing ’til they drop! Patio del Norte.
6:00 – 8:00 pm: If you love jazz and holiday tunes the Giant Steps Jazz Combo will ring in the season with their inspired jazz rhythms. Patio de las Campanas.
This time of year Tlaquepaque’s world-class art galleries and specialty shops are brimming with one-of-a-kind gifts for that special someone. All decked out for the holiday season, stores and galleries will be open until 8 pm. And if you choose to dine in any of the exceptional restaurants in the arts and crafts village, reservations are recommended. And be sure to stay warm with some hot mulled cider on us!
Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is an Arizona and Southwest treasure, and for 41 years Festival of Lights has wowed participants from near and far. Located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona, AZ., The Art and Soul of Sedona, Tlaquepaque, is home to world-class shops, galleries and four restaurants. For more information, please contact Tlaquepaque at (928) 282-4838 or www.tlaq.com, and shop online at www.shoptlaq.com.