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This Weekend – Events and Entertainment in Sedona and the Verde Valley

Sedona always has a great selection of fun and interesting events to choose from, ranging from art to family fun to metaphysical,  and more. Plus there is always live entertainment and independent film happening when you visit Sedona.

National Day of the CowboyThe big event in Sedona this weekend is the 10th annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration in Uptown Sedona on Friday evening and all day Saturday. This is a free community and visitor event that is fun for the whole family, Check out the details, below. If you are more interested in live entertainment and film, scroll down or click here.

This Weekend’s Events 

"Star Party Astronomy Event" at Red Rock State Park

July 25th, 7:30 pm at Red Rock State Park
Red Rock State Park
4050 Red Rock Loop Rd
Sedona, AZ 86336

Star Party

Star Parties are a great way for families to enjoy the evening sky together, there will even be a chance for children to shake hands with a surprise guest — perhaps one from another world? The event starts at 7:30 pm with a presentation that will last approximately 45 minutes given by JD Maddy, president of the Astronomers of Verde Valley. Topics of discussion will range from current astronomical events including the many clusters, nebulas, galaxies, and planets. Following the presentation there will be telescope viewing available from 8:00 to 10:00 pm. There will also be a craft project available for children during the presentation as well as snacks, and warm drinks. Please bring bottled water and a folding chair for your own comfort and dress appropriately for cool weather. If you would like to bring a flashlight, please cover the end with red cellophane to minimize the light interference of the viewing scopes. Please arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to the event.

Reservations are required. Please call (928) 282-6907. Program requires a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event in addition to the park’s admission fees: $5.00 per adult (14 and up), $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). 

National Day of the Cowboy Celebration

Saturday July 26th, 2014 - Free Event
Uptown Sedona

National Day of the CowboyA Free Sedona Community Event 

You’re invited to join the cowboy fun in Uptown for Sedona’s 10th Annual National Day of the Cowboy Celebration. It’s free to attend, with entertainment that starts on Friday evening, July 25th at 5:00 pm and is in full swing on Saturday July 26th, 2014 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

See live performances of gunfights, roping, bullwhip cracking, cowboy poetry and comedies, historical re-enactments and musical revues at the Cowboy Arena in Canyon Breeze patio and parking lot, with its own festive food and liquor garden. Come enjoy “a whole lot of cowboy goin’s on” all along the sidewalks, plazas and patios. Listen or dance to country music and see western performances. Watch cowboys and girls strut their stuff throughout town and visit with folks in period costume. Join in the Cowboy & Cowgirl Outfit Contest. Try your hand at roping or take your chance in the Fast Draw competition. See artist demonstrations and western art. Bring the children for special Li’l Cowpoke games and activities. Take advantage of the great promotions and dining specials, and bring your camera for all the unique photo opportunities. It’s not to be missed! 

This free event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program and The Red Rock Posse, and is made possible by business sponsors and donors, complimentary performers, businesses that hire activities and entertainment, and volunteers. For event information, visit or call 928-204-2390.


Featured Sedona Entertainment

Old Sedona Bar and Grill Entertainment

Free Live Entertainment & Sports Bar
1405 W. Highway 89A
Sedona, AZ

When you are in Sedona and looking for fun and entertainment Olde Sedona Bar & Grill is the place to be! With live bands, DJs and Karaoke, there’s always something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue every night of the week. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out, Olde Sedona Bar & Grill tonight!

This week at Olde Sedona

  • Friday July 25th - DJ Diamond
  • Saturday July 26th - DJ DB Frank
  • Sunday July 27th - All Star Karaoke
  • Monday July 28th - Jam Session/Open Mike
  • Tuesday July 29 - All Star Karaoke

PLUS Happy hour specials daily 4 - 7 pm

Check out their events calendar or call 928.282.5670 to see what is happening while you are in town.

Sedona International Film Festival

At the Mary D Fisher Theatre (unless otherwise noted)
2030 W. Hwy. 89A, in West Sedona

Sedona International Film Festival 2014

The Sedona International Film Festival brings great independent film and live events to Sedona all year long, in the state-of-the-art Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Check the film festival website's Coming Attractions page to read the details and see the trailers of these shows or to see what is showing when you come to Sedona.

Current and coming attractions:

  • Award-winning 'Citizen Koch' one night only: July 24
  • 'Life Itself' celebrates the iconic Roger Ebert showing July 25-30
  • Inspired by a true story, 'Belle' premieres July 25-31
  • Sedona Faith and Family Film: 'God's Not Dead' - Sunday, July 27
  • 'I Sing Walt Whitman' starring John Slade July 29

Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in the Mary D Fisher Theatre, 2030 W. State Route 89A, West Sedona. Visit the film festival website or call 928.282.1177 for show times, ticket prices, and to purchase advanced tickets.

Sound Bites Grill Entertainment

Fun * Food * Music
101 Highway 89A
Sedona AZ 86336
928. 282.2713

Sound Bites Grill is the new fun place to eat, drink, and enjoy top quality live entertainment in Sedona. It’s a unique dining experience with amazing red rock views, great all natural fresh healthy foods, and stimulating entertainment. In the Hyatt Shops at Pinion Pointe at the junction of Highways 89A and 179 (formerly known as the “Y”), Sound Bites also offers dinner specials on Tuesdays, wine tastings on Thursdays, and very special “Supper Club” dinner shows, unique to Sedona.  Come in for lunch or dinner with a view, and check out the Guitar Gallery while you are there. You’ll leave satisfied and smiling! 

Current and Upcoming Entertainment:

  • Thursday 7/24, 6-9pm, Chris Jamison, Americana Folk
  • Friday 7/25, 7:30 pm, Esteban Sedona Concert, Flamenco Guitarist with Teresa Joy & Emilio Santiago. Tickets starting at $29 Dinner & Concert Packages Available
  • Saturday 7/26, 7:30 pm, Esteban Sedona Concert, Flamenco Guitarist with Teresa Joy & Emilio Santiago, Tickets starting at $29. Dinner & Concert Packages Available
  • Sunday 7/27, 6-9pm, Rick Cyge, Finger Style Guitarist, No Cover
  • Monday 7/28, 7pm Esteban Sedona Concert-Flamenco Guitar with Teresa Joy & Emilio Santiago, tickets starting at $29. Dinner & Concert Packages Available
  • Tuesday 7/29, JC and the Juke Rockers Duo, Swing & Jazz Classics Dance Band, $8 Cover
  • Wednesday 7/30, 6-9pm, Eric Miller Flamenco Guitarist, No cover
  • Thursday 7/31, 6-9pm, Anthony Mazzella Concert Guitarist, No cover
  • Friday 8/1, 7:30 pm, Esteban Sedona Concert, Flamenco Guitarist with Teresa Joy & Emilio Santiago, Tickets starting at $29 Dinner & Concert Packages Available
  • Saturday 8/2, 7:30 pm, Esteban Sedona Concert, Flamenco Guitarist with Teresa Joy & Emilio Santiago, Tickets starting at $29. Dinner & Concert Packages Available
  • Sunday 8/3, 6-9pm, Karl Jones Acoustical, No Cover
  • Monday 8/4, 7pm Esteban Sedona Concert-Flamenco Guitar with Teresa Joy & Emilio Santiago, tickets starting at $29
  • Tuesday 8/5, Daniel and the Lion on Tour, Dance Night $10 Cover

Call 928.282.2713 or check out their website and  calendar of events for more details.

Blazin' M Ranch

Get Fired up for FUN!
Cottonwood, AZ 86326

Blazin M RanchChuckwagon Supper and Stage Show
Wednesday through Saturday Nights

For more than twenty years the Blazin’ M Ranch has been providing visitors and locals alike with memories to last a lifetime! Come for the chuckwagon supper and western stage show, hang around for an authentically replicated Western town with an abundance of attractions and activities sure to delight and entertain! Check out the shooting gallery, get some ropin’ lessons, ride a vintage tractor pull; visit the saloon, one of a kind museum, Old-Tyme photo studio and boutique Western shops, all just twenty minutes from Sedona! Don’t miss a visit to the Blazin’ M Ranch, where “happy trails” are just the beginning. 

Check the Blazin M Ranch's website for more details, or call 800.937.8643 if you have any questions.

Other Sedona Entertainment

Chamber Music Sedona

“Magical Music in the Red Rocks”

Chamber Music Sedona’s mission is to preserve and foster the appreciation of chamber music in its many forms by producing world-class concerts, and by presenting and supporting community music education programs. Chamber music is the most intimate form of musical expression–grand music on a small scale. Check the Chamber Music Sedona website or call  928.204.2415 for more information.

Encore Theater Sedona

Encore Theater - Rock N Roll DreamsThe Encore Theater is a beautiful performance venue in the Village of Oak Creek that also features an impressive Rock'n Roll Museum. Rock to Marvelous Marvin Short's band "Rock'n Roll Dreams" and special events. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 928.282.0552 or visit the Encore Theater website

Old Town Center for the Arts

Live Music and Entertainment in the Verde Valley

The Old Town Center for the Arts offers live entertainment that ranges from live theater to concerts, and lectures to special events in a dazzling yet intimate venue complete with professional sound and lighting. Conveniently located in Old Town Cottonwood, only 20 minutes from Sedona.  For more information and the Old Town Center's event calendar, call  (928) 634-0940 or visit their website.

Studio Live Sedona

“Home of the Sedona Performers Guild”


Sedona Performing Arts AllianceStudio Live and the Sedona Performing Arts Alliance support the advancement of the performing arts through education, live performances and artist support. Studio Live produces several major performance events throughout the year using various venues throughout the Sedona area as fund raisers for their non profit mission. Check the events page on the Studio Live website or call 928.282.0549 for upcoming events.

Upcoming Events:

  • Thursday 7/24 - The Electric Harp Guitar Group, Three 18 string guitars with William Eaton, Fitzhugh Jenkins, and Anthony Mazzella. 7:00pm at RELICS Restaurant in West Sedona. Reservations 928-282-1593. $20 show/drinks/food, $15 show only.
  • Thursday 7/24 - A Taste of the Night of Power: A Communal Heart Concert for Ramadan, Sedona Creative Life Center, 333 Schnebly Hill Rd, 7 - 9 PM, $20/$30 Couple
  • Friday 7/25 - Stacey Joy at the Chocolatree, 1595 HWY 89A, Sedona, 6:00pm. Continuing the Naked Soul tour, Stacey Joy will sing and play new songs from her latest album. Lyrical, acoustic, soul and a touch of blues.
  • Saturday 7/26 - The House of Bliss Dance Party with Mixtress Hava at the Hoppy Grape Lounge, 2575 HWY 89A in West Sedona, 9:00pm. Mixtress Hava will be sharing great new music and the metta vibe with her beloved Sedonuts!!
The Main Stage Theatre
A premier music venue and night club in Cottonwood, Arizona
Hoppy Grape Lounge at the Sedona Wine and Beer Co.
Sharing the Gifts of Wine, Beer, and
Relics Restaurant and Roadhouse
Fine Dining, Roadhouse and Entertainment in West Sedona

4th of July Events and Entertainment in Sedona and the Verde Valley

July 4th – July 6th 2014

'Americanaire" Exhibition at Greg Lawson Galleries

Fourth of July Weekend
2679 West State Route 89A
Sedona, Arizona, 86336

Greg Lawson GalleriesSedona’s Passion for Place Gallery, located at 2679 West State Route 89A, features American iconic imagery in a summer exhibition entitled “Americanaire.” All are welcome to celebrate America's glorious and picturesque seasonal diversity at Greg Lawson’s Passion for Place Gallery on Friday, July 4, 5:00-8:00 pm during the Sedona Gallery Association’s First Friday Art Tour.

“The Passion for Place Gallery in Sedona which features Lawson’s images from throughout the world, represents one of the largest archives of Americana to be found in any privately produced portfolio in the USA,” says Gabrielle. ”Each of the fifty United States are represented because Greg Lawson’s photographic art has been purposefully created in all of them.”

In celebration of the “Americanaire” exhGreg Lawson Brooklyn Bridgeibition, Passion Place Gallery will be offering a limited number of signed first edition copies of Greg Lawson’s coffee table book Natural States which includes nature imagery from all fifty states of the USA. The gallery is also offering free shipping for this edition anywhere in the USA during July. This collector’s portfolio features exhibition quality production values with 208 pages of art-quality paper, bound in lie-flat hand sewn signatures and encased in cloth covered hardboards.

Greg Lawson will be in attendance at the gallery Friday evening. The Passion for Place Gallery is located at 2679 West SR 89A in Sedona and is open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and at other times by appointment. The message phone is 928-204-4744 and the website can be accessed at

First Friday in July Gallery Tour

Friday July 4, 2014
All over town!
Complimentary transportation provided.


Sedona First Fridays Gallery TourOn the first Friday of each month, from 5:00 - 8:00 pm, members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while visiting Sedona's 3 "art destinations", Hillside Sedona, Tlaquepaque, and Uptown Sedona. This event is free and complimentary tansportation is provided by the Sedona Trolley.

For more information, including a map of the tour loop, visit the Sedona Gallery Association website.

4th of July Weekend at Tlaquepaque

Friday July 4th - Sunday July 6th 2014 - Free Event
336 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ 86336

TlaquepaqueEnjoy the 4th of July holiday in the cool courtyards of Tlaquepaque great food at Tlaquepaque's four popular restaurants, always great shopping, and on July 4th, fabulous entertainment from noon to 7:30 PM.

  • Kick off Friday, July 4th in the cool courtyard of Patio de las Campanas with Sedona local, Paloma Lokus, performing songs from her latest CD "Country Girls Do It Better" from 12 to 1 pm. A singer, songwriter and musician, her amazing vocals are sure to please and liven your spirits.
  • Crosby Tyler, the one-man tub-thumpin band, will follow up from 1 to 3:30 pm in Patio de las Campanas. Blend back porch blue grass with Delta blues and add a keen sense of social commentary and wrap it in a one man band.

Geritol Hipsters

  • Then if you haven't danced, chilled and shopped enough, join us for the Geritol Hipsters in Patio de las Campanas, Prescott's award-winning 6 piece Dixieland band, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm during First Friday in the Galleries. This fun-loving group is sure to make you smile with songs from a bygone era, comedy and great vocals.


  • Also check out join Patrick Ki,Tlaquepaque's own world-class guitarist, and friends who will be performing in Patio del Norte· 4:30 to 7:30 pm.

On July 5th and 6th...

On July 5th and 6th, enjoy two musical masters in the Patio de las Campanas from 2 p.m .to 5 p.m - Kelvin Mockingbird and Maestro Drew Diego Bennett. Kelvin, a Grammy nominated flautist, has been performing the Native American flute and telling medicine stories of the Dineh for the past 19 years. Mockingbird has recorded 6 albums as Burning Sky. Maestro Drew Diego Bennett is a Cherokee Maestro Flamenco Guitarist and Native American Flautist with his live Flamenco Guitar production.

Tony DuncanAlso on both July 5th and 6th, Tony Duncan and The Yellow Bird Indian Dancers will present a Celebration of Native American Music and Dance. They will perform from 10:00 to 5:00 PM on the hour for 30 minutes in Patio Del Norte. Tony Duncan will spin 25 colored hoops in a blur of dance and high intensity movement that is mind-boggling. Not to mention the dancers creative depictions of several animal forms including the eagle and rattlesnake. This is a must-see...

2nd Annual Big Gay Art Show at the Sedona Arts Center

Sedona Arts Center
15 Art Barn Road
Sedona AZ

Sedona PRIDE Big Gay Art Show 2014Last year, Sedona's first BIG GAY ART SHOW at the Sedona Arts Center was a huge success! It set records for attendance for a July event, and the art was spectacular. The 2nd Annual Big Gay Art Show will be, well...bigger and gayer than ever, with even more art. Celebrate America's diversity and plan on attending the show on July 4th - 6th at the Sedona Arts Center in Uptown Sedona. 

Call for Artists
Artists submissions are being called and the submission package is due by June 15th. Submissions can be made online. Click here for more information.

The Verde Canyon Railroad FIRECRACKER EXPRESS!

July 4th 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Verde Canyon Railroad Firecracker ExpressOn Friday, July 4 Verde Canyon Railroad will celebrate Independence Day with their annual Firecracker Express which begins with a traditional all-American barbecue and patriotic music in the depot’s shaded courtyard.  At 1 p.m. you’ll board our historic train pulled by vintage locomotives adorned with American bald eagles that pull coaches along century-old ribbons of rail into the rich and unspoiled landscape of the Verde Canyon.  You can celebrate America’s birthday by riding the waves of a fruit smoothie under bruised monsoon skies and kaleidoscopic rainbows which are the celebrities on our mid-summer Canyon stage. You’ll be back in time for Cottonwood’s dazzling fireworks.

For more information and reservations, visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website or call 800-582-7245.

4th of July Free Laser Light Show and Concert

Laser Light Show ImageSpend your 4th of July having a picnic on the cool grass, surrounded by the spectacular red rocks and listening to an upbeat live concert. Spectators will be allowed onto the field at 6:30 p.m. to set up their blanket and chairs and enjoy the live concert and delicious food. Live music is provided by David Parker & the Big Time from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and will be followed by the light show once it is dark! This patriotic themed light show will cast light over the audience while the lasers dance to the music during this 15 minute show. Currently this show is set to begin at dark (around 8:45 p.m.) but you will want to arrive early for parking. Parking will be available at the high school as well as across the street on Cultural Park Place.

  • Everyone is encouraged to bring a flashlight.
  • Arrive early for convenient parking.
  • Food is for sale or you may bring your own picnic.
  • Alcohol and dogs are not permitted!

Fourth of July - Give Thanks to Our Fire Fighters

Hillside Sedona Shopping Center
671 State Route 179
Sedona, AZ

Hillside SedonaJoin the celebration in thanking our fire fighters at Hillside Sedona this Fourth of July, 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. States Hillside Manager, Karen Dilks, “The Merchants at Hillside came up with a wonderful idea of community celebration in appreciation to our brave fire fighters. Scott Simmons, of Sedona’s new Baskin Robbins and Ken Saxe of Mooney’s Irish Pub, quickly jumped on board to co-sponsor event. It’s always wonderful to see community come together. This will be a fun way to show our gratitude.”


  • The Sedona Fire Department and U.S. Forest Service will have meet and greet starting at 11:30.
  • Big Bambu Band, playing classic rock and blues will begin at noon.
  • The honorable Mayor Rob Adams will give dedication at 12:30 with community salute and cheer. 
  • A barbecue and ice cream social will add to the family fun.
  • Children are welcome to bring jacks, puppets and adults should bring dancing shoes.

Liberty Wildlife on the Verde Canyon Railroad

Saturday July 5th, 2014
Verde Canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ 86324

Libert Wildlife on Verde Canyon RailroadSee Sonora the Bald Eagle spread her majestic wings onboard the 4-hour train ride.

By partnering with Scottsdale’s Liberty Wildlife, Verde Canyon Railroad provides visitors the opportunity to meet wild raptors at the depot and onboard the train.

Liberty Wildlife shares the majesty of a rescued bald eagle with visitors to the depot and on the train on select Saturdays throughout the year. Get up close to Sonora, the only bald eagle in the world that regularly enjoys a train ride. Though Sonora will be feasting on raw chicken, passengers will be loading their plates with luscious wings and other tasty appetizers.

Sonora's next ride on the train will be on Saturday July 5th.

For more information and reservations, visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website or call 800-582-7245.

Visit the Liberty Wildlife website to learn more about these amazing creatures and the organization's wildlife rescue work.


Jerome's July First Saturday Art Walk

Saturday July 5th, 2014, 5 - 8 PM


Jerome Art WalkJerome continues its love affair with ART with the First Saturday ART WALK. The 24 galleries and studios of Jerome will be brimming over with visual delights. There will be plenty of music and good conversation at this vibrant event. Meet the artists that night and mingle with other art lovers who are drawn to this charming mountain town. Make a night of it with dinner at one of the town’s delicious restaurants. The walk starts at 5:00PM. There is plenty of parking and a shuttle is available to transport visitors to galleries and studios. The Jerome Art Walk is an event that has become a great Verde Valley tradition on the First Saturday of each month.

For more information call Donna at (928) 301-3004.

"Deceptions, Lies & Alibis" a show by Mike Peach

Saturday July 5th, 1:30 - 2:30pm, $6 adults, kids are free
735 Jordan Road
Uptown Sedona

Mike PeachMichael Peach performs "Deceptions, Lies & Alibis." - "Strange tales have been told by those who rode Arizona’s rugged trails. And sometimes a fact ain’t exactly exact when you scrutinize details.” Or, so says award-winning actor, playwright and historian Michael Peach in his new show, highlighting his original cowboy-style poetry. $6, children under 12 are free.

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The 2014 Poetry Slam Season Begins January 11

Sedona Poetry SlamWhat is Poetry Slam?
Poetry slam is a competitive artistic sport founded in Chicago in 1984. Poetry slam has become an international artistic sport, with more than 100 major poetry slams in the United States, Canada, Australia and Western Europe. The Sedona Poetry Slam was founded in 2009.

The 2014 Sedona Poetry Slam
In the Sedona Poetry Slam, all poets perform three original poems over three rounds. Each performance is allotted three minutes, plus a 10 second grace period. Poetry slams are judged by five randomly chosen members of the audience who assign numerical value to individual poets’ contents and performances, ranging from 0.0 to 10.0. Poets compete for cash priizes.

Sedona’s Poetry Slam Season includes 6 open performances from January through April and culminates in May with the Grand Slam performance where a team of 4 poets (and an alternate) will be chosen to represent Sedona at the National Poetry Slam in August. 

The 2014 Sedona Poetry Slam Schedule

  • Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets $12.
  • Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets $12.
  • Saturday, March 8, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets $12.
  • Saturday, March 29, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets $12.
  • Saturday, April 26, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets $12.
  • Saturday, May 17, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets $12.
  • Grand Slam on Saturday, June 7, at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Tickets $15.


The Compassion Tour: Teachings by Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo Rinpoche

stupa-jetsunma_ahkon_lhamoJanuary 4th & 5th, 2014 at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Rd, Sedona, Arizona 
February 1, 2014, Santa Barbara California

Kunzang Palyul Chöling of Sedona (KPC) is very happy to announce a weekend of teachings by KPC founder, spiritual director and Tibetan Buddhist master, Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo Rinpoche. Entitled the Compassion Tour, Jetsunma will teach in Sedona January 4th and 5th and then in Santa Barbara, California on Saturday February 1, 2014.

Jetsunma, formerly of Sedona, and now based at her main temple in Poolesville, Maryland, is the founder and visionary of the Amitabha Stupa and Peace Park in Sedona, now visited by tens of thousands yearly. It has become a Sedona treasure and place of spiritual refuge since its completion in 2004.

The first teaching entitled, What is the Great Compassion? takes place Saturday, January 4 th from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. On Sunday January 5th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm there will be an opening practice at 2:00 pm called the Shower of Blessings, followed by the topic: What Does it Mean to be a Bodhisattva in Today’s World? A bodhisattva is anyone who is motivated by great compassion and cultivates the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of all sentient beings in order to end their suffering. Traditional refuge and Bodhisattva vows will be offered after the teachings. Everyone is warmly invited to attend the weekend Compassion Tour teachings at 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Rd, Sedona, AZ. Registration is at the door so early arrival is encouraged and the suggested donation is $20 each day.

The same compassionate intention by realized masters like Jetsunma that bring stupas into the world is at the core of all Buddhist teachings. The great compassion in Buddhist teachings is referred to as Bodhichitta. This theme will be explored in depth by Jetsunma on the Compassion Tour. “The Bodhicitta is the practice of compassion… when we think of Bodhicitta, we think of it as a practice to accomplish. But actually in truth, Bodhicitta is the very display or essence of the nature of the ground of our being,” says Jetsunma.

Jetsunma will tell you that she is “just a girl from Brooklyn.” His Holiness Penor Rinpoche, the 11th Throneholder of the oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism (Nyingmapa), proclaimed that she is the reincarnation of ancient Indian and Tibetan holy women who helped establish and develop Buddhism in Tibet. In 1988 His Holiness enthroned Jetsunma Ahkön Lhamo as a Lineage Holder within the Tibetan Buddhist lineage system.

Her students will tell you that she is a wise, witty, and compassionate teacher who draws on her own experiences as a modern American woman to make accessible even the most profound Buddhist teachings.

Whether establishing a large community of ordained monks and nuns around the world, teaching, building sacred stupas and temples in Poolesville, MD and Sedona, instituting 24-hour prayer vigils, establishing animal rescues, or a relief organization, Jetsunma’s sole intention is to alleviate the suffering of all beings.

For more information about the Sedona teachings, call (877)-788-7229 or email:
For more information about  the Santa Barbara CA teachings, call (805) 228-4977 or email


Tlaquepaque’s First Annual Holiday Sweet Stroll: Delicious!

Friday and Saturday, December 20 and 21, 2013 from 3 pm. to 7 pm. Admission is free.

Photo by Wib Middleton

Photo by Wib Middleton

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, beautifully adorned for the season, presents its first annual Holiday Sweet Stroll. Enjoy sparkling lights, the bygone aroma of roasting chestnuts and strolling carolers to help release your inner shopper! Lots of goodies to savor and munch on will be handed out freely so everyone has the energy to complete their holiday shopping lists. Experience non-stop holiday cheer!

Non Stop Entertainment, Free Treats and Goodies, and Deals and Discounts

There will be fabulous  entertainment all weekend by the Canyon Singers, Electric SASS, Red Rock Apella,  Divom, the Dickens Carolers, and Igor the Cowboy Santa and Jolly Roger the Magician will wow you and the kids on Saturday. Oak Creek Brewery will be making fresh crepe suzette in Pation del Norte, and many stores will be passing out treats an goodies to happy strollers and shoppers in the festive atmosphere.  Tlaquepaque shops will be offering discounts from 10% to 50% on this last weekend before the holiday, so many that we can’t list them all here.  This event is going to be way more fun than any mall!

Wendy Lippman, stewarding the vision of Tlaquepaque founder Abe Miller, who established the arts village 40 years ago this year, 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 to you.”

Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village is an Arizona and Southwest treasure and for 40 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 world-class shops, galleries and four restaurants. For more information, please contact Tlaquepaque at (928) 282-4838 or

Fall Art Show

SVAC Art Show Nov 201313th Annual Fall Art Show

“Shadows…..a Mystery in Art.”
A Free Event November 6th – 17th at Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village

The 13th Annual Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition (SVAC) Fall Art Exhibition and Gala Reception will be held at Tlaquepaque from November 6th through November 17th from from 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM. The reception will be Friday, November 6th, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM. The event will be held in the La Sala de Los Milagros Ballroom on the second floor of the arts and crafts village.

The theme and the title of this year’s exhibition is, “Shadows…..a Mystery in Art.” This exhibition embraces the “Shadow” which adds depth, emotion, mystery and a time stamp to all genres of art. All art forms utilize the shadow. Film is a perfect example of how cinematography creates a mood especially by utilizing the shadow to create tension. 

This event is one of the highlights of the year in the Sedona art world and the Gala Reception on Friday night November 6th is an event already on many people’s calendars. There will be the traditional and fabulous array of yummy finger food, spirited wine, and the art of over 60 Sedona area artists. The reception and exhibition are FREE for all lovers of fine art and a good time. Bring your own perspective to the exhibit and vote for your favorite art work in our People’s Choice Award which will be announced at the end of the exhibition.

Tlaquepaque Event

Marigold Mural Project and Day of the Dead Celebration!

Everyone is Invited to Remember Loved Ones!

Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village
336 State Route 179, Sedona

Tlaq Dia de Los Muertos 2013

Photo by Wib Middleton

Continuing its 40-year tradition of outstanding fiestas and community events, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village’s Dia de los Muertos Celebration or Day of the Dead is a winner. If you haven’t been, it’s a must do! This year’s mesmerizing cultural ritual from Mexico and the Southwest gives us a glimpse of how the passing of loved ones is viewed, celebrated and honored by people from neighboring countries. Dia de los Muertos at Tlaquepaque invites the public to take part in this centuries-old observance.

There are wonderful opportunities to experience Dia de los Muertos. The first is unique to Tlaquepaque, and back for the second year: the Marigold Mural Project, running from October 29 to November 2nd. Residents and visitors alike are invited to express themselves in paint and memorialize loved ones on a huge 26-foot long mural. Painting will take place from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm daily. Last year’s moving mural of the same size will also be on display. Then on the weekend of November 1st and 2nd, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm, the stage is set for Dia de los Muertos, a joyful time of remembering and community celebration. Tlaquepaque, fully decked out, resounds with fantastic musical entertainment and fire dancing, while costumed wandering gypsies and delicious traditional food get everyone in the spirit. Read More→