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This Weekend’s Events and Entertainment in Sedona and the Verde Valley

Celebration of Spring

Celebration of Spring – Saturday April 19th, 9am – Noon

Easter Dinner Specials

3 great restaurants are offering special menus and deals for your Easter dinner in Sedona, The Golden Goose Cafe and Bistro, Sound Bites Grill, and the Barking Frog Grill. Check out the details here, and have a great Easter in Sedona!

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Easter Weekend Events and Entertainment

Sedona International Film Festival Current Attractions

April 18th - April 21st, 2014
2030 W. State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336

928-282-1177

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 'Breathe In' with all-star cast premieres April 18-23
  • Zenprov does Prescription-Strength Comedy in 'LAUGHTEROL!' April 19
  • Special Earth Day Premiere April 22: 'Rebels With a Cause'
  • 'Anita' film premiere special event one night only: April 24
  • 'Marco Spada' from Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet debuts Sunday, April 27

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.

Olde Sedona Bar and Grill Entertainment

April 18th - April 21st, 2014
1405 West Highway 89A
Sedona Arizona 86336
928.282.5670
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Olde Sedona Bar and GrillThere is always something good happening at Olde Sedona!

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 something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue every night of the week. Make sure to check out their events calendar to see what is happening while your in town. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out, Olde Sedona Bar & Grill tonight!

  • Friday Night - Live Band
  • Saturday Night - Great Live DJs
  • Sunday Night - All Star Karaoke
  • Monday Night - Jam Session/Open Mike
  • Tuesday Night - All Star Karaoke

For more information please visit Olde Sedona Bar and Grill.

Sound Bites Grille Entertainment

April 18th - April 21st, 2014
101 N State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
In the Hyatt Pinion Pointe Complex
928.282.2713
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Sound Bites Grill LogoSedona’s hottest venue for food, fun, and entertainment!

Sound Bites Grill is the 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!

Upcoming Entertainment Schedule:

  • Friday, 4/18 6-9:30pm, Dinner and Show Package with World Renown Master Guitarist Esteban and Violinist Teresa Joy Tickets starting at $59 Show Only $39 (7:30p)
  • Saturday, 4/19, 6-9:30p Dinner and Show Package with World Renown Master Guitarist Esteban and Violinist Teresa Joy Tickets starting at $59 Show Only $39 (7:30p)
  • Sunday 4/20, 11:30-3pm, Special Easter Brunch & Show with Esteban and Teresa Joy, Tickets starting at $49, show Only $39 (1:30pm)
  • Sunday 4/20, 6pm, Susannah Martin, Jazz Vocalist, No Cover. 

Call 928.282.2713 or check out the Sound Bites Grill entertainment calendar for more details.

California Guitar Trio at Old Town Center

Friday April 18, 7:00 PM
5th Street and Main
Cottonwood AZ 86326
928.634.0940

California Guitar TrioTHE CALIFORNIA GUITAR TRIO’S RELENTLESS passion for following the muse has served it well. The acoustic group’s fearless multi-genre explorations have driven 14 albums and nearly 1,500 gigs across its 22-year career. It has also proven that a zero-compromise musical approach can yield an ever-expanding audience. Comprising Bert Lams of Affligem Belgium, Hideyo Moriya of Chiba Japan, and Paul Richards of Utah USA, the group crisscrosses the universes of rock, jazz, world music, surf music, and classical music in its performances and recordings.

CGT’s most recent album, Masterworks [CGT], focuses exclusively on the classical side of the house, featuring works by composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Arvo Pärt, Shubert, and Vivaldi. Accompanying the trio on the project are Tony Levin on upright bass and cello, and Fareed Haque on classical guitar.

$20 advance, $22 door, $25 priority

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Blazin' M Ranch Entertainment

April 18th - April 20th, 2014
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
800.937.8643

Blazin M RanchChuckwagon Supper and Stage Show
Every Wednesday - Saturday Night

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 website for more details, or call 800.937.8643 if you have any questions.

Celebration of Spring - Carnival and Egg Hunt

Saturday 4/19/2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM $2 entry for kids 12 and under
Multi-use field at Posse Grounds Park

This is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! Join us April 19 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. Once you arrive, walk to the Posse Grounds Park lower softball field for entrance onto the multiuse field for games and vendors!

Celebration of SpringInflatable toys for kids, petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides and much more are included with the $2 admission fee for the youth attendees. Some vendors may be charging for their goods. The official egg hunt will begin at 10:00 a.m. for children 8 years of age and younger (parents will only be allowed to search with age group 2 and under). Children will be divided by age groups and there are 10,000 eggs waiting to be found! This year find the Golden Eggs and get an additional prize! Children need to bring their own baskets.
- Egg hunt for children 6-8 will be held on the lower softball field at 10:00 a.m.
- Egg hunt for children 3-5 will be held on the lower softball field at approximately 10:10 a.m.
- Egg hunt for children 0-2 will be held on the lower softball field at 10:20 a.m. Parents allowed to assist.
- Scavenger hunt for children 9-12 will begin at 10:30 a.m.

For those siblings 9-12 years of age, we have a fun scavenger hunt to keep you busy starting at 10:30 a.m. Local businesses will be on site with booths set up for viewing/participation as well as various instructors with fun, interactive displays for children to be involved with. The Easter bunny will be on hand for picture taking. This is sure to be a fun event and we invite you all to come on over and enjoy this Celebration of Spring with us.

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Experience Out of Africa Park this Spring

Out of Africa Park

The people at Out of Africa Wildlife Park like to say “Call us Wild, Call us Crazy, just don’t call us a Zoo!” Located in Camp Verde Arizona, about 30 minutes south of Sedona, this great park offers so much more than a zoo, the two just can’t be compared. The park is always growing with new animals, new shows and new experiences that make me want to visit a couple times a year just to see what’s new. 

Meet Gabriel and Journey – Rescued Tiger Cubs

Out of Africa Park has a rich history of rescuing animals in need. These two seven-month-old tiger cubs were seized by the Arizona Game and Fish Department shortly after Christmas. They were being kept as pets in the Phoenix area. which is illegal in Arizona.

Out of Africa Park -Tiger Cubs Gabriel and JourneyThe tiger brothers quickly became the talk of the town and were formally introduced to park visitors over the Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend. The frolicking youngsters were featured at the Wonders of Wildlife show in the Tiger Splash™ arena where they explored their water-playground for the first time.

The general public participated in a naming contest for the cubs and thousands of names were submitted, The result, Gabriel for the white tiger and Journey for the orange tiger. Now the cubs have been enrolled in “tiger school.” An adult tiger has been selected to begin the mentoring process so they can learn proper tiger etiquette, both with other tigers and humans. This schooling will continue into adulthood. When you come to Out of Africa, you can see how they are progressing with their lessons!

Out of Africa Park’s Signature Show – Tiger Splash

Out of Africa Park - Tiger SplashYou’ve never seen anything like Tiger Splash! Witness one or more Bengal and Siberian tigers interact in a predator-and-play relationship, romping and splashing in a large pool as they play with their care takers and various colorful toys. Tiger Splash™ has become renowned worldwide for its unique approach to interacting with wild-by-nature tigers in an aquatic playland.

Tiger Splash™ has been featured on many national and international television shows,  spotlighted in several international newspapers, and highly viewed on YouTube. It’s ridiculously entertaining, yet surprisingly educational. Learn how instincts, intellect, and feelings interact to form spontaneous, natural behavior.

More Shows, More Interaction, More Fun.

Out of Africa Park - Giant Snake ShowOut of Africa Park can fill your whole day with great wildlife experiences. In addition to Tiger Splash, shows like Creature Feature, the Giant Snake Show, Wonders of Wildlife, Predator Feed, and the African Bush Safari are all included in the general admission price. You can find a complete show schedule and guide here.

Special Offers – Save Money

The park often has special offers and discounts available, which you can use when you purchase tickets online, or at the gate. Check out the current special offer here.

Include Out of Africa in your plans this spring. We can assure you it will be a day you will relish for years and years!

My Top Ten Favorite Things to Do in Sedona

My Top Ten Favorite Things to do in Sedona

There are so many things to experience and explore while you are visiting Sedona, Arizona and the Verde River Valley that you might just decide to extend your stay to see and do them all! But just in case you can’t, I have put together a list of my top ten favorite things to do in Sedona including tours, historical sites, hikes and recreation. While all of my favorites might not match your personality, I hope it will at least give you some ideas so that you can get the most out of your time here in Sedona.

1. Hiking
 Hiking is one of the most popular recreational activities for visitors coming to the Verde River Valley and Sedona, Arizona. Even people who have never hiked before get wrapped up in the beauty of the red rocks, clean air and desert flora and fauna that Sedona and the Verde River Valley provide.  My favorite hike is Bell Rock Pathway. You’ll get to see great panoramic views of the red rock formations in Sedona. If you haven’t hiked in this area, visit The Hike House for in depth hiking information and any supplies you might need.

Blazin M Ranch2. The Blazin M Ranch
I like the stage show at the Blazin M Ranch because it is good clean all-American family entertainment at its best, and the chuckwagon supper was great, as well. Just don’t say “toss the biscuits” unless you are ready to catch one! I brought my family and some out-of-town guests to the Blazin M and we laughed and chuckled 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.

3. Horseback Riding
Take in the majestic scenery of Sedona and the Verde Valley with a horseback ride at the M Diamond Ranch.  The M Diamond Ranch, a 100 year old family run, working cattle ranch offers a one or 2 hour trail ride or a full morning or evening experience that combines a horseback ride with a Cowboy Cookout, complete with kids’ activities and entertainment. I have recently visited the M Diamond Ranch with some family and we truly enjoyed the horseback ride. The guide was friendly, the scenery awesome, and the overall experience left all of us smiling for hours.

4. Sedona ATV Tour
You have a lot of choices when it comes to tours into the red rocks. One of my favorites was the ATV tour by Arizona ATV Adventure Tours. I was awestruck by a view of the Verde Valley from the top of Skeleton Bone Mountain, over 800 feet above the valley floor! That was a kick! Don’t worry if you haven’t driven an ATV before, the nice folks at Arizona ATV Adventure Tours will train you before you ride out on one of their ATVs.

 

5. Exploring history
I enjoy exploring the past and the Verde River Valley and Sedona area are rich with history from Native American history, especially the history of the Sinagua culture, to the Pioneers of Sedona. You will find many places to explore and ignite the imagination of yourself and your children. You will find everything from an amazing five-story cliff dwelling, well preserved petroglyph sites, to a self-guided trail exploring a variety of volcanic formations. Make sure to check out these historical sites Montezuma Castle, Palatki Heritage Site, Honanki Heritage Site, Wupatki National Monument and the V-Bar-V Heritage Site.

6. Experience the Verde Canyon Railroad
 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.

7. Enjoy the view from the Sedona Airport Mesa
Make sure to go up to Airport Mesa overlook especially at sunset. From its vantage point, you can view most of the city of Sedona below and the rustic red rocks that make the area so attractive. If you go around sunset you will catch light dancing on the rocks.
The sunsets in Sedona are absolutely beautiful. The crimson colors of the sunsets play well against the red rocks of Sedona and the change in lighting breaths life into the rocks.

8. Visit Out of Africa Wildlife Park
One of my favorite places to visit in the Verde Valley has to be Out of Africa Wildlife Park. The park offers fun, exciting and educational attractions for the whole family to enjoy such as Wildlife Preserve,Tiger Splash, African Bush Safari, Giant Snake Show, Wonders of the Wildlife Show and Predator Feed. My all time favorite attraction at the park would have to be watching the big cats at Tiger Splash, or maybe it’s getting to feed my favorite giraffe Pilgrim while on the African Bush Safari, or wait, I also love to feed Chalet at Predator Feed. Well, now I can’t decide what my favorite thing at the park is, I guess it is EVERYTHING!

9. Art Expeditions
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.

10. Fly Fishing in Oak Creek Canyon
Believe it or not you can fish right here in Sedona! I love the peaceful serenity that fishing in Oak Creek offers. Not only is there great scenery while you fish but I have caught many trout here. Okay, truth be told, I haven’t caught many but a few pretty good ones. If you are interested in fly fishing there is a wonderful locally owned and fully licensed Fly Fishing Guide Service for Sedona’s beautiful Oak Creek Canyon and Verde Valley called Sedona Fly Fishing Adventures.

 

Like I said before, there are many things to do in Sedona and the Verde Valley, you will find your own favorites and we would like to hear about them. Leave a comment below and let us know what some of your favorite things to do in Sedona are.

Wupatki National Monument

Things To Do in Sedona This Weekend – March 1,2 2014

Weekend Events and Entertainment in Sedona and the Verde Valley

Sedona International Film Festival

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.

The 20th Annual Film Festival, one of Sedona’s premier events, is showing now, from February 22nd to March 2nd. Tickets to great independent films may still be available online or by calling the box office at 928.282.1177.

Sound Bites Grille

February 26th – March 2nd, 2014
101 N State Route 89A
Sedona, AZ 86336
In the Hyatt Pinion Pointe Complex
928.282.2713
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Sound Bites Grill LogoSedona’s hottest venue for food, fun, and entertainment!

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!

Here is this week’s lineup:

  • Thursday Feb 27, 6-9pm Chris Jamison Duo, Americana Folk, No Cover
  • Friday Feb 28, 7:30-10p, Anthony Mazzella Concert, Special Show. Guitarist, Recording Artist and Producer, Tickets $15
  • Saturday March 1, 5pm, Dinner Show “Up Close and Intimate” with master guitarist Esteban and spinning violinist Teresa Joy. Dinner Package starting at $59, Tickets 800-838-3006
  • Sat March 1 8pm Master guitarist Esteban “Rock On Concert” with his band. 8pm Tickets $35, $45 & VIP $65, Tickets 800-838-3006
  • Sunday March 2, Brunch with Esteban, Master guitarist Esteban and spinning violinist Teresa Joy “Up Close and Intimate” 12pm -3pm, Brunch and Show Package. Starting at $59 Including Brunch, Tickets 800-838-3006
  • Sunday March 2, 6-9pm, Jazz n Juice with Susannah Martin Jazz Trio, No Cover

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

Olde Sedona Bar and Grill

February 24th – March 2nd 2014
1405 West Highway 89A
Sedona Arizona 86336
928.282.5670
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Olde Sedona Bar and GrillThere is always something good happening at Olde Sedona!

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 something good going on in this lively restaurant, sports bar, and entertainment venue every night of the week. Make sure to check out their events calendar to see what is happening while your in town. Eat, drink and have fun where the locals’ hang out, Olde Sedona Bar & Grill tonight!

  • Thursday Feb 27th – Decker
  • Friday Feb 28th – Sedona Yacht Club
  • Saturday March 1, Live DJ

For more information please visit Olde Sedona Bar and Grill.

Liberty Wildlife on the Verde Canyon Railroad

Saturday March 1st, 2014
Verde canyon Railroad
300 North Broadway
Clarkdale, AZ 86324
800-582-7245
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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 March 1st.

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.

 

Blazin’ M Ranch – A Woman’s Hand

March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, 2014
1875 Mabery Ranch Road
Cottonwood, AZ 86326
800.937.8643

Blazin M Ranch LogoA Special Live Production

March is Women’s History Month and what better way to honor women than to learn about how they shaped the history of the Verde Valley and Sedona. Experience an hour of music, laughter, tears, and a whole lot of pioneer women’s soul with the Blazin’ M Ranch’s live production of Dev Ross’ A Woman’s Hand, featured the first four Sundays in March, 2014.

A Woman's HandAlong with the Blazin’ M’s signature chuckwagon dinner and pre-dinner activities and attractions, guests will also engage in interactive experiences with the colorful Old West living history characters in the courtyard, showcasing the hard work, challenges, triumphs and everyday hardships of women in the 1800’s.

From the moment the production opens, the audience begins to experience the life of a woman forced to pick up the pieces of her life and move out west, as well as the women already present in the wild frontier, Native Americans with their own stories to tell. Through dialogue and song, the hour-long production takes us up to Jerome to meet the first African-American woman to own a business there, into the life of a Chinese singsong girl, to a soiled dove from Flagstaff who can definitely handle herself (and her whiskey), and through the story of an operatic Latina who helped found the Homemaker’s Club. Of course, no play about the history of the Verde Valley would be complete without Sedona Schnebly, —A Woman’s Hand promises guests a glimpse into the trials and the triumphs of Sedona’s namesake.

The result of tireless research by Dev Ross and author and historian Kate Ruland-Thorne, this play features a small treasure trove of women who helped weave the fabric of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Their stories are heartwarming, often heartbreaking, and rich with spirit. In true 1800’s fashion, popular music from the day supports the play just as music so often supported and uplifted the rugged life of a lady pioneer.

Sponsored by National Processing Solutions, Inc., limited dates for this historical production are March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd. For dinner and show reservations call (928) 634-0334 or book on-line at blazinm.com. Gates open at 5:00PM for pre-show activities and actor/audience interactions. Dinner is served at 6:30PM. The hour-long show starts at 7:30PM. Adults: $35.95+tax, Seniors: $32.95+tax, Children (3-12). $19.95+tax.

Sedona Airport’s 2013 Family Fun Day

Sedona Airport’s 2013 Family Fun Day
September 21st, 2013

Arizona’s “Airport in the Sky” will host  their “Family Fun Day” on September 21st, 2013, from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm and the admission is FREE! A host of interesting and historic aircraft – from old military, antiques and restored aircraft to new, modern, state of the art airplanes with full glass cockpits will be on display along with a hundred classic automobiles in the Sedona Car Club’s annual car show. Click the Read More button to learn more about this day of family fun!

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Fun Things to do this Weekend in Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Weekend Happenings
September 6th – 8th, 2013

Welcome to Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley! Just click the READ MORE button below and find all the fun things to do in the red rocks this weekend, including Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tours and the “Ride for Rescue” motorcycle event! Make sure to visit us on Facebook and Twitter!

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Fun Things to do in Sedona, Arizona this Labor Day Weekend

Sedona Labor Day Weekend Happenings
August 30th – September 2nd, 2013

Have a wonderful, fun Labor Day weekend in Sedona, Arizona and the Verde Valley! Just click the READ MORE button below and find all the fun things to do in the red rocks this weekend, including Sedona’s “Moonlight Madness Event” featuring fun, food, music, and shopping and “Rhythm on the Rails” at the Verde Canyon Railroad! Make sure to visit us on Facebook and Twitter!

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