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Festivals & Events
This is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! Join us for this fun, action packed event for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors. Petting zoo, pony rides, face painting, carnival rides, duck races and much more.
Safe & Fun Trick or Treat in Uptown Sedona will be on Halloween from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This annual event when Sedona Main Street Uptown Merchants welcome all good ghouls and ghosts to visit their storefronts along Main Street (State Route 89A) in Uptown for great treats! These merchants have a longstanding tradition of good will, providing this safe and fun Halloween celebration. This free community event is coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program for a howling good time.
In October the Sedona Arts Center presents a week-long celebration of Sedona’s extraordinary beauty as seen through the eyes and talent of thirty of the finest painters in the country. “En Plein Air”, a French term that translates to “in the open air”, describes paintings that have been created outdoors rather than in a studio. The spectacular red rock scenery and temperate climate of Sedona create the perfect location for plein air painting. Artists will be seen all over town.
Chamber Music Sedona, “Magical Music in the Red Rocks” offers performances and residencies by world-class artists and ensembles September through May in the comfort and beauty of St. John Vianney Church. For detailed information visit www.ChamberMusicSedona.org or call 928.204.2415
SYF provides the keys to unlocking your greatest transformation with a focus on yoga and the expansion of consciousness. This conference is a world class opportunity for you to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with 3 days and 3 nights of yoga, meditation, hiking and energy medicine.
Sedona’s finest art galleries invite you to enjoy a special evening of openings, special guests, artist receptions and celebrations at their 1st Friday Gallery Tour from 5 – 8pm. All guests are welcome to attend free of charge and ride the Sedona Trolley, which does continuous loops to the Gallery District & Uptown locations. Sponsored by the Sedona Gallery Association. Read an article about us here.
The world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema. Founded on the premise that the language of film is universal and a dynamic force in carrying messages to the masses, the Festival showcases the best of transformational media to uplift, inspire and transform.
Every Thursday, Fri, Sat and Sun 12/4 through 12/28: Enjoy a walk through the picnic area at the park while it is lit up with lights and decorations all created by Sedona businesses, organizations and community members. Light displays will be turned on every Thurs. through Sun. evening in December, 6 to 9 p.m. On given nights additional attractions may be available (caroling, hot coco, etc.) If you would like to participate in this wonderful event in some way, please contact us (928) 282-7098.
A patriotic themed laser light show will begin at the top of each hour (12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00p.m., and 3:00 p.m.) in the Performing Arts Center. Each show is 25 minutes in duration. Parking will be available at Red Rock High School. . Food vendors will be announced closer to the event time. Signage and Police Officers will be directing traffic. Arrive early for convenient parking. For questions contact the Parks & Recreation department at 928-282-7098.
Sedona PhotoFest is a series of educational and inspiring presentations on photographic technique, use of digital software and personal artistic perspectives from some of the top photographers in the country. The event takes place over two days in May at the Sedona Performing Arts Center.
This free to enjoy event is the kick-off event for Sedona Arts Center’s Annual Plein Air Festival, a week-long festival and Sponsored by Sedona Main Street Program. It’s a great opportunity to see all the participating and nationally recognized Plein Air Artists in one place. Each artist is challenged to create a painting from start to finish in 2 ½ hours, using a subject in their surroundings along the sidewalks & plazas in Uptown and the Main Street District of Sedona.
Art is always the centerpiece of the Sedona Arts Center events and this one, The 12×12 Project, features 12″ by 12″ works by nealry 100 nationally renowned artists for only $250 each! Show and sale are Saturday. The event is a fun way to support the Arts Center’s valuable arts education programs and community arts outreach projects. Visit our website or call for more info or to purchase preview tickets. June every year.
In Uptown Sedona, usually the weekend of the fourth Saturday of July. Enjoy “cowboy going’s on”: gunfights, roping, action shooting, re-enactments, musical revue, storytelling, poetry, costume contest. Free event presented by Sedona Main Street Program, Red Rock Posse and area businesses.
The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks presents this Autumn craft beer festival on October 22 from 3:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Posse Grounds Park. 12+ craft breweries, wine, food, music and FUN! Wear your lederhosen or dirndl and join the crowds – all proceeds raised fund scholarships for Sedona kids.
eARThflows is a collaborative community-wide series of events that bring attention to sustainability issues. See website for locations January 1; Opening Reception for The Art of Recycling; Turning Trash into Treasure Exhibition, January 8-10; Green Film Festival, January 15-17; World Wisdom Days, January 22- 24; Series of recycled art events. Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village, January 30; Live Gala Auction Event for the Art Exhibition
Held on the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School – A favorite in the Southwest, the festival showcases 126 juried artists, the Gourmet Gallery, an international guest artist, and KidZone, as well as great music, food, and raffle prizes. Admission supports arts education in our community.
The 23nd Annual Sedona International Film Festival will take place in beautiful Sedona, AZ on Feb 18-26, 2017. The 9-day festival features more than 160 films, features, documentaries, shorts & animation. Plus celebrities, tributes, festival galas, receptions, parties & more! Call or visit website.
Sedona’s Tree Lighting & Santa Visit kicks off the holiday season. Live entertainment, activities and refreshments will be available from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the plaza on State Route 89A in Uptown with the 20′ holiday tree. Come hear holiday favorites from musical and performing groups and let your youngsters tell Santa all their hopes and dreams.
Save The Date for the 12th Annual Sedona Marathon Event will be held on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The Sedona Marathon Event will feature four distances sure to take your breath away: 5K, 10K, Half, and Full Marathon. This scenic race attracts athletes from around the globe to enjoy Sedonas red rocks up close and personal. If the scenery doesn’t take your breath away, the hills will! Registration will open in September 1, 2016.
A non-profit group whose mission is to facilitate a vibrant Main Street business district nurtured by volunteers, business and community involvement; the Program shares information, facilitates enhancement projects, promotes the District and encourages business productivity.
Open Studios Tour – 4th week end in April every year. This event is a celebration of the arts in the greater Verde Valley. This non-profit, artist-run event is free & provides visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists and gain a first-hand view of their creative processes. There will be over 40 studios participating, working in a variety of mediums, such as: ceramics, painting, fiber, photography, jewelry, watercolors, and sculpture. The event is from 10 am to 5 pm daily.
The 46th Annual Sedona St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival on Saturday, March 12th is a cultural-heritage celebration that is free to attend. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. along Jordan Road from Jordan Historical Park to Mesquite Avenue. The free Festival begins immediately following the parade, featuring family activities and food booths until 3 p.m. This event is presented by Sedona Main Street Program, NAU Parks and Recreation Program and the Sedona Green Team. Visit www.sedonamainstreet.com.
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival celebrates Sedona’s peak hummingbird population in August with entertaining and educational presentations, tours of gardens and hotspots, a hummer/nature shopping mall, and banding demonstrations and birding trips; sponsored by the International Hummingbird Society.