by: Editor on 3/14/2017
The annual, city-wide St. Patrick’s Day Parade kicks off this annual party, and since St. Paddy’s Day is on a Friday this year, you can bet it’ll be a party for the ages. The parade starts at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and snacks before the floats head down the streets. A number of businesses and restaurants help make this tradition a success, and the grandstands along Jordan Road are packed with revelers.
The parade starts at Jordan Historical Park and winds down Jordan Road all the way to Mesquite Avenue. The after party goes until 3 p.m. with free events. Get your green beer, Irish grub, and games for the kids at this family-friendly party where wearing green is strongly encouraged.
Get Lucky in the Southwest
The Sedona Main Street Program also hosts a number of green-centric events, tapping into local businesses, restaurants and pubs to make downtown Sedona an Irishman’s (and woman’s) paradise. Hop from shop to shop to get special deals, once-a-year treats and discounts throughout the entire weekend.
Mooney’s Irish Pub in downtown is always outdoing themselves to give partiers the best, most authentic St. Patrick’s Day with live music, entertainment and special menu items. From lucky corned beef and cabbage to the perfect Guinness, it’s where you’ll want to end your night.
by: Editor on 3/5/2017
March 9 – 12 marks the annual Sedona Yoga Festival, a long weekend full of meditation, asanas, and enjoying the rich yogi community. Select key conferences and workshops, or maybe you’re in town with a full conference pass. This year, the event starts on a Thursday evening to purify, absorb, integrate and embody. Friday and Saturday offer sunrise yoga at 6 a.m. followed by guided meditations. Conference sessions and workshops start at 7:30 a.m. with each day dedicated to a different topic.
Classes are offered through 6 p.m. sessions, then it’s an evening of fun and camaraderie until 10 p.m. On Sunday, the wrap-up ceremony happens at 4 p.m. with a kirtan. In 2017, the SYF Gives Back: Yoga for PTSD training is offering specialized training for certified yoga instructors at 8 a.m. on Thursday with separate sessions throughout the weekend.
All are Welcome
Kids have their own customized activities including mandala making, games, acroyoga and traditional yoga. All kids activities align with the conference sessions, so parents are free to enjoy their yoga retreat with their little ones nearby. There are over 77 presenters and 200 workshops, so check out the schedule, and book your sessions now!
There’s also the Conscious Expo at the Heart Center Village featuring 33 vendors, sea classes, dharma talk stage events and more. In partnership with the Sedona Metaphysical Spiritual Association, come “hOMe” to Sedona with a weekend of openness and learning.
by: Editor on 2/2/2017
Every first Friday from 5 – 8 p.m., the local Sedona Gallery Association hosts a showcase of local artists and exhibits. The receptions give visitors and local artists alike the chance to wine, dine (or enjoy appetizers in most cases) and start the weekend filled with the magic of the Sedona art scene. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation from gallery to gallery, and the Sedona Art Gallery is proud to be a featured venue space.
Sedona has been a major player in the global art scene for decades. In 1931, the sculptors Robert and Kay Kittredge came to Sedona and fell in love with the inspirational beauty of the area. It’s also been home to Dorothea Tanning and Max Ernst, as well as Nassan Gobran and several more artists. The Sedona Arts Center was founded in 1958, with the first show featuring the Dada movement.
What to Expect
Sedona is a well-known arts hub, and creatives have gathered in the area for years to help it grow. The galleries are full of emerging artists while still boasting established works. The New York Times calls Sedona the “New West Enclave,” and it’s a hot spot for collectors.
You’ll find special speakers talking about the art scene with the red rocks as a backdrop. The member galleries of the SGA include the Sedona Art Gallery and are all committed to offering the best in quality and integrity. Come discover your inspiration on February’s First Friday.
by: Editor on 2/1/2017
The 12th annual Sedona Marathon takes place February 4th, and if you’re a runner looking for a new challenge with stunning scenery, this is one event you won’t want to miss. Prefer to cheer on the runners, or want a different length for your race? You’ll find 5k, 10k, half marathon and youth events also racing through the red rocks at this spectacular event.
February registration is $120 for the full marathon, and last-minute registrations might be possible. The Sedona Marathon is one of the most breathtaking in the U.S., and the organizers take pride in giving runners and spectators plenty of southern hospitality and a one-of-a-kind experience.
Whether you’re a regular marathoner or a first-timer, the course is designed to be full of supporters, stunning scenes and plenty of hydration and snack stations. The start and finish line is on Navoti Drive, convenient to major streets and highways. The venue opens at 7 a.m., and the marathon starts at 9, with massage tents available starting at 10.
Stick around for the full marathon awards at 1 p.m. It’s dubbed the best marathon in Arizona, one of the most beautiful races in the country, and a race that “takes runners through some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.” All participants get swag, bragging rights and a world-class experience.
by: Editor on 1/20/2017
Every year, the Lunar New Year marks a big celebration in Sedona, and 2017 rings in the Year of the Rooster on January 28th. The Rotary Club of Sedona partners with Magical Journeys for a festival of traditional food and culture hosted by Red Chopstick Restaurant at Village of Oak Creek. The famous “New Year’s All Year Round” is committed to fundraising with the Lunar New Year and offering entertainment that highlights the Chinese culture. Proceeds benefit the club’s philanthropic efforts.
At Red Chopstick, Chef Simon Ho concocts a special eight-course dinner available only during the Lunar New Year season. It’s said that his preparation brings all who dine there luck in the new year. You’ll enjoy a tea reception, as well as lion dances and cultural lessons of the traditions before Chef Ho undertakes his elaborate noodle-making demo.
An Event Worth Celebrating
The Sedona Meditation Center also celebrates the new year with fortune telling, fortune calligraphy, an Asian food court, cultural performances, and a wish tree with a paper crane celebration. The parties continue from late-January through mid-February, giving Sedona travelers plenty of opportunities to discover the Lunar New Year happenings.
All Chinese restaurants in Sedona go all out for the New Year celebration, so make this visit to the area full of restaurant hopping!
by: Editor on 1/18/2017
Throughout Arizona, national parks are waiving entrance fees on Martin Luther King Jr. Day so you can make the most of the holiday—and see the incredible beauty of the state. The Grand Canyon is by far the most famous destination with waived fees, but don’t forget to check out numerous national monuments, parks and more on a fun-filled weekend trip from Sedona.
Only on Monday, January 17th, fees will be waived as an homage to Dr. King’s life work. Visit Walnut Canyon, Sunset Crater Volcano and more. The National Park Service is boasting over a dozen fee-free celebrations in 2017, but the kickoff weekend is in January. Find out more about fee-free days at the official website.
Traditionally a “day on, not off, of service,” there are numerous options for volunteering in the Sedona area. One-day volunteer efforts are popular and a great way for visitors to connect with their adopted city. Head over to the local Volunteer Match website to connect with an opportunity that works with your schedule, or check out the Sedona Wish List for ways to donate.
However you celebrate, from heading to a park to checking out Dr. King’s works at a local library or volunteering, make the holiday weekend count.