by: Editor on 10/22/2016
One of the best parts of celebrating Halloween in Sedona is the weather—there’s no freezing in costumes, and you’re guaranteed to have a ghoulish night of revelry or trick or treating. In the nearby ghost town of Jerome, the city comes alive on Halloween with guided “spirit walks” offering tours of historic buildings along with some of the town’s sordid past. Group tours can accommodate up to 200 people but do sell out, so book your trip early.
Spook Hall has been Sedona’s biggest costume party for years, helping to raise funds for the local fire department. After 30 years of spooktacular fun, the event planners have this haunt down pat. The party rages until 2 a.m., and nearby bars and shops also participate, decking out the entire street in ghastly decorations. A cash bar and costume contest with themes being added each year make this adults-only party a must.
Treats and Tricks
In downtown Sedona, early trick or treating on the big day is offered compliments of local shops and vendors. Bring the little ones to a dusk gathering where many treats, and a sprinkling of tricks, can be found. You can also go door to door in one of the many neighborhoods, checking out decorations and sizing up costumes.
The Cliff Castle Halloween Costume Party on October 31 is another favorite option, where you can showcase your best garb in between playing slots or your favorite table games. Plus, the dining at the Cliff Castle is truly to die for!
by: Editor on 10/5/2016
Mark your calendars! October 8 and 9 is the annual Sedona Arts Festival at Red Rock High School, the “only festival in the world that’s out of this world.” Tickets are $12 at the gate or $10 in advance, and children 12 and under are free. Open 9 – 5 on Saturday and 10 – 4 on Sunday, it’s the major fundraiser for art education in Sedona. To date, over $300,000 in scholarships have been awarded from the event, and over 125 artists from around the nation are expected to gather in 2016 to compete, sell and showcase their artistry.
With the red rocks providing a work-of-art backdrop of their own, it’s the perfect weekend to discover new artists and pick up a keepsake from your Sedona trip. A myriad of mediums are available including ceramics, mixed media, photography, sculpture, drawings, metal, paintings, wood, fiber art, and jewelry.
At the “Art” of It All
For over 25 years, the Sedona Arts Festival has been a hub for artists and art lovers around the country. Many attendees flock from all parts of Arizona to take advantage of the biggest festival in town. Best of show winners are crowned at the culmination of the event, and you’ll have another chance to peruse the winner’s offerings.
Volunteers are the pillar of the festival, and you’re welcome to get involved with set up, gate management, artists’ support, work the info booth, sell raffle tickets on site, help with the KidZone, cleanup, and much more. Don’t miss out on this legendary gathering that’s family-friendly and close to your Sedona hotel.
by: Editor on 9/18/2016
The 8th annual Sedona Winefest kicks off September 24-25 where great food, music and, of course, wineries come together to celebrate the perfect glass of vino—and a weekend of fun! Tickets are available now, and securing them early is wise as this event can sell out. The 2016 Winefest is open from 11a.m. – 5p.m. both days at the Posse Grounds Park in the middle of Sedona. Local Arizona wineries are the headliners, along with food vendors highlighting some of the best and most innovative grub in the region.
Enjoy stunning views of the red rocks as you sip on the best wine of the year (and years past!). Tickets are on sale until September 23 at early bird prices of $25, and admission may be available at the door for $30. Saturday is the busiest of the festival, and door sales do temporarily close when the event is at capacity.
Every admission includes eight tasting tickets as well as a commemorative glass. You can purchase additional tastings, including a special 24-ticket bundle for just $20. Parking is plentiful and free, including a number of handicap accessible spots. This year is slated to be the biggest and best yet, hosted by Sedona Pines Resort, and with Verde Valley and Southern Arizona wineries pouring up specialty wines that you can’t get anywhere else.
Head to the Education Tent for a number of mini seminars from wine experts, and don’t forget to enter the raffle drawings throughout the day.
by: Editor on 9/2/2016
At Yavapai College (OLLI) in the heart of Sedona, September 9-11 marks the first annual Sedona Book and Arts Festival, with authors, actors and artists on site. This year’s theme is “a story runs through it,” and attendees will get the chance to get books signed and photos snapped with their favorite authors and artists. Theatrical energy runs strong at this event, with authors creating the words for actors to play out amidst gorgeous backdrops and with stunning visual images.
It’s a one-of-a-kind festival that blends the literary, artistic and theatrical world with a slew of workshops for attendees of all skill levels. Join a seminar to learn more about creative crafts, or head to an intimate reading with one of your favorite authors. This first year is an experimental one, and attendees are encouraged to share, explore and contribute.
Teaching the Craft
Distinctive teachers in a myriad of fields are coming together to make this year special. Wear flamboyant costumes if you like! Dress up as your favorite character from a book or movie—or simply come as yourself. Costumes aren’t required but are encouraged. This is an “anything goes” type of Sedona event that’s expected to grow and thrive in coming years.
Exhibitors are still welcome to apply, and you might be able to squeeze in last minute by registering online.
by: Editor on 7/1/2016
Sedona is the perfectly patriotic place to be this Independence Day, with events, parades and firework displays galore. The party starts early with the All-American Weekend at Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in nearby Camp Verde. For adults who want to try their luck, five times per day a $239 Castle Cash hot seat drawing takes place with complimentary hot dogs, chips and soda from 4-9pm on July 4th.
There are face painters and a carnival for the kids, and fireworks at 9:30pm on the big day. The Sedona 4th of July Concert and Laser Light Show offers a special light show every hour on the hour at the Performing Arts Center, with food vendors and a concert from 10am-2pm at Sedona Red Rock High School.
Light It Up!
The nearby Prescott 4th of July Celebration has the biggest fireworks show in the area. They also have zip-lining, a carnival, water slides, climbing walls, bungee trampolining, and live entertainment. Fireworks begin at 9pm and there’s a free shuttle and parking at Embry-Riddle located on Willow Creek Road.
For something a little different, head to the 4th of July Rodeo Parade in Prescott followed by Whiskey Row Boot Racing and a parade. It’s all in downtown Prescott from 9-11am!
by: Editor on 6/10/2016
Celebrate summer in the quintessential “always summer” city of Sedona. Even though it feels like the best season of all year-round, Sedona residents love the festivities that roll around every June. The Summer Solstice Celebration of Light Ceremonies and Vision Quest Retreat is held June 19-26, where participants engage in activities to “deepen spiritual insights” and celebrate their relationship with Mother Earth. Hosted by the Hopi Healing Circle, it draws eager attendees from around the world each year.
The Sedona Summer Solstice Festival is held on June 21 at Unity of Sedona from 9am-9pm and includes catered lunches and dinners. You’ll be treated to a myriad of speakers and performers including Druid Priestess Linda and songs from Three Trees and Kayt Pearl. Bohemian or renaissance attire is highly encouraged.
Ring in Summer
Sedona Spirit Yoga and Hiking Day Tours offer a Summer Solstice surrender every June where yogis of all abilities gather to salute the sun. You’ll be led on beautiful hikes to some of the most isolated areas in Sedona where seasoned yoga instructors will lead you in a series meant to brighten the light in and around you. It’s the perfect slice of zen for your trip.
However you celebrate summer, simply being in the spiritual city of Sedona is a fantastic way to kick off the season.