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Out of Africa Wildlife Park

by: Editor on 6/2/2017

 

Things are wild in Sedona when you spend the day at Out of Africa Wildlife Park! Choose from a variety of rides, encounters and meet and greets from the Predator Feed to the Tiger Splash and Giant Snake Show. As a conservation and sanctuary, you’ll meet and see a variety of exotic animals who call the outskirts of Sedona home. The park is largely an educational and research facility where animals are cared for and enjoy their life in a habitat as close to wild as you can get.

Get the Behind the Scenes Tour to learn more about what goes into caring for these incredible animals. Combine your package with a zipline tour for a “Zippin’ Safari” that lets you check out the park with an eagle-eyed view. Fall in love with one of the animals? “Adopt” them to help support their care and maintenance.

A Roaring Good Time

Feed a tiger, cuddle with a sloth, or schedule a campout and spend the night amidst your new friends. You can visit the website any time to get a sneak peek of the animals, including the latest additions. Book your package online, and add à la carte options to customize your trip.

Hop in the resident “unimog” and explore the grounds with a skilled guide at the wheel. Armed with goodies for the herbivores, you might have a giraffe poke his head inside for a quick snack. You never know what to expect at the park, but one thing’s certain: You’re about to make a lot of new and unique friends!

 

Hop on the Red Rock Magic Trolley

by: Editor on 5/22/2017

 

Have you seen the little red trolley cruising around Sedona? That’s the Red Rock Magic Trolley, offering a variety of tour options so you can take in the best sights and hidden gems of the region in one fell swoop. Tours range from 55 – 85 minutes depending on which is selected, and it’s a fantastic quick trip even for locals who haven’t explored every nook and cranny of their gorgeous town.

The trolleys are also available for private rentals, as is renting a fleet of vans. Popular for business conferences, weddings and more, it’s a unique way to get around Sedona. However, day tours are by far the most popular. Guides are always local and know every inch of the city—as well as a few jokes to keep the party going.

Get on Board

Choose from three tour options, and book your reservations online. The Chapel of the Holy Cross Tour showcases the most visited destination in Sedona, just down Highway 179. Tickets are just $15 for adults, and the trolley departs seven days per week at 3 p.m. Choose the Boynton Canyon Tour and see Jordan Park while finding out about Native American history and the western film industry. These tours are $25 for adults.

The Bell Rock Tour’s highlight is the “land of giants” where vortex sites and the most famed rocks are the stars. Tickets are $25 for adults to join this 85-minute tour. You can opt for a Sunsetter Tour, too, and see the rocks in a brand new light!

 

Graffiti Gold Show

by: Editor on 5/20/2017

 

On May 20th, head to the popular Sound Bites Grill for the 50s and 60s Graffiti Gold Show with Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s. Featuring favorites from the mid-century, it’s a real blast from the past at this favorite event. Showcasing local talent like Tom Tayback and the Daddy O’s, this throwback gala gives an homage to 45s, sock hops, juke boxes and the era of soda shops. Nostalgia is king here as you’re whisked to the golden era of rock and roll.

There’s always something exciting happening at Sound Bites, located at 101 N. State Route 89A. Admission is $30, and doors open at 7:30 p.m. It might be dedicated to the best decades of rock music, but it’s an event that every generation adores. Plus, where else can you show off your hoop skirt and bomber jacket?

Paying Tribute

The 90-minute show is a major tribute to the songs you know and love. As the only genuine live rock show in Sedona, it’s always earmarked as one of the liveliest events of the year. Check out more information including tickets and photos of past events at the official Gold Show site.

Sound Bites Grill is Sedona’s go-to live music destination, and the menu pairs perfectly with everything from The Shirelles to Elvis. Coffee, drinks and nightcaps are a must, but also check out the dinner menu with Rascal Flatbread loaded with tiger shrimp and Angus beef sliders.

Sedona’s Top Hot Dogs

by: Editor on 5/7/2017

 

Most visitors to Sedona crave that authentic Mexican cuisine or one-of-a-kind Sonoran Mexican fusion … but what about hot dogs? Sometimes, you just need an all-American treat, especially when you’re on vacation. Luckily, Sedona is home to two famous hot dog shops, and locals are torn over which is the best. Try both, and decide for yourself!

At Senor Bob’s Hot Dogs, you already get a sense that there’s some fusion magic happening. The menu is simple with just six items: The hot dog, hot dog combo, cheeseburger, cheeseburger combo, fries and drinks. However, when you just serve six items, they all have to be fabulous.

American Classic

Walter’s Ice Cream and Hot Dogs is a true mid-century throwback full of nostalgia and tasty treats. With glowing online reviews, you’ll have a tough time choosing between the Walter Dog and the Bull Dog. One has onion, relish, pickle, sport peppers and mustard. The other has chili, cheese, onion, and jalapeño peppers.

They also have the German Dog with kraut and brown mustard, the Puppy Dog for kids, and the Mutt Dog lets you build your own. Don’t forget about the banana splits, root beer floats, brownie sundae and Thrifty’s ice cream. Chocolate Malt Crunch is a favorite.

 

YC’s Hogwarts Overhaul

by: Editor on 5/1/2017

 

In their debut event, Yavapai College unveils The Music of Harry Potter in their annual “Concert Hall Goes to Cinema.” Showcasing the most beloved and well-known scores and music from the franchise, the YC Concert Band partners with the Symphonic Band and Symphony Orchestra to bring Sedona a one-of-a-kind event for the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter book release. Don’t miss out on this one-night event May 7 at the YC Performing Arts Center.

Admission is just $8, and tickets may be available at the door. However, it’s always best to reserve your seats early. Located at 1100 E. Sheldon Street, the YC Concert Band kicks off at 3 p.m., making this a family-friendly day of fun and music for all.

A History of Musical Cinema

For Harry Potter fans, the music of the series is just as magical as the storyline. Scores were composed by greats like John Williams, Nicholas Hooper, Patrick Doyle and Alexandre Desplat. Original musicians include Jarvis Cocker, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, The Ordinary Boys and more. Many of the musicians subsequently wrote scores for the HP video games.

The annual spring concert is both an ushering in of summer, and for some at the college, it’s a farewell event. The culmination of the year’s programming offers a one-of-a-kind experience for attendees. You don’t have to be a Harry Potter fan to enjoy the wizardry of these three symphonic forces coming together.

 

Sedona Open Studios Tour

by: Editor on 4/24/2017

 

Join local artists and art lovers at the 14th annual Open Studios Tour April 28 – 30 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. It’s your chance to meet local artists in their staple environments. Learn more about their creative process in this popular, free event hosted by the Sedona Visual Artists’ Coalition. Featuring artists of the Verde Valley and Sedona, the local Chamber of Commerce calls it the “signature event in Verde Valley.”

During the three-day weekend, indulge in self-guided tours that let you talk with artists and explore various galleries. It’s just one of the SVAC’s many events but one of the most beloved. Frequent visitors to Sedona are encouraged to consider membership in SVAC to take advantage of the organization’s full offerings.

Art History

Founder Nancy Robb Dunst created SVAC in 1996 with eight other artists as a means to discuss artistic processes and visions. It’s a hub for artists—which has now expanded to 150. The organization received non-profit status in 2006. SVAC is a supportive group of visual artists committed to social networking and educational opportunities.

There are monthly meetings, a mentoring program for students and elders, and regular exhibitions. Sponsored theme shows pop up around the region, and the Sedona Public Library is a collaborator for the Book Transformed Shows. Check out other upcoming events, and see what SVAC has in store for you.