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Make the Most of a Sedona Thanksgiving

by: Editor on 11/20/2017


If you’re in Sedona on Thanksgiving, you’re in for a special treat: The ability to see, tour and photograph stunning destinations with nary a crowd in sight. Take the opportunity to check out Chapel of the Holy Cross and the red rocks, or head to the trails with turkey and cranberry sandwiches packed for a holiday trek. It’s one of the few days out of the year that you’ll feel like you have Sedona all to yourself.

However, not everything is closed for the holidays. The Golden Goose American Grill is a popular pick for Thanksgiving. The classic grill pulls out all the stops for Thanksgiving with a classic menu complete with an option of wine pairing from a local winemaker. Once you’ve revved up your appetite with a day of playing tourist, nothing beats an old-fashioned dinner.

Start Your Holidays Right

If you’re looking for a grander holiday meal, consider the three-course fixed menu at Kimpton Amara Resort and Spa’s The Hundred Rox. Located right beside the spa, you can expect phenomenal service and elevated twists on your favorite dishes.

Heartline Café is another option, complete with a multi-course meal showcasing local ingredients. The juicy maple-glazed turkey with an orange zest is the perfect mix of sweet and savory. Just make sure there’s room for dessert, because you won’t want to miss out on decadent delights like the pecan or pumpkin pie.


Turkey Trots and More Near Sedona

by: Editor on 11/2/2017


Get a head start on your New Year’s resolution (and burn some of those Thanksgiving calories) at one of Sedona’s exciting November races. On the big day, the annual Turkey Trot is a great option to start your holiday right. The 5k race is presented by the Sedona Running Company and loops from Posse Grounds Park. Registration is under $40, although day-of entries are often unavailable and early registration is recommended!

The short morning race takes runners up Soldier Pass Road, offering an incredible sunrise view. Thanksgiving-themed snacks and treats await at the finish line, as well as plenty of amped up appetites and endorphins to kick-start your holiday weekend.

Wobbles and Gobbles

The Southwest Series is hosting a number of running events November 5 – 10, although the Arizona event takes place in nearby Flagstaff November 8. The multi-state event has a “no runner left behind” motto, making it an accessible race for runners of all levels.

The Flagstaff Day 4 of the Southwest Series starts at 7 a.m., with packet pickup on November 4 at Berg Park River Trail. During packet pickup, there’s a complimentary pasta dinner that you can enjoy within the festival atmosphere. You’ll get an in-person sneak peek at the bling, your bib and enjoy workshops on last minute preparations for the big race.



A Sedona Fourth of July Guide

by: Editor on 7/2/2017


Spending the Fourth in Sedona? There are numerous options for showing off your patriotic spirit and enjoying an explosive fireworks show:

  • All-American Weekend at the Cliff Castle Casino: With a free family picnic starting at 4 p.m. with complimentary hot dogs, chips and soda, it’s also where you’ll find face painters, inflatable fun and an early fireworks show on July 3rd. This is also the site of the 130th annual World’s Oldest Rodeo taking place during the holiday, so get your tickets soon!
  • 4th of July Fireworks Celebration: Here, you’ll find your favorite amusement park rides, massive water slides and a mechanical bull. Live music, beer and margarita gardens, and a 9 p.m. fireworks show are all available at Mile High Middle School.
  • 4th of July Wet Fest: Located at the Sedona Community Pool all afternoon, it provides free family fun with slip ‘n’ slides and water slides for all. A DJ and food sales make this a popular yearly event.
  • Laser Light Show: This patriotic indoor laser show starts every hour on the hour on July 4th at the Performing Arts Center. Enjoy 25 full minutes of lightshow fun at Red Rock High School.

How will you be showing off your patriotism this year? No matter what kind of party you have in mind, Sedona has you covered.


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.

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.