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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.


Celebration of Spring

by: Editor on 4/13/2017


Hosted by the City of Sedona, this April 15th event is fun for the whole family—and so much more than just an egg hunt! At the Celebration of Spring from 9am – 12pm, it’s an action packed morning for families and anyone in Sedona who enjoys the outdoors. Check out inflatable toys and bounce houses, a petting zoo, carnival rides, face painting and more. Tickets are just $12 for children under the age of 13.

Join this annual event at Posse Grounds Park’s multi-use field, located at 525 Posse Ground Road. You can purchase tickets in advance at the Parks and Recreation office starting April 3rd. Cash-only tickets are also available at the gate.

Hop Into Spring

The egg hunt kicks off at 10am, and children under the age of 13 are welcome to join in. Parents can help little ones under the age of two. Egg hunts are divided by age, and there are over 10,000 tucked into the field! Please take your own basket.

Peruse dozens of stalls showcasing local businesses and goodies. A professional photographer is also on site, so be sure to check the city’s website after the event to spot your photos. Also on April 15th, from 3- 6pm, is the Celebration of Tween for those ages 10 – 14. With a super slide, tip top and sea dragon ride available, bigger kids can have the afternoon all to themselves for just $5 admission.

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

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.