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Annual Events

Check out the best annual events in Sedona.

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February 24 - March 4, 2018

Sedona International Film Festival – We are your ticket to the hottest show in town … the GREATEST celebration of the BEST in independent film from around the world: February 24-March 4, 2018. From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films, you will be treated to a cinephile’s dream – NINE DAYS and more than 160 films! Where Movies Rock!

March 2-4, 2018

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival - The Sedona MTB Festival is 3-day mountain bike celebration that will include a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, great Bands for (3) nights and a whole lotta sweet RED SINGLETRACK!

March 31, 2018

Celebration of Spring - This is much more than just an egg hunt, this is a Celebration of Spring! Join us March 31 from 9:00 a.m.– 2:00 p.m. for this fun, action packed event for families and all those in the community that enjoy spring and the beautiful outdoors.

Inflatable toys for kids, face painting, carnival rides and much more are included with the $5 admission fee for the youth attendees. The Easter bunny will be on hand for picture taking.

April 12 - 15, 2018

Spring Brain Conference – by top neuroscientists – an annual meeting that reflects research derived from multiple fields of brain science.  The purpose of the meeting is to advance the attendees’ understanding of both foundational neuroscience and advanced translational topics with the goal of improving brain health, clinical interventions and cures.

April 6-10, 2018

Sedona Spring Music Festival – In a dynamic celebration of chamber music and musical education, the Third Annual Sedona Spring Music Festival will feature various events over four days, including school programs, a salon in a private home and a special concert featuring the acclaimed Fauré Piano Quartet.

April 14, 2018

Sedona Food Truck Festival – Saturday, from 11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Held at Posse Grounds Park, this event will feature great food, live music and a beer garden. Admission is free! Grub, Brews and Tunes!

April 27 - 29, 2018

Sedona Open Studios Tour – Free, self-guided event celebrating the arts in the greater Verde Valley that runs from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. The tour provides a unique opportunity to meet over 50 artists in their private studios, working in a variety of mediums. Maps and informative brochures will be available in a number of locations or at our website. For more information, email Mike Upp at mjupp10@gmail.com or call (503) 789-4437.

April 15 - 22, 2017

Sedona Wolf Week - Founded by Plan B to Save Wolves & Apex Protection Project this event was created with the mission to change the way people see wolves through education and entertainment. Wolf Week is a diverse program of speakers, performers, school presentations, arts, entertainment, concert, fundraisers, a wolf co-existence panel and social interactions with the Plan B & Apex Protection Project Ambassador Packs. For a complete schedule and to register: www.sedonawolfweek.org

May 5, 2018

Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque -

Immerse yourself in a colorful Fiesta saluting a rich heritage on Saturday, May 5th, 2018 11:00am to 5:00pm at Tlaquepaque. Enjoy the festivities while cheering and whistling to the music of mariachi musicians, clapping to the steps of Folklorico dancers and savoring traditional Mexican food.  Admission is free and there is a free trolley service from the Sedona Municipal parking lot-260 Schnebly Rd. Stop in and be a judge at the Great Sedona Chili Cook- Off.
 
Free Admission & Free Trolley Service from Up Town Municipal Parking Lot - 260 Schnebly Rd

May 5, 2018

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off - The Rotary Club of Sedona’s annual fundraiser, The Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off is on the Saturday of the Cinco de Mayo weekend at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. All proceeds from the Chili Cook-Off are used for local and international Rotary Club of Sedona Projects, including the Imagination Library.

May 11, 2018

12X12 Exhibition & Fundraiser - Sedona Arts Center is proud to present the 4th Annual 12×12 Exhibition and Fundraiser on May 11, 2018. The 12×12 Exhibition and Fundraiser showcases over 100 artists who have taken on the challenge of producing an original work within the confines of a twelve-inch by twelve-inch space (or 12x12x12 for three-dimensional work). Each twelve-inch by twelve-inch piece of artwork is priced at only $250!  This event is free and begins at 5:30 p.m.

May 30 - June 3, 2018

Illuminate Film Festival - The world’s premier film festival for conscious cinema. Dedicated to spreading enlightened ideas and pushing humanity forward, ILLUMINATE is a landmark destination event and centerpiece for conscious content. Our mission is to expand human consciousness through cinema.

July 4, 2018

4th of July Wet Fest – from 12:00–4:00 p.m.

Spend your 4th of July "day" with us and still have time to drive to your favorite fireworks show at night.  Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks.  This event is free of charge (food not included).  The pool opens at 12 p.m. for free recreation swim and just outside the pool gate will be food for sale and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat. 

Parking available in the West Sedona School parking lots.

July 27-29, 2018

Sedona Hummingbird Festival – International Hummingbird Society presents the annual celebration of hummingbirds. The event is three days of engaging presentations by nationally recognized hummingbird experts in the fields of science, gardening, rehabilitation, banding, storytelling, and more. Festival highlights include Sunrise Hummingbird Breakfasts at known ‘hummingbird hotspots,’ hummingbird garden tours, hummingbird banding demonstrations, and a marketplace for nature/hummingbird-themed merchandise.

August 26, 2017

Sedona Bike & Brew – The 4th Annual Sedona Bike & Brew will be switching things up a bit this year. Racing will be hosted on Saturday afternoon and on Sunday morning organized group rides will be leaving hourly. Group rides will be organized by ability, distance and difficulty.

September 8 - 28, 2018
Red Rocks Music Festival, September 8th- September 28th, 2018 at the Sedona Creative Life Center, Featuring world renowned violinist Shlomo Mintz in a Gala Solo recital, Pianist Sandra Shapiro " In My Father's Footsteps- a daughter's search for answers". "From the Romantic to Jazz"  and "Dialogue through Music" will be performed by David Ehrlich, Anna Kazepides, violins, Rami Solomonow, viola, Jan Simiz, cello, Michael Kazepides, Double-Bass, Teresa Ehrlich, piano and Nikola Djurica, clarinet. For tickets and more information, visit www.redrocksmusicfestival.com

September 15, 2018

Sedona Airport Family Fun Day – Sedona Airport will host a family fun day on September 15 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. See lots of really cool aircraft – from old military, antiques and restored to new, modern, state of the art aircraft with full glass cockpits. Walk and talk with pilots and learn about the world of aviation.

September 22-23, 2018

Sedona Winefest – Welcome to the 10th Annual Sedona Winefest! We invite you to enjoy fabulous Arizona wines, tasty food, music, and vendors galore while enjoying the breathtaking panoramic views of the majestic red rocks. This year the Winefest takes place on Saturday and Sunday September 22 – 23 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the Posse Grounds Park in the heart of Sedona.

October 6-7, 2018

Sedona Arts Festival – Held on the campus of Sedona Red Rock High School – A favorite in the Southwest, the festival showcases 126 juried artists, the Gourmet Gallery, an international guest artist, and KidZone, as well as great music, food, and raffle prizes. Admission supports arts education in our community.

October 13-20, 2018

Sedona Plein Air Festival – Sedona Arts Center invites you along to get creative and experience over two dozen master painters in action—making their art on location in beautiful Sedona, Arizona. Celebrate creativity with us and enjoy receptions, exhibitions, lectures, and opportunities to collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival! Our community’s iconic creative event—Sedona Plein Air Festival—is a week-long celebration of extraordinary landscapes, world-renowned artists, unique workshops, and wonderful free events.

October 20, 2018

Red Rocks Oktober Fest – Craft Beer Festival – Oktoberfest will support many local causes and will benefit the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks and our efforts within the community. This event is produced by and benefits The Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks, a local charitable organization whose purpose is to demonstrate “Service Above Self.” Oktoberfest will support many local causes and will benefit the Rotary Club of Sedona Red Rocks and our efforts within the community.

October 20, 2018

Fall Arts & Crafts Show at the Sedona Heritage Museum 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., free. This show is an old-fashioned arts and crafts show like you remember them to be. All items are hand-made. The artist or craftsman sits behind each table to personally tell you how they make their pieces, where they find their unusual materials or what inspires them. Many of these people do only this show or a very limited number of other shows making their items unusual and uncommon.

October 20, 2018

Pumpkin Splash – From 1:00–3:00 p.m. – Bring your bathing suit and join your friends at the best pumpkin patch in Sedona! The Sedona Community Pool will be home to pumpkins ready for the picking… Out of the water that is! This unique event is fun for all ages. There will also be some classics and some new games for kids on the pool deck to play and compete in.  Everyone entering the pool facility, adults and children alike, must pay a $5 entry fee, which includes a pumpkin to take home.

October 30 - November 3, 2018

The Mural Marigold Project – Now in its Seventh year, Dia de los Muertos has become one of Tlaquepaque’s most exciting events. It celebrates the timeless Mexican tradition that honors friends and family who have passed on. Things get underway on Tuesday October 30 with the Marigold Mural Project, where everyone is encouraged to paint his or her tributes and remembrances on a 26-foot long community mural. Pains and brushes are provided. The public is invited to paint on the mural 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. Free.

October 31, 2018

Annual Safe and Fun Trick or Treat -  In Uptown Sedona, October 31 from 5:00-8:00 p.m., merchants welcome ghouls and ghosts at storefronts for treats! Costume contests by age group; community dance performance. Free event presented by the City of Sedona plus Costume Contest in partnership with Uptown Merchants.

November 3, 2018

Dia de los Muertos Celebration - Now in its Seventh year, Dia de los Muertos has become one of Tlaquepaque’s most exciting events. It celebrates the timeless Mexican tradition that honors friends and family who have passed on. The Dia de Los Muertos celebration culminates with a full day of music, food, fire dancing, and more on Saturday the 3rd, from 4:00pm-8:00pm. Everyone is encouraged to place personal objects, photos, and candles celebrating the lives of loved ones on beautiful altars made ready for offerings, or ofrenda. Candles will be available for purchase to use on ofrendas. There will be fun activities for the kids and fantastic face painting artists working in Day –of-the- Dead motifs. Costumes are strongly encouraged! “El Mercado” will feature agua frescas and fresh churros, traditional Day-of-the-Dead bread, cookies, taquitos and hot chocolate. There will be several artisan booths vending Day –of-the-Dead merchandise as well.
Free Admission & Free Trolley Service from Up Town Municipal Parking Lot - 260 Schnebly Rd

November 11, 2018

Veteran's Day Tribute – Sedona’s premiere Veteran’s Day Celebration. November 11 every year at the Sedona Heritage Museum 11:00 a.m.

November 9 - 11, 2018

Sedona Open Studios Tour – Free, self-guided event celebrating the arts in the greater Verde Valley that runs from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. daily. The tour provides a unique opportunity to meet over 50 artists in their private studios, working in a variety of mediums. Maps and informative brochures will be available in a number of locations or at our website. For more information, email Mike Upp or call (503) 789-4437.

December 7, 2018

Sedona's Tree Lighting & Santa Visit – On Friday, December 7, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Enjoy traditional tree-lighting, refreshments, local holiday entertainment and Santa visits with children. This free event takes place at Tlaquepaque North and is presented by Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau. Free Admission

December, 2018

Breakfast with Santa – Sedona Parks and Recreation is pleased to invite you to our Annual Breakfast with Santa event! This two hour event combines a warm breakfast and Santa Claus! This event will be held at the Sedona Hub in Posse Grounds Park. After breakfast, children can enjoy making winter crafts, as well as sitting on Santa’s lap. This event is free of charge, so come for the pancakes (and more), come for the crafts, and most of all, come to see Santa Claus!

December, 2018

The Nutcracker – The Phoenix Ballet and Sedona Chamber Ballet will present breathtaking performances of The Nutcracker at the Sedona Performing Arts Center. Enjoy a Nutcracker production with professional sets, costumes and, most importantly, internationally acclaimed, award winning dancers.

December 8, 2018

The Festival of Lights - from 3:00-8:00 p.m. The Cherished tradition of the festival of Lights began 45 years ago and is a highly anticipated holiday event in Sedona. A full schedule of lively musical entertainment, a visit from Santa, and free cider awaits, making it the perfect outing for families and friends.  The River of Life Tabernacle Choir will be performing. At the tolling of the bell tower at 5:00pm, the lighting of 6,000 luminarias gets underway in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways. Specially designated luminarias to honor cancer survivors can be purchased in Patio del Norte as well.
Free Admission & Free Trolley Service from Up Town Municipal Parking Lot - 260 Schnebly Rd

December 22, 2018

Holiday Sweet Stroll – 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. On this special occasion, the arts village is cheerfully bedecked in decorative lights and window dressings reminiscent of A Christmas Carol. Santa will be greeting the little ones and carolers dressed in finery from Dickens era sing traditional songs acappella as they meander through the courtyards. The Grinch will be lurking throughout the courtyards. Retailers will have their shops open and filled with unique gifts and with sweet treats, special give-a-ways, and discounted offers. Featuring some of the best boutiques, galleries and restaurants in Sedona, you are sure to find some special presents for those on your gift list.
Free Admission & Free Trolley Service from Up Town Municipal Parking Lot - 260 Schnebly Rd

January 19-20, 2019

Sedona VegFest is a celebration of the joys and benefits of a plant-based diet and lifestyle. Learn how easy it is to get healthy, reduce animal cruelty, and even save the environment through simple food choices. Hear and connect personally with world-renowned experts, enjoy cooking demonstrations with top plant-based chefs and nutritionists, and discover the latest products and services from healthy, humane, and sustainable product vendors.

February 2, 2019

RunSedona – The 14th Annual RunSedona will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2019. RunSedona  will feature three distances sure to take your breath away: 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon. This scenic race attracts athletes from around the globe to enjoy Sedona’s red rocks up close and personal. “If the scenery doesn’t take your breath away, the hills will!”

February 7-10, 2019

Sedona Yoga Festival – Deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days of yoga, music and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West. The flexible conference structure gives you an unparalleled opportunity to weave your own experience in the richly colored cultural and natural tapestry that is Sedona.