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Sedona Winefest – September 25th and 26th 2010

The entry fee of $12.00 will include an 18-ounce commemorative Winefest glass and 6 tasting tickets

The weekend of September 25 and 26 will be a busy one at the Sedona Airport. Sedona Fair, Inc, the non-profit, which produced the Sedona Community Fair in 2008 and 2009, will produce the 2010 Sedona Winefest on the last weekend of September, from 11am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sunday. The event will be located on airport
mesa, taking advantage of the substantial parking available at the airport, as well as spectacular views. The airport’s traditional airport open house and fly in, and the classic car show will join the Winefest but will only be held on Saturday, the 25th. The full scale Community Fair will return in September 2011 after the new airport restaurant has been
built and is open to the public.

The two-day wine festival, which celebrates the wine growing industry of Arizona, particularly the wineries in the Verde Valley, is being sponsored by Sedona Airport as a community service. The Sedona Winefest will feature great wines from 13 Arizona wineries. The entry fee of $12.00 will include an 18-ounce commemorative Winefest glass and 6 tasting tickets. Additional tasting tickets will also be available, and attendees will have the opportunity to purchase wine by the case, bottle and by the glass from participating wineries.

Patrons will delight in tasting wines from Freitas Vineyard, Javelina Leap, Caduceus Cellars, Merkin Vineyards, Jerome Winery, Bitter Creek Winery, Page Springs Cellars, Arizona Stronghold, Alcantara, Pillsbury Wine Co., Oak Creek Vineyards, Juniper Well Ranch Vineyards, & Carlson Creek Vineyard. The popular wine lovers magazine, Arizona Vines & Wines, will be on hand as well as an olive oil tasting booth and several vendors to enhance your wine experience. There will be a raffle both days, including prizes from participating wineries and local restaurants.

The Sedona Arts Center will be also host an adjacent pavilion with their “Artists in Action” program – where over a dozen artists who are also instructors at the art center demonstrate their artistic skills, Visitors will be able to join in and get on the pottery wheel to see if they can create a masterpiece.

The Sedona Winefest pavilion will include a food court with a variety of menu items and snacks throughout the day. Food providers for 2010 are Dahl and DiLuca and the Grille at ShadowRock at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa. There will be an area for patrons to sit, sip wine and enjoy food and live music. Scheduled on Saturday is Steve Douglas’ gypsy jazz trio, ZAZU, and on Sunday, patrons will enjoy the popular trio Soundscape Sedona, featuring Susannah Martin.

Families take note: On Saturday, September 25 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the airport will also host the annual airport open house and fly-in and the classic car show. Included in this wonderful family event will be the 1929 Ford Tri-Motor aircraft which is only one of 5 such aircraft still flying in the world. Rides on the Tri-Motor will be offered for $60 a person. Other aircraft, including 4 brand new, state of the art airplanes representing the best of American aircraft manufacturers will be on display. The Sedona Car Club will once again host their competitive 100+ car show with car buffs from around the state
completing for prizes for best of show. This event ends on Saturday, Sept 25 at 2 p.m. The Sedona Winefest is both days, Saturday September 25 from 11 AM to 6 PM and Sunday September 26 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Sedona Bluegrass Festival Concert – Sunday May 9th, 2010

Bearfoot Band
Bearfoot Band

This year’s Sedona Bluegrass Festival is nearly over – but it’s not too late to enjoy the last event! Tomorrow, May 9th is the main festival concert at Los Abrigados Resort from 11am to 5:30pm.

11am-12pm: Open jam
12:00-1:00pm: Crystal Ridge
1:15-2:30pm: Burnett Family Bluegrass
2:45-4:00pm: Bearfoot
4:15-5:30pm: Trischka Territory

Tickets are $40 for aduts, $20 for student 13-21 with ID, and free for kids 12 and under, and are available at Basha’s Sedona and online at For more information call 928.204.2415.

Michael Moore tribute at the Sedona International Film Festival

Promo shot from "Capitalism: A Love Story"Academy-Award winner Michael Moore is in the red rocks of Sedona! Tomorrow, Saturday February 27th at 2:10pm, he’ll be at the Sedona International Film Festival for one of the highlights of this year’s program, “A Conversation With Michael Moore“. Moore will be joined by his wife and producing partner Kathleen Glynn for the session, which will be hosted by Mary Fisher. One of the most outspoken and sometime controversial filmmakers of all time, Moore has opened the consciousness of the American public with his riveting, challenging and thought-provoking documentaries.

Following the Q&A, the festival will be screening Moore’s latest film “Capitalism: A Love Story” at 4:20pm. Moore will be on hand for another Q&A right after the film.

Get ready for the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival!

Michael Moore, special guest at the 2010 Sedona International Film Festival

Starting tomorrow, Harkins Sedona Six Theatres hosts the 16th annual Sedona International Film Festival! This year’s festival features special guests Michael Moore and TCM’s Robert Osborne. Enjoy 145 of the best independent films over six full days as Sedona proudly takes center stage from today until February 28th.

Tonight is Preview Night. The Arizona premiere of Italian documentary feature film “Terra Madre” is at 5:00pm followed by a special free event at 7:30, the Pachamama Alliance Presentation with Neal Rogin and Mark Dubois.

For more information, and to buy passes, visit

Sedona’s Holiday Events – From Luminarias to Lights!

Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa
Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa

Sedona is one of the most enchanting places to celebrate the holiday season. Annual events draw thousands each year to create family traditions & memories that will last a lifetime. Sedona’s moderate climate boasts temperatures in the mid-50’s to low-60’s making outdoor and indoor activities enjoyable year-round. Just be sure to pack a jacket to wear after the sun goes down. From the lighting of over 6,000 luminarias at beautiful Tlaquepaque to the lighting of over 1 million Christmas lights at Los Abrigados nightly, make some memories with your family this holiday season here in beautiful Sedona.

Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, Nov. 19 – Jan. 2, 2010

One of the city’s most spectucular annual events is the Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados Resort & Spa. Now in its nineteenth year and boasting nearly two-dozen displays created by families from the Southwest, the festival promises never-before-seen marvels of light that leave children in wonderment and move adult minds to enjoy the holidays as they did when they were young. That’s the magic that has made Red Rock Fantasy a favorite among Arizonans and visitors to the state alike.

Lights On for the 19th Annual Red Rock Fantasy will take place this year at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2009. The event will last through the New Year, ending with “Lights Out” on Saturday, January 2, 2010.

All those touring the lights will be given a ballot containing a route map, which will allow them to choose five favorite displays. The completed ballots may be dropped in the ballot box located in the lobby of the restaurants. The winning display will be awarded a lifetime vacation ownership through ILX Premiere Vacation Club with prizes also going to runners up in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place categories. The Red Rock Fantasy Awards Banquet announcing the winners in every category is Saturday, January 9, 2010 beginning at 6:30 pm. In addition to the annual competition amongst display decorators, ILX Resorts Incorporated will continue the tradition of donating a percentage of proceeds to local schools, charities and nonprofits.

ILX Resorts wants to thank the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and City of Sedona for pledged safety during this year’s annual event. It is because of them Red Rock Fantasy has been and continues to be a success.

The festival is open each evening (weather permitting) from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children aged 4-12 and is complimentary for children 3 and under. Blocks of 20 tickets or more are sold at a discounted rate of $4 per person. For more information, call 928-282-1777 or toll free 800-521-3131.

For more information please call (928) 282-1777 or visit our web site at For bulk ticket information, contact Deb Hawthorne, Accounting Manager, Los Abrigados Resort & Spa, at (928) 282-1777.

cactusThe Festival of Trees, Tlaquepaque, Nov. 27

A new and exciting event opens at Tlaquepaque on Friday, November 27, 2009 – The Festival of Trees. Area artists and galleries will have over 30 Christmas trees fully decorated in fun and exquisite ways to entice the guests of Tlaquepaque. Kick of your holiday season with a beautiful themed tree already pre-decorated…The trees will be on display on throughout the courtyards of Tlaquepaque accompanied with silent auction bid sheets. Viewers may visit Tlaquepaque and check their bids through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 6th. The proceeds from this Holiday event will benefit The Humane Society of Sedona, Toys for Tots, Camp Soaring Eagle and the Desert Star Community School. For additional information please contact Mally Paquette at (928) 592-2177.

Friday, November 27: 10:00am The Art Inspired Tree Display Opens

Wednesday, December 2: 1-3pm Pet Photos with Santa to benefit the Humane Society of Sedona

Saturday, December 5: 1-3pm “Kids Be a Star”. Make ceramic holiday gifts sponsored by Imagine Art in Sedona

Saturday, December 5: 5-7pm Holiday Reception Under the Stars

Sunday, December 6: 4pm The Auction Closes

  • Date Details: Friday, November 27 through Sunday, December 6, 2009
  • Phone: (928) 592-2177

The Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque
The Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque

The Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque, Dec. 12

It’s hard to describe what it feels like to be in the midst of 6,000 golden-hued luminarias that punctuate every wall, balcony, patio and cobbled stone walkway in the arts village. If ever there was a place for bedazzlement and holiday wonder, the 36th Annual Festival of Lights at Tlaquepaque is it.

Everyone — the young, young at heart and revelers everywhere — is invited to the holiday celebration on Saturday, December 12th, 2009 from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. Admission is free, as is the Sedona Trolley service from the uptown Municipal parking lot to Tlaquepaque, available throughout the festival hours.

For many the lighting of a luminaria has a special significance. Now a Tlaquepaque tradition for six years, cancer survivors are honored and those that lost their lives to cancer are remembered as friends and families dedicate a luminaria in their name. Donations to help fight the disease are gratefully accepted by the American Cancer Society. The sponsored luminarias will their special messages are then placed around the fountain at Patio del Norte. “This can be a challenging time of year for many families. We want to especially remember those that are heroically fighting cancer or who overcame it… as well as those who did not. In a small way we pause to acknowledge them at this special time of year,” said Wendy Lippman, general  manager and managing partner of Tlaquepaque.

At 5:00 pm candles will be handed out to everyone. Kids, parents grandparents and visitors from all over love to light their candles and place them in the luminaria bags. Not long after, the stunning spectacle of light, over 6000 luminarias is complete.

The weekend event will kick off the night before with popular singer Ron Tolson whose deeply melodic baritone voice will fill the Tlaquepaque Chapel on Friday, December 11th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.

On Saturday starting at 3:00 pm gather the kids in Patio Del Norte to see the arrival of Santa Claus and his elf, accompanied by Christmas favorites sung by Sedona’s Tom and Shondra. The Chavez Jazz Trio with Frankie Chavez, accomplished drummer and percussionist, will perform from 5:30 to 8pm in Patio Del Norte.

At Plaza de la Fuente from 5:30 to 8:00 pm listen to the heart-pounding, uplifting vocals and perfect harmonies of the 60-person River of Life Tabernacle Choir. Astounding in their mastery of song, their repertoire is both traditionally seasonal and inspiring gospel.

Traditional Christmas music delivered with the upbeat sounds of steel drums, marimba and more by percussionist Paul McDermand will thrill the crowds in Patio de las Campanas from 3:00 to 8:00 pm. At the Chapel from 4:00 to 5:30 pm be sure not to miss Sedona’s Jim Buchanan and stay for the Leman Music Ensemble from 6-8pm, performing traditional Christmas favorites.

It wouldn’t be a traditional Tlaquepaque event without the Roaming Mariachis Familia Rojas – a big hit from the Fiesta, from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Carolers will stroll throughout the village during the afternoon to round out the holiday cheer.

Home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, the Art and Soul of Sedona, now in its 37th year, is located at 336 Highway 179 at the Oak Creek Bridge just south of 89A on Highway 179. It is open daily at 10:00 am. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit:

22nd Annual Moonlight Madness Street Festival

Enjoy Labor Day Weekend in Sedona – Fun, free and saves gas too!
Tell all your friends, neighbors and guests about it. Enjoy festivities day and night all Labor Day weekend at 22nd Annual Moonlight Madness Street Festival & Sidewalk Sales in Sedona Main Street District, beginning Saturday August 30th from noon to 9 p.m. and continuing through Monday, September 1 of Labor Day weekend. This street festival includes a wide variety of live music and entertainment, activities for adults and children, plus sidewalk sales at numerous stores along Hwy. 89A & Hwy. 179 in the Main Street District. The merchants and properties make it all possible and they’re getting everything planned and arranged now.

This free community event is presented and coordinated by Sedona Main Street Program and the businesses in the District. Bring the extended family for a special time of fun, food, music, and shopping in your community! Park once and ride the free Roadrunner Shuttle throughout the area.

If you have any questions, call 204-2390 or e-mail For a downloadable PDF of the entire weekend’s festivities visit Sedona Mainstreet’s Website.

"What's Old is New Again" at the Slide Rock Apple Festival September 19 & 20

From 9 am  – 4 pm on September 19th and 20th, Sedona’s well-known Slide Rock State Park will host the Slide Rock Apple Fest. This extensive events draws thousands of visitors each year to come and experience a piece of Sedona’s apple-growing history.

A celebration of Oak Creek’s agricultural and farming history, the Slide Rock Apple Fest is a two-day event with live music, activities for children and adults, food, arts & crafts, natural exhibitions, educational booths, homesteading demonstrations and lectures about sustainability. The Apple Festival activities will include apple-sorting demonstrations, cornhole and a beer garden, face painting, children’s arts & crafts, apple-themed activities, history walks, live demonstrations, an apple cooking contest (see below), a dessert auction and music including performances by Red Rock Country Band and Porchlights. A Plein Air “Paint Out” will also take place at the event.

Slide Rock State Park, originally the Pendley Homestead, is a 43-acre historical apple farm located in Oak Creek Canyon. Frank L. Pendley, having arrived in the canyon in 1907, formally acquired the land under the Homestead Act in 1910. Due to his pioneering innovation, he succeeded where others failed by establishing a unique irrigation system still in use by the park today. This allowed Pendley to plant his first apple orchard in 1912, beginning the pattern of agricultural development that has dominated the site since that time.

The park is named after the famous Slide Rock, a stretch of slippery creek bottom adjacent to the homestead. Visitors may slide down a slick natural water chute or wade and sun along the creek. The swim area is located on National Forest land which is jointly managed by Arizona State Parks and the U.S. Forest Service. Together these areas have seen the making of many Hollywood movies such as “Broken Arrow” (1950) with James Stewart, “Drum Beat” (1954) with Alan Ladd and Charles Bronson, “Gun Fury” (1953) with Rock Hudson and Donna Reed, and a scene from “Angel and the Badman” (1946) with John Wayne.

Fees and Tickets: Vendor Booths $50 (limited space available call 928-282-1418); Entrance Fee – $8 per car load, or take the free trolley and receive a complimentary ticket. Volunteers are needed for this event. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Slide Rock State Park, a local non-profit group dedicated to protecting, preserving and promoting appreciation and enjoyment of the historical, ecological, scientific, recreational and cultural resources of Slide Rock State Park.

Trolley Stops: Go Green: Take the free trolley from one of 3 pick-up points in Sedona and receive a complimentary ticket to the event. Trolley runs from 9 am to 4 pm.

Baked Goods Show: All entries in the Slide Rock Apple Fest’s Food Contests must include apples in the ingredient list. This includes, but is not limited to, whole apples, apple flavoring, sauces or jellies.

For a complete listing of the best Sedona Events, visit our Sedona Calendar of Events.
Photos by Kathy Pendley Shaw and Sharon Mott.

Sedona EVENTS: Celtic Harvest Festival September 18-20 at Hilton Resort & Spa

About the Festival

The first annual Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona “A Celebration of the Changing Light” will be held September 19, 2009 from 10 AM to 5 PM at Tequa Plaza. Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of our Celtic heritage. Let us share with you our rich culture and history. Shop with our merchandise vendors for everything from Celtic souvenirs to the finest products imported from Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Eat drink and be merry in our Celtic food court. Enjoy crafts and activities in the area built especially for children.


Discover the magic that keeps people returning to Celtic festivals year after year. Come and experience the rich traditions that we Celtic folk hold dear to our hearts. Enjoy “Celtic Ways” featuring workshops on Celtic art; artisans demonstrating their craft; music and dance; food and beverage vendors. Celtic tradition always includes good food, music and libation. Enjoy a vast selection of Celtic beers, single malt Scotch, mead and wine. Make new friends and greet old ones.

The Celtic Harvest Festival Sedona 2009 will emphasize our rich Celtic heritage. John Good, Festival Cultural Director, explained, “The Sedona festival will showcase all the Celtic Nations, gathering at the Hilton Sedona Resort & Spa.” We will be drawing from the deep Celtic well to provide a full day of beautiful music, spirited dancing, gorgeous poetry, moving stories, crafts, medicinal herbs and delicious foods. Oh yes! There will be activities for young Celts in their own special area. Festival Director Dorothy O’Brien stated, “Our greater Sedona area is host to millions of visitors and our residents have a great desire to provide interesting, cultural activities that enrich and enlighten themselves and our guests. Arizona is home to some of the finest musicians and dancers, poets and storytellers of Celtic origin. What a privilege to showcase this rich heritage right here in Sedona!”



Oceans Apart, as the name suggests, combines the best music from the British Isles and America. The crossover doesn’t stop there! You will hear a Welsh vocal, Irish Jig, show tune from the 1940’s, Scottish Ballad, favorite pop song from the 50’s, 60’s, novelty songs from every era, or any one of a large number of American or Canadian perennials.


Other entertainers include Liz Warren, John Good, Steve Colby, the Phoenix Pipe Band, the Phoenix Irish Step Dancers, Shay Veno, Jane Hilton, and James Reid.


Friday, September 18
Celtic cultural workshops in area schools
Pub night at Fork in the Road, featuring Oceans Apart and special guests (6 – 9 PM)

Saturday, September 19
Day-long Celtic Harvest Festival at the Hilton / Tequa (10 AM – 5 PM)
Ceilidh dance event at the Hilton Sedona’s Tequa Ballroom (7 PM)

Sunday, September 20
Brunch at the Marketplace Cafe, featuring Oceans Apart (11 AM – 2 PM)

This special Magical Journeys event is brought to you by the Sedona Village Creative Initiative, which was started by 7 residents of the Sedona Village to assist local businesses. Since November 2008, hundreds of residents and visitors have enjoyed vibrant, educational, delicious varieties of Magical Journeys supporting our local business community.

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Sedona Events: Zaki Gordon Shorts Film Festival May 22-24

Don’t Miss the Zaki Gordon Institute’s Film Festival Experience!
May 22-24, 2009
Memorial Day weekend marks the 9th annual ZGI Shorts Film Festival!
The Zaki Gordon Institute is proud to present short films from the Class of 2009 and more. The complete film festival experience is an exciting time with the premiere of over 20 short films, new projects from ZGI alumni and winners of the Arizona High School Media Competition all screening at the film festival.
Presenting a first look at films directed by this year’s graduates, the shorts program will also highlight, Student Films by Famous Directors. George Lucas, Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg all launched their film careers as students. Today their work inspires new filmmakers with films like Star Wars, Back to the Future and Close Encounters.

Documentaries Nurture Nature shorts film block gives a close up look at the powerful relationship between humanity and nature. Subjects include the Sea of Cortez, Lake Powell and Cornville, Ariz.
Film synopsis and schedule details will be posted one week prior to the film festival. Please note all films screen at least one time on Saturday and one time on Sunday.

Premiere Pass: Only $35
Don’t miss the opening celebration! Clearly the best value of the weekend, the Premiere Pass includes the biggest party of the weekend.
This year the celebration of filmmaking will take place on campus Friday evening. Casino games will provide the entertainment at this “filmanthropic” event. A great excuse to dress to the nines, the school will be transformed, taking guests back in time to a magical era of the classic casino lounges and the Rat Pack.
The evening will start at 6:30 and the winners will be announced at 9:30pm. A wine tasting demonstration will be presented by Oak Creek Vineyards and Winery. Fabulous food provided by Reds, Dahl & DiLuca and the Heartline Cafe and live classic jazz by Eric Williams.
Call Now to Make Your Reservations at 928-649-4288. Passes can be held at will call. If you would like to pick up your passes before the event the Box Office opens May 14, Monday – Friday, 1pm-5pm. Prizes for the Opening Night Incredible Getaway Package in Sedona, Adventure on the Grand Canyon Railroad and more…
For more information on the ZGI Film Festival May 22-24,
go to the Zaki Gordon website here.