SEDONA’S ANNUAL EVENTS

Sedona is always bustling with activity. Our friendly front desk staff is happy to provide you with the latest information on any of these events. For any of these events, come up and stay with us at Sky Ranch Lodge, your Sedona Oasis in the Sky!

January

SEDONA VEGFEST
(weekend near January 16)
World-renowned speakers educate and inspire listeners on the medical, ethical, and environmental benefits of a whole-food, plant-based diet and lifestyle (WFPB). Celebrity chefs share their secrets to WFPB food preparation. (Two days)

February

SEDONA MARATHON
(first Saturday)
Slip on your running shoes and run through this exquisite red rock country! Sign up for the 5K, 10K, Half or Full Marathon. “If the scenery doesn’t take your breath away, the hills will!”

SEDONA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
(third week)
Showcasing short films, thought-provoking documentaries, and art house films from around the world, this film festival attracts some of entertainment’s biggest stars including Susan Sarandon, Chicago (the rock band), and Brad Paisley.

March

SEDONA MOUNTAIN BIKE FESTIVAL
(first weekend)
Since the U.S. Forest Service opened more trails in red rock country, Sedona has become one of the places you have to ride!

SEDONA YOGA FESTIVAL
(second weekend)
Tap into ancient wisdom and deepen your practice by attending three days of yoga, biking, energy work, and music in Sedona, a renowned spiritual center.

ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE & FESTIVAL
(Saturday closest to the 17th.)
Since 1970, the Irish (and those who would like to be) have gathered in Sedona’s Uptown for a St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Homemade floats, horse units, and marching units make this a fun morning. The free festival starts after the parade and runs until 3 P.M.

April

CELEBRATION OF TWEEN
(second Saturday)
For those 10-14 years old (or 5th.-9th. Grade), this is an afternoon of carnival rides, a rock wall, inflatable obstacles, food, and fun.

CELEBRATION OF SPRING
(second weekend)
This family-friendly event includes an egg hunt, inflatable toys for the kids, a petting zoo, face painting, pony rides, duck races, carnival rides, and more.

SEDONA OPEN STUDIOS TOUR
(last weekend)
Since 2003, artists have opened their studios for this very special tour. By visiting them, you gain a deeper understanding of their creative process. (Free)

May

CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION AT TLAQUEPAQUE
(first Saturday)
This Mexican holiday features the joyful music of mariachi bands, the exciting dances by the Folklorico troupes, and the savoring of delicious Mexican food. Olé!

THE GREAT SEDONA CHILI COOK-OFF
(first Saturday)
This annual fundraiser by the Rotary Club of Sedona supports local and international Rotary projects, including the local Imagination Library.

ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL
(last week in May/first week in June)
Focusing on films which raise human consciousness, spread enlightened ideas, and push humanity forward, the ILLUMINATE Film Festival is the centerpiece for the conscious cinema.

June

ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL
(last week in May/first week in June)
Focusing on films which raise human consciousness, spread enlightened ideas, and push humanity forward, the ILLUMINATE Film Festival is the centerpiece for the conscious cinema.

COMMUNITY CAMP OUT
(first weekend)
Bring a tent (or rent one here there) and camp under the stars. Hot dog roasting and S’mores are on the menu. Star viewing through telescopes at night and a group yoga class in the morning are the highlights of the event!

July

4TH OF JULY WET FEST
(July 4th.)
Water slides, a Slip ‘n Slide, and a pool are all great places for a family to get wet on a summer’s day in Sedona. A live DJ and great food make the day even more festive. (Free)

A DOG’S DAY OUT IN THE PARK
(second Saturday)
Come on out and play in the park with your favorite pooch! (Yes, Sky Ranch Lodge has pet-friendly rooms so you can keep Fido or Fifi with you all weekend long!)

NATIONAL DAY OF THE COWBOY CELEBRATION
(third weekend)
Some of Sedona’s earliest citizens were cowboys who drove cattle over the pastures of red rock country. Come out and celebrate our Western heritage at this two day celebration. Staged gun fights, roping demonstrations, target shooting, historical re-enactments, cowboy storytelling, country (and Western!) music, cowboy art and trades are all here for you to enjoy. Annual event since 2003. (Free)

No Annual Events in August.

September

SEDONA WINEFEST
(third weekend in September)
this event gives you the opportunity to sample wine from over 20 Arizona wineries, food from various cuisines, entertainment, and fun! Two day festival.

RED ROCK HISTORY TOURS
(last weekend in September)
Sponsored by the Sedona Historical Society and lead by a long-time resident, tour the homesteads of Red Rock”s earlier settlers. (Yes, Sedona was called “Red Rock” before 1902.) Several of the tour’s locations are on the National Register of Historic Places.

October

SEDONA ARTS FESTIVAL
(first or second weekend)
As Sedona’ longest running festival, this event hosts over 125 artists in studio art, ceramics, jewelry, photography, fiber arts, glass, wood, metal, and mixed media. Since 1990, this festival has raised over $300,000 to support college scholarships for artists and art education.

SEDONA MAIN STREET PAINT OUT
(third weekend)
Watch as over 30 nationally recognized Plein Air (landscape) artist paint an outdoor scene during this 3 hour competition. (Free)

FALL ARTS & CRAFTS FAIR
(third weekend)
Find hand-made fine art, wearable art, greeting cards, ceramics, wood carvings, jewelry, home décor, baskets, gourd art, and gifts. This old-fashioned, small town show includes lunch and a bake sale. Yummy!

RED ROCKS OKTOBERFEST
(third weekend)
This autumn craft beer festival is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Sedona as a fundraiser for scholarships for Sedona kids. The wine, food, and fun make this a great event!

PUMPKIN SPLASH
(third weekend)
Slip into your swim suit and jump into the Sedona Community Pool to pick out your pumpkin! Your entry fee includes 1 pumpkin to take with you.

SEDONA PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
(last week of October)
Contemporary plein-air (French for “open air”) artists capture moments that reflect the ever-changing light, shadows, colors, and shifting elements. This show celebrates this genre of art with a Paint-Out, exhibition, gallery, and art sale.

MARIGOLD MURAL PROJECT FOR DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
(last week of October)
You are invited to paint a section of this mural dedicated to honor loved ones who have passed on. The mural will be on public display in Tlaquepaque until Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) the last weekend in October.

DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
(Day of the Dead) (the last weekend)
Held at Tlaquepaque, this Mexican holiday honors those loved ones who have died. Music, great food, fire breathers, and beautiful flower altars are part of the celebration. Come in costume!

ANNUAL SAFE & FUN TRICK OR TREAT
(October 31)
Costume contest is the highlight of this free event at which Uptown merchants allow children to trick or treat for yummy goodies!

November

VETERAN’S DAY TRIBUTE
(November 11)
Come to the Sedona Heritage Museum to participate in the Flag Ceremony at 11 A.M. (The armistice to end World War I was signed at 11:11 A.M. on 11/11.) Take this opportunity to thank a veteran or an active duty military service member. (Free)

December

HOLIDAY CENTRAL SEDONA
(Dec. 1-31)
During December, Sedona transforms into a red rock winter wonderland with festivals, events, and entertainment sure to enchant everyone! Discover Sedona’s Sky Ranch Lodge as your perfect destination for your family and friends where you can celebrate the holidays, make memories, and create new traditions—all in the most beautiful place on Earth. Holiday events are posted on this interactive web site created by the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. What interactive web site? Maybe there should be a link??

TINSEL TOWN AT TLAQUEPAQUE
(December 1-January 1)
Every night in December from dusk to 9 P.M., enjoy strolling through this large collection of holiday lights. (Free)

TREE LIGHTING & SANTA VISIT
(first Friday)
Entertainment precedes the Tree-lighting. Santa makes his appearance to launch the holiday season in Sedona. Children are welcome to visit Santa after he arrives in Sedona. (Free)

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
(first Saturday)
Parents and children are invited to this pancake breakfast. After breakfast, children are invited to talk with Santa and to make wonderful winter crafts. (Free)

“THE NUTCRACKER”
(first weekend)
Phoenix Ballet and Sedona Chamber Ballet team up to dance this holiday favorite. Internationally acclaimed, award-winning dancers dance the primary roles in this beautiful production.

THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS
Lighting of 6,000 Luminarias
(second Saturday)
Tlaquepaque, the Mexican-styled arts and crafts center in Sedona, is ablaze with light when 6,000 luminarias light up this winter night. Specially designed luminarias can be purchased to honor cancer survivors.

CHRISTMAS IN THE PARK
(second Saturday)
The Sedona Heritage Museum’s annual Open House allows you to enjoy an afternoon concert, sip hot apple cider, make an ornament, and swap tales with Sedona old-timers. Learn about Sedona’s pioneer families.