Start Planning your visit to Sedona, AZ

October 2019 – October 2020

Start planning your visit during these popular festivals and celebration in the red rocks! For those focused on health, wellness and outdoor activities there is the Sedona Marathon, Sedona Yoga Festival, Mountain Bike Festival and the Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival.

Wine lovers will enjoy both the Sedona Wine Festival in September and the Verde Valley Wine Festival in May.  Cinema buffs will not want to miss the Sedona International Film Festival. There is also the Sedona Arts Festival, Sedona Plein Air Festival, and Open Studios Tour! And lets not forget about the great Heritage Festivals at the Museum of Northern Arizona!  Just click the read more button below and find all the great festivals and special events taking place in Sedona, Arizona and the surrounding areas.

Book your rooms, schedule your tours and make your dining reservations! Our town will be busy during these festivals, so you don’t want to wait… everything fills up quickly! If you would like to stay at the Sky Rock Inn of Sedona we highly suggest making your reservations soon! Make sure to check our Sedona Hotel Deals Page, save  money on your lodging with us and enjoy some fun in the red rocks!

October Festivals

Red Rocks Oktoberfest
October 26th, 2019
This traditional German celebration features 10+ local brewers showcasing their finest beers. This event moved locations a couple of years ago to the beautiful Posse Ground Park.  Allowing for a longer event, more people, better views, parking, food, etc! Entry fee gets you into the gate to the party with live music, food trucks and lots of craft beer vendors. Beers will be only $3 each and will be 8oz. samplers. The Rotary Club of the Sedona Red Rocks is hosting the Red Rocks Oktoberfest on at the Posse Grounds Park. For more information visit the Sedona Red Rock Oktoberfest on Facebook,

SVAC Fall Open Studios Tour
October 25th – 27th, 2019
What a unique opportunity to meet the artists and gain a first-hand view of their creative processes. This free, self-guided event is an annual celebration of the arts and artists in the greater Verde Valley. The weekend event is a free, self-guided tour allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily work spaces. To see a full listing of participating artists please visit the SVAC website.

Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
October 26th – 27th, 2019 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)
Celebrate Mexican cultural traditions at the 14th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, a lively Day of the Dead festival. Rooted in community, this weekend-long event is presented in partnership with Flagstaff’s Nuestras Raices. Don’t miss fine art and unique crafts, music and dancing, colorful and elaborate ofrendas (altars), insightful heritage programs and Day of the Dead inspired crafts for the kids. To learn more about the Heritage Program Festival or to learn more about the museum please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

February Festivals

14th Annual Sedona Marathon
February 1st, 2020
Registration Fees
On your mark, get set, ready, go! The Sedona Marathon Event is proud to offer four fantastic races: 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and the Full Marathon. The course is ranked as one of the most beautiful races in the country. The red-rock views, and high-desert mild winter temperatures help the Sedona Marathon Event live up to its reputation of a world-class event. Spectators, supporters and participants will also be treated to an Event Expo. The community of Sedona features artists, and live performers that will inspire and entertain both locals and visitors alike. To register or for more information on this Sedona, Arizona event please visit the Sedona Marathon.

Chocolate Lovers’ Valentine’s Celebration
February 13th – 15th, 2020
Ticketed Event
Treat you loved one to this special Chocolate Lovers’ Celebration! This delectable affair is one of the most popular Verde Canyon Railroad events! In addition to the rich flavors of everything sweet, enjoy magnificent vistas of raw, unspoiled nature. This confectionery celebration fills each car with intoxicating scents and tasty chocolate pastries, cakes and luscious hand-dipped delicacies. Share these mouthwatering desserts while enjoying the delicious scenery of the Verde Canyon viewed from the comfort of a train. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website.

Sedona Premier Festival

The 26th Annual Sedona International Film Festival
February 22nd – March 1st, 2020
Passes/Tickets required
Join filmmakers, celebrities, industry guests and film buffs from all around the world as Sedona takes center stage with its biggest celebration of film yet! From features to shorts, documentaries to animation and foreign films to student films!  The 2020 edition will continue a tradition of honoring those motivated by passion for their art and driven by a love for making timely, moving and important films. For more information or to purchase passes please visit the Sedona International Film Festival.

March Festivals

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
March 6th – 8th, 2020
Registration Required
Shake off those winter blues at the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival! Enjoy the stunning scenery of Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups! Shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding. In addition to the great biking trails, there  will be a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, and Shuttled Rides! Also a Beer Garden, and great Bands for your enjoyment!  For more information and to stay up to date and in the loop please visit the Sedona Mountain Bike Festival.

Sedona Yoga Festival
March 12th – 16th 2020
Tickets/Passes
Relax and rejuvenate at the Sedona Yoga Festival! The Sedona Yoga Festival is a leading industry yoga conference of professionals and an entry point to authentic yoga for true seekers. The SYF2020 includes offerings for every level of yogi, from absolute beginner to master teacher. In addition to the classes, events, workshops and performances! Plus presenters from both around the corner and around the globe,For more information please visit the Sedona Yoga Festival.

April Festivals

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival
April 23rd – 26th, 2020
Registration required
Bird lovers will not want to miss the Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival! The festival provides a unique recreational experience to anyone interested in the natural world. And fosters awareness of the importance of habitat for the enrichment of all life in the Verde Valley. The Verde Valley is home to many species of birds and normally at the festival over a 100 species of birds are seen! Enjoy the sight of herons, cardinals, tanagers, warblers, hawks and egrets to only name a few. Celebrate nature with Field trips led by experienced guides in beautiful central Arizona’s diverse habitats. Guided walks and workshops, vendors and exhibitors along with special events round out this four day event For more information please visit Verde Valley Birding and Nature Festival!

May Festivals

Verde Valley Wine Festival
May 9th, 2020
Enjoy a relaxing Saturday of wine and beer tastings, food and live music! Presented by Four Eight Wineworks, the annual Verde Valley Wine Festival highlights the community of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley at large. Sample the finest Arizona wineries, breweries, spirits and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products for locals and visitors to enjoy. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Verde Valley Wine Festival.

At Tlaquepaque

Cinco de Mayo Celebration
and the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off
May 2020
Family Fun Free Event
You will not want to  miss Cinco de Mayo at Tlaquepaque! The Courtyards of the Village come to life with the vibrant expressions of Mexican culture!  You will be awestruck by folklorico dancers in dazzling costumes, and the phenomenal flamenco dancers from South of the Border! In addition to hot Latin vibes, and the ever-popular roaming Mariachis! For more information please visit Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village.

Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off
May 2020
Ticketed event
Treat your taste buds to the Great Sedona Chili Cook-Off! OWinners will be selected for the People’s Choice Award and the Judge’s Award for best flavor, consistency, aroma, and appearance. Beer Garden sponsored by Oak Creek Brewery & Grill. This event is organized by the Rotary Club of Sedona. Proceeds fund Imagination Library which provides free age-appropriate books to young children in the greater Sedona area, as well as the Rotary’s End Polio Now effort.

Heritage Festival in Flagstaff

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ)
Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
May 23rd – 24th, 2020
Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists at the Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture! . Buy traditional and contemporary art, and enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries.  Delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers. This heritage Festival will be taking place at the Museum of Northern Arizona. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. For more information please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

July Festivals

Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ)
Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
July  4th – 5th, 2020
Located only 48 minutes from Sedona, the Museum of Northern Arizona is pleased to present the Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture. A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s.The Hopi Festival features more than 80 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Peruse and purchase a stunning selection of jewelry, katsinas, pottery, paintings, baskets, textiles, and more by master and emerging Hopi artisans. Enjoy traditional music, artist demos, dancing and authentic food! As well as insightful lectures and a not-to-be missed children’s activity area. For more information please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

September Festivals

Thunder Valley Rally – Cottonwood, AZ
September 18th – 20th, 2020
Visit Bootleg Capital of Arizona, historic Cottonwood, AZ for the 16th annual Thunder Valley Rally! Thunder Valley Rally will provide you with breathtaking rides through the Verde Valley! There is also a Bootlegging Poker Run (registration fee),  Bike Show and a great line up of live concerts at the The Freedom Bird Entertainment Park & Campground! For more information or to purchase a weekend event pass please visit the Thunder Valley Rally website.

12th Annual Sedona Winefest
September 26th – 27th, 2020
Treat your palate to tasty food while sampling the many Arizona wines from the Northern and Southern Arizona. Enjoy the beautiful vistas while you sip wine and savor the great food and music in our shaded courtyard seating areas. A wide variety of vendors will offer goods and services. Enjoy relaxing and tasteful music playing throughout the event. he Sedona Winefest will be held at the Sedona “Historic” Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit the Sedona Winefest.

October Festivals

Verde Canyon Railroad – “Ales on Rails”
Every Train Day from September 15th  – October 31st, 2020
Join the Oktoberfest celebration at the Verde Canyon Railroad! The will be great selection of Arizona craft beers, ranging from light and summery Kolsch to high-octane lagers and IPAs. Enjoy coppery-red and Scotch ales to dark stouts and chocolate porters. Ales on Rails features an optional lunch of German delights. The party continues on-board where beers may be purchased during the Fall Colors Tour. On board enjoy the Verde Canyon Railroad’s own private-label beers from Sedona’s Oak Creek Brewing Company. For more information or to purchase tickets to ride aboard the train please visit the Verde Canyon Railroad.

All About the Arts

Sedona Plein Air Festival
October 2020
Be inspired and experience master artists painting in the Shangri-La of the Southwest! Sedona is a stunningly beautiful environment steeped in art history. The Festival takes place during the best weather week of the year! Come and celebrate the creativity of the artists. Enjoy receptions, exhibitions, and lectures. Collect your next masterpiece at Sedona Plein Air Festival! For more information, a list of workshops and a schedule of free events during this festival please visit the Sedona Plein Air Festival.

Sedona Arts Festival
October 2020
You will not want to miss this festival! Artists from across the US showcasing their exquisite work in a variety of mediums. You will find Ceramics, Mixed Media, Fiber Art, and Glass. In addition to Photography, Drawing,Sculpture, Jewelry, Wood, Metal, and Painting!  There is also a popular KidZone that is all about creative fun and inspiration. You will also find a Gourmet Gallery, your one-stop shop for locally made yummy treats! For more information or to order your tickets online please visit www.sedonaartsfestival.org.

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