Sedona Events in March 2017 — What to do in Sedona in March?

Author: Antoniya Zorluer
| February 27, 2017
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Welcome to our Sedona Events in March 2017 page!

The weather is finally warm & sunny, days are longer and Sedona is still quiet and calm enough to be enjoyable! To us, the best March activity would be exploring nature, savoring the beauty of the scenary and walk & hike in the area…

But, for those of you who want a bit more, you’ll find the noteworthy activities in Sedona for March 2017 with links to the event page or the hosting organization’s website. Explore the events and we truly hope that you find something you’ll enjoy!

See you in Sedona Suites,

Ken & Heather.

March 1:

Red Rock State Park – Guided Bird Walk

Bird enthusiasts can join a naturalist for a “Guided Bird Walk”. Beginning as well as advanced birders are welcome. Rangers recommend that visitors bring their own binoculars. A limited number are available for loan from the Park. No matter the time of day, visitors can check out the many birds who make Red Rock State Park their home. The bird-feeding area behind the visitor center, on the Hummingbird Patio, is an excellent spot to start your tour or to take pictures.

March 1:

Sedona Entertainment – Eric Miller

Don’t miss Sedona favorite Eric Miller at Sound Bites Grill! After traveling throughout France, Italy, England, Ireland, Sedona based musician Eric Miller arrived in Spain and fell in love with the art of flamenco. His passion for flamenco guitar stayed with him when Eric returned to the United States, where he continued to study and perform. Eventually, he was drawn to the music of Brazil and immersed himself in the bossa nova and samba, adding Brazilian Jazz guitar to his ever-growing World Music repertoire.

March 2:

Sedona Entertainment: Phil Rossi on the Baby Grand

Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Phil Rossi! Phil Rossi is a versatile piano player who’s mother Lillian was a musician and taught Phil the basics of the piano when he was eight years old. From that point he progressed by practicing until he was sixteen years old at which point he formed a trio with two neighborhood friends a drummer and bass player and began his career by playing church socials, school sock hops etc. He had been fortunate during his musical career to have worked with The Chairman of the Board Frank Sinatra Sr. and also with his son Frank Jr. and drummer Buddy Rich to name a few.

March 3 – 5:

Sedona Mountain Bike Festival

Shake off those winter blues at the 2017 Sedona Mountain Bike Festival! With the stunning scenery here in Sedona and the trails that have been featured in countless press write-ups, get ready to come shake off the cold with three days of unmatched red rock riding, along with a Main Expo/Festival, Bike Demos, Shuttled Rides, a Beer Garden, and great Bands! The location of the festival, Sedona’s stunning Posse Grounds Park in West Sedona, will welcome enthusiasts from across the globe for this year’s festival! The mountain biking in Sedona is world class. Sedona’s average temperature in March is 65 degrees and with over 200 miles of single-track trails, it’s the perfect biker destination. Simply put: it’s a bucket list destination people want to come ride.

March 3:

Sedona Cinema – ‘Loving’

The Sedona International Film Festival is pleased to present “Loving” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. “Loving” is the new film from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for Ruth Negga, who also received a Golden Globe nomination in the same category. Joel Edgerton was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor. What if it was illegal to marry the one you love? “Loving” celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving, who fell in love and were married in 1958. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry.

March 3:

Sedona Cinema – ‘Antarctica: Ice and Sky’

The Sedona International Film Festival is pleased to present ‘Antarctica: Ice and Sky’ at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. From Oscar-winning director Luc Jacquet (“March of the Penguins”) comes a stirring portrait of French glaciologist Claude Lorius whose groundbreaking research in Antarctica gave us the first clear evidence of man-made global climate change. Lorius discovered his destiny as a college student when he joined an expedition to Antarctica in 1955; land essentially untouched by scientific experiment. He would go on to participate in twenty-two expeditions during his long career, facing unforgiving conditions and brutal personal challenges that were rewarded with an amazing discovery: using ice cores thousands of meters deep, tiny air bubbles suspended in the ice reveal the composition of the planet’s atmosphere over nearly a million years.

March 4:

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals
Sedona Arts & Crafts Show

During your visit to Sedona, Arizona this weekend make sure to check out the Red Rose Inspiration for Animals arts and crafts show, a great place to find one of a kind pieces to take home with you! By attending this event not only do you help support an organization that excels at saving the lives of many wonderful and loving animals, but you also get a chance to see the creations of talented local artists and craftsmen that participate in the show. This event takes place at the parking lot of the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill.

March 4:

Met Live Opera: Rusalka

Tickets: $20 general admission/$18 Film Festival Members/$15 students
The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the next Met Live Opera presentation of Antonín Dvorák’s “Rusalka” at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Kristine Opolais stars in the role that helped launch her international career, the mythical Rusalka, who sings the haunting “Song to the Moon.” Mary Zimmerman brings her wondrous theatrical imagination to Dvorák’s fairytale of love and longing, rejection and redemption. Brandon Jovanovich, Jamie Barton, Katarina Dalayman, and Eric Owens complete the all-star cast, and Mark Elder conducts. Plan to come early as Ed Ingraham will lead a pre-opera talk one hour before each production

March 5:

Red Rock State Park – The World of the Permian Period
Presented by Dr. Kennard B. Bork

Join Red Rock State Park in welcoming Dr. Kennard B. Bork! The world of the PERMIAN Period (300 to 250 million years ago) would look quite alien to a modern observer. Most of the continents were together in a great landmass called Pangea. Reptiles and amphibians were the dominant land vertebrates, because dinosaurs and mammals would not appear for tens of millions of years. The young Appalachian Mountains had recently been created by continental collisions, but the birth events of the Rockies, Alps, and Himalayas were far in the future. Sedona sat near the equator as our famous Red Rocks were being formed. This session will look, in brief overview, at the Earth during that fascinating time. Please call the park ahead at 928.282.6907 to reserve your space.

March 5:

McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation
Sarah McLean & expert meditation mentors

Everyone is welcome to join the discussion and introduction to meditation and mindfulness with an expert meditation mentor including Sarah McLean, Devani Page, Eva Maurice, and Joy Nanda. Each week a different meditation is offered, including Loving Kindness Meditation, Mindfulness, Visualization, Breath Awareness, Body Appreciation, Chakra Meditation, or Gratitude Meditation. No experience is necessary to attend. Walk ins welcome, though you must arrive on time to participate and be 13 or older. $5 donation. This event takes place at the McLean Meditation Institute, 411 State Route 179 (at the junction of 179 & Schnebly Hill Road) in Sedona.

March 5:

Ballet in Cinema
‘Woolf Works’ from the Royal Ballet

The Sedona International Film Festival presents Ballet in Cinema at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre when it hosts the big screen premiere of “Woolf Works” from the Royal Ballet in London. Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych “Woolf Works”, inspired by the writings of Virginia Woolf, met with outstanding critical acclaim on its premiere in 2015. “Woolf Works” on to win McGregor the Critics’ Circle Award for Best Classical Choreography and the Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production. “Woolf Works” explores human relationships through dance. Each of the three acts springs from one of Woolf’s landmark novels: Mrs Dalloway, Orlando and The Waves — but these inspirations are also enmeshed with elements from her letters, essays and diaries. “Woolf Works” expresses the heart of an artistic life driven to discover a freer, uniquely modern realism, and brings to life Woolf’s world of ‘granite and rainbow’, where human beings are at once both physical body and uncontained essence.

March 9 – 12:

Sedona Yoga Festival

The Sedona Yoga Festival provides the keys to unlocking your greatest transformation with a focus on yoga and the expansion of consciousness. This conference is a world class opportunity for you to deepen your practice and tap into ancient wisdom with three days and three nights of yoga, meditation, hiking and energy work in the undisputed spiritual center of the West. The 5th Annual Sedona Yoga Festival will be held at a neighboring Collective Sedona and the Hilton Sedona Resort at Bell Rock.

March 12:

Guided Geology Hike

Join Red Rock State Park’s knowledgeable volunteers as they venture out on their trails and discuss how Sedona transformed into what we see today. Red Rock State Park is located at the base of the Mogollon Rim, the southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Over millions of years of erosion the rim has receded over four miles leaving behind the picturesque features of Sedona. This is an interpretive experience for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours and an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

March 15:

Sedona Jazz at the Church, Featuring Nicole Pasternak Trio

East Coast Jazz singer Nicole Pasternak heads a trio for a special Jazz at the Church Concert! JazzTimes’ critic Chuck Berg once described her as “reminiscent of a young Ella Fitzgerald, and her repertoire embraces the powerful traditions of Swing songs, bebop, Brazilian, ballads and the Big Band Era. She is also a gifted songwriter and lyricist. Influenced by singers like Rosemary Clooney, Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day and Billie Holiday, she favors the Great American Songbook, oftentimes served up with Brazilian and Latin rhythms, and punctuated by the inclusion of her original songs as well. Tickets are available online, and allows purchasers to get in at 2:30pm, before “at the door” ticket sales begin. This concert will be taking place at Saint Luke’s Church located at 2890 State Route 179.

March 16 – 20:

Self – Empowered Wisdom 2017
Synergy: Universal Hearts and Minds Self Empowered Wisdom

Spend Spring Equinox in the mystical red rocks of Sedona with Gregg Braden!  Claim the highest expression of yourself by implementing the principles of relationship heart wisdom.  Empowered Wisdom will be sharing and exploring research-based information on how to transcend old relationship patterns with yourself, others, your community and the world! This 4 day event will be featuring Gregg Braden & Heart Math CEO, Dr. Deborah Rozman along with Kelley Alexander JD, Jorge Luis Delgado, David Router, Dr. Melaney Sreenan and Dr. Theresa Ramsey. There will also be a Concert with Martha Reich Braden, Sunny Dawn Johnston and Kris Voelker! This Sedona event will be taking place at the Sedona Creative Life Center.

March 18:

Verde River Runoff

The Verde River Runoff will once again host their very popular river event during the Pecan & Wine Festival. This popular event is a 10 and 5-mile canoe, kayak and paddle board race and fun float which starts at White Bridge and Clear Creek , Camp Verde, Arizona, and ends at Beasley Flats. All proceeds benefit the conservation and outdoor recreation in and on the Verde River Valley. With multiple categories for entry, the Verde River Runoff is a great river run for a variety of experienced paddlers. VRRO is made possible through a Special Use Permit from the Prescott National Forest District.

March 19:

Guided Archaeology Hike

Red Rock State Park has been a destination for Native Americans for several millennia. Most of the ancient features found in the park are from the Sinagua culture dating about 1100 to 1425 AD. Come and hear the fascinating story of the pre-Columbian people who lived and traveled in the park! The hike will identify the various archaeological features and interpret them into the wider context of important regional Sinagua sites. Explore ideas of other cultures that may likely have made use of the park’s resources. The hike will last about two hours, with an elevation gain of some 250 feet, along easy trails. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

March 25:

Trail Race – Sedona Stumbler 5-Miler

The Sedona Stumble 5-Mile Trail Run will be Presented by Sedona Running Company. The course will begin on the paved roads of Posse Grounds Park. This will allow the crowd to thin so that the trails don’t get too crowded. The course then hits the dirt trails of Posse Grounds Park. Expect to run on steep, loose and narrow single-track trails. The race will be expertly timed and scored by Run Flagstaff (a Flagstaff, AZ based company) using RFID chip technology. Post race festivities include a beer garden, 8+ food trucks, and 2 live bands!

March 26:

Guided Ethnobotany of Sedona Hike

Learning more about the native plants and trees here in the Sedona area is a great way to enhance any hike! Join Jim Charest as he explains how plants were used for various reasons by local indigenous cultures and by people in our contemporary times. This interpretive experience is for both the beginner and experienced hiker, lasting between 2-2 ½ hours with an elevation gain of 250 feet. Please bring water and wear suitable footwear.

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