Sedona – One Of the Most Popular Travel Destinations In The U.S.

Author: Antoniya Zorluer
| May 11, 2017
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We are more than proud to announce that Sedona has been listed as one of the most popular travel destinations in the U.S. by the 2017 Travelers’ Choice awards for destinations. Based on millions of user reviews of hotels, restaurants, and attractions gathered over a 12-month period, it has selected the top 25 destinations to visit in the US right now, and Sedona is number 13!

If this is not enough to inspire you to visit us this spring, here are a few of the things Sedona has to offer:

Red Rocks & Vortexes in Sedona

Restaurants in Sedona

Healing and Body Work in Sedona

Shopping and Entertainment in Sedona

Spiritual Events & Meditations in Sedona

Sedona Retreat Centers & Spas

And if you’re already looking forward to your stay, we’d like to help you plan it!

Here’re the events that are going to take place in Sedona in May 2017:

May 6:

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 12:

12×12 Exhibition & Fundraiser – Sedona Arts Center is proud to present the 3rd Annual 12×12 Exhibition and Fundraiser on May 12, 2017. 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 11:

Guided Sedona Moonlight Hike – Moonlight Hikes are among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a knowledgeable naturalist, hikers get the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moon rise from a park overlook and return by the light of the moon. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles. Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Registration for this hike is required, call 928.282.6907 to reserve your spot. Registration closes the day before the hike. No new reservations will be accepted on the day of the hike.

 

May 11, 18 and 25:

Yappy Hour at Posse Grounds Park
Weekly social hour friendly dogs and their owners
City of Sedona Parks and Recreation website – Yappy Hour is a one hour per week event that takes place on the beautiful green grass of the multi-use field at Posse Grounds Park. Under normal circumstances, City Code and Park Rules require all dogs to be on a leash and to remain off the athletic fields at the park, but during this event they get to bend those rules!
Know before you go

  • Owners must pick up after their pets.
  • If there is an increase in the amount of off-leash users on the athletic fields during non-event times, this event may be canceled.

PLEASE NOTE: the multi-use field is not a dog park. There are gaps in the fence where a pet could potentially squeeze through. There is no division of small dog vs large dog areas. Owners are responsible for the safety and behavior of their dog.

May 13 – 14:

Red Rose Inspiration for Animals – 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 Redrock Precision Motors.

May 13 – 14:

Verde Valley Wine Festival – Clarkdale, AZ – The Verde Valley Wine Festival is Northern Arizona’s premier Wine and Culinary festival of the year, presented by Four Eight Wineworks and the non-profit organization, Made in Clarkdale. The event highlights the community of Clarkdale and the Verde Valley at large with the goal of offering the finest Arizona wineries, breweries, spirits and restaurants committed to creating homegrown products for locals and visitors to enjoy. Guest viticulture lecturers, live music from Arizona bands, and art from Made in Clarkdale artists will enhance the festival experience as well. Each day of the festival will be different to the other with new restaurants, music, artists and guests speakers showcased. This event will take place at the historic Clarkdale Town Park.

 

May 13:

Sedona Entertainment – Calico The Band – Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Calico the band! CALICO the band is a California band in the deepest, most natural sense of the term. Specifically, the moniker is shorthand for California country—as if that weren’t vividly apparent from the first moments of Under Blue Skies, the group’s resonant, accomplished sophomore album, with its musical intricacy, lyrical eloquence and timeless immediacy. The thought-provoking, tightly harmonized songs of founder/leaders Manda Mosher and Kirsten Proffit exist in a continuum with the seminal form Gram Parsons famously dubbed Cosmic American Music.

May 14, 21 and 28:

McLean Meditation Institute – Guided Meditation by 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.

May 14:

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.

May 17:

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.

 

May 21:

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.

 

May 17 and 24:

Posse Grounds Pavilion – Spring Concert Series – Live music and delicious food. Enjoy the fresh air, the company of community friends and the great music brought to you live at the Posse Grounds Pavilion. Tonight’s concert features Decker. Bring a chair if you would like or have a seat on the grass and enjoy dinner for sale from local food truck TBA. Wednesdays during the month of May a different concert will be performed free for everyone to enjoy.

May 26:

Sedona Community Farmer’s Market – Enjoy the Sedona community Farmers Market in the creek-side parking lot of Tlaquepaque! Whether you live in Sedona or are just visiting, the farmer’s market is a great way to check out the local flavor and grab some fresh produce and breads. If you are visiting Sedona and are staying at the Best Western PLUS Inn of Sedona our Complimentary “About Town” Sedona Shuttle will drop you off at the market and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel. And if you are worried about purchasing something that requires refrigeration, all of our rooms are equipped with a refrigerator. Meet the local grower & taste the local flavor! For more information please visit the.

May 26:

Flash Back Fridays featuring Robin Miller Trio – Sedona Sound Bites Grill invites you to take a step back into the past during Flash Back Friday’s! Enjoy the Rock & Roll from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s with Robin Miller on Guitar, Troy Perkins on bass and Ed Barattini on drums. Three of Sedonas TOP musicians play all of your favorite dance tunes and let the good times roll.

 

May 28:

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. His music will take you back in time (from Cole Porter, the Gershwin’s, up to Billy Joel ) creating memories of long ago.

May 30:

Baby Grand Night featuring Darius Lux – Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill is pleased to present Darius LUX! When singer/songwriter Darius Lux left the confines of New York City to travel the world for a year, he didn’t fully comprehend the life changing pilgrimage he was embarking on. A multi-instrumentalist, producer and performer came back as a free-thinker and inspirational lyricist. Combining his love of 60’s songwriting, 70’s soul, 80’s pop and 90’s hip-hop into a current mix of soulful, rock-edged pop tunes, Darius found his voice on his debut record “Arise”, took us to the streets of LA for his EP, “Time is Now” and now presents his new album, “We The Living”.

May 31:

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.

May 31:

Posse Grounds Pavilion – Spring Concert Series – Enjoy the fresh air, the company of community friends and the great music brought to you live at the Posse Grounds Pavilion. Tonight’s concert features the Saith Band. Bring a chair if you would like or have a seat on the grass and enjoy dinner for sale from local food truck TBA. Wednesdays during the month of May a different concert will be performed free for everyone to enjoy. For more information please visit the City of Sedona Parks and Recreation.

 

May 31-June 4:

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.

See you there,

Ken & Heather

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