What to Do In Sedona, Arizona In July

Author: Antoniya Zorluer
| June 14, 2016
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Summer is hot in Sedona, but if you’re into hot sun and early morning walks, this is just the time for you.

As middays are quite hot for any hiking or exploring on foot, here are a few other things you can do while visiting beautiful Sedona.

What To Do In Sedona:

Sedona Community Farmers Market
July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th 2016 (8:00 am – 11:30 am)

The Sedona Community Farmer’s Market at the beautiful Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village offers some of the best nutritious eats in town! Come and enjoy the Sedona community Farmers Market in the creek-side parking lot of Tlaquepaque! Meet the local grower & taste the local flavor! Farm fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs, grass fed beef, goat products, tamales, breads and pastries, gluten free, vegan, hand-made chocolates, live music and much more! Find more information at

Sedona’s 1st Friday Evening in the Galleries
July 1st, 2016

The Sedona’s First Friday Gallery Tour receptions and exhibits give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while beginning their weekends with an exploration of Sedona’s exciting art scene and in many cases meeting the artist themselves. What a perfect event to find that special Valentine’s Day gift! All of the exhibits and artist receptions for 1st Friday run from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm.

“Red Hot” at Row Fine Art Gallery
July 1st, 2016 (5:00 pm – 8:00 pm)

Things are going to get hot, hot, hot at Rowe Fine Art Gallery in July! The gallery will focus on its esteemed sculptors and jewelers during “Red Hot”. And while the art and the outdoor temperatures – might be sizzling, the gallery will be a cool respite for art lovers to chill out for the evening. Some of the West’s best traditional and contemporary southwestern sculptors and jewelers are represented by Rowe Fine Art Gallery, and art lovers will have the exciting opportunity to see some brand-new pieces during this event.

Summer Archaeology Film Fest
Killer Whale and Crocodile (Camp Verde Showing)
July 1st, 2016

Sign on the Stone: The Unknown Sahara of the People With No Name
July 8th, 2016

Agave Is Life (Sedona Showing)
July 22nd, 2016

Doors open at 6:00 pm. Seating is limited. No reservations.
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center is pleased to present a summer of free archaeology films on Friday evenings at 6:30 pm in June, July and August in Sedona and Camp Verde.The Sedona films are shown at the Sedona Public Library, 3250 White Bear Road. The Camp Verde films are shown in the Learning Center at the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, 385 S. Main Street.

Sedona Entertainment: Eric Miller Trio
July 1st 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)

Sound Bites Grill is please to present the Eric Miller Trio! Dance to the Original Latin & Popular Cover music by one of the hottest dance bands in Northern AZ! Eric Miller is one of the most outstanding singer/songwriters of this generation, he is able to blend the sounds of yesterday into his own modern day flamenco and Latin influenced music.

Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
Museum of Northern Arizona (Flagstaff, AZ)

July 2nd – 3rd, 2016 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm)

A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture 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, woodworking, 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.

Met Live Opera Encore:’L’Elisir d’Amore’
July 2nd, 2016 (1:00 pm)

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the Met Opera’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” showing at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. Gaetano Donizetti’s comic gem “L’Elisir d’Amore”, directed by Bartlett Sher and conducted by Maurizio Benini, stars Anna Netrebko in her Met role debut as the beautiful landowner Adina, with Matthew Polenzani as Nemorino, the simple peasant who falls in love with her. Mariusz Kwiecien sings Adina’s arrogant fiancé, Sergeant Belcore, and Ambrogio Maestri sings the role of the magic potion-peddling Doctor Dulcamara.

Vintage Independence Day Celebration
July 2nd, 2016 (Clarkdale, AZ)

Verde Canyon Railroad kicks off the weekend festivities with an all-American barbecue at the railroad depot on Saturday, July 2nd prior to the 1:00 p.m. train departure of the Firecracker Express. Our nation’s symbol, the bald eagle, leads the route, its visage adorning mighty mid-century American-built locomotives. That Saturday the painted eagles will share the day with a real live version aboard the train. The Firecracker Express proudly welcomes Sonora, a rescued, educational eagle from Liberty Wildlife. Sonora, the only train-riding bald eagle in the world, will visit each open-air car throughout the journey to the delight of passengers and crew alike.

Sedona Entertainment: Esteban 2016
July 2nd – 4th, 2016 (7:00 pm)

Don’t miss Esteban along with Teresa Joy on violin, Raul Yanez on keys and Joe Morris on drums at Sedona Sound Bites Grill. Legendary flamenco/classical guitarist Esteban mesmerizes audiences with his stunning and passionate style of Spanish Guitar that is influenced by New Age, great love songs and Latin pop. Esteban’s concerts are memorable moments of the heart, as he performs with his daughter Teresa Joy on violin and his band, the experience is a sensational expression of the inner soul.

4th of July West Fest
Swimming Pool, Water Rides, Food and Music
July 4th, 2016 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Looking for something fun to do in Sedona, AZ during the day on 4th of July? Have a blast at Posse Ground Park! Enjoy lunch and music, a swimming pool and water slide fun all surrounded by the spectacular red rocks. This event is free of charge (food not included). The pool opens at 1:00 pm for free recreation swim and just outside the pool gate will be food for sale and fun water games and toys meant to help you beat the heat. All pool rules apply and a 375 person pool maximum will be enforced. Maximum does not apply to activities outside the pool gate.

  • Parking available in the West Sedona School parking lots.
  • Water Slides, water toys, slip-n-slide.
  • All non-swimmers must be accompanied by and adult in the pool.
  • Alcohol and dogs are not permitted.

4th of July Indoor Laser Light Show
July 4th, 2016 (12:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

Spend your 4th of July “day” at the Laser Light Show and still have time to drive to your favorite fireworks show at night. A patriotic themed laser light show will begin at the top of each hour in the Performing Arts Center at Red Rock High School. Each show is 25 minutes in duration. If you are a guest of the Inn of Sedona we will be happy to drop you off at this event and pick you up when you are ready to return to the hotel.

  • Four convenient Laser Show times at the top of every hour. 12:00 p.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
  • Arrive at least 15 minutes early to enter facility and be seated before show begins.
  • Spectators will not be allowed in late.

Sedona Entertainment – Elvis Presley Tribute Show
July 9th, 2016 (7:00 pm)

If you are a Elvis fan you will not want to miss Chance Tinder and Kentucky Rain at Sound Bites Grill for their Elvis Presley Tribute Show! Chance is more than your everyday Elvis Tribute Artist. He’s an accomplished actor, recreating a legendary character. Chance’s secret is believing that it’s not always the voice, that plays the most important part, but it’s knowing exactly how to become the man himself on that stage!

Sedona Entertainment – Green Light Dance Band
July 15th, 2016 (7:00 pm – 10:00 pm)

Are you ready to dance! Don’t miss Green Light Dance Band at Sedona’s Sound Bites Grill! A dance band, a jam band, a vocal harmony group — all these descriptions can be used to define Green Light. The songs they write take you back, bring us here and carry us forward. They are timeless. People start singing along by the second stanza even if they never heard it before.

Met Live Opera Encore:’La Bohéme’
July 16th, 2016 (1:00 pm)

The Sedona International Film Festival is proud to present the encore of the Met Opera’s “La Bohéme” showing at the Mary D. Fisher Theatre. There will be a pre-opera talk one hour before the performance, presented by John Steinbrunner. In one of the most dramatic saves in Live in HD history, soprano Kristine Opolais sang the role of Mimi with only a few hours notice in Franco Zeffirelli’s breathtaking production of Puccini’s “La Bohème”, the most-performed opera in Met history. Featuring a cast of hundreds, a glorious onstage snow scene, and a detailed reconstruction of the Latin Quarter in Paris, “La Bohème” also stars Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo as the passionate poet Rodolfo, Susanna Phillips as the flirtatious Musetta, and Massimo Cavalletti is the painter Marcello. Stefano Ranzani conducts.• • • • •

Starlight Tour on The Verde Canyon Railroad
July 16th, 2016 (Clarkdale, AZ)

This Saturday Night Starlight Ride offers a very unique perspective of the Verde Canyon…under the moon and stars! It’s not just the stars that come out to play in Verde Canyon. As it rumbles through the Canyon, the low slant of sun bathes the high cliffs in soft golden hues. The train reaches the turn-around point of Perkinsville amid a scandalous sunset. The return trip offers a serene glimpse into the nocturnal wildlife set against a dazzling canvas of celestial bodies. As the sun slips behind distant mountains, cool air sweeps through the Canyon signaling the resident wildlife to begin their nightly rounds.

Sedona Jazz at the Church
July 24th, 2016 (3:00 pm)

It’s the Cool Summer Jazz in Sedona series of Jazz at the Church, and Vicki McDermitt and Friends will treat us to an afternoon of fine vocals and jazz at the prettiest and best chamber jazz venue in Northern Arizona – Saint Luke’s Church.Tickets are $15, and can be purchased online and “at the door.” Saint Luke’s Chruch is located at On Hwy 179 between Back ‘O Beyond & Chapel Road “Roundabouts”.

See you there,

Ken and Heather.

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