Fast forward a few months…autumn is in the air in Sedona, Arizona. The mountains are ablaze with color and the Sedona Arts Festival is in town. Pack your bags and join the merriment that comes from attending the most incredible arts festival in the nation. You may be wondering what this festival entails so you can prepare yourself for two days of culture, Sedona style. Entertainment of the highest caliber is the main ingredient, sprinkled with a large amount of Sedona’s finest cuisine. Add a dash of art and you have the recipe for the grandest time.
2009’s festival begins October 10th and ends October 11th, two days of pure bliss. Saturday it’s open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Sedona’s Red Rock High School is the venue for the entertainment. This is the nineteenth year for the Sedona Arts Festival. The nonprofit festival encourages everyone to come on out and take in the artists’ creations. You will find over a hundred art and craft offerings, the artists and craftspeople displaying their creations in tents erected for the festival.
The entertainment has not been set for the 2009 Sedona Arts Festival as of this date, but many are hoping to see some of their favorites from past years. In 2008 Larry Redhouse, The Denise Allen Band, Sarah Vanell, Matt Tener, and the Sedona Jazz on the Rocks Youth Band performed. It is very inspiring to see all the talent that appears at the festival. The youth of today must carry our music forward, and when you attend the Sedona Arts Festival you will know we are in good hands.
Kids are welcome and a special section has been devoted to their activities. They will be able to interact with the artists and find their own artistic outlets using colors, clay and collage, expressing themselves while their parents enjoy the festival.
When it comes to food you will be pleasantly surprised with the cuisine at the Arts Festival. In an effort to give you a wide selection of healthy, fun foods the vendors are chosen wisely. You will be able to enjoy your choices while you sit at umbrella-shaded tables and chairs
Admission for this year’s event is a donation of ten dollars per adult. Children under the age of twelve have no donation charge, but must be with an adult. You can get discount coupons by watching for the ads announcing the festival, where adults can save one dollar and senior citizens are treated to two dollars off. Parking is free and so is the shuttle that transports guests to and from the event. No one is left out at festival time as they have ample disabled parking.
The Sedona Arts Festival believes in the continuation of the arts and contributes monies for funding projects, supporting local art programs and scholarships. Many deserving students have been able to pursue a career in Art because of the festival. You are encouraged to stop by the foundations booth for more information or just to say hello and “good job.”
Staying at a beautiful hotel or resort in Sedona will complete your weekend getaway. The resorts offer a range of services to make your Arts Festival outing a success. A dip in the pool followed by a massage is the perfect ending to a day of culture. Bring home the most interesting sculptures or hand crafted jewelry. Native American art from the southwestern tribes will enhance the beauty of anyone’s home, and a large selection is always available.