Special Events in April
The Blazin’ M Magic Show, Sunday Evenings in April, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Bring some magic to your weekend with magician Kevin Barnes at the Blazin’ M Ranch
Entertain and impress family and friends. Reserve your tickets for the Blazin’ M Magic Dinner and Show on on Sunday evenings in March and April, when Las Vegas magician and entertainer Kevin Barnes returns to the Blazin’ M Ranch in Cottonwood.
With over 11,000 performances as the featured magician at the Excalibur Hotel on the Las Vegas Strip, Kevin is an accomplished illusionist who has mastered audience participation and is an amazing showman. Kevin’s combination of illusion, comedy and audience interaction makes these one-of-a kind, must-see performances!
Each Sunday evening will feature the Blazin’ M’s signature chuck wagon meal as well as the courtyard activities and attractions prior to the dinner bell, including the tractor pulled wagon, roping lessons, shooting gallery, shops, Old-Tyme photos, museum, and saloon. There is limited availability and tickets will disappear like magic for this special engagements!
Gates open at 5:00PM, dinner bell rings at 6:30PM and the hour-long Blazin’ Magic Show follows dinner. Book now at (928) 634-0334 or on-line at blazinm.com. Adults $35.95+tax, Seniors (65+) $32.95+tax and Children (3-12) $19.95+tax.
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival, April 21 – April 24
Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival celebrates nature with workshops and field trips where expert guides take visitors to the area’s birding hot spots. The annual event is presented by Arizona State Parks and the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce. Birding is the fastest growing outdoor recreational hobby in the U.S. today. More than 70 field trips are offered throughout the 4-day event, many led by nationally recognized and local experts. From the basics to the expert, there are classes and trips that will fit anyone’s skills. There are also geology trips, butterfly and plant walks, photography, an exhibit hall and an opportunity to shop at a variety of vendors during the event. Dead Horse Ranch State Park is the base camp for this event and offers camping facilities, fishing and other amenities for families and individuals. The Verde Valley Birding & Nature 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.
Verde Valley Fair, April 27 – May 1
Since 1967, the Verde Valley Fair features fun for the entire family including children’s activities, carnival rides, livestock shows, games, arts and crafts, commerical vendors selling their wares, a wide variety of food, professional art show, talent show, petting zoo and more. The fair is held at the Verde Valley Fairgrounds at 800 East Cherry Street, Cottonwood, AZ.
April Starts with Art
Sedona Art Gallery Tour, April 1 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
On the first Friday of each month, from 5:00 – 8:00 pm, members of the Sedona Gallery Association offer a unique monthly showcase highlighting artists, special exhibits, and art events. These special art receptions give locals and Sedona visitors alike the opportunity to enjoy light refreshments while visiting Sedona’s 3 “art destinations”, Hillside Sedona, Tlaquepaque, and Uptown Sedona. This event is free and complimentary tansportation is provided by the Sedona Trolley. For more information, including a map of the tour loop, visit the Sedona Gallery Association website.
The Jerome First Saturday Art Walk, April 2 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Make a night of it in Jerome!
Take a short ride to Jerome on the first Saturday of the month for the First Saturday Art Walk and add in dinner at one of Jerome’s great restaurants, some wine tasting at any of several tasting rooms, and of course some shopping at in the many boutiques and shops in town.
There is plenty of free parking available, and the convenient shuttle will whisk you to the 25+ galleries and studios that participate in the Art Walk. The festivities are from 5:00 to 8:00PM every first Saturday. For more information call (928) 301-3004 or visit JeromeArtWalk.com.
2nd Saturday Art Walk in “Old Town” Cottonwood April 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Historic “Old Town” Cottonwood is the hot new dining and entertainment district in the Verde Valley. The Second Saturday Art Walk is just another reason to make sure you experience it while you are here in the Verde Valley.
On the second Saturday of each month, the art galleries, wine tasting rooms, and restaurants gear up to give you a good time with art exhibitions, music and entertainment, and great food from 6pm – 9pm in the vibrant new Old Town District of Cottonwood. It’s a good time for all!
13th Annual SVAC Open Studios Art Tour, April 29 – May 1
SVAC’s 13th Annual Open Studios Art Tour is an annual celebration of the arts and artists in the greater Verde Valley. This non-profit, artist-run event provides thousands of visitors a unique opportunity to meet the artists and gain a first-hand view of their creative processes. The event is funded entirely by artist participation fees and community support. The weekend event is a free, self-guided tour allowing visitors the opportunity to meet and talk with artists in their daily work spaces. There will be over 40 studios participating, working in a variety of mediums, such as: ceramics, painting, fiber, photography, jewelry, watercolors, and sculpture. The event runs from 10 am to 5 pm daily.
April Events at Red Rock State Park
Eco Friendly and Educational
Wednesday & Saturday Bird Walks, 8AM
Bird enthusiasts join a naturalist for a guided walk appropriate for beginner and advanced birders. Please bring your own binoculars. The Audubon Society has designated Red Rock State Park as an Important Birding Area (IBA) because of the many species that live or visit here. Walks are included with park entrance fees.
A Special Musical Event, April 3 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
Native American Flute Performance by internationally recognized native flute player Jesse Kalu. The performance will take place in the Visitor Center Theater and seating will be limited. Jesse’s intimate performance including questions and answers will last approximately 1 hour. Call ahead to reserve your spot at (928) 282-6907. The reservation fee for this performance is $5.00 per person in addition to the Park’s regular admission fee of: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7-13).
Star(gazing) Party , April 9 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Come out and enjoy the night skies with the Astronomers of Verde Valley and the Rangers of Red Rock State Park in Sedona. Starting with a presentation at 7:00 P.M. on current sky events and what’s “up” in the spring skies. Then star viewing from 8:00 P.M. to 10:00 P.M. Kid’s activities and snacks included. Attendance is limited and a $5.00 reservation fee per person prior to the event is required. Upon arrival usual entrance fees also apply: $7.00 per adult (14 and up), $4.00 per youth (7 – 13), and free for children (0 – 6). For additional information and reservations, please call (928) 282-6907
Bird Migration: An Amazing Journey, April 17 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Of the more than 650 bird species that nest in North America, 75% engage in some kind of migration. Many birds make long journeys twice each year as they migrate between their winter and summer homes. How do they know to which way to fly? How do they navigate the long distances? How do birds return to the same breeding grounds where they hatched the year before? Dena Greenwood – bird biologist/naturalist, will discuss all these and many more questions about migration. Seating is limited so call ahead to reserve your seat (928) 282-6907. The program is included with the park admission fee.
Guided Moonlight Hike at Red Rock State Park, April 21 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Includes Blue Moon Telescopic Viewing
The Moonlight Hike is among the most popular interpretive hikes at Red Rock State Park. Led by a naturalist, it gives hikers the rare opportunity to enjoy the sunset and moonrise from an overlook and return by the light of the moon, while also having the chance to learn about Sedona and its surrounding areas. Verde Valley and park history, as well as archaeology, geology, botany, and riparian wildlife information is also offered by a knowledgeable guide. The hike lasts two to 2 1/2 hours and covers a distance of approximately two miles.
A $5.00 reservation fee is required as well as a park entry fee upon arrival ($5.00 per adult (14 and up) $3.00 per youth (7-13), and free for children (0-6). Rangers ask hikers to please arrive approximately 30 minutes before the starting time to insure participation. Program fees are non-refundable unless the park must cancel the hike after your arrival. Wear suitable clothing, shoes (prepare for cool nights) bring water, and a flashlight. Call the Park at 928-282-6907 to reserve your spot.