May 2016 in Sedona and the Verde Valley
The Verde Valley Fair
April 27 – May 1
Since 1967, the Verde Valley Fair has featured fun for the entire family including children’s activities, commercial vendors, games, crafts, a wide variety of food, rides, professional art show, talent show, petting zoo and more.
At the Verde Valley Fairgrounds, 800 East Cherry Street, Cottonwood , AZ
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. For more information, call 928.203.0375.
It’s Eagle Watch Season on the Verde Canyon Railroad
The Eagle Watch trains run all month long. Whether you choose coach or first-class seating, adjacent open-air viewing cars offer the best spotting opportunities. Check the Verde Canyon Railroad website for times and details.
Soaring over their winter habitat along Arizona’s perennial streams and rivers, Bald Eagles inspire all with their majestic appearance and graceful acrobatics. Most of the access points to the Canyon are closed to the public during the breeding season, the exception being Verde Canyon Railroad. The train has rumbled through this ravine for over 100 years and poses no distraction to these avian inhabitants, their many generations accustomed to the iron horse’s daily appearance along the river.
Catch a glimpse of our national symbol in its natural landscape, flying free in the big western sky along red sandstone cliff faces and diving into the cool green river to snatch a fat fish to feed its eaglets. Eagle watchers can snag some treats of their own during the rail trip, enjoying freshly-made hors d’oeuvres washed down with local favorites like our classic prickly pear margarita.
Visit the Verde Canyon Railroad website for more information or call 800.582.7245
Sedona Art Gallery Tour
May 6 @ 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.
Sixth Annual Great Sedona Chili Cook-off
Each year the proceeds collected from the Chili Cook-off are used to fund Rotary charitable programs and activities. The primary local charity benefiting from the proceeds goes to the Imagination Library which provides free books monthly to all children ages 0 to 5 residing in the greater Sedona area.
Visit the Great Sedona Chili Cook-off website for details!
Cinco de Mayo Celebration at Tlaquepaque
May 7 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
For more information, visit the Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village website.
The Jerome First Saturday Art Walk
May 7 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
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.
Join the National Train Day Celebration at Verde Canyon Railroad
Saturday May 14
On National Train Day, Verde Canyon Railroad applauds the important history of American railroads with an entertaining and educational event at their Clarkdale depot. Explore our outdoor storyboards and take a tour of the newly renovated John Bell Museum.
Liberty Wildlife will be sharing rescued educational birds with all guests at the depot, as well as on board the train. A delicious BBQ ribs and chicken luncheon will be available for purchase on the patio in addition to many refreshing beverage options.
Eye-catching additions to the Verde Canyon Railroad visitor experience are depot storyboards, overflowing with details on the Verde Canyon encounter, pioneer spirit and railroad lore, installed along the quarter-mile length of the depot’s loading platform. Visitors will gather fascinating facts about the many animals, plants and people that have imprinted the Verde Valley and the Canyon through which the train passes. Specifics on the railroad’s vintage FP7 locomotives and historic rail cars also are shared via storyboards. For more information, visit the railroad’s website or call 800.582.7245.
2nd Saturday Art Walk in “Old Town” Cottonwood
May 14 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 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!