Sedona, AZ is one of the top vacation destinations in the country with its perfect blend of a vibrant arts scene, extensive outdoor recreation and vacation rentals with convenient property management options. A long list of events is held there every year headlined by the International Film Festival, the Arts Festival and the Jazz Festival. Whether it’s film, arts, music or lifestyle you will find a world-class event in this amazing place.

Film and Arts

The International Film Festival & Workshop is held in February and March and includes some of the best independent films from around the world. It presents documentaries, shorts, animation, student films and foreign films, and with more than 160 films there is never a dull moment for children, teenagers and adults.

The Photography Symposium in August is a four-day event for avid photographers surrounded by some of the most spectacular natural landscapes in the world. It offers inspiring presentations, field workshops and breakout sessions to let you see and learn how to capture breathtaking photos.

Artists’ Coalition Open Studios offers visitors a tour of the local artists while working in their studios. It takes place in April and offers more than 50 private studios where work is going on in a variety of mediums. This is one of the best events in the locality for anyone who loves fine art.

The Gem and Mineral Show held in October is a showcase of some of the most dazzling rocks and minerals from the area. With Crystals, agates, amethysts, fare fossils and meteorites to view as well as gorgeous jewelry crafted from many gemstones and beads. You can have your ring, necklace or bracelet custom crafted with the gemstones and other minerals of your choice. This festival includes food, beverages and activities for children.


The Jazz Festival is famous in the Southwest as having launched many careers in music. You will hear famous jazz artists as well as up-and-coming musicians. The price of admission is very reasonable considering the quality of talent and the proceeds go to sponsor music classes, scholarships and a youth jazz combo.

The Red Rock Music Festival held in August and September features world-renowned artists playing a variety of styles from romantic to jazz. Held at the Sedona Creative Life Center it also features the Phoenix Symphony Orchestra.


The city offers a huge selection of events from yoga in the morning to mountain biking through the amazing natural monoliths. The Mountain Bike Festival is a three-day event in March that includes bike demos, miles of red single track, a beer garden and live music. Pet are welcome to this event.

Festival – A Consciousness Evolution Conference helps yoga practitioners tap into the ancient wisdom that has surrounded the area for millennia. You will enjoy three days of yoga with music surrounded by the towering red cliffs that give so much energy to the area.

The Winefest in September showcases delightful Arizona wines paired with tasty local food and music. There are vendors aplenty for you to select your favorites and the event is also closely linked to the amazing natural surroundings.

The Health and Nutrition Conference in January attracts healthcare professionals to learn the latest on plant-based nutrition and how diet affects chronic illnesses. The Vegfest is just after where you can taste and learn about the delicious options for a plant-based diet and lifestyle.

Christmas is celebrated in a big way with several events that delight children and adults. You may start with Breakfast with Santa, an annual event presented by the Sedona Parks and Recreation Department. The event is free and a thrill for the little ones as they pet a pony reindeer, take a photo with Santa and get a gift bag.

The Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau sponsors The Tree Lighting & Santa Visit. The free tree-lighting ceremony is at Tlaquepaque North. Santa will be there as well as other live entertainment and refreshments.

The Festival of Lights offers live entertainment, free cider and much more as well as the lighting of 6,000 luminarias in the Tlaquepaque’s walkways and courtyards

Sedona offers a variety of lifestyle trends and for those who just love to gaze at the ever-changing light on the amazing red rocks to those who hike, bike, fish, white water raft, mountain bike and much more. The city offers a variety of vacation rentals with excellent property management options for your specific needs. The festivals continue throughout the year to entertain you and raise money for worthy causes.