Posted by: Lori Reinhold
October is a busy month in Sedona. Many flock to Sedona in the fall when the temperatures start to cool down and the already beautiful desert landscape is awash in the changing colors of autumn. October is also the time when a host of fall-related activities begin to crop up on the Sedona events calendar. Whether you come to experience the Southwest’s rich artistic heritage or take part in an authentic Mexican Day of the Dead celebration, this month promises to be one of the most exciting and diverse of the year.
Sedona Arts Festival: October 7th and 8th
The desert of the American Southwest has long been a haven and source of inspiration for artists from all over the world. The Sedona Arts Festival celebrates the region’s rich artistic tradition. Now in its 27th year, the festival is dedicated to showcasing local artists and supporting Sedona’s vibrant artistic community. Spend the weekend exploring the festival grounds, where you’ll find beautiful, one-of-a-kind paintings, glassworks, sculptures, jewelry, and more. There will also be musical performances and delicious snacks in the “Gourmet Gallery.”
Sedona Plein Air Festival: October 14th through 21st
“En Plein Air” refers to the act of painting outdoors. And what better place to paint outdoors than Sedona, a place renowned for its dramatic landscapes and unparalleled natural beauty? For 13 years in a row, the Plein Air festival has inspired folks to get outside and find inspiration in the beautiful landscapes around them.The festival takes place over six days every October and includes gallery shows, receptions, workshops, demonstrations, and artist talks. This is a great chance to meet local artists and learn about their craft. You’ll get the chance to watch many of them paint “en plein air” right before your eyes. If you participate in one of the many artist-led workshops, you can even try out this style of painting yourself.
Red Rocks Oktoberfest: October 21st
Every October, this beloved German tradition makes it way to Sedona’s Posse Grounds Park. Don your favorite lederhosen and dirndls for a fun-filled day dedicated to craft beer, delicious food, lively music, and an all around good time. Plus, you can drink beer while contributing to a good cause: All proceeds of Oktoberfest go to education programs and scholarships for Sedona kids.
Dia de Los Muertos: October 28th
Dia de Los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a Mexican tradition that honors the loved ones who are no longer with us. Sedona’s Day of the Dead celebration takes place at Tlaquepaque, an arts and crafts shopping village dedicated to Native American and Mexican art. Dia de Los Muertos is a colorful and lively event, despite what some may see as its morbid subject matter. You’ll love seeing Tlaquepaque decorated with ritual objects and ofrendas, or offerings, such as candles, photographs, and personal objects. Feel free to come and honor your loved ones with an ofrenda of your own. There will also be fire dancers, live music, craft vendors, and of course, lots of food. Swing by “El Mercado” for authentic taquitos, hot chocolate, fresh churros, agua fresca, and other traditional Mexican delicacies. Be sure to check out the Dia de Los Muertos mural, a 26-foot long community mural paying tribute to the dead.
With so many fun things happening in Sedona during the fall, we hope you can find the time to visit one or more during your stay.
Coming to Sedona this fall? Book a stay at Alma de Sedona for easy access to the region’s many fall offerings and of course, unbeatable red rock views.