Summer may be winding down but the fun is just heating up in Sedona. Music, art and wine are all part of the September festivities.

Schnebly Hill Lovers of classical music and dance will rejoice as the Red Rocks Music Festival continues until September 8. Internationally acclaimed performers weave a beautiful tapestry of classical and jazz music and modern dance at a variety of venues. Even more importantly the festival provides outreach educational programs reconnecting students to the arts.

double rainbow by Snoopy Rock There is a siren song to the red rocks that proves irresistible to artistic types. Blame it on Sedona’s dramatic beauty and scandalous light. It moves, inspires and nurtures residents and visitors alike.

On the first Friday of every month, many of Sedona’s prominent art galleries host an evening of openings, demonstrations and receptions. The Sedona Trolley offers free transportation during First Friday Art Walk, circulating from Uptown to the world-class galleries clustered in small plazas like Hozho Center and Hillside Sedona. Crowds move through the delicious twilight that cradles Sedona, nibbling food and gazing at everything from fine art to funkier creations.

West Fork Canyon

West Fork Canyon

More music can be heard during the 40th Annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, a celebration of Mexican Independence Day, on September 14.  Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village houses a collection of restaurants, shops and galleries in Spanish-style buildings reminiscent of a Mexican hamlet. Cobblestone walkways meander beneath arched doorways and canopies of Arizona sycamores, providing the perfect setting for the rhythmic vitality of mariachi music and the lightning-fast footwork of flamenco dancers.

Sedona at Sunset

Sedona at Sunset

Finish the month at the Sedona Winefest, September 28-29. The two-day event celebrates the burgeoning wine growing industry across the state. It is a joyous gala of wine, food, music and a juried art show.

To learn about Sedona’s upcoming events, click here: http://sedonachamber.com/article/341.

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