Sedona Festivals & Events
Celebrating Film, Bikes, Food, & Art
Blame it on our perfect year-round weather and stunning 360 degree views—Sedona is a national hotspot for festivals of all kinds. From Wolf Week to Star Parties, from the world renowned Sedona Film Festival to the world renowned Sedona Mountain Bike Fest, Sedona Real is the perfect base to catch any of these legendary events.
SEPTEMBER 15 – OCTOBER 31
Ales on Rails
Ales on Rails is a party at the Verde Canyon Railroad depot prior to the train’s 1:00 p.m. departure. Tickets include beer tasting, lunch and a souvenir pint glass. A wild variety of craft beers, ranging from the hoppiest IPAs to the chocolatiest stouts and everything in between, will be available by the taste AND by the glass. Autumn in the Verde Canyon is full of late-season wildflowers basking in warm afternoons, while cool nights chill the riparian foliage to gold. The colors of the red rocks and the burnished leaves echo the rich, hoppy colors of the Arizona- brewed beers, making a train ride the perfect pairing.
DECEMBER 4 - 24
Verde Canyon Railroad Magical Christmas Journey
The Magical Christmas Journey™ to the North Pole is an exciting holiday event for the entire family. Perusing the grounds rich with festive lighting and décor, purchase holiday treats and beverages, and take family photos with a real Bald Eagle and Princess Noel before touring the charming miniature Bird’s-Eye Village.
The train is met by Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, “reindeer” and elves at the North Pole, as it cruises by Santa’s Workshop, Mrs. Claus’ Bakery, the Reindeer Flight School, the Naughty Kid’s Coal Mine and the Ugly Sweater Factory before Santa hops onboard the train for the return trip Clarkdale.
Verde Canyon Railroad Family New Year's Eve
Bring in the New Year with Family-themed Adventure! New Year’s Eve is a time to focus on new beginnings, fresh starts, and the exciting adventure ahead. Just as train tracks link distant locations, Verde Canyon Railroad forms a connection from the past, the present and the future through precious memories with loved ones. Revelers of all ages will enjoy a “Family New Year’s Eve” daytime event aboard Verde Canyon Railroad. As the train travels deep into the Verde Canyon take this time to tell your family and friends what you appreciate about them and reminisce about the life experiences you have shared.
2021 DATES TBD
Sedona VegFest two-day celebration of the joys of plant-based eating. Featuring exciting products, services and information supportive of whole food plant-based living, participants learn about the benefits of a plant-based nutrition and lifestyle in a fun, festive atmosphere.
As a supporter of the Sedona VegFest, Sedona Real offers discounted stays for attendees.
2020 EVENT CANCELED | 2021 DATES TBD
Sedona Photography Symposium
Experience and learn new photography skills in an upbeat, welcoming environment. The Sedona Photography Symposium is an event that will inspire as you further define your personal creativity and style in one of the world’s most magnificent landscapes. Brought to you by the Sedona Camera Club, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities for photographers of all skill levels.
As an official supporter of the Sedona Photography Symposium, Sedona Real offers reduced rates to attendees.
2021 DATES TBD
Run Sedona 5K & 10K
With the stunning backdrop of Sedona’s Red Rocks, it’s easy to see why the Run Sedona has become one of our most popular events. Sedona Real offers a comfy home base waiting when you return to rest and rejuvenate. Run Sedona features a half marathon, 10K, and 5K route, all conveniently located near Sedona Real. Visit the official Run Sedona site to view all course maps and stations.
As event supporters, we offer exclusive reduced rates for all attendees.
2021 DATES TBD
Sedona Food Truck Festival
If good food, good music and good beer are on your list of favorites, then this event is for you. Sedona’s fourth annual Food Truck Festival will be held at Posse Grounds Park from 11 AM – 5 PM.
With your free admission enjoy live music and entertainment, along with food trucks featuring $5 sampler menus, and a beer garden with $5 beer and wine for sale.
2021 DATES TBD
Sedona Mountain Bike Festival
The Sedona Mountain Bike Festival is a three-day celebration of everything mountain bike. Demos, shuttle rides, beer garden, great bands, and world-class biking trails – you and your bike can get as dirty as you’d like.
Sedona Real has a passion for mountain bikes. Our staff is happy to help you find the perfect trail or road no matter what your skill level. Plus, you can leave our famous red dirt behind with free, unlimited use of our bike wash and repair station.
We are pleased to offer exclusive reduced rates as a welcome for all festival-goers.
2021 DATES TBD
Sedona International Film Festival
The Sedona International Film Festival is quickly becoming one of the top film festivals in the nation. With so many great films screened in such a beautiful setting, it’s not hard to see why. The Sedona International Film Festivals participating theaters are located within one-mile of our front door – with so many great films to see, why waste time traveling? Your room at Sedona Real will keep you in the heart of it all.
Sedona Real offers exclusive room rates as a welcome for attendants – you don’t have to be a celebrity to get treated like one.
Sedona Illuminate Film Festival
Dedicated to elevating human consciousness and inspiring lasting transformation through cinema, the Illuminate Film Festival showcases narrative features, documentaries and shorts in the mind-body-spirit genre.
We’re excited to be sponsoring this magical event which celebrates wisdom-centered film making. Enjoy exclusive reduced rates and benefits during the Illuminate Film Festival, including the convenience of catching the festival shuttle in our lobby and socializing with event goers and filmmakers while on the property.