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May 28-30 - The 10th annual Zaki Gordon Institute Shorts Film Festival showcases the work of graduating film students, with lots of entertainment. Call (928) 649-4266.


June 4-12 - Festival of Native American Culture presents art, music, dance, seminars, food and much more in the second annual celebration in the Verde Valley and Sedona. Call (928) 284-4764.

June 4-5 - The ninth annual Crawdad Festival takes Camp Verde by storm every year, with two days of

Cajun-style food, entertainment, contests, beer garden and more. Call (928) 567-5339.

June 5 - The annual Copper Ball raises funds for Fit Kids of Arizona for Verde Valley Medical Center, with a black-tie event, including dinner, cocktails and live music at Tlaquepaque in Sedona. Call (928) 639-6036.

June 12-Oct. 2 - Local growers come together for the Camp Verde Farmer’s Market on Hollamon Street, selling vegetables, fruits, jams, breads, plants, crafts and more. Call (928) 634-7077.

June 12-27 - The second annual Dine In Sedona Fest introduces you to many of the extraordinary eateries in Sedona and the Village of Oak Creek with a culinary tour. Call (928) 204-3916.

June 13 - Sedona Taste, the 15th annual fund-raiser for the Boys & Girls Club, includes food and wine tasting from area restaurants, silent auction and entertainment. Call (928) 282-0122.

June 18 - Cottonwood Parks & Recreation again hosts Daddy Daughter Date Night, a day for young girls to celebrate Dad with dinner and dancing. Call (928) 639-3200.


July 1-Sept. 23 - The Cottonwood Farmer’s Market Jamboree in Old Town brings together local growers and crafts-people with popular local musical acts for entertainment each Thursday. Call (928) 639-3200.

July 4 - Clarkdale’s Old-Fashioned Fourth of July includes kids parade, pancake breakfast, music, games and ice cream social. Call (928) 634-9591. Beaver Creek hosts an Independence Day Parade with games, food, duck race and all sorts of fun in Lake Montezuma. The 11th annual Fantastic Family Fourth of July is a free celebration of Independence Day, with food, games, inflatables and possibly fireworks. Call (928) 639-3200.

July 10 - Cornville’s 125th Birthday Bash brings together the unincorporated community at Windmill Park.

July 17 - The 18th annual Cornfest returns to Camp Verde with the world’s best roasted sweet corn, music, contests and loads of fun. Call (928) 567-7264.

July 24 - Main Street Sedona hosts Day of the Cowboy, a free celebration with a parade, live music, artists, crafts and food. Call (928) 204-2390.


Aug. 3 - Verde Valley towns and cities cel-ebrate National Night Out, a community get-together focusing on

public safety, with local law enforcement, child ID, food and games. Call (928) 634-9591 in Clarkdale, 639-3200 in Cottonwood or 567-6631 in Camp Verde.


Sept. 3-5 - The Red Rocks Music Festival in Sedona features musicians from Arizona’s leading performing arts organizations in a musical, educational experience. Call (877) 733-7257.

Sept. 4 - The 24th annual Moonlight Madness Street Festival in Uptown Sedona includes free music, entertainment, children’s activities, food booths and sidewalk sales. Call (928) 204-2390.

Sept. 10-11 - Camp Verde’s Relay for Life brings awareness to and

raises funds for the fight against cancer. The all night event is at the community soccer field. Call (928) 526-2896.

Sept. 11 - The 37th annual Fiesta del Tlaquepaque celebrates Mexican Independence day with fabulous food, music, dance and entertainment at the Sedona arts & crafts village. (928) 282-4838.

Sept. 12 - Rusty’s Blazin’ Celebration at the Blazin M Ranch in Cottonwood celebrates 25 years of Rusty’s Morningstar Ranch with food and entertainment, silent auction and more. Visit

Sept. 18-19 - The 10th annual Thunder Valley Rally at Cliff Castle Casino in Camp Verde raises funds for Yavapai Big Brothers Big Sisters with poker run, food, prizes, music, raffle, bike

show and more. Call (928) 567-7999.

Sept. 24-25 - The fifth annual State of the Art at Tlaquepaque in Sedona is designed for the new collector and the connoisseur and also features work of local high school artists as part of a scholarship program. Call (928) 282-4648.

Sept. 25 - Verde River Day is a celebration of the valley’s main waterway with fishing, canoeing, hands-on activities, live animals, duck race, car show and entertainment at Dead Horse Ranch State Park in Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-5283.

Sept. 25 - Sedona Community Fair at the airport includes the Sedona Winefest, Artists in Action, Metaphysical pavilion, food, music and car show. Visit


Oct. 1 - Sedona Book

Festival is a celebration of local authors and includes readings, book signings and entertainment. (928) 282-2284.

Oct. 2 - Sedona Jazz on the Rocks is back after a one-year hiatus with great acts in jazz, blues and R&B to benefit music education programs. Call (928) 282-1985.

Oct. 2 - Cottonwood’s fifth annual Rhythm & Ribs brings hot rock ‘n’ blues acts all day to accompany the Verde Valley’s best barbecue in a Rib Cook-Off. Call (928) 639-3200.

Oct. 2 - The bi-annual Jerome Garden Walk

allows you to discover the secret Jerome, visiting backyard hideaways and quaint gardens in a half-mile walking tour. Call (928) 634-2900.

Oct. 8-10 - Fort Verde Days is Camp Verde’s biggest annual celebration of its long heritage, with a parade, carnival,

Bull Bash, re-enactors, art show, antiques, vendors, tournaments and more. Call (928) 567-7264.

Oct. 2 - Early Setter’s Day showcases the work and play of the setters of the Verde Valley in the 19th century, with hands-on demos, food, games and music at the Clemenceau Museum in Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-2868.

Oct. 8-9 - The eighth annual Jerome Ghost Walk allows you to see the mountain town’s “haunts” and tells Jerome’s spookiest

stories. Call (928) 634-1066.

Oct. 9-10 - The Sedona Arts Festival marks its 20th year and features 150 artists in 11 media in a juried outdoor arts and crafts festival, with music, food, raffles and more at Sedona Red Rock High School. Call (928) 204-9456.

Oct. 23 - The first-ever “Kingdom of the Spiders” Movie Reunion invites all cast, crew, extras and the public to share memories of the filming of the 1977 movie in Camp Verde. (703) 298-3579.

Oct. 23 - Paint Out on Main Street in Sedona launches the Plein Air Festival as more than 20 artists create their paintings on the sidewalks and plazas along 89A. Call (928) 204-2390.

Oct. 23-30 - The sixth annual Sedona Plein Air Festival has more than 30 artists coming to Sedona and the surrounding area to paint in the open air for a week and then display their works. (928) 282-3809.

Oct. 31 - Camp Verde’s

annual Trick or Treat Main Street blocks off Main Street to traffic as businesses stay open late to treat the ghouls and goblins. Call (928) 567-0535. Safe & Fun Trick or Treat invites everyone to Uptown Sedona for Halloween with the merchants. Call (928) 204-2390.


Nov. 5 - Red Rock Canvas is an artist event sponsored by the Sedona Gallery Association to benefit Camp Soaring Eagle, with art demos, receptions, dialogues and silent auction. Call (928) 282-7390.

Nov. 6 - The Zeke Taylor Barbecue features more than just beef. Enjoy great music, dancing and fun with local entertainers to benefit the Clemenceau Museum, corner of Mingus Avenue and Willard in Cottonwood. Call (928) 634-2868.

Nov. 13 - For Walkin’ on Main, Old Town Cottonwood is blocked off to traffic so pedestrians can enjoy a juried art show on the street, live music, classic cars, wine tasting and much more. Call (928) 639-3200.

Nov. 19-Jan. 2 - The 19th annual Red Rock Fantasy at Los Abrigados hosts more than a million lights in dozens of displays, scavenger hunt, music and more. (800) 521-3131.

Nov. 26-Dec. 5 - Tlaquepaque hosts the Festival of Trees, in which artists decorate Christmas trees and put them up for silent auction to benefit local charities. Call (928) 282-4838.

Dec. 3-12 - The Made In Clarkdale art exhibit is in its 24th year, with works from artists who live or work in Clarkdale, along with entertainment, classes and more. Call (928) 649-0753.

Dec. 4 - The Cottonwood Christmas Parade is the granddaddy of Verde Valley holiday parades, running down Main Street to Old Town with themed floats, entertainment and, of course, Santa. (928) 634-7593.

Dec. 4 - The 17th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Walk brings you to Old Town Cottonwood to be treated with goodies from shops and galleries open late. Call (928) 639-0676.

Dec. 11 - Camp Verde’s Christmas Craft Bazaar shows off the best of local craftspeople and artist, just in time for holiday shopping. Call (928) 567-0535.

Dec. 11 - The Parade of Lights illuminates Main Street in Camp Verde with a night procession of sparkling floats, music and fun. Call (928) 567-0535.

Dec. 11 - Tlaquepaque Festival of Lights in Sedona sees the lighting of 6,000 luminaria in the courtyards and walkways, with musicians performing throughout the evening. Call (928) 282-4838.

Dec. 11 - For the annual Loving Bowls at Sedona Arts Center, the area’s talented local potters donate bowls to be sold to benefit Meals on Wheels. Call (928) 282-3809.

Dec. 11-12 - The Clarkdale Historic Building Tour hosted by the Clarkdale Heritage Museum shows off and shares the stories of the town’s pride and joy. Call (928) 649-1198.

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