Signaling the coming of fall, Sedona prepares for high season, the influx of visitors and the return to cooler outdoor adventures, gallery hopping and local shopping. Restaurants fill up as tourism picks up. For many it is the season to be in Sedona. And a very special yearly event tells us it's time to get out and have some fun.
The popular Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, celebrating Mexican Independence Day, is now in its 38th year at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. The bring-your-whole-family fiesta takes place Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Spend the day enjoying world-class music, traditional dance, fabulous food and fun activities for kids. Admission is free!
Parking is available at the municipal parking lot in Uptown, serviced by the Tlaquepaque shuttle to go to and from Fiesta.
"Fiesta is my favorite time of year. This event is for our community and visitors from close by and far away. If you haven't been in a while you'll want to see Ballet Amistad Folklorico where entire families perform dazzling traditional dances. We have an especially great line-up of excellent musical talent and, of course, are pleased to present once again Mosaico Flamenco with their truly joyful, adrenaline-producing performances that will get you moving," said Wendy Lippman, partner and general manager of Tlaquepaque.
For the youngsters there is a full day of magic, juggling and yo-yo demonstrations by Magical Michael Steele, and fanciful face painting by Jean-Marie Nixon.
And be sure to check out the creative talents of select Tlaquepaque artists who will be working on their new pieces in the courtyards.
schedule, Saturday, Sept. 10:
Maestro Drew Bennett, a multi-talented, Grammy-nominated national performing flamenco guitarist, renowned Native American flautist, recording artist, and songwriter will sweep you away with his evocative and haunting melodies.
Bennett, who has Cherokee roots, fuses energetic Spanish-nuevo pieces consisting of Spanish, Brazilian, Salsa, Cuban, Mediterranean and Rumba influences, as well as romantic smooth jazz ballads. 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Patio de Las Campanas
Mosaico Flamenco, a huge favorite every year, their rousing musical talents and fiery, high-energy flamenco dance cause spontaneous burst of joy by audience members. These folks always deliver and are mesmerizing to watch. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Patio del Norte
Ballet Amistad Folklorico, the traditional dance troupe comprised of children and adults who twirl and dance with skillful precision. Experience a cultural infusion of folk dancing with authentic, colorful hand-made costumes from every region of Mexico. The blur of colors from their multilayered costumes is not to be believed! Patio La Fuente, 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Mosaic Trio, featuring Andres Martinez, brings together the rhythms of Latin America with sultry sounds of Latin percussion, acoustic guitar, the romance of the saxophone. Martinez is known and loved for his beautiful vocals. 2-5 p.m., Patio de Las Campanas
Miller, Martin and Ki, are well-known favorite local solo artists in their own right. Bring them together and this the newly formed powerhouse quartet (with father Robin and son Eric Miller) performs an enticing blend of styles including hot flamenco, sophisticated Brazilian jazz, catchy originals and crowd-pleasing favorites. 4-6 p.m., Patio del Norte
Mariachi Colonial, a fun-loving and gifted troupe of musicians, present the popular music of Old Mexico in every corner of the arts village. 10 a.m. to noon and 2-4 p.m.
Fun for Kids
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Fabulous face painting with Jean-Marie Nixon
11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Magical Michael Steele, juggling, magic and yo-yo demonstrations next to El Rinchon Restaurante.
Tlaquepaque is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona.
Additional parking during Fiesta is available at the uptown municipal parking lot.
For more information about Fiesta, performance times and other events visit: www.tlaq.com and www.ShopTlaq.com for online shopping or call (928) 282-4838.