September in Sedona is sublime, with cooler days, brilliant blue skies and starry nights. It also signals the beginning of some of the most popular and beloved fiestas and festivals at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.
Kicking the season off is Fiesta del Tlaquepaque, a celebration of arts and culture like no other, going stronger than ever after 41 years.
Admission is free.
Set aside Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and experience outstanding world-class musical entertainment, over-the-top flamenco, Mexican folk dancers in shimmering costumes, serenades by roving Mariachi, savory Mexican dishes, and a free balloon twisting and fabulous face painting in the fun-filled Kid Zone.
And if that wasn't enough many of Tlaquepaque's stellar artists will be in the courtyards creating in real-time, their latest pieces. Don't be shy, they love to talk about their work and it's a rare opportunity to spend some time with these gifted and passionate artists.
Mosaico Flamenco, a huge favorite every year, lead by local popular singer/guitarist Gaetano and his band, will perform flamenco pieces from Spain and South America.
Mosaico's seasoned flamenco dancers perform with zeal and passion to thunderous applause; 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Plaza de la Fuente.
Esteban, notably one of the iconic flamenco guitarists in the world and now Sedona resident, accompanied by violinist Teresa Joy, are a musical phenomenon. Get ready for high-energy, uncorked passion as these two trade musical volleys and blend their sounds perfectly; 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Patio del las Campanas
Ballet Folklorico, a traditional dance troupe of all ages (the youngsters are adorable), in shimmering, vibrant costumes, delight spectators year after year. The dances represent stories and traditions passed on from generation to generation from the villages of Old Mexico. Be sure to catch one of the shows; 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Plaza de la Fuente.
Check out Tlaquepaque favorite Ritmo Latino featuring the sensuous sounds of acoustic guitar, the romance of the saxophone, the sultry rhythms of Latin percussion and beautiful vocals of Andres Martinez, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Patio de las Campanas.
Jaleo Band rocks! Directed by Colombian duo Alvaro and Camilo Moreno, with an ensemble of seven additional musicians, Jaleo offers big-sound performances and a true melding of Latin and South American musical traditions, expressed in the rhythmic melodies of salsa, cha-cha, Latin jazz, merengue and cumbia. 3 to 6 p.m., Patio del Norte.
Mariachi La Familia Rojas, all heart and with lots of soul, will be roaming the streets and patios of Tlaquepaque playing Old Mexico favorites.
World-class Artists Demonstrations in the Courtyards
Art lovers alert. Witness Tlaquepaque artists expressing their passions and to engage them in conversation.
Participating in Fiesta this year are:
Honshin Fine Art - Featuring "Shout Out for the Arts" - by Nicholas Kirsten Honshin, Lou Adams, demonstrating the making of Origami Peace Cranes, Linoblock prints on display, plus a demonstration.
Ertco - Steve Hostetler, knife and leather sheath maker. All his knives are made to be used, and are gorgeously designed in the minutest detail.
Feliz Navidad - Tom Seiger, creates handcrafted ornaments from a wild buffalo gourd, designed from the art of prehistoric Mimbres, Hohokam or Anasazi Indians. "Red earth" ornaments by Claudia Cook depicting red rock scenes. Are demonstrated as well.
Inner Eye Gallery - Lynne and Ken Mikell , both Raku artists, create stunning pieces with the crackle and smoke marks are unique to each vessel, then hand painted.
Carvana - will feature the designs of Melissa Iaquillino, demonstrating metalsmithing techniques with her signature colors and textures, the origins of which that date back to the Egyptians.
Ken Rowe Gallery - don't miss Kim Kori's wildlife sculptures in bronze with whimsical fairytale qualities that timeless and remarkably life-like. John (Jack) C. Morley draws with graphite and wax pencil, combining the subtlety of graphite with the bold contrast of prisma color wax pencil.
La Fuente Gallery - Yvonne Johnson works in transparent watercolor. Her emphasis is on special depth and value contrasts. Her latest works derive from her fascination with images and impressions of the Grand Canyon.
Mountain Trails Gallery - Well-known Sedona artists Betty Carr and Lisa Danielle will be painting in the gallery and Susan Kliewer will be sculpting for Fiesta.
Kuivato Glass - Ohana creates handmade one of a kind fused glass and artists Chris Brundage and Will Hardwick will also showcase their pewter and Austrian crystal jewelry.
Home to 47 shops and galleries and four restaurants, Tlaquepaque, is located at 336 State Route 179 in Sedona.
It is open daily at 10 a.m. For more information call (928) 282-4838, visit: www.tlaq.com and www.shoptlaq.com.