Sedona Hummingbird Festival
The most beautiful place in America to see hummingbirds!(sm)
THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL WAS July 29-31, 2016
Next year's festival will be July 28-30, 2017
Presentations, Marketplace, and ticket sales take place at:
Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC)
located at the Sedona Red Rock High School
995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336
GPS Coordinates: Lat. 34.846635, Long. -111.830435
FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES — Overview
Presentations: 3 days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world in the modern, air-conditioned Sedona Performing Arts Center.
"Birds & Blooms" Hummingbird Garden Tours: Each ticket valid for two days, permitting a self-guided garden visit at your own schedule one or both days. This allows you to visit the gardens and spend as much time as desired but still see lectures on the opposite day. You will take your paypal receipt and bring it to SPAC location where you will get a wristband and garden tour map to enjoy the gardens. You may pick them up anytime Fri/Sat/Sun after 8am. We are pleased to again have Birds & Blooms Magazine as a Platinum level corporate sponsor this year!
Gala Banquet Celebration: A delightful highlight of the 3-day event Saturday evening, with dinner and good times.
Banding (free): See tiny numbered band attached to a hummingbird's leg so that its movements can be scientifically followed! 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Exhibits (free): The Hummingbird Marketplace (exhibitors and vendors area), held in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center, with easy access to shopping opportunities for "everything hummingbird." As before, no admission fee!
Food Vendor: To be determined
Birding Trips: Birders will have the opportunity to visit different habitats, Page Springs Fish Hatchery, Sedona Wetlands and Oak Creeek Canyon; tickets are reasonably priced, but reservations required because of extremely limited capacity. Trips are led by the Northern Arizona Audubon Society and Tim Webber, local ornithologist. Bring your binocs, but more importantly, buy your tickets at the opening bell on April 1, 2017, at 12:00 Noon MST; in 2016, all tickets were sold out in the first 30(!) minutes. We hope to add more trips in 2017 than we had in 2016.
DETAILS on all parts of the festival will be found under the individual tabs as they are updated.
You can read about the first Sedona Hummingbird Festival (2012) in this excerpt from The Hummingbird Connection, the official member magazine of the Hummingbird Society.
How beautiful is Sedona? We know of no more beautiful description of Sedona than this video. Be sure to make it full screen.
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is always held around the end of July, when Sedona's hummingbird population is highest and most diverse—5 or even 6-7 species instead of the usual 2—and with typically five times the number of hummers as in early summer. Thanks to Sedona's high altitude of 4,500 feet, we escape the intense summer heat experienced in more southern parts of Arizona, more at the Sedona tab. August is also a "low season" for tourism in Sedona, so you'll be able to take advantage of lower lodging prices. We're working on securing deals from participating hotels and motels; see "lodging deals."
Arizona is already well known as the top state for seeing many hummingbird species (a fact that Texas disputes, of course). People travel great distances just to see Arizona's hummers. But Sedona also has Red Rock Country, and that makes it even more desirable to come here to see hummingbirds. Is there a prettier place in America to see hummers? We don't think so! That's the reason behind the tagline for the Sedona Hummingbird Festival: The Most Beautiful Place in America to See Hummingbirds.
Sedona Hummingbird Festivals have been spectacular community events! Residents and businesses were encouraged to include hummer-friendly flowers in their yard. Those lacking time or inclination for gardening put out feeders, especially beginning in June. By keeping the feeders filled and fresh, residents year after year see that migrants will reward their benefactors by returning—with friends and relatives—leading to ever-higher populations. In our dreams, the Hummingbird Society imagines feeders even hanging from the street signs, but that may not happen right away!
The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is made possible in part by grants from the City of Sedona, Arizona, and with assistance of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. We gratefully acknowledge their help in making this event possible.