2014 Sedona Hummingbird Festival
The most beautiful place in America to see hummingbirds!(sm)
Online ticket sales began 4/1! Click on Tickets
A preliminary schedule of speakers is now available!
Click on Presentations
New 30-second video about the Festival! Click here
THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL:
August 1-2-3, 2014
Sedona Red Rock High School
995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road
Sedona, AZ 86336
Presentations: We again will have 3 days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world in the modern, air-conditioned Sedona Performing Arts Center. This year we have a special emphasis on gardening.
Garden Tours: We have made each ticket valid for two days instead of one. In this way you can schedule the garden visits and presentation plans so as not to miss anything!
Sunrise Breakfasts: We will have at least three "hotspots" with huge numbers of hummingbirds suitable for breakfasts.
Banding: We have two great hotspots for banding in 2014. See "Maps" tab after 6/1/14.
Exhibitors: The Hummingbird Marketplace [exhibitors and vendors area] will remain in the lobby of the Sedona Performing Arts Center, giving you easier access to opportunities to buy "everything hummingbird." As before, attending this area is free--no admission fees!
Birding Trips: Birders will have the opportunity to visit one of two different habitats, Page Springs Fish Hatchery and Oak Creeek Canyon. Free, but reservations required.
Ticket prices for Presentations will be unchanged from 2013; garden tour tickets, now valid two days instead of one, will increase to $14 (advance price; $15 at the event). The Sunrise Breakfasts remain at $20, and the Gala Banquet price has not been set but is expected to be around $50. The Gala will now be on Saturday night instead of Thursday night.
TICKET PURCHASES: Online ticket sales began 4/1/14 at Noon, MST/PDT. See the "Tickets" tab.
DETAILS on all parts of the festival will be found under the "Activities" tab as they are updated.
You can read about the 2012 Sedona Hummingbird Festival in this excerpt from The Hummingbird Connection, the official member journal 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 the first weekend in August, when Sedona's hummingbird population is highest and most diverse—5 or even 6 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 rates. We're working on securing deals from participating hotels and motels.
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.
Both the 2012 and 2013 Sedona Hummingbird Festivals were 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 will again in 2014 see that migrants will reward their benefactors by returning—with friends and relatives—in subsequent years, 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, the Sedona 30, and the Sedona Community Foundation. We gratefully acknowledge their help in making this event possible.