Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2013

Sedona Hummingbird Festival

The most beautiful place in America to see hummingbirds!(sm)

Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2013

Next year's Festival is tentatively scheduled for July 31-August 1-August 2, 2020 (a contract to confirm this date will be finalized shortly)

The information below applies to the past Festival (2019) and the coming Festival (2020).

Presentations, Marketplace, and on-site ticket sales will 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

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FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES — What we did:

Presentations3 days of presentations by hummingbird experts from around the world in the modern, air-conditioned Sedona Performing Arts Center (SPAC).

"Birds & Blooms" Hummingbird Garden Tours Each ticket valid for two days (Saturday and Sunday), 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, including a special slide show.

Banding Demonstration:  A tiny numbered band is attached to a hummingbird's leg so that its movements can be scientifically followed! You will never forget seeing tiny hummingbirds up close--and maybe even being chosen to release one after it is banded.

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." No admission fee!

Food ConcessionAn outside caterer will provide a lunchtime menu.

Birding Trips:  Birders have the opportunity to visit different habitats; tickets are reasonably priced, but reservations are required because of extremely limited capacity. Trips are led by the Northern Arizona Audubon Society. Bring your binocs. Don't wear dress shoes. These are the most sought-after tickets! Order tickets early!  All trips start at the Sedona Performing Arts Center parking lot at 6:30 am; we recommend you arrive early!

DETAILS on all parts of the festival are 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.

ABOUT SEDONA

How beautiful is Sedona? We know of no more beautiful description of Sedona than is shown in this superb video by Larry Lindahl: Click here. Be sure to make it full screen.

The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is always held 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 usually be able to take advantage of lower lodging prices. We're working continuously to secure deals from participating hotels and motels; see "lodging deals."

Arizona is already well known as the top state for seeing the most 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 become spectacular community events! Residents and businesses are 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, we hope!—and 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!

ARCHIVES of the 2012 Festival web pages, for information only:

        

The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is made possible in part by grants from the City of Sedona, Arizona and the assistance of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce. We gratefully acknowledge their help in making this event possible.

 







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Top Cathedral Rock photo by: Andrew Holman Photography
(hummingbird) Randall Blackwood