Sedona Hummingbird Festival
The most beautiful place in America to see hummingbirds!(sm)
LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL IS PAST!
BUT THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL IS COMING: July 29-31, 2016
Ticket sales begin 4/1/16 at 12:00 noon MST/PDT, online only!
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 welcome 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: The Sedona Community Center will be our food vendor providing both a continental breakfast in the early morning and lunch selections each day. They will also have drinks available for sale. So you can enjoy a meal without having to leave the facility.
Art Exhibit (free): Excellent hummingbird art at two different locations in Sedona.
Birding Trips: Birders will have the opportunity to visit one of two different habitats, Page Springs Fish Hatchery and Oak Creeek Canyon; tickets $12, but reservations required because of limited capacity. Trips are led by the Northern Arizona Audubon Society.
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 first weekend in August, 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 the Sedona Community Foundation. We gratefully acknowledge their help in making this event possible.