Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2013

Sedona Hummingbird Festival outline

Sedona Hummingbird Festival 2013

LAST YEAR'S FESTIVAL took place July 28-30, 2017.
There will be no festival in 2018; The next one will be in 2019

We have changed the festival from an ANNUAL event to a BIENNIAL event. A firm date for the 2019 festival will be announced as soon as the venue is secured; it is likely to be the last weekend in July.

We LOVE having the festival, and we know from correspondence that past attendees feel the same way! This change was necessary because the time and energy commitment needed for the festival was causing other important parts of the Society's mission--including its flagship member magazine, The Hummingbird Connection--to fall behind and suffer. Going to a biennial frequency frees up staff time and makes the festival more manageable.

Presentations, Marketplace, and on-site 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

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FESTIVAL ACTIVITIES — Overview

Presentations: 3 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, permitting a self-guided (no buses provided) garden visit at your own schedule on one or both days. This allows you to visit the gardens and spend as much time as desired but still attend lectures. Take your paypal receipt to the SPAC to receive a wristband and garden tour map. You may pick them up any time Fri/Sat/Sun after 8am. We are pleased to again have Birds & Blooms Magazine as a Platinum level corporate sponsor!

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! 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon; Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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 Vendor: Under negotiation

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.

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 this video. Be sure to make it full screen.

The Sedona Hummingbird Festival is always held when Sedona's hummingbird population is high and 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. July/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 continuously to secure deals from participating hotels and motels.

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 (39 states and 8 countries in 2016!) just to see Arizona's hummers. But in addition to hummingbirds, 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/garden. 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 of the future, the Hummingbird Society imagines feeders hanging even 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