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Moonlight Madness Street Festival in Uptown
Photo courtesy Sedona Main StreetThere will be a variety of goods and goodies available along the street and inside the stories during Moonlight Madness.
Photo courtesy Sedona Main Street

There will be a variety of goods and goodies available along the street and inside the stories during Moonlight Madness.
Photo courtesy Sedona Main StreetThere will be a variety of free, live musical entertainment throughout the long weekend.
Photo courtesy Sedona Main Street

There will be a variety of free, live musical entertainment throughout the long weekend.

Come join the fun at Sedona Main Street's 26th annual Moonlight Madness Street Festival & Sidewalk Sale, thanks to event sponsors along with businesses that host entertainment and activities.

It starts this Saturday, Sept. 1, from noon to 9 p.m. with activities and live entertainment, food booths and great sidewalk sales continuing through Monday, Sept. 3, this Labor Day weekend. It's a free family event for everyone, held in Sedona Main Street District, primarily along State Route 89A in Uptown. You can park for free at the Uptown Sedona Public Parking Lot on Schnebly Road or in the parking lots behind area shops and plazas - just follow the signs for Free Public Parking.

There will be a variety of live musical entertainment throughout the long weekend. Enjoy these free performances along the SR 89A sidewalks and plazas in Uptown:

The Native American Group Estun-Bah ("translated "For the woman") is featured at Sinagua Plaza on Saturday 1-9 p.m. and on Sunday 1-5 p.m., when they'll perform half hour shows every hour. The soft blend of the Native American cane flute with the elegant touch of the acoustic guitar and background percussion will soothe the mind and enrich the soul while taking you on an endless journey of love songs and enchanting musical landscapes.

Nominated as "Best World Music Album and Best Instrumental Album" at the Native American Music Awards, and just releasing their latest album Earth Warrior, Estun-Bah is the premier Native sound of the Southwest. Dance presentations include various Native traditions including the Hoop Dance where Tony Duncan, the face of Estun-Bah, creates many intricate designs that can be seen in nature such as the Eagle and the World. Tony Duncan is a five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer, and the group is well-known all over the US. Tony recently signed a contract with worldwide known pop artist Nelly Furtado, who produced one of her latest music videos to her newly released single "Big Hoops (Bigger the Better)" with Tony Duncan and his brothers. Sinagua Plaza is honored to host these world champions.

Saith, a singer songwriter of uplifting acoustic rock, will perform on Saturday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Tasting Arizona at Sinagua Plaza. Winner of the Northern Arizona Singer/Songwriter Competition, Saith recorded a single Now's The Time with Michael Lattanzi; this song took home first prize in the 2010 eSongwriter Competition! Saith has since also created his own Label/Publishing Company and has been actively composing and producing his songs in his studio ever since. Today, Saith has accumulated a vast repertoire of songs in many genres. Tasting Arizona is part of the Sedona Wine Walk taking place on Saturday, Sunday and Monday from noon to 9 p.m., where you can get a free coupon book and a free glass with each wine tasting.

The Tor Brothers perform 5-7 p.m. at the Canyon Breeze Restaurant front patio. They'll play a mix of classics in the jazz/rock genre. The Tor Brothers are Sedona teenagers - Eli Torok Bachar is an award-winning vocalist and Joshua Torok Bachar is a composer/arranger who plays keyboard. Following them, The Sammy Davis Band will play Motown Greats - '70s, '80s & '90s Rock & Roll in Canyon Breeze Restaurant at Canyon Club, where you can enjoy dancing and spirits from 7 p.m. until closing. Sammy is a consummate entertainer. His unique ability to consistently involve the audience with his fun loving personality, in combination with the band's wide variety of materials, have earned the Sammy Davis Band the nickname of the "Ultimate Party Band."

Pete Zins performs Saturday and Sunday 4-7 p.m. at Pink Jeep Plaza in front of Pink Java Cafe. A local acoustic guitarist, he plays country and classic rock, and has been entertaining crowds for many years.

The Shops at Hyatt Pinon Pointe will host live music in their courtyard 5-8 p.m.

The Hyatt Shops will have "Moon Walk Prizes" for visiting the stores all day on Saturday; get a Hyatt Pinon Pointe Walk Card and visit the participating stores to win prizes. The Shops are also hosting live music in the courtyard from 5 to 8 p.m.

Enjoy Sedona Circus street performers from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, in front of the businesses from Sedona Art Wear & Zonies Galleria all the way to Cowboy Club. Thanks to all of these businesses, you can watch and interact with stiltwalkers, hula-hoop experts and jugglers.

Made In Arizona at Oak Creek Marketplace is also participating in the Sedona Wine Walk. Get a free glass after tasting and a free coupon book as well from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. They'll be featuring a fortune-telling bartender on Saturday.

Sedona Fudge Company will be giving away fudge samples. Plus, you can take a free chance on the daily raffle for a pound of phenomenal fudge anytime Saturday, Sunday or Monday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. All throughout the long weekend, you'll be able to witness the fudge-creaming process in action. And close by, right along SR 89A there's a food booth hosted by Sally's Mesquite Grill & BBQ; they'll be making roasted corn on the cob and ribbon fries from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. all three days, Saturday - Monday.

Sedona Movie Museum at Uptown Mall is giving away free balloons from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday and noon to 5 p.m, on Monday. They're also offering bottles of cold water for 50 cents throughout the long weekend, with all proceeds to benefit Sedona Main Street Program.

On Saturday all day you can meet local firefighters and EMTs, spin the "Wheel of Safety" to win free prizes by answering fire/safety questions, and even hop aboard a Sedona Fire District Engine or Ladder Truck. Visit with some Arizona Rangers from their Verde Valley Company and hear their history and stories. All this takes place near the mid-block crosswalk, in front of the Canyon Portal Shops at Sedona Center. Nearby at Sedona-The Early Years, they're offering bottles of cold water for 50 cents throughout the long weekend, with all proceeds to benefit Sedona Main Street Program.

Make sure to say hello to Sedona Police Department Officers and the volunteers of the Sedona Community Police Alliance. They will be hard at work on Saturday all throughout the event area.

Then a bit further north at Sinagua Plaza, some full size cowboy and cowgirl cutouts make for good fun and happy faces. Stop by anytime on the three event days for great photo opportunities and memories you can share. Remember, you'll be able to see Native American Dancers: Estun-Bah there on Saturday and Sunday.

You'll also find an amazing variety of artists demonstrating their skills and sharing their expertise on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Come watch and interact with them:

Goldenstein Gallery presents an art demonstration by Sherab Khandro - Acrylic Pointillist all day Saturday through Monday. Sherab is a painter, sculptor, speaker and writer. Her "deepest wish is to nourish and inspire the hearts and minds of others through her work in the spiritual arts." Bringing "expression to the sacred through images from mystical traditions around the world, she is one of a handful of Western artists to receive formal training from Tibetan masters in bringing forth traditional art in the way it has been done in Tibet for centuries. Using the neo-impressionist style of pointillism in her paintings, tiny dots of color create rich and vibrant imagery. Utilizing the intent of her vow as a Bodhisattva, a vow taken by Buddhists to return again and again until all suffering has come to an end, each stroke of the brush holds a prayer of compassion.  Each dot offered as a jeweled universe, a prayer to end suffering in the world."

A long weekend full of art demonstrations is presented by Sedona Arts Center Gallery, showcasing a diversity of creative expression from a wealth of local talent. You can watch and interact with the following two artists on Saturday, one on Sunday and three more on Monday.

Mary Flaisig presents Fiber Sculpture on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., combining her years as a tapestry artist and basket-weaving to create stunning wall sculptures using Manzanita, rattan and yarns she has found all over the country. These one-of-a-kind sculptures are collected locally and nationally;

Justine Mantor-Waldie demonstrates Mixed Media Saturday 2-5 p.m. and Monday 11a.m.-3 p.m., using Arizona's varied earth textures and sky atmospheres as the sources of artistic inspiration for her mixed-media landscapes. She works on black-coated clay board, producing textures using an etching needle, then painting with vivid colors to create an airy, moving linear quality;

On Sunday 1:30-4:30 p.m., Julie Ronning Talbot will detail the processes of Watercolor Painting. Her vibrant colors and precise details as well as the look of her finished paintings surprise many patrons. Many of her works are done on watercolor paper gallery wrapped on stretcher bars coated with an archival varnish requiring no mat or glass. Her favorite subjects are old trucks and tractors as well as vivid floral displays; Helen Parker-Lande will demonstrate drawing Monday 10-1:30. She is a student of Gretchen Lopez.

Coincidentally from 11-1, Margo Mitchell will be oil painting. Living and raised in rural Arizona, her favorite subjects are horses, cattle and landscapes and her work is influenced by the Hague School of Art as well as early American Impressionists. She studied with a reputed painter, is a Member of the prestigious Oil Painters of America, and her work has been featured in Southwest Art and Horses in Art magazines;

Also on Monday, from 11-3, Justine Mantor-Waldie will demonstrate Mixed Media as she did on Saturday (description above).

Across the street at Sedona Revealed in the Matterhorn Shops, they're offering bottles of cold water for 50 cents throughout the long weekend, with all proceeds to benefit Sedona Main Street Program.

Sedona Heritage Museum presents Michael Peach in his new original show "Arizona History & Hi-Jinx" at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 1. Mike uses jokes, stories, first person narrative, and original cowboy poetry to explore quirky and mysterious events in Arizona's colorful history. This hour long show is appropriate for all ages. Tickets are $6, with children under 12 free. On September 3 during "Monday at the Museum" you can learn Prickly Pear Jelly making 11-12 and go home with a jarful; the cost is $5 and a call ahead is recommended (928-282-7038).

An Event Program with times/locations of activities and a site map can be viewed on the website at and print copies will be available at businesses, activity locations and the Chamber Visitor Center (while supplies last).

Sedona Main Street Program and its volunteers present the Moonlight Madness Street Festival. The event is made possible by: cash support from our Full Moon Sponsor - Sedona Pines Resort, Half Moon Sponsor - Sedona Fudge Company, and Quarter Moon Sponsors - Best Western Plus Arroyo Roble Resort and Sinagua Plaza Merchants Association: the businesses and properties hosting activities or entertainment; plus promotional support from our media partners who bring you this information.

Join your neighbors, friends & family for this annual tradition and have a safe and fun Labor Day weekend.

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