Considered by many to be the “Art and Soul of Sedona,” Tlaquepaque Arts and Crafts Village is a must visit. Internationally renowned, this highly-acclaimed artistic destination is like nothing else you will find in the southwest. Tucked away under giant sycamore trees along the Oak Creek, Tlaquepaque provides visitors and locals with a distinctly different shopping experience.
It was during the 1970s that founder Abe Miller first got the idea to create Tlaquepaque. He had the vision to create a spot that represented the flavor, sights, and sounds of Old Mexico. He worked to create a destination that not only provided guests the opportunity to shop, but also allowed them the opportunity to have a connected, cultural experience. He wanted to showcase artists, artisans, and other creatives while also creating a space that beckoned to collectors and lovers of art. Not only did he succeed in creating his vision, it has become a vibrant arts community and cultural icon over the last 40+ years.
While creating this village, Miller sought to provide a little something for everyone. There are 45 distinctive specialty shops, 19 galleries and a variety of places to find and purchase one-of-a-kind works of art. It does not matter the medium or genre that visitors seek to purchase, they are bound to find something that fits their vision or artistic expression in one of the village’s shops. Not only will patrons find uniquely expressive artwork, they can also purchase handmade clothing, leather goods, jewelry, home décor pieces, ceramics, handcrafted floor coverings, and spiritual mementos as well.
In addition to the stores and galleries, the Village also plays host each year to a number of traditional fiestas and festivals that are significant to Mexican history and well as Mexico today. Upcoming events include Flamenco Music in the Courtyard, A recurring event that takes place every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday through the summer months; The 44th Annual Fiesta De Tlaquepaque, on September 10th the Village celebrates a celebration of Mexican Independence Day with fabulous food, music, dance, and entertainment; and Sedona Canned, a cooking competition to benefit 5 charities. To learn more about upcoming events check out tlaq.com.