We hope everyone reading this is safe, healthy and staying home. Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the 5th annual Verde Valley Wine Festival and the “Grape Celebration” live auction fundraiser event, initially scheduled for Friday and Saturday, May 8th and 9th, in Clarkdale, Arizona, will be postponed to Friday, November 6 (Grape Celebration) and Saturday, November 7 (Festival), 2020. Current ticket holders to both events can hold on to their purchased tickets, which will be honored on the new dates. 

Our event team has spent the last month observing the situation and discussing our response as things changed. We were hoping that we could keep the Festival scheduled for Mother’s Day Weekend, but as the virus continues to spread, we realized that this wasn’t possible. As Festival Director David Baird puts it: “Ultimately, there is nothing more important to us than ensuring the health and safety of all who attend our festival, and we trust that you will agree with our decision to delay. All festival tickets and vendor fees for the May 2020 date will be honored for the rescheduled date. We sincerely hope you will all be able to join us.” 

No Glamping on Rescheduled Dates

One major change we’d like to make sure you’re aware of is the glamping ticket packages will not be offered in November. Our team is already reaching out to current glamping ticket holders to work out the next steps and other options. If you need help with a refund, please visit https://verdevalleywinefestival.com/staff-contact-info and fill out the form at the bottom of the page. One of our staff members will get in touch with you.

We Look Forward to Seeing You in November

Verde Valley Wine Festival Founder Maynard Keenan added, “The event team remains dedicated to delivering a memorable festival experience in Clarkdale for years to come. We sincerely thank all of our winemakers, vendors, sponsors and ticket holders for their patience. We will get through this. Above all, we appreciate the continued loyalty and understanding of our community during this difficult time. Further updates will be made on our website and our social channels. We wish you good health and look forward to seeing you all in early November.”

Support Arizona Wine!

In the meantime, festival organizers encourage oenophiles to buy local wine and support the beneficiaries of this year’s annual festival, the Arizona Vignerons Alliance and Arizona Wine Growers Association, by visiting their respective websites and donating to their mission to build a stronger, more resilient wine industry in Arizona:

http://arizonavigneronsalliance.org/


https://azwinegrowersassociation.com/

 

Thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to seeing you in November! It is still a wonderful time of year to visit the Verde Valley.