Tlaquepaque Fact Sheet

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Named for a picturesque suburb of Guadalajara, Mexico’s Queen City, Tlaquepaque Arts and Craft Village is home to more than 40 shops and galleries and four restaurants, all enclosed in a compound of Spanish-style buildings. Known as “The Art and Soul of Sedona,” artists and artisans, craftsmen and chefs, feature their one-of-a-kind items for more than one million tourists annually.

History

Tlaquepaque’s construction began in 1971 with the creation of a wall along Highway 179 and opened in 1973. Integrated into its environment and true to its architectural sources, Tlaquepaque creates the impression that it has been around for centuries.

To preserve the integrity of the site, buildings were constructed around existing trees.  Where possible, methods of construction mirrored those of Mexican artisans and builders; tiles, statuary, lanterns, pots, doors, wrought-iron – even fountains – were largely imported piece by piece from Mexico.  The result is a unique blend of architecture and nature, old and new…and an ambience of special charm and quiet elegance.

Tlaquepaque largely reflects the dream of one man, Abe Miller. Abe’s standards were very high and his control extended from planning and construction though landscaping and maintenance.

Merchants

Tlaquepaque is home to restaurants, galleries, and shops featuring fine jewelry, collectibles and gifts, and wearables.

Restaurants in Tlaquepaque include El Rincon, Oak Creek Brewery & Grill, RENE, How Sweet it Is, and The Secret Garden Café.

Events

Tlaquepaque is center stage to numerous events annually.  Whether first time visitors or those that have made a tradition of attending, Tlaquepaque offers a festive atmosphere for all to enjoy.  Such events include:

The Festival of Lights:  Six thousand lumiarias are lit in Tlaquepaque’s courtyards and walkways during this December event.  Entertainment though out the day from musicians, carolers, and dancers add to the holiday spirit. The Festival of Lights is held on the 2nd Saturday in December.

Fiesta del Tlaquepaque:  The flower-strewn streets of Tlaquepaque greet visitors during this celebration of Mexican Independence Day.  Visitors enjoy music, dancing, food, and open-air artist booths. The Fiesta del Tlaquepaque is held on the 2nd Saturday in September.

Location

Surrounded by magnificent red rock formations and nestled along the banks of Oak Creek, Tlaquepaque is located in Sedona, Arizona.

Location: 336 Highway 179, Sedona, Arizona 86339

Tel: (928) 282-4838

Web: tlaq.com

Hours:
Shops Open Daily 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Restaurant Hours Vary
Closed Christmas and Thanksgiving

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