Flagstaff Fourth Weekend

Celebrate the entire weekend with a host of Independence Day events.  Kick-off the weekend with Movies on the Square and First Friday ArtWalk. Attend the “Oldest Hopi Show in the World” at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s 80th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture. Sit in the cool pines at the Amphitheater in Fort Tuthill while watching a special Independence Day concert by the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra. Visit Historic Downtown Flagstaff for events happening in and around the square including The Heritage Square Summer Concert Series, and of course the 17th Annual 4th of  July Parade designated an “Arizona Treasure” by former Governor Janet Napolitano.

Friday Events

July 4-6 Flagstaff Art in the Park

Flagstaff Art in the Park is an arts and crafts festival featuring tightly juried one-of-a-kind fine arts and fine crafts designed and shown by the exhibitor. This will be the seventh annual show in Wheeler Park, downtown Flagstaff, over the Fourth of July weekend. Food vendors, regional and local entertainers, quality arts and crafts booths, and children's activities will combine to make this year's festival a memorable celebration in the heart of Northern Arizona's cool pines! Free.

July 5 Prescott Granite Mountain Hot Shots Benefit Concert

In the wake of the tragedy in Prescott on Sunday, the Flagstaff community is hosting a benefit concert. Admission is free, however donations are recommended. 100% of the proceeds will go to the Wildland Firefighters Foundation which supplies funds directly to the families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots that lost their lives this week. The event will include a special tribute in remembrance of the fallen heroes of the Granite Mountain Hotshot crew. Performances by: Nolan & The Confounders, Buckit, The Shiners (Formerly Tiger Scare Baby), Summit Dub Squad, Circus Bacchus, and Voluntary String Band.

July 5 First Friday ArtWalk

Downtown Flagstaff's First Friday ArtWalk features new art exhibitions in galleries, transformed spaces, restaurants and other businesses. Downtown Flagstaff is transformed into an art mecca and street party, as musicians play live music on the streets, performers overtake Heritage Square, and art comes to life. 6–9 p.m.; free.

July 5 Circus Bacchus on the Square

As dusk falls, Circus Bacchus will begin areal acrobatics and fire throwing. The perfect way to celebrate the holiday! Circus Bacchus is proud to feature acts such as Atlas the Strongman, hula hoop, poi, aerial silks, stilts, juggling, acrobalance, fans, burlesque, many dancers and often times fire! All of our acts are choreographed to the beautiful and exhilarating tunes provided by the nine-person Bacchus Family Band. 6 p.m. Free.


July 6 Movies on the Square: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs

Each summer Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance presents Movies on the Square, on Heritage Square – Flagstaff’s downtown living room. Once again this year, Movies are held each Saturday evening through the summer. We’ll begin each event with entertainment from the community, music, and then the Movies will start at dusk. What a great way to spend your Saturday! Free.

July 6 Montana Skies in Concert

  • The Arboretum at Flagstaff - 4001 South Woody Mountain Road·
  • 928-774-1442 ext. 101
  • thearb.org

In collaboration with the Flagstaff Cultural Partners, The Arboretum presents regional performers with diverse sounds. Concerts are held outdoors under the shade of the cool pines with a view of the San Francisco Peaks. Rain or shine. Bring a picnic dinner and blanket or concert chairs. Beer, wine and water will be available for purchase. No outside alcohol please.

July 6 Grand Canyon Railway Steam-Powered Train

  • Grand Canyon Railway - 233 N. Grand Canyon Blvd., Williams, AZ·
  • 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724)
  • thetrain.com

Steam is back at Grand Canyon Railway. Fueled by Waste Vegetable Oil (WVO), driven by an iron will, powered by ingenuity. We're taking steam power into the 21st century while preserving our historic trains and the environment through which they run. The Grand Canyon Railway celebrates the history of vintage train travel with several steam-powered excursions to the Grand Canyon each year. You too can ride all the way to the Canyon and back behind 90-year old Locomotive 4960.

Ongoing events

Historic Downtown Flagstaff Walking tours

Tour Guides from the Pioneer Museum will conduct history tours of the many and varied historic buildings in downtown Flagstaff. Our guides are experienced and some are lifelong residents of Flagstaff.

Summer Scenic Lift Rides

Ride to the top of Arizona on Snowbowl's Scenic Skyride. The lift whisks you up to 11,500 feet in 25 minutes for spectacular panoramic views of northern Arizona, including the Grand Canyon. Once at the top, listen to Forest Ranger talk about what you see around you. Enjoy lunch at the Peak Side Cafe while enjoying live music on the deck. This activity is perfect for the entire family. Fri.-Sun. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (May-Oct.).

Though July “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids”

  • Lowell Observatory - 1400 West Mars Hill Road·
  • 928-233-3212
  • lowell.edu

“Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Meteors, Asteroids” an interactive exhibition. The threat of a catastrophic impact from an asteroid or comet is a staple of popular culture. What are asteroids, comets, and meteorites, and where do they come from? With “Great Balls of Fire: Comets, Asteroids, Meteors”, Lowell Observatory will bring recent discoveries and cutting-edge planetary science to our visitors. (June 22 -September 2)