Top 10 Summer Things To Do in Historic Downtown Flagstaff

Downtown Heritage Square

Discover Flagstaff’s vibrant historic downtown with beautiful mountain views as a backdrop and perfect summer temps averaging 80 degrees as a high. The top 10 things to do this summer in downtown includes events, activities, shopping, tours, movies, music and more. Plan a summer stay in Flagstaff that’s full of fun and lasting memories. 

1. Celebrate Independence Day!

Enjoy a red, white and blue annual tradition at the 4th of July Parade presented by the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce starting at 9:00 a.m. in historic downtown Flagstaff. Tip: arrive early to find a great spot to see all the action! For more information visit www.flagstaffchamber.com

2. Festival for the 4th

The Flagstaff Art in the Park features arts and crafts designed and showcased by artists that are sure to please. Located downtown in Wheeler Park, this three day event during 4th of July weekend includes artists from across the Southwest, live music and a wine garden in a grassy, cool, shaded venue in the heart of downtown Flagstaff. flagstaffartinthepark.com   

3. Amazing Artwalk

The First Friday ArtWalk is one of Northern Arizona’s premier arts events. Each first Friday of the month, art galleries and businesses in historic Downtown Flagstaff open their doors from 6-9pm with special art exhibitions, performances, live music, treats and so much more. The ArtWalk is an event that both locals and out-of-towners love to experience, attend and enjoy! Find an interactive map and guide at flagartscouncil.org/artwalk/map

4. FREE Movies! 

Movies on the Square is a FREE, family-friendly event in the heart of downtown on Heritage Square! Movies are every Saturday evening through the summer and conclude Labor Day weekend. The fun starts at 4pm with entertainment from the community and music. Movies begin at dusk, usually between 7:30pm and 8:00pm, with a great list of family friendly titles ranging from new blockbusters to classic movies. Full schedule at downtownflagstaff.org/events/movies-on-the-square 

5. Friday nights are for music! 

The Summer Concert Series is a celebration of music and dance featuring FREE concerts by local and regional artists. Perfect for all ages these great performances happen at Heritage Square throughout the summer from 6-8pm through September 8th. For a complete summer schedule, visit flagartscouncil.org/artwalk/summer-nights-on-the-square  

6. Spectacular Summer Shows!

The Orpheum Theater presents Northern Arizona’s premier performing arts facility offering the best in local and national artists as well as exciting and unique film screenings. This more than 100 year-old historic downtown Flagstaff theater features plush seating, an expansive balcony, state-of-the-art sound, a full bar, and a lounge. The summer line-up provides entertainment from John Conley, Hemlock, Cracker and Camper Van Beethoven to name a few as well as comedy shows, summer family film series, film festivals and a special movie showing of Apollo 11 supporting Lowell Observatory and the Flagstaff Lunar Legacy. www.orpheumflagstaff.com  

7. Elevated Exercise

Experience Yoga on the Lawn every Saturday at 9am on the County Courthouse lawn.  This event showcases downtown Flagstaff as a prime location for healthy activities with a relaxed setting. The yoga practice is for all yogi abilities and costs only $5.00.  Also, remember to bring a yoga mat. downtownflagstaff.org/events/yga-on-the-lawn

8. Paint the Town

Get ready for an artistic experience in a fun relaxed atmosphere with Creative Spirits. No experience is necessary to participate because step-by-step painting instructions are presented by a local artist and supplies are included in the class.  Downtown sessions are offered at Blendz Wine Bar, Lia Leaf Tea House and Vino Loco Wine Shop and Bar. Choose a session at Blendz Wine Bar and paint tile coasters, flamingos, historic hotel or a sunset. Select Vino Loco Wine Shop and Bar to paint an American flag, train, kokopelli or wine glasses. At Lia Leaf Tea House paint coffee mugs or a butterfly garden. View dates, prices, schedule and sign-up at creativespiritsaz.com  

9. Experience Foodie Flagstaff

Eat, drink and explore downtown with Flagstaff's first walking food tour that provides a combination of delicious food and beverage plus history along the way. Flagstaff Food Tours gives you an intimate experience with behind-the-scenes knowledge and tips from the restauranteurs. On the tour, enjoy sampling a selection of food items from at least five local restaurants with guides showcasing architecture, cultural sites, and great local shops. The Flagstaff culinary scene has exploded with flavor and local restauranteurs dedicated to providing a fresh experience. In January 2018, Phoenix Magazine said “pound for pound, the greatest Arizona dining town is Flagstaff. Led by a cadre of motivated restaurateurs, the mountain hamlet of 70,000 is scoring hit after restaurant hit.” www.flagstafffoodtour.com

10. Open-Air Flagstaff Markets

Shop outdoors in the cool mountain pines at the Flagstaff Urban Flea Market and the Flagstaff Community Market. The Flagstaff Urban Flea Market is every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9am-2pm at City Hall parking lot (211 W. Aspen). Find a variety of goods such as antiques, food, handmade woodwork and leatherwork, household goods, toys, jewelry, and more! This is not something to be missed! With it easily walkable, enjoy the eclectic mix of artisans and peddlers that Flagstaff has to offer. The Flagstaff Community Market is every Sunday through October 20th from 8am-noon and also at City Hall. The focus is on connecting growers and consumers to encourage people to grow more of their own food. This Market is great way to spend a Sunday morning that provides a relaxed, educational, and fun environment. Stay in the know with the markets and keep up to date at www.flagstaffmarket.com

Pound for pound, the greatest Arizona dining town is… Flagstaff? Led by a cadre of motivated restaurateurs, the mountain hamlet of 70,000 is scoring hit after restaurant hit. Phoenix Magazine
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