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Golden leaves shine the spotlight on breathtaking views.
To experience the fall colors at their finest, hit the hiking trails and climb to 8,000 feet in elevation; where large stands of aspen trees steal the show with their quaking leaves glowing like liquid sunshine.
To find out when the leaves will be changing, check the Flagstaff LEAF-ometer to see color ranges for different regions throughout Flagstaff. A scenic drive is a great way to see the fall colors, and so is a glorious autumn hike.
Take in the fall scenery on foot might by hiking some of Flagstaff’s most popular trails. There are many trails, ranging in difficulty, which will provide stunning views of the changing landscape.
Located in Hart Prairie, Wilson Meadow is brimming with meadows and aspen groves in an open landscape. The lavish amount of nature, including fields of wildflowers and grasslands, ensures incredible sights of the foliage. This trail comes in at two miles round-trip, making it a wonderful option for those with minimal hiking experience and for those with children.
Aspen Nature Loop
Another salient trail, the Aspen Nature Loop offers views of the San Francisco Peaks and Kendrick Mountain. Located near the base of Arizona Snowbowl, this scenic loop is sure to expose some of the most impeccable fall colors. At a length of 1.8 miles, this hike is rated as relatively easy. Those looking for an effortless way to witness the scenery should consider Aspen Nature Loop.
Situated in an alpine meadow, Bismarck Lake is the perfect location to observe both the altering autumn setting and the wildlife that is attracted by the lake. This remarkable “lake” exhibits pond-like features, acquiring shallow waters enclosed by marshes. As a resource for wildlife in the surrounding forests, visitors should expect to see some wildlife activity. This is a difficult 17 mile trail and primarily used for nature trips, birding and mountain biking.
September 3, 2021
Join us Friday, September 3rd in Downtown Flagstaff to stroll the awesome businesses that host First Friday ArtWalk. Also, don’t forget to stop by Heritage Square to get a map from Creative Flagstaff and enjoy live music from 6-8 PM.
Flagstaff Art in the Park is an arts and crafts festival that features tightly juried one-of-a-kind fine art and fine crafts designed and shown by the artists. These shows take place over the Fourth of July and Labor Day weekends in Wheeler Park in Downtown Flagstaff; a beautiful tree-shaded, grassy venue across the street from City Hall and on the main thoroughfare to the Grand Canyon. These shows feature nonstop live music throughout the three days of each event. So come and join us once again for another amazing season of art and music in the heart of Northern Arizona's cool pines!
September 9 - 10, 2021
October is a time when Flagstaff is transitioning into the autumn equinox: one of the most beautiful times of year in northern Arizona. With crisp air starting to blow through, leaves turning every vibrant shade of orange, and Halloween quickly approaching, Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is excited to present Window Shakespeare: a walking tour through Shakespeare vignettes. Patrons will take an autumn walking tour on the grounds of the historic Pioneer Museum through curated Shakespeare vignettes featuring local professional Arizona actors, as well as hear music by a Shakespearean minstrel.
12th Annual Flagstaff Hullabaloo
August 14-15, 2021
Hullabaloo is a festival for the Community by the Community. Hullabaloo Festivals have raised over $120,000 for local non-profits. This year's proceeds will go to Big Brothers Bigs Sisters of Northern AZ, Boys & Girls Club of Flagstaff and Flagstaff Family Food Center. Located in Wheeler Park near downtown Flagstaff.
Flagstaff Festival of Science: Stories in Stone
September 17-26, 2021
The 2021 Flagstaff Festival of Science will explore “Stories in Stone”. Ten days of programs and events, including in-person guided walks, workshops and demonstrations, along with live-streamed virtual talks and lectures, will showcase science innovation and discovery happening right here in our own backyard! 100 community events make this city-wide Festival the biggest ever in our 32-year history!
Flagstaff Star Party and 2021 Celebration of the Night
September 30-October 2, 2021
This celebration offers virtual discussions, telescope observing, night sky orientations, workshops (fee required), fascinating presentations about the stars and night skies and much more all in the First International Dark-Sky City. Event locations vary.
October 2, 2021
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Munich returns to downtown Flagstaff, AZ with the 12th annual Flagstaff Oktoberfest. Kick off the autumn season with bratwurst, pretzels and Plenty of Beer! Guests will enjoy many crowd favorites including polka music, brat eating contest, stein holding competition and much more. Lace up your dirndl, throw on your lederhosen and grab a stein because Flagstaff is celebrating 12 years of the Flagstaff Oktoberfest! Located in Wheeler Park near downtown Flagstaff.
Arizona Snowbowl Scenic Chairlift Ride
Friday - Sunday through September 30, 2021 and every day during Fall colors
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Arizona Snowbowl is well known as a skiing and snowboarding winter wonderland. However, every summer and autumn nature lovers can take to the skies on the Scenic Chairlift. As you soar over the mountains, you will enjoy the glories of autumn’s crisp amber, with a bird’s eye view of the mixed fir and aspen tree canopy below. Located north of Flagstaff off Highway 180 on Snowbowl Road.
Community Farmers Market
Sundays, through October 17, 2021
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
The freshest in regional fruits, vegetables, honey, baked goods, fresh flowers, tamales, jams, breads and more at 400 W Elm Ave Flagstaff High School.
Virtual NAU Fall Festival of Choirs
The NAU School of Music presents the Fall Festival of Choirs Concert featuring a variety of historic, contemporary and multicultural choral works performed by NAU's various student ensembles. More finalized details will be updated soon.