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The first Labor Day celebration was held in 1882, just a month after the railway arrived in Flagstaff, Arizona; although it was not an official Federal holiday until 1894.
Today, Flagstaff celebrates the extended weekend with great traditions such as the 66th annual Coconino County Fair at Fort Tuthill County Park (9/4 – 9/7) and Art in the Park (9/5-9/7) in downtown’s Wheeler Park. While you’re in town take a trip back to 1882 with a guided walking tour of historic downtown (call the Flagstaff Visitor Center for times).
Visit the Coconino County Fair this labor day weekend in Flagstaff, Arizona featuring livestock shows/auction, thrilling carnival rides, cultural performances, spectacular entertainment and live music by local talents and national recognized headliners.
Coconino County Fair
The 66th annual Coconino County Fair is one of northern Arizona's largest events and features fair exhibits/demonstrations, livestock shows/auction, interactive edutainment for children, arts and crafts activities, thrilling carnival rides, cultural performances, spectacular entertainment by local talents and national headliners. This year’s fair will include Kelsea Ballerini, a homebrew competition, demolition derby, a route 66 car show and a concert at the Pepsi Amphitheater on Saturday Night with Primus. Free Bus Service: Coconino County Parks and Recreation has teamed up with NAIPTA (Mountain Line Bus) to offer FREE bus service to the Coconino County Fair! The shuttle departs from the NAU Pine Knoll Dr. parking lot (south campus).
Summer Scenic Chairlift Ride
Ride to the top of Arizona on Snowbowl's Scenic Chairlift ride. 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. 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. On Friday, September 4, the lift will run until 6 p.m. and the Sunset Saturdays BBQ is included with all full priced ticket purchases after 2 p.m.
Neptune Week / School is Out and Kids are Free
Family-friendly activities designed to teach visitors about the physical properties of Neptune . On Monday School is out and kids 17 and under are free until 5 PM. There will be special family-friendly, astronomy-themed programs and activities from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Admission fees still apply to adults 18 and over.
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 twenty-third annual show in Wheeler Park, Downtown Flagstaff, over the Labor Day weekend! Booths will again be located on the grass in Wheeler Park, across the street from City Hall and on the main thoroughfare to the Grand Canyon. Food vendors, regional entertainers, and quality arts and crafts booths will combine to make this year’s festival a memorable celebration in the heart of Northern Arizona’s cool pines!
Guided Nature Walks
The Nature Conservancy’s Hart Prairie Preserve offers free guided nature walks on the western slope of the San Francisco Peaks.These ninety-minute walks offer the opportunity to learn more about birds, wildflowers, forest ecology, and the Conservancy’s work across the region. To join the walks, meet at the Fort Valley Plaza Shopping Center, 1000 N. Humphreys Street at the southwest corner by the guardrail, Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The following items are essential to the walks: sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear or jacket, and water. Reservations are not required. Due to the ecologically sensitive area, please, no pets.
Hart Prairie Preserve