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Adventure reigns during mild days and cool nights
At 7,000 feet, summer means mild sunny days where the sweet scent of Ponderosa pine beckons and visitors find endless opportunities for outdoor adventure and countless special events and festivals. Enviable by many, summer temps average 80 degrees as a high. The Travel Channel recognized the city as among the best for the 4th of July holiday, while other media have said Flagstaff is the best foodie town, the most bike-friendly, the best pet-friendly and there's plenty more.
The Arboretum at Flagstaff. Members of the Audubon Society lead participants on a walk through The Arboretum gardens, wetlands, meadow and forest identifying resident and migratory bird species. (Saturdays, May-June).
A family event under Flagstaff's blue skies, this favorite event hosts various music genres from bluegrass and celtic to folk and rock.
Every Wednesday, June and July only
5:30 p.m, - 7:30 p.m.
June location: Jim Cullen Memorial Park
July location: Bushmaster Park, Community Ramada
Bring the family every Saturday evening for Movies on the Square, a free outdoor movie series in Heritage Square with a dusk showtime, games and entertainment. Evenings may be cool, so bring sweaters, jackets or blankets, and a low lawn chair may be beneficial, too.
Every Saturday between Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day Weekend
Shows begin at dusk
Canyon Ledge Hike: Experience the canyon and the cliff dwellings along ancient ledge paths. Reservations required. Duration: 1.5 hours, difficulty: strenuous. (July through September).
Ranger Cabin Walk: Explore the recently restored 1904 Ranger Cabin where park rangers and their families once welcomed visitors to Walnut Canyon. Visitors can go with a ranger at set times or walk to the cabin without a guide from 9:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the days the cabin is open. Duration: 2 hours, difficulty: easy. (July through September).
Recognized by Fodor’s Travel, Flagstaff is a must-do for many things and 4th of July is among the laundry list. Watermelon and hot dog eating contests follow a charming parade riddled with red, white and blue flag-waving lined sidewalks, free symphony concert and a special Lights on the Lawn fire-safe firework display.
This family-friendly event includes recycled arts projects, instrument petting zoo, create your own instrument workshop, and tons of painting, coloring and crafts throughout the afternoon. ALL activities are FREE!
August 17, Saturday
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Join hundreds of climbers on an exhilarating seven-mile walk up the paved road to Arizona Snowbowl in August.
August 17, Saturday
Flagstaff is the world’s first Dark Sky City and Lowell Observatory’s campus and telescopes serve as a perfect location to see millions and millions of stars as well as find your favorite constellation. Afterall, this is where Pluto was discovered, too.
By day, a scenic sky ride at Arizona Snowbowl provides breath taking views from an elevation of 11,500’ and even offers a distant glimpse of the Grand Canyon.