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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. From live music to comedy shows and more, be sure to check out the Orpheum's line-up all Summer long. 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.
Walk through The Arboretum gardens, wetlands, meadow, and forest and enjoy Flagstaff's natural and native beauty on self-guided tours, available through October. Yoga classes will also be available May-September bringing attendees peace and serenity, as well as painting classes available June-July to channel your inner-Bob Ross. The fun doesn't stop there, click below to see their calendar of events for 2023.
Date: May 10, 2023
Time: 9am – 4pm (last admission 3:30 pm)
Location: The Arboretum – 4001 South Woody Mountain Road
A weekly outdoor Farmers Market featuring regional food and fun! Flagstaff Community Farmers Market celebrates its 22nd season supporting community and the hard work of its regional small growers and small businesses. Enjoy breakfast in a beautiful outdoor setting... taste the flavor of Flagstaff!
Date: Sundays May 7 - October 29, 2023
Location: City Hall parking lot, Downtown Flagstaff
Heritage Square with Holly White takes place every Saturday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. There will be a $5 dollar drop-in, and make sure to bring a yoga mat and towel too!
Date: Saturdays May 21 - September 4, 2023
Location: County Courthouse Lawn – 200 N San Francisco St.
Athletic or not all are welcome to come to Spinning on the Square. Do not forget to put on some sun block and come out and enjoy the sun and fresh air while getting your legs moving a little. Then afterwards enjoy a brunch at a local coffee shop near by.
Date: Sundays May 21 - September 4, 2023
Location: Heritage Square - 22 E. Aspen Ave
Come walk straight down the center of Aspen St. and see what the local vendors have brought in. Every week there are different local items available, however the local favorites continue to come back. There are options for everyone to enjoy such as, fresh veggies, gluten free options, local art, and even canned foods for sale.
Date: Wednesdays June 1 - July 30, 2023
Location: Aspen Street, Downtown Flagstaff
Starting with Buckcherry LIVE on June 7, then followed by Flagstaff's very own Adult Prom on June 10, the Orpehum is never lacking events to keep you entertained all summer long. Don't forget about Cracker coming on July 4! In addition to all the live music, get your laugh on at the comedy shows!
Location: The Orpehum
Slide on your cow- boy or girl boots and giddy on up to the Flagstaff rodeo this June for a hoot and holler of a time. Gates open at 5pm and performances begin at 7pm. While this is an animal-friendly event, it is not pet-friendly, so please leave your furry friends at home.
Date: June 8-10, 2023
Time: Gates open @ 5pm, Performance from 7-9pm
Location: Fort Tuthill County Park
Flagstaff Art in the Park is a locally owned 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.
In addition to nearly over 70 artists from across the Southwest, these shows feature nonstop live music throughout the three days of each event, various types of decadent fresh food, and a Shady Beer Garden featuring local and regional breweries. So come and join us once again for another amazing season of art and music in the heart of Northern Arizona's cool pines!
Date: July 1-3, 2023
Location: Wheeler Park
Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. Co-founders David Lowery and Johnny Hickman have been at it for over a quarter of a century – amassing ten studio albums, multiple gold records, thousands of live performances, hit songs that are still in current radio rotation around the globe [“Low,” “Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now),” “Euro-Trash Girl” and “Get Off This,” to name just a few], and a worldwide fan base – that despite the major sea-changes within the music industry – continues to grow each year.
Date: July 4, 2023
Location: Orpheum Theater, 15 W. Aspen Ave., Flagstaff, AZ
Creative Spirits is a local wine and paint studio that helps bring out everyone's inner Bob Ross. Visit their calendar of events to pick your favorite painting to recreate and hang some new decor on your walls or gift to a friend or loved one. Participants 21+, get your alcohol, get ready, PAINT!
Location: 605 W Riordan Rd
It’s Flagstaff’s monthly street party and your walking shoes are a necessity. First Friday ArtWalk is one of Northern Arizona’s premier arts events. Held on the 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 more. Many downtown hot spots remain open after 9 pm as the ArtWalk celebrations continue.
Date: Every first Friday of the month
Location: Downtown Flagstaff
Each summer the FDBA presents Movies on the Square, a FREE family-friendly evening on Heritage Square – Flagstaff’s downtown living room. This season, Movies on the Square will resume every Saturday starting May 27th and will continue through September 2nd. There will be live music and activities starting at 4pm, followed by the movie at dusk.
Date: Every Saturday starting May 27 – September 2, 2023
Location: Heritage Square, Downtown Flagstaff
Lace-up your boots and pick a trail, adventure awaits. Fodor’s Travel is wheelchair and stroller accessible, Lenox Crater trail, and A’a trail are scenic beauties waiting to be rediscovered. In addition to these unique and awe-inspiring trails, the Walnut Canyon Rim Trail is waiting for you. This is another wheelchair and stroller-accessible trail to ensure fun can be had by the entire family!
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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.
Climb to Conquer Cancer is a one day event, where teams of any size participate in a hike through beautiful mountain scenery, and take part in the festival area. Each team of 12 or more participants has the opportunity to submit their own artwork for the back of their t-shirts, and to participate in fundraising for the event. Our festival features entertainment, food, and a special celebration of cancer survivors.
Because Climb to Conquer Cancer is a non-competitive event, anyone and everyone can participate. Teams form from businesses, clubs, families, friends, hospitals, churches, schools and service organizations. These individuals all share a common purpose - their support of the American Cancer Society's Mission.
Date: Saturday, August 19, 2023
Time: 7 a.m.
Location: Arizona Snowbowl Ski Resort – 9300 N Snow Bowl Rd.
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. After all, this is where Pluto was discovered, too.
By day, a scenic sky ride at Arizona Snowbowl provides breathtaking views from an elevation of 11,500’ and even offers a distant glimpse of the Grand Canyon.