ART, THEATER & CULTURE

Flagstaff Art, Theater & Culture

Flagstaff's art and music scene are what one would expect from a thriving, hip, mountain town. Many artists take on the feat of capturing the incredible surrounding landscapes of Flagstaff and the great Southwest, while others keep the traditional past of Native American culture alive. Environmentalism is also a cornerstone of Flagstaff's culture, so there is also an ongoing culture of using mixed media and upcycling to repurpose materials into art, jewelry, furniture and more. In fact, an NAU student started manufacturing indoor climbing holds out of the broken sleds left behind in the forest by winter weekend visitors (but please, don't leave any broken sleds in the forest)! So First Friday of every month is a fantastic opportunity to get the most exposure to local art in one shot. Many of the downtown restaurants, coffee shops and local stores turn into art galleries. You will typically be able to view the art fort the rest of the month, but First Friday is when the whole city gets together to admire local art. It's a lively night to be out and about in downtown, especially during the warmer months!

Because of Flagstaff's incredible spring, summer and fall weather, many music festivals have also found a home here at 7,000 ft. You'll find everything from Flagstaff's favorite bluegrass bands playing in the downtown park to Modest Mouse playing in the middle of the forest at the Pepsi Amphitheater. And of course, these venues will be serving up local craft beers because the effort to support local businesses and artisans is at the heart of this community. Places like The Greenroom and Firecreek host everything from experimental music, some more known indie bands and even come up with fun, creative events like (David) Bowie Ball and Goblins & Fairies night.

Taking Performance Art to New Heights

What happens when you take a culture of outdoor adventurers who are also dance and theater performers? You get Dark Sky Aerial. This is one of the more unique performances you'll ever have the privilege of witnessing. It's difficult to explain - so here's a preview:

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Flagstaff Urban Experiences
Flagstaff Urban Experiences

Choose from 5 Flagstaff Urban Experiences!

1. The Historic Weatherford Hotel Wed-Sun 1 & 3 pm
2. Flagstaff Historic Tour Wed-Sun 11:00
3. Coffee, Art & Strolling Wed-Sun 9:00 am
4. Craft Beer & Flagstaff! Thur-Sun 3:00 p.m.
5. Your own Amazing Chase! Thu-

Choose from 5 Flagstaff Urban Experiences!

1. The Historic Weatherford Hotel Wed-Sun 1 & 3 pm
2. Flagstaff Historic Tour Wed-Sun 11:00
3. Coffee, Art & Strolling Wed-Sun 9:00 am
4. Craft Beer & Flagstaff! Thur-Sun 3:00 p.m.
5. Your own Amazing Chase! Thu-Sun "flex times

Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival
Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival
The mission of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, affectionately known as FlagShakes, is to faithfully portray classics of the Renaissance, as well as produce other actor-driven plays. Our performances and educational outreach enlighten our audiences and revitalize empathy. Flagstaff Shak
The mission of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival, affectionately known as FlagShakes, is to faithfully portray classics of the Renaissance, as well as produce other actor-driven plays. Our performances and educational outreach enlighten our audiences and revitalize empathy. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival is dedicated to offering exciting artistic opportunities and experience for residents of northern Arizona and visitors from around the world.
Pioneer Museum
Pioneer Museum
Located in the historic Coconino County Hospital for the Indigent. Exhibits reflect Flagstaff and northern Arizona history, as well as ranching, logging, and transportation. Open Mon.–Sat. for self-guided tours.
Riordan Mansion State Park
Riordan Mansion State Park
Built in 1904 for two Riordan families, Riordan Mansion is an impressive example of gracious living and Arts and Crafts style architecture. Forty rooms, over 13,000 sq ft. Check the website for tour info and pricing.
The Arboretum
The Arboretum
Open to the public from May through October, The Arboretum at Flagstaff is home to 2,500 species of plants in greenhouses, gardens, and natural habitats. The Arboretum offers guided tours, school programs, and other events
Museum of Northern Arizona
Museum of Northern Arizona
Located just three miles north of Flagstaff, MNA features exhibits relating to anthropology, biology, geology, and fine art. The Museum has permanent and changing exhibits. Open daily for self-guided tours.
Flagstaff Area National Monuments
Flagstaff Area National Monuments
Visit all three Flagstaff Area National Monuments: Walnut Canyon National Monument (7.5 miles), Sunset Crater Volcano (14 miles) and Wupatki National Monument (32 miles) are all nearby.
Lowell Observatory
Lowell Observatory
A privately owned astronomical research institution located in Flagstaff, Arizona. Best known for the discovery of Pluto. Each year, about 70,000 people visit the Observatory to learn about astronomy. Open daily.

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