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.


CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN FLAGSTAFF

Hopi Cultural and Archaeological Day Trip from Flagstaff

This fascinating journey will take you into the heart of Hopi country. Visit the oldest continuously occupied villages in the United States on our fascinating, in-depth tour into the heart of Hopi lands. Tour departs from Sedona and Flagstaff.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Fun Flagstaff History Segway Tour

Flagstaff is best known as the gateway to the San Francisco Peaks mountain range and the Grand Canyon, but it’s worth spending some time exploring the historic town too. On this tour, discover Flagstaff’s small-town charms on a guided tour and choose from a variety of options. Join a wa

Flagstaff is best known as the gateway to the San Francisco Peaks mountain range and the Grand Canyon, but it’s worth spending some time exploring the historic town too. On this tour, discover Flagstaff’s small-town charms on a guided tour and choose from a variety of options. Join a walking tour and enjoy extra time to browse the shops and take photos; explore further on a leisurely bike tour; or zip between the sights on a Segway.

  • Explore Flagstaff by bike, Segway, or on foot
  • Plenty of stops to admire the sights and take photos
  • Receive tips on what to see and do in Flagstaff from a local guide
  • Choice of tour departure times throughout the day

  • Downtown Flagstaff Haunted History Tour

    Once a part of the Wild Wild West, Flagstaff has a rich history of railroad expansion which brought about a number of colorful characters to the region. Discover the history of this desert city on a guided tour of downtown and learn about the city’s rapid growth during the 1800s. Listen

    Once a part of the Wild Wild West, Flagstaff has a rich history of railroad expansion which brought about a number of colorful characters to the region. Discover the history of this desert city on a guided tour of downtown and learn about the city’s rapid growth during the 1800s. Listen to ghostly tales of past residents as you follow your guide to several haunted locations.

  • Hunt for ghosts as you explore downtown Flagstaff
  • Listen to eerie tales of colorful western characters
  • A central meeting point makes for a seamless experience
  • A small group means more attention from your guide

  • 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

    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.

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