Downtown Flagstaff arguably has the best downtown scene in Arizona. The combination of college students, the outdoor mountain culture, local businesses, and amazing weather make for a vibrant downtown. Downtown Flagstaff is a great place to get the best of modern dining, craft brews, local art, and community events all packed into one fun, laidback atmosphere. During the spring and summer, you'll find more people walking and on bikes than you'll see in vehicles. This bike and pedestrian-friendly town loves being outside as much as possible, which most definitely includes a variety of outdoor patios to enjoy your sunny weather beverage on. Downtown Flagstaff is the heart of our city where locals, tourists, visitors and students all congregate throughout the day as there's almost always something to enjoy year-round. In the summer, family movies are shown every Saturday evening at Heritage Square as well as other fun featured events such as live music, dancing in the square, and live performances. During the winter, it's common to get apre ski beverages or dinner with friends after a great day at the ski resort. No matter what time of year or time of day you head downtown, you'll find people enjoying the company of each other over some local favorite food, drink, or treat. You'll also have the chance to enjoy concerts at downtown Flagstaff's Wheeler Park, farmers' markets and various events hosted especially during warmer weather months. So spend a few days here and relax, enjoy the weather, the laidback atmosphere and leave all that crowded city stuff behind...because, yeah, it's pretty chill up here.
Top 5 Things to See & Do in Downtown Flagstaff
If you only have a day or two to spend in Flagstaff, spending some time downtown is a great thing to do year-round. Flagstaff definitely has a mountain town vibe and a character that is very different from most of the other cities in Arizona. You’ll find that most local and visitor things to do actually take place downtown, creating a very close, community-based environment. Here are some of the best things to do in downtown Flagstaff.
In Cold Weather
1. Get a hot drink.
Get cocoa for the kids and a simply delectable, hot, spiked drink for yourself. Try Rendezvous for a selection of drinks that bring out the warm and fuzzy in you.
2. Visit the Weatherford Hotel and Hotel Monte Vista.
History and ghost stories endure through the cold weather.
3. Have drinks by the warmth of a fire pit.
Many restaurants, breweries, and bars have great outdoor fire pits to keep you warm even when it’s cold outside. Who doesn’t love having a drink by the fire?
Enjoy a cozy meal in one of the small, intimate nooks of Flagstaff's restaurants.
5. Still check out the local shops.
Also, many offer seasonal goods that are available only during the winter. The shops are still interesting and fun no matter what time of year you visit.
HOLIDAY EVENTS DOWNTOWN
If you're around during the holiday season, Flagstaff is full of fun cold-weather holiday experiences!
- December ArtWalk and Santa Sighting
December 1, 2023
- Breakfast with Santa
December 2, 9, and 16, 2023
9 - 11 am
- Winter Wonderland & Tree Lighting
December 2, 2023
2 - 8 pm
- Window Decorating Contest
December 1-31, 2023
- 12 Bars of Christmas
December 9, 2023
2 - 7 pm
- Holiday Parade of Lights
Presented by the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce
December 10, 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
- Winter Movie Series
December 2, 9 and 16, 2023
- Noon Year's Eve
December 31, 2023
10 am - Noon
- The Great Pinecone Drop
The Weatherford Hotel
December 31, 2023
10 pm & 12 am
In Warm Weather3>
1. See what’s going on at Heritage Square or Wheeler Park.
These are two main public spaces where there’s always something “Flagstaffian” going on.
2. Enjoy the sunshine and great weather.
When downtown, that usually means on a restaurant patio or in a public space like Heritage Square or Wheeler Park. Layer up! A little wind might feel too cool for relaxing outside, but the high-elevation sun might warm you up a bit too much just minutes later. Welcome to Flagstaff.
3. Visit the historic Weatherford Hotel, Hotel Monte Vista or even take a haunted tour of downtown Flagstaff.
Historical and haunted tours can be done on foot or on Segways!
4. Enjoy live music.
Whether it’s an impromptu drum circle on the corner or live music on the patio of Flagstaff Brewery, if the weather is nice, someone is bound to be making music somewhere in downtown Flagstaff!
5. Check out the local shops.
From organic treats, and gifts made from repurposed materials to vortex crystals, Flagstaff has an eclectic and even eccentric collection of wares. Also outdoor gear. Lots and lots of outdoor gear for sale.
Top 5 Best Downtown Patios with Food & Drinks
1. Dark Sky Brewing Co | Beer Garden
DSB has expanded and has built Flagstaff’s biggest outdoor patio! Not only that, they have an additional kitchen that features high-end, classic pub food that really isn’t fair to call “pub food”. One more thing, they also serve wine, liquor and craft cocktails at the patio as well.
2. MotherRoad Brewery
Motherroad has also expanded its patio. They serve the same great beers loved by all with Pizzicleta that can be delivered tableside.
3. The Annex
This large patio is located in a historical Basque handball court featuring Flagstaff’s best craft cocktails, great food, and a large fire pit. Patio games like corn hole and giant Jenga are known to come out in the summer during the less crowded times of the day.
4. The Mayor
Flagstaff’s best (and only) rooftop bar. All the booths have their own tabletop fire pit and a great view of downtown Flagstaff, Mt. Elden, Aggaziz and the southern part of the San Francisco Peaks. The food is pretty good, too. Summer nights bring rooftop movie showings and other shenanigans.
5. Flagstaff Brewing Co
Flagstaff’s OG craft brewery is still the place to hang out during the summer for locals and visitors alike. There’s live music out on the patio every Sunday afternoon and it’s a great place to take in Flagstaff while getting a burger and a beer.
Upcoming Downtown Flagstaff Events
DOWNTOWN FLAGSTAFF HOTELS, DINING, & THINGS TO DO
FLG Terroir is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. We specialize in small boutique wines from throughout the world in all price categories. Our list is over 500 labels, which makes us one of the best wine bars in Flagstaff with an assortment of choices for your experience. We offer
FLG Terroir is located in historic downtown Flagstaff. We specialize in small boutique wines from throughout the world in all price categories. Our list is over 500 labels, which makes us one of the best wine bars in Flagstaff with an assortment of choices for your experience. We offer 27 wines by the glass and a great selection of bottled beers with a focus in Belgian Ales.
With the addition of a kitchen we are not only a wine bar in Flagstaff but a hotspot in the local foodie scene. Featuring oysters on the half, small creative plates, house-made ice creams and so much more. With our fully renovated space and commitment to quality service, FLG Terroir surely sets the standards high for wine bars in Flagstaff and is a place to visit again and again.
Covid-19 Precaution Measures: State of the art air purification system
Happy Hour | All Food | Family-Friendly | Vegan Options | Vegetarian | Gluten Free Options | Dinner | Late-Night | Happy hour | Dine-In | Downtown | COVID-19 Precautions Taken | American
Humphreys - Full Property is located in Flagstaff, 2.5 miles from The North Pole Experience, 5.8 miles from Coconino County Fairgrounds, and a 13-minute walk from the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce. The property is 1.5 miles from Northern Arizona University and has free Wifi thro
Humphreys - Full Property is located in Flagstaff, 2.5 miles from The North Pole Experience, 5.8 miles from Coconino County Fairgrounds, and a 13-minute walk from the Greater Flagstaff Chamber of Commerce. The property is 1.5 miles from Northern Arizona University and has free Wifi throughout the property.
The air-conditioned vacation home is composed of 4 separate bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher and oven, and 3 bathrooms. Towels and bed linen are offered in the vacation home.
The vacation home has a children's playground. If you would like to discover the area, skiing and cycling are possible nearby.
Fireplace(s) | Kitchenette or Full Kitchen | Laundry
Explore the streets of downtown Flagstaff—on foot, by bike, or via Segway—during this family-friendly sightseeing excursion, a great choice for first-time visitors. Hear stories of spooky ghost sightings and Wild West history, and learn fun facts about the city. A headset is provided so
Explore the streets of downtown Flagstaff—on foot, by bike, or via Segway—during this family-friendly sightseeing excursion, a great choice for first-time visitors. Hear stories of spooky ghost sightings and Wild West history, and learn fun facts about the city. A headset is provided so you don’t miss a word your guide says. Plus, choose from multiple times to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
Discover the haunted history of Flagstaff, Arizona
Opt to explore the local streets on foot, by bike, or via Segway
Headset provided, so you can hear your guide clearly
Choose from multiple times to best suit your schedule
Family-Friendly | Downtown
Micro-Brewery pushing the limits on flavor & style combinations with over 500 different recipes to date. Established 2014 in Flagstaff, Arizona ~ the World’s 1st Dark Sky City!
$1 off pours from locals on Mondays
Brewery | Craft Breweries | Patio Seating | Pet-Friendly | Pet-Friendly | Outdoor Patios | All Food | Large Craft Beer Selection | Brewed on Site | Serves Food | Lunch | Dinner | Gluten-Reduced Beer | Outdoor Seating | Pet-Friendly | Downtown | Outdoor Patios | Outdoor Patios
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 | Family-Friendly
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
Family-Friendly | Downtown
Discover the perfect home away from home at the Residence Inn by Marriott® located in the heart of beautiful Downtown Flagstaff. Surrounded by great restaurants and breweries in a bustling local area, our neighborhood provides convenient access to Northern Arizona University, the Flagstaff
Discover the perfect home away from home at the Residence Inn by Marriott® located in the heart of beautiful Downtown Flagstaff. Surrounded by great restaurants and breweries in a bustling local area, our neighborhood provides convenient access to Northern Arizona University, the Flagstaff Medical Center, Lowell Observatory, and Arizona Snowbowl. You’ll thrive during your stay with the conveniences you need. Relax and unwind when you want. And stay focused and productive when it's essential. At Residence Inn, we'll make sure you thrive during your stay.
Free Hot Breakfast | Free Wi-Fi | Fitness Center | Whirlpool Tubs | Indoor Pool | Business Center | Pet-Friendly | Downtown