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bagpipesIt’s Flagstaff’s big weekend for celebrating all things Celtic. The Arizona Highland Celtic Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday at Foxglenn Park.  Hear bagpipe bands and competitions, watch or take part in athletic competitions, enjoy the food, history, genealogy research, and general fun – something for all ages.  Visit the website for a complete schedule of activities and prices.

Other related activities around town:

On Thursday and Friday evenings, Living Traditions Presentations sponsors its 5th Annual Summer Celtic Concert Series at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco St.).

This week’s Downtown Friday Night on Heritage Square will feature performances by the Northern Arizona Celtic Society and the Daren Burns Quartet.

This weekend, the Flagstaff Youth Theatre kicks off its run of Shrek the Musical, based on the Oscar winning Dream Works Animation film.  The production brings the life of everyone’s favorite ogre to life on stage with songs, dancing and breathtaking scenery.  Part romance, part twisted fairy tale, it’s all irreverent fun for everyone!  Friday at 7:00 p.m., Saturday at 2:00 and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m.  Dates through August 3rd.  At Flagstaff High School Main Auditorium.  Evening performances – adults $10, youth 12 and under $8.  Matinee performances – adults $9, youth 12 and under $7. A half-day “Cast Call Workshop” is being offered for all ages to learn stage skills and how productions are put together.  On Saturdays, July 19th, 26th and August 2nd.  Ages 5 to adult, $40.  Reserve a spot by emailing flagstaffyouththeater@gmail.com.

On Friday evening, join the Northern Arizona University Community Music and Dance Academy in celebrating the International Boy’s and Men’s Choir Festival at NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 7:30 p.m.  The festival will feature Yip’s Choir from Hong Kong, the San Francisco Boys Chorus, the Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus, Estonian Opera Men’s Choir, and individual singers from across the United States. The concert will include classical, western, contemporary, and gospel selections.  $15 general admission, $10 seniors/students.

In celebration of Parks and Recreation Month, the City of Flagstaff is hosting its Annual Ice Cream Social at Jay Lively Activity Center (ice arena, 1650 N. Turquoise Dr.) on Saturday afternoon, 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Enjoy ice skating and ice cream in the coolest place in Flagstaff.  Youth $3.25, adults $6.25, seniors $4.50, active military $4.50, and skate rental is $3.75.

This week’s Movie on the Square on Heritage Square is “The Hobbit 2.”  Sponsored by the Flagstaff Downtown Business Alliance, a family movie is shown at dusk on the town square every Saturday evening through the summer.  Entertainment begins at 5:00 p.m.  Get down there early to stake out a spot for a blanket or lawn chairs!

On Saturday evening, the Flagstaff City – Coconino County Public Library offers Astronomy for Everyone at City Hall.  Learn about the size and scale of the universe from astronomer, author, and national speaker Kevin Manning, an accomplished astronomer and former consultant to NASA. Following an indoor presentation we will go outdoors to view celestial objects in the night sky, such as the rings of Saturn and craters in the moon, through a high-powered telescope.  7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  It’s free!

Also Saturday evening it’s a tribute to the beloved Bob Marley – “One Love” – by One Gunn, One Love.  The band pays tribute to the world’s most popular reggae artist. A captivating professional entertainer, OneGunn is praised by fellow artists for his versatility in musical genres in both live and studio performances.  At the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill.  Gates open at 6:30 p.m., concert at 8:00 p.m.  $15.

On Sunday evening, the Master Chorale of Flagstaff and special guests present Flagstaff Follies: A Day in the Life of a Small Mountain Town.  It’s a locally-themed variety show and an ambitious new venture for the Chorale.  It’s partly-scripted and partly whimsical, about life and locations that make our town special.  Dozens of local performers.  Pre-show festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. with Circus Bacchus and Capoeira Amizade Flagstaff.  The show begins at 7:30, at The Orpheum Theater.  Tickets for kids are $10 and up, adults $20 and up.

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