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Flagstaff HullabalooThe Sixth Annual Flagstaff Hullabaloo is Flagstaff’s kick-off for summer! Celebrate “all things Flagstaff” on Saturday.  Voted Best Annual Event for the past four years by readers of the Arizona Daily Sun. Nobody’s bothered that summer doesn’t officially arrive ‘til June 21st.  A bike parade starts everything off at 9:30 a.m. (staging at 9:00 a.m.), then it’s a full day of live music and entertainment – local bands and out-of-town acts – plus a colossal kids area, giant puppets, stilt walkers, clowns, a costume contest, and more.  Beer and food from some of Flagstaff’s favorite eateries.  The festivities continue into the evening hours.  It’s all a pretty big deal – an all-Flagstaff, all-ages party! The event benefits Grand Canyon Youth and Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy.  See the Hullabaloo website for all of the admission details, advance tickets, and VIP tickets and perks, and entertainment line-up.

The Theatrikos Theatre Company production of Much Ado About Nothing, continues this weekend. Considered one of Shakespeare’s best comedies, combining elements of robust hilarity with more serious meditations on honor, shame, and court politics, the play although interspersed with darker concern is a joyful comedy that ends with multiple marriages, . . . and no deaths.  Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.)  Tickets range from $17 – $20.  Dates through June 14th.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night throughout the summer, Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff plays host to free events for all ages — Summer Nights on the Square.  On Friday night, the Peter and Will Anderson Jazz Trio perform.  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Also, for the first Friday of June, it’s the Flagstaff First Friday ArtWalk!  ArtWalk is a downtown street party and a special night for downtown area galleries, restaurants and other art venues, where the venues remain open late, some of the artists are on hand, and refreshments are available at some establishments.  6:00 – 9:00 p.m., with related special events at various places around town.  The regular night spots stay open later, of course.  Check the Flagstaff Arts Council website for details and an ArtWalk guide.

Billing themselves as “orphaned gyspies,” born of traveling musicians in the rugged California canyon country, the 3-woman group Calico brings its harmonies, tales of trial and triumph, and guitar-slinging skills to the Orpheum downtown on Friday evening, 8:00 p.m.  Admission is $11.00

Audubon Society Bird Walks continue every Saturday morning at The Arboretum at Flagstaff, through July. During these warm months a large variety of migratory birds pass through northern Arizona such as the yellow-rumped warbler, American robin, Western bluebird and many more!  Free with regular admission.  Promptly at 7:30 a.m.

The Assistance League of Flagstaff’s Annual Snowball Slide will take place during Flagstaff Hullabaloo on Saturday (see above).  This annual fundraiser helps to purchase new clothing for Flagstaff schoolchildren, and serves newborns, the elderly, families in need, and the homeless in Flagstaff.  Purchase “snowballs” for $10 each for a chance to win one of 20 super prizes, with a grand prize of $2015.00  See the Assistance League website for details.

The Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present Flor de Bee in the next of the summer concert series at The Arboretum on Saturday evening. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  Flor de Bee is a spicy, whimsical duo of international proportion.  Acoustic guitar, sassy vocals, gliding harmonies and percussion, deliver jazz, latin and french classics with a tantalizing twist. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner, blanket and chairs.  Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16.

On Saturday evening, it’s Movies on the Square.  Family movies are shown on Heritage Square each Saturday evening through the summer – this week, Hook.  Stake out your spot early, as this is a very popular event!  The movie beginning at dusk, with entertainment for all you early arrivals.  Bring chairs, blanket, and picnic.  Vendors also available.

Sunday is the annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival presented by Southern Wine & Spirits of Arizona at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill.  The event benefits the Friends of Coconino County Parks for land conservation, park development, volunteerism and recreational activities.  1:00 – 5:00 p.m.  All-day pass is $37.

Each Sunday through the summer there’s an old time “farmer’s market” in the city hall west parking lot from 8:00 a.m. to noon – Flagstaff Community Market.  Area small-scale farmers and vendors sell produce, organic meat, honey, salsas, herbs, flowers, candies, crafts, beverages and more.  (Community Market on Wednesday evenings on the East Side begins on June 17th in the parking lot at 2257 E. Cedar, 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.)

Scenic Chairlift Rides have begun at Arizona Snowbowl for the summer season taking visitors to near the top of Mt Agassiz, Arizona’s second highest peak.  A peaceful 25-minute ride allows a view of the expansive beauty of the surrounding area, from the Sedona red rocks to the cinder cone volcanic field and the Grand Canyon Rim.  Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Check out Flagstaff’s weekend nightlife in the weekly entertainment magazine FlagLive!

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