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Flagstaff Native Rug ArtOn Saturday, The Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) hosts its annual Navajo Rug Auction, with more than 250 vintage and contemporary Navajo weavings from artists and consignors from all across the Four Corners region, along with selections from the respected R.B. Burnham & Company Trading Post.

  • A public preview of all weavings is planned from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The auction begins promptly at 2:00 p.m. and is free to the public. A portion of event proceeds benefits MNA and the Flagstaff Arts Council.
  • Native art and Navajo weaving specialists will be on-site to identify handspun, hand-carded and vintage pieces, verses acrylic yarns, to ensure quality and prices.  Guidance in evaluating and buying Navajo rugs, as well as detailed information on each auction item, also will be available. This is one of the best ways to learn about fine Navajo weavings!
  • Experts will view and select weavings for the auction at MNA from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Thursday and Friday. Artists and other consigners are invited to bring their Navajo weavings for consideration.

This is the opening weekend of the Flagstaff Light Opera Company production of Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m., at Sinagua Middle School.  Admission: $20 Adults, $15 Students and seniors.  Dates through June 21st.

Friday through Monday is the 6th Annual Firefly Gathering, offering the most extraordinary year yet with art, music, workshops, yoga, healing and ceremony.  Look forward to the most illuminating learning opportunities, diverse musical acts, spectacular performances, inspirational art, and deep connections within the intimate, authentic Firefly community.  Soggy Bottom Ranch – Soggy Bottom Ranch Road, west of Flagstaff.

On Thursday through Saturday, join the Renaissance of the North American Flute Foundation at Northern Arizona University’s School of Music, for concerts and musician-led workshops by R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, Rona Yellow Robe & Bruce Witham and many more at The Gathering.  At NAU’s Ardrey Auditorium, 3:00 – 10:00 each day. Admission: $25 adult, $15 students, children 12 & under are free with an accompanying adult.  Ticket good for all seven concerts each day, one ticket per day. Please call 888-520-7214 for group rates (10 or more).

Flagstaff’s Annual Chili Festival is Saturday (10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at Thorpe Park.  Chili cooks from across the Southwest will be cooking, and trying for the World Championship Chili Cookoff in October.  $5 per person for tasting kit.

It’s the final weekend for the Theatrikos Theatre Company production of Much Ado About Nothing, Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.)  Tickets range from $17 – $20.

Friday evening’s entertainment on Heritage Square is the Plain Aire String Quartet & Anam Kara Trio.  6:00 – 8:00 p.m.  It’s free.  See all of the Heritage Square summer programming at Summer Nights on the Square.

Flagstaff’s Annual Made in the Shade Beer Tasting Festival is Saturday, returning for its 23rd year, at the Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill.  The popular craft beer tasting event benefits Sun Sounds, radio programming and reading that allows print-disabled people to stay connected to their community. 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. General Admission $45 ($55 at the gate), VIP $80 ($90 at the gate).

On Saturday evening, Lowell Observatory hosts the black-tie optional Pluto and Beyond Gala beginning at 5:30 p.m. with the Kuiper VIP Champagne and Cocktail Reception presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona in the 1899 Bar & Grill. The doors to the High Country Conference Center will open at 6:00 p.m. to a non-hosted bar and a gourmet sit-down dinner at 7:30 p.m. The evening’s program will include festive music provided by Mogollon, with special presentations recognizing the discovery of Pluto, what the New Horizons mission is accomplishing and what it means for the future of Pluto. We will conclude the evening with the ever-popular live and silent auction and raffle drawings.  Individual tickets are $125.00, VIP tickets are $1,300.00.

On Saturday evenings through the summer, it’s Movies on the Square.  Family movies are shown on Heritage Square – this week, Annie.  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.

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.

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

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