It’s one of the big treats of summer in Flagstaff — The Flagstaff Folk Festival, this Saturday and Sunday at the Coconino Center for the Arts and Pioneer Museum. Showcasing the best in folk and acoustic music in Arizona and beyond, the festival will feature over 150 acts on five stages. Also, workshops, jams and more. It’s a family-friendly experience hosted by the Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music in partnership with the Flagstaff Arts Council and Arizona Historical Society. Performances are both indoors and out, 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. both days. Food vendors on site with plenty of space for families to spread out and enjoy picnics and the ambiance of the festival. Just $5 per person or $15 per family, per day.
Rodeo returns to Flagstaff this weekend with the Flagstaff Pro Rodeo, Thursday through Saturday evenings! See all the action — barrel racing, bareback riding, saddle bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, steer wrestling and bull riding — at the arena at the Coconino County Fairgrounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. Performances from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. nightly. Mutton busting for kids each evening before the performances. Rodeo Dance at the Arena on Saturday night following the performances. Purchase tickets. Box seats $25, general admission $15, kids 6 – 17 are $10, 5 and under are free.
It’s also Pride in the Pines Weekend with the main event happening at Thorpe Park on Saturday! There’s a complete lineup of entertainment beginning at noon. Headliners including international recording artist Kristine W, with Neon Hitch and Manila Luzon take the stage at 9:00 p.m. See complete details at the Flagstaff Pride website including tickets, all entertainment and official Pride in the Pines events on Friday evening and Sunday. Vendors, exhibitors and more. Saturday, all day tickets are $15 online, $20 at the gate.
On Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.), TheatriKids, the youth educational program of Theatrikos Community Theatre, presents The Wizard of Oz. Journey somewhere over the rainbow to a magical land of munchkins, a wizard and a wicked witch! This family favorite will come to life anew, based on the 1939 Judy Garland movie.
On Sunday, Theatrikos presents a single performance of Scars in the intimate setting of Charly’s Pub & Grill in the Weatherford Hotel. On a bitterly cold Chicago winter night, Nora and Peter, two lost and lonely souls, find each other in a raucous South Side Irish bar; “The Cutting Edge.” After verbally jousting with each other and the other bar patrons, they leave together and travel through the frozen streets to Peter’s apartment. But they are not alone; their deeply entrenched scars, both seen and unseen, go with them. 6:30 p.m. $5 suggested donation at the door.
On Friday evening, an amazing band and talented touring vocalists present a Nashville roadshow, Nashville Gold – a tribute to the greatest country artists of all time! The audience will be stomping their feet and singing aloud as no era of country music is left behind. Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill. Tickets are FREE, and available at Findlay Toyota Flagstaff (5030 E. Marketplace Drive, behind the Flagstaff Mall). Gates open at 6:30 p.m., show at 8:00 p.m.
On Saturday, enjoy Pets in the Pines, the 9th annual adoption and community festival celebrating pets, hosted by the Second Chance Center for Animals. The event brings together animal welfare and rescue organizations from all of Northern Arizona, as well as lots of adoptable pets. Pet products, pet crafts, pet goodies, raffle items, T-shirts, kids activities, demonstrations and food vendors. Leashed pets welcome! In the parking lot and on the lawn of city hall, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. It’s FREE.
Also on Saturday, the Arboretum at Flagstaff hosts its Native Herb Festival, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Learn from the experts – growing native herbs, herb crafts, and the magical medicinal properties of herbs. Organic herbs for sale, local herbalist vendors, and food. $17 for Arboretum members, $20 for non-members. See the Arboretum website for a full slate and description of classes.
Willow Bend Environmental Education Center hosts Summer Saturdays at Willow Bend! This week’s theme is Drops of Water. See the new display on the journey that a drop of water takes before it ends up in your home. Activities for kids and information for adults. Stop anytime between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Free, donations accepted. (703 E. Sawmill Road)
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Flagstaff Nuestras Raíces hosts its Second Annual Flagstaff Summertime Tardeada Fiesta on Saturday to celebrate and recognize Flagstaff’s Hispanic roots. It’s a vibrant afternoon festival of music, entertainment, art, an oldies car show, and social dance. Food vendors and exhibits. (224 S. Kendrick St.) The entertainment stage will feature dancers and musicians from across Arizona. BBQ food and raffle proceeds benefit the Nuestras Raíces’ Cultural Heritage Fund. Bring folding chairs. 12:00 noon – 10:00 p.m.
Hart Prairie Nature Walks continue on Sunday mornings with a member of The Nature Conservancy. Learn more about birds, wildflowers, forest ecology and the Conservancy’s work in the region on a 90-minute walk at the base of the magnificent San Francisco Peaks. Meet the group in the parking lot (southwest corner) of the Fort Valley Plaza Shopping Center (1000 N. Humphreys St.). Bring sturdy shoes, sun protection, rain gear or jacket, and water. Reservations not required. No pets please. More info: (928) 779-6129
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings each week, there’s free entertainment on Heritage Square. See all of the Heritage Square summer programming at Summer Nights on the Square. On Friday evening, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., see Halau Hula Napuaokalei’ilma (hula dancing), and the Flagstaff Community Band.
On Saturday evenings through the summer, it’s Movies on the Square. Family movies are shown on Heritage Square – this week, Box Trolls. 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.
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