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Flagstaff Celtic FestivalIt’s Celtic Week in Flagstaff, which means this weekend is the Arizona Highland Celtic Festival at Foxglenn Park (4200 E. Butler Ave.), Saturday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) and Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.).  The festival celebrates the culture of eight Celtic regions. Educational displays and programs, professional entertainment, an excellent children’s area, bagpipe competitions, Scottish judges, athletic competition, including the caber toss, and food and merchandise vendors.  And of course, Celtic music and whiskey tasting.  Highland dance, Scottish athletics and tug o’ war.  New this year: Rugby clinic and exhibition game, a hairy highlander contest and a kilted limbo.  See the Festival website for a complete schedule of events.  Admission $15 – $25.

Pluto: Palooza at Lowell Observatory continues this weekend at Lowell Observatory, coinciding with the long-awaited flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons mission satellite.  It’s been an exciting week.  It’s downright Pluto fever!  On Saturday, there’s a special presentation – In Praise of Pluto: From Mars Hill to the Kuiper Belt – a celebration of a century of exploration of the frontiers of the solar system.  Many more activities, see the observatory website.  Special events included with regular observatory admission, with hours of 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. all through Pluto: Palooza.

It’s the first weekend of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival with performances on Friday and Saturday evenings, 7:30 p.m., at Coconino Center for the Arts, and an outdoor performance on Heritage Square at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday.  See a local production of Twelfth Night (or What You Will), a comedy. Free at Coconino Center for the Arts.  Dates through July 25th.

On Friday evening, enjoy a Plein Air Painting Workshop at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, conducted by local artist Dawn Sutherland.  She’ll give instruction on selecting a scene, principles of composition, techniques of creating depth and distance in your painting, color mixing and more.  $20 members, $25 non-members.  4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Everyone is invited to the 3rd Friday at the Market of Dreams, the third Friday (this Friday) of each month from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an evening of local art, music and food.  This month’s featured artist is Cora Dean, who will be showing and selling her unique art work.  See samples at the Market’s Facebook page.

On Friday evening, experience the energizing music of Cape Breton with two sisters – Cassie & Maggie MacDonald – who astound audiences with their talent.  They’ve performed around the world on fiddle, piano, and guitar, with vocals and dancing.  Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco St.)  $20 in advance, $22 at the door.  Children are half price.  *:00 p.m.  Doors open at 7:30.  Beer and wine for sale.

On Saturday morning, join the 15th Annual Pepsi-Cola Taylor House Century Ride to benefit the Taylor House, which provides lodging and supportive services for families of patients receiving medical care away from home.   Choose route of either 95, 65, 45 or 30 miles.  Rides begin at 7:00 a.m. at Flagstaff Medical Center’s West Campus parking lot.  Lunch provided for all participants after the rides.  $60 minimum contribution.  First 300 registrants will receive a commemorative T-shirt.

The Flagstaff Aquaplex presents a “Parents Night Out” on Saturday, . . . meaning that kids can go to the Aquaplex for a fun afternoon and evening, cared for by the trained and qualified staff, 3:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.  Parents can go on a date!  Registration is required — $35 per child, ages 5 – 13 years.

Be the first to get an autographed copy of a new book – Flagstaff Festival of Science: The First 25 Years, at a free talk on Saturday evening – Flagstaff’s Science Legacy – with authors Kevin Schindler and Bonnie Stevens at Riordan Mansion, 7:00 p.m.  The new book captures the essence of the nation’s longest running, free science festival. See a preview here of the upcoming Festival of Science.

Also on Saturday evening, the Master Chorale of Flagstaff and other talented local performers host Flagstaff Follies II: A Trip Through the Decades at Flagstaff’s Orpheum Theater.  This production is a love letter to the Flagstaff community and leads the audience through a comedic, musical journey through its history.  The pre-show begins as soon as the doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the main production is at 7:30 p.m.  The show is suitable for the entire family.  Tickets $10 – $25.

On Sunday evening, mountain biking and film enthusiasts will enjoy UnReal: A Mountain Bike Film by Teton Gravity Research and Anthill Films — a one-night only showing.  Catch the movie on the big screen at the Orpheum and get your “dirt fix.”  Win prizes from the film’s sponsors!  8:00 p.m.  Tickets $12 in advance and $15 at the door.

Buy your tickets early for the Flagstaff Symphony Guild’s Annual Home Tour, August 8th from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.  Tour five beautiful homes this year, including the Colton House at the Museum of Northern Arizona for a first-time public showing.  Talented musicians provide music at each home.  Tickets are $35.  Call (928) 522-0549, (928) 526-6058, or (928) 522-8288.  Help the Guild support the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra!

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

Enjoy your weekend in Flagstaff. When you’re ready to buy or sell a Flagstaff home, start with our Flagstaff real estate website.