It’s Labor Day Weekend — in Flagstaff that means it’s time for the county fair, enjoying the arts, and plenty of music to choose from.
The Coconino County Fair, historically held over the Labor Day Weekend at the Fort Tuthill County Fairgrounds, features all you would expect from a spectacular fair — youth livestock shows and auction, carnival rides and games, fair food, exhibitions by community members, live entertainment, a demolition derby, pie-eating contest, watermelon-eating contest, and more. Friday through Monday. 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday; 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Monday. Admission: Adult – $8, Youth (6 – 12) – $5, Senior (65 and older) – $5, Child (5 and younger) Free. Parking is $5/vehicle.
This weekend is also the Grand Canyon Salsa Festival 2015, Thursday through Sunday. Four nights and three days of exciting Latin dance, education, awareness, and sharing under the stars in picturesque Flagstaff. The event includes workshops, evening shows, social dancing, and an exclusive Grand Canyon tour with picnic and dancing on the rim. Tickets for individual days and events vary. See the full schedule and event prices at the event’s website. Presented by the Grand Canyon Salsa Festival and the Flagstaff Latin Dance Collective.
For Labor Day Weekend, it’s always Flagstaff Art in the Park, Saturday and Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.), and Monday (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.). This is the 23rd year for this tightly juried, one-of-a-kind fine arts and crafts show. Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff. Food vendors and regional entertainers. Free!
This weekend is the culmination of Neptune Week at Lowell Observatory. Enjoy family-friendly activities designed to teach visitors about the physical properties of Neptune on Friday evening, 6:00 – 8:45 p.m. Lecture about Neptune at 7:00 p.m. Included in regular observatory admission.
It’s the first Friday in September, so it’s time for the monthly First Friday ArtWalk in downtown Flagstaff. Downtown hot spots are open late into the night. Use an interactive map on your smartphone.
During ArtWalk on Friday evening, the Summer Nights on the Square free outdoor performance on Heritage Square features the indie/rock singer-songwriters, 76th Street, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Free family entertainment continues on Heritage Square on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings through September 21st.
The Wild Reeds perform at the Green Room (15 N. Agassiz St.) on Saturday evening. The band has transformed from a three-part-harmony-driven band to a full indie/folk rock force that has been performing in venues up and down the West Coast. It’s a free show! 8:00 p.m.
Also on Saturday evening, the Arboretum at Flagstaff hosts the last of its Summer Concert Series concerts with the Ritmo Latino Band. Based in Phoenix, and led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner — no outside alcohol. Beer and wine available for purchase. 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, or the Arboretum website — $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16.
The Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill hosts the rock group Primus on Saturday evening, performing from their latest album – Primus & the Chocolate Factory with the Fungi Ensemble. The album is a reimagining of the soundtrack of the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. Reserved seats $44, lawn seats $33. 8:00 p.m.
Scenic Chairlift Rides continue at Arizona Snowbowl ski area to near the top of Mt. Agassiz, through October 19th. Escape the heat on a peaceful, 25-minute ride to the heights of Arizona. See the onset of autumn colors on the slopes of the San Francisco Peaks toward the end of September. Adults $19, Children 6 and up $10, Seniors 65 and up $10, Children 5 and under are free.
Movies on the Square is a popular event every Saturday evening through the summer season (2 more weeks left), as family movies are shown on Heritage Square. This week’s movie, Ratatouille. Stake out your spot early, as this is a very popular event! The movie begins at dusk, with entertainment for all early arrivals. Bring chairs, blanket, and picnic. Vendors also available.
Flagstaff Community Market continues on Sunday mornings through October 18th. Small-scale farmers and vendors sell produce, organic meat, honey, salsas, herbs, flowers, candies, crafts, beverages and more. City hall west parking lot, 8:00 a.m. to noon. Community Market is also held on Wednesday evenings in the parking lot at 2257 E. Cedar Ave. through September 9th, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
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