Flagstaff is a center for both the visual and performance arts in Northern Arizona, with museums, a local symphony, light opera company and theatrical troupe. Galleries, studios, boutiques and unique locally owned businesses abound in the downtown area, and numerous nightclubs feature live music.
Heritage Square has “Movies on the Square” Friday evenings in the summer and many live outdoor music performances through the week.
The Pine Mountain Amphitheater is Northern Arizona’s largest outdoor amphitheater. This state-of-the-art facility has hosted acts as varied as BB King, Ani DiFranco, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and the Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival.
The Orpheum Theater in Historic Downtown offers the best in local and national artists as well as exciting and unique film screenings! It features plush seating, an expansive balcony, state-of-the-art sound, a full bar, and a lounge.
Most of our southwest history and culture can be found at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA), originally founded in 1928 as the repository for Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau. The museum has seven exhibit galleries, interactive activities, storytellers and cultural interpreters. Every year the museum holds its “Heritage Program,” which celebrates the arts and cultures of Northern Arizona and the Four Corners region.
Flagstaff Cultural Partners serves as the regranting organization for the City of Flagstaff’s Art and Science Fund. It also manages the Coconino Center for the Arts, the cultural hub of the Flagstaff community. The center’s 4,000-square-foot gallery features diverse exhibitions and the intimate 200-seat theater offers concerts, performances, films and other presentations.
Smaller art exhibits can be found in small shops, galleries and restaurants throughout Flagstaff. Many of the shops and galleries are in Flagstaff’s Historic Downtown district, easily accessible through a walking tour. The First Friday Art Walk is an event created by local artists whose shops stay open late the first Friday of each month. Many of the shops serve hors d’oeuvres and have the artists in attendance to speak with patrons.
Established in 1949, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of conductor Elizabeth Schulze, brings classical and pops concerts to Flagstaff audiences at the Ardrey Auditorium at NAU. The orchestra also offers master classes and children’s concerts.
If you’re looking for more drama in your life (or more comedy), local productions can be seen at Theatrikos in the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse. This community theater troupe is always looking for those with an interest in any aspect of the thespian arts. In addition, Northern Arizona University’s theater department produces a number of long and short plays, musicals, operettas and operas throughout the academic year. Also welcoming those with an interest in performance is the Flagstaff Light Opera Company, which puts on musical theater performances throughout the year.