Arts & Entertainment

FLAGSTAFF ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Flagstaff is the hub of visual and performance arts in Northern Arizona. With museums, a local symphony, light opera company and theatrical troupe, Flagstaff features performance art of all varieties. Numerous galleries, studios and art boutiques are spread out throughout the downtown area, as well as numerous restaurants and venues that feature live music.

Heritage Square features “Movies on the Square” every Friday evening during the summer and many live outdoor music performances throughout the week.

Pepsi Amphitheater is Northern Arizona’s largest outdoor amphitheater. This state of the art facility has hosted artists such as B.B. King, Ani DiFranco, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival.

Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA), features a 200 acre campus that includes an exhibit building, research labs, and state of the art collections facilities for more than five million Native American artifacts, natural science specimens, and fine art pieces. Founded in 1928, its mission is to inspire a sense of love and responsibility for the beauty and diversity of the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage. MNA works in collaboration with native peoples of the Southwest to protect and foster the cultures, traditions, and beliefs of the Colorado Plateau by encouraging artistic expression and supporting, empowering, and educating visitors about the region’s art and cultures. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums.

Flagstaff Arts Council 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 exhibits and the intimate 200-seat theater offers concerts, performances, films and other presentations. Flagstaff Arts Council manages the website flagstaff365.com which is a one-stop-resource for city-wide events.

Smaller art exhibits can be found in 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 monthly event that highlights local artists on the first Friday of each month. Many downtown storefronts invite artists to speak to patrons about their art while enjoying snacks and drinks. The Chamber participates in this event quarterly.

Established in 1949, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra, under the guidance of conductor Charles Latshaw, brings classical and popular concerts to Flagstaff audiences at the Ardrey Auditorium at NAU. The orchestra also offers master classes and children’s concerts.

If you are looking for more drama or comedy in your life, 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 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.