As the inevitable heatwave of the Arizona sun approaches, many residents are looking for ways to escape the 100-degree temperatures while still enjoying the outdoors.
Some may want to do something that doesn’t require extreme hiking or biking or zipping through the trees. Trust us, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Flagstaff’s cool climes in the pines of Flagstaff.
Flagstaff Blues and Brews Music Festival
JUNE 7 AND JUNE 8
Although summer officially starts on June 21, the best way to kick off the season is at the Flagstaff Blues and Brews Festival at Continental Country Club Driving Range. This year marks the first time it will be a two-day event, with bands taking the stage on Friday afternoon and throughout Saturday.
Festival-goers would be wise to knock off work early and head up on Friday to start their weekend right listening to blues under Flagstaff’s bright stars.
Entering its seventh year, the festival draws big-name stars and this year doesn’t disappoint with Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tab Benoit, Larkin Poe and Samantha Fish slated to hit the stage. The festival also features some of the best craft brews in the region from breweries like Mother Road Brewery and Barrio Brewing, as well as gluten-free beer, wine and canned cocktails. flagstaffblues.com
Pepsi Amphitheater Concert Series
The Pepsi Amphitheater once again brings some of the top acts to the pines. This year, the lineup includes Rebelution, DJ Mackie, Protoje, with Durand Jones and The Indications on June 14; Sublime with Rome and Soja on June 16; Buddy Guy and Jimmie Vaughan on August 2; Los Lonely Boys and Ozomatli on August 4; Slightly Stoopid, Tribal Seeds, Matisyahu and Hirie on August 15; Pickin’ in the Pines (see below) and Lord Huron on September 19.
Pride in the Pines
Flagstaff Pride delivers a diverse lineup of national, regional and local entertainers, featuring Latin hip-hop artist Kat DeLuna as the headliner along with Neon Native, Keith Okie & Rebel Sol, Zigtebra and belly dancing by Anahata Tribe. Held in Thorpe Park, Pride in the Pines helps promote and support cultural diversity, civil and human rights by fighting discrimination of all kinds. flagstaffpride.org.
Arizona Highland Celtic Festival
JULY 20 AND JULY 21
The Northern Arizona Celtic Heritage Society is dedicated to preserving the Celtic culture including language, traditions, arts and history. It does so through its Highland Games, featuring the hammer throw, caber toss and sheaf at Foxglenn Park. Celtic bands like the Knockabouts, The Ploughboys and The Wicked Tinkers will take the stage throughout the day. Exhibitors will display their wares and the genealogy research tent will help with family trees. nachs.info.
Pickin’ in the Pines
SEPTEMBER 13 TO SEPTEMBER 15
Flagstaff Friends of Traditional Music hosts the award-winning bluegrass and acoustic music festival featuring the best traditional and contemporary bluegrass, Celtic and gypsy jazz music at the Pepsi Amphitheater. This year’s featured artists include Sam Bush, Del McCoury and David Grisman, Jeff Austin Band with Darol Anger and Jay Starling, Sierra Hull, Blue Highway and Becky Buller Band. The festival also features educational workshops and as well as a band contest, all in a family-friendly setting. pickininthepines.org
In its 11th year, the Flagstaff Oktoberfest at Wheeler Park bids farewell to summer and hello to autumn. With a focus on German heritage, Oktoberfest also has Polka music, brat-eating contests and stein-holding competitions. Musical artists include Mike Reeves Band and The Thirsty Five. Families are encouraged to enjoy free root beer floats. Get ready for a rousing good time.