• Spring Events in Northern, Arizona

    Northern & Central Arizona Events


    April 19:
    CELEBRATION OF SPRING- On April 19, from 9:00 am - 12:00 p.m., $2/Child, Free for adults. Posse Grounds Park, Multi Use Field. It's more than just an egg hunt, it's a celebration of Spring! Egg hunts by age division, scavenger hunts for kids 9-12 years old, carnival rides, inflatables, pony rides, face painting, vendors and more! Pre-purchase tickets.SedonaAZ.gov/Parks
    April 25-27:
    SEDONA OPEN STUDIOS TOUR - The 11th Annual Open Studios Tour takes place April 25-27 from 10:00 a.m - 5:00 p.m. each day. This is an opportunity to visit with artists in their own work environments and gain a deeper understanding of the creative process. The event is free. Contact Mike Upp mjupp10@gmail.com or call 503-789-4437.SedonaArtistsCoalition.org
    May 3:
    CINCO DE MAYO- Immerse yourself in a colorful Fiesta saluting a rich heritage on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at Tlaquepaque. Enjoy the festivities while cheering and whistling to the music of mariachi musicians, clapping to the steps of folklórico dancers and savoring traditional Mexican foods at Tlaquepaque’s famed El Rincon Restaurante. 928-282-4838 Tlaq.com
    May 17-18: 
    BIKE MS: RIDE THE VORTEX- Join us for Bike MS: Ride the Vortex, Arizona’s premier cycling event! We have route options for every level of cyclist, ranging from 30-150 miles; you will surely find a route fit for you. Enjoy delicious meals and strong support, with rest stops every 15 miles, bike mechanics and SAG vehicles. A fantastic festival awaits you on Saturday afternoon with great food, music, a beer garden, massage tent and fun entertainment.BikeMSarizona.org
    May 22-25:
    SFS SHOTS FILM FESTIVAL- The Sedona Film School (SFS) hosts a film festival every year on Memorial Day weekend. All graduates of SFS screen their thesis films at our annual SFS Shorts Film and the audience gets to vote! You may be inspired to make your own film. Call 928-649-4257 for details. SedonaFilmSchool.com
    May 29 – June 1:
    ILLUMINATE FILM FESTIVAL- The country's premiere film festival and launching platform for mind-body-spirit cinema. Join a world-class immersive, soul-centered workshops, panels, and excursions complement film screenings, featuring expert facilitators, and new thought-leaders. Please join and be inspired. Contact info@illuminatefilmfestival.com.IlluminateFilmFestival.com
    June 4-9: 
    SEDONA PHOTOFEST- Experience Sedona in June when monsoon skies and brilliant sunsets against the beautiful Red Rocks make this location a photographer's dream. Learn from a select group of master photographers with in-depth areas of expertise and an opportunity to catch the majesty and magic of Sedona's landscape each day. Workshops, lectures, FREE day of events. Presented by Sedona Arts Center 928-282-3809 SedonaPhotoFest.org
    June 7-8:
    SEDONA BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL- The 8th Annual Festival and Institute takes place June 7-8, 2014 at Los Abrigados Resort and Spa, Creekside. This event showcases established and emerging Bluegrass artists from around the USA with concerts, workshops and more. All events are open to the public. 928-204-2415SedonaBluegrassFestival.org

    1. Earth Day 2014 Vendor Registration

      April 19, 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM @ Flagstaff City Hall South Lawn
      Vendor registration for Earth Day 2014 is now open! The City of Flagstaff and the Sustainability Commission wish to invite all local organizations and vendors with a focus on sustainability to participate in Earth Day 2014. Earth Day will take place on Saturday, April 19th, from 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM at the Flagstaff City Hall South Lawn. All vendors and exhibitors must register by 3/19/2014 or by 2/19/2014 for specific table location requests. Register to the website provided. Contact Marty Jacobson with any questions.
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    1. First Friday ArtWalk

      May 2, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Historic Downtown Flagstaff
      Downtown Flagstaff's First Friday ArtWalk features new art exhibitions in galleries, transformed spaces, restaurants and other businesses. Downtown Flagstaff is transformed into an art mecca and street party, as musicians play live music on the streets, performers overtake Heritage Square, and art comes to life.
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    1. Mother's Day Fashion Show and Luncheon

      May 10, 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM @ Joe C. Montoya Community and Senior Center
      245 N Thorpe Rd
      FlagstaffAZ 86001
      Mothers, daughters, sisters, and grandmas - Join us for a fun day of fashion and food. Sponsored by Dillard's Department Store
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    1. First Friday ArtWalk

      June 6, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Historic Downtown Flagstaff
      Downtown Flagstaff's First Friday ArtWalk features new art exhibitions in galleries, transformed spaces, restaurants and other businesses. Downtown Flagstaff is transformed into an art mecca and street party, as musicians play live music on the streets, performers overtake Heritage Square, and art comes to life.
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    2. Flagstaff Wine and Food Festival

      June 7, 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM @ Pepsi Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill Park
      Attend the 5th Annual Flagstaff Wine & Food Festival and try exquisite wines from international and domestic wineries! The festival includes tastings of high-end craft beer, spirits and let's not forget the signature culinary creations of renowned restuarants! It's a delicious day you don't want to miss!
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    1. First Friday ArtWalk

      July 4, 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM @ Historic Downtown Flagstaff
      Downtown Flagstaff's First Friday ArtWalk features new art exhibitions in galleries, transformed spaces, restaurants and other businesses. Downtown Flagstaff is transformed into an art mecca and street party, as musicians play live music on the streets, performers overtake Heritage Square, and art comes to life.
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    Prescott's 150th Birthday Community Photo @ East side of the Yavapai County Courthouse | Prescott | Arizona | United States Prescott's 150th Birthday Community Photo 2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Cultural Celebration
    You are invited to be part of history – The Prescott 150th Birthday Community Photo! As part of the celebration of Prescott’s Sesquicentennial 
    The Whiskey Off-Road Mountain Bike Race @ Downtown Prescott

    The Whiskey Off Road Mountain Bike Race  |  Apr 25 – April 27, 2014 ALL-DAY Athletic Event Concerts Entertainment Performing Arts

    Join Epic Rides, the City of Prescott and our musical guests as we present a tide raising event for the American mountain bike scene
    36th Annual Whiskey Row Marathon @ Downtown Prescott

    6:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Whiskey Row Marathon
    One of the most challenging in the U.S. Includes marathon, half marathon, 10K & 2 mile fun run/walk. With distances from 2 to 26.2   

    Prescott 2014 6th Annual Chalk it Up! @ National Bank of Arizona Parking Lot | Española | New Mexico | United States

    Prescott's 2014 6th Annual Chalk it Up Event 
     May 3 – May 5, 2014 ALL-DAY Art

    Chalk it UP! Prescott is a free community event intended to cultivate and support the creativity in people of all ages and abilities. 
    For more events or attractions in Northern Arizona, please visit our website at www.TravelNorthernAZ.com
  • The Top Five Holiday Attractions in Central Arizona

    The Top Five Holiday Attractions 
    in Central Arizona

    The Christmas season draws closer. Our relatives and friends will be arriving soon and your mission this year is to make their stay a memorable one. Which exciting event or attraction will be the highlight of this year’s visit? With so many options to choose and considering you live in the beautiful central Arizona territory, the options are endless. Here are five great things to do this holiday season that will surely impress your guests as you aim to preserve your position as the “most entertaining” relative in the family. Listed in no particular order:

      1) Acker Night: Friends and families from all over make their way to downtown Prescott, Arizona for Acker Night during the holiday season. On December 13, 2013 – the town will spring to life with dance performances and live music. From 5:30PM to 8:30PM, over 60 businesses and musicians will get together on this magical evening to raise funds for local youth performing arts programs. All of the musicians donate their time to support this extraordinary event - also known as “Music in the Streets” by the locals. Acker Night

    2) Prescott’s Annual Christmas Parade and Courthouse Lighting: The "Arizona's Christmas City" Holiday Parade begins on December 7th at 1PM in downtown Prescott. Wear warm attire and bring a folding chair. The parade sometimes lasts for two hours. It’s a great way to start the Christmas season. Afterwards, you may want to grab an early dinner at one of Prescott’s fabulous restaurants because the festivities start all over again! Later that evening, the Annual Courthouse Lighting event will commence at 6PM. Before your very eyes downtown Prescott transforms into “Arizona’s Christmas City”. The courthouse and all of its surrounding trees light up with brilliant color. It’s a night you will not want to miss!
    Prescott Chamber Events

    3) Polar Express: Make an impression on your young nieces and nephews this Christmas. Every child wants to meet Santa Claus! Make their wishes come true with a ride to the North Pole by way of the Grand Canyon Railway. The ride begins in Williams, Arizona with a moonlit ride through the wilderness. The kids can mingle with lively elves while singing and dancing to holiday songs. Cookies and hot chocolate will be served while Santa makes his visits from car to car. Find out more about this one hour adventure at Polar Express.

    4) Festival of Trees at Tlaquepaque: Sedona, Arizona - The Festival of Trees is a premiere holiday event at Tlaquepaque beginning Friday, November 29, 2013. Area artists and galleries will have over 45 Christmas trees and gingerbread houses fully decorated in fun and exquisite ways. The trees all have special themes and incorporate different materials. Kick off your holiday season with a beautiful themed tree already pre-decorated. The trees will be on display inside the ballroom at Tlaquepaque accompanied with silent auction bid sheets. Viewers may visit Tlaquepaque and check their bids through 4PM on Saturday, December 7th. Proceeds benefit "Meals on Wheels" for the Sedona Community Center and "Toys for Tots" via the Sedona Marine Corps League. Sedona Festival of Trees

    5) Arizona Snowbowl: If snow and cold weather doesn’t restrict you to the indoors, the Arizona Snowball could be right for you. This little ski resort is located in Flagstaff, Arizona and has a slope for every level of skier. The Agassiz Lift is perfect for expert skiers and boarders. It is 2,000 vertical feet of mountain for experts and advanced intermediates. The Sunset Lift serves 650 vertical feet of intermediate terrain as well as the Sunset Terrain Park. The terrain park is complete with multiple jumps, fun boxes and rails. Beginners have two lifts and a surface conveyor near the Hart Prairie Lodge. Quality skiing and snowboarding equipment can be rented from the Rental Shop at the Hart Prairie Lodge. The two lodges on the mountain are Hart Prairie and Agassiz. There you’ll find food, a full bar, and seating inside and outside. The food is set-up cafeteria style with American food options. There are a variety of lift ticket discounts for children, seniors, military personnel, large groups and off peak skier days. Visit the resorts website for more information. Arizona Snowbowl

     So whether it’s your nieces or nephews, grandparent or parents that are visiting – there is something fun and festive for everyone this holiday season. For online discounts on all northern Arizona travel, click on Hot Deals at Travel Northern Arizona.
  • What to do with these rainy weekends?

    Northern Arizona has been experiencing a wet September. If you're itching for something to do, pick a great restaurant in one of your favorite Northern Arizona cities, go for a drive and grab a bite to eat. If you're experiencing hot, muggy weather in Phoenix (Great!) this is the best time to explore Northern Arizona. Everything is lush and green and the flowers are all a bloom. The weather even encourages a sweater at times.

    Recently our family went on a scenic drive through Senator highway, explored Wolf Creek when the weather permitted, then we grabbed a bite to eat at a brewery. It was a great day of exploration and really helped us shake that 'stuck in the house' feeling. It was also a great day for photos. The mountain fog was captivating.

  • Macy's Coffee Shop - A Place for Everyone!

    'Go where the Locals Go' 

    Who doesn't love a good coffee shop? On your next trip to Flagstaff, Arizona, be sure to visit Macy's for a GREAT cup of joe!

    By Writer, Zoe courtesy of Macy's in Flagstaff Arizona.

    Macy’s is Flagstaff’s very own coffeehouse. It is located in the heart of a dedicated and decorated community, and accordingly, it fosters the progressive changes of tomorrow while still honoring the wisdom of the past. Macy’s embodies the belief that business ethics and practices can coincide with the needs of employees and customers alike. Macy’s is a family. All who enter these doors are welcome with open arms.

    Macy’s also understands the importance of supporting our global community. We employ a coffee scout to find and purchase our beans. We proudly pay better than fair-trade prices, directly to the farmer. Macy’s appreciates the importance of reducing our ecological impact so we also offer compostable to-go cups and participate in a community-composting program. We hope to someday be an example of how one Flagstaff coffeehouse and it’s ideals of leadership, dedication, and compassion, came to unite a world of difference; one love-filled cup at a time.

    Most importantly, Macy’s eagerly anticipates its’ opportunities to give back to the local community. We are often home to the children’s poetry reading, the college students’ first gig with the new band, or the Monday night chess club. We often donate door prizes to various fundraisers or day-old pastries to the nearby shelters. We know that change begins with a series of small commitments that snowball the world into a better place. Macy’s will always be committed to that change.

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