The Arts Council presents a variety of events throughout the year, at the Coconino Center for the Arts and in other venues around Flagstaff. At the Center, you’ll experience art exhibitions, compelling concerts, and more. Around Flagstaff, we host performances on downtown Flagstaff’s Heritage Square, concerts in the idyllic setting at the Arboretum at Flagstaff, and Navajo Rug Auctions at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Upcoming Events

Sep
5
Sat
Ritmo Latino Band @ The Arboretum
Sep 5 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present Ritmo Latino Band in concert at The Arboretum on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Tickets on sale at Arizona Music Pro, 122 E Rte 66, Flagstaff

Tickets on sale at Arizona Music Pro, 122 E Rte 66, Flagstaff

Led by singer Andres Martinez, Ritmo Latino masterfully mixes up a Salsa, Cumbia, Cha Cha Cha, and Latin Jazz musical blend. Formed in the fall of 2008 Ritmo Latino is based in Phoenix, Arizona and is comprised of some of the top Latin jazz players in the Southwest region from different backgrounds and nationalities. From their festive up-beat  Afro-Caribbean rhythms to their relaxing, soothing Flamenco and Samba sounds, Ritmo Latino is an outstanding band that guarantees you an excellent performance every time!

Tickets can be purchased at Arizona Music Pro, at the door, or the Arboretum website. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16.

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Oct
18
Sun
Stories to Life: Tales to Chill the Bones @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 18 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents the 8th annual Halloween Production “Chilling Tales” in the Stories to Life series on Sunday, October 18, 4:00 p.m. “Chilling Tales” takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts and admission is free.

Judy Finney, the Flagstaff Public Library Outreach and Stories to Life project manager says, “We’re really excited to again be working with local storytellers AnnaDel Paxton and Tony Norris.  They will be joined by a Stories to Life newcomer M Henry Hall. The threesome will be telling scary favorite folktales that the audience will love including The Golden Arm, La Llorona and Two White Horses.  Our Stories to Life management team is really proud to be able to present programming of this caliber for free thanks to the Friends of the Library.” Artistic Director, Jamey Hasapis, states, “I’m excited about beginning this season of Stories to Life with “Chilling Tales.”  The environment at the Coconino Center for the Arts is the perfect venue for this engaging and intimate program. I can’t help but recall the stories we used to tell around the campfire or late at night, with flashlights in hand, after we sneaked into the country graveyard.” 

Funding for Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please contact Flagstaff Arts Council at (928) 779-2300, Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369, or visit www.flagartscouncil.org.

Nov
13
Fri
Flagstaff Festival of Trees @ The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Nov 13 @ 4:00 pm – Dec 5 @ 7:00 pm

completed treeCELEBRATE THE SEASON with the 1st ANNUAL FLAGSTAFF FESTIVAL OF TREES

Open Nov. 13 – Dec. 5, 2015
Friday-Saturday 4-7pm
Sunday 1-4pm

The Arboretum at Flagstaff and The Flagstaff Arts Council announce the 1st Annual Flagstaff Festival of Trees. Decorated holiday trees and seasonal décor will be displayed in the historic Walter Reichardt House at the Arboretum from November 13—December 5, 2015 on Fridays and Saturdays 4-7pm, and on Sundays 1-4pm. Individuals, schools and businesses are decorating and donating trees and other seasonal items to be raffled on Saturday, December 5, 2015 at The Arboretum.

Event sponsors include HomeCo Lumber & Hardware, Home Depot, Freeman Law PLLC, and NOAZ Signs.

One hundred percent of all funds raised will benefit The Arboretum at Flagstaff, the Flagstaff Arts Council, and various Flagstaff Unified School District elementary school programs.

Seasonal tree festivals are a popular annual holiday tradition in many communities in this country. According to Erin Evans and Peter Jolma, Co-Chairs of the organizing committee, “Flagstaff and the Arboretum will provide an ideal setting for this event and will be a wonderful way to start the holidays. Donors and participants will represent a broad spectrum of organizations and individuals, and the event will showcase the Flagstaff community’s creative skills and interests.”

Admission is $5 for adults; $3 youth from 6-18, and children under 5 free. Raffle tickets are $5 for 20.

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Feb
7
Sun
Stories to Life: This Land is Your Land @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Feb 7 @ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

In collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents an event in the Spring 2016 Stories to Life series on Sunday, February 7, 4:00 p.m. This Land is Your Land:  America’s National Parks takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

This Land is Your Land:  America’s National Parks features the Ponderosa Players providing majestic music in honor of the National Parks and spoken-word artists reading the best of the best about the experience of saving and preserving our public lands for future generations.

Judy Finney, Stories to Life founder and Flagstaff Library Outreach Manager:  “This is going to be a really neat celebration of the National Parks during the year-long celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service that is just getting underway in 2016.  There are going to be uniformed NPS personnel in attendance.  The music will be majestic, just like the parks themselves.  And our spoken-word cast at Stories to Life is always the best!”

Funding for Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please contact Flagstaff Arts Council at (928) 779-2300, Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369.

Apr
3
Sun
Stories to Life: Hula is Life @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Apr 3 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

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In collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents an event in the Spring 2016 Stories to Life series on Sunday, April 3, 3:00 p.m. “Hula is Life” taking place at the Coconino Center for the Arts.

 “Hula is Life” features Halau Hula Napuaokalei`ilima, under the direction of Kumu Hula (Hula Master) Kehau Chrisman.  Chrisman, formerly of Hawaii, trained in Hawaii for 17 years to reach the highest rank of Hula Master following rigorous hula protocols taught by well-known and respected masters in Hawaii’s hula legacy.  She first started teaching hula in Hawaii in 1997 and has been teaching in Northern and Central Arizona since 2004.

“Our shows are presentations of authentic Hawaiian culture and hula, and reflect the respect that’s pono (proper) for this art.” For more information about Halau Hula Napuaokalei`ilima, please visit their website.

Funding for Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the series, please contact Flagstaff Arts Council at (928) 779-2300 or Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369

Jun
4
Sat
Mariachi Mexico Antiguo @ The Arboretum
Jun 4 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present Mariachi Mexico Antiguo in concert at The Arboretum on June 4, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

A group celebrated for its vibrant sound, traditional core, and restored focus on the antique traditions of the mariachi genre.

Established in 2010 by former and current students of local schools in the Las Vegas Valley. Mariachi Mexico Antiguo is comprised of the most dedicated and talented musicians. Each with experience panning 4 years or more.

As ambassadors of the mariachi genre, Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has traveled to Arizona, California, New Mexico, Utah, New York, Colorado, Washington, Wyoming and Connecticut. Mariachi Mexico Antiguo has also worked with renowned artists as Beatriz Adriana, Graciela Beltran, Gildardo Alvarez, Jesus “Chuy” Guzman, Juan Valentin and Placido Domingo.

This dedication combined with travels around the United States has earned the mariachi as “a group that captivates audiences with its distinct interpretation of mariachi music.” Mariachi Mexico Antiguo symbolizes extraordinary musicianship and renewed focus on the tradition of mariachi.

Visit their website to learn more >

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

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Jul
2
Sat
Jessica Fichot @ The Arboretum
Jul 2 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

NEWFichotFlagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present Jessica Fichot in concert at The Arboretum on July 2, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Los Angeles-based chanteuse/songwriter Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that’s truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese 1940’s swing, international folk, and into the wilderness of her imagination. She has performed packed venues in France, China, Spain, Mexico, Canada and across the U.S – backed by her fiery band (clarinet/sax, upright bass, drums and guitar), and armed with her accordion, toy piano and multilingual vocals.

Visit her website to learn more >

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

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Aug
6
Sat
New West Guitar Group Featuring Sara Gazarek @ The Arboretum
Aug 6 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present New West Guitar Group featuring Sara Gazarek in concert at The Arboretum on August 6, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Over the last ten years, the New West Guitar Group (NWGG) has emerged as one of the premier guitar ensembles in the world. Their signature sound comes from an innovative style that highlights rhythm, beauty and virtuosity through combining acoustic and electric guitars.

With five studio albums to their credit, this new release Send One Your Love features an incredible cast of guest jazz vocalists. Teaming up with Gretchen Parlato, Tierney Sutton, Sara Gazarek, Becca Stevens and Peter Eldridge, the album tells a story about the highs and lows of love. Each vocalist is featured on a traditional and contemporary standard with lyrics that portray themes of vulnerability, hope, pain and happiness. Seattle Times hails NWGG as “sharp and refined” while All Music Guide says the trio’s expert arrangements “sometimes verge on the orchestral.” The band lives up to their reputation on Send One Your Love showcasing their thoughtful arrangements specifically done for the sound and style of each vocalist. The project brings together timeless compositions from Cole Porter, Joni Mitchell, Kurt Weill, Randy Newman and others through the sophisticated New West style of arranging. The result is a beautifully crafted and cohesive album that expands the notion of what is a “standard” to tell a story about of love.

For New West Guitar Group, this album was a unique chance for the members to collaborate with different vocalists in a reimagined setting rather than a sideman situation. Founding members Perry Smith and John Storie have had years of experience working as sidemen for jazz vocalists.

Amongst a community teaming with startlingly gifted singers, Sara Gazarek stands out as a particularly extravagant artist. Her first two albums introduced her singular sound and vision, steeped in the tradition of jazz but deeply informed by contemporary songwriters and performers.

Visit their website to learn more >

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

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Sep
3
Sat
The Honey Dewdrops @ The Arboretum
Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

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Flagstaff Arts Council and The Arboretum at Flagstaff are pleased to present The Honey Dewdrops in concert at The Arboretum on September 3, 2016. Doors open at 4:45 pm and the concert is from 5:30 – 7 pm with an intermission.

Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish share more than most couples. As the Honey Dewdrops, they share stages from venues to festivals across North America, stretches of rolling, infinite roadway, and a lot of songs; they share one mic and a hunger to pay attention to what endures. With tight harmonies and a musical ensemble that includes clawhammer banjo, mandolin and guitars, the effect is to leave listeners with only what matters: the heart of the song and clarity over ornamentation. After a year and a half of living on the road, Laura and Kagey now call Baltimore home and it’s where they wrote and recorded their fourth full-length album, Tangled Country, released May 2015 on Randm Records. Acoustic Guitar Magazine describes the set of songs as “a handcrafted sound centered on swarming harmonies and acoustic guitars that churn like a paddlewheel and shimmer like heat waves on the highway.” And like their stage performance, these new songs rock and reel, and then they console you when you come back down.

The closeness of sound and the musical compatibility that The Honey Dewdrops possess is unmistakable. On Tangled Country, each share vocals and guitars, augmented by Parrish’s mandolin and Wortman’s work on banjo and harmonica. “I think it comes from spending a lot of time together and knowing the inner workings of each other creatively,” says Wortman. And while comparisons to the music of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings are inevitable here, that’s because there’s something to this marriage of matrimony and music. Wortman and Parrish’s musical chemistry is so vivid here in recorded form that it’s not surprising to learn that their live performances are often described as “mesmerizing,” “evocative,” and “genuine.” The culmination of three years of writing and arranging, Tangled Country captures and communicates this as the duo weave dynamics and harmonies from one track to another, proving that The Honey Dewdrops bear the mark of musical maturity – in performance, arrangement, and songwriting.

Visit their website to learn more >

Tickets can be purchased at the Arboretum Visitors Center, Coconino Center for the Arts, Arizona Music Pro, or the Arboretum’s Website.

Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner. Tickets are $14 for members of The Arboretum and Flagstaff Arts Council; $18 for non-members; and $9 for kids 6-16. To avoid an online purchasing fee, please call The Coconino Center for the Arts at (928) 779-2300.AZMusicPro-150x150

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Oct
13
Thu
Northern Arizona Book Festival Reading @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Flagstaff Arts Council is pleased to partner with the Northern Arizona Book Festival to present a reading and book signing on Thursday, October 13, 2016. The event will take place at the Coconino Center for the Arts at 7:00 p.m.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

diana gabaldon photoThe event features a spectacular lineup of writers including Diana Gabaldon, Erin Stalcup, William Trowbridge and Nicole Walker. Erin Stalcup reads from her premiere book, And Yet It Moves, Nicole Walker reads from her latest book, Canning Peaches for the Apocalypse, Missouri Poet Laureate, William Trowbridge, reads from his newest work, and author of the Showtime series, Outlander, Diana Gabaldon reads her latest. A book signing will immediately follow the reading.

Tickets for the reading are $15 in advance and $18 at the door. To avoid an online purchasing fee, purchase in person at Uptown Billiards or call the Coconino Center For the Arts at (928) 779-2300.

The reading begins at 7:00 p.m. at the Coconino Center for the Arts located at 2300 N. Fort Valley Rd.  For more information on these authors and all of the Northern Arizona Book Festival activities, please visit www.nazbookfest.org.

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Oct
30
Sun
Stories to Life: Stranger Things Have Happened @ Coconino Center for the Arts
Oct 30 @ 4:00 pm – 5:15 pm

stories-to-life-halloween-2016-with-namesIn collaboration with the Flagstaff Arts Council, The Flagstaff City-Coconino County Public Library proudly presents the 9th annual Halloween program at the Coconino Center for Arts on Sunday October 30th at 4pm.  “Stranger Things Have Happened” takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts and admission is free.

Spoken word artists will perform scary stories and musicians Tony Norris and Bill Burke will play spooky music.  Readings from “Major Aranda’s Hand” by Alfonso Reyes, the “Open Window” by Saki, and Roald Dahl’s “Witches” will be featured. This Halloween eve production is best for children and adults over the age of 8.

Stories to Life producer, Judy Finney, says, “Our spoken-word artists will read a couple of obscure scary stories that we know will delight and everything we’re reading has humorous elements too so it will be a fun time. In honor of the 100th anniversary of Roald Dahl’s birth, an excerpt from one of Dahl’s fiendishly delightful and well-loved stories will surprise the audience.”

Funding for Stories to Life is generously provided by the Friends of the Library. This event is free and open to the public. For more information about the program, please contact Flagstaff Arts Council at (928) 779-2300, Judy Finney at the Flagstaff Public Library at (928) 213-2369, or visit www.flagartscouncil.org.

Nov
18
Fri
Festival of Trees @ The Arboretum at Flagstaff
Nov 18 @ 3:00 pm – Dec 3 @ 5:00 pm

This magical holiday festival is in its second year, in partnership with the The Arboretum at Flagstaff, and has proven a wonderful tradition for the whole family. Showcasing donated and decorated trees, lights, wreaths and other beautiful displays created by the local Flagstaff community on display inside the historic Walter Reichart house, all to be raffled on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at the Arboretum. This year with an additional light festival held in the courtyard at the Arboretum so you can enjoy the majestic winter garden outside, then come warm up inside with some hot cocoa, cider, wine and cookies while browsing the stunning trees up for raffle.

Schedule of Entertainment

*Open Weekends Only
November 11 – December 3, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays, 3 – 8 pm / Sundays, 4 – 7 pm.

Admission
Adults $7 / Members $6 / Ages 6 – 18 $4 / Children 5 and under Free *
10 raffle tickets $5 / 22 raffle tickets for $10 / Dollhouse raffle $5  *Guest passes cannot be used for special events.

Location
The Arboretum at Flagstaff 
4001 S Woody Mountain Rd, Flagstaff, AZ 86001