First Friday Artwalk presents artists' demonstrations and book signings each month of the year downtown. All summer, from mid-May to mid-September, Heritage Square downtown hosts a free Music on the Square each Thursday and a Movies on the Square (family flicks) each Friday evening.
Major annual events include Flagstaff Winterfest in February, featuring over 100 events such as skiing competitions, sled-dog races, snow games, and entertainment. In April, the Northern Arizona Book Festival draws in authors and booklovers for a weekend. From late May to mid-June, Trappings of the American West displays outstanding paintings, sculpture, photography, saddles, and other cowboy gear at the Coconino Center for the Arts. June activities include The Great Fiesta del Barrio & Fajita Cook-off on the second Saturday and Pine Country Rodeo and Parade on the third weekend. Horse races also run in June. Flagstaff's Fabulous Fourth Festivities commemorate the 4th of July and Flagstaff's founding with a parade, the Fair of Life arts and crafts show, a gem show, historic walks, a pioneer festival, barbecue, and fireworks. Hopi Marketplace, on the weekend nearest July 4th, brings Hopi artisans and performers to the Museum of Northern Arizona. Also in July, Arizona Highland Celtic Festival celebrates the people of Brittany, Cornwall, Ireland, Isle of Man, Scotland, and Wales with dancing, athletic demonstrations and, of course, bagpiping. Arizona Cardinals Training Camp attracts baseball fans, usually late July to mid-August. Summerfest/Festival in the Pines on the first weekend in August features top Southwestern artists for an arts and crafts show. Navajo Marketplace celebrates the artistry and culture of the country's largest tribe at the Museum of Northern Arizona on the first full weekend in August.
Native Artists Marketplace presents outstanding works by Zuni, Pai, and other Colorado Plateau tribes on the first weekend in September at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Coconino County Fair runs over Labor Day weekend in September as does an arts and crafts show. Flagstaff Festival of Science (www.scifest.org) presents talks, demonstrations, and open houses during a ten-day period in late September. The Hispanic Festival Celebrations de la Gente takes place on the last weekend of October, close to the Day of the Dead, at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Holiday cheer begins around Thanksgiving with the Pine Cone Festival, culminating with a giant pine cone descending to ring in the New Year at 10 p.m. and again at midnight. Other December festivities include the Northern Lights Holiday Parade and the Holiday Lights Festival at Little America.
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