Summer is offically here, and it’s officially hot! The good news is Flagstaff is known for its gorgeous, cool summers. If you’re making the trip to Flagstaff for the Marathon, we want to help you plan your “runcation” so you can take advantage of the cool weather at high altitude, not to mention all the great things to do in the town that draws tourists from around the world. Take a look at our top picks for things to do in Flagstaff on Marathon weekend, September 16 – 18.
Pickin’ in the Pines
For the 11th summer in a row, Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival will be bringing good tunes and good vibes to Flagstaff. The event will be at Ft. Tuthill County Park Friday through Sunday. Headliners include Sam Bush, The Earls of Leicester (presented by Jerry Douglas) and the SteelDrivers. Festival-goers can camp at the park and enjoy activities for the whole family throughout the weekend.
Learn more: pickininthepines.org
Flagstaff Community Farmers Market
Every Sunday in the summer, vendors fill the parking lot at Flagstaff City Hall from 8am to noon. Over the last 16 years, the Flagstaff Community Market has grown to be one of the top markets in Arizona. Walk through the market and grab local produce, flower bouquets, fresh salsa, and breakfast and coffee from local food trucks. Might we suggest the ice cold aguas frescas and berry crepes with whipped cream?
Learn more: flagstaffmarket.com
Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail
The Flagstaff-Grand Canyon region is the Craft Beer Hub of the Southwest® and the Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail is your passport to enjoying great beers in our local breweries and brew partners. The Flagstaff-Grand Canyon Ale Trail is a self-guided tour of local craft breweries and it includes discounts on northern Arizona’s finest hand-crafted beers. The Ale Trail route is about one mile level walking in downtown Flagstaff, and a short drive to Sedona and Williams.
Learn more: flagstaffaletrail.com
The Southwest Butterfly House
The Arboretum at Flagstaff opened its brand new Southwest Butterfly House on June 1st of this year. Hundreds of colorful butterflies are on display in a newly constructed greenhouse, open daily. Take a look inside and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly, the importance of pollinators and all the beautiful butterfly species of northern Arizona. Entrance is free with paid admission at the Arboretum ($8.50 for adults, kids under 5 are free).
Learn more: thearb.org
Flagstaff Urban Trails System
If you want to get in a last minute run before the race, or need to go for a walk and loosen your sore muscles, hit up the Flagstaff Urban Trails System, FUTS for short. The trails sprawl across the entire city, so chances are, no matter where you are in Flagstaff, you’re not far from a trail.
To see a map of the trail system, visit http://flagstaff.az.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/8550
Need more ideas? Check out www.flagstaffarizona.org.