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Flagstaff is a center for both the visual and performing arts in northern Arizona, with museums, a local symphony, light opera company and theatrical troupe. Galleries, studios, boutiques and unique locally owned businesses abound in the downtown area, and numerous nightclubs feature live music.

Heritage Square hosts “Movies on the Square” Friday evenings in the summer and many live outdoor music performances through the week.

The Amphitheater at Fort Tuthill is northern Arizona’s largest outdoor amphitheater. This state-of-the-art facility has hosted acts as varied as BB King, Willie Nelson and the “Prairie Home Companion” radio show. The Orpheum Theater in Historic Downtown offers the best in local and national artists, as well as exciting and unique film screenings.

The influence of the southwest and Native American cultures is easily seen in our arts and architecture. Members of the nearby Navajo and Hopi tribes have been trading in Flagstaff for generations, and some of our local galleries have evolved from trading posts of previous centuries. Much of our Southwest history and culture can be found at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA), originally founded in 1928 as the repository for Native American artifacts and natural history specimens from the Colorado Plateau.

Flagstaff Cultural Partners serves as the re-granting organization for the city of Flagstaff’s Art and Science Fund. It also manages the Coconino Center for the Arts, which offers art exhibits, concerts and other performances. Smaller art exhibits can be found in small shops, galleries and restaurants throughout Flagstaff, and each month the First Friday ArtWalk is held in Historic Downtown.


Established in 1949, the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra brings classical and pops concerts to Flagstaff audiences at the Ardrey Auditorium at NAU. Local play productions can be seen at the Theatrikos Theatre Company in the Doris Harper-White Community Playhouse.

Northern Arizona University’s theater department produces a number of long and short plays, musicals, operettas and operas throughout the academic year. Also welcoming those with an interest in performance is the Flagstaff Light Opera Company, which puts on musical theater performances throughout the year.

For an up-to-date calendar of cultural activities, visit

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