Dew Downtown Flagstaff Winter Festival

The 5th Annual Dew Downtown Flagstaff Winter Festival is back, bigger, and better, this Saturday, January 30th! From 10am-6pm, bring the family and all your friends and enjoy everything new going on in the heart of downtown Flagstaff. Then on Sunday from 8am-4pm, the ski and snowboard competition moves up onto the mountain to take place at Arizona Snowbowl.

The downtown Flagstaff streets will be filled with snow and there will be amusements for everyone. This year the Dew Downtown Flagstaff Winter Festival has transformed. Aspen street will be filled with snow, where dog sled demonstrations will take place and you will be able to try out snowshoeing!

In the heart of downtown, at Heritage Square, there will be free gourmet s’mores and hot cocoa, crafts for the kids, a photo booth, pictures and singing with Elsa and Anna, and bounce house amusements. This will definitely be the place to take a break between skating and skiing.

Skating rink on San Francisco street? Yes! Come skate on the streets of downtown Flagstaff for the first time ever! There will also be a vendor village and beer garden for you to visit on your way to Snowzilla! Snowzilla is a 3-story inflatable slide will tower over downtown. There will also be a snow play area for kids, along with snowboard lessons for kids 8 and under. Don’t worry though, there will be ski lessons and snow bikes for everyone else at the top of San Francisco street!

January 30th, 10am-6pm, we will plan on seeing you at the 5th Annual Dew Downtown Flagstaff Winter Festival in the heart of downtown. You won’t want to miss out on all the new and exciting things being offered!


Five Best New Year’s Eve Parties in Downtown Flagstaff

Pinecone-drop.jpgNew Year’s Eve is the last day to enjoy 2015 and celebrate the beginning of 2016 with all of your closest friends and family! If you’re looking for the best New Year’s parties in Downtown Flagstaff, then you have come to the right place.

Great Pinecone Drop / Weatherford Hotel / Thursday, Dec. 31 @ 10pm & 12am

At both 10PM and midnight the pinecone will be dropped from the top of the Weatherford Hotel to celebrate the beginning of a new year! The 10PM pinecone drop is more family friendly for those with younger kids and both are a great time, with live music on all levels of the Weatherford! This tradition began in 1999 and has only gotten bigger each year!

New Year’s Eve ft. Roses Pawn Shop / The Orpheum Theater / Thursday, Dec. 31 @ 8pm

The Orpheum Theater will have their annual New Year’s Eve party with Roses Pawn Shop, Viola & The Brakemen, and the Dave Logan Band performing. This party starts at 7pm when the doors open and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are on sale for $11 and children 12 years and under are FREE!

New Year’s Eve Dinner / Tinderbox Kitchen / Thursday, Dec. 31

The Tinderbox Kitchen has prepared a New Year’s Eve dinner menu for you to enjoy before walking just two blocks to the Great Pinecone Drop! Visit their website or call for reservations to enjoy a delicious three-course meal on your last night of 2015!

New Year’s Eve with DJ P-Phunk / Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge / Thursday, Dec. 31 @ 9:30pm

End the year dancing the night away with a live performance by DJ P-Phunk at the Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge. This party is free for everyone 21+.

A Class Act New Year’s / The Green Room / Thursday, Dec. 31 @ 8pm

Dress to impress and enjoy drink specials all night while listening to “Ladies of Wax” play the best ska, reggae, new wave, soul, and garage music. There is NO COVER, so come celebrate with champagne toasts and a balloon drop!

Downtown for the Holidays


The holiday season is such a fun time of year and highly anticipated by many! Downtown Flagstaff is decorated and ready to celebrate. There are countless events planned for everyone in Flagstaff, so here they are in one place. Spread some holiday cheer and take part in these downtown events!



1491627_828257530543004_2953980115458165613_nMountain Sports Flagstaff is hosting their 7th annual Men’s Shopping Night tomorrow, December 10th, from 5-8PM. For all the men who can’t bear the idea of holiday shopping, and could use a little help picking out that special something for your loved ones, Mountain Sports is here to help and is even  offering FREE gift wrapping this night only. Cold Beer provided by Historic Brewing Barrel + Bottle House and feel free to bring a buddy.


12360275_1215856161776571_8558847396645596363_nIt is Buy Local Month and December 11th-24th you can support independent businesses in Flagstaff. By gifting local and participating in this ongoing shopping event you will be entered to win $25-$400 from 21 participating Flagstaff Businesses. Additional details can be found by following the link below.


Winter Movies FlyerThere are two holiday films still set to show in the FREE Winter Movie Series. Saturday, December 12th, the Polar Express will be playing at The Orpheum Theater downtown, and on Saturday, December 19th, the movie Elf will bring a close to this year’s first ever Winter Movie Series at The Orpheum. Bring your friends and family and enjoy hot cocoa, holiday treats, crafts, and pictures with Santa!



This Saturday, December 12, we are having a sit-down bagel breakfast with Santa at The Orpheum Theater! Breakfast starts at 9:00AM and it is $5 at the door. This breakfast is limited to the FIRST 50 people, so make sure you’re there early! Breakfast includes Biffs Bagels, orange juice, and a Christmas cookie!



Come downtown for a fun family-friendly event Saturday, December 12th, from 12-3PM, at the Historic Train Station including crafts, games, story time, giveaways, and more. Performances featuring carolers from NAU from 1-2 p.m. and All of the Above String Band from 2-3 p.m. A donation bin for new, unwrapped toys to donate to Toys for Tots will be there as well. Santa will also be there for pictures with the kids!


12363193_10156184419505161_3025423398600637878_oThe Flagstaff Light Parade that goes through downtown is Saturday, December 12th, at 6:00PM. Bring the family out to enjoy all the lights, and then afterwards visit The Orpheum Theater for the FREE showing of the movie Elf. This is an all-ages event and there is lots of fun to be had! 


12363030_1088756491143215_5121298127049594845_oTuesday, December 15th, 5:30-8:00PM Shop Rock n’ Roll will be taking place- a collaboration between the Downtown Business Alliance, Local First Arizona, and Friends of Community Radio Stations. Local musicians will perform holiday and non-holiday songs at participating merchants to create a lively, music-filled, downtown shopping and dining experience for Flagstaff residents. For a list of participating businesses follow the link below!


12249612_10156131650145161_3218927170496367100_nOn Friday, December 18th, at 6PM, The Orpheum Theater is excited to present “High Country Christmas– A Winter’s Night of Songs, Stories, Poems and Western Humor”. Santa will be waiting to hear the children’s whispered secrets and pose for Grandma’s photo. Arizona’s finest Western entertainers will present a seasonal program of songs, original music, stories and cowboy poetry. Pictures with Santa from 6pm-7pm. Tickets are available below!


12308027_10153260994243568_9183478374641933913_oEvery Monday night in December, Sage Brush Trading Co. will be hosting Men’s Shopping Nights! They have beer, brats, Monday Night Football, and they will even wrap your gifts! There are two more Mondays left, December 14th & 21st, so don’t miss out!

Winter Movie Series at The Orpheum

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The Downtown Flagstaff Business Alliance is happy to announce that we have partnered with The Orpheum to put on a FREE Winter Movie Series for all of Flagstaff. We wanted to create a fun family event for everyone to enjoy this holiday season.

The movies will be shown every Saturday, starting November 28th and ending December 19th. The movies will run from 10am-1pm and will be held at The Orpheum in downtown Flagstaff. Not only will we be showing some classic holiday movies, but there will also be crafts, hot cocoa, holiday treats, and pictures with Santa! All ages are invited to join us this holiday season for the first ever Winter Movie Series.

Movie Schedule:

November 28- Home Alone

December 5- How the Grinch Stole Christmas

December 12- The Polar Express

December 19- Elf


Halloween Events in Downtown Flagstaff

There is so much going on in downtown Flagstaff this coming weekend for Halloween, so here are all of the big events in one place for you!

Rendezvous Horror Movie Wednesday


Photo Courtesy Rendezvous Facebook

Every Wednesday night at 8pm, Rendezvous shows a horror movie in the nook. Rendezvous is playing off of the ghost stories of the Hotel Monte Vista, and there is a different movie played each week. This is not just a Halloween event, but it is the perfect opportunity to get into the spirit!


Allen’s Pumpkin Patch

Screenshot_2015-10-26-16-49-26-1Every year downtown on the corner of Aspen and Humphreys, there is the pumpkin patch that us Flagstaffians have grown to love. This is the perfect place to bring your family and pick out the perfect pumpkin to carve and set out by your door! It isn’t Halloween yet, so you still have time to visit!


Halloween Harvest

halloweenharvestThis free event is taking place in downtown Flagstaff at Heritage Square on Saturday, October 31st, from 4:00pm-7:00pm. There will be a spooky pumpkin patch, creepy carnival games, arts and crafts, and the downtown Trick or Treat Trail. It is a perfect way to celebrate Halloween as a family downtown!

Pay ‘N Take Pumpkin Carving Contest


Photo Courtesy Pay ‘N Take

Pay ‘N Take is putting on their 1st ever Pumpkin Carving Contest on Halloween! Bring your PRE-CARVED pumpkins to the shop at 4pm (the start of the Trick or Treat Trail) and the pumpkins will then be judged. Everyone can participate and there will be specials for those who bring a pumpkin! Candles will be provided and all pumpkins will be lit at sundown!! The Grand Prize is $50 cash & 3 gift certificates for a penny beer at Pay ‘n Take, and 2nd & 3rd prizes are a Pay ‘n Take T-shirt & a gift certificate for a penny beer.


Haunted Hotel at the Weatherford


Photo Courtesy Weatherford Hotel Facebook

Saturday, October 31st, starting at 6:00pm, the Weatherford Hotel downtown will be putting on the Haunted Hotel event. There will be a $5 cover at the door and live music featured on all three floors. The Gopher Hole will have a live DJ preforming, Charley’s Pub will have 3 different bands playing throughout the night, and upstairs in Zane Grey there will be a photo booth, taro cards/ fortune readings on the mezzanine, and Larry Holloway will be playing the organ out on the balcony for all of downtown Flagstaff to hear!




Live Music in Downtown Flagstaff

If you know anything about the nightlife in Flagstaff, then you should know that there are tons of places to spend your time downtown and enjoy some live music. However, if you were unaware of the fact that Flagstaff has some of the coolest downtown music venues, well then now you know! The venues range from fairly large to smaller and more intimate settings, which means there is something for everyone.

Hops on Birch

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Photo Courtesy Hops on Birch Facebook

Hops on Birch has established themselves as a great live music venue in downtown Flagstaff, with live bands performing every Thursday through Sunday night, you can be sure to count on a great performances. The music genres vary from folk and bluegrass to rock, which means you will always be surrounded by an ever changing sound. For those of you who want to show off your talent or like to go out on Monday nights, Hops has open mic night that starts at 9 p.m..!calendar/c12q5

The Gopher Hole

Photo Courtesy Hotel Weatherford Facebook

Photo Courtesy Hotel Weatherford Facebook

The Gopher Hole is found in the basement of The Hotel Weatherford downtown. Every Friday and Saturday night they have live bands perform. They primarily focus on booking and supporting local Flagstaff bands, so the genre will be different from band to band. On Thursday nights The Gopher Hole has a dj perform, and none of these shows require a cover charge.



The Orpheum Theater

Photo Courtesy Orpheum Facebook

Photo Courtesy Orpheum Facebook

The Orpheum in downtown Flagstaff is dedicated to bringing a diverse range of music to the theater and is not focused on just one genre. Their events vary from week-to-week, with some weeks having six events and some weeks only having two. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday there is most often times something going on at the Orpheum. They haved hosted big name bands along with smaller local bands, which shows them being dedicated to providing a diverse range of music.

Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge

Photo Courtesy Monte Vista Facebook

Photo Courtesy Monte Vista Facebook

The Monte Vista always has something going on. Each week, on Friday and Saturday, there are live bands performing, providing a variety of rock and roll music. Wednesday nights there is a dj that performs, and then Tuesday’s and Thursday’s are karaoke nights, which means locals or visitors can show off their singing abilities. The Monte Vista is a great place to visit if you are looking for fun bands and some space to dance the night away.

The Green Room

Photo Courtesy The Green Room Facebook

Photo Courtesy The Green Room Facebook

The Green Room wants to provide diverse music for a diverse community. Flagstaff is a very unique city and The Green Room wants to embrace this community. There is music seven nights a week at The Green Room, ranging from punk rock to EDM. A large portion of the bands that perform here are large market bands, and they are constantly working to bring in bigger bands. The prices vary for each show depending on the band performing.



Photo Courtesy Firecreek Facebook

Photo Courtesy Firecreek Facebook

Firecreek is often times just thought of as a downtown coffee shop, but did you know they are also a performance venue and put on great shows! Their events vary each week, but every Tuesday night is open mic. They next show they have coming up is this Friday, October 16, at 8pm and The Railsplitters will be performing!



Flagstaff Brewing Company

flagbrewBeyond providing craft-beer and whiskey to Flagstaff, Flagbrew wants to further their ambiance and provide a casual and friendly atmosphere. They have an awesome outdoor patio with a stage, and will sometimes put on afternoon shows, in addition to the nightly weekend performances. 

Mia’s Lounge

Photo Courtesy Mia's Lounge Facebook

Photo Courtesy Mia’s Lounge Facebook

Mia’s Lounge is south of the railroad tracks in downtown Flagstaff and has live music performances from week-to-week. At the end of the month they have a Halloween show that will include performances by I’D DIE FOR LO-FI, La Migra, and local artists The Shindaggers and Ice Sword. Be sure to check them out and celebrate Halloween with an awesome show.

National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day is tomorrow, and we have found the best spots in Downtown Flagstaff for you to enjoy your coffee and celebrate the day! Here is your excuse to drink coffee all day. But do we really need a reason to grab a hot cup of coffee at any hour of the day? All of our downtown coffee shops are unique and the perfect place to become a regular.

Flag Buzz Coffeehouse


Located in the heart of downtown, Flag Buzz is a 100% organic coffeehouse. They strive to provide you with the most ethically sourced, pure, and healthful products available. If you are looking for something new to celebrate National Coffee Day, try one of their many specialty drinks. The Honey Almond Latte and Horchata Buzz are two of the most unique flavors offered, and why not start your day with your coffee smiling back at you!

Firecreek Coffee Company


Photo courtesy Firecreek Coffee Instagram

At Firecreek the details matter, and that is why all of their coffee is hand roasted in very small batches. Their motto is “It matters to them, they matter to us”. Firecreek wants to be sure that every cup of coffee has amazing flavors and freshness, regardless of how you drink it. Not only will you be able to enjoy the fresh roasted coffee, but also the beautiful gallery space surrounding you. 


Flagstaff Coffee Company


Photo courtesy Flagstaff Coffee Company Facebook

If you are looking to try some exciting, new flavors, or just a new place to drink your coffee, then look no further. Flagstaff Coffee Company has a great location and an outdoor patio for you to soak up the warm sun during our last days before the cold, in addition to some delicious coffee.


Higher Grounds Coffee House

Photo courtesy Jenny Cummiskey

Higher Grounds Coffee House is a non-profit organization that donates to local shelters in Flagstaff. All of their coffee comes from Washington, is organic, and fair trade certified. All of the drinks at Higher Grounds are unique to them and can’t be found anywhere else in downtown. They are also going to be having a surprise special promotion, so be sure to give them a visit!

Late For the Train Coffee Shop

Photo courtesy Late For the Train Facebook

Late For the Train is located downtown on Birch Ave. When they opened their doors downtown in 1993, their mission of “brewing community in a world class cup” was set in motion. They have specialty drinks with an Arizona twist, and are on the map for having fresh dark roasts. If you want just the basics though when it comes to your coffee, they are the last refuge in downtown for a simple cup of black coffee.



Photo courtesy Rendezvous Instagram

Photo courtesy Rendezvous Instagram

Located in The Hotel Monte Vista, Rendezvous is a coffee shop that has lattes specific to them, and uses scratch made ingredients. They also recently started serving brewed coffee for only $2 a cup! If you are looking for a good story to go along with your drink, we recommend the Ghost Blend. The Ghost Blend is their own espresso blend and got the name because of the story of The Hotel Monte Vista being haunted.

Celebrate Mother’s Day Downtown

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Looking to treat Mom to something special this weekend?  Downtown businesses have specials that are sure to please…even Mom.

Check out our favorites (specials are for Sunday, May 10 only unless otherwise indicated):


CuveeMother’s Day brunch from 10am – 4pm.  Try Lavender French Toast, Fried Chicken and pancakes, or Loco Moco.  $5 Mimosa’s and Bloody Mary’s, and $3 Draft Beer. 6 East Aspen @ Heritage Square, 928-214-9463 for reservations.

Majerle’s - 30% off for all mom’s, plus $4 Bloody Mary’s and $3 Mimosa’s. 102 W. Route 66, 928-744-6463.

PastoMother’s Day brunch with tasty offerings like Smoked Salmon Quiche, Eggs Florentine and Truffled Egg.  $5 cocktails, including Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Irish Coffee, Moscow Mule and Blood Orange Margarita. 19 E. Aspen, 928-779-1937 for reservations.

Sweet ShoppeHuge selection of fresh chocolate dipped strawberries. 15 E. Aspen, 928-255-4919.

The Toasted Owl - Mother’s Day brunch, 121 E. Birch Ave., Suite 100, 928-255-4919 for reservations.

Tourist Home - $2.50 chocolate covered strawberries, $8 Mimosa’s, 52 S. San Francisco St., 928-779-2811.


Aspen Sports20% off all women’s clothing and women’s footwear. 15 N. San Francisco, 928-255-4919.

Fizzy Bella Bath BoutiqueEgle Rucci will be outside Fizzy Bella handing out Carnations to the first 50 moms, and kids can build a FREE craft for mom!  (Saturday, May 9 from noon – 4pm while supplies last). 113 E. Birch, 928-255-4919.

Mountain SportsHalf Price ‘Wag More Bark Less Mug.’  Mom’s can choose from a wonderful selection of mugs! 24 N. San Francisco, 928-226-2885.

Peace Surplus15% of ALL clothing, 60% off select items.  (Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10).  14 W. Route 66, 928-779-4521.


Downtown Business Passport

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Get ready to sip, taste and shop Downtown Flagstaff this Saturday!  Grab your walking shoes for a self-guided tour visiting over 30 businesses offering treats, discounts and special offers.  The specials below are good all day Saturday, April 18 – so plan your course now and discover what Downtown businesses are offering.

Stop by the DBA / Local First table at the Earth Day event taking place at Heritage Square from 9am – 4pm and pick up your passport.  For each purchase, you will receive a sticker.  Earn 7 or more stickers and you will be entered to win gift certificates to Downtown businesses or passes to an upcoming show at the Orpheum Theater.  Anyone can participate!!

Participating Businesses 

A’scentual Beauty Boutique - $5 for a 10 minute pressure point cranial massage with aroma therapy (12 E. Route 66)

Animas Trading Company - $3.99 buy one friendship bracelet, get one free (8 E. Route 66)

Aspen Sports$10 – 27 oz Klean Kanteen sports cup, silver (reg price $20) (15 N. San Francisco St.)

Babbitt’s Backcountry Outfitters$5 card and lip balm; $10 – water bottle + scratch labs drink mix; all other bottles 15% off (12 E. Aspen)

Bigfoot BBQ$5 slider sampler: one each pulled pork, chicken and beef brisket (120 N. Leroux, basement)

Collins Irish Pub & GrillFREE mini nachos with the purchase of any two beverages at regular price (2 N. Leroux)

Cuvee 928 – 10am – 2pm – $5 breakfast burritos; 2pm – 6pm – buy 2 signature cocktails at happy hour prices and get a FREE happy hour appetizer (6 E. Aspen)

Dark Sky Candle Company$1.99 votive candles; 25% off dipping candles (21 E. Aspen)

Downtown Diner$5 hot dog and fountain drink (7 E. Aspen)

Fizzy Bella Bath BoutiqueFREE lip balm with $5 purchase (113 E. Birch)

Flag Buzz$5 for a 12 oz. honey almond latte and pastry (107 N. San Francisco)

Flagstaff Coffee Company$5 stuffed croissant & 12 oz. coffee; $5 burrito & 12 oz. coffee (22 E. Route 66)

Flagstaff Soap10% off any soap with the color green; “Planet Earth” soaps available (21 N. San Francisco)

Flagstaff Sports Exchange$5 off Maxx HD sunglasses; $5 of in-store trade credit on over 50% of store owned items; FREE Flagstaff Sports Exchange sticker (19 W. Aspen)

Gallyvant - $5 sample pack including all-natural black soap, pure shea butter & incense (12 E. Route 66, Suite 103)

Hops on Birch$9 for a flight of any 3 beers; happy  hour pricing (22 E. Birch, Suite 2)

Il Rosso Italiane$8 french fries w/red gravy + 12 oz. beer (105 N. Beaver)

Incahoots Vintage Clothing - 20% off vintage and used items (9 E. Aspen)

Late for the Train$5.25 for a 12 oz. Mother Earth Mocha (22 E. Birch)

MIXBuy one, get one FREE coffee bar drinks (120 N. Leroux)

MonsoonFREE California roll with the purchase of any two beverages at regular price (6 E. Aspen, Suite 100)

Mountain Oasis International Restaurant$7 – Italian sub + soda (11 E. Aspen)

Mountain Sports - FREE pair of Patagonia merino wool socks…all you have to do is “Voice Your Choice” and cast a vote for your favorite local participating environmental and conservation organization to compete for a $5,000 One Percent for the Planet grant.  No purchase necessary.  Limit one pair per customer. (24 N. San Francisco)

Northern View Artist Studios - $5 printed cards from Aspen Lofts Artists (7 E. Aspen, 2nd Floor)

Peace Surplus15% off all Peace Surplus logo Nalgenes (14 W. Route 66)

Rainbows End20% off one item (not including consignment or sale items) (12 E. Route 66)

Rendezvous$10 for a “MothaLova” cocktail (100 N. San Francisco)

Shoes & Such20% off catwalk vegan handbags; 20% off Bungalow360 handbags made of natural canvas and water-based inks (17 E. Aspen)

Steep Fine Tea - Buy one Earth Day Special tea, get one half-off (1 E. Aspen)

The Golden Hive - FREE small beehive candle when you spend more than $15 (8 W. Route 66)

The State Bar$4 beer specials; $6 wine specials (10 E. Route 66)

The Sweet Shoppe$4 for a medium gelato, plus an extra stamp on card (15 E. Aspen)

The Toasted Owl - $5 for 1 sweet pastry, 1 savory pastry and a side salad (121 Birch Ave, Suite 100)

Vino Loco Wine Shop & Bar$5 red and white wine specials; 3 – 6pm happy hour with $1 off all offerings; 1/2 off corkage fee (122 E. Birch, Suite 1)

New Executive Director

The FDBA is happy to announce the hiring of Terry Madeksza as our new (and first!) Executive Director. Terry’s entire career has been devoted to downtown management. Most recently, Terry served as the Vice President for Downtown Phoenix Partnership where she worked for 17 years. In that role, she was responsible for overseeing the day-to-day management of the core downtown area, including oversight of key programs and budget responsibilities for their highly successful Downtown Ambassadors program, streetscape management, parking and transportation coordination, public safety and event coordination.

Prior to her time in Phoenix, Terry worked for the Downtown St. Louis Partnership. She began her career in downtown management and advocacy working at the International Downtown Association. The International Downtown Association (IDA) is the professional association for downtown development practitioners, and a forum to connect with peers that share best-practices. As a member of IDA, Terry presents at conferences and participates as a “Brain Trust” member.

We are very excited to have Terry on board and look forward to her start in early February.