Kick Off Your Labor Day Weekend Festivities at First Friday!

Category: Downtown Blog

These cooler evenings are the perfect time to enjoy being outdoors. Especially on a First Friday in Downtown Flagstaff! PLUS! There are now tons of expanded public spaces downtown so you can spread out, and enjoy First Friday in the safest way possible. We came up with FIVE different ways you can spend your First Friday. Make sure to mask up and enjoy these socially distant offerings: 
 
1. Explore Galleries
 
A great way to kick off First Friday is at AZ Handmade Gallery! It will be a First Friday experience you can enjoy from the sidewalk Friday, September 4th from 5pm-9pm! Watch a live painting session with Linda Shearer-Whiting, and music from Brian Sanders. Linda will be painting in the window, and Brian will be playing saxophone at the door! ⁠

The gallery will stay open until 9pm, letting a limited number of people in at a time. ⁠In addition, AZ Handmade Gallery will also be showing a portion of their Night Visions Satellite Exhibit, part of the Dark Sky Coalition’s Celebration of the night!⁠

Plus, there are many amazing galleries downtown that have a variety of art to explore: 
The Artists Gallery
The HeArt Box
Shane Knight Gallery
West of the Moon


2. Pop Up Plant Sale at Rainbow’s End Boutique 
 
Rainbow's End is hosting a plant sale pop up Friday, September 4th from 4pm-7pm! Wear your mask and join them for a celebration of all things green, and support local plant lover extraordinaire Chelsea Thomas. For more details and updates, click HERE!
 

3. Have a Good Laugh at The Orpheum Theater
Exciting news! The Orpheum Theater has announced their partial reopening with a new series of outdoor, live events that will be held in their private lot beginning this month, starting with an outdoor show this Friday, September 4th with “Laugh It Off - An Outdoor Comedy Show.” 

Let’s be honest, we could all use a laugh right about now. Lucky for us, the Orpheum Theater has gathered some amazing comedians for night of comedy. Enjoy laughs with Kevin Bennett, Keith Ellis, The Virzi Triplets, and Willie Mac, all hosted by JC Anderson! There will be an early and late show, and both will be held at their private parking lot! The early show starts at 7pm, and the late show starts at 9:15pm. For more details and to grab tickets, click HERE!

4. Dine Outside! 
Eat outdoors at one of downtown's many patios, sidewalk cafes and even Heritage Square! You can eat outside at the restaurant of your choosing, OR order carryout and enjoy your meal at the tables in the Aspen alleyway, or Heritage Square. Some excellent options to get food from include: 
 
Altitudes Bar & Grill
Beaver Street Brewery
Brix Restaurant & Wine Bar
Collin’s Irish Pub & Grill
Cornish Pasty
Criollo Latin Kitchen
Dark Sky Brewing Company
Flagstaff Brewing Company
Historic Barrel + Bottle House
Lumberyard Brewing Company
Majerle’s Sports Grill
NiMarco's Pizza
Pizzicletta
Toasted Owl Cafe

Those are just a handful of all the amazing restaurants downtown. To see a full list of businesses that are open, click HERE! 

5. End Your Night with Something Sweet

The Sweet Shoppe in Downtown Flagstaff has all different kind of treats from caramel apples, homemade fudge, and even gelato! PLUS! They have added additional outdoor seating so you can enjoy your delicious treats while being socially distant. It's the perfect way to end your First Friday festivities!