While the East Coast had a blizzard last week, after snowstorms pass in Flagstaff, the daytime high temperatures are relatively mild.  January and February average daytime highs in town are in the mid 40s.  Come enjoy this weekend’s outdoor activities, or an eclectic mix of music and theater.

Once again this year, Mountain Dew presents the Dew Downtown Flagstaff Winter Festival on Saturday and Sunday, but this year it’s a little different.  On Saturday, downtown streets will be the site of fun for all ages including an outdoor ice skating rink, a three-story SnowZilla slide, a life-size snow globe, dog sled demos, ski and snowboard lessons, a kids snow play area, the New Belgium beer garden, and a variety of food vendors including gourmet s’mores and hot cocoa!  It’s free admission to wander the streets and celebrate our winter wonderland!

On Sunday, Arizona Snowbowl hosts a ski and snowboard competition from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Registration starts at 8:00 a.m. Take part in the rail jam competition. The course also offers an option to compete in USASA Grand Canyon Series.   There is a registration fee to compete – see competition details.

 

It’s also the opening weekend of the Flagstaff Theatrikos Theatre Company’s production of Vanya & Sonia & Masha & Spike, at the Doris Harper-White Playhouse, downtown (11 W. Cherry Ave.).  Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for “Best Play,” the story features middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia, who share a home in Buck County, Pennsylvania, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Their movie-star sister, Masha, swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike, in a deliriously funny production.  Friday and Saturday (7:30 p.m.), and Sunday (2:00 p.m.).  Tickets are $15 - $20.  Dates through February 13th.

 

It’s also the weekend of the first Bookman’s Entertainment Exchange Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday and Sunday (12:00 – 4:00 p.m. both days).  Learn about and take part in Reiki sessions and shamanic intuitive readings, chair massage, yoga, stress management, and health screenings, including blood pressure checks by North Country Healthcare.  It’s all free at Bookman’s (1520 S. Riordan Ranch Rd). 

On Friday evening, enjoy the next performance in the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s 66th Season -- Composing America.  It’s a bountiful program full of poignant memories and stirring music by great American composers, including the Arizona premiere of a new work by Christopher Theofanidis, and the rare treat of a concerto for double bass, performed by Christopher Finet of the Northern Arizona University School of Music faculty.  Tickets range in price.  See the NAU Central Ticket Office website for details, along with special ticket sales for seniors and students, educators and military personnel; or call (928) 523-5661.

Also on Friday evening, The Orpheum Theater presents Grammy Award winning Los Lobos.  Hear songs from their three-decade recording career, including "La Bamba," their worldwide pop crossover hit (from the 1987 film) that reached #1 on the U.S. and UK singles charts, and whose video won a 1988 MTV Music Video Award.  8:00 p.m.  Tickets are $37 - $45 at the Orpheum website.

On Saturday afternoon, the NAU Women’s Basketball Lumberjacks meet Idaho State in the NAU Skydome, 6:30 p.m.  Tickets range from $3 - $6.

 

On Saturday evening, the JLB Project hosts its 4th Annual Chocolate Carnival fundraiser at the fabulous Flagstaff Ranch clubhouse, 7:00 p.m.  Sample delectable chocolate sweets and savories from Flagstaff’s finest restaurants, enjoy adult beverages, test your hand at carnival games, and enter to win some fantastic prizes at this event for the young at heart.  $40 individual, $75 couple.

The JLB Project is a Northern Arizona non-profit organization seeking to support the public and our medical community in recognizing and preventing miscarriages, stillbirths, and infant deaths.

Piano virtuoso George Winston plays in the intimate auditorium at the Coconino Center for the Arts (2300 North Fort Valley Rd.) on Saturday evening.  Best known for his solo piano recordings, several of his albums from the early 1980s have sold millions of copies each. Winston calls his style "rural folk piano."  Recently, he’s been working on interpreting pieces on solo piano by his favorite composers including Vince Guaraldi, Professor Longhair, the Doors, Frank Zappa, Randy Newman, Sam Cooke, Curtis Mayfield, Laura Nyro, Al Kooper, Dr. John, Henry Butler, James Booker, Jon Cleary, Ralph Towner, Arthur Lee, Milt Jackson, John Hartford, Oliver Schroer, Taj Mahal, Philip Aaberg, and others. 7:30 p.m.  Tickets are $45 - $65 at the Greenhouse Productions website.

 

Conditions remain excellent at Arizona Snowbowl for downhill skiing and snowboarding, and at The Flagstaff Nordic Center (cross-country skiing and snowshoeing and more).  See the individual websites for details, including some overnight accommodations for the more adventurous.

Flagstaff Nightlife: There’s entertainment all weekend at many Flagstaff nighttime hot spots.  Visit the latest Flag Live! website for all of the weekend details (updated on Thursday).

Flagstaff is a destination for all seasons!  Get complete visitor information including accommodations, dining, nightlife and things to do at the Official Flagstaff Visitor Bureau website.

You can book all of your Flagstaff accommodations at the Flagstaff Winter Wonderland page.

Flagstaff Weather:  7-Day forecast from the U.S. Weather Service.