Special Events


Gala and Fine Arts Auction
June 22,  5:30 - 8:00 pm

Enjoy fresh air, fine food and new art during this festive evening, which is one of the preeminent social events of the summer and an important fundraiser for the museum.

The main Gala event features cocktails and hors d’oeuvres accompanying a silent auction and preview of the new exhibition Nine 4 Ninety: Artists for a New Era and opportunity to meet the artists. This exhibition features nine cutting-edge artists working on the Colorado Plateau, including a haute couture fashion designer, a printmaker combining elements of rug design and street art, a clay-artist working in a comic-book motif and an abstract sculptor.

Following the exhibition preview, enjoy a seated dinner catered by Josephine’s Modern American Bistro under a beautifully decorated tent on the edge of Rio de Flag. During the live auction segment of the evening, bid on fine art including pieces donated by the featured artists, unique experiences and trips.

Gala tickets are limited and may be purchased online or by emailing development@musnaz.org or calling the Development Office at 928.774.5211, ext. 227.


Curators Brunch & Exhibition Opening
June 23,  10:00 am - 12:00 pm

A buffet brunch in the fresh air and opportunity to meet the Fine Arts Curator Alan Petersen and many of the artists, as well as get the first glimpse of the new exhibition, Nine 4 Ninety: Artists for a New Era. Tickets are limited and may be purchased online or by emailing development@musnaz.org or calling the Development Office at 928.774.5211, ext. 227.


86th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture
July 6 & 7, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture features 100 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy Heritage Insights lectures, artist demonstrations, and performances.

Navajo Rug Auction
July 20, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Consignment drop off - July 18 & 19, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The 2019 auction features more than 300 vintage and contemporary Navajo weavings from artists, consigners, and the R.B. Burnham & Co. Trading Post. Purchase high quality rugs at a wide range of prices and collect one of the world's classic art forms. Native art and Navajo weaving specialists will be onsite to ensure quality and prices. A portion of the proceeds benefit the Museum of Northern Arizona and the Flagstaff Arts Council.

FlagShakes: Much Ado About Nothing
May 30 - June 16, 2019
Show Times: 7pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 2pm Saturday and Sunday

In the aftermath of war, returning soldiers discover that finding love and building their lives anew is a journey that can take some unexpected turns. Now bitter rivals, former lovers Benedick and Beatrice lock horns in a battle for supremacy of wit, while Beatrice’s family is ripped apart by betrayal. Add a bumbling detective, a prince in disguise, scheming villains, and passionate young lovers and you have Shakespeare’s warmest, funniest comedy.

A performance of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.

FlagShakes: Duchess of Malfi
June 6 - 16, 2019
Show Times: 7pm Friday, Saturday, Sunday; 2pm Saturday and Sunday

Werewolves and madmen may seem spectacular to a modern audience, but the most shocking scene in Duchess of Malfi when it premiered in 1613 was of a woman proposing to a man. Join FlagShakes for a tale of fantastical romance and poetic tragedy as we travel to Italy for a poignant retelling of this enduring parable of hypocrisy, ambition, and love.

A performance of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.

FlagShakes: Winter's Tale
September 6 - 28, 2019
Show Times: 7pm Friday and Saturday; 2pm Saturday and Sunday

“Exit Pursued by a Bear” — thus begins the second half of this story of a family torn apart by jealousy and separated by oceans. Through powers both human and mystical, and situations both dire and zany, the characters journey through their own vices to find love and forgiveness. Shakespeare’s greatest gift to us may be his stories of redemption; nothing, not even a very hungry bear, should keep you away from this one!

A performance of the Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival.


Spring Cleaning Sale
Saturday May 4, 10 am to 1 pm
Museum staff have been cleaning out storerooms, closets and cupboards and will be offering these garage sale items at several locations on the MNA campus. The list of items keeps growing. Bring cash and buy "treasures."

early season Seedling Swap and Sale
Saturday May 4, 10 am to 1 pm
Colton Community Garden at MNA

Get a head start on the growing season. Bring your extra seed starts to swap or load up on hardy starts grown by locals. FREE workshop offered 10am-1pm on self-wicking bed construction. Portions of proceeds from this event will benefit both the Colton Community Garden & Flagstaff Foodlink.

Grand Canyon Science: The NEXT 100 years
Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 6-8 pm

Climate change, drought, and new ways of doing science will make the next century of research at Grand Canyon National Park very different from the last. Scientists describe what that might look like, and public participants offer their ideas and recommendations. Presenters include:  Jeanne Calhoun - Director of Science and Resource Management at Grand Canyon National Park; Scott Vanderkooi - Supervisory Biologist and Chief of the USGS Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center; Natalie Jones - Grand Canyon Research Technician for the School of Earth and Sustainability at Northern Arizona University; Pete Fule - Charles O. and Mary Minor Endowed Professor in the School of Forestry at Northern Arizona University

Free, but seating is limited. Register at https://grandcanyon100.eventbrite.com.

This is a Future of the Colorado Plateau Forum

Film and panel: "An Unnatural Wonder"
Sunday, April 28, 2019, 2-4 pm

This documentary film reveals how humans have turned the Colorado River into a human-managed “unnatural wonder” with dams and other techniques, altering the ecosystem for centuries to come. The film is the result of an intensive reporting project by the Arizona Republic/azcentral.com, including a 16-day journey down the river. The screening will be followed by a discussion and Q&A featuring key figures from the film.

Winter Stories: Looking Forward/Looking Back
Saturday, February 16, 2019, 3:45-5 pm

In the last of our Winter Stories series, award-winning storyteller Sharon Tewksbury-Bloom and other local storytellers tell stories around the theme "Looking Forward/Looking Back."

This event is free to members or with regular admission to the museum. To attend just this event there is a reduced entry to the museum at 3:30 of $6

NAU students and children 9 and under attend for free.

Click here to participate in the storytelling workshop.

Winter Stories: Light
Saturday, January 19, 2019, 3:45-5 pm

As the winter days begin to lengthen, come hear stories from multi-media storyteller, Velma Kee Craig and other local storytellers around the theme of "Light." Weaver, blogger, filmmaker and storyteller Velma Kee Craig was named one of the 100 Top Creatives in Phoenix last year. She weaves stories much as she weaves tapestry, mixing memory and metaphor to create a poignant, poetic image.

This event is free to members or with regular admission to the museum. To attend just this event there is a reduced entry to the museum at 3:30 of $6

NAU students and children 9 and under attend for free.

Click here to participate in the storytelling workshop.

Playreading and Author Talk with Lynn Timmons Edwards
Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 6 pm, at the Colton House
$10 member, $20 non-member

Come hear about the life of Museum of Northern Arizona founder Mary-Russell Ferrell Colton, in the home where she lived. Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival will perform a dramatic reading from the play, “Fairy.” The play author, Flagstaff local Lynn Timmons Edwards, who will also be there to discuss her research and writing process.

This is part of the Living Room Lectures Series.


Wildfire and the challenges of protecting life, property and watershed resources
Wednesday, June 13, 2018
6-8 pm

Free community event 


With fire danger high and the forests closed, find out what federal land managers are doing to protect the forests, monuments and parks. This is the third in a series of community conversations with Northern Arizona federal land managers and a chance to speak with the follow land managers:

  • Kayci Cook Collins, Superintendent Flagstaff Area Monuments
  • Chris Lehnertz, Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park
  • Heather Provencio, Supervisor, Kaibab National Forest
  • Leon Thomas, District Manager, Bureau of Land Management
  • Laura Jo West, Supervisor, Coconino National Forest 
Fire and Water

Film Screening: Fire and Water
Thursday, May 17, 2018
6:30 - 8 pm
Free community event

Catastrophic wildfire impacts many aspects of life in Arizona: from the quality and sustainability of our water supplies to the safety and livelihood of people who live in mountain towns on the edge of our forests. Join the National Forest Foundation and the Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership for a screening of the award-winning short film Fire & Water: Restoring Arizona’s Forests, produced by the Salt River Project and narrated by Emmy Award-winner Peter Coyote. Following the film, discover what a coalition of Arizona organizations, from federal agencies to nonprofits and private businesses, are doing to restore our landscape and protect our community, our forests, and our water from catastrophic fire. Together, we can make a difference!


Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau
Member/Tribal Opening: Saturday, April 14 | Public Opening: Sunday, April 15
Join us in celebrating our newly renovated, long-awaited Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau exhibition. You won't want to miss this stunning, object-rich installation which was developed in partnership with more than forty members of the Colorado Plateau tribes.