Our theme for October is Fall Into Autumn! We’ll be bringing you everything from tasty treats for the season to décor ideas that will “leaf” you inspired to deck out your home in the colors of the season! We’re lucky to be in a four-season town, so we’re excited to “fall” in love with Autumn with you!
Fall has officially come to Flagstaff, which means the descent of warm autumn colors from the Peaks, the return of the Flagstaff LEAF-ometer, and a ton of great ways to take in the dazzling ruby reds, bronzed browns, and fiery golden oranges and yellows of the season! Here are just a few ways to take in the beauty of autumn here in Flagstaff
Take a Hike
Hit up Wilson Meadow in the Heart Prairie for views of beautiful wildflowers, grasslands, and brilliant foliage along the trail. Or head to Bismarck Lake for pond-like shallow waters surrounded by marshes and brimming with wildlife! There’s also the Aspen Nature Loop for a tour of fall colors with stunning views of the Peaks and Kendrick Mountain.
It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
More like the great pumpkins. Join in the Arboretum’s pumpkin walk on Saturday, October 24, for an evening stroll through the gardens filled with glowing jack-o-lanterns! Or hop aboard the Grand Canyon Railway Pumpkin Patch Train. The train journeys from Williams through the countryside and on to a secret pumpkin patch. Plus there’s a walk-through Haunted Train Car! Aimed at all ages, there’s something for everyone … including a chance to display your best Halloween Costume. The train runs every weekend in October!
Lions and Tigers and Bears … And Owls
Join the Bearizona crew for the Howly, Growly, Owly Festival every weekend in October. There’s the Howl-O-Ween Express open air bus, a spooky haunted cave (it’s called the Growly Bear Cave … and we’re not so sure we’re going in there, but totally dare you to!), and more seasonal fun! This is another family friendly event with fun for all ages. Plus … you’re at Bearizona. Need we say more?
NAU Homecoming Parade
OMGosh, we LOOVE parades! Bundle up in your favorite hat and scarf and join NAU Alumni Relations for a Homecoming parade with the theme “Cirque du NAU.” (Will there be acrobats? PLEASE LET THERE BE ACROBATS!!!) There are a ton of fun events leading up to the parade, including (gasp!) Cirque Zuma Zuma, an African acrobat team (yay!) on the 19th and a Homecoming carnival for students only on the 22nd. Join in the parade for a stellar display of homemade floats, bands, and more! The parade starts at 11 a.m. on October 24; NAIPTA will be offering free bus service on its Mountain Link Route 10 running every 10 minutes from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. with stops through Woodlands Village, NAU’s campus, downtown, and in front of Collins Irish Pup.
NAU Homecoming Football Game
See the Lumberjacks take on Weber State for a classic fall football game! Is there anything more “autumnal” than tossing a pigskin or more “fall” than watching the opposition get tackled? We think not! The Homecoming game takes place Saturday, October 24, with kickoff at 4 p.m. at the Skydome. Break out your blue and gold and join in this classic fall event!
What are your favorite ways to celebrate Fall in Flagstaff?