Around the Town: Flagstaff Hullabaloo returns Saturday at Wheeler Park

2012-05-30T05:00:00Z Around the Town: Flagstaff Hullabaloo returns Saturday at Wheeler Park Arizona Daily Sun
May 30, 2012 5:00 am

On Saturday, the third annual Flagstaff Hullabaloo will take place at Wheeler Park in downtown Flagstaff.

Hullabaloo is a celebration of all things Flagstaff-everything from the great outdoors to the thriving local music scene. Hullabaloo was voted "Best Annual Event or Festival" in 2010 and 2011 by Arizona Daily Sun readers. This festival is presented in partnership with Grand Canyon Youth and Flagstaff Foodlink, which will receive 25 percent of event proceeds.

The Hullabaloo will kick off with a bike parade at 9:15 a.m. There will be a kids' area provided by the Flagstaff YMCA with bounce houses, face painting, carnival games and more. Live music will include Tucson mambo kings Sergio Mendoza Y La Orkesta, the Americana rock of Rose's Pawn Shop, the ska/funk sounds of The Big Spank, bluegrass group Dead Winter Carpenters, the antics of local troupe Circus Bacchus, local funk from Bloodthirsty Heartthrobs, and the Muskellunge Bluegrass. Prescott-based Living Folklore will provide giant puppets, stilt-walkers, clowns and children's workshops. Sustainable Brewery Of The Year Sierra Nevada Brewing Company is coming back on board as the official beer sponsor and food will be available from local restaurants including Fratelli Pizza, Altitudes, Pita Jungle and more. There will be a costume contest hosted by local costumer Incahoots with a new bike going to the best costume.

The event begins at 10 a.m. and will run until 9 p.m. The festival is open to all ages. The event is free 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. with a can of food to benefit St. Mary's Food Bank (first 500 people only) and $7 from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Advanced tickets are available for $5. VIP tickets are available for $50 and include a private entrance (no waiting in line), a tented area with seating, three beer tokens, light snacks, a VIP bar, on-site masseuses, and VIP bathrooms.

Tickets are available at Rainbow's End (12 E. Route 66), the Green Room (15 N. Agassiz) on-line at or by calling (888) 71-TICKETS (84253).

Empty Bowls to benefit food bank

The Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy (FALA) presents the 11th annual Empty Bowls benefit for St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance and the Flagstaff Family Food Center. The event takes place Friday from 1 to 8 p.m., in Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff.

The concept is simple. Buy a handmade ceramic bowl donated by a local artist, create your own ice cream sundae, and all proceeds will be donated to these two local organizations. The bowls range in price from $5-$40.

FALA is partnering with the Flagstaff Cultural Partners as part of their First Friday ArtWalk series and students will be performing for the public from 6 to 8 p.m.

"Both St. Mary's and the Flagstaff Family Food Center have seen the demand for their services increase," said Janeece Henes, FALA art educator and event creator. "Empty Bowls is a fun way for our students to support these organizations and to focus the public's attention on hunger in our community during the summer months -- a time when donations to food banks typically drop."

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