What is Flannel Ball? Since 2012, Arizonans and visitors from across the globe gathered under the desert stars to countdown to midnight with a fun-filled, flannel-fraught block party in downtown’s vibrant Roosevelt Row Arts District.

“I graduated high school in 2000. Grunge, pop-punk, gangsta rap filled the airwaves, everyone was afraid of the Y2K bug, and some were even worried that the apocalypse was coming. When the clock struck midnight and we were still alive, it was the biggest relief. Flannel Ball is my attempt at recreating that celebration – every single year.”

Aaron Hopkins-Johnson, founder of Flannel Ball

While NYC celebrates the ball drop in Times Square and Flagstaff lowers the Great Pinecone, Phoenix rings in the New Year partying like it’s 1999 at downtown’s favorite flannual event: Flannel Ball.

Since 2012, Arizonans and visitors from across the valley have gathered under the desert stars to countdown to midnight with a fun-filled, flannel-fraught block party in downtown’s vibrant Roosevelt Row Arts District. This year, Homie Flannel Ball keeps alive the local artist tradition of adaptive reuse. Strings of lights illuminate an art-activated street nestled among historic houses, new structures, public art spaces, creative studios, bars and boutiques. Chain link fences transform into art gallery walls. Backyards are reimagined as live music venues.

The flannel extravaganza is a must-see event, featuring live local music acts, an art show, flavor-filled food trucks, a beer garden sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Co., lawn games, the New Year piƱata drop, and midnight toast.

Celebrate the mild winter weather clad in plaid!