ARIZONA NEWS

Fountain Hills to host annual Dark Sky Festival this weekend

Mar 29, 2024, 4:05 AM

A laser-guided tour of the night sky will be provided where attendees will be offered the opportuni...

A laser-guided tour of the night sky will be provided where attendees will be offered the opportunity to look through a dozen or more telescopes to see the moon, planets, nebulae and other objects in space. (Fountain Hills Dark Sky Center)

(Fountain Hills Dark Sky Center)

PHOENIX — Fountain Hills is holding its seventh annual Dark Sky Festival this weekend, featuring numerous displays, activities, guest speakers, a silent auction, live music and more.

The free festival is set to take place Saturday at the Fountain Hills Community Center, off Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Boulevard, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The festival will also include virtual reality experiences, meteorite and live nocturnal animal exhibits and laser tours of the night sky.

The event aims to emphasize the importance of preserving the darkness of the night sky in the town east of Scottsdale.

In 2018, Fountain Hills was named as the world’s 17th International Dark Sky Community after years of work to reduce light pollution.

Guest speakers will work to inform the audience of topics ranging from astronomy to how artificial light pollution affects animals and migrating birds.

The family-friendly event will feature plenty of activities for children as well, including face painting, light experiments, a solar walk, coloring books, map-making and story time.

The silent auction began Wednesday and will last until Saturday at 7 p.m. Attendees will be able to bid on telescopes, telescope equipment, vintage astronomy books, a private stargazing package and more.

After the sun goes down, a laser-guided tour of the night sky will be provided where attendees will be offered the opportunity to look through a dozen telescopes to see the moon, planets, nebulae and other solar objects.

Singer-songwriter Dave Clark will provide live entertainment. His setlist includes classic rock from the 1950s through the 2000s, with an emphasis on 1970s-80s favorites.

Guests can also indulge in bites from local food trucks, including Queso Good, AZ Fry Guy, Batchelor’s Pad BBQ, East Coast Joe’s, DonutNV, Swette Ice Cream,  Grapeables and more.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Chandler double murder suspect found guilty, top prosecutor says...

Serena O'Sullivan

Man found guilty of killing 2 people in Chandler parking lot in 2017

Taron Lavelle Watkins, 29, has been found guilty of committing a Chandler double murder, prosecutors announced on Wednesday.

25 minutes ago

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes speaks in Phoenix after the state Supreme Court issued a ruling...

Kevin Stone

Arizona AG Kris Mayes exploring legal options to thwart near-total abortion ban

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes thinks there is a legal path to preventing a near-total abortion ban from going into effect, but she's not taking anything for granted.

3 hours ago

(KTAR News Photo)...

Jim Sharpe

AZ Political Podcast: Chuck Coughlin on Arizona’s abortion ruling and its national effect

Chuck Coughlin lays out what the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision means for both Republicans and Democrats in this election year in this week's AZ Political Podcast.

3 hours ago

Leche, a four-month-old Labrador Retriever mix, is up for adoption after a technician with the Ariz...

David Veenstra

Arizona Humane Society emergency tech rescues Labrador Retriever mix from brick wall

A technician with the Arizona Humane Society rescued a four-month-old Labrador Retriever mix from a brick wall on April 7, AHS announced.

3 hours ago

Peoria retail center '83 Marketplace' sold to Seven Brothers Burgers Franchisee....

Bailey Leasure

Restaurant franchisee buys Peoria retail center 83 Marketplace for $11.1 million

A local franchisee for restaurant chain Seven Brothers Burgers bought the new Peoria retail center '83 Marketplace' for $11.1 million.

3 hours ago

File photo of a Glendale, Arizona, police department cruiser...

KTAR.com

Child in critical condition after being hit by truck while riding bicycle in Glendale

A child on a bicycle was struck by a pickup truck on Thursday evening in Glendale, authorities said. The investigation is ongoing.

10 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...

DESERT INSTITUTE FOR SPINE CARE

Desert Institute for Spine Care is the place for weekend warriors to fix their back pain

Spring has sprung and nothing is better than March in Arizona. The temperatures are perfect and with the beautiful weather, Arizona has become a hotbed for hikers, runners, golfers, pickleball players and all types of weekend warriors.

...

COLLINS COMFORT MASTERS

Here are 5 things Arizona residents need to know about their HVAC system

It's warming back up in the Valley, which means it's time to think about your air conditioning system's preparedness for summer.

...

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Valley residents should be mindful of plumbing ahead of holidays

With Halloween in the rear-view and more holidays coming up, Day & Night recommends that Valley residents prepare accordingly.

Fountain Hills to host annual Dark Sky Festival this weekend