Dark Sky Festival Returns to Fountain Hills Mar. 30th in Fountain Hills

Festival Runs Prior to Apr. 8th Eclipse Watching Party


The annual Fountain Hills Dark Sky Festival will take place Saturday March 30th from 4pm to 9pm at the Fountain Hills Community Center located at 13001 N La Montana Drive. The event will feature live music, food trucks, a “Star Party & Laser Tour of the Stars,” nocturnal animals, guest speakers, and more. For a list of all the activities follow this link.

The Festival is happening about a week before the largest eclipse watching party in Arizona that will take place April 8th at 10:30am. It coincides with the groundbreaking ceremony for the International Dark Sky Discovery Center. More than 300 people are expected to attend the eclipse watching party.

Both the Dark Sky Festival and the eclipse watching party celebrate Fountain Hills’ special status as the 17th community worldwide to have been designated an International Dark Sky Community. It’s one of the very few to be so close to a metropolitan area.

The Eclipse watching party hosted by the International Dark Sky Discovery Center begins Monday April 8th at 10:30am.  The festivities take place at the future home of the Center, 12845 N La Montana Drive in Fountain Hills.

Organizers of the April 8th event will be providing protective eyewear to view the eclipse. There will also be a specialized solar telescope to display a live view of the eclipse on a large monitor. Eclipse experts will be on hand to explain the science of an eclipse as well as guidance on how to safely view it. A live DJ will be there playing space and sci-fi themed music for this community celebration. More than 300 people are expected to attend the April 8th event.

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