Chinese Lantern & Folk Festival at Fountain Hills

Fountain Park will be lit up like a New Year’s Celebration, or should we say a Chinese New Year’s celebration, as Fountain Hills welcomes the Chinese Lantern & Folk Festival at Fountain Hills!  For the first time in Arizona, Fountain Hills, in partnership with the Universal Cultural Organization, will host a lantern display like none other!  Designed, built, and shipped across the world, China has created a unique and impressive lantern display for all to enjoy.  For ten days, Fountain Hills will display beautifully designed 40-60 foot lanterns in Fountain Park.  This show coincides with the Chinese New Year celebrations for the Year of the Horse, creating the perfect atmosphere for dozens of large, richly-colored and illuminated silk displays in the shape of animals, characters, flora and angels.  In addition to the lantern displays, the festival will also include cultural dancing, martial arts demonstrations, music, children’s games crafts and great food.

 

Admission

  • Price: Adult  $12
  • Children age 5-12 $8
  •  Free for children under 5 years

 

Hours

Friday January 31st through Sunday February 9th 2014

Monday – Friday 3-10 p.m.  Saturday & Sunday – 12-10 p.m.

 

Schedule

Thursday 2/6

4:00 – Tai Chi
4:30 – Shaolin Kung Fu
5:00 – Tai Chi
5:30 – Shaolin Kung Fu
6:00 – Tai Chi

6:30 – Break

7:00 – Wushu
7:30 – Lion and Dragon Dance

8:00 – Wushu

Friday 2/7
5:00 – Shaolin Kung Fu
5:30 – Tai Chi

6:00 – Lion Dance
6:30 – Shaolin Kung Fu
7:00 – Wushu
7:30 – Lion and Dragon Dance

8:00 – Tai Chi

8:30 – Lion Dance

Saturday 2/8

3:00 – Lion Dance
3:30 – Wushu

4:00 – Tai Chi
4:30 – Kung Fu
5:00 – Lion and Dragon Dance

5:30 – Cambodian Cultural Dance

6:00 – Shaolin Kung Fu

6:30 – Shaolin Kung Fu
7:00 – Cambodian Cultural Dance
7:30 – Lion and Dragon Dance
8:00 – Tai Chi
8:30 – Wushu

Sunday 2/9
3:00 – Lion Dance
3:30 – Wushu

4:00 – Tai Chi
4:30 – Kung Fu
5:00 – Filipino Cultural Dance
5:30 – Lion and Dragon Dance

6:00 – Shaolin Kung Fu

6:30 – Shaolin Kung Fu

7:00 – Korean Traditional Dance and Music
7:30 – Filipino Cultural Dance
8:00 – Lion and Dragon Dance

8:30 – Wushu

 

 

 

* Schedule changes may occur

 

For more information please visit our website www.experiencefountainhills.org or our facebook page https://www.facebook.com/VisitFtnHills for up to date information about events to come!

For a calendar of events, times and show schedules please visit  http://www.chineselanternfestivalaz.com/calendar/  

Oktoberfest is Here – Sept. 27-28

Fountain Hills comes alive when Oktoberfest returns to Fountain Park.  Everyone is German for a day, enjoying food, (bratwurst, sauerkraut, potato salad and strudel) music, dancing and family fun.  In addition, genuine Warsteiner beer, wine, water and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

oktoberfest1For many families, this celebration offers an opportunity to share in a traditional German festival that is celebrated at this season all around the world. The Southwest German Society of Fountain Hills coordinates the appearance of the colorful Band, “die echten Wald-Baum” (primed to play ‘The Chicken Dance’ at least every 30 minutes for the ‘kids’ of all ages).  The designated children’s area will have inflatable bouncers and games, and the Dachshund races are hilarious and unpredictable.

oktoberfest2German Music provides the opportunity for revelers to show off their Polka prowess.  Many of the German Society members have elaborate German costumes, and it is a treat to watch their expertise. But the dance floor is large, the music lively, amateur dancers are encouraged, and The Band provides lots of light-hearted moments as well. It can be hard to resist the opportunity to try your luck in the ‘Alpenhorn’ contest and the ever-popular “Chicken Dance.”

This annual celebration is sponsored by the Southwest German Society, the AMVETS Post 7, Fountain Hills Elks Lodge #2846 and the Town of Fountain Hills.


Event Details:

  • Friday and Saturday, September 27-28
  • 5 – 10 p.m.
  • Fountain Park:  Look for the Tents and Performance Pavilion
  • Shea Blvd to Saguaro Blvd; Parking west of Saguaro between Avenue of the Fountains and Palisades

Ballet Under the Stars 2013

Ballet Arizona kicks off its 2013-14 season with this unique outdoor performance in Fountain Hills: Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 7 p.m.  The soft evening air, the Fountain silhouette, and contrast of the classic performance against the backdrop of the sunset on the mountains are awe-inspiring…much like the famed Santa Fe Opera experience.

 “Ballet Under the Stars” heralds the opening of Ballet Arizona’s 2013-14 Season.  Bring folding chairs or a blanket, and even some munchies to enjoy. The entire family and enjoy a combination of classical and contemporary works in this breathtaking setting.

Important Note: plan to come early, to have the opportunity for premium seating. The Performance Pavilion fills up quickly for this event…especially the terraces which best accommodate folding chairs, and “motorized” transportation–walkers, wheelchairs and strollers.


Event Details:

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013
  • 7 p.m. (Come early to be seated before the performance begins).
  • Free Admission
  • Directions:  Shea Blvd to the light at Saguaro Blvd, turn north.  Travel two miles to Fountain Park, on the right, just past the light at El Lago Blvd.  The Performance Pavilion is in the northwest corner of Fountain Park; free parking available on the curb around the park perimeter, and in the lot on the west side of Saguaro, behind the businesses.  Pre or post performance dinner and snacks are available at restaurants on the Avenue of the Fountains, Park Avenue and on La Montana.

Movies in the Park – September 21

Free Movies in the Park returns after the summer hiatus!  The Town of Fountain Hills hosts this popular family event on Saturday, September 21, 2013 at 7 p.m.  The Performance Pavilion is perfect for a picnic, and the kids will have all of Fountain Park to explore.  Bring a folding chair or blanket,  as seating in the Performance Pavilion (at the corner of Palisades Blvd and Saguaro Blvd) is on a “first-come-first served” basis. The terraces of the performance Pavilion will accommodate folding chairs, and there is ample blanket space on the hillside facing the screen.  Soft drinks, water and picnic fare are encouraged; leave the alcoholic beverages at home.

  • Saturday, September 21, 2013; plan to come early for the best parking and best seats
  • MADASCAR 3 – EUROPE’S MOST WANTED
  • 7 p.m.  FREE ADMISSION AND FREE PARKING
  • Directions:  Shea Blvd to the light at Saguaro Blvd, turn north.  Travel two miles to Fountain Park, on the right just past the light at El Lago Blvd.  The Performance Pavilion is in the northwest corner of Fountain Park; free parking available on the curb around the park perimeter, and in the lot on the west side of Saguaro, behind the businesses.

Pre or post performance dinner and snacks are available at restaurants on the Avenue of the Fountains, Park Avenue and on La Montana.