Prost! It is time for Oktoberfest!

Prost or some may say cheers!  The Fountain Hills Oktoberfest is the first in the Valley to kick off the Oktoberfest season starting on September 29 & 30 from 5:00 – 10:00 p.m. in Fountain Park, Fountain Hills, AZ.


Oktoberfest is a celebration of German traditions with a band flown in from Germany, mouthwatering Brats, Schnitzels, Apple strudel prepared with secret recipes and homemade
potato pancakes cooked on-site as well as the famous Pretzels.

The Bier is brewed in Germany.  Choices include the traditional Oktoberfest Bier, Pilsner Dunkel (dark) and König Ludwig’s award winning Hefeweizen.

Attendees can compete for fun and prizes in the not to miss famous Beer Stein holding competition, best dressed Oktoberfest competition and the Alphorn blowing contest.

We hope to see you at Fountain Park on September 29 & 30 from 5-10 p.m.



Get out of the Valley and into the Hills

Fountain Hills Fall Event Schedule will have you coming back all season!

The Fountain Hills Special Event season is right around the corner and we want you to get out of the Valley and into the Hills!


This Fall, Fountain Hills will bring back seasonal favorites like Ballet Under the Stars, Oktoberfest, the Fountain Festival of Arts and Crafts and our 26th Annual Turkey Trot.

However we don’t want you to get too comfortable!  This Fall several new events make their debut such as the Road Runner Sports Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K.  This event is all about running and beer! You’ll enjoy a well-crafted timed race for brew aficionados of all speeds then you will want to join the fun after-party! Quench your thirst at the post-race celebration of your local craft brew scene.
The Road Runner Sports Craft Classic Half Marathon & 5K is a running experience like no other! Presented by Adidas Running and HUSS Brewing, this event features a Half Marathon and 5K distance. Cross the finish at an Epic Craft Brew After Party with Huss!

Here is a preview of the event!



We are also very proud to welcome back for the second year in a row the CopperWynd Pro Challenge Women’s Tennis Tournament!

The CopperWynd Pro Challenge Women’s Tennis Tournament is a USTA Pro Circuit event, is the largest women’s professional tennis tournament in Arizona and only 1 of 2 women’s professional tennis tournaments in the state.

The field for the CopperWynd Women’s $50,000 Pro Challenge will feature 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. Tournaments at the $50,000 level typically feature players ranked from #100 to #500 in the world.  They are stepping-stones to WTA Tour events and Grand Slam tournaments like the Australian and US Open.


This upcoming season the Fountain Hills schedule is packed full of fun.  Make sure you don’t miss out on a moment of it!  Check out our online events calendar for up-to-date details or click here to download our Special Events Calendar PDF.  See you in the Fall!

 

Fourth at the Fountain!

Fourth at the Fountain – A Fountain Hills 4th of July Celebration!


Put on your red, white and blue and join friends and neighbors at Fountain Park on Monday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day! The celebration will kick off at 6:00pm with music, games, and prizes. DJ Steve Grosz will keep the whole family moving and grooving with great tunes throughout the night. And what July 4 event would be complete without some pyrotechnics? The 4th at the Fountain program will conclude with a majestic fireworks display at 9:00pm over the park’s picturesque lake.

This year, a new event format will be introduced as the entertainment area will be free and open to all event guests. The Fourth at the Fountain program has been designed to be a community-wide event open to all. This year attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets, and picnic baskets to relax and enjoy an evening full of fun throughout the park. Food vendors will also be on hand with Italian ice, frozen lemonade, and other goodies to help you beat the heat.

Food Truck dining options include:

  • Emerson Fry Bread
  • Wandering Donkey
  • Circle R Farms BBQ
  • Frosted Frenzy Cupcakes
  • Burgers Amore
  • Fountain Hills Water and Ice

Public parking throughout downtown Fountain Hills will be available. Please note temporary road closures will be in effect at the end of the program to help allow pedestrians to exit the park. Event guests are welcome to bring Frisbees, balls, and other games but to please observe the following:

  • No Glass
  • No alcohol
  • No personal fireworks, sparklers or other open flames
  • Due to the fireworks, we suggest all pets be kept home for their safety

Park Address:  12925 N Saguaro Boulevard, Fountain Hills, AZ 85268

 

Fourth at the Fountain; A 4th of July Celebration!


On July 4, 2015 we celebrate the 239th anniversary of our American Independence, and what better way to show our American pride then with an outdoor celebration of our freedom!  Ordinary 4th of July festivities consist of BBQ’s, floating in the pool, rocket pops and of course a fireworks display, but Fountain Hills is no ordinary community and you can bet that our Fourth at the Fountain celebration isn’t either!  Begging the question; what do parachutes, water slides, rock walls, and fireworks all have in common?  All of those, and much more, will be featured at the Town of Fountain Hills Fourth at the Fountain event!

Our one of a kind community is putting on a one of a kind event with food, fun, fireworks, and of course, our World Famous Fountain!  Fourth at the Fountain festivities will also include: live DJ, a patriotic parachuting demonstration, bounce houses, a beer garden, food and beverages, and last but not least, fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. over our World Famous Fountain!  This year we also welcome the addition of water slide and a 25-foot tall rock climbing wall to the kid’s area.  The event will take place from 5:00 p.m. to – 10:00 p.m. in Fountain Park.

Start a new tradition by joining us for our star-spangled Fourth at the Fountain Independence Day celebration in Fountain Park!    Enjoy your Fourth at our Fountain!


 

Admission:  Ages 20 and under are free; Adults 21 and over are $5.00.  Bring the whole family out to Fountain Hills to celebrate Fountain Hills’ Fourth at the Fountain!  Please remember: no coolers and service animals only.  Thank you!

Schedule of Events:

Gates open:                                                                               5:00 p.m.

Dj, giveaways, prize raffle and dancing:                     5-8:30 p.m.

Mayor’s Welcome:                                                                8:30 p.m.

Parachute Demonstration:                                               9:15 p.m.

Fireworks show                                                                     9:30 p.m.


Sponsored by: The Town of Fountain Hills, AMVETS Post #7, and Elks Club

For more information please e-mail us at tourism@fh.az.gov

 

SLIDE INTO FOUNTAIN HILLS ON APRIL 25, 2015 FOR A ONE OF A KIND EVENT, SLIDE THE CITY!

For the first time in Arizona, this one of a kind slip and slide event, Slide the City is coming to Fountain Hills!  What better way to cool off from the scorching Arizona sun than with 1000 feet of slip and slide fun?  A day full of water park-style fun awaits you at this upcoming special event.  Bring your swimsuit, friends, and family!

In addition to the main slip and slide attraction, the event will also feature; water games, food, music and much more!    All sliders must slide on a tube, you may bring your own or tubes may be purchased at the event.  Any participant who purchases a Triple slider or VIP slider package will receive a tube free of charge.

All VIP sliders will also get the chance to slide one hour prior to the official start of the event, as well as an additional hour after the close of the event!

The event is open on Saturday, April 25th from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.  VIP sliding is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Basic Event FAQ’s

  1. Remember to bring your own tube! Tubes are required for all riders.  For VIP ticket purchases your tube is included in the ticket price.
  2. Children ages 5 and older or who are over 46 inches tall are welcome to slide!
  3. If you do not want to ride, you do not have to pay for a ticket to be a part of the event.
  4. For safety reasons, all riders must slide in their own tube, no lap riding.

For more details, cool videos, registration information and ticket purchases please visit:  SlidetheCity.com. Ticket prices vary depending on date of purchase. Interested participants are encouraged to purchase tickets early to avoid late registration fees.  Available slide options are one slide, three slides, or unlimited slides. Tickets are on sale now! Be one of the first to experience Slide the City in Arizona!


This event takes place on Palisades Boulevard between Sunflower Rd. and Lost Hills Drive.  Parking will be at Fountain Hills High School, as well as nearby church parking lots.  Shuttles to and from the churches will be available during the hours of the event.  Road closures and detours will be in effect and event participants are encouraged to use Fountain Hills Blvd as their primary route. This event will be held near a residential district and we ask participants to park in designated parking locations only.


Concours in the Hills Returns 2/7

Now that the Super Bowl and Waste Management Open have come and gone, you might be asking yourself … Now what?!

What a week the valley has seen! Record breaking crowds at the TPC Scottsdale, with a dramatic hole-in-one on the 16th not to mention hosting  Superbowl XLIX, packed with spectacular catches and unthinkable interceptions.

But events season is just getting started in AZ, as fury groundhogs predict 6 more weeks of winter, things are bright and sunny in Fountain Hills and we’re ready to continue the excitement of world class events as we welcome back Concours in the Hills!


Concours in the Hills is not a formal “white glove” event, but rather a gathering of automobile enthusiasts in one of the most spectacular locations in the valley, on the green grass around Fountain Hills’ World Famous Fountain.  We are proud the welcome Concours in the Hills back to Fountain Hills on February 7, 2015 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Arizona is arguably the greatest car lover’s state in the United States. Local and informal car shows are held almost every weekend throughout the state, in shopping malls, public parks and car dealer parking lots. The organizers have created an Arizona statewide Concours d’Elegance in suburban Phoenix where antique, historic and high performance automobiles will come together to be viewed and judged in an ideal and dramatic setting on the beautiful green grass of 64-acre Fountain Park in Fountain Hills, Arizona, with its famous 560-foot fountain, one of the world’s highest, serving as a dramatic backdrop.


Cars will be judged in the categories of Best Import, Best Domestic and Best of Show. Judging will be conducted by the entrants and spectators will judge “People’s Choice.”

The Concours is supported by the leading car clubs of Arizona representing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, Jaguar, Ford GT, Viper, Corvette, Lotus, De Tomaso, DeLorean, and others. Hundreds of ultra-high performance, exotic and rare collector vehicles is scheduled to be on display. Pre-registration of vehicles is available at a minimum donation of $50 in advance or $60 at the gate. Spectator admission is free.  

 


For registration or any information contact concoursinthehills@cox.net

A Look Back

A Look Back

The holiday season is in full swing and the New Year quickly approaches, and as with many others this time of year, we too are reflecting on what the past 365 days have meant to us.

2014.  In a word; WOW!  The Fountain Hills Office of Tourism has many incredible things to reflect on this year.  First thing is first, 2014 has brought the tourism program under Town direction and with that the creation of our dynamic duo!  Where would I be without my other half, Rachael?  Well I can tell you one thing for sure; Tourism Thursdays would be very boring without her!  Over the past year Rachael and I have been working hard to bring excitement and exposure to Fountain Hills.  From this program we have launched a successful social media campaign, redesigned our tourism look and launched a major marketing campaign with one goal in mind; we want more visitors!  However, this past year has not just been a journey for the tourism program; it has been a journey for us as well.

 

We’ve gone to statewide conferences, farmers markets, recreation classes, and special events.  We’ve gorged ourselves on town staples like Senor Taco, Dj’s Bagel Café, and Chocofin.  We have found our fresh, found our food, found our festivals, found our family, and found our fun, but most importantly we have met some incredible people around town and that means that we have found it all!

 

We may be the team who are charged with bringing this town to visitor’s attention, but in all honesty Fountain Hills has brought itself to our attention.  We have experienced Fountain Hills and now it’s your turn!  We hope this blog inspires you to get out there, try something new, experience something unique that only this incredible town can offer, and find what Fountain Hills means to you.  Here’s to 2015 an everything it has in store for us, see you next year!

 

The Tourism Team

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.