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Fountain Festival of Fine Arts and Crafts Feb. 24-26

The Annual Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts Shows is the venue where gifted artists and accomplished craftspeople from all around the world come together.

Festival of Fine Arts

The Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts is a juried art event. The top artisans and artists exhibit their work at the event. Attendants benefit from competition since it brings forth the best in talents. Unique, one-of-a-kind works of art are displayed during the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts.

This is happening right outside the doors of The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office at 16824 E Avenue of the Fountains. Stop in, say hello, enjoy a bottle of water, and get recharged for more shopping.

Now in its 49th year, the Annual Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts. The Fountain Festival is a three-day exhibition featuring approximately 500 international artists and craftspeople working in all media. This much skill in one area is staggering in its sheer enormity. The variety of outstanding work in various media is astounding. Drawing more than 150,000 people to the Fountain Festival of Fine Arts & Crafts. The Fountain Festival has established itself as one of the most significant and respected events for local artists in the southwest.

The intersection of Avenue of the Fountains and Saguaro Boulevard will again be converted into a massive food court full of kettle corn, fry bread, funnel cake, and a cordoned-off beer tent for those 21 and older. Our neighborhood restaurants on the Avenue of the Fountains are wonderful. For those who get up early, Georgie’s has breakfast and Sofrita patio for lunch and margaritas. If you’re hungry for sushi, OKA is a favorite at the office. This year’s Art Fair begins on Friday, February 24th, and will continue through Saturday and end on Sunday, February 26th. 10:00 AM-5:00PM Rain or Shine!

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WM Phoenix Open Begins February 6th

Dubbed “The Greatest Show on Grass,” The WM Phoenix Open at TPC Scottsdale has no problem living up to its name. In addition to playing host to the greatest players in the game, the tournament is the PGA TOUR’s best-attended event – drawing nearly 500,000 enthusiastic spectators each year. Tournament Week: February 6 – February 12, 2023

As one of the first events on the PGA TOUR calendar, The WM Phoenix Open kicks off the year with a bang. Unlike any other tournament in the world, spectators become central to the event – helping to transform the famous 16th hole into “The Coliseum” – and the loudest hole in golf.

Defending Champion Scottie Scheffler

The best golf players in the world come to TPC Scottsdale for a tournament that is broadcast worldwide. Some of the big names in attendance will include defending champion Scottie Scheffler, Rory Mcllroy, Xander Schauffele, Sam Burns, and many more.

Annexus Pro-Am

Michael Phelps, Albert Pujols, Emmit Smith

The most decorated Olympian of all time Michael Phelps, the NFL’s all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith, and one of only four members of MLB’s exclusive 700-home run club Albert Pujols are among the early list of celebrities set to appear in the popular Annexus Pro-Am at the WM Phoenix Open on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at TPC Scottsdale’s Stadium Course.

Birds Nest

For four nights every year, the hottest nightclub in Scottsdale is located inside a tent erected in north Scottsdale. It is, of course, the Coors Light Birds Nest. With great music, beautiful patrons, and enthusiastic partying, the Birds Nest has earned near-legendary status on the PGA TOUR. It offers a show all its own and is totally unlike anything else associated with professional golf. This year’s sold-out headliners included The Chainsmokers, Machine Gun Kelly, and Jason Aldean.

The tournament begins on February 6th, but the biggest events will be happening from the 10th through the 12th. You can see the full event calendar here.

This year marks the 91st Anniversary of the creation of the Phoenix Open Tournament, so surely the Thunderbirds have big plans in store. You can buy your tickets for the Open by clicking here. First Responders, Military Members, and Veterans get in for free!

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Pony Express Gallops into Fountain Hills

There are few sights on the Avenue of the Fountains to rival the Hashknife Pony Express posse thundering by. Deer-skin fringed leather jackets flying, as the authentic “Old West” riders deliver and pick up mail at the Fountain Hills Post Office.

For 65 years, the Hashknife Pony Express has made this ride during January/February, traveling 200 miles from Holbrook to Scottsdale, Arizona. These swarthy riders deliver 20,000 first-class letters by horseback. This is the oldest officially sanctioned ride in the world, and the only one still authorized by the US Postal Service. Each of the 24 riders is sworn in as an honorary mail messenger braving weather, terrain, and modern-day obstacles to deliver the United States mail. The riders will continue to Scottsdale as part of Scottsdale’s Western Week that culminates in the Parada del Sol.

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Hashknife Pony Express posse

The riders are expected to arrive in Fountain Hills at approximately 3:00 PM on February 2nd, 2022. Delivering mail to the Fountain Hills Post Office at the intersection of Avenue of the Fountains and La Montana Drive. The public is invited out to greet the riders at the Post Office. There is usually a good group to cheer them on as they ride up the Avenue. The RE/MAX Sun Properties office is a great place to see the action and enjoy a beverage. Join us!

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Cruisin’ Car Show @ Phil’s

Roll-In every Sunday from now until May 21st, 2023, Phil’s Filling Station is the home of a free-to-attend car show! John Weil went to the car show in the video above to talk about it. The shows run from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM, and the only cost of admission is to be a customer of Phil’s!

Phil's car show

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Concours in the Hills -Greatest Car Show

Get Ready for the Greatest Car Show on Grass at Concours in the Hills.

Car show

Every year, Concours in the Hills gets bigger. Today, Fountain Hills’ whole lakeside park is filled by the event. This event is known as “The Greatest Car Show on Grass” because of the breathtaking setting. On February 4, 2023, Concours in the Hills will return for its ninth year. We hope you will join us for a day of great cars, food, and music in the spectacular setting of Fountain Park. 

Phoenix Children’s Hope Fund

Attendance is free, but donations are welcome. All proceeds go to Phoenix Children’s Hope Fund, a critical source of funding for the hospital’s areas of greatest need. For the February 2022 event, Concours in the Hills raised over $430,000 for Phoenix Children’s. These funds finance innovative research, cutting-edge technology, recruitment of leading physicians, and child-friendly programs that make the hospital environment more comfortable for young patients.  

 The Park will be split into sections based on the continent of origin, make, and model. Some of the cars are predicted to be worth upwards of $10 Million.

There are always a few twists at each Concours event. Famous race drivers, surprise displays of brand-new Ford GTs, and military helicopters are just the icing on the cake at Fountain Park in the past few years.

Why enthusiasts and amateurs alike love Concours in the Hills

  • The spectacular lake view and rolling hills setting 
  • An enormous variety of vehicles on display 
  • Contemporary and classic race cars 
  • Exotic foreign and domestic high-performance cars 
  • Muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods, off-road and military vehicles 
  • Military and civilian helicopters 
  • Motorcycles
  • Over 100 dealer and aftermarket tents 
  • Lots of tasty food and refreshment trucks 

Concours in the Hills makes a point of noting that it’s not a formal, “white gloves” Concours. Everyone is invited to visit and peruse the extensive variety. Food vendors of all varieties scattered throughout Fountain Park will ensure that no one is admiring cars while starving.

For more information about how you can get rolling to the 2023 Concours in the Hills, go to Concoursinthehills.org.

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January is Car Month in the Valley!

The last week of January in particular is known as “Arizona Car Week” to enthusiasts and is going to be jam-packed with auctions across the Scottsdale area.

  • Barrett-Jackson, 1/21- 29: This is the big one, “The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction!” People from around the world gather in Scottsdale to see one-of-a-kind vehicles, celebrities’ cars, and memorabilia of all sorts. It is known for its celebrity visitors and huge donations to philanthropic efforts. This year’s Barrett-Jackson auction will be located at West World, 16601 North Pima Road, Scottsdale.
Barrett Jackson car week
  • Russo and Steele, 1/26-1/30: At the Russo and Steele Collector Automobile Auction, you’ll find the primary destination for automobile enthusiasts to buy and/or sell the very best in European Sports, American Muscle, Hot Rods, and Customs. Not only that, but renowned memorabilia dealer Kevin Martin is bringing his collection of autographed and historical items signed by stars of music and film. Russo and Steele is hosted at 7722 East Gray Road, Scottsdale.
  • RM Sotheby’s, 1/26: Formerly known as the RM auction, RM Sotheby’s is a well-established event that will play host to a wide variety of marques and eras across all different price points, making it a big destination for Arizona Car Week. This year, it will be hosted at the Arizona Biltmore Resort at 2400 E Missouri Avenue, Phoenix.
  • Bonhams Scottsdale Auction, 1/27: Now in its 12th year, Bonhams’ Scottsdale Auction is a major highlight on the international Motoring Auction Calendar. We are pleased to return to the Westin Kierland Resort & Spa for a live auction of exceptional motorcars. 2023 promises a carefully selected line up, which will be painstakingly promoted to the largest worldwide audience in the business. The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa is located at 6902 East Greenway Parkway, Phoenix.
  • MAG Auctions WeKoPa, 1/27-1/28: Formerly known as the Silver Car Auction, the MAG Collector Car Auction at WeKoPa is a great place for new car collectors to get started. You can get some amazing deals at a smaller, more personalized auction like this. This year, the MAG Auction will be hosted at the WeKoPa Resort & Casino, 10438 N Fort McDowell Rd, Fort McDowell.motorsportsauctiongroup.com
  • AZ Concours D’ Elegance On 1/22: at The Scottsdale Civic Center. The Concours invites roughly 100 select rare and exotic automobiles to be considered for judging and exhibition, with the best among them awarded class prizes and the coveted Best-of-Show. Scottsdale Civic Center Park939 N Drinkwater Blvd Scottsdale, AZ https://arizonaconcours.com/

Concours in the Hills

All of these January events are a prelude to the spectacular Concours in the Hills on February 4, 2023, in Fountain Park.

Concours in the Hills continue to grow every year. The event now takes over the entire park around the lake in Fountain Hills. Because of the spectacular venue, this event is deemed “The Greatest Car Show on Grass.”  

Cars come from all over Arizona, California, Nevada and New Mexico to participate. The event is supported by leading car clubs of Arizona representing Ferrari, Lamborghini, Porsche, McLaren, Corvette, Viper, Ford GT, Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mustang, Jaguar, Cadillac, Lotus, and others. https://phoenixchildrensfoundation.org/signature/concours/

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Stroll and Roll in the Glow

The Avenue of the Fountains is just magical this season with dancing white and red lights adorning the trees, the majestic blue First Responders’ Christmas trees, and storybook figures lining the street. The town of Fountain Hills has transformed the Avenue into a lighted wonderland for Stroll in the Glow.

The Annual lighting for the Avenue at “Stroll in the Glow” was a rainy night. Many still braved the rain and enjoyed the night visiting the local business. A little rain could not keep Santa away as he made his annual arrival to the delight of the young and old by the Fountain Hills Fire truck.

The star of the night was the “Whoville” at the RE/MAX Sun Properties office. You could hear the DJ playing all the holiday hits all down the Avenue while the building glowed in holiday lights. Just inside the door were the Grinch, Cindy-Lou, and Max waiting to meet you and take a fun photo. The Mayor of Whoville greeted all who entered and shared his brand of good cheer.  There wasn’t a “humbug” uttered!

The Stroll in the Glow was so much fun the RE/MAX  Sun Properties team was ready for a repeat performance at Roll in the Glow the following Sunday. The “Grinch team” moved on down the AVE to the Sonoran Team office location to be closer to the action that night.

Everyone enjoyed hot cocoa and cookies and photos with the Grinch. The selfie station props made for extra fun photos all night.

Roll in the Glow

Next, the annual lighted bike parade was a huge hit. Where hundreds of bikes were decked out in holiday lights and costume riders peddled through the Avenue. Contestants ranged from Little Santa riders to Grinch-filled bike baskets and everything in between.

The Avenue was filled with fun activities for all. Huge inflatable slides, live music, and photos with Santa. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team office enjoyed seeing everyone and welcoming in the holiday season.

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“Light the Town Holiday Drive!”

Gather up your loved ones, grab a hot cocoa and some sugar cookies then head out on “Light the Town Holiday Drive,” a house decoration contest where you get to decide who wins.

Holiday lights are going up around town and many homes are all decked out for the season. Make it an annual tradition to take the Holiday Lights Tour in Fountain Hills. 

Twenty-plus homes around Fountain Hills have joined this year’s competition. A map of where to find all of this year’s entries will be available at this link from December 12th to 31st. Once you have your route planned out, it’s time to take a nice drive around town!

Holiday Lights

Houses that have entered the contest will have prominently-displayed signs in their front yards. Each sign should have an original name written on it, such as “Peace on Earth,” “Santa and Elves,” “Elegance,” etc. 

The three categories that you get to vote on include:

  • “Brightest”
  • “Most Creative”
  • “Traditional Elegant”

The winners will be announced on January 2, 2023

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The November concert series has wrapped.

The November concert series is over, but we can’t wait for next spring. Here’s a taste of the last concert of the season for 2022.

Copper State Blues Band
Copper State Blues Band

The night of November 30th, 2022 saw the final night of three Concerts on the Avenue for the Fall. This series of events has become a tradition, taking place on three evenings in November and three evenings in April every year. The Copper State Blues band is a town favorite performing everyone’s favorite upbeat music from Clapton, Stevie Ray, Fabulous T-Birds, Santana Bob Seger, B.B., ZZ Top, The Stones, and more.

This Fall’s concerts had a great showing, with hundreds of people gathered around the two performances happening on either side of the Avenue of the Fountains.

Fall Concerts

The loyal followers gathered early for the best seat for the live music, and others came to our office for charcuterie cups and SonoraRitas. Overall, everybody had a blast spending time with friends and family at this free event proudly sponsored by The Sonoran Lifestyle Team with RE/MAX Sun Properties.

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Cornhole League Fall Season is Wrapping Up

Fountain Hills Corn Hole League
Fountain Hills Corn Hole League

The Fountain Hills Cornhole League has been a huge hit once again this fall, and there are only a few weeks left until the December 6th Final Tournament. The Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties is happy to be the Premier Sponsor for the Fall Corn Hole League hosted by the Town of Fountain Hills!

This is the second year of the Cornhole League, and it has turned out to be the hot spot in town over the past few months. The spring season was a blast and a great place to make new friends in town, but this fall season has undoubtedly been a major win for outdoor recreation in Fountain Hills.

According to Fountain Hills Parks and Rec coordinator, nightly participation at the Fountain Hills Cornhole League has ranged between 20 and 30 players.

The players have been engaging in weekly tournament-style games, perfecting their skills in preparation for the final competition on the evening of December 6th.

Feel free to head over to Desert Vista Park that evening, beginning at 6:00 PM, to be a part of the audience for this final set of matches. It’s sure to be a night of great competition and season rivalry in the history of Fountain Hills sports.

Interested in joining the Cornhole League? Their spring season is set to begin mid-February, 2023. Go to fountainhillsaz.gov to see more information and to check for developments on the specifics for the Spring 2023 Cornhole Season.