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Back to School Bash: IT’S ON!

Back to School Bash August 26, 2022
Bring the Kids down to this FREE End of Summer Event: Saturday August 26; 6-8 pm

Sonoran Lifestyle Team, The Town of Fountain Hills and lots of local kiddos will be celebrating the end of summer with a free Fountain Hills Back to School Bash event!

There will be inflatable water slides, a dunk tank, inflatable games, yard games, food trucks, a DJ, MCSO and Fire Department vehicles and more!

Join us for the all-ages event at Four Peaks Park on Friday, August 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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Summer 2022’s Desert Vibe Magazine Is Here!

The second quarterly issue of Desert Vibe magazine is finally here, and it’s full of must-see information about local events, listings, and market information!

Here are some of the things you’ll see in the summer Vibe:

This Desert Vibe, as with the previous, is being released in an online-only format, with interactive links to everything you’ll need! To read the full Desert Vibe magazine, go to DesertVibe.com/Magazine.

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The Spirit of Bavaria Lives at Oktoberfest 2022!

Can you hear the polka music playing? For several years now, Fountain Hills has been home to an annual Oktoberfest for the whole town to participate in some classic Bavarian festivities.

Oktoberfest has been a tradition in South Germany for over 200 years, beginning in 1810 as a celebration for the Bavarian King Ludwig I’s marriage. Since then, Oktoberfest spread across what would become Germany, and eventually to the United States.

Oktoberfest in the United States stayed concentrated to regions with high German populations until after World War II, when it finally began to spread to the rest of the country, eventually including Fountain Hills.

This Bavarian-style celebration features live music, costumes, German foods, and of course: Beer! You’ll see authentic details such as long tables decorated with blue and white paper, perfect for meeting friends and enjoying your beer and pretzels.

Participate in various themed contests for prizes, such as the Beer Stein holding contest, the Alphorn blowing contest, and the Bavarian Costume Contest.

While you do have to be 21 or older to purchase the beer, there is a free Kidz’ Zone full of activities for young Oktoberfest fans.

This year’s Oktoberfest will take place on the evenings of September 23rd and 24th, 2022 from 5:00PM through 10:00PM. Pre-admission tickets cost $5, and tickets purchased at the gate will cost $10.

For more information on how you can get into the Bavarian spirit this fall, go to fountainhillschamber.com

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2022 Turkey Trot Ticket Giveaway!

The 32nd annual Turkey Trot is kicking off Fountain Hills’ Thanksgiving! This year, the Sonoran Lifestyle Team is the Turkey Trot’s presenting sponsor, and we’ll be there the whole time

As presenting sponsors of the event, we have five extra tickets sitting around that we’d like to give away. If you’ve run the Trot in previous years and want a chance at a free ticket, your big opportunity is here!

Runners waiting for the 2021 Turkey Trot to begin.

Leading up to this year’s Turkey Trot, we’re going to be giving away five spots at the run FOR FREE! That’s right, if you want a chance to save $30 in registration, all you have to do is:

  • Send a picture of yourself at a previous year’s Turkey Trot to Sonoran@SonoranLifestyle.com,
  • or tag @sonoranlifestyle with your photo on Instagram.

There are only five free spots available, so don’t delay! We’ll reply to the FIRST five entries with instructions for receiving their free tickets.

The Turkey Trot will take place at 7:15AM on Thanksgiving morning, November 24th. We’ll see you there!

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Ballet Returns to Fountain Hills on September 8th!

Ballet Under the Stars is back! On September 8th, 2022, Ballet Arizona is commencing its 2022-23 ballet season. The season kicks off with “Ballet Under the Stars,” a free, public event at the amphitheater of the Fountain Park here in Fountain Hills!

The performers of Ballet Arizona are some of the most skilled dancers in Arizona, and their broad range of skills will be put into the spotlight at Ballet Under the Stars. You’ll be able to witness an assortment of genres, both classical and contemporary.

Get ready for a night of great music, fantastic dancing, and family-friendly entertainment. Be sure to bring a blanket or some chairs so you can enjoy the evening to the fullest. There will be food trucks behind the stage as well.

This show is totally FREE and will be fun for the whole family! The performance begins at 7:00PM. We’ll see you there!

To learn more about Ballet Arizona’s 2022-23 program, click here.

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Back To School Bash 2022!

Fountain Hills Community Services has provided so many fun activities for the kids of Fountain Hills this summer. The re-opening of the Noon Kiwanis Splash Pad inaugurated the season of summer fun, with weekly and semi-weekly events such as Wacky Wet Wednesdays, Splash Pad Summer Series, and the Summer Games. As summer comes to an end, a grand finale is in order: The annual Back 2 School Bash!

The first day of school in the Fountain Hills Unified School District is set for August 9th this year. Ten days later, on August 19th, the Back 2 School Bash will take place at Four Peaks Park.

The Back 2 School Bash, which is proudly sponsored by the Sonoran Lifestyle Team at RE/MAX Sun Properties, is truly a grand display of fun summer activities capping off every activity the town provided over the summer and more. Water slides, dunk tanks, kettle corn, water games, and cornhole are just some of the things you’ll find this time around. MCSO and the FH Fire Department will also have vehicles on display for kids to check out.

No matter how old your kids are, there will be something there to enjoy. The event is totally free and will go from 6:00PM through 8:00PM. To learn more about the activities and amenities at this year’s Bash, head to fountainhillsaz.gov.

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Jurassic-Themed Family Fun Night 7/21!

“Word on the street is that we may even see some real dinosaurs!”

Next Thursday, Fountain Hills Community Services is bringing Jurassic Park to the Community Center! This year’s Family Fun Night is the climax of the FH Summer Recreation Program for local kids.

This free event begins at 6:00 PM at the Community Center and will be filled with fun Jurassic-themed activities and entertainment for the entire family to enjoy. Some of the highlights expected at Thursday’s party will include:

  • The “Dino Crew”
  • Fossil Dig
  • Inflatable
  • Reptile Encounters
  • Food Truck to purchase dinner or a treat
  • Jurassic Crafts
  • and more!

If you are interested in going to the 2022 Family Fun Night, click here. Bring your kids and get ready to beat the heat with some dino-sized fun!

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The FH Sweet Corn Market is Back!

The FH Sweet Corn Market is back again for its 9th year!

Last year’s Corn Market was originally intended to be the last of its kind, but the Corn Market has returned for June of 2022.

The corn market, which takes place outside of Smith Family Chiropractic on 11673 N. Saguaro Boulevard, sells fresh-picked Arizona Sweet Corn, watermelons, cantaloupes, honeydew, Arizona Sweet Onions, Tomatoes, and much more. On top of all this, there are typically three food trucks: Noble Bread, the Tamale Store, and Good Living Greens, all with the backdrop of live music.

This year, the Market will be open every Saturday of June from 8:00 AM through 11:30 AM, ending on Saturday, July 2nd. Be sure to stop by one of Fountain Hills’ favorite summer events!

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Fireworks Rescheduled to July 1st

The “Fourth at the Fountain” is going to be the “First at the Fountain” this year!

According to Experience Fountain Hills, “Due to fireworks and pyro tech shortage, the Town was able to secure fireworks and staff for July 1st instead of July 4th. This is the SAME amazing event, just a new date for 2022.” They plan to return the event to July 4th in 2023, so this year will be a special exception. Luckily, this places the festivities on a Friday night, perfect for having an exciting night of fireworks, food, and fun!

The First at the Fountain will feature live music by Rock Lobster from 7:30 PM until 9:00 pm, which is when the famous Fountainside firework show begins. Meanwhile, the fountain will be lit red, white, and blue while food trucks give out concessions and the restaurants at the park stay open for everybody to enjoy.

As usual, this is a free, family-friendly event for the whole community! People often come from around the valley for the show and the unique Fountain Hills atmosphere.

For more information about this year’s festivities, click here.

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Splash Pad Grand Re-Opening!

The Splash Pad has been one of the cornerstones of the Fountain Park for over a decade now as one of the best places for kids’ recreation in town. It has been under construction for nearly a year now for a total revamp. This Thursday, the wait is over: The Splash Pad is re-opening for the summer!

Fountain Hills Community Services invites the public to join them “for a short, but much-anticipated ribbon cutting at 8:15am, Thursday, May 26 at the Rotary Splash Pad.” The ceremony will feature thanks to the supporters of the revamp project and a “First Splash” to declare the Rotary Splash Pad open for the summer season!

The Rotary Splash pad is located at 17000 E El Lago Blvd at the Fountain Park’s southwest corner. After the grand re-opening, it will be open daily from 9:00 AM until sunset, every day for the duration of the summer.