Dark Sky Festival Save the Date

Be a Festival Volunteer



It takes about 100 volunteers for us to pull off this spectacular event. We’d love to have you as a volunteer this year, whether you’re joining us for the first time or returning. CLICK HERE to sign up.

Be a Festival Sponsor

Our sponsors help bring this event to life through financial support. If you’d like to sponsor the March 30, 2024, festival, please CLICK HERE to let us know. Thank you for your generosity. We’ll be in touch with you.



The Human Cosmos: Civilization & the Stars

Jo will take you on an exploration of the cultural importance of the sky – telling a story of how the Sun, Moon, and stars have inspired and guided humanity since Palaeolithic times – and trace how our relationship with the stars has changed as we’ve built a scientific understanding of our universe and become more reliant on technologies from central heating to GPS. Jo will argue that alongside the elegant and powerful explanations of science, our physical, spiritual, and ecological well-being depend on rediscovering a more personal connection with the cosmos in which we live.

Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist and author of popular books, including Decoding the Heavens and The Human Cosmos. Her writing explores the nature of humanity and our universe, from the mind-body connection to the mysteries of past civilizations and the awesome power of the night sky.


The Impact of Light Pollution on Nocturnal Bird Migration

Stay tuned for details about this fascinating topic.


Islands of Protection: Story Time with Lights Out! and Armando’s Island

Marsha will read these two extraordinary children’s books at the Fountain Hills Library for a stellar Story Time. Kids can cozy up around the author while she takes them through these spellbinding tales.

Called a “born storyteller” by the media, Marsha Diane Arnold’s picture books have sold over one million copies and have been called “heartwarming,” “whimsical,” and “uplifting.” Her books have garnered honors like Best First Book by a New Author (Heart of a Tiger), Smithsonian Notable (The Pumpkin Runner), and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. Her bilingual Galápagos Girl won the Green Prize for Sustainable Literature. Lights Out, about light pollution, has been praised by the Dark Sky community and the children’s lit community. Armando’s Island recently won the Riverby Award from the John Burroughs Association for exceptional natural history books for young readers.

Besides dreaming up picture book stories, Marsha does manuscript consultations and Zooms from China to Kansas, sharing her books and thoughts on writing. Her primary joys are family, books, and nature.


Students in Fountain Hills can win cash and showcase their art at the annual Dark Sky Festival in March. Students K-12 can submit drawings or paintings (no digital art) illustrating our dark sky.  This year’s theme is DISCOVER THE NIGHT SKY. The deadline to submit artwork to your art teacher, a school district office, or to Peggy Yeargain or Cindy Couture is February 29th.

Click the buttons below to get all the information and an entry form.


No matter your age or areas of interest, you’ll find fun activities for everyone, including…

Trip to Mars with the Rover Virtual Reality Journey across Solar System
See Live Nocturnal Animals Touch Real Meteorites
Make a Moon Crater Solve the Problem of Lighting Glare
Face Painting Tour the Community Garden

And More!!!


Our auction is a great way to pick up a telescope, telescope equipment, and other great items for great nights under the stars. It includes gift baskets with night sky-themed children’s books, certificates for local resorts under the stars, stargazing experiences, and more.


After the sun goes down, peek through one of a dozen or more telescopes to see the Moon, planets, nebulae, and other deep space objects. Vicky Derksen of Night Sky Tourist and president of the FH Dark Sky Association, will give a laser-guided tour of the night sky while sharing cultural star stories.


Queso Good AZ Fry Guy
Batchelor’s Pad BBQ Fountain Hills Food Cart
East Coast Joe’s Fountain Hills Water & Ice
DonutNV Swette Ice Cream
Bone Haus Brewing Grapeables




Performing solo, Dave delivers an authentic, passionate, and entertaining music performance every single time. Dave’s setlist covers classic rock favorites and deep tracks from the 1950s through the 2000s, emphasizing 70s-80s rock hits and a few well-placed originals from his two solo releases, Rock City and Arizona. Dave connects with the audience and instantly transports them to a time and place of their greatest memories.


Stay tuned! We can’t wait to share with you the amazing businesses, organizations, and people who financially support this event.


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