Are you ready to be awestruck by the magnificence of the universe? Come out Saturday, March 30th and prepare to immerse yourself in a celestial adventure at the Dark Sky Festival 2024! From stargazing to educational talks, this festival promises an unforgettable experience for astronomy enthusiasts and curious minds alike.

Exploring the Unknown

Hosted at the Fountain Hills Community Center, the Dark Sky Festival offers a rare opportunity to delve into the mysteries of the cosmos. Whether you’re a seasoned astronomer or a novice sky-watcher, there’s something for everyone at this stellar event. Gaze upwards and witness the brilliance of the night sky like never before. With minimal light pollution, the celestial canopy above becomes a canvas adorned with countless stars, planets, and galaxies. Telescopes will be available for attendees to observe distant nebulae, star clusters, and even other galaxies millions of light-years away.

Enlightening Talks and Workshops

Expand your knowledge of the universe through engaging talks and workshops led by experts in the field of astronomy and astrophysics. From discussions on the latest astronomical discoveries to workshops on astrophotography techniques, there’s plenty to learn and explore for attendees of all ages. Speakers include; Jo Marchant, Julisa Wang,and  Marsha Diane Arnold.

Family-Friendly Activities

No matter your age or areas of interest, you’ll find fun activities for everyone, including Face Painting, Make a Moon Crater, Tour the Community Garden, Solve the Problem of Lighting Glare, Touch Real Meteorites, Virtual Reality Journey across Solar System, See Live Nocturnal Animals, and Trip to Mars with the Rover. 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.

Night Sky Photography Contest

Witness the captured beauty of the night sky at  the Dark Sky Festival’s photography contest. Prizes will be awarded for various categories, including best constellation photo and best Milky Way panorama.

Preserving the Dark Sky

As we marvel at the beauty of the night sky, let us also reflect on the importance of preserving it for future generations. The Dark Sky Festival promotes awareness of light pollution and its impact on both human health and the environment. Through education and advocacy, we can work together to protect our precious night skies for years to come.

Don’t miss your chance to be a part of this extraordinary celebration of the cosmos. Whether you’re a passionate astronomer, a nature enthusiast, or simply someone who enjoys marveling at the wonders of the universe, the Dark Sky Festival welcomes you with open arms. Come join us as we embark on a journey through the cosmos and experience the magic of the night sky like never before.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit Dark Sky Festival website. See you under the stars!