Fountain Hills may be small, but it’s got more than its share of places to shop, dine, and relax. The streets of downtown are lined with eateries, from casual pubs to fine dining establishments. Whether you’re craving sushi, tacos, or pizza, you’ll find it in Fountain Hills, along with wine bars, coffee shops, tea houses, brew pubs, and even a chocolatier.
If shopping is on the agenda, Fountain Hills doesn’t disappoint. The town is known for its art galleries and eclectic boutiques. The Emerson Gallery features the works of local and regional artists, with paintings, pottery, sculptures, jewelry and more on display. The Fountain Hills Art Gallery is owned and operated by the artists themselves, and features fine art from around the area.
Each year, several art events draw visitors and residents alike. In November, more than 100,000 people flock to Fountain Hills for the Fountain Hills Festival of Arts and Crafts. At the Fountain Hills Great Fair in February, more than 500 artists and artisans display their craft, and the Native American Fine Art Show takes place in March.
For a taste of local culture, head to the Fountain Hills Theatre. This non-profit performing arts group offers plays and shows year round.
Take a peek into the region’s history at the River of Time Museum. Here, the past of this desert land comes to life. Displays and exhibits trace the indigenous peoples that first populated the region, followed by miners on the hunt for amethyst and gold. Explore the early 20th century ranchers, and learn how the Salt River was tamed.
Just a few miles from downtown, the Fort McDowell Casino offers gaming fun. The resort often features live musical entertainment.