With the fall season on the horizon and cooler weather on the way, many Ahwatukee Foothills residents will be ringing in the new season with the third annual Tukee Fest Rockin' in the Park this Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24 and 25.
The family-friendly festival will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Ahwatukee Park, right next to the Ahwatukee Community Swim and Tennis Center at Warner Road and 48th Street, and will feature live music, food and a variety of fun activities for kids.
Festival-goers are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs so they can sit and relax while listening to the sounds of Cooper Point, who will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. on Friday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday; and A Boy Named Sioux, slated to begin at 7 p.m. on Friday and 5 p.m. on Saturday. The two bands will also be joined on Saturday at 8 p.m. by Mark Mulligan of South of the Border, who is said to make you feel like you're sitting on the beach in Mexico while listening to his tunes.
Macayo's, Nello's Pizza, Hawg n Dawg, Jamba Juice and Campfire Kettle Corn will be at the festival to provide food and drink to keep patrons full and hydrated all night. Cold beer and wine will also be available at the festival.
There will be numerous kid-friendly activities, including an obstacle course that kids can run through, bounce houses where they can bounce all night, a rock wall where they can climb as high as they can go, and a variety of fun slides to go down over and over again.
Admission for adults for each night is $5. Kids get in for free. Additional $1 individual food and ride tickets can be purchased the day of the event, as well as an all-day $20 ride wristband.
Proceeds from the event will benefit various programs that are held at the Ahwatukee Community Center, including golf, swim and tennis camps during the summer, as well as materials used for the Child Enrichment, CPR and lifeguard training classes.
Chelsea Brown is interning this semester for the Ahwatukee Foothills News. She is a senior at Arizona State University.