One of the biggest social events in Ahwatukee Foothills returns this weekend.

The 16th annual Festival of Lights Wine and Beer Tasting Festival kicks off at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Foothills Golf Club, 2201 E. Clubhouse Drive.

The event features more than 50 varieties of wine and beer samples, music from the Lil Debbie Band and a silent auction of more than 100 items.

Benefits from the event will go toward the Festival of Lights, the million-plus LED light display that graces Chandler Boulevard from Thanksgiving to New Year's night.

The annual festival lasts until 10 p.m., brings in upwards of 1,000 people and raises between $30,000 and $35,000 for the Festival of Lights.

Silent auction items include sports memorabilia, event tickets and trip packages. Local restaurants will also be on-hand and dishing out samples to guests.

Tickets to the event can be purchased for $40 in advance or $50 at the door.

Before the event, resident golfers are invited to participate in the 2011 Festival of Lights Charity Golf Tournament, starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday.

The cost is $100 per person or $375 for a foursome. That includes lunch, range balls, a cart and an entry into a prize drawing.

The Festival of Lights is a non-profit organization that relies on volunteers.

To find out more about the group or to purchase tickets, visit

Tickets for the Wine and Beer Tasting Festival and golf tournament can also be purchased at ACE Hardware, 1335 E. Chandler Blvd., or at three Ahwatukee Safeway locations: 1334 E. Chandler Blvd., 4005 E. Chandler Blvd. or 4747 E. Elliot Road.

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