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Tempe events this week: Beyond the Bricks

October 25, 2016

Tempe events this week include Beyond the Bricks-Thursday Night Live, at Hayden Square Amphitheater. You are invited to enjoy live music, food from Downtown Tempe eateries, as well as beer and wine. Food and beverages are available for purchase starting at 5:30 p.m. Tempe is cooling off so the evenings are perfect for being outside enjoying live music with friends. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Beyond the Bricks is completely free to attend! For more information about this event, please call (480) 355-6060. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. October 26: Seven Lions The Marquee October 26: Moebius Tribute Show & Release Party Ash Ave. Comics & Books October 26-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts October 26-29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 27: Beyond the Bricks Thursday Night Live: Chuck E. Baby Hayden Square Amphitheater October 27: Zed’s Dead The Marquee October 27: 46th Arizona Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Tempe Center for the Arts October 27-31: The Fever Paul V.  Galvin Playhouse – (480) 965-6447 / 8-9:30 p.m. October 28: Movies in the Park: Monsters University Kiwanis Park October 28: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts October 28: Music in the Garden: Vox Urbana Desert Botanical Garden October 28: Bear Ghost Tempe History Museum October 28: Sue Hitzmann Changing Hands Bookstore October 28: […]

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Day Trips from Tempe: Sedona

Devil's Bridge in Sedona, AZ
October 25, 2016

Sedona is one of my favorite places in the world. It has a great downtown with good restaurants, the hiking is incredible and the whole city looks like it should be on a postcard. I decided to take a little trip up north to to hike the Devil’s Bridge with my friends Jen and Diana. With only a two hour drive from Tempe to Sedona, it makes a great day trip. Our day started off at Harlow’s Café for breakfast. Harlow’s is one of Tempe’s hidden gem restaurants. It’s small and if you blinked while driving down University Dr., you might miss it. The inside has wood paneled wall covered it old pictures.  The food is really good and the staff was very friendly. We had pancakes and I had the corned beef breakfast scramble. Everything was awesome. Once we were done, it was time to leave for day trip. It’s a relatively easy drive to Sedona up I-17. I love it because it’s really picturesque. If there’s one thing I love in life, it’s a really pretty drive. If you have time, there are some scenic outlooks that are worth pulling over and getting out of the car for. Devil’s Bridge is one the more popular hikes in the Sedona area. It’s about 4.5 miles round trip and is considered to be a moderate level hike. Because this hike is so popular, there are a lot of people on any given day walking on the trail with you. It’s a […]

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Tempe events: THE SOUND OF MUSIC at ASU Gammage

The Sound of Music
October 18, 2016

  Tempe events include a brand new production of THE SOUND OF MUSIC at ASU Gammage from October 18-23. Directed by three-time Tony Award® winner Jack O’Brien, the beloved story of Maria and the von Trapp Family will once again thrill audiences with its Tony®, Grammy® and Academy Award® winning Best Score, including “My Favorite Things,” “Edelweiss” and the title song. THE SOUND OF MUSIC enjoyed extraordinary success as a live television production when “The Sound of Music Live!” aired on NBC in 2013 and was seen by over 44 million people. The film version, which continues to be the most successful movie musical in history, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2015. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 480-965-3434. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.   October 18: Getter The Marquee October 18-23: THE SOUND OF MUSIC ASU Gammage October 19-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts October 19-29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 20: ASU School of Music presents Trio Montecino ASU Katzin Concert Hall October 20: Beyond the Bricks Thursday Night Live: Vintage Wednesday Hayden Square Amphitheater October 20: Elizabeth Kolbert: Envisioning the Sixth Extinction Lecture Tempe Center for the Arts October 20-22: Comedian Craig Gass Tempe Improv October 20-23: ASU Main Stage presents Out of Many ASU Lyceum Theater October 21: Movies in the […]

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Celebrating Halloween in Tempe

October 18, 2016

October is now in full swing, which means that it’s about that time of year to make plans for Halloween! If Halloween is quickly cReEpInG up on you, and you just don’t know what to do, check out these awesome events in Tempe, AZ. Whether you are looking for a fun activity for the kids, an event for the grown-ups, or something for the whole family, everyone will be sure to have a spooky good time in Tempe. For the family: Arizona SEA LIFE Spooktacular – Saturdays and Sundays, October 10 – 31, 2016 SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium – Arizona Mills, 5000 S Arizona Mills Cir #145, Tempe, AZ 85282 SEA LIFE Arizona at Arizona Mills is a place for the whole family this spooky season. SEA LIFE will be decorated for Halloween and will host costume contests, underwater pumpkin carvings and eerie scavenger hunts. The cost is an additional $3.00 for adults and children with paid admission. Howl-O-Ween – October 28 – 29, 2016 Phoenix Zoo – 455 N Galvin Pkwy, Phoenix, AZ 85008 Howl-O-Ween includes activities and experiences for the whole family. This event takes place October 28 and 29 from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. and features both scary and merry events for kids of any age. Tickets for members are $10, non-members are $12 and children under 2 are free. Merry activities include camel rides, an exciting costume contest, and an educational piece called the “Creatures of the Night Animal Show.” For a more spooky Halloween, guests can experience the […]

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Treat yourself to Tracy Dempsey Originals in Tempe

Tracy Dempsey Originals
October 12, 2016

On the corner of University and Priest Drives in Tempe, you’ll find a little bit of sweet tooth paradise in the form of Tracy Dempsey Originals. I love sweets, especially pastries that are so fresh, they’re still warm from the oven. When I discovered Tracy Dempsey Originals, I found my happy place. The storefront on University Drive is actually the most recent turn in Tracy’s  journey from teaching English as a Second Language in the American English & Culture Program at Arizona State University (ASU), to pastry chef for the award-winning Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale to her current profession as owner of Tracy Dempsey Originals, baker and supplier of fine pastries to many of the Valley’s most prominent restaurants. With a background in French literature and language, Tracy was teaching English as Second Language at ASU when she decided to change course and pursue her passion for pastry, which began with the Easy Bake Oven she received at age four. She returned to school, this time at the Scottsdale Community College Culinary Arts program. After completing culinary school, Tracy worked at a resort and few small chef owned restaurants before joining the team  as pastry chef at Cowboy Ciao in Scottsdale  in 2004. Then in 2009, the recession hit, taking its toll on the restaurant industry and Tracy lost her job.  Cowboy Ciao was one of many restaurants that were forced to eliminate pastry chefs and other staff in order to survive. Tracy recognized that this void needed to be […]

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Tempe events: SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN at ASU Gammage  

ASU Gammage
October 11, 2016

Tempe events include the Arizona debut of The Carpetbag Theatre’s acclaimed production of SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN  at ASU Gammage. This timely production is a powerful depiction of issues faced by our deployed military personnel. The production follows the moving story of a young, African American, woman veteran of the Iraq War and her struggle with “Moral Injury,” Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Military Sexual Trauma (MST).  The central character is a third generation soldier, who courts death by vehicular suicide. SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN  explores multiple issues related to war, including the history and otherness of African Americans in the military and the experiences of women in combat.  As she drives, memories and flashbacks unfold before her, and in her rear-view mirror. Ultimately she must decide whether to let go of the wheel or to choose life. The Carpetbag Theatre is an award-winning company based in Tennessee that has been telling deeply moving stories of communities of color for more than two decades. For more information and to purchase tickets to SPEED KILLED MY COUSIN, call 480-965-3434 or, visit Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. October 11: Halestorm The Marquee October 12: ASU Guest Artist Series: Alice Giles, Harpist ASU Katzin Concert hall October 12: Yellowcard The Marquee October 12-29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 12-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for […]

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Tempe events: Four Peaks Oktoberfest

Four Peaks Octoberfes
October 4, 2016

Tempe events include the largest Oktoberfest in Arizona, the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Beach Park, October 7-9. It’s Tempe’s big annual festival of libations, food and music that raises money for Tempe Sister Cities.Along with all the traditional Oktoberfest beers and cheers, this Four Peaks Oktoberfest offers great fun for the entire family. Kids will love the giant carnival and Landings Cu Kinderfest.There’s plenty of food including traditional brats along with  everything from street tacos to egg rolls to traditional fair food.   Dance off some of those beer and brat calories to music on two stages: Four Peaks Lakefront Stage and the Spaten VIP Stage featuring bands from all over the world. All artists performing on the Four Peaks Lakefront Stage are included in the price of admission to the festival. A VIP ticket will be required for the Spaten VIP Stage. Music includes plenty of polka bands, and country, rock, blues and more. For more information and to purchase ticketon the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake visit Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information.   October 4: Gojira The Marquee October 5: Speakeasy Tempe Improv October 5: Editor Holly Welker and Author Brittny Goodsell: Baring Witness: 36 Mormon Women Talk Candidly About Love, Sex and Marriage Changing Hands Bookstore October 5-30: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater October 5-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night […]

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Tempe events: Arizona Dragon Boat Festival

Arizona Dragon Boat Festival
September 27, 2016

  Tempe events include the Arizona Dragon Boat Festival at Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park this Saturday and Sunday. The dragon boat races are an ancient folk tradition with roots in southern China. The beautifully decorated dragon boats are manned with up to 20 paddlers. One team member pounds a drum to keep the paddlers’ oars in sync; the drum represents the heart of the dragon. Now in its  13th year, this popular event draws thousands of locals and visitors to Tempe Town Lake and Tempe Beach Park to enjoy the beautiful dragon boat races, performances by martial artists, musicians and dancers and lots of good food. You can enjoy The Arizona Dragon Boat Festival, October 1-2 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. See what’s happening below and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. September 27: ASU Wind Ensemble and Wind Orchestra: Around the World ASU Gammage September 27: Cold War Kids The Marquee September 28: Kamikaze Karaoke Tempe Improv September 28-October 29: 3D Astronomy Shows Marston Exploration Theater September 28-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts September 29: Dropkick Murphys The Marquee September 29: Ballet Under the Stars Tempe Center for the Arts September 29-October 1: Stray Cat Theatre presents  John Tempe Center for the Arts  September 29-October 2: Flip Orley Tempe Improv September 29-October 2: ASU Lyric Opera Theatre […]

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Celebrate ASU Homecoming in Tempe

ASU Homecoming Block Party
September 23, 2016

Homecoming is a time of year where students, parents and alumni alike celebrate the spirt, pride and tradition at Arizona State University. ASU Homecoming week, October 16-22, 2016, is filled with many events that will get you in the school spirit and ready for the big football game. Festivities kick off with the Lantern Walk and conclude with the homecoming game against the Washington State Cougars. Come experience the fun and excitement all week long at the ASU Tempe Campus! Lantern Walk  Since its start in 1917, the Lantern Walk has remained one of the oldest and most treasured traditions at ASU. Students, alumni, faculty and community members are invited to hike up “A” Mountain in Downtown Tempe with a lantern to signify ASU’s past and present. This tradition takes place on Friday, October 21, the eve of the homecoming parade and game on October 22. Homecoming Parade On October 22, thousands of spectators will gather for this year’s homecoming parade. Student organization floats, the ASU marching band, colleges, departments, community organizations and local celebrities are all a part of this fun tradition. The parade starts at Lot 18 and travels down University Avenue concluding at the corner of University Dr. and McAllister Ave. The festivities start 4 hours before game time. Block Party Immediately following the homecoming parade, the ASU Block Party will begin. Over 100 booths from ASU departments will cover the Old Main Lawn and stretch over 14 acres of the ASU Tempe Campus. There will be games, photo booths, prizes, […]

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5K Walks in Tempe This Fall

5K walk
September 21, 2016

Time to grab your walking shoes! Get fit for the approaching holidays while supporting an amazing organizations in the process by participating in a 5K walk! There are several fun 5K walks taking place in Tempe this fall. Check out this great list of 5K walks in Tempe taking place through November. Running Scared – October 22, 2016 – Tempe Marketplace Have some Halloween fun early! This family fun event not only allows you to get into the Halloween spirit, but you are also helping the Veterans Support Organization in their effort to enrich veteran lives through community. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – October 22, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Every Making Strides event is a powerful and inspiring opportunity to unite as a community to honor breast cancer survivors, raise awareness about what we can do to stay well from breast cancer, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease with breast cancer research, information and services, and access to mammograms for women who need them. Registration opens at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 8:00 a.m. Walk Now For Autism Speaks  – October 26, 2016 – Tempe Beach Park Join the Autism Speaks and the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) by walking to change the future for all who struggle with autism. This fundraising effort not only generates vital funds for autism research but also raises awareness about the increasing […]

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