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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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Tempe Venues With a View

Rustler's Rooste patio
September 20, 2016

Written by Sofia Preston, Partnership and Services Manager Did you know that there’s so much more to the desert than saguaros and sun? When planning your next meeting in Arizona, consider an event at a unique Tempe venues with views of our amazing landscape. It will surely be something that your attendees won’t soon forget! If you want to check that saguaro sighting off your list, look no further than the Desert Botanical Garden. The garden sits on 55 acres of desert beauty right in the heart of the metropolitan area.  They have gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces that will certainly dazzle your attendees. Water in the desert? It’s not a mirage, it’s Tempe Town Lake.  And overlooking the lake is the Tempe Center for the Arts (TCA) sponsored by Northern Trust. TCA offers a variety of indoor and outdoor spaces, boasting lake views and state of the art design. Enjoy the upstairs patio for a casual cocktail party or the Lakeside room with the sparkling lake as your backdrop. We know that when you think of Arizona, you think of boot-stompin’ fun! Make your event a memorable one at Rustler’s Rooste. This mountain-top, rustic Western setting is the perfect place for a group dinner or company cook-out. The food is hearty and delicious and the views will knock your boots off. And did we mention dancing, live music and rattlesnake appetizers? Yep. Rattlesnake. Check that off your bucket list. If you’re in the mood for a more urban, yet historic venue we […]

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Tempe events: Stray Cat Theatre presents John

Tempe Center for the Arts
September 20, 2016

Tempe events include Stray Cat Theatre’s season opener John, written by Annie Baker and directed by Ron May, at Tempe Center for the Arts from September 16 – October 1, 2016. John takes place in  a bed and breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania the week after Thanksgiving. A young couple, hoping to save their relationship, have booked a stay at the B&B. They soon discover, that something is not quite right, from the cheerful innkeeper to the hundreds of inanimate objects that seem to be watching. This dark, foreboding and mysterious play is bound to have you talking long after the curtain goes down. John will be on stage at the Tempe Center of the Arts through October 1, 2016.  For more information and to purchase tickets, visit, or call 480-350-2822. 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 20: Performance with a View presents Tandam Duo Tempe Center for the Arts September 21: Block Party The Marquee September 21: Comedian Paul Virzi Tempe Improv September 21: Brooke Bessesen: Arizona Highways Wildlife Guide: 125 of Arizona’s Native Species Changing Hands Bookstore September 21-October 16: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater September 21-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts  September 22: Phoenix Children’s Hospital Fundraiser with Comic Jill Bryan Tempe Improv September 22-October 1: Stray Cat Theatre presents John Tempe Center for the Arts September 23: hello Friday […]

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Tempe events: CABARET comes to ASU Gammage

CabCabaret at ASU Gammagearet
September 13, 2016

Tempe events feature the opening of CABARET and a brand new season of blockbuster Broadway shows at ASU Gammage.  In this Broadway revival, CABARET combines the heart-wrenching story of aching romance with the tragic fate of Jews in Germany during World War II. CABARET includes some of the most memorable songs in theatre history, including “Willkommen,” “Maybe This Time,” “Tomorrow Belongs to Me,” “Money,” “If You Could See Her” and the title song, “Cabaret.”  Due to adult themes, this show is best suited for older teens. For more information and to purchase tickets, 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 13: Frank Kush: Frank Kush: The Incredible Life Story of a Coaching Legend in His Own Words Changing Hands Bookstore September 13-19: CABARET ASU Gammage September 14-15: Arizona’s Funniest Comedian Contest Tempe Improv September 14-October 16: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration September 14-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts September 15: Amy Stewart: Lady Cop Makes Trouble Changing Hands Bookstore September 16: The Shelters Tempe Marketplace District Stage  September 16: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts September 16: Tempe Comedy: Valerie Roberts Tempe Center for the Arts September 16-18: Comedian Billy Gardell Tempe Improv – (480) 921-9877 September 16-October 1: Stray Cat Theatre presents John Tempe Center for the Arts September 17: Boyce Avenue The Marquee September 17: Phoenix […]

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Off the Beaten Path Restaurants in Tempe

Cornish Pasty Co. in Downtown Tempe
September 7, 2016

New restaurants, old favorites, college hang-outs and upscale dining options, all within Tempe, makes this town a hot spot for culinary adventures every day of the week. One of the many reasons why I love Tempe is because of how many “off the beaten path” restaurants there are to choose from. Little tucked away neighborhood spots that you may not find without a local recommendation, the Yelp app on your phone, or a very lucky spotting from your car. Here is just a short list of some of my favorites, but there are always more to be discovered. Tasty Thai Restaurant 10 W. Broadway Road, Tempe, AZ 85282 (480) 557-9999 Tasty Thai Restaurant is a cute little neighborhood place that serves dishes with mighty big flavors. True to its name, the food is tasty and the portions are substantial. The red curry, yellow curry with tofu, pad king and orange chicken are my favorites. The red curry was all spicy goodness with tender bits of white meat and a nice mix of vegetables; the yellow curry was sweet and spicy with a hint of heat and the tofu was the perfect satiny, creamy consistency. The Pad King was a lovely mix of fresh ginger, onion, bell pepper, mushroom, baby corn with brown sauce. Anyone who prefers less spicy fare, can’t go wrong ordering the orange chicken a lovely orange sauce. Phoenicia Cafe 616 S. Forest Ave, Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 967-8009 Phoenicia Cafe is a family owned and operated restaurant that’s been serving […]

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Tempe events: Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook at TCA

Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook
September 6, 2016

Tempe events feature Childsplay’s season opener, Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook at the Tempe Center for the Arts on Sunday, September 11. In this brand new adventure, someone has taken and kept Junie B.’s new black furry mittens! So when Junie B. finds a wonderful pen of many colors, surely she should be allowed to keep it, right? After all, finders keepers, losers weepers. And, there’s new boy in kindergarten who thinks Junie B. is a nutball! With the help of her friends and a whole lot of laughter, Junie B. learns important lessons about being yourself and doing the right thing. Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook will be on stage at the Tempe Center for the Arts from September 11-October 16, 2016. Performances take place on Saturdays at 1 and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 1 p.m. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Childsplay website, or call (480) 350-2822. 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 7-October 16: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater September 7-November 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night Tempe Center for the Arts September 8: The McLin/Campbell Duo with Lauren Jacobson, Clarinet ASU Katzin Concert Hall September 8: Buckcherry Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 8: Puddle of Mudd The Marquee September 9: 3NATIONS Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 9: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts September […]

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Tempe events: 2016-17 ASU Football: ASU vs. Northern Arizona

ASU Football
August 30, 2016

Tempe events include the first ASU Sun Devil home football game of the season when the Devils take on the Northern Arizona University on Saturday, September 3 at 7:45 p.m. In addition to great Pac-12 grid iron action, football fans can look forward to major improvements to ASU’s Sun Devil Stadium this year. Phases I and II of a three phase renovation will be completed in time for this Saturday’s game. The new features include an open-concept stadium design that will offer better views of the surrounding Arizona landscape and increased airflow in the concourse. Fan experience will be enhanced with the addition of WiFi, more legroom, as well as increases in the number of concessions and restrooms on the north, south and west sides of the stadium. The third and final phase of construction is expected to be completed by the end of summer 2017. So don your favorite pitch fork finery, check out the changes at Sparkey’s house and cheer for your Devils this Saturday.  Visit the 2016 Sun Devil Football website for the home game schedule and ticket information. Tempe’s calendar is full of exciting events this week. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call (480) 894-8158 for more information. August 30: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts August 31: Arizona’s Funniest Comedian Contest Tempe Improv August 31-October 16: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater  September 1: Patricia Colleen Murphy: Hemming Flames and Sarah Vap: Viability Changing Hands Bookstore September 1-3: Desert […]

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Don’t Miss the 2016/2017 Childsplay Season

Rock The Presidents
August 30, 2016

Childsplay will begin their 40th Anniversary Season in September 2016. This award-winning theater company focuses on young audiences, making Childsplay one of the best things to do in Phoenix with kids. From classic stories and fun musicals to original works, the upcoming season is sure to please both parents and children. Shows are on Saturday and Sunday afternoons at the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway in Tempe. Plan to get there a little early for the activities in the lobby that match each play’s theme. And, at the end of each show, you’ll receive a guide with questions for the ride home that make a trip to the theater a true learning experience for your kids. Check the Childsplay website for more details on times and ticket prices for each show and special activities like backstage tours and themed events. Their website also lists Matinee and a Meal deals where you can get discounts at several Downtown Tempe restaurants with your ticket stub before or after a show. September 11, 2016-October 16, 2016 Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook by Allison Gregory, Adapted from the book series by Barbara Park Something terrible has happened to Junie B. Jones, someone took her new black furry mittens and kept them! So when she finds a new colorful pen, shouldn’t she be able to keep it? With laughter and friendship, she learns a lesson on doing the right thing and being herself. October 22, 2016-November 13, 2016 Rock […]

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Exciting Tempe fall events

tour de fat 244 x 163
August 24, 2016

Fall is one of my favorite times of year. It’s usually around now that I become weary of the summer heat and I know that cooler temperatures are right around the corner. Soon, all things pumpkin flavored will be on restaurant menus around town, which is something I’ve been anxiously waiting for. But what else do we have to look forward to in Tempe this fall? Here are a few things to get start getting excited about right now. ASU football With the start of fall brings college football! ASU home games bring Sun Devil pride to Downtown Tempe, fans from rival colleges, tailgating parties and game specials to neighboring bars and restaurants. Lots of fun to be had all season long. ASU Homecoming Weekend Enjoy events throughout the university and across Downtown Tempe for ASU’s Homecoming Weekend, October 16-22, 2016. Highlights include a comedy show, along with the traditional lantern walk and a pre-game parade and block party. The fun concludes with the annual homecoming football game where the Sun Devils take on Washington State at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday, October 22, 2016. New Season at ASU Gammage Each year ASU Gammage brings no shortage of incredible shows to Tempe, and this upcoming season is no different. The first show of the season is CABARET, onstage September 13-18, 2016, followed by THE SOUND OF MUSIC, October 18-23, 2016. New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Join in on the fun on October 1, 2016 at New Belgium’s Tour de Fat bicycle extravaganza. You are encouraged to dress up in […]

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