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Fall Events at the Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden Dia de los Muertos
October 8, 2015

Any day is a beautiful day to visit Desert Botanical Garden. To provide even more reasons to visit, the Garden is home to a full calendar of events, some of the best fall events in Phoenix. Their onsite restaurant, Gertrude’s, has also introduced new fall menus for breakfast, lunch and dinner. New taste bud tempting items include the Wild Arugula Salad, Cider Cured Duck Breast with Black Truffles, French Toast with Prickly Pear Jam and Niman Ranch Ham Steak with Root Beer Red Eye Gravy. The Music in the Garden Fall Concert Series is one of my personal favorites. Taking place on Friday evenings in October and Saturday evenings November 7 and 14, the Garden’s Ullman Terrace comes alive with a variety of music set against the gorgeous desert scenery. Guests can eat dinner at the Patio Café (a variety of salads and sandwiches), the chef-attended station with a special dish for each concert, or before the show at Gertrude’s, located at the Garden entrance. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and concerts begin at 7 p.m. Find more information about Music in the Garden on their website, including ticket prices and descriptions for each band. These shows do sell out, so buy tickets early! The Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the best places to pick out the perfect pumpkin for Halloween and enjoy fall activities such as hay rides, live music, carnival games, a hay bale maze and a petting zoo. This event takes place on Friday, October […]

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Tempe Events This Week: Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake

Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake
October 5, 2015

Get ready to bust out those Lederhosen and head to the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake, October 9-11, 2015. It’s Tempe’s annual festival of libations and food that raises money for Tempe Sister Cities. Along with all the traditional Oktoberfest beers and cheers, this event offers a bunch of additional activities. There will be beer and wine gardens, the Frank Kush Foot Race and lots of yummy food, including the traditional brats. You can dance off some of those beer and brat calories to music by bands performing polka, country, rock, alternative, jazz, R & B and blues and more. For more fun, check out the new Fitness Expo, expanded Kinderfest with obstacle courses for the whole family, Doxie races and a “vonderful” Volkswagen Vintage Bug and Bus Car show! For more information on the Four Peaks Oktoberfest at Tempe Town Lake visit www.tempeoktoberfest.com.  This is a huge week for all kinds of great arts and culture events in Tempe. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.  October 5: The Turnpike Troubadours, The Marquee October 6: ASU School of Music Big Band Blastoff, ASU Evelyn Smith Music Theatre October 7: Overkill and Symphony X, Marquee Theatre October 7: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night, Tempe Center for the Arts October 8: ASU Bands at 100! The Roaring 20s and the Rousing 2000s, ASU Gammage October 8: #Comedy Show with Andy Steinberg & Guests, Tempe Improv October 8: ASU School of Music Guitar Series: Johannes […]

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Tempe events: Green and Gray at Gallery opens at TCA

Green and Grey exhibition
September 28, 2015

A new exhibition, Green and Gray opens at the Gallery at TCA this Friday. Green and Grey explores the world between the natural landscape and the built environment. Not all that is green is natural; not all that is gray is man-made. People often associate the color green with life and the color gray with coldness. This isn’t always the case. Not all that is green is natural and not all that is gray is manmade. Each artist in this exhibition explores subjects and imagery that show where these elements of the natural and built environment merge, converge and/or conflict. Artists include: Carol Alleman, Susan Beiner, Peter Bugg, Christine Cassano, Angela Cazel-Jahn, Candace Eisenfeld, Steve Gompf, Preston Graves, Jonathan Howard, Mohammed Reza Javaheri, Karen Jilly, Catherine Nash and Ellen Wagener. The Green and Grey exhibition will be on view at the Gallery at TCA through January 2. The opening reception is Friday, October 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Check out this list of exciting arts and culture events this week in Tempe.  View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. September 28: Royal Blood, Marquee Theatre September 29-October 4: WICKED, ASU Gammage September 29: Melissa Pritchard: A Solemn Pleasure: To Imagine, Witness, and Write, Changing Hands Bookstore September 29: ASU Barrett, the Honors College presents Flinn Foundation Centennial Lecture Sherman Alexi, Tempe Center for the Arts September 30: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts October 1: Ballet Under […]

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Exciting Tempe fall events

tour de fat 244 x 163
September 28, 2015

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, November 8-14, 2015. 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 takes on the Washington Huskies at Sun Devil Stadium on Saturday, November 14, 2015. New Season at ASU Gammage Eech 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 THE BOOK OF MORMON, onstage October 20 – November 8, 2015, followed by holiday classic A CHRISTMAS STORY, November 24-29, 2015. New Belgium’s Tour de Fat Join in on the fun on October 3, 2015 at […]

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Get Fit in Downtown Tempe

The Bicycle Cellar taken in Papago Park
September 24, 2015

With fall almost underway, cooler temps are on the horizon here in Tempe. This is a great time of year to get out and get fit. Plus, with the holidays right around the corner (which, for me, always includes chocolate binge eating), it’s a good idea to get active now in preparation! One of the best spots to get a good fun workout in is Downtown Tempe. There are options everywhere you look. From Tempe Town Lake, to “A” Mountain, to yoga and spin studios, it’s hard not to get active. Here’s a short list of invigorating options to get active right here in Downtown Tempe. Go for a Hike: In my opinion, the best times to hike “A” Mountain are early in the morning, or just as the sun is setting. It’s really easy to get to since it’s located in the heart of Downtown Tempe, adjacent to Mill Avenue and ASU. There are a few trail heads to start from, but I suggest the one near Mill Avenue and Third St. It’s a short, invigorating hike, providing a great little workout and gives you a burst of energy. The views from the mountain are absolutely amazing. Take a break at the top to enjoy the view (and catch your breath!). Rent a Bicycle: A fun way to get around Tempe is on a bicycle. Tempe boasts a great network of bike paths and lots of them run right through Downtown Tempe. Feel the wind in your hair as you ride up and […]

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Tempe events: Summer Ends Music Festival

Summer Ends Music Festival in Tempe
September 21, 2015

Summer in Tempe simmers down on a high note when the Summer Ends Music Festival returns to Tempe Beach Park, September 24-27. It’s four days packed with big name bands and acts like Hozier, Kanye West, Brandon Flowers and Slightly Stooped.  In between performances you can peruse the vendors’ booths where you’ll find all kinds of stuff to purchase and plenty of good eats to keep you fortified. Read our blog for more details about the Sumer Ends Music Festival, including the daily schedule of performers. Tempe’s arts and cultural scene is really percolating this week with all kinds of great events. Check out this list and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158/toll free  800-914-1052 for more information.  September 22-October 4: WICKED, ASU Gammage September 23: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts September 24: Sherry and John Pestersik: Lovable Livable Home, Changing Hands Bookstore September 24-26: Jeff Dye, Tempe Improv September 24-27: Summer Ends Music Festival, Tempe Beach Park September 25: An Evening of the Blues with Hans Olson and Chuck Hall, Tempe History Museum September 25: ASU Guest Artist Series Presents BEDLAM, ASU Organ Hall September 25: Hello Friday, Tempe Center for the Arts September 25: Tempe Comedy Concert Series: Class Clowns, Tempe Center for the Arts September 25: Mojo Farmers; September 26: Ultimate Bon Jovi, Tempe Marketplace District Stage September 25: Ben Scolaro; September 26: 76th Street Featuring Haley & Spencer, Tempe Marketplace Barnes & Noble Fountain September 26: Byron […]

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We have your ASU football pregame playbook

ASU Football
September 18, 2015

Music, food, and beer, oh my! A new season of ASU football in Tempe must officially be in full swing. It’s time to prepare for pregame rituals and traditions that will lead to a Sun Devil “W”. With so many fun options located in Downtown Tempe, it’s hard to choose just one place to tailgate! We put together a game day playbook that will help to insure that you have a great time and get the most out of your game day experience. Devils on Mill It’s time to gear up for game time with Devils on Mill. Located on Sixth St. and Mill Ave., Devils on Mill is the ultimate place to be for students and the surrounding community to get hyped for kick-off. This event features live entertainment, food, free ASU gear, carnival rides and games. Students can even enjoy free transportation to Devils on Mill from all four ASU campuses. The fun starts 3 hours prior to game time! Don’t have tickets to the big game? Don’t sweat it, because C.A.S.A.‘s block party, located within Devils on Mill, has you covered with two giant LED screens that let you watch the game and cheer ASU to victory. Win or lose, stay after the game and enjoy free performances by some of today’s hottest artists. Devils on College If you are looking for more of a family affair, head to Devils on College up to three hours before game time. Located at College Avenue Commons plaza on the newly […]

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Nothing beats Tempe craft beer

Blasted Barley Brewing Co interior
September 15, 2015

There are many reasons why I think it’s great to live in Arizona. The desert landscape, the great people and the weather are just a few of the things that make it wonderful. Something else I love about living here is how much everyone loves to support local restaurants and businesses – and this includes craft beer. The local beer scene in Arizona is one of the best around. Almost every time I’m out at a restaurant or bar, I notice that if someone drinking beer, they are drinking a locally crafted beer. It’s pretty great. Tempe is fortunate to be the home of many of our popular local breweries. Many of my favorite beers are made right here in the city. When it comes to Tempe craft beer, here are a few of my absolute favorites. I feel like it would be a crime to talk about Arizona craft beer and not start off talking about Four Peaks Brewing Company. There are so many great craft beers that I don’t know where to begin. By far, the most popular, is the Kilt Lifter. This award-winning brew has strong caramel and roasted barley flavors. One of their most popular seasonal beers is the Pumpkin Porter, which is available now. Huss Brewing is located in South Tempe. If you’ve never been down there, check them out. They have some incredible beer and where else can you take a yoga class, appropriately called Downward Draft (every Sunday at 11:00 a.m.), in the back, surround […]

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Tempe events: Last week for Birds of a Feather at TCA

Birds of a Feather
September 14, 2015

Summer’s coming to the end and so is the summer exhibition, Birds of a Feather, at the Gallery at TCA.  This week is your last chance to see this colorful exhibition which closes on September 19. Birds of a Feather celebrates the birds that make Arizona home or a migration stop along the way to exotic locations. Featured artists are from Arizona and the United States and work with a variety of media ranging from nature photography to abstract sculpture. Local artists include: Jake Early, Vern E. Fetz, Edward Kennefick, Phil Lichtenhan, Farraday Newsome, Anne Peyton, Barbara Rudolph, Beth Shook and Nathaniel Smalley. With artists: Walter E. Bohl, Talmond Brown, Jack DeLap, Kojo Griffin, Ikki Matsumoto, Paul Pletka and Wanxin Zhang. There are also displays and interactive programs from exhibition collaborators such as ASU’s Art Museum and School of Life Sciences. The Gallery at TCA hours are Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.  Admission is always free. We have a great mix of music to enjoy this week in Tempe from the Romanic bassoon at ASU to Nick Jonas at the Marquee Theatre. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. September 15-October 4: WICKED, ASU Gammage September 16: Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night at the TCA, Tempe Center for the Arts September 17: ASU Faculty Artist Series: The Romantic Bassoon, ASU Katzin Concert Hall September 17: O.A.R.; September 18: Tribal Seeds, Marquee Theatre […]

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Tempe Marketplace is a marvel!

Tempe Marketplace
September 10, 2015

Tempe Marketplace is a marvel.  It’s my one stop destination for super shopping, restaurants, entertainment and some personal pampering. All of this plus its central location off the 101 and 201 freeways makes getting there so convenient. It’s no wonder that Tempe Marketplace is one of the most popular gathering places in Tempe, and, for that matter, the entire state. Now, I’m a shopper, but even if I hated shopping (and I’ve heard that there are those who do), Tempe Marketplace would make me a shopping lovin’ convert. Whether I’m looking for some snazzy new threads and shoes for me or my dog, a bottle of wine or other spirits, something new to spiff up my house,  workout gear and equipment, eye ware, a good book or the latest in electronics and cosmetics, I know I’ll find it at Tempe Marketplace. Major retailers such as Target, Best Buy, JC Penney’s, DSW, Nordstrom Rack, Old Navy, Lane Bryant, Ulta Beauty, Cost Plus World Market, BevMo, Total Wines and PetSmart, line the Marketplace’s perimeter along Rio Salado Parkway and McClintock Road. In The District (more about The District to come) there are specialty stores like Charming Charley’s, The Gap, Lids, Journeys, Oakley, Sun Glass Hut, Penzeys Spices, to name just a few. If I need a little personal pampering, Tempe Marketplace has me covered from head to toe at Massage Envy, Arizona Hair Company, JC Penny Salon, 7 Day Nail Salon, European Wax Center, I Brow Threading, and coming soon, Amazing Eyelash […]

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