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Day Trips from Tempe: Out of Africa Wildlife Park

Day Trips from Tempe Out of Africa
July 27, 2016

By Melora Hathaway, Tempe Tourism staff I recently had the opportunity to plan a fun day trip from Tempe with my kids. I instantly thought I wanted to go north to escape the summer heat and head towards the mountains. With the kids in mind, I knew the Out of Africa Wildlife Park would be a perfect destination to fit the bill. But first things first, we needed to start our day right and that clearly meant we needed a yummy breakfast to fuel our drive to Camp Verde. We chose NCounter on Mill Avenue to satisfy everyone’s requirements, a specialty omelet and cappuccino for me, fruit smoothies and French toast for the kiddos. We all resisted the counter of fresh baked goods; however, in retrospect, I would recommend you order a couple of treats to go and have a tasty snack handy for later in the day. Once fortified with food, we hopped in the car to begin our drive up I-17 towards Camp Verde. The drive is notable for the more than a mile of altitude it gains between Tempe and Flagstaff. This route boasts several scenic view exits along the way that overlook the many mountains and valleys in northern Arizona. We took advantage of the Sunset Point rest area to stretch our legs and admire the view. Even for a longtime resident of Arizona, it is still a pleasant surprise to be surrounded by mountains while in a desert state. Within 90 minutes of leaving Tempe […]

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Tempe events: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours

Desert Botanical Garde Flashlight-Tours
July 26, 2016

Tempe events include Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours. This is a great way to see the desert in a totally different light—your flashlight! With your flashlight in hand you’re in for an evening of adventures where you’ll see, hear and feel the desert night. Go at your own pace along the Garden’s trails to multiple discovery stations that feature a fascinating array of nocturnal furry, feathery or scaly nocturnal critters. Desert Botanical Flashlight Tours take place on Thursday and Saturday from 7-10 p.m. through September 3, 2016. Bring your own flashlights or purchase one in the Garden Shop. Admission is included with membership of paid admission. For more information, visit 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.  July 27: Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.: The Mastery of Self: A Toltec Guide to Personal Freedom Changing Hands Bookstore July 27: Fitz & The Tantrums The Marquee July 27-August 20: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 28: Roberto Rodriguez Tempe Improv July 28-September 3: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden July 29: hello Friday: Billy Cioffi Tempe Center for the Arts July 29: Pyrotechnica Tempe Marketplace District Stage July 29: Mike E. Winfield Tempe Improv July 29: Ron Funches The Marquee July 29-30: Joan Waters Dog Days Open Studio Joan Waters Studio June 30: Comedian Wayne Bradey Tempe Improv July 30: The Claypool Lennon Delirium The Marquee July 30: […]

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Say your “I Do’s” in Tempe

Weddings in Tempe
July 20, 2016

Tempe has a variety of hotels, venues and overall amenities that will make any wedding day just perfect. From beautiful mountain views to fun activities in the surrounding area for friends and family, Tempe is the perfect place for a memorable wedding. Here are a few of the best hotels and venues in Tempe to say “I do”! Tempe Mission Palms 60 E 5th St, Tempe, AZ (480) 894-1400 Tempe Mission Palms is located in the heart of downtown Tempe, right off Mill Avenue. The property is full of ballrooms, outdoor terraces and deluxe courtyards, with 30,000 square feet of available function space.  Tempe Mission Palms can adjust to fit a variety of floor plans and layouts to fit every couples dream ceremony or reception. Not only does the hotel itself offer a variety of amenities, but the surrounding area is full of dining and nightlife options for couples and guests. Mill Avenue in Downtown Tempe is home to a variety of restaurants, shops and bars to please people of any age. With Tempe Mission Palms being in walking distance from all this, there will be no problem finding the perfect spot for a rehearsal dinner, farewell brunch, or somewhere to de-stress. Phoenix Marriott Tempe at the Buttes 2000 W Westcourt Way, Tempe, AZ 85282 (602) 225-9000 The Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes offers elegant outdoor scenery for any ceremony or wedding reception. With panoramic mountain views and beautiful waterfalls on property, this Marriott property can transform a wedding […]

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Tempe events: The Amplified Jazz Experience at TCA

Tempe Center for the Arts
July 19, 2016

Tempe events feature The Amplified Jazz Experience at the Tempe Center for the Art. You’re in for an evening of smooth jazz, soul and funk music, featuring nationally acclaimed recording artists soul jazz flutist Althea Rene, soul jazz trumpeter Lin Rountree and smooth jazz saxophonist Lebron. Guest performer Laydee Jai will open the show with her smooth vocals. Althea Rene is a full-time performing/recording artist and one of the world’s most exciting solo improvisational flutists. Lin Rountree and his music represent a new direction in instrumental soul. He is a polished recording artist, an outstanding live performer and a leader among a new generation of soul­ jazz artists. Saxophonist Lebron is a true fan of contemporary jazz. His style as an artist showcases the facets of smooth jazz that listeners love. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the Tempe Center for the Arts website or call (480) 350-2822. 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. July 19: Off the Cuff Comedy Improv Show Changing Hands Bookstore July 19: Stephen “Ragga” Marley The Marquee July 20-August 20: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 21: The Offspring The Marquee July 21-24: Comedian Mitch Fatel Tempe Improv July 21-September 3: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden July 22: Big Kid Workshops: S.T.E.A.M.-Y Ladies Night Out Tempe Center for the Arts July 22: hello Friday: Tom Bertling Tempe Center for the Arts July 22: […]

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Tempe events: Desert Thawout Music Festival 2016

The Marquee
July 12, 2016

Tempe events include the Desert Thawout Music Festival 2016, July 15-16. Yes, at last we’ll be able to attend a summer music festival here in Tempe in July.  Let’s face it– music festivals generally take place outside which is why, here in the desert, we have experienced an ongoing draught when it comes to summer music festivals. Good news! The drought will be broken  this weekend when The Marquee stages the Desert Thawout Music Festival inside. Where it’s cool! The two day celebration of local music will feature Radio Fix, Atoms Fall, Run Definitely Run, Throw Logic, Stone Mary, Tome, Bloomfield, Dead Light Shine, Sicmonic, Howitzer, There is No Us, Lost in Lies, Kruffix, Murkocet, Souless, Dawn Awaits, and Fatal Malady. There will also be comedians, food trucks, a bar with ID and more. The Desert Thawout Music Festival is an all ages event and a super good deal. A one day pass is $10; a two day pass is $15.  Doors open at 5 p.m. each day. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-829-1300 or visit 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. July 12: Laurie Notaro: Housebroken: Admissions of an Untidy Life Changing Hands Bookstore July 13: Comedian Anthony Padilla Tempe Improv July 13-August 20: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 14: Comedian Fahim Anwar Tempe Improv July 14-September 3: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden […]

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7 Frozen Treats on a Summer Day in Tempe

Paletas Betty
July 12, 2016

What better way to cool off this summer than with a delicious frozen treat! I’m always on the hunt for the best frozen yogurt, ice cream, shakes and frozen treats in town, and lucky for us, Tempe has all kinds of frosty delights. Here’s a list of my favorite frozen treats in Tempe: 1. Mojo Yogurt – two locations – Mill Ave. and Tempe Marketplace My favorite combo at this delicious frozen yogurt establishment is cookies & cream and mango tango. I top it off with strawberries, sprinkles, chocolate fudge and caramel. It’s an odd combination I know, but that doesn’t make is any less craveable! 2. Slickables – 699 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Ice cream and house made cookies…together?! Yes please! Head to Slickables to create your very own customized cookie ice cream combo. Your taste buds will be happy with these frozen desserts and so will your wallet with the affordable prices. 3. Original ChopShop Co. – 222 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 If you’ve ever been to ChopShop, you’ll know that they have amazing salads and sandwiches, but have you tried one of their shakes yet? With four protein shakes to choose from, there’s no doubt you’ll find one to love. The Muscle Malt never disappoints. 4. Yogurtland – 555 N. Scottsdale Rd., Tempe, AZ 85281 This frozen yogurt shop offers the widest variety of flavors and mix-ins that I have seen yet. Lots of choices here – and who doesn’t love choices! My […]

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Planning the perfect Tempe meeting or event

Tempe Tourism Annual Meeting
July 7, 2016

If you’re planning a meeting in Tempe, Arizona, you may already know that our city offers a variety of hotels and unique meeting venues. And you surely also know that finding the perfect venue is only the first step in your meeting planning process.  So you have selected a great meeting space in Tempe and signed the contract? Good work! Now it’s time to organize the finishing touches. Perhaps you need to plan an amazing off-site dinner and find a transportation company to get you there? Or maybe you’re trying to find that perfect team building event for your attendees, or some great music for the closing reception. No matter what you need, the Tempe Tourism Office and our partners are ready to assist you in creating an outstanding meeting in Tempe, Arizona.  We can put you in touch with just the right company to take your meeting to the next level. Our partners can provide you with a variety of excellent services that can make you, the planner, shine. Need some great ideas to get you started?  Look no further – we’re here to help. Make sure that your team is ready to work and have fun at the same time. Just leave it to Event Team. They create custom team building events that are designed entertain while also providing an opportunity to give back to the community. Win-win. Perhaps you’re looking for a great dinner spot that offers delicious food, fun ambiance, spectacular views and that boot-stompin’ Western feel.  Impossible, you say?  […]

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Green Day’s American Idiot by Stray Cat Theatre

Green Day's American Idiot by Stray Cat Theatre, credit John Groseclose.
July 6, 2016

Anything that Stray Cat Theatre does, I want to be there. This indie theatre company has been around since 2001 and in the past few years, Tempe has been their home base. They bring both original works and some of the freshest, most contemporary plays to metro Phoenix. Their shows can be funny, tragic, shocking and thought provoking, usually all at the same time. Ron May, Artistic Director, is a genius in my humble opinion with his killer combination of creative vision and a wicked sense of humor. Stray Cat Theatre is closing their 14th season with Green Day’s American Idiot, the first local production of this Tony Award-winning musical. This is also the first production in their new home, the Tempe Center for the Arts. Yes, times change and so do venues. In this case, it’s quite an upgrade. This theatre company seemed right at home in their new spot and from what I hear, tickets are selling like hotcakes. You have until July 16, 2016 to see their production of American Idiot. Relying on very little dialogue, the music and lyrics are used to tell the story of teenage rage, love, mistakes and growing up. You’ll dance in your seat and you’ll feel just about every emotion under the sun. If you do one thing today, buy tickets for this show. It is absolutely outstanding. Here’s why I loved it so much. Green Day – Let’s start with the basics. Green Day has provided the soundtrack for much […]

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Tempe events: Family Fun Workshop at the Gallery at TCA

July 5, 2016

Bring your own T-shirt and create your own design at this cool Family Fun Workshop focusing on T-Shirt transfers in the Gallery at TCA  in the  Gallery at TCA this Saturday from 12-2 p.m.  This is one of several weekend workshops being offered in conjunction with the STEAM exhibition on Saturdays through August 6.     STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. It is a movement inspired by the popularity of STEM-based education that encourages creative thinking and collaboration between the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics. The STEAM exhibition melds art and interactive scientific displays which explore these connections. It also highlights the individuals who are using the various disciplines to transform and make the lives of everyday people better. So round up the family and head to the Gallery at TCA for a cool and creative afternoon. For more information on the STEAM exhibition and free family workshops, call (480) 350-2867 or visit the Gallery at TCA website. 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.   July 5: Dan Flores: Coyote America: A Natural and Supernatural History Changing Hands Bookstore July 6: Speakeasy at Tempe Improv Tempe Improv July 6—August 20: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater July 7-9: Comedian Ralphie May Tempe Improv July 7-16: Stray Cat Theatre presents Green Day’s American Idiot Tempe Center for the Arts July 7-September 3: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight […]

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Live music in Tempe

Live music at TCA
July 5, 2016

There’s nothing like chillaxin’ with your friends while listening to live music. Whether it’s an ear-splitting rock concert or an easy listening acoustic performance by one or two musicians, live music just makes you feel more alive, energized and in the moment. So where’s the best place to hear all kinds of live music? Tempe, of course! Tempe’s tradition of offering the best live music by local and nationally known bands has drawn music lovers for decades. (Read this article for a fascinating look at some of Tempe’s legendary venues that are gone, but not forgotten.)  Walk through Downtown Tempe along Mill Avenue most evenings and you’ll find music emanating from restaurants and bars. Live music isn’t limited just to Tempe’s Downtown. Regardless of your preference, be it rock, hip hop, electronic, country, jazz, blues or classical, fusion or world, you’ll find your favorite performed throughout Tempe practically every night of the week. (Read this article for a fascinating glimpse into Tempe’s musical past.) Check out these venues that are great places to chill with great live music, good eats and beverages. Visit our website for more information on music and entertainment in Tempe. Downtown Tempe Venues: Blasted Barley 404 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 967-5887 – Live music Friday through Sunday. C.A.S.A. Sunbá 5 E. 6th St., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 557-8226 – Live music on Thursday and Friday. Culinary Dropout at the Yard 149 S. Farmer Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 240-1601 – Live music on Friday and Saturday. Desert Roots Kitchen 414 S. […]

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