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4th of July Fun in Tempe

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
June 8, 2017

The summer is well under way here in Tempe, and that means it’s time to start making plans for the July 4th, 2017! Always one of my favorite holidays, this year is sure to be another fun year with lots of places to choose from to watch the sky sparkle with fireworks of every color. Here is a list of my favorite spots for 4th of July Fun in Tempe: July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival produced by the Kiwanis Club of Tempe, Fox 10 Phoenix and the City of Tempe Head to Tempe Beach Park for this spectacular annual event! The gates open at 5 p.m. and the fun and entertainment are packed into the evening through 11 p.m. The Kiwanis Club of Tempe always presents one of the best fireworks show in the Phoenix Metro area, and this year will be no different! Everyone will get a good view since the fireworks are shot from the Mill Avenue bridge. The spectacular fireworks show, scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m., will be choreographed to patriotic and classical music. Get there early to enjoy the Family Fun Fest including an inflatable village for all ages with a variety of rides, rock climbing walls and more. There will be live local music, rock climbing walls, kid’s activities, games and a food court and of course. Tickets can be purchase at City of Tempe outlets for advanced purchase for $5 . Please view www.tempe4th.com for locations or $8 at the gate. You […]

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Take a Hike, Tempe!

June 6, 2017

Hiking is one of my favorite things to do and it’s the perfect time of year to start off the day with an early morning trek. It’s a great way to learn about the Sonoran Desert landscape and mix with the locals too. In the Tempe/Phoenix area, there are so many choices of hiking trails that it can be hard to choose where to go. Here’s a quick guide to some of my favorite Phoenix hiking trails. Papago Park and South Mountain Park are also popular for recreational mountain biking in Tempe, AZ. Just remember, take lots of water, wear sunscreen and go with a friend. It’s just more safe (and fun) that way! Papago Park Papago Park offers several easy hikes to choose from and it’s easy to get to from any part of the Valley. The trailhead just west of the parking lot at College and Curry is an easy hike that provides views of downtown Tempe and Tempe Town Lake from the summits. This trail is also home to Loma del Rio, a Hohokam ruin. To get to the ruin, continue along the path towards the freeway, and then veer right. Once you pass the summit of the next hill, you’ll see the ruin next to a ramada. There’s another popular trailhead on the west side of Papago Park. You can access it by turning west into the parking lot just across Galvin Parkway from the entrance to The Phoenix Zoo, located just north of Van Buren. […]

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Tempe events: Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at The Marquee

Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular
June 6, 2017

  This week’s events include the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular at The Marquee on June 9.  As a huge Pink Floyd fan, I’m so excited that this show is  coming to Tempe. Anyone who’s been to a regular Pink Floyd concert knows what a great show this band puts on. Even though the band is not present at the Laser Spectacular,  all the other elements of their live concerts are part of the show. Pink Floyd’s music is played through a 10,000-watt concert-quality sound system with elaborate eye-popping lighting, props and brilliant colors, beams of light and animated images displayed on a huge screen. The combination of the music and computer-choreographed visuals effects make the Pink Floyd Laser Spectacular a full-on sensory event not to be missed. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit http://luckymanonline.com/ or call (480) 829-1300. 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. June 6: Steven Rowley: Lily and the Octopus Changing Hands Bookstore June 6-10: Ballet Arizona presents Topia Desert Botanical Garden  June 8: Emil Faithe: You Are Sensitive! How to Survive and Thrive in a World That Doesn’t Get You Changing Hands Bookstore June 7: Seether The Marquee June 7-24: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 8: Summer Splash Thursdays: Super Hero Sensation-Wonder Woman Tempe Marketplace District Stage June 8-10: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts June 8-11: Josh Blue Tempe Improv […]

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Stay Cool at Arizona Mills this Summer!

June 6, 2017

Summer has arrived in Tempe and it’s going to be a hot one! When you want to beat the heat and have some fun, pack up the kids and head over to Arizona Mills. Arizona Mills has a lot to offer families this summer with some great deals and fun experiences. You can spend a day there or just pop in for a yummy meal or fun summer movie to get a quick break. In addition to 24 digital projection screens, Harkins Arizona Mills Luxury 25 also offers Arizona’s largest and only full-size IMAX screen. Amenities include wall-to-wall screens in all theaters, digital sound and rocking loveseats in stadium seating. Tickets can be purchased online, in person at the box office or at self-serve ticket kiosks. Cars 3 Movie Screening at Harkins Arizona Mills 25 On Friday, June 16, 2017 Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world.  Registration required. Harkins Summer Movie Fun Program (May 29-August 4, 2017) tickets are now on sale at Harkins Arizona Mills 25 with IMAX while supplies last. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks for less than $1 per film. Some of the movies that will be shown this summer include, Storks, Trolls and The Secret Life of Pets. Experience Sea Life Arizona Aquarium. Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium!  Discover thousands of amazing creatures and walk through the incredible 360-degree ocean tunnel.  Purchase tickets online […]

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Things To Do on Mill Avenue in Tempe

SUP on Tempe Town Lake
June 2, 2017

The weekend is just around the corner, and you’re thinking…What should I do this weekend? Mill Avenue may just be the ticket to a fun-filled day. There are, of course, lots and lots of delicious restaurants to choose from, and unique shopping spots too. But there are so many activities such as hiking, biking, and arts and culture to experience too — perfect for a weekend of fun. Here’s a list of some of my favorite ways to spend a day in Downtown Tempe. – Hike up “A” Mountain: 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 trailheads 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!). – Downtown Tempe’s Public Art: Take a stroll through downtown and admire all the unique, beautiful, fun and funky public art pieces. There is something on almost every corner, from painted electric boxes, to metal sculptures to exhibitions at the U.S. Post Office windows at Fifth St. and Mill Ave.. One of my favorite pieces is Greetings From Tempe, located […]

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Tempe events: Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garde Flashlight-Tours
May 30, 2017

Tempe events include Flashlight Tours at Desert Botanical Garden.  School’s out for summer which has parents scrambling to find local things to do from now through August. The Desert Botanical Garden offers flashlight tours, a fun and interesting evening activity that the whole family can enjoy for the next three months. Flashlight tours are 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 Thursdays and Saturdays from 7-9:30 p.m. through September 2. Bring your own flashlights or purchase one in the Garden Shop. Admission is included with membership of paid admission. For more information, visit https://www.dbg.org/events/flashlight-tours. 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. May 30: Protoje The Marquee May 30-June 10: Ballet Arizona presents Topia Desert Botanical Garden May 31: The Wailers The Marquee May 31-June 1: All About Dance 16th Annual Production Tempe Center for the Arts  May 31-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 1-3: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts June 1-3: Clayton English Tempe Improv Comedy Theatre June 1- September 2: Desert Botanical Garden […]

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Tempe Art Exhibitions

ASU Art Museum
May 30, 2017

If you enjoy the visual arts, you’ll want to browse Tempe’s art museums and galleries. From paintings, to sculpture, ceramics to photography and film, Tempe offers a range of exhibitions in beautiful spaces, both inside and outdoors. The ASU Art Museum, named “the single most impressive venue for contemporary art in Arizona” by Art in America magazine, is recognized for its cutting edge exhibits and innovative programming that is interdisciplinary, educational and relevant to life today. A visit to the ASU Art Museum, at 10th Street and Mill Avenue, and the Ceramics Research Center & Brickyard Gallery, located at 7th Street and Mill Avenue, is always an energizing experience. The Gallery at the TCA is located in the beautiful Tempe Center for the Arts. Rotating exhibitions by local and nationally known artists and a variety of visual arts workshops and events have made The Gallery at the TCA a favorite of locals and visitors to Tempe. Desert Botanical Garden is known for its lovely setting and paths lined with thousands of plants from arid climates throughout the world. However, you’ll also find exciting works of art sprinkled throughout the Garden Phoenix Zoo | Arizona Center for Nature Conservation is one of the nation’s largest non-profit zoos, dedicated  to conservation and inspiring people to care for the natural world. Pueblo Grande Museum features a 1500 year old Hohokam site and three galleries focusing on the Hohokam people who populated the area from A.D. 450 to 1450 and the archaeological methods used to learn […]

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Tempe splash pads and waterpark fun this summer

Big Surf Waterpark
May 25, 2017

What makes any summer day in Tempe just a little bit better? Water. As in splash pads, water parks and pools. Even though the summer days get pretty toasty in Arizona, my family always cools off and has fun when there is water around. Luckily for us, Tempe has lots to choose from! Here are a few options in Tempe to keep you cool all summer long: Tempe Summer Hotel Deals Take a break this summer at one of Tempe’s hotels. Many Tempe hotels are offering great rates, some including food and beverage credit and other extras. And, of course, you and your family will spend lots of time at their sparkling pools. Check out our Summer in Tempe webpage for a list of all of the hotel specials this season. Kiwanis Wave Pool The Kiwanis Pool is perfect for the whole family. No need to reapply sunscreen here – the pool is indoors. It has water slides and 3’ waves – rafts are also available for rent. Admission is inexpensive at just $7 for adults and kids who are 13 years and older. For children from 2-12 years old, admission is $5. Season passes are available. Check the website for more details, including hours of operation. Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace This splash pad is surrounded by shaded seating area for parents and it’s close to a few spots where you can get an iced beverage or dessert, such as the cafe inside Barnes & Noble, Panera Bakery and Coffee Bean and […]

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Tempe events: Ballet Arizona presents Topia

TopiaTopia at Desert Botanical Garden
May 23, 2017

This week’s events include the opening of Ballet Arizona’s original ballet, Topia, at Desert Botanical Garden. Choreographed by Ballet Arizona’s artistic director Ib Andersen, Topia is a presentation of movement, sound and multimedia that combines the beauty and technical brilliance of ballet with the magnificence of the desert landscape. Topia takes place Tuesdays through Saturdays, May 23-June 10, 2017. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the performance begins at 8 p.m. Ticket holders are welcome to enjoy the Garden prior to the ballet by showing their ticket at the admission window. A food and cash bar will be available at the Event Plaza, or guests can enjoy dinner at Gertrude’s, a fresh food experience located just inside the Garden entrance. For more information on Topia, and to purchase tickets, visit https://www.dbg.org/events/ballet-arizona-presents-topia. 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. May 23-28: THE BOOK OF MORMON ASU Gammage May 23-June 10: Ballet Arizona presents Topia Desert Botanical Garden May 24: Ali Noorani: There Goes the Neighborhood: How Communities Overcome Prejudice and Meet the Challenge of American Immigration Changing Hands Bookstore May 24: Lukas Graham & The Band Perry The Marquee May 24: The M.E. Tour – Marsha Ambrosius and Eric Benét Tempe Center for the Arts  May 24-June 3: 3-D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater  May 25: Vamps The Marquee  May 25-27: EDGE happy hour Tempe Center for the Arts May […]

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Day trip from Tempe: Salt River Rafting

salt river rafting
May 19, 2017

Craving an adventure? How about rafting down the Salt River? Just a 2 1/2 hour drive from Tempe, you can have this adventure for yourself! Me two co-workers took a day trip from Tempe to the Salt River recently, and loved it. We started our day in Tempe having coffee and muffins at local coffee house Gold Bar Espresso,  3141 S. McClintock Dr., Tempe, AZ 85282. When you walk through the doors you are welcomed into a cozy, at-home feeling. The rich colors, dark wood, and mix-and-match decor gives a relaxed feeling immediately. The first thing you’ll see is the extensive coffee menu on the wall. They have just about any coffee drink you can think of, and an abundant selection of custom mocha drinks. One of my favorites is the rolo mocha. This time I tried something new and ordered the chai mocha. It was rich with spice and just the right amount of mocha – so good. We got a few muffins to share and were on the road. We hopped in the car and headed out to the Globe area for our water adventure, about a 2 to 2 1/2 hour drive from Tempe. Just about a half hour past the small town of Globe is where our tour company, Salt River Rafting, has their home base. Salt River Rafting’s river office is on the map at Hwy 60 and the Salt River, Mile Marker 293. Just after you pass over the river, there is a sign […]

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