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2016/2017 season at ASU Gammage is its best yet

August 4, 2016

I’ve always had an appreciation for the theatre. Growing up in the northeast, I’ve had a lot of opportunities to travel to New York City. My parents always enjoyed catching a Broadway show whenever they could. When I was about nine or ten, they took me to my first Broadway show. Ever since then, I was hooked. When I moved to Arizona, I was happy to hear ASU Gammage was so close and that I could catch a play or musical very easily. ASU Gammage is a Phoenix area landmark. Since 1964, this 3,000 seat, Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theatre has been home to plays, musicals, Presidential debates and concerts. This historic building is getting ready to welcome another season of award-winning Broadway shows to Tempe. In addition to Broadway season shows, there are some of special engagements coming this winter and in 2017. ASU Gammage’s Beyond Series also has several intriguing performances this season. For those unfamiliar, the Gammage Beyond Series is a curated performing art series that brings world-class artists to Tempe. This season will bring acclaimed performances like Agua Furiosa, Aging Magician and Dearest Home to Tempe. In addition to their incredible line-up of shows, ASU Gammage is within walking or pedicab distance from the restaurants in Downtown Tempe. Many patrons like to make a night of it by getting dinner before the show or grabbing dessert or a cocktail afterwards. For the 2016-2017 Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona season, there are seven great shows that will be stopping in our […]

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Tempe events: First Saturday for Families

First Saturday for Families
August 2, 2016

Tempe events include First Saturday for Families Day at the ASU Art Museum, August 6, 2016 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Families are invited to create a piece of art that relates to one of the Museum’s exhibitions. This month’s theme is “Animals and the Environment” with the focus on The New Animist exhibition. There’s no admission fee and all materials are provided free of charge. Families can take home their artwork. The New Animist examine the ideas behind Animism, which refers to “the age-old belief that everything in the universe possesses a spiritual energy or life force.” The exhibition brings together a diverse range of subject matter connected through Animism. All of the works have been selected from the ASU Art Museum’s permanent collection to illustrate how Animist beliefs coincide with current concerns about the environment. The exhibition also explores how we might better understand and improve our relationship with nature. The New Animist is a stimulating exhibition that makes Old Animism relevant today and reminds us to focus on respecting our planet. The New Animist will be on display through September 3, 2016. The ASU Art Museum is located at 51 E. 10th Street, Tempe and is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is free (donations are welcomed). For more information on First Saturday for Families  call (480) 965-2787 or visit the Museum’s 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 […]

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Shopping for ASU Fan Gear

Cactus Sports Mill Avenue
August 2, 2016

If you want to support and celebrate our local Arizona State University Sun Devils, your stay in Tempe won’t be complete until you shop for ASU fan gear. If you cruise through Downtown Tempe, you’ll find several spots with ASU apparel and merchandise. You can also venture onto the ASU Tempe Campus to check out where students shop for gear along with their books and supplies for school. Here in Tempe, maroon and gold aren’t just ASU colors—they are symbols of influence, history and a way of life. Cactus Sports 514 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-894-1278 ASU fans can find this Sun Devil haven among the restaurants and entertainment in Downtown Tempe. Cactus Sports offers men’s, women’s and children’s clothing and accessories as well as home goods. Pick up a pitchfork-themed onesie for a little one, or grab a key chain to forever remind you of your trip to Tempe. Sun Devil Campus Stores 525 E. Orange St., Tempe, AZ 85287 480-965-3191 Would you like to explore the Arizona State University Tempe Campus? Do you want to shop where thousands of students shop from August to May? Then the Sun Devil Campus Store will be a great stop for you. Travel through the campus to purchase an ASU flash drive on a key ring, or even a traditional foam hand or school t-shirt. This location also offers dorm necessities if you happen to have a Sun Devil family member or friend living on campus. Get ready for a massive selection of […]

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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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