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Tempe events: July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival 2016

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
June 28, 2016

Tempe events include the July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival at Tempe Beach Park, a jam –packed celebration that features the best fireworks show in Metro Phoenix.   Gates open at 5 p.m. Enjoy fun events throughout the evening. Watch local bands perform on the Main Stage. Visit the Family Fun Fest with a free inflatable village, rides and a rock climbing wall. Feast on July 4th food favorites such as burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, roasted corn, fry bread, Mexican food, frosty treats, lemonade and lots of cold bottled water for sale at the food court. See the awe-inspiring fireworks show set to patriotic and classical music. This colorful fireworks display over Tempe Town Lake reflects dramatically against the sky and the water. For event details, ticket prices and ticket outlets, 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. June 29: Tempe Time Machine: Legendary Summer: Ballet Folklorico Quetzalli-AZ, Inc. Tempe History Museum – (480) 350-5100 / 10 a.m.-2 p.m. June 29-July 2: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater – (480) 965-6891 / Wednesday evenings @ 7:30 p.m.;Saturday afternoons @ 2:30 p.m. June 30: Summer Splash Thursdays: Princess and Pirate Party (Jake & Belle) Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad – (480) 966-9338 / 6-7:30 p.m. June 30-July 3: Comedian Cristela Alonzo Tempe Improv – (480) 921-9877 / June 30th, 8 p.m.; July 1st, 7:30 & 10 p.m.; July 2nd, 7 […]

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Day trips from Tempe: Florence, AZ

St. Anthony's Greek Orthodox Monastery
June 21, 2016

If you’ve lived in Arizona for a while, you most likely know that Florence, AZ is the home of one of the state prisons…but it’s so much more than that. When I invited three friends to join me on a jaunt to Florence, they understandably looked puzzled.  I explained that my main reason was a desire to visit St Anthony’s Greek Orthodox Monastery. I had heard about St Anthony’s from others who had visited it and remarked on how beautiful it is. It’s a hidden treasure tucked away in the desert a few miles outside of Florence. Historic Downtown Florence is an area that I thought would be interesting to visit too. We decided to stop first for breakfast at US Egg in Tempe, mainly because I was craving the super delicious and nutritious protein pancakes.  It was a fine spring morning with temps in the 70s, perfect for leisurely breakfast al fresco on the patio. Between us, we sampled a variety of breakfast favorites from straight forward eggs and bacon to the hearty Idaho Hot Skillets and the yummy and nourishing protein pancakes. Our appetites satisfied, we were ready to hit the road to Florence, which we affectionately referred to as our FloGo day trip. Check out our Google map for directions and addresses. Getting to Florence is an easy drive that takes about one hour and 20 minutes. You can choose from three different routes; we went via the US 60 and AZ 79.  Once you merge onto […]

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Tempe events: Green Day’s American Idiot

Green Day's American Idiot
June 21, 2016

Tempe events feature the opening of Stray Cat Theatre’s production of Green Day’s American Idiot in their new home, Tempe Center for the Arts, on June 24, 2016. American Idiot is a high energy rock opera that useses sparse dialogue, relying primarily on the lyrics from Green Day’s Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum album to complete the story line of teen rage, love, and loss. The show includes every song from Green Day’s album American Idiot, as well as several songs from follow-up release, 21st Century Breakdown and choreography by Liza Starry of Scorpius Dance Theatre. Green Day’s American Idiot runs from June 24-July 16, 2016. For more information and to purchase tickets, 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.   June 22: Off the Cuff Comedy Improv Show Changing Hands Bookstore June 22-July 2: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater   June 23: Summer Splash Thursdays: Intergalactic Party (Princess Leia & Storm Trooper) Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad June 23-25: Comedian Dan Cummins Tempe Improv   June 23-September 3: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden   June 24: Parliament-Funkadelic The Marquee June 24: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts   June 24: Tempe Comedy Concert: Ernie Green and Funny Friend Tempe Center for the Arts   June 24: Music in the Garden: Sistahs Too Desert Botanical Garden   June 24: Peppermint James Tempe Marketplace District Stage   June 24-July 16: Stray Cat […]

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4th of July Fun in Tempe

July 4th Tempe Town Lake Festival
June 21, 2016

The summer is well under way here in Tempe, and that means it’s time to start making plans for the July 4th, 2016! 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 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 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. General admission advance tickets are $5, or $8 at the gate. Or purchase tickets for $6 for adults at all Fry’s stores, and children 12 and under are free. VIP ticket holders get a special view of the […]

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Beat the heat with refreshing summer drinks and cocktails

Ritas on Mill Ave.
June 20, 2016

Oh, sweet summertime. Or more commonly known as the time of year in the Valley where you can fry an egg on a sidewalk, seat belt burns can almost send you to the hospital and phones can’t function because they go into cool down mode. Those local to the Tempe area know how important it is to find ways to beat the heat during the summer, including finding the best summer drinks and cocktails that transport you into a blissful retreat. Check out these Tempe locations for refreshing Tempe summer drinks and cocktails. Rita’s Italian Ice Rita’s Italian Ice, located on Mill Ave. and Seventh St., is perfect for all ages. Choose between freshly made Italian Ice, custards, or one of their many mixed frozen drink concoctions. I personally enjoy the Blendini, which is a perfect blend of Italian Ice and creamy frozen custard, included with your favorite toppings. 740 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 (480) 966-0787 Bahama Bucks Head on over to Bahama Buck’s where you can relax and connect with friends while you experience a little piece of paradise. Bahama Buck’s, located on the northeast corner of South Rural Rd. and Warner Rd., knows the exact science to creating irresistible frozen treats. From their “Sno” creations to their Island Smoothies, they have their flavors down pat. Try their Pina Colda Sno, it’s out of this world and makes you feel like you’re on a real island vacation. 1006 E. Warner Rd., #101 Tempe, AZ  85284 (480) 777-9482 Joe’s Italian Ice […]

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Tempe nightlife is full of music, laughs and more

June 15, 2016

It’s the summertime and  I love the national pastime of compulsive binge watching  favorite shows on Netflix or stored on my DVR. You’ll find me hunkered down in front of  the old flat screen over entire weekends, well into the wee hours of the a.m. But let’s face it–after too many glassy-eye hours of this insanity, I have to come up for air and also the old eyeballs need a break. Fortunately, there are some great Tempe nightlife options to entice me to break free of my binge watching habit. Here are a few of my favorite places to go when the sun goes down. The Marquee The Marquee is one of Tempe’s top performing entertainment venues. With over 150 performances a year, The Marquee brings in some of the biggest names in the music industry today. With upcoming summer shows from favorites such as Squirrel Nut Zippers, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, The Dolan Twins, The Offspring and Fitz & the Tantrums, The Marquee is the place to catch all your favorite bands when they come into town. Tickets are available in person, online, or by phone. 730 N. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-829-0607 Tempe Improv If you feel like tickling your funny bone, head over to the legendary Tempe Improv. Tempe Improv brings some of the hottest talents  from around the country and puts them center stage right here in Tempe. A two-drink minimum is required for all ticket holders. 930 E. University Dr., Tempe, AZ 85281 480-921-9877 Tempe Center for the Arts Tempe Center for the Arts is my one-stop place for all […]

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Tempe events: NEWSIES at ASU Gammage

Newsies at ASU Gammage
June 14, 2016

Tempe events include NEWSIES at ASU Gammage from June 14-19, 2016. Broadway and Disney have done it again with this smash-hit, crowd-pleasing musical. Winner of the 2012 Tony Awards® for Best Score and Best Choreography, NEWSIES is a high-energy explosion of song and dance. Based on the true events of the Newsboys Strike of 1899 in New York City, NEWSIES tells the captivating story of a band of underdogs who become unlikely heroes when they stand up to the most powerful men in New York. It’s a rousing tale about fighting for what’s right and staying true to who you are. For more information and to purchase tickets, call 480-965-3434 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.  June 14-19: NEWSIES ASU Gammage June 15: Tempe Time Machine: Legendary Summer: Square Dancing Tempe History Museum June 15-July 2: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 16: Summer Splash Thursdays: Super Hero Sensation (Batman & Wonder Woman) Tempe Marketplace Splash Pad June 16-19: Justin Willman Tempe Improv June 16-September 3: Desert Botanical Garden Flashlight Tours Desert Botanical Garden June 17: Body Count The Marquee June 17: Big Kid Workshops: T-Shirt Transfers Tempe Center for the Arts June 17: hello Friday Tempe Center for the Arts June 17: Tempe Comedy Concert: The Dads of Comedy Tempe Center for the Arts June 17: Music in the Garden: Turning Point Desert Botanical Garden […]

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Tempe splash pads and water park fun this summer

Splash Playground at Tempe Beach Park
June 8, 2016

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: 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 $5 for adults and $4 for children 2-12 years old. Check the website for hours of operation. Splash Pad at Tempe Marketplace This splash pad is surrounded by shaded seating area for parents and it’s next door to a few spots where you can get an iced beverage or dessert, such as MoJo Yogurt and Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf. It is open daily from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m. On Friday and Saturday evenings, parents can also enjoy live musicians who play within earshot of the splash pad. And, if you plan it correctly, you can even schedule your visit around a blockbuster at the Harkins Theatre at Tempe Marketplace. Big Surf Waterpark Big Surf is more than a pool and more than a waterpark. It’s legendary around here. America’s Original Wave Pool, Waikiki Beach, features 2.5 million gallons of water […]

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Tempe events: Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo

Prowl and Play at the Phoenix Zoo
June 7, 2016

Tempe events include Prowl & Play at the Phoenix Zoo on June 11 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. This popular summer program features a bunch of fun things to do at the zoo on  Saturday evening. So put on your board shorts, grab your flip-flops and make waves at Prowl & Play. You’ll enjoy musical entertainment, animal encounters, water slides and more adventures. Here are just a few of the fun activities in store for you at the Phoenix Zoo’s Prowl & Play: Listen to storytellers and have photo ops with the enchanting Moon Mermaid Hang on tight on the mechanical shark ride Shake those hips with hula lessons and performances Build “sand animals” at the lakeside sandpits and get creative at the beach-themed craft station Enjoy Critter Chat where you can view some of our animals up close and personal Get wet and wild at Yakulla Caverns and Leapin’ Lagoon Stroll the “Hit the Beach” Arcade for game play and prizes Boogie down at Lakeside Lawn with DJ Rockin’ Rob Admission is $6 for members, $8 general, children two and under are free. For more information, visit the Phoenix Zoo 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.  June 7: Justin Cronin: The City of Mirrors Changing Hands Bookstore June 8: There Goes the Neighborhood Comedy Jam with Edwin San Juan Tempe Improv June 8-July 2: 3D Astronomy Shows  ASU Marston Exploration Theater  June 9: Summer Splash […]

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Tempe events: Buddy Guy performs The Marquee

The Marquee
May 31, 2016

Tempe events this week feature legendary blues singer/guitarist Buddy Guy performing at The Marquee on Friday, June 3. Buddy Guy is most associated with Chicago Blues, but his style is distinct and different.  Described as the bridge between the blues and rock and roll, he’s a major historic link between Chicago electric blues pioneers Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf and popular musicians like Eric Clapton,  Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Buddy Guy has received 6 GRAMMY Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), the Billboard Magazine Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement, a Kennedy Center Honor, and the Presidential National Medal of Arts. Rolling Stone magazine ranked him #23 in its “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005 by BB King and Eric Clapton. At 79 Buddy Guy is going strong and continues to entertain audiences worldwide. For more information and to purchase tickets to his concert at The Marquee on June 3,  visit  or call (480) 829-0607. 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. May 31: A$AP Ferg and Tory Lanez The Marquee June 1: Speakeasy at Tempe Improv Tempe Improv June 1-July 2: 3D Astronomy Shows ASU Marston Exploration Theater June 2: Summer Splash Thursdays: Princess and Pirate Party (Hook & Ariel) […]

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