Tempe Tourism Blog

Cactus League Spring Training Baseball is finally here

Tempe Diablo Stadium
March 2, 2015

Baseball is back! Fifteen Major League Baseball teams are in Arizona, warming up and practicing for upcoming season.  Over the next month, Cactus League Spring Training games are the place to be, both for die hard fans and visitors who just want to catch a bit of afternoon sunshine. Here are a few tips to make your ball park experience even better. Angels Games Tempe is lucky to be the spring training home of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Baseball fans know that the Angels have plenty of recognizable faces on the team including the game’s best player, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Jered Weaver. Needless to say, Angels games are very fun to watch. Most of the games I attend every year are at Tempe Diablo Stadium, the Angels home base each spring.  I tell every baseball fan who comes into our visitor’s center about the free Angels Spring Training Trolley. For the last few seasons, Downtown Tempe has run a free trolley to and from Diablo Stadium that picks fans up at the northwest corner of Mill Ave. and Fifth St. Trolley rides begin 2 hours before the start of each home game, concluding 30 minutes after the end of each game.  It’s a fast, easy and convenient way to get to and from the ballpark. And, free parking validation is provided on the trolley for the City Hall and Hayden Square Parking Garages. See the Downtown Tempe website for more details. If you’re heading to an Angels spring training game, keep in […]

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Tempe events: Night of the Open Door at ASU

ASU Mars Space Flight Facility
February 24, 2015

Tempe events include Night of the Open Door at multiple venues on the ASU Tempe campus this weekend on February 28.  Night of the Open Door is a signature event of the Arizona SciTech Festival, and rated one of the top events since the festival was founded in 2012. The evening offers a window into the creative energy that powers a world-class university, with 100 interactive activities.  Visitors can go back to medieval times, learn calligraphy and see how to make chain mail, experience cutting-edge science, math, physics, green energy, bio-medicine, forensics, pottery-making, art and engineering and more. Whether you’re a thrill seeker, life-long learner or just-plain-curious, Night of the Open Door is your once-a-year opportunity to explore laboratories, living collections and museums. Visitors can experience artistic performances, hands-on activities and discover spaces normally closed to public view, including the Biodesign Institute, ASU Super Computer, Mars Space Flight Facility and ASU Marston Exploration Theater. For more information on Night of the Open Door and to see a video of last year’s event, visit https://opendoor.asu.edu/tempe. Tempe’s calendar is full of great arts and culture events. Check out  this week’s highlights and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information.  February 24: The Lighter Side of Carmela Ramirez, Mad Hatter Brew Pub February 25:  Walk-in Wednesdays Open Mic Night, Tempe Center for the Arts February 25: Free Organ Concert, ASU Gammage February 26: Cold War Kids, Marquee Theatre February 26: Arizona Wind Symphony: Songs for the Young and Old, […]

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Pot of Gold Music Festival

Tempe Beach Park music festival
February 24, 2015

Music Festival: two common words that, when combined, guarantee the best day ever. So maybe that’s just my personal definition, but I know that I’m not alone when it comes to enjoying music festivals. And, this year, music fans are in luck. Tempe is home to a new event this spring – the Pot of Gold Music Festival, March 13-15 and 17, 2015. The lineup is a dream for music fans with artists who we all know and love and up and coming acts that are going to be the next big thing. Tempe Beach Park, at Mill Avenue and Rio Salado Parkway, is an excellent location for this event. The lakeside setting is beautiful, there’s plenty of room to roam and it is right next door to all of the restaurants and bars in Downtown Tempe. There are lots of places to choose from for pre-concert lunch or dinner or late night cocktails. Some of our favorite places to hang out, that also happen to host live music on a regular basis, include Culinary Dropout, Fat Tuesday, Rula Bula Irish Pub and Blasted Barley Brewing Co. Here’s a daily rundown of who you’ll see at the Pot of Gold Music Festival in Tempe. Friday, March 13 Bastille is the headliner for what will be a fantastic kick off for this event. This British band plays music that is a combination of pop sensibilities and the moodiness of alt rock. They’ll make you dance and their lyrics will make you think. […]

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Signature Tempe crafted cocktails

Happy Hour
February 19, 2015

One of my favorite guilty pleasures is going out to a restaurant, grabbing the menu and skipping right past the food options so I can focus on the handcrafted cocktail section.  There is just something about a perfectly mixed drink that makes for a great evening out. The term “crafted cocktails” has become a popular description for cocktails that mix traditional spirits and other specific elements that are carefully thought out and “crafted” into perfection. Making a crafted cocktail is combination of art and science, as it focuses on flavor and high quality ingredients. Check out these restaurants and bars for some of the best Tempe cocktails. The Handlebar Tempe 680 S. Mill Ave., Tempe, AZ 85281 Tempe’s contemporary American beer garden, The Handlebar Tempe, has been awarded the ‘Best Beer Cocktail’ by the Phoenix New Times for their Gooseneck crafted cocktail. The Gooseneck is a twist on the classic Tom Collins, substituting the soda with an IPA, which blends the citrus aroma and the beer’s biting hops. The Normal Diner 225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 The Normal Diner, located at the new Graduate Tempe hotel, is an old school eatery with big tastes. The Normal’s rendition of the Bloody Mary, known as the Redeemer, is anything but normal.  This classic drink is served with a cheeseburger slider, cheese curds, asparagus and celery stalk, all encompassed in one cocktail. This drink is truly something you have to see and try to believe. Tapacubo 225 E. Apache Blvd., Tempe, AZ 85281 Also found at the […]

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Tempe events: ASU Art Museum Spring Opening Reception

Spring 2015 Season Opening
February 17, 2015

Tempe events include the ASU Art Museum Spring Opening Reception this weekend. If you’re looking for something different to do that’s stimulating, interesting and fun, you’ll really enjoy this event. And it’s free! I’ve attended several of the ASU Art Museum’s fall and spring opening receptions and always enjoy them. It’s a great opportunity to see art by major contemporary artists and meet some of the artists whose works are on display. This spring’s exhibitions include: The Gift: Selections from the Armstrong-Prior Archive Architecture for Place: Glenn Murcutt Museum/Archive: Recent Acquisitions to the ASU Art Museum Collection Tan Ping: Follow My Line Unfixed: New Painting There will also be an exciting one-night performance and live videotaping event from New York-based E.S.P. TV. Be sure to go to the ASU Art Museum Brickyard, located at Mill Avenue and 7th Street to see Fusion: Three Views/One Collection, which is up just through February 28. The Spring Opening Reception takes place  this Friday, February 20 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. For more information visit http://asuartmuseum.asu.edu/exhibitions/ Tempe’s arts and culture scene is packed with a huge variety of events this week. Check this week’s highlights and view a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. February 17: Nicole Pesce & Jerry Donato, Mad Hatter Brew Pub February 17: Logic, Marquee Theatre  February 17: Performance with a View Tuba Euphonium Ensemble, Tempe Center for the Arts February 17-23: DIRTY DANCING, ASU Gammage February 18: Treasures from the Past Antique Fair, Tempe History […]

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Springtime is festival time in Tempe

Dragon Boats 244 x 163_final
February 12, 2015

Springtime is festival time in Tempe. Plenty of sunshine, azure blue skies and balmy temperatures make the perfect setting for festivals. What could be more fun than being outside enjoying art, music, yummy food and a sample of other cultures? Admission is free to most of them. For more information on Tempe’s festivals and other spring events, visit the Tempe Tourism website or call us at 800-283-6734. March 5, 4-7 p.m. – Celebrate your inner-geek at the 4th Annual Geeks’ Night Out in Tempe. This free family friendly festival focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) — showing attendees how to discover the science in everyday life. There will in interactive displays, hands-on activities, music and other entertainment around Tempe City Hall. March 7-8, 10 a.m.-5 p.m – Celebrate island culture at the Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park.. This free family event celebrates Hawaiian, Tahitian, Samoan and other South Pacific cultures through dance and musical performances, food, kid’s crafts, two raffles for trips to Hawaii. It’s the next best thing to an island vacation, which you might win if you buy a raffle ticket. March 13-15 and 17 – If you treasure great music, you’ll find your pot of gold at Tempe Beach Park. Get ready to rock out at the mega four-day Pot of Gold Music Festival event with some of the biggest names in music including Bastille, Fall Out Boy, Kendrick Lamar and Korn. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the festival’s website. March 27-29, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. – Find original […]

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Tempe events: Page to Screen at the Gallery at TCA

Gallery at TCA - Tempe Center for the Arts
February 10, 2015

Tempe events include the opening of Page to Screen at the Gallery at TCA this weekend. This exhibition will highlight some of America’s favorite children’s books, comic books and fictional literature that have been adapted to film and television over the past 75 years. Page to Screen features displays from local and national collections, including pieces from the collection of Dr. Lawrence and Holley Thompson. The Thompsons have acquired hundreds of pieces of art, memorabilia and toys from TV shows and films such as Zorro, M*A*S*H and James Bond and creators such as Dr. Seuss, Chuck Jones and Walt Disney. The red carpet opening reception for Page to Screen takes place at the Gallery at TCA on February 13, 6-9 p.m.  Step onto the red carpet and have your picture taken by paparazzi. Come dressed as your favorite Bond villain or Bond girl. Come as Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Superman or even the Grinch. Your favorite characters have lead roles in this exhibition. The folks at Phoenix Comicon will be on hand and in costume to set the tone for the reception. You’ll have an opportunity to meet the Thompsons who will be on hand to share their enthusiasm for this art and answer questions. Also, watch for the free film screenings highlighting some of the books and films featured in the exhibition on selected Fridays, February through June.  And, families will enjoy the free family art workshops held in conjunction with the exhibit in February and March. You can get your […]

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Dine out in Tempe this Valentine’s Day

House of Tricks
February 4, 2015

Romance is in the air! Or maybe it’s the smell of a delicious restaurant calling to your taste buds for a romantic dinner! Either way, Valentine’s Day is on its way, and Tempe has several restaurants ready to welcome you for a yummy meal for two. Here’s a short list of Tempe restaurants with special Valentine’s Day offerings: Top of the Rock at Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes Savor a specially crafted 4-course menu for Valentine’s Day overlooking gorgeous views of the valley at Top of the Rock, located at the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes. For special weekend plans, check out the Phoenix Marriott Tempe at The Buttes’ Wine and Dine package. Book your reservation online at OpenTable.com or call 602-431-2370. The Handlebar Tempe – Go Stag on Valentine’s Day Not into the typical mushy, gushy Valentine’s Day? Head to The Handlebar Tempe for food, fun and drink specials. Stop by from 7 p.m.-10 p.m. for drink specials and freebies. The event is free, so bring your friends and crushes with you. La Bocca Urban Pizzeria & Wine Bar – Special Menu Indulge in bruschetta planks, a gourmet pizza and glass of wine with your sweetie at La Bocca urban pizzeria + wine bar. Make your reservations now for a romantic dinner for two! La Bocca is offering a special prix-fixe menu for only $50 per couple. Salut Kitchen Bar – Champagne Special Where better to celebrate Valentine’s Day than at Salut Kitchen Bar, offering tasty Mediterranean […]

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Tempe events: Childsplay opens a monstrously good play

The Boy Who Loved Monsters and the Girl Who Loved Peas
February 2, 2015

Tempe events include the opening of Childsplay ‘s hilarious new play, The Boy Who Loved Monsters and The Girl Who Loved Peas at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Eight year old Evan hates peas, a situation made worse by the fact that his baby sister, Sue, loves them. When forced to remain at the table until his plate is clean, Evan makes a wish for a monster to come eat his family. Soon, Evan and Sue find themselves trying to hide a six-foot-tall green monster named, Pea, from their parents. Distracted by their smartphones and iPads, their parents are unaware of the monster hiding under the table or of the strange occurrences like cookies and pancakes disappearing.  Could they be next?  In this hilarious adventure, Evan and his family learn the importance of putting technology down to play together. The Boy Who Loved Monsters and The Girl Who Loved Peas opens on February 8 and will run weekends through March 8 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. For more performance times and dates  and to purchase tickets, visit the Childsplay website. View a complete listing of Tempe events, or call 480-894-8158 for more information. February 3: Zazu-Gypsy Jazz Mad Hatter Brew Pub February 3: Bush, Marquee Theatre February 3: Faculty Artist Series: Jazz Faculty Showcase, ASU Recital Hall February 4: ASU Symphony Orchestra Concert of Soloists; February 5: ASU Bands at 100!: The Fabulous 50s!, ASU Gammage February 5-8: Rodman, Tempe Improv February 6: All in the Heir, Tempe Center […]

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Find the perfect pancakes in Tempe

January 30, 2015

There’s nothing quite like a warm delicious stack of pancakes to give your morning a glow. That’s how I’ve always felt anyway! I like them crispy on the outside and soft in the middle – pancake perfection. Here’s my short list of the best pancakes in Tempe – feel free to enjoy them all – I have. The Normal Diner Located in Downtown Tempe and is attached to The Graduate Tempe on Apache Blvd. Enjoy breakfast all day at the The Normal Diner. It’s cozy nostalgic interior will welcome you inside and the food will make you want to come back for seconds. The pancakes to try are the Hayden Flour Mills blue corn pancakes with pecan butter and agave nectar. This unique flavor combo will make your belly happy! Orange Table Located in Downtown Tempe off of 7th Street and Forest Ave. Please your palate with a variety of pancakes including basic buttermilk cakes, banana nut cakes, wildberry cakes, monkey cakes and jalapeno pecan cakes – they’re all delicious. I recommend the jalapeno pecan cakes because you probably won’t find them anywhere else! U.S. Egg Located on Baseline Rd. and Mill Ave. Try a stack of banana pancakes, strawberry pancakes, wild Main blueberry pancakes, whole wheat pancakes, apple cinnamon pancakes, chocolate chip pancakes or my personal favorite, the protein pancakes. The protein pancakes are filled with wild main blueberries, granola, cinnamon and slivered almonds. They are seriously good! Ncounter Located in Downtown Tempe on the corner of Mill Ave. and Third […]

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